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Spotify finally announces an update to their Windows Phone app

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While Spotify has had a Windows Phone  app for a while, it was lacking in features, performance and overall support from Spotify. However, today Spotify announced that they’ll be updating their Windows Phone app to bring it further into line with the other platforms. While Spotify currently employ the “Metro” look and feel to the current app, the updated app looks like something from Android. Even so, the app will […]

Foxtel’s Presto movie streaming service launches on March 13, will cost $20 per month

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Foxtel’s “Netflix killer” now has an official launch date and price. The company’s new movie streaming service Presto will open its doors on March 13 with a lower subscription price than previously announced. The service was due to come out later last year, but was delayed because of technical issues and software glitches. Customers will now pay $19.99 (instead of $24.99) to access to its wide library of movie titles from the major studios, […]

Online creators might not know what ‘fair use’ really means – research

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The internet has fostered a remix culture for my generation – where people make use of existing copyrighted content to produce their own works. From remixes of songs, fan fiction and art of Sherlock, to even mashups of movie trailers – all of them exist because of the ‘fair use’ provision in the American copyright regime. However, a new report by Georgia Tech – titled Remixers’ Understandings of Fair Use Online – has […]

Facebook to buy WhatsApp for US$16 billion

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Image: Jan Persiel/Flickr (Creative Commons) Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has just announced that popular cross-platform mobile messaging app, WhatsApp, will become a part of the Facebook in a sale worth US$16 billion in cash and stock. The service, which is used by 450 million people every month, will remain separate from Facebook Messenger, with continued operations of the company to be independent. While this doesn’t rule out future integration with Messenger, […]

Kickstarter hacked, customer data stolen

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Hackers have breached the popular croudfunding website, Kickstarter according to an email and blog post sent out today by CEO Yancey Strickler. According to the email, the breach was discovered on Wednesday night by law enforcement officials. Kickstarter then quickly resolved the security breach and “began strengthening security measures”. No credit card data has been accessed, however, hackers were able to access usernames, email addresses, mailing addresses, phone numbers, and encrypted […]

“Controversial” report recommends that Australia reforms copyright law, adopt fair use provisions

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Described as “controversial” by the Attorney-General Senator George Brandis, the Government has finally made public the Australian Law Reform Commission’s report on digital copyright. And not surprisingly, the report recommends that Australia’s copyright laws should include fair use provisions. Fair use allows anyone to sample or transform copyrighted works without the need to get explicit permission from the copyright owner, as long as you don’t take revenue from or harm […]

What the f**k is OneClass?

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Have you heard of a service called OneClass? If you are a student at an Australian university with groups on Facebook, then you will soon. OneClass is a Toronto-based startup that promises to help students get better grades, by having said students share with each other study notes from lectures and textbooks. According to TechCrunch, it capitalises on a trend in education where students are sharing notes with each other […]

YouTuber explores the world of Facebook advertising, says they “benefit” from fake likes

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Derek Muller – who is behind the science YouTube channel Veritasium and a reporter for the ABC’s science program Catalyst – has released a new video that explores the world of Facebook advertising; and comes to the conclusion that advertising on Facebook is useless and that the social network is indirectly benefiting from the fake likes. Muller said last year, he decided to use the free $50 voucher that Facebook was […]

Telstra in talks with Google to launch Chromecast in Australia

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Telstra is reportedly in “secret talks” with Google that would see the Chromecast dongles – the search engine’s cheap streaming device that can be plugged into any television set through a HDMI port – officially available in Australia, according to a report. We say officially because there are many ways to get the Chromecast in Australia – though many of the services won’t work without the help of a VPN. Eager customers […]

500px will let you sell your photos – if it can take a 70 percent cut

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If you are a photographer and want to make a quick buck from your photos, 500px is about to make it easier for you. The online photo community (and Flickr competitor) announced it would launch a marketplace called 500px Prime – allowing people to easily license your photos for their projects. “Prime is a convergence of the growing demand to be able to license the amazing photography on 500px and a growing […]

Community radio will not end online simulcasts, but the ABC says it has to “consider carefully” future of streaming

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Image: Fod Tzellos/Flickr (Creative Commons) Great news if you are fans of FBi Radio in Sydney, or SYN FM in Melbourne. Community radio broadcasters have confirmed that they will not be shutting down their online simulcasts – unlike their regional commercial counterparts – despite their opposition to having separate licences for internet broadcasts. Until a new licence has been negotiated… the existing arrangement will continue In a message to its […]

Twitter “zombie followers” was a stupid marketing ploy for The Walking Dead

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If you happen to follow anyone that with a substantial amount of Twitter followers – for me, they included Gizmodo Australia’s Luke Hopewell, News Corp’s Jen Dudley-Nicholson, and Asher Wolf – then you would have noticed they were talking/complaining about the sudden increase of zombie followers. And yes, they were literally zombie followers – they had no tweets, no followers, and all had images of zombies. A list of zombie […]

The Pirate Bay almost had a server in North Korean soil

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Remember back in early March last year when the Pirate Bay announced that they were moving to North Korea – only to later announce it was a hoax. Well, in a Q&A session with one of the original founders of the Pirate Bay, Tobias Andersson acknowledged that there was an attempt to place servers in North Korean soil – by putting them in the North Korean embassy in Stockholm. Andersson was […]

Microsoft announces Satya Nadella as new CEO, Bill Gates as “Tech Advisor”

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After a long search, Microsoft have confirmed that Satya Nadella – formerly the Executive Vice President of its Cloud and Enterprise division – as its CEO, succeeding Steve Ballmer. It also announced that its founder Bill Gates will devote more time to the company, leaving his post as Chairman of the Board to take up the role as “Founder and Technology Advisor”. India-born Nadella, 46, joined Microsoft in 1992 after […]

Tumblr turns on SSL encryption – but it’s not by default

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Like Facebook and Twitter, Tumblr has announced that it now supports SSL encryption – meaning that you will have an extra layer of security whenever you visit the website. However, there is a catch: it is not turned on by default. You will need to go to your account settings and turn the option on. So, why should you turn this feature on? It makes it harder for hackers to extract […]