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So, did the Warmest 100 correctly pick the winner of the Hottest 100?

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In short, yes. Despite Triple J making it harder for them to predict the winner, the guys over at the Warmest 100 were able to successfully guess that Riptide by Vance Joy would top the this year’s Hottest 100 music poll. The Warmest 100 was developed by four developers – Nick Drewe, Tom Knox, Andy Thelander and Jack Murphy – to predict last year’s Hottest 100 music poll. They collected over 35,000 votes from 3,600 entries across [...]

Seeing other people: HP sells patent remains of Palm, iPAQ, and Bitfone to Qualcomm

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Qualcomm has just announced that the company will be acquiring 1400 patents from HP’s smartphone business. While this sale bundles together everything mobile from HP, including iPAQ and Bitfone intellectual property, the most notable inclusion is the patent portfolio associated with the now long-gone Palm, the company behind webOS. The sale includes 1400 patents from the United States, including patent applications, as well as 1000 international patents and patent applications. [...]

Yep, Snapchat still sucks at security – new anti-spam measure cracked in less than 30 minutes

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Image: Screenshot from TechCrunch It’s been a bad few weeks for Snapchat after many people called into questioned how secure users were on the service – especially given how dismissive they were to an exploit which lead to 4.6 million usernames and phone numbers leaked, and a sudden increase in spam. However, the company has said they are now working on fixing its security problems. In the last 24 hours, the company [...]

Telstra confirms they are working to bring Beats Music to Australia

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If you are a MOG subscriber, then you would have heard that its owner Beats by Dr Dre is shutting down the service on April 15 to make way for its new Beats Music service. So, what does this mean for Australian subscribers of MOG – who signed up as part of a deal with Telstra? Well, there’s some good news and some bad news. The bad news is that [...]

NOT AGAIN: Syrian Electronic Army strikes at another Microsoft website

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You would have thought that after a series of embarrassing hacks by the pro-Assad Syrian Electronic Army that Microsoft would have increased the level of security. Well, if they did, then it obviously didn’t work. The Syrian Electronic Army have managed to take over the Office Blogs website. In a series of tweets to confirm the attack, the group have posted onto Twitter two screenshots: Screenshot of the old administration panel [...]

Foxtel’s Presto delayed because of “technical issues”

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Foxtel has delayed the launch of Presto by up to two months after a few technical issues and software glitches. The movie streaming service and Netflix competitor was due to launch at the latter end of last year, but – obviously – missed that deadline. A Foxtel spokesperson told the Australian Financial Review, “This is a complicated platform to put together and there have been a few technical issues.” “We’re [...]

What would happen if Google suddenly forgot to check your password?

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We’re all familiar with how a login page works. We type in a username and password, and possibly a code sent to our phones, to a form. We click the submit button, and all of that data is sent to a server. That data is checked to a database, and if it matches, it will let you in. But imagine this scenario: what would happen if suddenly, Google didn’t check your [...]

Facebook to go à la carte on mobile

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Image: TechCrunch/Flickr (Creative Commons) In August 2011, Facebook released Facebook Messenger for iOS and Android, a standalone application that simply allowed users to access the Facebook Messenger component of Facebook, treating it almost like an SMS app. In the past few months, though, this app has changed from a simple side-project, which is where other Facebook standalone apps have grown stale, into a beautiful, fully featured app which truly takes [...]

Now you can mention your friends on Tumblr posts

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Tumblr has introduced a brand new feature that now allows you to mention users and Tumblr blogs in posts. Just like Twitter and Facebook, all you need to do is simply use the @ symbol and just type out their username (or click on one of the names when the dropdown menu appears). As well, the users mentioned will be notified, so if they want to respond, they can. Previously, if [...]

More Microsoft accounts hijacked by Syrian Electronic Army

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It appears more Microsoft accounts have been hijacked by the Syrian Electronic Army, the hacking group that are supporters of the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The group were able to successfully take over the Microsoft News Twitter account and the Official Microsoft Blog. @Official_SEA16 This post took 154 Retweets :) pic.twitter.com/0PJ4RnlrGL — ♥Dove Syrienne♥ (@DoveSyrienne) January 11, 2014 The Official Microsoft Blog: Syrian Electronic Army Was Here #SEA pic.twitter.com/CzYH5jMrY8 — [...]

Syrian Electronic Army takes over Xbox social media accounts

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A group purporting to be the Syrian Electronic Army – a hacking collective that supports Syrian President Bashar al-Assad – has said taken over the social media profiles belonging to Xbox. This comes after another Microsoft-owned property, Skype, also had their social media profiles hijacked by the group. Images posted by the Syrian Electronic Army on Twitter show that they have, or had, control of the main Twitter and Instagram accounts. [...]

Dropbox “partial leak” from Anonymous-linked group is a fake, designed to troll tech press

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The Anonymous-linked hacking group 1775 Sec has now confirmed that their attack on Dropbox is a fake. While the group claims that the DDOS attack was real, the data breach claim was designed to troll the tech press. “That was some serious Lulz. We DDoS attack DropBox! After it’s down we say data base compromise! And the media is all over it! #Lulz #fail,” the group said in a tweet. [...]

Kogan takes a sub-$1000 4K TV to CES 2014, set to ship February

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Not one to let a lack of content get in the way of a movement, Kogan is currently showing off the first sub-$1000 4K TV available to Australian consumers at CES. With an 55″ LED display, 3840×2160 resolution, 4 HDMI ports, micro-SD card slot, Wi-Fi, and Ethernet, it sounds great on paper. And not one to miss a trend, the TV also is technically a “Smart TV”, running Android 4.2, with Google [...]

Schoolkid finds a security flaw on govt website, and now he might be charged

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Public Transport Victoria is now seeking to have a schoolkid charged for cybercrime, despite said schoolkid alerted them to a security vulnerability that would allow someone to access the personal information of nearly 600,000 public transport users. The database was for the old Metcard store – which was shut down as part of the transition from Metlink to Public Transport Victoria – and contained, according to The Age, full names, addresses, phone [...]

Toshiba announces the first ever 13″ Chromebook

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Who said Chromebooks would never last? Toshiba is the latest manufacturer to throw its weight behind Chrome OS, showing off a 13.3″, $313 AUD Chromebook that delivers a familiar design with a more premium build when compared to Samsung’s current offerings. Spec-wise, the laptop has the typical 16GB internal memory, 2GB RAM, HD webcam, and 9-hour battery life we’ve come to expect with a Chromebook. Powered by an Intel Bay Trail chip, the [...]