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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 [...]

Edward Snowden delivers ‘Alternative Christmas Message’ in UK

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Edward Snowden – the former NSA contractor who leaked documents of mass surveillance by intelligence agencies – has been chosen to present this year’s ‘Alternative Christmas Message’ on Channel 4 in the UK. “A child born today will grow up with no conception of privacy at all” Snowden uses the Alternative Christmas Message – which is now available online (you will need to login to watch it) - to talk about the erosion [...]

Oneflare to give back domain used for spam back to original owners

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Late last month, we brought you a story about an Australian startup Oneflare acquiring a domain name of a well-known site that had expired and repurposed it for spam. Well, the story has a happy ending as Oneflare has told Nieman Journalism Labs that they are donating back the domain to its rightful owners – the University of Southern California. “We’re extremely apologetic about what happened,” Lim told Nieman. He also [...]

The Mystery of Al Jazeera Oceania

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On November 28, several journalists and media commentators were retweeting news that the international news channel Al Jazeera was going to be launching an Australian presence. Promising “a team of professionals who strive for excellence in journalism”, it was to set up in Macquarie Park. “We have a new home, We will be moving into our new studios in 4 weeks in the Sydney suburb of Macquarie Park. Aljazeera Macquarie Park,” it [...]

Titanfall: Ogre Titan reveal trailer

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EA has just released a new trailer for their highly anticipated first person-shooter Titanfall. The Official Ogre Titan Reveal Trailer describes the origin of the Titan machinery as a product of “Hammond Robotics.” The Ogre is featured as a hulky, reliable battle tank capable of withstanding a huge amount of damage without compromising its offensive performance. Titanfall drops on Xbox One and PC on March 11th in the US and on [...]

Channel Nine rumoured to create Netflix-like service

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Image: espensorvik/Flickr (Creative Commons) The Nine Network is said to be launching their very own Netflix-like streaming service in the latter half of next year and are in the middle of informal talks with its rivals to provide content for the upcoming site. According to the Australian, the new service would feature content from its existing Warner Brothers output deal (with access to movies such as the Harry Potter series [...]