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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 […]

Dell combines OS X and Windows 8 in the worst marketing mistake

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Dell has posted an advertisement showing it’s latest XPS machine to the world. However, thanks to a marketing stuff-up the advertisement shows the XPS machine running a combination of OS X and Windows 8. With just a swipe of a finger, you can easily switch between the two operating systems. According to The Verge, the website has been available on Dell’s YouTube channel since December. Obviously, the XPS machine is not designed to […]

PPCA: We want artists to have a “fair share” from radio stations

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Image: Austin Gruenweller/Flickr (Creative Commons) The PPCA – the group that represents musicians in Australia – have expressed disappointment in the decision by many regional radio stations pulling their online streams, saying that they have “chosen to deprive regional listeners of local programming” instead of negotiating. “PPCA has tried many times to engage CRA in open and amicable negotiations to resolve this issue – and will continue to do so,” the […]

Their way or The Pirate Bay: Game Of Thrones will only be available through Foxtel in 2014

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For the past few years Australian Game Of Thrones fans have been almost lucky when it comes to legally accessing the show. While, like in the US, the show was broadcast on Pay TV first, it also, uniquely, came to iTunes the day later in Australia. So instead of requiring a hefty monthly fee, the show was basically available without any other subscription, just through a per-episode price on a […]

Canadian ISP Bell suffers huge data breach – and they’re still quiet

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Thousands of customers of Bell Canada – the country’s largest ISP – have had their personal information leaked online by a hacking collective known as NullCrew. The leaked data mainly consists of customer’s email addresses and passwords, but also includes modem passwords and partial credit card numbers of 127 Bell customers. “Go fuckin figure, people who are suppose to provide secure connection to the internet?” NullCrew says in the dump. […]

Regional radio stations pull online streams due to licensing issues, metro stations might be next

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Image: Fod Tzellos/Flickr (Creative Commons) Within a couple of weeks, you might not be able to listen to your favourite radio stations online. After being unable to come to a new licensing agreement with the music industry, nearly 200 regional radio stations will end their live simulcasts with all metropolitan stations threatening to go dark as well. The stations – represented by Commercial Radio Australia – join Grant Broadcasters in ending their […]

Xbox: Spartan Assault is coming to Xbox 360 tomorrow

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The latest installment to the highly acclaimed Halo franchise, Halo: Spartan Assault will be available, via download, to the Xbox 360 tomorrow. The game features a new immersive story, bridging the gap of Halo 3 and Halo 4, and expanding on the Human-Covenant conflict and the rise of Commander Sarah Palmer, first introduced in Halo 4. Previously, Spartan Assault was exclusively available for Window 8 devices and the Xbox One. The […]

Yahoo resets passwords after hackers attacked email service

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Yahoo has said that it will be resetting passwords of several users after it identified a “coordinated effort to gain unauthorised access” to those users Yahoo Mail accounts. The company did not share much detail about the attack, like how many accounts were affected. It did say, however, that the attackers used information from a third-party whose database was compromised; and that there was no evidence that the information came […]

This is Facebook Paper and it’s out now

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No, the company hasn’t bought Fifty-Three, creators of the iPad drawing app Paper. This is something completely different. And it’s out today, if you have a US iTunes account, right here. Facebook has hinted at a less integrated Facebook app for some time now. With so many features, plenty misguided, resulting in a cluttered Facebook app for mobile devices, while the competition brought innovation through single-use apps like Instagram and […]

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 […]