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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 [...]

Gap’s brilliant response to racism

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Recently American clothing company Gap (or ‘The Gap’ as most people love to call it) has unveiled a new marketing campaign aimed at promoting tolerance and diversity. Suitably named ‘#MakeLove’ the campaign features billboards containing images of models of differing ethnicities, genders and sexualities on display around New York. Earlier in the week New York based photographer Robert Gerhardt shared a picture on his Instagram which showed one of these [...]

Australian startup Oneflare accused of ‘repurposing’ another website for spam

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If you happen to own domain names, it really does suck when you accidentally forget to renew them. Especially when an Australian startup decides to acquire it for the purposes of using your reputation on Google to promote their new product. This happened to the Online Journalism Review – a relatively popular website in during the early days of Web 2.0 that covered how old journalism was adapting to new technology – where a Sydney-based startup called Oneflare managed to acquire their domain name when it expired.

[REDACTED] is angry after Kogan ‘leak’ uses their name

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If you haven’t heard, today is [REDACTED]. But the organisers are in the news today after it reportedly sent a cease-and-desist letter to Kogan for using the [REDACTED] trademark in its “leak” press release stunt. Yes, this is apparently a tech news story. It should be noted that Kogan isn’t officially part of the [REDACTED] event that’s happening today. In a response to The Age, Kogan says that a national online sales [...]

Is Python the most popular programming language? Think again

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Our good friends over at TechAU recently published a story that declared “Python was the most popular programming language this year“, with the infographic you see above. But where did this data come from? Nobody knows, until some intuitive Redditors managed to find the original source. You see, Crispy Codes stole this image from CodeEval, removing any mention of the latter. I also highly doubt Crispy Codes is this impressive company [...]

Nintendo Australia to relieve Pokémon X and Y shortage

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Having trouble finding Pokémon X or Pokémon Y in stores recently? It is not surprising seeing that both games exceeded sale expectations, with a combined sale of 100,000 units within the first month. To counteract the limited supply, Nintendo Australia just announced plans to provide retailers additional stock from this week onwards; allowing eager player to start their own adventure. For those who cannot wait, Pokémon X and Pokémon Y [...]

Xbox One UI demo showcases Dashboard personalization, Skype, DVR and more

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Xbox have released a video on their Youtube that showcases the many features of the Xbox One. from switching and snapping, Live TV, Skype, game DVR, OneGuide and much more. Yusuf Mehdi and Marc Whitten walk through what it’s like to use the Xbox One dashboard, being customized and tailored to how YOU play games and watch TV. Although the Kinect is no longer mandatory for the Xbox One, you will [...]

Copyright law is broken: You may be inadvertently breaking the law

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You may not know this, but you may be inadvertently breaking the law – according to a brand new video by a group called the Creationistas. Your funny meme that you have created to share with your friends, making a cosplay costume of your favourite character, and even creating a search engine. All of these things are breaking copyright law. And to see how crazy Australian copyright laws are – you [...]