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Telstra announces their long-awaited shared data plans

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After announcing them in April (and reconfirming that they will do so in August), Telstra has finally released details about their shared data plans – allowing you to have one plan with multiple devices sharing the data allowance. The shared data plans come as an add-on to your existing plan. You will have to pay an additional $10 per month to have the privilege to share data, and another $10 per [...]

Regional radio network Grant Broadcasters axes online simulcasts after High Court fee ruling

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Grant Broadcasters has axed all live streams for all 50 of their radio stations across Australia after a Federal Court decision earlier this year that saw internet simulcasts of radio broadcasts no longer covered by existing licenses. “A recent Federal Court ruling has found that the simultaneous transmission of a radio broadcast over the internet is not a broadcast, and as a consequence, music licensing issues mean that this radio [...]

Vatican: Jesus Christ was the first tweeter, “used tweets before everyone else”

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An Italian cardinal working inside the Vatican has described Jesus Christ as the world’s first tweeter, saying that his messages were “brief and full of meaning” with his key messages – like the memorable “Love one another” – being under 45 characters. The cardinal, Gianfranco Ravasi, is the president of the Pontifical Council for Culture and made the remarks in a press conference on Thursday, according to British newspaper The Independent. He [...]

TENplay launches: How does Network TEN’s new catch-up service compare?

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While free-to-air network Network TEN continues to struggle in the TV ratings, the network’s new responsive catch-up service, an end-to-end website which will allow their audience to be notified of new episodes, interact with shows, and watch the networks content, seems to have gone live. Available on the web at TENplay.com.au (and redirecting from TEN.com.au), as well as on iOS, Windows 8, Xbox 360, and Sony BRAVIA TV’s, TENplay feels less [...]

“It’s all just data in the net”: @Horse_ebooks revealed to be an art piece

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A few months ago, the popular YouTube channel Pronunciation Book started uploading a series of videos counting down from 77. Now, the big secret has been revealed – the YouTube channel and the popular Twitter account @Horse_ebooks were actually conceptual art projects by Jacob Bakkila and Thomas Bender. No one wants to work on a painting forever According to the New Yorker, who unmasked their identities, the two even kept their involvement [...]

China to lift block on Facebook and Twitter – but only in a small part of Shanghai

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Image: tengri555/Flickr (Creative Commons) The Chinese Government is reportedly planning to lift the block on foreign websites it considers politically sensitive – like Facebook, Twitter and the New York Times – but only for those living within the proposed Shanghai Free-Trade Zone, according to anonymous government sources talking to the South China Morning Post. Both Facebook and Twitter have been blocked from the country since 2009, while the New York [...]

Foxtel launches Presto – lets you stream all of Foxtel’s movie channels for $24.99/month

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Foxtel is expanding its online offerings with the launch of Presto, its new movie streaming service that will give Australians access to all of its Foxtel Movies channels and on-demand movies from its library. However, it comes at a massive cost – subscriptions start at $24.99 per month. Presto subscribers will have access to livestreams of Foxtel Movies Premiere, Comedy, Drama/Romance, Thriller/Crime, Action/Adventure, Family and Masterpiece; and has content deals with [...]

YouTube’s new “Add to Device” feature lets you finish watching videos offline, coming in November

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YouTube has told creators that they will be including a new feature on their YouTube app that will let users finish a video or an entire playlist if their internet connection cuts off. Called “Add to Device”, users will have up to 48 hours to finish watching the video, and is scheduled to roll out in November “From the watch page through the “add to device” functionality feature, viewers will [...]

Pokemon XY trailer reveals Pokemon English names, gender differences and character customisation

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A few days back, scans of the latest Japanese CoroCoro magazine showed off the Kalos starter evolutions, a handful of new Pokemon and a whole lot of information on Pokemon types, moves and abilities. Today, the Pokemon company released an official trailer, revealing the localized names for the new announced Pokemon. Chespin evolves into Quilladin, Fennekin evolves into Braixen, and Froakie evolves into Frogadier. Paladin, Vixen and Brigadier, really interesting [...]

MacTalk hacked and defaced with message purported from Syria

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A hacker claiming to be from Syria has defaced Australia’s largest Mac community website MacTalk, posting a message supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. First spotted early this morning by former editor of MacTalk Peter Wells, it appears the site’s defacement only works on mobile devices. Man, Syrians don’t fuck about when they hack your site. Poor lil @mactalk http://t.co/mnAZlEErFj — Peter Wells (@fulltimecasual) September 12, 2013 The message also appears on [...]

This virtual reality sandbox makes me wish I was a kid again

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Kids are so lucky in this day and age! Researchers at UC Davis have created this awesome virtual reality sandbox that fuses the physical and digital worlds in an awesome way. At first glance, it appears to be just a normal sandbox until one starts playing around with it and all these cool things begin happening. A Microsoft Kinect camera mounted above tracks the movements of the player while a [...]

ACCC investigating ‘Freemium’ apps on Mobiles

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The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) have today announced that they, and with 50 agencies globally, have started investigating free applications on mobile markets which offer in-app purchases. The joint effort has been undertaken to improve the education and protection of consumers when using ‘Freemium’ apps. Currently, many app developers are making their apps free to download. However, the apps will have limited functionality without an in-app purchase to enable certain [...]

Use your smartphone to control Arcade Fire’s new surreal music video

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Canadian indie band Arcade Fire released their brand new single today, titled Reflektor. However, instead of simply just releasing the music video and the MP3 on the iTunes Store, the band has partnered up with Google to produce another interactive video called Just a Reflektor – and this time, you control the various elements through your smartphone or tablet. Using your computer’s webcam, it will track the movements of your smartphone [...]

Nvidia PhysX trailer reveals more gameplay for Batman: Arkham Origins

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In a new PhysX video by Nvidia we get a closer look at some more gameplay of Batman: Arkham Origins and how PhysX adds new features such as dynamic shadows, fogs and tesselation effects. Although the particle effects are a nice add on for PC gamers, the focus for me was on some of the new gameplay featured. While the majority of the gameplay seems virtually identical to the of Batman: Arkham City we [...]

Julian Assange bid for Senate seat fails – one percent of Victorians voted for him

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Despite a strong start, it is looking likely that Julian Assange has lost his bid in securing a Senate seat in Victoria. With more than 60 percent of the total number of ballots counted, Julian Assange managed to secure 1.18 percent of the vote (at the time of writing). While it is a great start for the Wikileaks Party, it won’t win a seat in the Senate because of preferences. [...]