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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. [...]

Liberals announce they will implement UK-style internet filter, say it was an “error” (despite selling it hours ago)

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UPDATE: Just less than 72 hours before the election, the Coalition quietly announced that they plan to bring in a UK-style internet filtering program – meaning that ISPs will turn on internet filters by default, though users can opt-out of the program by calling their ISPs. However, communications spokesperson Malcolm Turnbull has said that this was apparently posted in error. “The Coalition will work with internet service providers (which provide fixed [...]

Pokemon XY Consoles announced for North America and Europe

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During today’s Pokemon Edition of Nintendo Direct, they announced a couple of new features for the upcoming Pokemon games, including Pokemon Bank, Pokemon Transporter, Mega Evolutions and Console Bundles. Last month, announcing a Limited Edition Blue Pokemon XY console, as well as the Japan-exclusive Gold 3DS console, these bundles were only available on Amazon Japan, But now Nintendo are set on North America and Europe, as they release two Pokemon [...]

Set an expiry date for tweets with Spirit

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Pierre Legrain, a previous Twitter Engineer has created an app that allows you to add expiry dates to your tweets. Spirit allows you to simply add a hashtag to your tweet which will schedule it for deletion, for example: #30m or 2d or #3h. A great use of this service would be for expiring coupon codes, promotions or notices which need to be removed after a certain period of time [...]

Wikileaks Party Senate candidate: NSW preferences a “poor judgement call”, not admin error

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Gerry Georgatos, the number one Senate candidate for the Wikileaks Party in Western Australia, has said that the Wikileaks Party’s New South Wales preferences fiasco was a “poor judgement call” and not an administrative error. “It was not an administrative error, it was a poor judgement call. I’m not [going to come out] here and bullshit the audience,” he told the Indymedia programme (24 minutes into the programme) on Perth’s RTR yesterday. His [...]

Steve Ballmer decides to retire, will leave Microsoft in a year

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Steve Ballmer has called it a day, with the CEO of Microsoft announcing that he plans to retire within 12 months. Ballmer has been in the position since 2000, succeeding Bill Gates, but only gained full control of the company when Gates decided to leave his day-to-day operations in 2009. “There is never a perfect time for this type of transition, but now is the right time,” Ballmer said in [...]

Former Wikileaks Party staffer says Assange’s father was the “caller” that led to resignations

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Former Wikileaks Party social media captain Sean Bedlam – who is also a member of the Wikileaks Australian Citizens Alliance – has said that he was one of the recipients of the series of calls that led to the mass resignation of Leslie Cannold and six others (including himself), and has revealed the identity of the caller. In a series of tweets, he has identified John Shipton – the party’s [...]