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MPAA: Melbourne’s Caribbean Gardens is a “notorious market” of piracy

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The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has singled out Melbourne’s Caribbean Gardens as one of the world’s most notorious physical markets of piracy in its latest submission to Office of the US Trade Representative. And yes, you read that right. In its submission, acquired by TorrentFreak, the MPAA notes: Caribbean Gardens and Markets is Australia’s largest undercover market at over 10,000 sqm, operating every Wednesday and Sunday. There are between 10-20 […]

Titanfall release date is earlier than expected

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Today Respawn Entertainment‘s new hybrid single and multiplayer IP Titanfall had its official release date to be March 11th, 2014 for the Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC. The futuristic modern shooter has already been awarded over 80 industry awards after its debut trailer featured in E3 this year. This announcement was also made alongside their collectors Edition of the game which features: 18″ Atlas Titan Statue: with lots of pretty LEDs […]

AldiMobile slashes data on Unlimited plan

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The old saying “It’s too good to be true” is often said with cheap mobile deals and it couldn’t be more true with AldiMobile. AldiMobile has updated their unlimited plan which has halved the data allowance from 5GB to just 2.5GB. This is definitely a shame since the 5GB data allowance made it an attractive plan. It’s also notable that the included $10 of international credit with the unlimited plan […]

Facebook gives teenagers the power to make posts public

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Previously, the ability to make posts public on Facebook were limited to those over the age of 18 – for obvious reasons. However, Facebook today announced that they will now allow everyone, including those aged between 13 and 17, to share publicly their thoughts. And yes, get ready for some more stupid comments from teenagers who are less educated about certain topics. “These changes are designed to improve the experience for […]

Watch Dogs delayed to 2014

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Today Ubisoft Montreal has revealed that their upcoming title Watch Dogs will be delayed to “spring 2014″ which for us down under typically means Autumn. All current and next-gen versions of the game have been been pushed to the now delayed release window. While we were looking forward to getting our hands on the new open world IP this year the development team feels the game needs some much needed […]

Yahoo Mail to have HTTPS encryption by default – finally

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Yahoo has finally announced that it will turn on HTTPS encryption by default for Yahoo Mail next year – four years after Google announced the same thing for Gmail, and two years for Microsoft during the transition between Hotmail and Outlook (it was an option in Hotmail in 2010). Yahoo may still lag behind its rivals security-wise Incidentally, the switchover – scheduled for January 8, 2014 – falls exactly one year […]

D-Link router backdoor vulnerability discovered

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A rather worrying security vulnerability has been discovered which is affecting several D-Link branded modem routers. Posted on a website dedicated to Embedded Device Hacking, /dev/ttyS0, the vulnerability was discovered when one of its writers reverse engineered a firmware update from D-Link. The security vulnerability will allow full access into the configuration page of the router without knowing the username and password. According to the blog post, when you set your […]

Arkham Origins mobile game and new assassin revealed

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At this years New York Comic Con we got a first look at a new Batman: Arkham Origins mobile trailer and although we didn’t get an actual release date it appears to be coming out sometime in the near future. The mobile game has been developed by NetherRealm Studios who’s previous works include both the mobile and console version of Injustice: Gods Among Us.The mobile game is to be released on […]

Wikileaks attacks Australian supporters, labelling them a “front group”

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In a bizarre move, Wikileaks has turned against one of its support groups in Australia, the Wikileaks Australian Citizens Alliance (WACA). In a tweet on Tuesday, the organisation labelled the group as a “front group”, despite being formed – according to WACA – as a “response to the Australian Government’s hostility towards Wikileaks”. The organisation also demanded they cease using Wikileaks’ name and logo in their materials and name, citing they […]

WhatsApp CEO: Encryption flaw story is “sensationalised and overblown”

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WhatsApp’s CEO Jan Koum has told TechGeek that a Dutch computer science student’s claims that all messages should be considered compromised are “inaccurate”, and that the entire story has been “sensationalised and overblown”. The Dutch computer science student – Thijs Alkemade from Utrecht University – this week found several flaws in WhatsApp encryption. In his blog post, he explained that the app was reusing RC4 keys, which could potentially mean that […]

WhatsApp chats should be considered “compromised”, says Dutch student after finding encryption flaws

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A Dutch computer science student has said that all users on WhatsApp, a popular messaging alternative to SMS, should consider their chats compromised after he has found flaws in the encryption used in the app. “You should assume that anyone who is able to eavesdrop on your WhatsApp connection is capable of decrypting your messages, given enough effort. You should consider all your previous WhatsApp conversations compromised.” Thijs Alkemade, a Computer […]

Russia’s Pirate Party offers to host NASA website while US Govt in shutdown

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One of the biggest losers out of the entire US government shutdown has been NASA, with 97 percent of their staff on unpaid leave and their website taken down – much to the annoyance of those wanting updates of the Mars Rover Curiosity or images from space. However, there might be help on its way, with the Russian Pirate Party saying they are willing to host NASA’s website until the Congress gets […]

At Home with Google – inside a home running everything Google

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Chromebooks, Nexus devices, Chromecast and even Google Glass – these were some of the things Google let the tech journalists play with in its At Home with Google. The search engine transformed a house in the Sydney suburbs to show off what you can do at home with all of its devices and products – with the exception of Google Glass, that was probably to entice many to come (it worked, […]

Greens’ Scott Ludlam loses WA Senate seat

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Scott Ludlam, the Greens senator for Western Australia, has lost his seat in a close election count due to preferences – which also saw Clive Palmer’s Palmer United Party gaining a third seat in the Senate and Labor just scraping in with two Senate seats in the state. According to the Australian Electoral Commission, there will be three Liberal senators (David Johnston, Michaelia Cash, and Linda Reynolds), two Labor senators […]

Vodafone extends $5-a-day international roaming to Europe

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Vodafone Australia has expanded its $5-a-day international roaming cap – previously limited to the United States the United Kingdom and New Zealand – to 34 more countries in Europe, including France, Germany and Italy. However, in order to take advantage of this, you will need to be a Vodafone Red subscriber. From October 7, Vodafone Red customers will be able to use their existing plan allowances for $5 a day […]