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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 [...]

PlayKids – the Netflix for Kids – launches in Australia

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I’m stating the bleeding obvious, but young children love tablets. In the UK, for instance, just over a quarter of kids aged 3-4 surveyed now use a tablet as their main computer. And just like everyone who uses a tablet – they need content to be entertained. And one service, described as the “Netflix for Kids”, wants to make that easier for parents to find said content for their kids. PlayKids is [...]

What would happen if Google suddenly forgot to check your password?

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We’re all familiar with how a login page works. We type in a username and password, and possibly a code sent to our phones, to a form. We click the submit button, and all of that data is sent to a server. That data is checked to a database, and if it matches, it will let you in. But imagine this scenario: what would happen if suddenly, Google didn’t check your [...]

HTC brings “gold” HTC One to Australia, as a Telstra exclusive

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First big screens, now gold phones. HTC has confirmed that the “Champagne Gold” version of the HTC One is coming to Australia, as a Telstra exclusive. Announced back in November last year, HTC joins Samsung, Apple and – most recently – LG in making a “gold” version of their flagship devices. Why? I have no idea, but at least it’s another colour than black and white. The phone will be [...]

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare delayed to late February for Australia

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The latest and ambitious game from Popcap Studios, Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare has been announced that it would release one week later than originally planned. The new release dates are February 27 for Australia and February 28 for New Zealand, only available on the Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The upcoming highly anticipated third-person shooter will pit the franchise’s beloved plants against waves of brain eating zombies in a [...]

Samsung reveals 7-inch Galaxy Tab 3 Lite tablet

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After revealing a whole bunch of tablets back at CES last week, Samsung has today revealed another one for its Galaxy Tab 3 lineup. Called the Galaxy Tab 3 Lite, the 7-inch tablet is pretty much a low-spec Android tablet that seems like a rehash of another 7-inch tablet in the same line – the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0. Pretty much, there is little difference in the spec sheet between the [...]

Facebook to go à la carte on mobile

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Image: TechCrunch/Flickr (Creative Commons) In August 2011, Facebook released Facebook Messenger for iOS and Android, a standalone application that simply allowed users to access the Facebook Messenger component of Facebook, treating it almost like an SMS app. In the past few months, though, this app has changed from a simple side-project, which is where other Facebook standalone apps have grown stale, into a beautiful, fully featured app which truly takes [...]

Valve to introduce Australian Dollar pricing in Steam

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Valve is holding its own conference Dev Days this week; and, unfortunately for everyone, there is no live stream and no press is allowed at the event. It is strictly for gaming developers. But that hasn’t stopped many from trickling out information from the keynote – including this plan to introduce new currencies for Steam. While Steam is available for most countries, it currently accepts as payment the Euro, US [...]

Now you can mention your friends on Tumblr posts

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Tumblr has introduced a brand new feature that now allows you to mention users and Tumblr blogs in posts. Just like Twitter and Facebook, all you need to do is simply use the @ symbol and just type out their username (or click on one of the names when the dropdown menu appears). As well, the users mentioned will be notified, so if they want to respond, they can. Previously, if [...]

More Microsoft accounts hijacked by Syrian Electronic Army

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It appears more Microsoft accounts have been hijacked by the Syrian Electronic Army, the hacking group that are supporters of the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The group were able to successfully take over the Microsoft News Twitter account and the Official Microsoft Blog. @Official_SEA16 This post took 154 Retweets :) pic.twitter.com/0PJ4RnlrGL — ♥Dove Syrienne♥ (@DoveSyrienne) January 11, 2014 The Official Microsoft Blog: Syrian Electronic Army Was Here #SEA pic.twitter.com/CzYH5jMrY8 — [...]

Syrian Electronic Army takes over Xbox social media accounts

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A group purporting to be the Syrian Electronic Army – a hacking collective that supports Syrian President Bashar al-Assad – has said taken over the social media profiles belonging to Xbox. This comes after another Microsoft-owned property, Skype, also had their social media profiles hijacked by the group. Images posted by the Syrian Electronic Army on Twitter show that they have, or had, control of the main Twitter and Instagram accounts. [...]

Dropbox “partial leak” from Anonymous-linked group is a fake, designed to troll tech press

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The Anonymous-linked hacking group 1775 Sec has now confirmed that their attack on Dropbox is a fake. While the group claims that the DDOS attack was real, the data breach claim was designed to troll the tech press. “That was some serious Lulz. We DDoS attack DropBox! After it’s down we say data base compromise! And the media is all over it! #Lulz #fail,” the group said in a tweet. [...]

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 [...]

Techcast CES 3: Smart Database Hacking

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Another CES/Beta/Filler episode of the Techcast with Terence Huynh and Chris Southcott, and this time we’re talking about… a schoolkid that might get charged by the Victorian Government for finding a security flaw? We also discuss Intel and AMD’s plans on putting Windows and Android in the same PC, and Huawei’s new Tron Android gaming console. DOWNLOAD MP3 Shownotes http://techgeek.com.au/2014/01/09/schoolkid-finds-security-flaw-govt-website-now-might-charged/ http://ausdroid.net/2014/01/07/ces-2014-intel-confirms-that-its-strategy-is-offering-windows-android-hybrids/ http://techgeek.com.au/2014/01/09/amd-putting-android-windows-pcs-just-without-button/ http://ausdroid.net/2014/01/09/polaroid-australia-confirms-that-socialmatic-will-be-heading-down-under-later-this-year/ http://www.theverge.com/2014/1/8/5288576/huaweis-tron-android-console-hands-on http://www.theverge.com/2014/1/8/5289998/zte-shows-off-eco-mobius-modular-smartphone-concept http://www.theverge.com/2014/1/8/5289186/the-virtuix-omni-is-full-body-virtual-reality-but-try-not-to-puke http://www.theverge.com/2014/1/8/5289022/adheretech-smart-pill-bottle http://www.engadget.com/2014/01/08/toshiba-5-in-1-laptop-concept/ http://www.theverge.com/2014/1/8/5289546/acton-m-mobility-scooter-hands-on

Toukiden: The Age of Demons release date announced

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Tecmo Koei just announced their latest game Toukiden: The Age of Demons will coming to Australia and New Zealand in February 2014 for the PlayStation Vita. Already sold over 470,000 units in Japan, and was the best-selling PlayStation Vita game in 2013; this game is sure to become a hit in the western market. The announcement trailer is after the jump. Inspired by ancient Japanese history and folklore, the game [...]