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Animated GIFs now supported on Twitter

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Sometimes, the best way to respond to a tweet on Twitter is in animated glory – GIF animated glory that is. Twitter has now enabled Animated GIF support on the web and iOS/Android apps. You’ll find that GIFs show up just like Vine videos, with a play button on top. You’ll have to push that play button to start the animation. Of course, support for GIFs was probably a very [...]

YouTube live streams now available through Chromecast

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Now that the Chromecast is available in a few more markets, Google have started to add some more functionality to the device. Today, Google announced that casting YouTube live streams from your mobile device is now possible. Initially, it was only available for desktop users, however, it’s now available for Mobile users, which is great news. So now you can watch your favourite podcast live stream, Google+ hangouts and more, [...]

Optus facing nationwide network issues

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Australian Telco, Optus are currently facing network wide technical issues on their mobile network. Users are taking their complaints to Facebook and Twitter to vent their frustration. According to the customers, phones are reporting that they’re not registered on the network or have been blocked from the Optus network. This isn’t only affecting Optus users, both Virgin and Amaysim customers (which use the Optus network) are also reporting issues. According to [...]

Techcast S01E12: SNAPSLINGCHAT

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Welcome to this Episode of Techcast! This week, we speak about Facebook’s new Snapchat competitor – Slingshot, YouTube blocking indie labels and the new Facebook Beta update for Windows Phone. Join Stewart Wilson, Terence Huynh and Chris Southcott in a slightly extended version of the podcast. Be sure to subscribe to our new podcast by using the links below. Yes, we’re already on iTunes! Let us know what you think of the [...]

Melbourne’s City Loop to get 3G coverage by end of year, 4G next year

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The Victorian Government has announced today that Melbourne’s City Loop tunnel – which contains the Flagstaff, Melbourne Central and Parliament underground stations – will get full 3G coverage by the end of the year, and will be upgraded to 4G by next year. “It is frustrating when people coming into the City Loop drop off … in the 21st century we need full connectivity throughout our transport system,” Premier Dennis [...]

Tweetdeck vulnerability allowed attackers to execute code in 140 characters

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If you happen to be using Tweetdeck, then you would be wondering why you were getting random pop-up messages containing messages such as “Yo!“, “XSS in tweetdeck” and “PENIS“. That’s because users discovered a XSS vulnerability that would attackers to remotely execute JavaScript code - all through a simple tweet. XSS (or “cross-site scripting”) vulnerabilities allow attackers to execute JavaScript code after injecting the script onto another web page viewed by others. For example, [...]

Krauss: Science funding is a national investment – not an expense

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As a relatively small and young country, by population if not by landmass, Australia has played a noticeable role on the world stage when it comes to science. Contributions to new technologies, from Wi-Fi to vaccines, are well known, as is the growing role Australia has played in more fundamental areas such as astronomy. Nevertheless, by comparison with many first world countries, Australia is not known for its support of [...]

E3 2014: Nintendo confirms new Zelda game for 2015

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Earlier today, Nintendo confirmed at its E3 presentation that they will create a brand new title for its long-running The Legend of Zelda franchises. The game is expected to be released sometime next year. While Nintendo did not go into detail about the new game, it promises to break many of the norms in the franchise and introduce new ways to play the game – including introducing a “truly open world” for [...]

Techcast S01E11: Face-texting at E3

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With Computex, E3 and WWDC all to cover – on top of the usual recap of the week’s most interesting tech and gaming stories – we present you a special super-sized edition of the Techcast. Join Terence Huynh and Chris Southcott as they discuss the latest announcements from E3, their thoughts about Mac OS X Yosemite, a five-in-one device from Asus, and a new messaging service based around selfies. Because, [...]

E3 2014: Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire coming to Australia on Nov 21

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Nintendo has confirmed the release dates for Pokemon Alpha Sapphire and Pokemon Omega Ruby at its E3 presentation earlier today. The game will be released in Japan, the United States and Australia on November 21. Europe will get the games a week later on November 28. Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire are reimaginings of the third generation of Pokemon games - Pokemon Ruby and Pokemon Sapphire – previously released for the Game Boy Advance. [...]

E3 2014: Super Smash Bros lets you create your own playable character

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Nintendo may not do grand presentations like Sony and Microsoft, it doesn’t mean that they don’t make big announcements. The company has revealed that you will be able to use your Miis and create your own playable characters in Super Smash Bros for Wii U. And yes, it can be anyone – you can create yourself, your family members, celebrities, or Nintendo of America’s chief operating officer Reggie Fils-Aime. The list [...]

E3 2014: Mortal Kombat X trailer reveals new characters and gameplay

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Sony showed off the very first gameplay video of Mortal Kombat X during their E3 Briefing today, revealing new fighters, dynamic gameplay with the new stage interactions, with X-rays and fatalities of course!Announced only a few days before E3, Mortal Kombat X will be the 10th installment in the franchise and plans to make the gameplay more dynamic and cinematic with interactable stages and objects, also introducing character variants, letting you [...]

E3 2014: Microsoft brings back ‘Phantom Dust’ for Xbox One

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  After bringing back Killer Instinct, Microsoft has announced that it plans to revive another fan-favourite title Phantom Dust as an Xbox One exclusive title. Originally released for the first Xbox console, Phantom Dust was an action/strategy game that included a card-based combat system, where players constructed decks – or “arsenals” – from their acquired skill and then use them to battle other players. The goal is to find out why Earth has become a [...]

E3 2014: Ubisoft’s next-gen racing MMO “The Crew” coming out on Nov 11

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Ubisoft has confirmed at its E3 2014 presentation today that The Crew - the company’s latest car racing MMO – will be released on November 11 for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC. The game include a massive open world recreation of the United States, and will allow players to go on a “wild ride” and feature exciting challenges. The Crew‘s creative director Julian Gerighty also revealed that they will open up the [...]

E3 2014: Assassin’s Creed Unity will have global release on October 28

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Ubisoft has confirmed at its E3 2014 presentation that its latest title in the Assassin’s Creed franchise - Assassin’s Creed: Unity - will be released worldwide on October 28 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC. Developed by Ubisoft Montreal, Unity is set in Paris during the French Revolution. Players control Arno, a young man “wounded by the loss of those he loved [and is] on a deadly path of redemption.” Ubisoft promises that the game [...]