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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 [...]

E3 2014: Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End teaser concludes Sony’s safe E3 presentation

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Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is coming to PS4 in 2015, with Sony showing off a teaser of the upcoming title at its E3 presentation today. Behind the scenes, the game has experienced major setbacks with key staff being dismissed by Naughty Dog. Despite this, the trailer still shows the game is coming with Drake’s “one last job”, – even if that means a wait for its 2015 release. Overall though, the [...]

E3 2014: Grand Theft Auto V coming to PS4, Xbox One, and PC this year

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With a “host of enhancements”, Grand Theft Auto V is coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC in the US Fall season. With a hot new trailer shown at Sony’s E3 keynote, the game is looking better than ever, despite already looking pretty fly for a last-gen system. Players can transfer their GTA Online progress from PS3 and Xbox 360 consoles, and despite confusion that will not include single-player progress [...]

E3 2014: Sony spoils their own game with The Last Of Us Remastered trailer

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As we all know, The Last Of Us is being rebuilt for the PlayStation 4, with Naughty Dog justifying the re-release with improved visuals. Today Sony have finally confirmed the release date, with the remastered version hitting stores 30 July 2014. Alongside the news Sony published a new trailer, spoiler-warning and all. At least you’ve been warned.