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Cadbury’s Joy Generator: We came for joy and all we got was this lousy block of chocolate

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It’s a cold, sunny Friday Morning in the Sydney CBD and what better way to spend our morning than to visit the Cadbury Joy Generator – a Facebook-powered chocolate vending machine. The machine uses your Facebook likes and interests to calculate your best match, whether it be Original, Fruit & Nut, Roasted Almond or Snack – the Joy Generator has 12 of the best flavours available. While it is an [...]

System error brought down Optus network

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A system error on Thursday brought down customers on the Optus network. Affecting customers nationwide, customers were unable to make or receive calls, texts and use their data allowance for an extended period of time. According to information provided to TechGeek by Optus and a report by the Australian Financial Review, the error was caused by thousands of IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) numbers being added to the stolen database [...]

Vodafone makes it right – free data all weekend

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While we didn’t report on it yesterday, Vodafone also faced major network issues. Firstly starting in Western Australia, customers were unable to access data services via 3G and 4G. Customers took to social media like Twitter and Facebook to express their frustration at loosing data service – some quoting that mobile data was their only source of communication. According to a press release from Vodafone, the service disruption was due [...]

Facebook are now facing issues as well…. and resolved them

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It’s probably time to just give up on the internet today. After Optus and Vodafone both facing issues today in regards to the mobile networks, Facebook has just fallen off the face of the earth – literally. Currently when trying to visit Facebook, you’ll be prompted with a screen much like the one you see below.   This appears to be affecting all Facebook services including the Like and Share [...]

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 [...]