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Spotify launches discounted Family plans, starting at $17.99/month

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In a move to add more paying subscribers and play catchup with some of its rivals, Spotify has announced on Monday that it would introduce family plans to bring cheaper subscriptions to its existing subscriber’s family members (or roommates). Under Spotify Family, up to five family members will be able to share one billing account but maintain separate accounts. Each family member will get all the benefits of Spotify Premium – including listening to […]

Apple refreshes iPad lineup – includes Touch ID and Apple Pay

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After it was accidentally leaked out online by Apple itself yesterday, it has officially confirmed that it will refresh both the iPad Air and iPad mini at its press event earlier today. Both will support the Touch ID fingerprint reader and Apple Pay, bringing them on par with the iPhone. However, since both the new iPad Air and iPad mini do not include NFC, Apple Pay will be limited to just app purchases. The […]

Fundraiser for @evleaks derailed after accusations of fraud

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Remember @evleaks? If you are a passionate follower of technology, you would know him as the guy who was really good in leaking out news of upcoming mobile phone devices. In August, Evan Blass – the man behind the account – announced his retirement as he was unable to support himself by leaking phones, especially given he suffers from multiple sclerosis. Being the internet, there was a fundraising effort to raise some […]

HTC to compete with the GoPro with the RE little camera

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HTC has announced a brand new, oddly-shaped little camera called the RE. Designed to be used outdoors, the RE camera can simply be described as HTC’s GoPro competitor – it has a 16-megapixel 146-degree wide-angle lens, a waterproof body, and no viewfinder. Storage-wise, the camera has 32GB on-board and has a microSD card slot (up to 128GB). It can record in 1080p HD video at 30 frames per second, but can […]

New 3DS and New 3DS XL coming to Australia and New Zealand first this November

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Well isn’t this a first. Nintendo Australia have just announced that the ‘New’ 3DS and 3DS XL will be launching in Australia and New Zealand this year, with a wider launch happening for other markets, such as the US and Europe, in 2015. While Japan will still get the portable console first, in early October, Nintendo detailed local release plans via an Australian Nintendo Direct video this afternoon. The release […]

It’s official: Microsoft is buying Minecraft for US$2.5 billion

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After being leaked to Bloomberg and the Wall Street Journal a couple of days ago, Microsoft has now confirmed that they will indeed buy Mojang – the Swedish developers behind the popular video game Minecraft – for US$2.5 billion. “At Microsoft, we believe in the power of content to unite people. Minecraft adds diversity to our game portfolio and helps us reach new gamers across multiple platforms. Gaming is the top activity across […]

OPINION: Apple Watch fails to live up to the hype

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So, after years of waiting, the so called Apple ‘iWatch’ finally made its appearance today, as the lacklustre Apple Watch.  Years of expectations being built up, will it have a curved sapphire screen,  or will it feature a round display? Will it run iOS or something entirely different? How will it offer anything different to the countless other smart watches already on the market? What was announced  today, however, was […]

Apple reveals the iPhone 6 – two sizes, both coming out on September 19

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Apple have confirmed what we pretty much expected at its press conference earlier this morning – that there will be an iPhone 6, and that there will be two screen sizes. The iPhone 6 will now feature a bigger 4.7-inch display, while the iPhone 6 Plus features a 5.5-inch display and could potentially be a competitor to the Galaxy Note. Promoted as the thinnest and lightest iPhone yet, the iPhone […]

This is the Apple Watch

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The screen fades to black, a camera pans. The audience is shown, for one last time, before their lives are changed forever. And then it appears. The Apple Watch. Well, maybe it’s not exactly that insane, though it definitely seems to be the new product category Tim Cook has been teasing for years: a wearable. With a rounded-square front-panel, powered by a brand new bubble-like UI, the Apple Watch comes to light with ‘nimble, precise’ […]

Techcast S01E18: Never record on a Saturday

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Welcome to this week’s edition of Techcast! Apologises for the delay, it has been a crazy week for all of us personally – and it’s only to get crazy next week with more gadget news coming out from Apple. But we cover the major points of the week – such as selfie cameras, selfie cameras, and smartwatches. Join Terence Huynh and Chris Southcott for a conversation – and I can only […]

NZ ISP suffers massive outage after users downloaded malware linked to celebrity nude pics

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Spark New Zealand – the country’s largest internet service provider – suffered a massive outage lasting nearly thirty hours from last Friday. The outage saw its nearly 700,000 customer base having slow or no internet connectivity on their mobile phones or computers – all because some users on their network wanted to see nude pics of celebrities. According to local media, some users clicked on a link that claimed to […]

Moto X gets updated with 5.2-inch display and 13-megapixel camera

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Motorola has updated the Moto X today – adding a bigger display, better processor and adding more megapixels to its camera. The new Moto X will now feature a 5.2-inch AMOLED display, a 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor, and a 13-megapixel rear camera. Other hardware specs include 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, a 2-megapixel front-facing camera, 4G LTE, NFC and Bluetooth 4.0 LE support. The Moto X’s camera at […]

Motorola updates the Moto G – coming to Australia later this month

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Motorola had several big announcements today, announcing the release date of the Moto 360 and updating both the Moto G and the Moto X smartphones. The updated Moto G will still feature a 1.2GHz quad-core processor with less than 1GB of RAM, but will now feature a 5-inch display – though, it keeps the 720p resolution. The Moto G’s camera also gets an upgrade. It has an 8-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel […]

Microsoft challenges Apple and Samsung with “affordable flagship” Lumia 830

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Microsoft has announced what it calls “the most affordable flagship” device at its IFA press conference today. Called the Lumia 830, the company says that this device is going head-to-head with the flagship devices of Samsung and Apple by making the entire argument all around price. In other words, the Lumia 830 promises to deliver the same – or better – experience and performance at a lower price. Much of the […]

Dispatch: Oppo’s Australian launch

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Before this week I’d barely heard of Oppo, to be perfectly honest. Sure, I’d seen a few YouTube videos regarding their flagship phone (MKBHD’s video on the Find 7 springs to mind), and I’d read brief snippets of info from other tech blogs, but I’d never actually endeavoured to find out more about the Chinese electronics manufacturer. Apparently I wasn’t alone though, and to my surprise on Tuesday I attended an early morning event, or soft-launch as […]