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Techcast S01E17: We Wish We Could Say More

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We’re back – but missing one person. Don’t worry, he’ll be back in a couple of weeks. But did you hear? Apple has announced a date for its special announcement, and our Team Of Experts™ have been analysing the invite to tell you want we can expect from the event. Will it be a new iPhone, or a super-sized iPad? Find out here in this week’s edition of the Techcast! […]

ACCC takes Valve to court over breaches of the Australian Consumer Law

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The ACCC has announced that it will take Valve to the Federal Court over its games refund policy on Steam, saying that it misrepresented or made false claims “regarding the application of the consumer guarantees under the Australian Consumer Law.” According to the ACCC, Valve is alleged to have made claims that customers were not entitled to refunds in any circumstance; that it was not in any obligation to refund, […]

Nintendo adds Link, Blue Falcon to Mario Kart 8 in new DLC

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Nintendo has made an unanticipated announcement overnight with the confirmation that two additional Mario Kart 8 DLC packs will be released in the coming months with a series first of characters, tracks and vehicles from outside the Mario universe. Link is finally joining the roster, as well as Isabelle and the Villager from Animal Crossing, and a few familiar faces from Super Mario 3D World are also being introduced (Dry Bowser, Tanooki Mario, and Cat Peach). […]

Nokia Lumia 930 – A Photographer’s Review

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Sometimes, lightning strikes twice. We’ve already had the chance to review the Nokia Lumia 930 as a day-to-day phone, and Stewart found the Lumia to be the best Windows Phone to date. However, I thought it would be worthwhile to take a deeper look at the phone from a photographer’s perspective – to see how Nokia’s vaunted reputation for mobile photography fares here.

Songl streaming service to close just 18 months after launch

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Songl is no more. After just 18 months of life in the already crowded Australian streaming music circuit, the basic subscription service from Southern Cross Austereo (SCA) and partners Sony Music and Universal Music, has closed its doors to new customers. In a statement SCA have stated that they “have jointly been committed to (Songl) for the past two years. However, all stakeholders have moved their focus from this service into other music and content-based […]

‘Wikipedia meets Tinder’ app wins as first-ever UNIHACK Melbourne hackathon is a success

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One of the teams presenting their application to the audience and judges at UNIHACK Melbourne 2014 (Image: Tom Solari/TechGeek) Two weeks ago, eleven teams comprised of university students from all over Melbourne competed at the very first UNIHACK Melbourne. Held at York Butter Factory, the teams had one simple task: build an application or prototype related to this year’s theme – discovery – in 24 hours. Regular readers of TechGeek […]

Navman refreshes EZY GPS range with 5-inch and 7-inch models

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Image: Beau Giles/Flickr (Creative Commons) Despite the undeniable shift towards all-in-one gadgets in recent years, particularly thanks to the impact of the smartphone, there is still something to be said about dedicated products that do one thing, and do it well. This is particularly noticable when talking about the modern car essential, the humble GPS. While your phone can likely get you from A to B there are still a number of issues […]

HP’s Stream notebook could be Microsoft’s answer to the Chromebook

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Just a few months ago, Microsoft talked briefly of a new version of Windows, unfortunately known as Windows 8.1 with Bing. The main difference was that the apparently stripped-back copy of Windows would come pre-installed with Internet Explorer, as well as Bing search by default. Though Microsoft had just one restriction for hardware makers: the price of the device itself must be low. And while, as far as we know, the restrictions to the OS don’t cut […]

Steve Ballmer loves his new job as owner of the LA Clippers

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Just under an hour ago, at the Clippers Fan Festival in San Francisco, Microsoft’s infallible ex-CEO, Steve Ballmer, took the stage. And by all accounts, he bloody loved the whole event. And who could blame him? The millionaire, already on-record as a lover of basketball, now owns an NBA team, the LA Clippers. With some quality Eminem blasting in the background (the quite appropriate track ‘Lose Yourself’), the charismatic figure high-fived every hand in sight, as cameras […]

gamescom 2014: Your Australian Streaming Guide

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Gamescom, which takes place annually in Germany, is increasingly becoming the destination for gaming announcements, especially for European regions, and this year won’t disappoint. With new consoles now well and truly starting to find their place in homes globally, a focus on games, rather than consoles, is expected at the 2014 show, with Microsoft, Sony, and others already teasing plenty of fresh gaming goss on social media. But how on earth are you going to see […]

Note The Date: Samsung to announce new GALAXY Note device September 3

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Samsung rarely shies away from a cheesy launch event, and while it might be a little early to put your popcorn in the microwave just yet, the Korean phone manufacturer still wants you to ‘Note The Date’ for an upcoming product launch. If we’re lucky the spotlight will be directed at a magician, a confident child-actor, or perhaps even a musical-number, as we’ve seen at previous Samsung product launches. Taking place September 3 at 11PM […]

EA’s new game subscription service is coming to Australia, for $7 per month

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EA has announced a brand new subscription service exclusively for the Xbox One. Called EA Access, gamers with an Xbox Live account pay a monthly fee to have unlimited access to some of EA’s more popular titles, discounts on digital content, and access to trials of new-release titles before their release. The service is currently in beta and accessible to a select number of players. However, those players will be […]

Beyond The Verge: Joshua Topolsky leaves Vox Media for Bloomberg, while Nilay Patel returns as EIC

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It’s often been difficult to define exactly what Vox Media’s ‘The Verge’ is. Launched in 2011 by ex-AOL/Engadget bloggers Joshua Topolsky, Nilay Patel, Paul Miller, Chris Ziegler, just to name a few, The Verge, from the outset, looked like the ultimate technology publication. With a star-studded roster, joined by Vox Media’s unmatched video and product team, the website seemed to have a fresh focus and simple goal: to create content for a niche […]

Techcast S01E16: Stuff Up Of The Day

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Welcome to this week’s edition of Techcast! This week we speak about Catch Of The Day and their illegal cyber attacks, Microsoft’s job cuts and DisasterCon – a tumblr convention. Join Stewart Wilson, Terence Huynh, Chris Southcott and special guest, Jason Murray from Ausdroid for this rather long, rantish episode. Be sure to subscribe to our podcast by using the links below. Let us know what you think of the new […]

Grab a Chromecast for $39 from Dick Smith

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If you’re after a Chromecast and were waiting for it to come down in price, now is your chance. Dick Smith have dropped the price of a Chromecast to $39 including delivery with a coupon code. The deal is only for products delivered and not available in-store or via click-and-collect. The deal is only valid for one Chromecast per customer. Use the ‘SAVER10′ coupon code at checkout. The Chromecast has […]