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Microsoft reveals few details for new version of Windows Phone at MWC, though leaks paint another picture

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Image: Alex Holyoake/Flickr (Creative Commons) After months of rumours and leaks, Microsoft have today announced a few features from their next version of Windows Phone, which rumours had labelled Windows Phone 8.1. And I must stress the ‘few’. Joe Belfiore took the stage at Mobile World Congress to announce that the new update will “technically” support any Windows Phone 8 device. The new version will also make a lot of changes in [...]

Samsung reveals two new Gear smartwatches – ditches Android OS, but still looks ‘meh’

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Instead of announcing its successor to the Galaxy Gear smartwatch at its UNPACKED event this week, Samsung has decided to announce it today. Meet the Gear 2 and the Gear 2 Neo – the Korean company’s second attempt at the smartwatch. And you would have noticed that it’s no longer the Galaxy Gear – and that’s because Samsung has ditched Android in favour of its own Tizen OS. Both the Gear 2 and Gear [...]

PSA: Upgrade your iOS devices ASAP

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Janitors / Flickr While some may take the opportunity to laugh at Apple’s misfortune, this is probably a bit of a serious issue. Apple have released an update to the iOS 7 operating system after a bug was found allowing secured/encrypted streams to be read by attackers. Initially, Apple didn’t provide any information on what the update fixed, however, basic information has been added since. The following is from the [...]

Fitbit Force will not be coming to Australia in its current form: recall begins in the US

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In October of 2013 we wrote about the latest fitness tracking device from Fitbit, the Force, which was similar to their previous Flex tracker, but instead had an improved, OLED display and an altimeter. However, despite launching in the US at that time, and promises to ship down under in early 2014, the company has today announced that they are recalling all Fitbit Force devices due to reports of rashes caused [...]

Google reveals Project Tango, a smartphone to map the world around you

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Google has revealed its latest prototype from the Advanced Technology and Projects group – one of the few bits of Motorola that Google has decided to keep instead of selling it to Lenovo. Called Project Tango, the phone looks like an everyday smartphone with a 5-inch screen with a 4-megapixel camera. However, Google says that this phone will be able to learn the space around you – and in real-time. [...]

Online creators might not know what ‘fair use’ really means – research

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The internet has fostered a remix culture for my generation – where people make use of existing copyrighted content to produce their own works. From remixes of songs, fan fiction and art of Sherlock, to even mashups of movie trailers – all of them exist because of the ‘fair use’ provision in the American copyright regime. However, a new report by Georgia Tech – titled Remixers’ Understandings of Fair Use Online - has [...]

Facebook to buy WhatsApp for US$16 billion

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Image: Jan Persiel/Flickr (Creative Commons) Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has just announced that popular cross-platform mobile messaging app, WhatsApp, will become a part of the Facebook in a sale worth US$16 billion in cash and stock. The service, which is used by 450 million people every month, will remain separate from Facebook Messenger, with continued operations of the company to be independent. While this doesn’t rule out future integration with Messenger, [...]

Nokia’s Android phone to be announced at Mobile World Congress, no new Windows Phone announcement?

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Nokia has been giving subtle hints that it is about to release its first Android phone. First it was the colour green all over its social media profiles for Valentine’s Day; and now it’s this teaser image above for its upcoming Mobile World Congress livestream featuring four arrows that form a green X. The teaser image does tie in with a recent leak from @evleaks of Nokia’s marketing material for [...]

Logitech’s UE Mini Boom speakers coming to Australia in late Feb

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Logitech’s Ultimate Ears has announced that its latest Bluetooth speaker, the UE Mini Boom, is coming to Australia. As its name implies, it is essentially a miniature version of the UE Boom and, despite the small pocketable size, promises to give you crystal clear stereo sound wherever you are. The Mini Boom connects to your device through Bluetooth; and if you have an NFC chip, you can pair your mobile [...]

Titanfall Beta to be open for all Xbox One owners

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For anyone dying to get into the Titanfall beta, Xbox’s Major Nelson has just announced that exclusive closed beta will be open to the general public ‘later today’ – only for Xbox One owners. Previously, players would needed to have an exclusive code to access the beta. Xbox One owners would just have to access the ‘New Games demo’ section of the Game Store and download from there. Note: It [...]

Kickstarter hacked, customer data stolen

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Hackers have breached the popular croudfunding website, Kickstarter according to an email and blog post sent out today by CEO Yancey Strickler. According to the email, the breach was discovered on Wednesday night by law enforcement officials. Kickstarter then quickly resolved the security breach and “began strengthening security measures”. No credit card data has been accessed, however, hackers were able to access usernames, email addresses, mailing addresses, phone numbers, and encrypted [...]

Mario Kart 8 will be available from May 31

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Following the announcement at the recent Nintendo Direct, Nintendo Australia has announced the latest installment to the Mario Kart series, Mario Kart 8 will launch on May 31 in Australia and New Zealand. Similarly to other games in the series, Mario Kart 8 will featured many beloved characters from the Super Mario franchise racing each other for a podium finish and the illustrious trophy. Already featuring a plethora of drivable vehicles, [...]

First Look: Vertiginous Golf brings the beauty of steampunk to mini-golf gaming

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Imagine yourselves in a world that is perpetually raining and in constant darkness – and no, this is not Melbourne during the winter. You are in a dystopian and depressing steampunk world that is enveloped by a permanent smog. Your only freedom from this world is a doorway that transports you to a virtual, sunny utopia - filled with warmth and complex machinery – where you… play minigolf? Welcome to the [...]

Classic Gameboy Advance games to be re-release on Wii U

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Nintendo has just announced plans of re-releasing ionic and memorable Gameboy Advance games for the Wii U, starting from April. Games, such as Metroid Fusion, Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga and Yoshi’s Island: Super Mario Advance 3 will be returning as Virtual Console titles – allowing players to relive their favourite fond memories. These games and more will be available for download via the Wii U’s eShop in April;  with [...]

Little Mac returns to Super Smash Bros. as playable character

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Announced at Nintendo Direct, the lovely boxer from the iconic Punch Out - Little Mac will return as playable character in the upcoming Super Smash Bros game. Previously, Little Mac appeared as an assist trophy in Super Smnash Bros Brawl. Little Mac will be armed with his iconic quick jabs and his signature move “Star Uppercut” – inching him closer to victory. Moreover, it looks like Little Mac is able to increase [...]