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“Controversial” report recommends that Australia reforms copyright law, adopt fair use provisions

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Described as “controversial” by the Attorney-General Senator George Brandis, the Government has finally made public the Australian Law Reform Commission’s report on digital copyright. And not surprisingly, the report recommends that Australia’s copyright laws should include fair use provisions. Fair use allows anyone to sample or transform copyrighted works without the need to get explicit permission from the copyright owner, as long as you don’t take revenue from or harm [...]

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 demo now available

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Konami has just released a playable demo for the latest installment to the Castlevania franchise, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2, ahead of its full release early next month, via Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Network and Steam. The playable demo acts as a prelude to the upcoming game, allowing players to explore Dracula’s castle while combating the Brotherhood of Light’s siege. Players are also able to test out key weapons from the [...]

LG unveils the G Pro 2 – featuring a large 5.9-inch screen and 4K camera – before MWC

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LG has been known to announce devices before big events – and Mobile World Congress is no exception. The Korean phone maker has announced the LG G Pro 2 – the followup to last year’s G Pro smartphone. The phone will feature a very large 5.9-inch full HD IPS display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor, 3GB of RAM, and and come with either 16GB or 32GB of storage (that is [...]

Evolve: Happy Hunting Trailer

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2K Games and Turtle Rock studios, the developers of the first Left 4 Dead, give us a first look at their upcoming multiplayer FPS, Evolve. Evolve combines competitive and co-operative multiplayer, putting four players against one player-controlled monster, that continuously ‘evolves’ during the game. Each of the four players have their own abilities and weapon specialties, as the monster is able to gain more abilities, by attacking wildlife during the game.The [...]

What the f**k is OneClass?

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Have you heard of a service called OneClass? If you are a student at an Australian university with groups on Facebook, then you will soon. OneClass is a Toronto-based startup that promises to help students get better grades, by having said students share with each other study notes from lectures and textbooks. According to TechCrunch, it capitalises on a trend in education where students are sharing notes with each other [...]

Titanfall’s Closed Beta available on February 14

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The upcoming highly anticipated first-person shooter, Titanfall will be having a closed beta for Xbox One and PC gamers from February 14. For anyone wanting to get access to the beta, Respawn Entertainment has allowed players with a chance to get an access code via registering here. EA has promised that the codes will be out no later than February 17 PST. A trailer is just after the jump. The beta [...]

Windows Phone 8.1 features leaked by Developers

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For those like me who hang off every piece of news about Windows Phone 8.1, you’ll be glad to know that a number of developers have leaked upcoming features about the next update to Windows Phone.  Windows Phone 8.1 (codename ‘Blue’) is the upcoming major update to the Windows Phone platform. While it is anticipated that the OS will officially be announced at Microsoft’s BUILD conference in April, Microsoft have [...]

YouTuber explores the world of Facebook advertising, says they “benefit” from fake likes

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Derek Muller – who is behind the science YouTube channel Veritasium and a reporter for the ABC’s science program Catalyst – has released a new video that explores the world of Facebook advertising; and comes to the conclusion that advertising on Facebook is useless and that the social network is indirectly benefiting from the fake likes. Muller said last year, he decided to use the free $50 voucher that Facebook was [...]

Nokia rumoured to launch an Android phone

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Nokia, who has been a strong supporter of Windows Phone, is about to release an Android smartphone as one of its last acts as an independent mobile phone maker at this year’s Mobile World Congress, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. According to the report, Nokia engineers were developing the phone while Microsoft – who acquired the handset division and patents for around US$7.4 million last year – [...]

iTunes Radio begins transmission in Australia

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With increased competition from Spotify, Rdio, Pandora, Beats Music and plenty of other streaming music services, Apple took a step away from its subscription-free iTunes Store and launched iTunes Radio in September of last year. But, as usual, it was originally only available for US listeners. Or at least until now. iTunes Radio is a free, ad-supported recommmendation-engine, similar to Pandora. Unlike Spotify or other subscription-services, you won’t be able [...]

Telstra in talks with Google to launch Chromecast in Australia

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Telstra is reportedly in “secret talks” with Google that would see the Chromecast dongles – the search engine’s cheap streaming device that can be plugged into any television set through a HDMI port – officially available in Australia, according to a report. We say officially because there are many ways to get the Chromecast in Australia – though many of the services won’t work without the help of a VPN. Eager customers [...]

Flappy Bird developer pulls app – and some fans react by threatening to kill him

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If you have just woken up today, then you’ll be sad to know that the developer of Flappy Bird, Dong Nguyen, has pulled the app from the iOS and Google Play app stores. He tweeted that he would pull the game after saying he could not handle the internet and media attention that Flappy Birds has received. Nguyen also said that legal issues were not a factor in deciding to [...]

500px will let you sell your photos – if it can take a 70 percent cut

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If you are a photographer and want to make a quick buck from your photos, 500px is about to make it easier for you. The online photo community (and Flickr competitor) announced it would launch a marketplace called 500px Prime - allowing people to easily license your photos for their projects. “Prime is a convergence of the growing demand to be able to license the amazing photography on 500px and a growing [...]

Community radio will not end online simulcasts, but the ABC says it has to “consider carefully” future of streaming

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Image: Fod Tzellos/Flickr (Creative Commons) Great news if you are fans of FBi Radio in Sydney, or SYN FM in Melbourne. Community radio broadcasters have confirmed that they will not be shutting down their online simulcasts – unlike their regional commercial counterparts – despite their opposition to having separate licences for internet broadcasts. Until a new licence has been negotiated… the existing arrangement will continue In a message to its [...]

Twitter “zombie followers” was a stupid marketing ploy for The Walking Dead

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If you happen to follow anyone that with a substantial amount of Twitter followers – for me, they included Gizmodo Australia’s Luke Hopewell, News Corp’s Jen Dudley-Nicholson, and Asher Wolf – then you would have noticed they were talking/complaining about the sudden increase of zombie followers. And yes, they were literally zombie followers – they had no tweets, no followers, and all had images of zombies. A list of zombie [...]