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Dick Smith says Chromecast is coming on May 28, opens preorders

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After much speculation on when the Chromecast will be officially available in Australia, including rumours that Telstra was negotiating with Google to launch the device bundle their services; Dick Smith has started taking preorders for the cheap streaming device. The page has also revealed that the device will be coming on May 28, and the price will be $49. In the United States, where the device has been available since [...]

Hands on with the Moto E – Motorola’s newest smartphone

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I’m sitting in a little Italian café just outside the Rialto South Tower, having an informal meeting with a Motorola Mobility representative named John. He tells a waitress his order before asking me if I would like something. I politely decline, instead opting to drink the free water. I already had a cup of coffee beforehand. Having a one-on-one meeting with a company representative is very rare. Companies prefer to hold media briefings [...]

Halo 5: Guardians announced for 2015

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Microsoft and 343 Industries have announced Halo 5: Guardians as the next title in the Halo Reclaimer Saga, with a Fall 2015 release, exclusively on the Xbox One.  Finally! some news on the next-gen Halo, and although the title and release period are the main announcements, it’s exciting to see 343′s direction for Halo. 343 General Manager Bonnie Ross writes: It’s a game that will hopefully demonstrate the talent, learnings [...]

Meet the Xiaomi Mi Pad… or the iPad Mini for Android lovers

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Look familiar to you? Yeah, me too… Meet the Xiaomi Mi Pad. It’s a 7.9-inch plastic colourful tablet which very much resembles the iPad Mini. The Mi Pad is the first to feature NVIDIA’s Tegra K1 processor which was announced in January at CES. It also features 2GB of RAM, 16/32GB of storage with the option of expanding up to 128GB with a MicroSD card and runs Android 4.4.2 Kitkat. [...]

REVIEW: WD My Passport Pro (4TB)

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The WD My Passport Pro is the first portable dual-drive solution powered by Thunderbolt. The WD My Passport Pro sports two 2TB hard drives inside and allows a RAID configuration to pair the two drives together. Designed specifically for creative professionals and enthusiasts, the My Passport Pro offers high performance and capacity in a truly mobile solution. According to WD, the My Passport Pro boasts speeds of up to 233MB/s which provides [...]

Techcast S01E08: Not So Special Podcast Part 2

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Welcome to Techcast! This is Part Two of our Two Part podcast from Sunday. This week we talk about the Xbox One and the Kinect, The Au$$ie government cutting funding, Nokia launching a new phone and more ispONE headache. Get ready for our most aussie episode yet….. Be sure to subscribe to our new podcast by using the links below. Let us know what you think of the new podcast [...]

About time… Spotify releases their new Windows Phone app

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Remember back in February when Spotify promised that the new Windows Phone update was being released soon? Well “soon” is finally here! The app features a brand new design, Discover and Browse functionality and the Radio feature. Interestingly, the new design looks much like the older Spotify for Android design and really doesn’t incorporate the modern look and feel that Windows Phone has. The app features: Completely redesigned to bring you [...]

One Telecom/ONEseniors services cancelled, existing numbers lost

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If you cast your mind back to August of last year, you might remember about the huge ispONE fiasco that cancelled over 280,000 mobile phone services due to unpaid Telstra invoices. Two major resellers, Kogan Mobile and Aldi Mobile were stuck in the middle while Telstra and ispONE worked out their differences in court. However, there were still a number of customers from both One Telecom and ONEseniors (retail arms of ispONE) which [...]

Beats Music starts small with just 111,000 subscribers, no word on how many are paid

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Despite rumoured, and practically confirmed, acquisition plans from Apple for US$3.2 billion, Beats Music, the subscription streaming service from the popular headphone brand, has just over 100,000 users according to a new report. As The Guardian reports, the actual user count for Beats Music is strengthened by the fact that 61,621 of these accounts are part of the Beats Music ‘Family-Plan’, which can allow up to 5-users for AT&T users at [...]

Microsoft to offer Kinect-less Xbox One for AU$499, kills Xbox Live Gold paywall for most apps

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Microsoft has announced that it plans to sell the Xbox One without the Kinect in June and will make some of its popular entertainment applications available for all Xbox users – including non-paying Xbox Live Gold subscribers. “We’ve heard that you want more choices from Xbox One. You want a wide variety of options in your games and entertainment experiences and you also want options in your hardware selection,” Phil Spencer, [...]

Games With Gold June 2014 – Xbox 360 & Xbox One

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Its been a year since Games with Gold launched on the Xbox 360, with millions of users spending countless hours playing free Xbox 360 titles like Halo 3, Assassins Creed and Gears of War. To celebrate the one year anniversary in June, Microsoft are giving an additional free Xbox 360 game, but are also bringing Games with Gold and Deals with Gold to the Xbox One. The Games with Gold titles [...]

Australian Government axes federal funding for games industry

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The Australian Government has decided to axe the Australian Interactive Games Fund – intended to support the local game development industry – and reallocating the savings to “repair the budget and fund policy priorities.” Announced back in November 2012 and described as “welfare for nerds” by 3AW’s Neil Mitchell, the former Gillard Government pledged $20 million over the next three years to help local game developers to “reclaim their competitive [...]

Microsoft Mobile confirms Lumia 630 launch, priced at under $250

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Microsoft Mobile/Nokia has confirmed that the Lumia 630 – the first smartphone with the Windows Phone 8.1. update – will be coming to Australia. It will launch on May 27 with a very attractive price tag. The Lumia 630 will be available through Harvey Norman, JB Hi Fi, Dick Smith and other major retailers from May 27 with a price of $249. It will also be available through Vodafone from June 4 [...]

Techcast S01E07: Not So Special Podcast

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Welcome to this very special edition of Techcast! We didn’t release at our usual time of Wednesday night due to a number of scheduling issues, so we’ve decided that we’ll do catch-up and release a special episode. This week we talk about Apple purchasing Beats for way too much money, more UberX issues, the Huawei phone launch in Australia and a few other things. Be sure to subscribe to our new [...]

In-game footage of Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire emerges

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Nintendo sure knows how to build hype. Embracing the already fever-pitch excitement surrounding their just-announced Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire remake, today The Pokémon Company have released a 40 second clip of what you could describe as in-game footage. Kinda. I guess it’s better than nothing, right? Hopefully we see more at E3.