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HTC is about to join the wearables game, will launch at the end of the year

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HTC is joining the wearable devices market, joining its smartphone rivals Samsung and Sony (and maybe Apple, because fanboys are still waiting for the much-rumoured iWatch). The company’s chairman, Cher Wang, told Bloomberg that such a device will launch by this year’s holiday shopping season. According to Wang, HTC has been working on a wearable device for years – to some degree of difficulty. “Many years ago we started looking [...]

Warface Xbox 360 Edition now in public beta

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From the developers of the acclaimed “Crysis” series, Crytek have announced today that their upcoming free-to-play first person shooter Warface is now in open beta. Using the award-winning CRYENGINE, Warface is set in the near future where the world is still struggling from the recession and the powerful members of society controls a majority of the world’s wealth. Players are divided into two teams: Warface – those who oppose the [...]

The Pirate Bay almost had a server in North Korean soil

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Remember back in early March last year when the Pirate Bay announced that they were moving to North Korea – only to later announce it was a hoax. Well, in a Q&A session with one of the original founders of the Pirate Bay, Tobias Andersson acknowledged that there was an attempt to place servers in North Korean soil – by putting them in the North Korean embassy in Stockholm. Andersson was [...]

Microsoft announces Satya Nadella as new CEO, Bill Gates as “Tech Advisor”

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After a long search, Microsoft have confirmed that Satya Nadella – formerly the Executive Vice President of its Cloud and Enterprise division – as its CEO, succeeding Steve Ballmer. It also announced that its founder Bill Gates will devote more time to the company, leaving his post as Chairman of the Board to take up the role as “Founder and Technology Advisor”. India-born Nadella, 46, joined Microsoft in 1992 after [...]

Pokémon Bank available in Oceanic and European regions

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Following issues and delays, Nintendo has just made available Pokémon Bank in European and Oceanic region. Originally, the Nintendo 3DS software was planned for a late December launch worldwide; but was plagued with server issues following its Japanese launch and was delayed. Pokémon Bank is a cloud-base storage which allow Pokémon X and Y players to store additional Pokémon for a yearly cost. In addition, Pokémon Bank allows players to [...]

Tumblr turns on SSL encryption – but it’s not by default

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Like Facebook and Twitter, Tumblr has announced that it now supports SSL encryption – meaning that you will have an extra layer of security whenever you visit the website. However, there is a catch: it is not turned on by default. You will need to go to your account settings and turn the option on. So, why should you turn this feature on? It makes it harder for hackers to extract [...]

Samsung announces new UNPACKED event – will it announce the Galaxy S5?

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Samsung has confirmed its first UNPACKED event for the year, and it is no surprise that it is on the same week and same location as Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The event will be held on Monday February 24 at 8pm local time – or Tuesday February 25 at 6pm in Sydney – and will be livestreamed on their YouTube channel. The most important question, however, is: will Samsung announce [...]

Dell combines OS X and Windows 8 in the worst marketing mistake

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Dell has posted an advertisement showing it’s latest XPS machine to the world. However, thanks to a marketing stuff-up the advertisement shows the XPS machine running a combination of OS X and Windows 8. With just a swipe of a finger, you can easily switch between the two operating systems. According to The Verge, the website has been available on Dell’s YouTube channel since December. Obviously, the XPS machine is not designed to [...]

PPCA: We want artists to have a “fair share” from radio stations

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Image: Austin Gruenweller/Flickr (Creative Commons) The PPCA – the group that represents musicians in Australia – have expressed disappointment in the decision by many regional radio stations pulling their online streams, saying that they have “chosen to deprive regional listeners of local programming” instead of negotiating. “PPCA has tried many times to engage CRA in open and amicable negotiations to resolve this issue – and will continue to do so,” the [...]

Their way or The Pirate Bay: Game Of Thrones will only be available through Foxtel in 2014

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For the past few years Australian Game Of Thrones fans have been almost lucky when it comes to legally accessing the show. While, like in the US, the show was broadcast on Pay TV first, it also, uniquely, came to iTunes the day later in Australia. So instead of requiring a hefty monthly fee, the show was basically available without any other subscription, just through a per-episode price on a [...]

Canadian ISP Bell suffers huge data breach – and they’re still quiet

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Thousands of customers of Bell Canada – the country’s largest ISP – have had their personal information leaked online by a hacking collective known as NullCrew. The leaked data mainly consists of customer’s email addresses and passwords, but also includes modem passwords and partial credit card numbers of 127 Bell customers. “Go fuckin figure, people who are suppose to provide secure connection to the internet?” NullCrew says in the dump. [...]

Regional radio stations pull online streams due to licensing issues, metro stations might be next

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Image: Fod Tzellos/Flickr (Creative Commons) Within a couple of weeks, you might not be able to listen to your favourite radio stations online. After being unable to come to a new licensing agreement with the music industry, nearly 200 regional radio stations will end their live simulcasts with all metropolitan stations threatening to go dark as well. The stations – represented by Commercial Radio Australia – join Grant Broadcasters in ending their [...]

Xbox: Spartan Assault is coming to Xbox 360 tomorrow

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The latest installment to the highly acclaimed Halo franchise, Halo: Spartan Assault will be available, via download, to the Xbox 360 tomorrow. The game features a new immersive story, bridging the gap of Halo 3 and Halo 4, and expanding on the Human-Covenant conflict and the rise of Commander Sarah Palmer, first introduced in Halo 4. Previously, Spartan Assault was exclusively available for Window 8 devices and the Xbox One. The [...]

Yahoo resets passwords after hackers attacked email service

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Yahoo has said that it will be resetting passwords of several users after it identified a “coordinated effort to gain unauthorised access” to those users Yahoo Mail accounts. The company did not share much detail about the attack, like how many accounts were affected. It did say, however, that the attackers used information from a third-party whose database was compromised; and that there was no evidence that the information came [...]

Lenovo buys Motorola Mobility from Google for US$2.91 billion

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With Google’s new Motorola division losing millions each quarter, it’s no surprise that the company, and its investors, want change. Today, that change has arrived, with Google selling Motorola Mobility, the mobile device division of Motorola, to Lenovo for US$2.91 billion, giving Lenovo a major US presence for the price of just 2.91 Instagram’s. Their total losses aren’t as damaging as it may look Selling for a fraction of the original [...]