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This is Facebook Paper and it’s out now

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No, the company hasn’t bought Fifty-Three, creators of the iPad drawing app Paper. This is something completely different. And it’s out today, if you have a US iTunes account, right here. Facebook has hinted at a less integrated Facebook app for some time now. With so many features, plenty misguided, resulting in a cluttered Facebook app for mobile devices, while the competition brought innovation through single-use apps like Instagram and [...]

ASUS launches 8-inch MeMO Pad tablet in Australia, priced at $329

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ASUS has today launched the MeMO Pad 8 – its first 8-inch tablet – in Australia. The tablet’s hardware specs includes a quad-core 1.6GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, a 5-megapixel rear camera, a 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera, and 16GB of storage onboard (more can be added with the microSDXC card slot). It also runs on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, and reportedly has up to nine hours of battery life. The tablet [...]

BlackBerry 10 updated with easier Android app installs, improved lockscreen, and FM radio support

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Despite significant changes to the company, BlackBerry haven’t stopped working on updates to their BlackBerry 10 OS, today releasing 10.2.1. While the version-number may say otherwise, the new update, rolling out worldwide from today, has some interesting features for owners of the new BlackBerry 10 lineup. Update on Australian rollout below. The biggest change is the new ability to install Android apps from the device, without messing around with desktop [...]

Microsoft is not the only company using the ‘OneDrive’ name

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If you haven’t heard by now, Microsoft has renamed SkyDrive to OneDrive – after it lost a court battle with British satellite broadcaster BSkyB over the name. And while we assume Microsoft’s lawyers have vetted this name to make sure it doesn’t happen again, it should be noted that Microsoft is not the only company to be using the OneDrive name. For instance, it is the name of a bolt designed by [...]

Microsoft renames SkyDrive to OneDrive

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SkyDrive has a brand new name. After losing a court battle in August with the British satellite broadcaster BSkyB over the name, Microsoft has today revealed that it will now be called OneDrive – with the company releasing a new promotional ad and registering the domain name onedrive.com. “Why OneDrive? We know that increasingly you will have many devices in your life, but you really want only one place for your [...]

So, did the Warmest 100 correctly pick the winner of the Hottest 100?

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In short, yes. Despite Triple J making it harder for them to predict the winner, the guys over at the Warmest 100 were able to successfully guess that Riptide by Vance Joy would top the this year’s Hottest 100 music poll. The Warmest 100 was developed by four developers - Nick Drewe, Tom Knox, Andy Thelander and Jack Murphy - to predict last year’s Hottest 100 music poll. They collected over 35,000 votes from 3,600 entries across [...]

Free Xbox Live Gold for 360 users this Australia Day weekend

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What better way to celebrate Australia day, with an Xbox controller in hand and gaming away all weekend, Xbox are once again giving 360 users FREE Xbox LIVE Gold in celebration of Australia’s national day, so don’t miss your chance to check out all the benefits of Xbox LIVE Gold. You can also check out Foxtel Play on the Xbox360, with a FREE trial for 14 days. Click Here for more [...]

Yoshi’s New Island available from March 15

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The sequel to the highly acclaimed title Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island and the latest installment of the Yoshi franchise, Yoshi’s New Island is set to be release to the Australian market on March 15, exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS. Yoshi will have to jump, ground pound and gobble up his way through various sized enemies; and journey once more with Baby Mario across new terrain in hopes of [...]

Seeing other people: HP sells patent remains of Palm, iPAQ, and Bitfone to Qualcomm

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Qualcomm has just announced that the company will be acquiring 1400 patents from HP’s smartphone business. While this sale bundles together everything mobile from HP, including iPAQ and Bitfone intellectual property, the most notable inclusion is the patent portfolio associated with the now long-gone Palm, the company behind webOS. The sale includes 1400 patents from the United States, including patent applications, as well as 1000 international patents and patent applications. [...]

Yep, Snapchat still sucks at security – new anti-spam measure cracked in less than 30 minutes

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Image: Screenshot from TechCrunch It’s been a bad few weeks for Snapchat after many people called into questioned how secure users were on the service – especially given how dismissive they were to an exploit which lead to 4.6 million usernames and phone numbers leaked, and a sudden increase in spam. However, the company has said they are now working on fixing its security problems. In the last 24 hours, the company [...]

Nokia Lumia 1020 Review: a piece of smartphone camera innovation

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We’re now seeing smartphones with screen sizes of 6 inches or higher, with bigger batteries to satisfy both the large screen and our insatiable appetite with the data. But when it comes to packing a huge number of megapixels, Nokia takes the gold medal with the Lumia 1020 – the smartphone with the 41-megapixel camera. By the time you read this review, the phone would already have been superseded by [...]

Telstra confirms they are working to bring Beats Music to Australia

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If you are a MOG subscriber, then you would have heard that its owner Beats by Dr Dre is shutting down the service on April 15 to make way for its new Beats Music service. So, what does this mean for Australian subscribers of MOG – who signed up as part of a deal with Telstra? Well, there’s some good news and some bad news. The bad news is that [...]

Is it game over for Nintendo? Not even close

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If Nintendo were a character in a Mario game, it would be on its last life, hovering precariously close to a Game Over screen. That may sound a tad dramatic, but it sums up the sentiment on Nintendo after its latest round of forecasts. Commentators are jumping on Nintendo’s own admission of defeat and are calling for radical changes in the company’s strategy. The iconic gaming firm has lost its way, squeezed out by the likes of Sony and Microsoft, and failed to remain relevant.

NOT AGAIN: Syrian Electronic Army strikes at another Microsoft website

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You would have thought that after a series of embarrassing hacks by the pro-Assad Syrian Electronic Army that Microsoft would have increased the level of security. Well, if they did, then it obviously didn’t work. The Syrian Electronic Army have managed to take over the Office Blogs website. In a series of tweets to confirm the attack, the group have posted onto Twitter two screenshots: Screenshot of the old administration panel [...]

Nokia Lumia 1320 coming to Australia on February 4

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After the Lumia 1520 was launched (after Harvey Norman revealed that they were selling the device), it was a matter of time before we got a release date for the cheap cousin, the Lumia 1320. And now we have: the six-inch smartphone will hit Australia on February 4, with a price tag of $449. The phone will be available through Vodafone and Telstra under contract, and Harvey Norman unlocked. Hardware [...]