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Network Ten axes ‘Wake Up’ breakfast show, 150 other jobs

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It’s no secret that Network Ten has experienced difficulties in building and maintaining their audience in recent years. Today, after days of reports and leaks, Ten CEO Hamish McLennan has announced that the network will be cutting 150 jobs, including the staff of breakfast show, Wake Up, as well as the networks early, morning, and late news bulletins. Non-presenter jobs, such as the jobs of editors, floor managers, camera operators, and technicians will also be [...]

Microsoft announces new Surface Pro 3 – the tablet that promises to replace your laptop

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The Surface Pro line has always been seen as a tablet for those “who actually wants to get stuff done on the go” – largely thanks to its laptop-tier hardware. And today Microsoft wants to blur the lines between the tablet and laptop even further with its brand new Surface Pro 3 tablet. Announced at its “small gathering” press conference in New York City, the Surface Pro 3 features a 12-inch HD display [...]

Telstra announces national Wi-Fi network – two million hotspots in five years

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Image: Stewart Wilson/TechGeek Telstra has confirmed rumours that it will create a national Wi-Fi network called “Telstra Wi-Fi”. Scheduled to launch in early 2015, it plans to have two million hotspots across the nation within five years and will be available to all – irrespective if you are a Telstra customer or not. In order to create the network, Telstra will build more than 8000 hotspots across the country in social precincts and community [...]

REVIEW: Lenovo Miix 2 8

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Here we have it. Lenovo’s consumer offering of an affordable Windows 8.1 tablet. Now that Windows 8 has been out in the market for some time, we’re starting to see a number of tablets being released. However, we haven’t seen a huge amount of 8-inch tablets on the market. This is where the Miix 2 8 comes into play. Despite the slightly odd name, the Miix 2 packs quite a punch. [...]

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 [...]