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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 [...]

Nokia Lumia 720 comes to Australia – on Vodafone and Virgin Mobile

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Nokia’s Lumia 720 is coming to Australia. The new mid-range smartphone – featuring a 4.3-inch ClearBlack screen and a 1GHz dual-core processor – will be coming to Vodafone, Virgin Mobile and leading retailers for $429. The Lumia 720 also has 8GB of storage that is expandable with a microSD card up to 64GB. Other features include a 6.7MP rear cameras and a wide-angle 1.3MP front facing camera; wireless charging; and [...]

Free Xbox Live GOLD this weekend to celebrate Australia Day

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This Australia Day weekend, Aussie Xbox 360 owners will have a chance to access some exclusive offers on Xbox Live. Including free Xbox Live Gold access, a free month of Foxtel, discounted movies and other offers. Click Here for more info on this Limited offer. Running from the 25th to the 29th of January, Xbox Australia are opening up their Xbox LIVE Gold features to everyone for FREE. This includes access to [...]

Uni of Western Sydney suffers spam attack by ‘Anonymous’ to protest iPad buy

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Image: Rego Korosi/Flickr (Creative Commons) The University of Western Sydney’s email servers were confirmed to have been breached yesterday, according to several reports – including the University’s Facebook page, by someone calling themselves “Anonymous”. The main reason? To protest the university’s plan to give all of its students and staff members an iPad. According to the Register, the attacker used the servers to send spam and also subscribed students to [...]

Developer makes getting Myki compensation easier; Metro Trains rejects it

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In Melbourne, people who have a myki pass are entitled to get a refund if Metro Trains does not meet its performance targets. However, to get the refund, you have to print out a PDF form, write all the details and send it off. One developer found that to be a pain and developed a site, called MetroClaim, to make it as seamless as possible. Only one problem, Metro Trains [...]

R18+ Classification: What you need to know

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Image: Shaun Greiner/Flickr (Creative Commons) Yesterday was a day to celebrate if you are a gamer. Not only because of the fact it was a brand new year, but also because video games finally now have an R18+ classification. It may have taken ages (mainly because of South Australia’s opposition), but Australia now has an adults only video game rating. So, what happens now? Here are the things you need [...]

Australia joins US, UK in not signing new WCIT treaty

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Australia has joined its allies the United States and the United Kingdom in not signing the new ITU treaty; after a vote at the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) saw the inclusion of calls that the UN be given a greater role on regulating the Internet. “It is greatly disappointing that a consensus could not be reached,” Senator Stephen Conroy, the Communications Minister, said. “Australia worked hard to develop [...]

Group claiming to be Anonymous targets 2Day FM after prank call

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Image: gaelx/Flickr (Creative Commons) A message posted on YouTube claiming to be from Anonymous has threatened 2Day FM – the station which broadcast a prank call which then led to the tragic events last weekend that saw the nurse apparently take her own life. “You are directly responsible for the death of another human being… We have found you guilty of murder,” Anonymous said in the video. “You have placed [...]

Conroy introduces quotas on digital channels, declares no fourth free-to-air network

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Image: espensorvik/Flickr (Creative Commons) Communications Minister Senator Stephen Conroy has announced that first part of implementing the Convergence Review. This will include the introduction of Australian content quotas on digital channels, and has declared that there will no fourth free-to-air network on the so-called “sixth channel”. Digital channels by Seven, Nine and Ten must broadcast 730 hours of Australian content in 2013; before increasing to 1095 hours in 2014 and [...]

Optus announces first investments into Aussie startups – 121cast and Venuemob

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Optus has revealed the first two companies that will receive funding from its Innov8 Seed Program, announcing that 121cast and Venuemob have been selected to receive funding, mentoring, networking and dedicated co-working spaces. “We are excited to kick off our first investments as part of the Optus-Innov8 Seed Program in 121cast and Venuemob, and look forward to seeing more exciting ideas coming out of Australia,” SingTel Innov8 CEO, Edgar Hardless, [...]

Australia Post launches Digital Mailbox

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Finally, we’ve reached some modernity in mail! Australia Post has today launched its long-awaited Digital Mailbox that will let you receive your bills and financial statements all electronically, through the browser, tablet or mobile device – and instantaneously, as opposed to waiting for the mailman to come to your house every day. The service is part of a $2 billion investment in digitising, modernising and expanding its communications and delivery [...]

Sony Mobile launches Xperia go – coming to Optus from September

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The Xperia go is coming to Australia, and is heading to Optus. The phone, which claims to be scratch resistant and somewhat waterproof, features a 3.5-inch display, a 5-megapixel camera and will not at launch feature Android Ice Cream Sandwich. Instead, it will use Gingerbread, or Android 2.3. However, Sony says that the phone should receive an upgrade by the end of the year. The phone also features a dual-core [...]

Ford SYNC (finally) comes to Australia

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Image: Terence Huynh/TECHGEEK.com.au Ford has today announced that its SYNC platform is finally coming to Australia and the Asia-Pacific region, after being rolled out in North America and Europe. To be included in the new 2013 Ford Focus launched this month, SYNC allows customers to safely make phone calls and play music with simple voice commands as opposed to pushing buttons and distracting the driver. SYNC has up to 150 [...]

OPINION: New copyright laws are not the answer to stop piracy

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Image: Dr Stephen Dann/Flickr (Creative Commons) Earlier this week, Kim Williams, CEO of News Limited, spoke at the Australian International Movie Convention on the Gold Coast and called for new copyright laws to better protect digital property rights. Back in February, my colleague and friend Bruce Arnold opined a similar view, stating that in “the age of the internet and multinational business models, many of the existing laws are under [...]

Australia, New Zealand releases discussion paper on mobile roaming prices

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Image: Tom Solari/TECHGEEK.com.au UPDATED: The Federal Government, along with its New Zealand counterpart, have announced that they will be working together to stop large bill shock when travellers use their phones internationally. Both will launch a discussion paper today to gauge public opinion before negotiating an agreement. That agreement could mean legislation being introduced in both sides of the Tasman that could introduce price caps if you plan to use [...]