Why is TikTok (and other iOS apps) constantly snooping on your clipboard?

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This year’s WWDC saw Apple lean heavily on privacy. It touted all new features and initiatives that would protect and give a better idea on how companies are using your data. But a new privacy feature might have inadvertently exposed that Apple’s privacy messaging might just be smoke and mirrors. iOS 14 will now alert you when an application accesses your clipboard – basically, the place where you store anything […]

How the Qantas Frequent Flyer program taught me about bad security practices

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Source: QANTAS I got three push notifications just as I got to my seat before I left to Melbourne from Dubai. One from Instagram, as a comment to something I posted on an Instagram story: “You should delete this.” One from Facebook Messenger: “Hey. Are you still in Dubai?” One from Gmail: “TERENCE, your Qantas Frequent Flyer PIN had been reset.” I didn’t reset my PIN. Well, fuck. “I didn’t […]

iOS 14 adds widgets to home screen, redesigned Siri

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The newest major version of iOS has been revealed at WWDC 2020, and the biggest change you’ll notice will be the fact that you can now add widgets to the home screen. Widgets, in general, get a noticeable redesign that allows them to fit in better with the home screen whilst also showing relevant and timely information at a glance – and they come in a variety of sizes versus […]

“A historic day”: Apple confirms Macs will move to its own processors

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It’s been an open secret in recent weeks, but Apple has today confirmed at WWDC 2020 that it will release future Macs with its own ARM-powered silicon processors. The move, according to Apple, will allow it to have much better performance whilst also using less power – something ideal for its line of laptops (such as the MacBook Pro). It will also mean that the gap between the iPhone/iPad and […]

No, Apple and Google didn’t secretly install a COVID-19 tracker on your phone

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It’s not new information that it is very easy to distribute misinformation on Facebook – and often it’s because someone tries to connect the dots on two separate pieces of information and thinks “oh my god, there must be something suspicious going on” when there isn’t. Add this one to your list of things you shouldn’t trust on Facebook. So, did you know that when everyone was having ‘phone disruptions’ […]

“Your personal data stored with us is not safe”: Early warning alert service breached

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Screenshot of the alert An Australian early warning service has suffered a significant security breach, with customers receiving emails, text messages and phone calls that their personal data is not safe. “EWN has been hacked. Your personal data stored with us is not safe. We are trying to fix the security issues,” the message said. EWN has confirmed that the message came from the hacker and not from them. Early […]

Hello again

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Photo: Ash Edmonds/Unsplash It’s been a while. Sorry for the long and unexpected hiatus. I just needed a break from being a pseudo tech journalist. A really long break. And no, I didn’t go to public relations. The truth was that I needed a break because I was struggling to keep up with everything I had in my life. Maintaining a graduate job in a tech consulting firm, while running […]

BlackBerry is coming back with a new smartphone – with a keyboard

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Despite previous (and failed) attempts to revive the brand, TCL (yes, that company that makes TVs) thinks it can be the one that can restore it to its former shining glory. The Chinese manufacturer has announced at that it will be creating a new BlackBerry-branded smartphone that will see the return of the keyboard. And yes, you read that right. BlackBerry-branded. Last year, BlackBerry (the company) and TCL signed a licensing […]

Groupon Australia: move to Ireland is “business simplification”, not about tax

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Groupon has quietly announced to its users that will move all of its marketplace operations to its Irish subsidiary, Groupon International Limited, in order to simplify its business procedures with non-US customers. In an email, it said: Groupon Australia Pty Ltd will be transitioning operation of its marketplace and services. Groupon International Limited… will become the operator of www.groupon.com.au and marketplace effective January 18, 2017. Local vouchers, goods, and travel deals will continue […]

2G shutdown forces Melbourne Bike Share offline

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If you were one of the few people that used Melbourne’s bicycle sharing program to get around the city, you would have noticed the entire thing has been offline for the last couple of days. Well, turns out, the 2G network shutdown caused some “technical glitches” in their system. According to the ABC, the bike share stations relied on the 2G network to send back information to its systems and – […]

Vic Minister of Innnovation Philip Dalidakis throws some shade at StartCon

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It was inevitable that StartCon was going to be brought up when Philip Dalidakis, the Victorian Minister for Innovation, came up on stage at this year’s Future Assembly. For those unaware, StartCon is this massive startup conference organised by Freelancer in Sydney. In 2015, the Victorian Government announced that it “poached” the event and that it will be hosted in Melbourne for a couple of years, starting in 2016. It was […]

This LastPass bug could reveal your password on the MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar

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If you happen to use LastPass and have the brand new MacBook Pro with the Touch Bar, then we suggest you avoid using the macOS app for the time being. Why? You could be at risk of revealing your master password when logging into the service. In other words, you could accidentally reveal the password to access all your passwords. And yes, that is very scary news indeed. First revealed by […]

HANDS ON: It’s all about co-operation in ‘The Incredible Journey of You and I’

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At PAX Australia, when we go and play demos of the games on the show floor, they usually require one person. The Incredible Journey of You and I, however, required you to have two people to play the demo. And because no one from TechGeek was around at the time, I asked a random stranger to help out. Now, it should be pointed out that the game does have a single […]

HANDS ON: Mining boom is over, and you have to battle your way home on ‘Ticket to Earth’

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The mining boom is over, the one percent have profited and have left, and the colony of New Providence is to be shut down by the administrators. But with only one Earth-bound ship about to depart, and everyone is fighting for a ticket to escape the planet – your mission in Ticket to Earth is to fight for justice. Ticket to Earth, developed by Melbourne-based studio Robot Circus, is a mashup between a sci-fi […]

HANDS ON: Battle in your undies with ‘Brief Battles’

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Brief Battles, as the title suggests, is a fast-paced 2.5D platforming multiplayer game that sees you and your friends battling out for supremacy. Your weapons come from whatever underwear you find on the map and use – such as toxic goo pants, flaming hot tightie whities, and “buns of steel”. Given the fast-pace nature and each round is usually one minute long, gameplay is simple. You essentially mash buttons to […]