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Australia is Spending Millions on Cyber-Security

In this day and age, cyber-security is a huge issue for countries and companies alike, and everyone wants to upgrade and protect their systems. The latest to join this barrage of countries if Australia who recently…

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Valve Found Guilty of Breaking Australian Consumer Law

Valve is known for creating the popular digital sales platform Steam, which does everything hardware to regular sales on video games. One thing they’ve been keen to improve on for a while has been their refund policy, something…

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Australian Beaches to be Patrolled by Shark-Spotting Drones

We have known for some time now that Australia has been looking for high-tech ways to make its beach-goers safer from sharks. Now, a potential solution has arrived, courtesy of Westpac, which sponsors the Westpac Life…

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Australian Man Arrested After Exposé Reveals He May Be the Real Bitcoin Inventor

The real inventors of notorious cryptocurrency Bitcoin could be an Australian entrepreneur and his dead friend, separate investigations by Gizmodo and Wired have revealed. Both Gizmodo and Wired have obtained evidence that point towards Sydney businessman…

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Touch Screen Devices are ‘Eroding’ Digital Skills for Children

Hands up if you own a touch screen phone? How about a touch screen laptop/tablet? How many of your devices use a touch screen these days? It would seem that this may not be amazing news…

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Apple Store Manager Apologizes After Staff Accused of Racism in Shocking Video

Back in August, Tim Cook released a statement to Apple employees outlining the importance of diversity in the workforce. Shamefully, it seems the memo was never received by a security team in Australia. One member of…

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Young Scientist Invents New Fingerprint Recovery Mechanism After Home Burglary

What sounds like the story from a Hollywood crime show is actually a real story originating from Australia. A young scientist, Dr Kang Liang, comes home one day to find his house burglarized. The thief got…

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Scientists Accidentally Discover Orange Peel Can Decontaminate Water

Researcher in Australia made an accidental discovery that could save the lives of thousands of people. Dr. Max Worthington and Dr. Justin Chalker from Flinders University in South Australia, found a way in which to use orange…

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Australian Netflix Launch Ushers Fall in Piracy

Making content available prevents piracy. Everyone knows it, including Hollywood (though, it’d rather use the situation as an excuse for suing users and screwing video-on-demand services). It’s so simple it shouldn’t need saying. Yet it does,…

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Australia To Teach Coding From Primary School

Every day we use computers if we use them at our fingers or just by buying something from a store or driving down the road. Technology is a big part of everyone’s lives these days, and this has…

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Could Bitcoin Become Currency in Australia?

Australia has begun a government enquiry which could lead to Bitcoin becoming a legitimate currency within the country. The Senate Economics References Committee is considering making the cryptocurrency a regular tender, with the same standing as…

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Electronic Arts Might Have a Woman on the Cover of FIFA 16 This Year

Electronic Arts is working on the latest FIFA 16 title, as it is every year, but this year should be different. EA has looked into adding female players in the FIFA titles, but this year the…

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Australian Classification Board Bans 220 Video Games in 4 Months

The Australian Government has continued its crusade against video games and deemed approximately 220 titles to be unsuitable for public consumption. Notable examples include Douchebag Beach Club, Drunk Driver and HoboSimulator. Strangely enough, in the 10 year period…

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PayPal’s One Touch Feature Expands to Other Non-US Markets

PayPal introduced the One Touch feature last year when it first rolled out to mobile devices in the US. Retailers who already had a PayPal payment feature could switch automatically and allow customers to make payments without…

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Australia’s Philistine Prime Minister Doesn’t Take Coding Seriously

Bill Shorten, the leader of Australia’s opposition Labor, last week announced that should his party win government it would introduce coding and digital technologies lessons into primary schools as a “national priority”. “Coding is the literacy…

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Secret Service Agencies Wanted to Put Malware on Your Android Phones

I don’t think it will be a shock to hear about yet another way government agencies try to spy on people, but they are getting bolder day after day it seems. A recently leaked document by…

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Defence Controls Could Criminalise Teaching Encryption

Encryption, the word has been used a lot recently in news reports and in virus attacks, It is a technology that essentially locks your files up with a key that only you know, no-one else can…

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Netflix’s Speed Test Exposes Australia’s Broken Internet

Netflix has compiled its latest internet speed index of the 29 countries it operates in, and the results look particularly bad for Australia. The country, which gained Netflix’s video-on-demand streaming service back in March this year,…

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Microwave Oven to Blame for Mystery Signal

“Ding!” The mystery behind the bizarre signals that have baffled Australia’s most famous scientists for the past 17 years has finally been solved. What was it? the microwave in the kitchen! Simon Johnston, the head of astrophysics at…

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Snowden Warns That Australian Data Retention Laws Are Dangerous

Edward Snowden has branded the new data retention law recently introduced by the Australian government as “dangerous”, and points to the ineffectiveness of mass surveillance, saying that it didn’t stop the Sydney siege, the Boston marathon…

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Australian Students Developing First Road Legal Solar Sports Car

The Southern Hemisphere’s first road legal solar sports car is being developed by a team of undergraduate students from the University of South Wales. The students are working on turning the eVe – SunSwift’s record-breaking solar…

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New eSports Betting Site Unikrn Launches

Over the last few years, we have seen the rise of esports with it taking shape of what should become a massive industry. Now the veil has been lifted on Unikrn, a platform to facilitate spectator…

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Netflix CEO Wants to Make VPN Use Obsolete

Following Netflix’s launch in Australia, a region that was previously full of Netflix ‘VPN pirates’, company CEO Reed Hastings has said that he aims to make the VPN loophole redundant by offering all available content to…

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Apple Increases Prices of Its Products in Non-US Countries

While Apple has discounted the price of its Apple TV in North America to $69, the company seems to be doing the exact opposite to a lot of its products around the world. This comes as…

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Two Gran Turismo Players Compete in Real Race and Win

Two of the best Gran Turismo players out there were recruited by a racing academy and ended up winning an endurance race in Australia this weekend. Wolfgang Reip and Florian Strauss are members of the Gran Turismo…

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Saints Row IV Being Pulled From Australian Stores

Copies of Saints Row IV: Re-Elected are being recalled across Australia. But don’t worry – it’s not another ban. The game’s distributor, Deep Silver, has made what it calls a “serious manufacturing error” – in other…

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Australian Radio Telescope Captures Strange Signals From Space

Scientists from Melbourne’s Swinburne University have detected alien radio signals from space in real time. The signals were captured by the Parkes radio telescope in New South Wales, Australia, famously part of the communications network that…