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HBO's Amazon Deal Confirms It's Not Only Aussies Getting Screwed For Game Of Thrones

So this week Amazon Prime (a US-only streaming service) announced a deal to offer programs from HBO that had previously only been available as legal digital content stateside on HBO Go (a US-only streaming service). Why does this matter in Australia? Because it reminds us that being screwed over in terms of how we can access Game Of Thrones is not something that just happens here.


Five New Ways To Improve Your Life

Improving your life isn’t always a matter of making big complex changes: often it’s the small incremental steps that add up. Here are five new techniques that you can apply to make life better.


Five New Ways To Improve Your Fitness

Getting fit requires willpower, determination and planning — but that doesn’t mean that you can’t help the process along with the right gadgets and apps. Here are five recent contenders to consider.


Five New Apps To Buy

So you’ve acquired a shiny new tablet or phone, but what apps should you install on it? Here are five recent apps that are definitely worth checking out.


TCL Wants To Sell You An 85-Inch 4K TV For $9998

TCL attracted quite a lot of attention with its sub-$5000 4K/UHD TV last year, but in a world where Kogan is flogging a 4K set for under $1000, that price point has fallen to the wrong side of astonishing very quickly. Can TCL’s new 85-inch monster captivate the high-resolution addicts of Australia once more with a sub-$10,000 price tag, or will cheapskates run for the $799 40-inch model instead? Also, why doesn’t TCL want to sell Android TVs and tablets down here just yet?


The Australian Da Vinci: How David Unaipon (Almost) Changed Our Nation

David Unaipon has been pictured on the front of Australia’s $50 note since 1995. A hugely intelligent man who nonetheless left school at 13, he lodged 19 patents during his life, revolutionised sheep shearing, devoted much of his time to attempting to achieve perpetual motion, wrote prolifically, and conceptualised the helicopter two decades before it became a reality. This is his story.


iiNet Working On Home Automation Tech, New Prototype BoB Modem

It doesn’t have a final name yet, but iiNet is planning to replace its well-regarded BoB modem/router with a new NBN-friendly design later this year. iiNet is also looking into introducing ZigBee-based home automation services.


Jason Clare Met With Foxtel To Complain About Game Of Thrones

Lots of people are annoyed that the only legal way to watch Season 4 of Game Of Thrones in Australia this year will be to pay for a Foxtel subscription. Shadow Communications Minister Jason Clare was annoyed too — but unlike the average viewer, he organised a meeting with Foxtel to complain about it.


Ed Husic Explains Why New Piracy Laws Would Be Bad For Australian Tech

This morning at a copyright conference, Liberal Attorney-General Senator George Brandis said that the Coalition wanted to introduce new laws that would crack down on piracy via a system of notices issued through ISPs. This afternoon at the same conference, Labor MP Ed Husic offered up a stack of reasons why that approach could cause problems.


Google: If We Were Australian, We'd Have Shut Down By Now

So here’s a thought about fair use: Google says if it had been invented in Australia, it would have been shut down because our copyright laws are so antiquated.