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Apps

Wake up: Karl Stefanovic now comes in an app

Tim Biggs 1:54 PM   Today Show cast find a way to make you feel weird and pepper you with Nine news from the moment you wake up.

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Mums and dads' bitcoin use probed

Ben Grubb 2:22 PM   It's not only hardened criminals using virtual cryptocurrenciesto purchase illicit drugs. Mums and dads are too, inquiry told

Presto and Stan sweeten their deals

The internet's best troll you've never heard of

Optus to launch own smartwatch

Turnbull: Minister for Encryption

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Watchdog fines iiNet $204,000

Ben Grubb 5:10 PM   Internet service provider iiNet has paid a $204,000 fine after its billboard and tram ads were found to feature fine print that was a little too fine.

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Wearables

LG's 4G watch is very smart, very large

Hannah Francis   Urbane LTE is full of great functionality, but it's super-bulky and its less-smart basic variant is a touch prettier.

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Microsoft unveils Lumia 640, 640 XL smartphones

Hannah Francis   Microsoft launches two new affordable Windows phones and Windows 10.

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The iMessage trick that lets you text MPs

Ben Grubb   It was a simple "hack" posted by a software engineer that led to an avalanche of spam hitting Attorney-General George Brandis' iPhone.

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Games

Can Paris Hilton do a Kim Kardashian?

Stephen Hutcheon   Can the Paris Hilton brand translate to a mobile gaming app?

Wearables

Smartwatch inspired by 'golden age' of design

Huawei stuns with a form-first smartwatch one week before Apple is expected to show off its more new-school rival device.

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Privacy

Brandis teased as data cost revealed

Ben Grubb   The Abbott government's new metadata retention laws may drive up the price of household internet and phone plans, experts say.

Tech

Smart ski helmet attracts global interest

Yolanda Redrup   Uni graduates are making waves with the next evolution in on-piste tech: a smart helmet that combines safety with live-streaming and communication.

MWC

HTC's One M9 improves, but is still the same

Hannah Francis   Taiwanese phone-maker adds some nice touches but drops one of the previous handset's best features.

Blogs & Columns

Gadgets on the Go

Presto and Stan sweeten their deals as Netflix unleashes the dogs of war

Adam Turner 2:07 PM   With Netflix only days way, newcomers Presto and Stan are scrambling to win a foothold in Aussie homes.

Social Radar

Don’t blame Facebook – the narcissists have always been there

Laura Demasi   Laura Demasi looks at the me-media world and asks the questions worth pondering over.

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MacMan

User support a core issue

Garry Barker   Despite aiming for simplicity, our linked-in world of increasingly complex devices requires sophisticated help.

Imaging

Return to film smells like teen spirit

Terry Lane   The day we left the darkroom and closed it for good, rescued for all time from toxic fumes, our lungs breathed a sigh of relief.