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Microsoft buys Minecraft for $2.5 billion

Tim Biggs 12:25 PM Rumours about a Microsoft buyout of developer Mojang have proven true, as fans fear for future of the game.

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Scams

Probe into dating website scams

Beau Donelly The consumer watchdog is probing dating websites for dodgy membership deals and hidden costs in a bid to crack down on romance scams.

Demand

iPhone 6 'scalpers' flood eBay

Hannah Francis Hordes of people lucky enough to have nabbed pre-orders for the first iPhone 6 shipments are now flogging them online for well over the recommended retail price.

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Laptops

Razer Blade 14 review: Desktop gaming power in a portable package

James 'DexX' Dominguez Razer's second generation Blade laptop brings genuine desktop gaming performance to a sleek, portable form factor.

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Why Apple's products can't be judged by tech alone

David Carr What is it about Apple that makes a sea of professional curmudgeons whoop like children on Christmas, even when the product being revealed is one they all knew was coming?

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Go old-school with a DIY arcade machine

Adam Turner How do you bring your favourite games back to life?

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Security

How secure is the Australian Taxation Office's new voice identification system?

Ben Kraal, David Dean You may have read reports that the Australian Tax Office (ATO) has introduced voiceprint technology which aims to do away with cumbersome identity-verification processes on the telephone.

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Games

Why Microsoft needs Minecraft

Bill Rigby Impending purchase of open world brick-building reportedly aimed at pulling users onto Windows Phone.

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Games

Latest game releases: Minecraft, Destiny, Hatoful Boyfriend

Tim Biggs Juggernaut online shooter Destiny is joined by a new version of Minecraft, the brilliant Velocity 2X and a pair of bizarre roleplaying games out of Japan.

Lovers and haters divided by Apple

Stephen Hutcheon In the binary world of technology there are two types of people: those who adore Apple and those who loathe it.

Social

Disappearing Facebook posts may be on the way

Adario Strange The ephemeral messaging apps space dominated by Snapchat keeps growing. Now it seems Facebook is adding to the trend again — in a whole new way.

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Smartphone

iPhone 6 demand crashes Apple online store

Hannah Francis Apple's online store crashed under the weight of demand from eager early adopters hoping to pre-order one of the new iPhone 6 models launched this week.

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Gadgets on the Go

Go old-school with a DIY arcade machine

Adam Turner How do you bring your favourite games back to life?

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Imaging

Get the picture with a good photo viewer

Terry Lane One thing missing from both Windows and Macs is a decent photo file viewer but fortunately there are several around and they're free.

MacMan

It's all linked in Appleworld

Garry Barker The connectivity built into the new Apple operating systems represents the most significant and far-reaching move in the company's history.

Astronomy

Find and see elusive Mercury

Perry Vlahos Close to the spring equinox in September is a good time for evening viewing of Mercury.