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Sport and tragedy top Google searches in 2014

Hannah Francis   Our search habits are changing alongside the technology that helps us do it.

'Little short of frightening'

Ben Grubb 11:22 AM   Australian citizens should not be allowed to gain access to their internet and phone metadata from companies like Telstra and Optus, inquiry told.


How the big games companies fared in 2014

Apple defeats 10-year iPod antitrust suit

Telstra fined $100,000 over iPhone 6 ad

E-cigarettes largely unregulated

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Anonymous targets Swedish government for shutting down Pirate Bay

Hannah Francis   More Pirate Bay replicas pop up, but the official site is nowhere to be seen.


Outrage over $100 fares amid Sydney siege prompts Uber to offer free rides

Ben Grubb   Taxi and private hire car app Uber will offer free rides out of Sydney's CBD on Monday following criticism for charging passengers more than four times the usual rate while a siege is underway at Martin Place and the city is in lockdown.

Hands on review: Belkin WeMo smart light bulbs

Adam Turner   Remote control light bulbs are a handy addition to Belkin's WeMo smart home ecosystem, but there's work to be done.



Ralph Baer: the man you never heard of who changed ctechnology forever

Tim Biggs   Ralph Baer never reached the levels of public recognition of Bill Gates or Steve Jobs but, as the inventor of home video games, his contribution to technology and entertainment are arguably on the same scale.


How we kill sleep, one screen at a time

Amy Corderoy   Bedrooms are supposed to be a place of temptation. But it seems Australians are succumbing to a temptation of a different kind, with almost half of us unable to resist the urge to take laptops and other electronic devices into bed with us - setting ourselves up for a bad night's sleep.

Turnbull's piracy filter is not 'the filter'

Adam Turner   Blocking The Pirate Bay is a futile gesture, but don't cloud the issue by equating it to Conroy's Orwellian internet filtering scheme.



Google News to go dark in Spain over copyright fees

Eric Auchard   Google said it plans to close its news-linking service in Spain in response to legislation under which publishers will soon be able to force internet sites to pay for re-publishing headlines or snippets of news.



'Feels good': Pirate Bay co-founder celebrates its demise

Hannah Francis   The Pirate Bay co-founder Peter Sunde has declared it "feels good" the site may have been shut down forever as a result of Tuesday's police raid in Sweden.


Instagram overtakes Twitter as new players change the social media game

Tim Biggs   Changes coming to Facebook-owned photo-sharing service as Twitter finds itself under attack from all sides.

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Gadgets on the Go

Hands on: BenQ treVolo electrostatic speaker

Adam Turner 2:17 PM   One of the world's first portable electrostatic speakers, BenQ's treVolo aims to put studio quality sound in your travel bag.


2014 focuses on quality photos

Terry Lane   The camera in the phone has matured to the point where traditional compact cameras are almost irrelevant.


Sharp Mac leapfrogs competition

Garry Barker   It’s not cheap and probably aimed more at professional photographers and videographers. But I wanted it.


Clouds obstruct view of Geminids meteor shower in eastern Australia

Megan Levy and Marissa Calligeros   The year's strongest meteor shower streaked across the skies on Sunday night - not that Sydneysiders