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e-wallet

Google wants you to pay not to see ads

Hannah Francis 3:16 PM   Google Contributor is an experiment that lets consumers pay for Google's ads on other websites to disappear.

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Gamer

A long way to the top for Australia's biggest video games export Alex Hutchinson

Hannah Francis   Australia's highest achiever in video games on the hard work that got him where he is today.

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Digital life

University pirate speaks out

Ben Grubb   A student fined hundreds of dollars for pirating Comedy Central's The Daily Show over the University of NSW's Wi-Fi network says it hasn't deterred him from downloading movies and TV shows illicitly.

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Web

Airline passenger stuck with $1300 Wi-Fi bill

Jessica Plautz   An 'entirely transparent' sign-on still left Singapore Airlines passenger bill-shocked.

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Tech

Blow for Google as Yahoo becomes default US Firefox search engine

Bill Rigby and Brian Womack   Yahoo says it has struck a deal to be the default search engine on the Firefox web browser on desktop PCs and mobile devices in the United States, replacing market leader Google.

Security

WhatsApp encrypts user messages following moves by Google, Apple

Jordan Robertson and Sarah Frier   Facebook's WhatsApp is adding encryption so messages can't be deciphered when stored or traveling between devices, boosting efforts by technology companies to thwart snooping by hackers and government spies.

Netflix in Australia: will local users make the switch?

Adam Turner   Will Aussies sneaking into Netflix switch to the local service when it arrives next year?

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Tactics

Uber exec threatens to dig dirt on critics

Nick O'Malley   Emil Michael declared to a dinner table that the company should spend $1 million hiring private investigators.

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Facebook launches spinoff Groups app

Hannah Francis   Social media monolith Facebook has added another stand-alone mobile app to its growing number of offsprings.

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Tech

Will Generation Z be as connected as we are?

Leonid Bershidsky   Today's hot tech companies may soon be in for some nasty surprises, as teenagers pushing back against the technology dependence that previous generations have developed.

Blogs & Columns

Gadgets on the Go

The best smartwatches might play dumb

Adam Turner   Will the fate of Google Glass force gadget makers to dumb down smartwatches?

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Imaging

New tool to silence noisy pictures

Terry Lane   DxO Optics Pro has an almost miraculous ability to distinguish between the good pixels – the fine detail – and the bad – the noise.

MacMan

iPad Air 2 the apple of any user's eye

Garry Barker   You need to look inside the Air 2 to understand the power and purpose of the engineering that has gone into it.

Astronomy

New Norcia: Australia's link to comet probe Rosetta landing

Ray Sparvell   Scientists at New Norcia have boldly gone where no others have in the landing of a deep space probe on a comet 500 million kilometres from Earth.