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New Nintendo 3DS XL review: 3D done right

Tim Biggs   A refinement rather than a revolution, the improvements to the 3D effect may be worth the upgrade alone.

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Hands on: BackupBoxx

Adam Turner 9:49 AM   The tiny BackupBoxx is a power backup solution aimed at novices, but might be overkill for some homes.

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ISPs should police web pirates: Tina Arena

Brandis hides his metadata

GoPro making consumer drones: report

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Maker of smartphone surveillance app gets $587,000 fine

Matt Zapotosky   The maker of a smartphone app once marketed to help catch cheating lovers by listening in on phone calls and tracking locations was ordered Tuesday to pay a $US500,000 ($A587,000) fine - a win for federal prosecutors that might spur more legal action against producers of so-called stalker apps.

Games

Framed review: beauty in motion

James "DexX" Dominguez   The concept is simple — rearrange the panels of a comic to change the outcome — but Framed takes this idea and crafts it into something amazing.

Courts

Australian courts' $1 million a year, 24-kilometre high paper problem

Ben Grubb   If you were to stack every paper document held in the storage facilities of Australia's Federal Circuit Court and Family Court they'd stand about 24 kilometres high.

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Apps

Facebook brings anonymous chat app Rooms to Australia

Stand-alone app mimics traditional internet chat rooms by allowing users to chat with strangers on niche topics.

Games

Far Cry 4 review: mountains and madness

Tim Biggs   This versatile, surprising open-world shooter set in the Himalayas has lofty ambitions and achieves nearly all of them.

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Search

Google settles case with victim of extreme trolling

Jeremy Hodges and Aoife White   A former Morgan Stanley banker has settled his suit with Google over "vile" comments on the internet accusing him of being a Nazi and a member of the Ku Klux Klan.

Social

Twitter chief caught out in embarrassing direct message fail

Sarah Frier   It seems even the higher-ups at Twitter sometimes send a message public when it was meant for one pair of eyes only.

Data

Fitness tracking data in courts – persuasive, but not conclusive

Suneel Jethani, Angela Daly   Beyond simply counting steps, fitness tracking technology creates personal black boxes that archive everything we do – even sleeping. So can it be used as evidence in court?

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Security

Sony denies PlayStation hacked

Matthew Codd   Hacker group claims to have published details for thousands of PlayStation Network.

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Gadgets on the Go

Hands on: BackupBoxx

Adam Turner 9:49 AM   The tiny BackupBoxx is a power backup solution aimed at novices, but might be overkill for some homes.

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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

Users monitor consumption with menu monitor

Garry Barker   During its seven years of service, iStat Menus has been downloaded millions of times.

Astronomy

Geminid meteor shower to light up skies

Perry Vlahos   The Geminid meteor shower can produce as many as 30 to 40 meteors an hour during peak activity over Australia. This year’s peak is overnight on December 13-14.