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Viral

2014's 10 worst internet hoaxes

Caitlin Dewey 12:32 PM   If 2013 was "the year of the viral hoax," what then should we call 2014?

Machine can crack almost any phone

Ben Grubb 12:35 PM   If you thought wiping your phone once to delete its contents or setting a passcode to avoid prying was enough, think again.

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The lesson for all from the Sony hack

The greatest video games of 2014

Summer tech projects for the holidays

Dragon Age Inquisition review: big, big fantasy

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Games

How wasting time can pay off big

Ben Grubb   A new iPhone game created by two Australians has been downloaded by more than 7.1 million people so far.

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Phones

BlackBerry to win back die-hards with Classic

Gerrit De Vynck, Kelly Gilblom   BlackBerry is going back to its roots with a keyboard-equipped phone that looks like the original "crackberrys" that made the Canadian smartphone maker a household name.

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Napster co-founder donates millions

Ariana Eunjung Cha   Sean Parker of Napster fame is donating $24 million to create a new research institute at Stanford University with the mission of finding a cure - not just another treatment - for allergies.

Customers left in lurch as telcos bungle NBN switch

Hannah Francis   Telstra admits to processing errors that left some customers without landlines or internet.

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2014

Sport and tragedy top Google searches in 2014

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

Games

Good year, bad year: how the big games companies fared in 2014

James 'DexX' Dominguez   2014 was an interesting year on the business side of video gaming. Here is our list of the companies that are riding high, and the ones hoping to do better next year.

Tech

Telcos protest citizen metadata access

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

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Antitrust

Apple defeats iPod antitrust suit 10 years in the making

Brian X. Chen   A jury has decided that Apple did not use software to block songs sold by competing music stores from playing on the iPod so that it could secure a monopoly over the digital music market.

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Phones

Telstra fined $100,000 over iPhone 6 advertisement

Ben Grubb   Telstra has paid a penalty of $102,000 following the issue of an infringement notice by the competition regulator in relation to a recent iPhone 6 advertisement.

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Blogs & Columns

Gadgets on the Go

Summer tech projects for the holidays

Adam Turner 3:37 PM   Do you have high-tech plans for the Christmas break? Adam Turner has some ideas.

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Imaging

2014 focuses on quality photos

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

MacMan

Sharp Mac leapfrogs competition

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

Astronomy

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