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Ben Grubb

Ben Grubb is the deputy technology editor of smh.com.au, theage.com.au, brisbanetimes.com.au and watoday.com.au

Security

Catch of the Day caught out by hackers

Ben Grubb Customers of popular online shopping website Catch of the Day are being urged to change their passwords after the company disclosed on Friday it had suffered a data breach, which took place in May...

Security

Police Commissioner defends access to Opal card records

Police investigating a crime could request information on every Opal cardholder who travelled on a bus, ferry or train where the crime occurred.

Ben Grubb and Emma Partridge NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione has defended police being given powers to access Opal card records as a crucial tool to ensure the "safety and security of the community".

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Tech

Emotional airbag no defence against regret

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Ben Grubb Smartphone applications that attempt to prevent people from sending or posting messages they later come to regret are aplenty. But do they work or is better self control the key?

Security

Security vulnerability found in LIFX smart light bulbs exposes home Wi-Fi passwords

What the LIFX light-bulb looks like.

Ben Grubb Thought your wirelessly connected smart light bulbs were safe from hackers? Think again.

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Security

No warrants needed to access Opal card records

Opal card records can be accessed without a warrant.

Ben Grubb NSW and federal law enforcement agencies have been given the power to access the travel history and home addresses of hundreds of thousands of commuters using the new Opal card.

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Security

Police scoop up data on thousands in mobile phone 'tower dumps' to track down criminals

Data concerns: Law enforcement agencies are conducting 'tower dumps' to find criminals.

Ben Grubb and Emma Partridge Australian federal and state police are ordering phone providers to hand over personal information about thousands of mobile phone users, whether they are targets of an investigation or not.

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Tech

Technical issues plague myGov online tax return lodgement

Technical issues are preventing people from lodging their tax returns.

Ben Grubb The Tax Office has been suffering from a technical issue which is preventing people from lodging their tax returns online and accessing other essential government services.

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Security

Mobile anti-virus not needed: Google

Android permissions got a little scarier.

Ben Grubb The majority of Android smartphone and tablet users do not need to install anti-virus and other security apps to protect them, despite dire warnings from security companies selling such products,...

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Digital life

How the Todd Carney urinal tweet went viral

Todd Carney urinating / bubbling

Ben Grubb The first-known tweet about NRL player Todd Carney’s lewd act came at 10.19pm on Saturday night.

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Digital life

Just add a smartphone: Google Cardboard headset revolutionises DIY virtual reality

Cardboard connects to an Android phone to enable a virtual reality experience.

Ben Grubb Meet Google Cardboard, a gadget made from materials worth about $30 that houses any modern Android smartphone to create a basic virtual-reality headset.

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Tech

Google launches new Android software amid protests

The Motorola Moto 360 watch, which won't be available until the end of the year.

Ben Grubb Google's Android software is coming to cars, televisions and watches this year, as the internet search giant races against Apple and other technology companies to extend its business into a rapidly...

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HomeTech

Bright idea: Australian Phil Bosua raises $US12m as he readies smart light switch

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Ben Grubb He reinvented the light bulb, plans to soon unveil a reinvented physical light switch, and now Australian entrepreneur Phil Bosua has caught the attention of one of Silicon Valley's biggest venture...

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Mobile

Vodafone customers break download record after weekend of unmetered data

Vodafone customers made full use of its unlimited data offer at the weekend.

Ben Grubb Vodafone Australia customers consumed a record-breaking amount of data after the telco's announcement that it would not count usage this weekend as a way of saying sorry for an outage that left...

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Mobiles

How one cable in remote WA brought down Vodafone and a system error crashed Optus

A card similar to the one pictured had to be replaced by Nextgen to fix Vodafone's network.

Ben Grubb It was an unlucky day for all involved in fixing numerous faults that caused widespread outages on Vodafone and Optus mobile networks on Thursday.

Apps

RideSurfing launches donation-based ride-sharing service to compete with Uber

RideSurfing lets other motorists pick you up, for a donation.

Ben Grubb How does "free" transportation in a stranger's car sound? That's what a new ride-sharing app called RideSufing is offering as it publicly launches in Sydney to compete with Uber.

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Security

Slow internet? Maybe you have one of 120,000 vulnerable broadband routers

About 120,000 Australian routers are vulnerable to a new type of cyber attack.

Ben Grubb Is your home internet running slow? Is your monthly internet bill larger than you expected?

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Mobiles

Excess mobile data charge complaints on the rise

Complaints about excess data usage charges are increasing while complaints about mobiles overall are dropping.

Ben Grubb Complaints about excess mobile data charges increased 30 per cent compared to the same time last year, new figures show.

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Mobiles

Watchdog to regulate 'astronomical' SMS costs

Less than 10 per cent of the 65 million residents in Myanmar have mobile phones.

Ben Grubb The consumer watchdog says it will now regulate the price telcos charge each other for text messages, hoping it will lower the cost for consumers.

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Digital life

NSW cracks down on Uber ride-sharing

Under fire: An Uber driver demonstrates the ride-sharing service in Tokyo, Japan.

Ben Grubb The NSW government has begun cracking down on the "ride-sharing" component of the smartphone app Uber by issuing $2500 fines and threatening legal action against motorists who offer the service.

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Digital life

'Piracy window' for movie downloads reduced

Movies screened in Australia will increasingly be available for download or on disc up to 30 days sooner.

Ben Grubb In an effort to combat online piracy, movies will increasingly be available for download up to 30 days sooner than they are now.

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