E-books

Apple e-book conspiracy ruling upheld

Brian X. Chen 2:05 PM   A US federal appeals court has upheld a ruling that determined Apple to be the leader of an industrywide conspiracy among book publishers to raise prices of digital books.

Music streaming

Apple Music arrives, some fans have trouble cancelling Spotify accounts

Apple Music fans trying to ditch their Spotify subscription might find it easier said than done.

1:23 PM   Now where'd that 'cancel subscription' button disappear to?

Task force to examine Uber

Ride-sharing service Uber will be examined by a task force looking at challenges facing the NSW taxi industry.

Melanie Kembrey 1:04 PM   The NSW government has unveiled a new task force that will consider regulating the ride sharing company Uber as part of a wider examination into the challenges facing the taxi industry.

Why Australia's massive game censorship crackdown is no big deal

Of the more than 150,000 (mostly mobile) games classified with the new automated system, 220 were found not fit for sale.

Tim Biggs 11:06 AM   More games blocked from sale in the last four months than in the past 20 years, but will we really miss "Douchebag Beach Club" or "Fun Swimming Pool Love Kiss"?

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Games

Batman Arkham Knight review: a near-flawless finale to a grand trilogy

Batman and Batmobile.

James 'DexX' Dominguez   While its launch has been dogged by controversy, nothing can detract from the fact that Batman: Arkham Knight is a grand and entertaining superhero epic.

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Search

Google slants search results in its own favour, study claims

Yekp have been complaining about their standing in Google results for years, Google says.

Dino Grandoni   A study commissioned by Google rival Yelp says the search company alters results to play up its own services. Google says the study is flawed.

Streaming

Apple Music: everything you need to know

Apple Music, which includes an on-demand streaming library, radio stations and an artist-focused social network, is about to launch.

Jefferson Graham   Apple's new streaming service will be available in Australia first thing Wednesday morning. Here's a preview, and how to get it.

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Uber

Working for tech-darling Uber, but definitely not an employee

When you drive people around, are you even working for Uber? The legal contract all drivers must sign says no.

Lucy Battersby   Passengers consider the ride-sharing service UberX cool, futuristic and clean. But where is this new form of business taking drivers?

Dial-up is dead - here's all the things you're going to miss

Some of the tools you need to get online with dial-up.

Liam Mannix   That iconic sing-song modem handshake tone will soon be heard no more after Telstra announced plans to switch off its dial-up service.

Streaming

Swift not the worst of Apple Music's troubles

When Taylor Swift publicly criticised Apple's royalty payment plans, the company was lightning fast with a turnaround. But not all criticism is so easy to address.

Brian X. Chen   Taylor Swift's public criticism threatened to put a dent in Apple Music uptake and was quickly addressed by Apple. However the service may still be dragged down by other, less public factors.

Phones

Force Touch iPhones now in production, sources say

The next iPhone may be able to sense how hard you're pressing on the screen.

Tim Culpan   Apple has started early production of new iPhone models with a feature called Force Touch, which senses how hard users are pressing down on a screen, people with knowledge of the matter said.

Search

In search of an alternative to Google

Mystery Seeker: an exercise in collective perversion.

Joshua Cohen   Some search engine alternatives return results that look a lot like Google’s. Some go out of their way not to.

ACT Policing porn retweet breached standards, investigation finds

The explicit tweet was broadcast to thousands of followers about 12.30pm on New Year's Eve.

Megan Gorrey   An ACT Policing employee breached professional standards by republishing a nude photograph of a woman from the agency's official Twitter account, an internal investigation has confirmed.

Web

Fears for website owners' anonymity

Hands on: technology companies are developing operating systems specifically for the Internet of Things.

Tim Biggs   If agency's proposal to ban proxy services goes through, anyone who operates a "commercial'' website would have their phone number and physical address available publicly online.

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Fitness fanatic takes on the pirates

Co-chief executive of Village Roadshow Graham Burke.

Ben Grubb   Anti-piracy crusader Graham Burke says his company will soon be prepared to sue pirates.

Streaming

Dear Netflix, please fix your catalogue

Netflix

Hannah Francis   Comment: Browsing through Netflix's catalogue feels like walking into a DVD rental store a week before it shuts its doors.

Streaming

Meet Zane Lowe, the DJ scratching out Beats 1 for Apple

Zane Lowe (right) with fellow Beats 1 anchors Ebro Darden and Julie Adenuga.

Ben Sisario   The New Zealand rapper turned British radio staple is set to take the helm of Apple's new global internet radio station — an experiment thrusting the old world of DJs into the new world of streaming and instant-hit trends.

Uber

Uber launches boat service with cross-continent trips in Istanbul

The coast of the Bosporus in Istanbul, Turkey, where Uber is launching its boat service.

Isobel Finkel, Constantine Courcoulas   Uber is going intercontinental, enlisting the help of Istanbul mariners to carry passengers back and forth across the city's central Bosporus strait.

Social

Instagram now lets you see what's trending

A screenshot of the newly updated Instagram app.

Hayley Tsukayama   Instagram hopes two new features will make its service a little easier to use: trending tags and the option to search for photos by location.

Comment

The four digits that could thwart site-blocking regime

8.8.8.8: Could website-blocking be passed using this simple number?

Ben Grubb   Comment: Four digits used to combat censorship in Turkey could be used to render piracy crackdown useless.