North Koreans subvert laws preventing access to movie and TV shows with $60 device

James Pearson   People are exchanging South Korean soaps, pop music, Hollywood films and news programs, all of which are expressly prohibited by the North Korean regime.

Switching back from smartphones to dumb phones

Nick Fuentes with his beloved Nokia 208 after breaking so many smartphones.

Peter Munro   Abandoning your smartphone for an older-style mobile phone frees you to pay more attention to the world around you.

Ending online piracy in Australia long overdue, say rights holders

It will soon be just that little bit harder to pirate TV shows such as <i>Game of Thrones</i>.

Darren Cartwright   Blocking online piracy is long overdue in Australia and should steer consumers towards legitimate services for their music, movies and TV shows, stakeholders say.


Steve Jobs: new insights from the latest biography

Not a Neil Young fan: Steve Jobs.

Early impressions and lists of interesting tidbits from the new book are hitting the internet. Here are five recurring highlights.

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No limits: rights holders could potentially block hundreds of piracy websites in Australia with a single strike

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull will introduce the legislation on Thursday.

Ben Grubb   A number of drafting issues meant the Abbott government's website-blocking legislation bill was sent back to the Attorney-General's Department for redrafting but it is now slated for this Thursday.

Netflix arrival signals a golden age for TV viewers

Netflix Originals such as <i>Marco Polo</i> and <i>House of Cards</i> are major drawcards for streaming giant Netflix.

Adam Turner   Four streaming services are scrambling to establish themselves, painfully aware that Australia probably isn’t big enough to sustain them all for long.

Aussie anti-piracy crackdown 'unfair'

Internet users who are alleged to have infringed copyright online will receive an escalating series of infringement notices.

Hannah Francis   Consumer groups and Optus rail against $25 fee alleged pirates would be forced to pay to defend against allegations of illicit downloading.


Yik Yak: the anonymous app that undermined Ted Cruz's presidential party

US Senator Ted Cruz after he announced his candidacy for president during an event at Liberty College.

Josephine Tovey   Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz's campaign launch party has been spoiled by the app Yik Yak, an anonymous social media network that has exploded in popularity with college students in the US.


The man who turned down a third of Apple at $50,000

No regrets: Nolan Bushnell appears on ABC television.

Tim Biggs   In 1976 former Atari employee Steve Jobs approached his former boss with a proposal that could have made Bushnell a multi-billionaire, but Bushnell declined.

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Wikipedia’s longest-running hoax was made in Australia

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Stephen Hutcheon   It has survived unchallenged for almost a decade, but Jared Owen's Wikipedia hoax has finally been uncovered.

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Usually mum Apple praises new book on Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs, with Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, pictured with an Apple I computer.

Brian X. Chen, Alexandra Alter   Steve Jobs prized secrecy from his executives and employees during his tenure at Apple. Now his top lieutenants are speaking out — to help shape the legacy of Steve Jobs.


Debunking five myths about Google

Astro Teller, who oversees Google X, speaks at the South by Southwest conference.

Daniel Lyons   It's one of the most familiar and recognisable brands in the world, but Google is often misunderstood.

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Myanmar's shadowy umbrella mystery

Something has gone awry in this photo released by the Ministry of Information of Myanmar.

Su-Lin Tan   North Korea and China might be have a new contender in the race to be the best at photoshopping official government images.

Can I borrow your backyard? Tourists set up tents across Sydney

Backpacker Kimberley Boutard from Paris camping in the backyard of a Dover Heights home in Sydney on Saturday.

Rose Powell   Kim Boutard has been sleeping in a tent in Sydney backyard for about a week, even though she had never met the owner before she turned up at his door.

This mobile app lets you pay with a selfie

Jack Ma presents a new facial recognition feature of the Alibaba portal as he speaks at the opening ceremony of the 2015 CeBIT technology trade fair.

Brett Molina   Signatures are too analog. Passwords are passé. Fingerprints are so 2014. Is the next big thing in authentication the smile?

Mobile barcode scanning apps empower consumers to shop with confidence

Products in a supermarket

Esther Han   Consumers unsure of what's inside the packaging of products they are considering buying can find out more by using mobile apps.

Dark web

Millions of dollars missing amid mysterious closure of 'dark web' marketplace Evolution

Drugs for sale on dark web marketplace Evolution.

Joshua Brustein   The world’s largest internet drug marketplace seems to have stolen all its customers’ money.

Apple pulls plug on promos for The Whole Pantry app

The whole picture is yet to emerge: Belle Gibson of <i>The Whole Pantry</i>.

Beau Donelly and Nick Toscano   Apple dumps promos for embattled developer Belle Gibson's food app.

My phone addiction was making me a terrible mum

The digital addict faces a tough decision.

Meredith Hale   Disconnecting from the digital world for a week can be a revealing experience.

Galleries split over selfie stick ban

Tag, I'm it: ‘‘How embarrassing, Shakespeare and I are wearing the same thing!’’

Cynthia Karena   From banning them to welcoming them, galleries around the world are coming to terms with the burgeoning selfie craze.