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Games

FarmVille shifts to fertile mobile devices with Country Escape

FarmVille 2: Country Escape.

Brett Molina 12:01pm Zynga has released a version of the hit FarmVille game tailored for smartphones and tablets in the hope of reaping a bumper crop of players.

Music

Apple iOS 8 to get song-ID feature, sources say

Music.

Adam Satariano Apple is planning to unveil a song-discovery feature in an update to its iOS mobile software, sources say.

Social

Facebook adds feature for finding nearby friends

Friend finder: Facebook's latest feature will let you see who's nearby.

Chris O'Brien Facebook users will soon be able to see which of their friends are in close proximity using a new feature in the social network's mobile app.

Search

Marissa Mayer trying to persuade Apple to choose Yahoo over Google

Forging a deal: Yahoo chief executive Marissa Mayer.

Sampad Patnaik Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is reportedly working on a plan to persuade Apple to ditch Google as its default search engine in favour of Yahoo.

Tech

Samsung saw Steve Jobs' death as a business opportunity, emails reveal

Former Apple CEO Steve Jobs.

Chris Taylor According to leaked emails, Samsung executives feared Steve Jobs' death could pull focus from its own products, so it launched an anti-iPhone ad campaign.

Mobiles

Samsung to launch Tizen phones, Android Wear device this year

Samsung Galaxy S5.

Miyoung Kim, Se Young Lee Samsung is working to introduce at least two smartphones running on its own Tizen operating system, a top executive says.

Games

The Lego Movie Videogame review

LEGO

James "DexX" Dominguez The Lego Movie has been a hit with audiences and critics, but the tie-in game is lacking something.

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Review

Canon IXUS 155 compact camera review

Canon IXUS 155.

Terry Lane Canon's Ixus compacts are usually good value for customers with modest photo ambitions, but this one looks like a product of the marketing-by-numbers.

Google codifies its right to crawl through your emails

Google says the change in its policy allowing the company to trawl through emails will give

Gail Sullivan It’s no secret that Google keeps an eye on what users of its services are into. But on Monday, the company updated Gmail’s terms of service to spell out its relationship with users in no uncertain terms:

Review

Acer C720P Chromebook packs power in lightweight unit

Google's latest stripped-down laptop is the ideal travel PC.

KATIE CINCOTTA Google's latest stripped-down laptop, the thin, lightweight Acer C720P, is the ideal travel PC.

Cameras

Smartphone cameras fine for snaps

Smartphones have large, high-resolution screens with excellent sharpness, colour and tonality.

Terry Lane While testing the Canon Ixus 155, we had to ask whether there is room in the market for both the compact and the smartphone.

Computers

Support to end for Windows XP users

Satya Nadella.

ADAM TURNER As Microsoft officially ends support for Windows XP, incoming Microsoft chief Satya Nadella has ushered in a new era for the software giant.

Apple

The Mac Pro revolution

Speed king: The MacPro.

Garry Barker Over the past three or four decades, computational power has increased enormously and the cost of it has dropped dramatically.

Payments

Vein-scanning technology may trump fingerprint scanning for payments

Fujitsu's vein-recognition technology identifies a person by scanning the unique pattern of veins.

BEN GRUBB Scanning veins in the human hand could become the biometric measure of choice for authentication when we pay for things or want to unlock devices, an Australian professor says.

Audio

Small-speaker solution

Peachtree D4.

Rod Easdown My mate Don could never be called an early adopter. He asked me about new speakers to replace his 30-year-old B&W floor-standing models that were too big for his new house.

Tech

Human microchipping: I've got you under my skin

Mandatory Credit: Photo by REX (457938d)Professor Kevin Warwick and his Cybernetic ArmPROFESSOR KEVIN WARWICK AND HIS CYBERNETIC ARM AT READING UNIVERSITY, BRITAIN - 2002 Kevin Warwick, a professor of cybernetics at Reading University

Iain Gillespie Forget smartphones, tablets and even wearable gadgets - get a microchip implant instead.

Telcos

TPG fined $400,000 for denying access to emergency numbers

Fined: TPG failed to provide access to emergency numbers, a court has found.

Telco TPG has been fined $400,000 for failing to provide access to emergency numbers for customers who had not paid bills.

Opinion

It's time to stop hating Google Glass

Bad wrap: Google Glass.

Will Oremus In the nearly two years since Google began testing its augmented-reality eyewear, public reaction has progressed from "that's amazing" to "those look stupid" to "if you wear them, you deserve to be physically assaulted."

Review

Siri-like Cortana fills Windows Phone gap

Cortana

Anick Jesdanun With the new Cortana virtual assistant, Windows Phone catches up with Apple's iOS and Google's Android in a major way.

Patent

Google wants to fit a camera into a contact lens

Room for a camera? Google's smart contact lens.

Salvador Rodriguez Google has applied for a patent that details a way to fit a camera into a contact lens.

Survey

Fairfax Media technology survey winners announced

Lenovo

The winners have been drawn and their Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 tablets sent out on Monday.

Email

Google reveals email scanning practices in new terms of service

Google: The web giant has updated its terms of service.

Alexei Oreskovic Google has informed users that their incoming and outgoing emails are automatically analysed by software to create targeted ads.

Banking

Westpac tests fingerprint access to mobile banking

Westpac’s internet banking service.

Tom Pullar-Strecker Some smartphone owners should soon be able to log on to Westpac's internet banking service using only their fingerprint.

Science

This app uses a mathematical model to cure your jet lag

Jet lag image.

Deborah Netburn Scientists try to move getting over jet lag beyond your grandmother's advice - and they want your help.

Yahoo rolls the dice on TV

David Carr Yahoo, a company that seems like a permanent adolescent in search of an identity, is about to try a new persona: high-quality television programmer.

Music

Why Big Music is giving Tim Westergren's Pandora the thumbs down

Tim Westergren, co-founder of Pandora

STEPHEN HUTCHEON First it was Napster, then it was Apple. Now the music industry has Pandora in its cross-hairs.

Digital life

Seeking answers on Ask.fm breeds bullying online for Australian teenagers

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COSIMA MARRINER It is a website renowned for vicious and offensive postings with guaranteed anonymity, and yet teenagers are flocking to Ask.fm. Welcome to the new ground zero of cyberbullying for high school students.

Mobiles

Samsung Galaxy S5 review: less about the gimmicks

NEW: The Samsung Galaxy S 5 launches worldwide tomorrow.

Anick Jesdanun There's a lot to like about Samsung's new Galaxy S5 smartphone - among them, its relative lack of features.

Email

Kill off email to boost productivity

MAHESH SHARMA Employees' reliance on email as the primary mode of communication is hurting business productivity, according to a Cisco executive.

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Security

Heartbleed should motivate you to get a password manager

Tech code.

Lily Hay Newman Thanks to the Heartbleed security flaw, you're going to have to change a lot of passwords - so this is the perfect time to start using a password manager.

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