Phones

Apple invites are out, new iPhones coming September 9

Samantha Murphy Kelly   12:21 AM   Just as expected, Apple sent out invitations on Thursday for what's presumed to be its big iPhone event of the year.

Games

ACCC sues US video games giant Valve

Steam has over 65 million users worldwide, and the company behind it is being accused by the ACCC of not following Australian consumer law.

Ben Grubb   2:50 PM   The Australian consumer watchdog is suing the US company behind the wildly popular online video games distribution platform Steam, alleging it misled Australian consumers about their rights and refused to give refunds.

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Tech

Google drones tested in Queensland

A tailsitter craft operated as part of Project Wing.

Cameron Atfield   12:30 PM   A Queensland farm on the Darling Downs has become the unlikely testing ground of one of the most technologically advanced Google projects that could see autonomous drones deliver anything from chocolate to life-saving medicines.

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Copyright

Consumer group ridicules government's piracy crackdown

The fake 'Minister for the Internet' in Choice's campaign.

Hannah Francis   11:14 AM   Consumer group launches ad campaign targeting policymakers in Canberra.

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How a stay-at-home dad became an expert on Syrian conflict weapons

Eliot Higgins, blogger and expert in Syrian conflict weapons.

Patrick Begley   11:05 AM   How can a man who has no degree or a diploma, who has never been to Syria and speaks no Arabic, become an authority?

Wearables

Apple patent application details smartwatch wireless charging

Wireless charging on the way for Apple smart watch? An Apple patent points to the possibility.

Salvador Rodriguez   10:27 AM   US Patent & Trademark Office publishes an application filed in early 2013 by Apple for a patent on wireless charging technology that shows how it could be used on a smartwatch or other Apple products.

Social

Do Facebook, Twitter stifle opinions?

People are less willing to be vocal about their opinions on social media if they aren't sure others already agree with them, the study found.

Anne Flaherty   8:36 AM   A surprising study finds that people who use social media are less likely than others to share their views on controversial issues, even while offline.

Wearables

Apple may unveil iWatch on September 9

A transparent iWatch with some well-known Apple features or something totally new?

Hannah Francis   Fresh rumours suggest Apple's long-awaited wearable device could be launched alongside the iPhone 6.

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Data breach

Australia, reaching for more metadata, lets some slip

Australian Greens Senator Scott Ludlam has questioned the government's ability to handle data retention responsibilities.

Matt Siegel   Federal police accidentally allowed private metadata connected to a criminal investigation to be posted online.

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Tablets

What will we do with a 12.9-inch iPad?

Is bigger better? The current iPad Air is 9.7 inches.

Lance Ulanoff   By this time next month, the rumours about a new, larger iPhone will be put to rest. By next year, if those rumours hold true, we’ll also have the super-sized 12.9-inch iPad alongside the regular 9.7-inch model and the mini.

Privacy

Secret data retention discussion paper leaked

Director-General of Security, David Irvine and Attorney-General Senator George Brandis.

Ben Grubb   It's the secret industry consultation paper the federal government doesn't want you to see.

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Metadata defined under planned data retention laws

George Brandis says a "statutory definition" of metadata will be included in the legislation.

Ben Grubb   The Abbott government has attempted to put an end to the heated debate over proposed data retention regime by promising to spell out in law what customer information it will require telecommunication companies to store as part of its law enforcement and counterterrorism reforms.

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Internet

Stuffed dog auction pulled by eBay

The stuffed Doberman that was listed for sale on eBay.

Beau Donelly   An eBay listing for a taxidermy dog was initially banned for breaching the online auction site's animal and wildlife guidelines - because it had fur.

Data

Google for spies: how the NSA made its own search engine

Headquarters of the National Security Agency in Fort Meade, Maryland.

Colin Daileda   American intelligence agencies just store cellphone data — they can also look up who users talked to through a Google-like search engine they use to share metadata amongst themselves.

Tablets

Apple making larger-screen iPad: sources

Big business: Potential customers for larger-screen iPads are businesses, where the device could take on more tasks of a traditional laptop computer.

Apple suppliers reportedly preparing to make the company's largest-ever iPad, with production scheduled for early 2015.

Gadgets

New iPhone 6 leak 'confirms' release date

The image the French website says confirms the iPhone 6's release date.

Hannah Francis   A new leak appears to confirm the launch date of September 9 for the long-awaited iPhone 6.

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Fare's fair in taxi industry's battle with Uber

The Uber app has drawn the ire of taxi drivers worldwide.

Cameron Atfield   The taxi industry along Australia's eastern seaboard have upped the ante in their battle with ride-sharing company Uber, which it claimed had engaged in illegal and unethical corporate behaviour.

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Video

Instagram fast tracks videos with Hyperlapse app

Instagram's Hyperlapse app creates time-lapse videos.

Hannah Francis   App speeds videos into a 15-second cinematic romp that you can post to Instagram or Facebook with a single tap.

Social

Facebook wages war on click-bait

Facebook has been bulking up advertising services as the social network's mobile ads propel revenue and profit.

Lisa Visentin   Facebook has identitifed click-baiting as a problem, and you'll never guess what happened next. 

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Data retention discussion shrouded in secrecy

Attorney-General Senator George Brandis is in the hot seat.

Ben Grubb   Government releases discussion paper but only to a few, angering rights advocates and industry players.

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