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The lesson of the Sony hack: we should all jump to the erasable internet

A range of start-ups across the world, including Snapchat, are working to create communications systems that are not based on saving as a default.

Farhad Manjoo 9:56 AM   This month’s news provides yet another occasion for a friendly public-service reminder to anyone who uses a digital device to say anything to anyone, ever. Don’t do it. Don’t email, don’t text, don’t update, don’t send photos.

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Dragon Age Inquisition review: big, big fantasy

Massive: <i>Dragon Age Inquisition</i> is epic in scope, but that doesn't mean it isn't highly detailed.

James "DexX" Dominguez 8:36 AM   Bioware's classic fantasy series is back, with the same memorable characters, engaging stories, and difficult choices, but this time in a massive open world.

The best games of 2014

Far Cry 4 is in our top 15 video games for 2014.

James 'DexX' Dominguez and Tim Biggs 1:40 PM   A look back at the greatest video games released this year, from epic space adventures to abstract indie puzzle games and beyond.

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Sony cyberattack: North Korea confrontation possible as US mulls response

Pointing the finger: The US is privately blaming North Korea for launching cyber attacks on Sony Pictures over <i>The Interview</i>.

Peter Baker 10:20 AM   The United States is weighing up how it should react to the cyberattack on Sony Pictures, an official says.

Google Android antitrust lawsuit too vague, US judge says

Android phones are hampered by anti-competitive Google rules, users say.

Dan Levine 9:10 AM   Claims that Google's Android rules restrict competing apps and therefore raise the price of phones are speculative and need more facts, judge says.

North Korea was 'centrally involved' in Sony Hacking, US says

Hacked: Sony Pictures Entertainment.

David E. Sanger, Nicole Perlroth 1:24 AM   US intelligence officials have concluded that the North Korean government was "centrally involved" in the recent attacks on Sony Pictures' computers,

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Napster co-founder donates millions for allergy research

Donating millions: Sean Parker.

Ariana Eunjung Cha   Sean Parker of Napster fame is donating $24 million to create a new research institute at Stanford University with the mission of finding a cure - not just another treatment - for allergies.

Strange methane spikes on Mars revive search for life

The first definitive detection of Martian organic chemicals came from analysis of a sample drilled by the Curiosity rover last year - although scientists say the organics could have been delivered to Mars by meteorites.

Amina Khan   NASA's Curiosity rover has detected methane on the red planet, which is mostly produced by living things.

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When it comes to DNA, crocodiles and birds flock together

Crocodiles and birds are the living descendants of the archosaur.

Geoffrey Mohan   The archosaur roamed Earth about 250 million years ago and was very reptilian, very early-dinosaur-ish, and then it evolved into modern-day crocodiles and birds.

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Gadgets on the Go

Hands on: BenQ treVolo electrostatic speaker

Adam Turner   One of the world's first portable electrostatic speakers, BenQ's treVolo aims to put studio quality sound in your travel bag.

Imaging

2014 focuses on quality photos

Terry Lane   The camera in the phone has matured to the point where traditional compact cameras are almost irrelevant.

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Sharp Mac leapfrogs competition

Garry Barker   It’s not cheap and probably aimed more at professional photographers and videographers. But I wanted it.

Astronomy

Clouds obstruct view of Geminids meteor shower in eastern Australia

Megan Levy and Marissa Calligeros   The year's strongest meteor shower streaked across the skies on Sunday night - not that Sydneysiders