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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.

BlackBerry tries to win back die-hards with Classic phone

The Blackberry Classic is styled after the phones that made the company's name.

Gerrit De Vynck, Kelly Gilblom 9:37 AM   BlackBerry is going back to its roots with a keyboard-equipped phone that looks like the original "crackberrys" that made the Canadian smartphone maker a household name.

Colin's two-year battle to reclaim $5000 in overseas roaming charges from Planet ISP

Colin Freshwater reported his phone stolen but was still charged $5000 in overseas roaming.

Ben Grubb 6:56 AM   Australian oil and gas worker Colin Freshwater has spent the last two years battling his former telco to recover more than $5000 in roaming charges despite having the regulators on his side.

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

Hacked: Sony Pictures Entertainment.

David E. Sanger, Nicole Perlroth 12:18 PM   US intelligence officials have concluded that the North Korean government was "centrally involved" in the recent attacks on Sony Pictures' computers,

Telstra eyes undersea cable company Pacnet

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10:07 AM   Telstra is in talks to buy the company that owns the world's largest private submarine cable network, Pacnet.

Top technology challenges for 2015 - Part 1

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Cynthia Karena 7:12 AM   Among the many technological challenges to come in 2015, the advice from the experts is the same as it ever was - digitally transform your business or get tossed aside.

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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.

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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