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Not genuine Windows: 'embarrassing' tech snafu in Melbourne CBD shopping centre

Ben Grubb If you were walking around a certain shopping centre in Melbourne's CBD last week you may have noticed some of its digital directories showing an embarrassing warning about running a non-genuine...

Vodafone backflips on data changes


Ben Grubb Vodafone has backed down on changes that would have made some of its prepaid customers' data quota vanish quicker than usual from February 13 after customers "expressed concern" about them.

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'We're being screwed': photographers and designers vent over 'stolen' images


Ben Grubb Australian artists have reported having their images stolen from their websites and used on everything from cigarette cases to billboards.

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Australian schoolgirl a science sensation


Ben Grubb An Australian teenager's simple idea that would allow a complete quadriplegic to control a wheelchair by voice has earned her international recognition and a top science award for school students,...

'Augmented reality' and bendy screens in a hands-free 2013

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Ben Grubb Ben Grubb takes a look at 10 trends for the year ahead in technology.

Year dishes up many tweets


Ben Grubb It's remarkable how much damage you can cause with a short message

'Lunatic' charged over cut Telstra cables

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Ben Grubb A man has been charged over allegedly cutting Telstra cables on Sydney's northern beaches and causing millions of dollars in damage.

Vodafone staff bend rules to earn extra cash


Ben Grubb Several Vodafone staff artificially inflated customer numbers to earn commissions as high as $5000 a month, say former staff - a revelation that is likely to result in another PR nightmare for the...

Mobile traffic jams set to continue as users soar

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Ben Grubb Welcome to the 21st century, where 30.2 million mobile voice and data services operate in Australia, and mobile networks struggle to keep up.

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Telstra 3G a slow grind in Melbourne


Ben Grubb Telstra has admitted that its network in Melbourne's central business district has become congested after customers complained about poor 3G network performance, particularly in the south-west.

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Free ride: students crack ticket algorithm

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Ben Grubb A team of Sydney university students have cracked the secret algorithm used on Sydney's public transport tickets for buses, trains and ferries, which they say could allow them to print their own...

Twitter works up a storm over looting images


Ben Grubb If you believed everything you read on Twitter about superstorm Sandy you would probably be disturbed by what appears to be looters posting pictures of goods they say they have stolen.

iPhone 5 v Galaxy S3

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Ben Grubb Should you buy the new iPhone 5 or a Samsung Galaxy S3? Ben Grubb puts them to the test.

Finding high-tech flaws for fun and an optional profit

Ben Grubb NATHANIEL CAREW makes a living protecting computer systems. In his spare time, he hacks into Google.

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How to improve your iPhone 5 battery

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Ben Grubb Ben Grubb explains how to improve battery life for iPhone 5.

Luna Park face melts on Apple Maps

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Ben Grubb Apple's Maps app is riddled with mistakes including dodgy misrepresentations of well known landmarks, as Deputy Technology Editor Ben Grubb demonstrates.

Reaction to iPhone 5 more ho-hum than wow

Ben Grubb IT WAS launched with great fanfare but analysts say Apple's iPhone 5 lacks the ''wow'' factor despite offering a bigger screen and faster 4G mobile connectivity than previous models.

Samsung sorry for bloggers' Berlin nightmare

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Asher Moses and Ben Grubb Samsung has apologised to an Indian blogger who claimed the company stranded him and another blogger in Germany after they refused to become Samsung shills.

Roxon switch signals online scrutiny for all

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Dylan Welch, Ben Grubb, Bianca Hall and Lucy Battersby Attorney-General Nicola Roxon appears to have swung her support behind a controversial plan to capture the online data of all Australians, despite six weeks ago saying ''the case had yet to be made''...

Roxon edges towards keeping online data for two years

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Dylan Welch, Ben Grubb, Bianca Hall and Lucy Battersby Attorney-General appears to support plan to capture all online data of all Australians.

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