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Ben Grubb is the deputy technology editor of smh.com.au, theage.com.au, brisbanetimes.com.au and watoday.com.au

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

Attorney General Nicola Roxon.

Dylan Welch, Ben Grubb, Bianca hall and Lucy Battersby THE 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...

Roxon switch signals online scrutiny for all

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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Internet data tracking proposal seen as 'a police state'

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Bianca Hall, Ben Grubb, Lucy Battersby PROPOSED laws that would allow the web and telecommunications data of all Australians to be stored for two years have been dubbed ''characteristic of a police state''.

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Security scheme worthy of 'police state'

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Bianca Hall, Ben Grubb, Lucy Battersby Privacy Commissioner slams laws that would allow Australians' data to be stored for two years.

Regulator chases party boy's Publicity Monster

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Ben Grubb Consumer protection authority confirms it is investigating convicted hacker and party boy Timothy Sabre's Publicity Monster firm, which promised businesses it could get them high rankings on Google.

Can't buy love online? 'Likes' for sale

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Ben Grubb The going rate for 1000 Australian Facebook "likes" is $90. So says Mathew Carpenter, who sells the likes on his website, which ranks second on Google for "Buy Facebook likes".

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Google crashes Monster man's party

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Ben Grubb Timothy Sabre, the convicted hacker and former party promoter who claimed to have unlocked the secrets of Google's algorithm, has been stripped of his Google accreditation.

Gaming Google: Monster's party boy Tim under fire

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Ben Grubb Tim Sabre lives the high life on riches earned by promising he can get you on Google's front page. But he's left behind a string of dissatisfied customers and his company may now face losing its...

Hackers steal AAPT customer data to protest web spying proposal

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Ben Grubb Hackers have stolen customer data from Australian ISP AAPT to show the dangers of a proposal to force telcos to store every Australian's web history for up to two years.

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Roxon doubts over security plans to store web history

Nicola Roxon.

Dylan Welch, Ben Grubb ''THE case has yet to be made'' for a controversial plan to force internet providers to store the web history of all Australians for up to two years, says the Attorney General, Nicola Roxon, who has...

Spy in the machine

Spy in the machine.

Dylan Welch and Ben Grubb As the digital world becomes ubiquitous, exactly what happens to the data trail people leave - every day humans create 2.

Roxon questions plan to track users' web history

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Dylan Welch and Ben Grubb 'The case has yet to be made' for a controversial plan to force internet providers to store the web history of all Australians for up to two years, according to Attorney-General Nicola Roxon, who has...

Pete & Ned's web war on cheap foreign labour

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Ben Grubb A former civil engineer and a DJ want to transform odd jobs on the web - but that's not the most unusual part of the story.

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Canberra defends data retention plan

Similar data retention schemes proposed in the United States and Britain have sparked fierce debate.

Ben Grubb, Dylan Welch THE Gillard government has defended a plan to force telcos to store internet and phone data of all Australians for up to two years, saying it is needed to allow intelligence and police agencies to...