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Friday Afternoon (11 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 1-August-2014  13:46:58 (GMT +10) - by Agg

In case you're wondering what the big deal about Net Neutrality is, Sprint in the USA have given us a very good example with their new prepaid plan. The Virgin Mobile Custom plan, sold under Sprint’s Virgin Mobile brand, provides unlimited access to one of four social media services – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest – on top of your data plan for $12 a month. An additional $10 will net unlimited use of all four, while $5 more grants unlimited streaming from any one music app.

Closer to home, Gizmodo wonder whatever happened to the IT Pricing Inquiry. One year ago today, the guns fell silent on the IT Pricing Inquiry. The Parliamentary Committee tasked with finding why we pays more for gadgets, software, music and movies fired the final shot in the form of a report to the government on how to solve the availability crisis Australia had found itself in. One year on, and nothing has happened. The Australia Tax is as bad as it ever was, and content piracy is now at epidemic levels. We’re at a tipping point, and the government isn’t doing a thing to help.

However Malcolm Turbull has turned the focus onto content owners to help people get content without having to pirate it. Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has called on content owners to help limit copyright infringment by making material more widely and affordably available for Australian audiences.

My phone camera has pretty much completely replaced the other cameras in my life. Techspot think I'm not alone, and have an article about smartphone camera hardware. For many people smartphone cameras have replaced standalone point-and-shoots as the go-to device for everyday photography, as they're easier to access and more compact to carry with you. But just what goes in to making a good smartphone camera? What hardware do companies use? What do pixel sizes and f-stops really mean? In this article I'll be exploring the hardware, key terms associated with photography, and some comparisons along the way.

iFixit checked out the Oculus Rift DK version 2. Oculus VR took the world by surprise last year with the Oculus Rift. This year, they seek to push their own self-created envelope with the Oculus Rift Development Kit 2. We may not have flying cars, hoverboards or (commercial) teleporters, but we do have the latest virtual reality tech. Join us as we ogle the wizardry in the Oculus Rift DK2, teardown style.

That free copy of the Sims 2 may have come with a catch, in the form of SecuROM. By now, everybody should know that if something looks too good to be true, it probably is. Let's apply that to EA, shall we? The publisher is giving away copies of The Sims 2: Ultimate Collection, for free... and not mentioning that it includes the controversial SecuROM anti-piracy software.



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