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 Wednesday, 4-February-2015  14:03:41 (GMT +10) - by Agg

It turns out some big names will be excluded from metadata retention, which kinda makes it easy for people to avoid the scheme if they choose to. Greens Senator Scott Ludlam said this would potentially drive people away from ISP-based email. "All I need to do to avoid mandatory data retention is just to take a webmail service," Ludlam said. Harmer said iiNet and Internode would be subject to it, but Google would not. More in this radio interview, and unsurprisingly local telcos are not happy. Data retention discussion continues here.

Geo-nerds will be happy to hear that Google Earth Pro is now free. Google sliced the price from $400 a year, so this is a pretty solid deal. If you like to make 3D measurements or create HD videos of virtual trips around the world, I'd jump on this. You can download the software key directly from Google and start an online global journey.

The British Army have set up a new information age brigade. An Army spokesman said the unit would "play a key part in enabling the UK to fight in the information age" and that it "consists of more than just traditional capabilities". Interesting, because by contrast it was many years ago that the US Air Force added the word "cyberspace" to their mission statement.

There's a new Raspberry Pi 2, thanks gasman. The Raspberry Pi Foundation is likely to provoke a global geekgasm today with the surprise release of the Raspberry Pi 2 Model B. It's a turbocharged version of the Pi B+, boasting a new Broadcom BCM2836 900MHz quad-core system-on-chip with 1GB of RAM all of which will drive performance "at least 6x" that of the B+. Raspberry Pi discussion continues in this thread.

Office for Android tablets is now available, thanks aftahours. As long as you have a Microsoft account, most features of the Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps for Android tablets are free to use. A handful of things are locked behind an Office 365 paywall, but even with a free account you get a level of functionality that's more-or-less equivalent to the Office Web apps that come with a OneDrive subscription.

NamTaf spotted this impressive virtual tour using the Unreal Engine.

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