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 Tuesday, 28-August-2018  00:24:16 (GMT +10) - by Agg

A team featuring an Australian member has won almost US$11.2M in a Dota 2 tournament. This is the second straight year in which an Australian has featured in the Grand Finals of The International, despite our local scene being relatively small. Sydney's Damien 'kpii' Chok earned second place with Chinese team Newbee in 2017. His team slumped to a 13th-16th placed finish this year.

Unfortunately that news has been overshadowed by a shooting at a video game tournament in Florida. A gunman has opened fire at an online video game tournament that was being livestreamed from a Florida mall, killing multiple people and sending many others to hospitals, authorities said.

Tech Report have an interesting article about mirrorless cameras taking over from SLRs. Nikon's introduction of its Z6 and Z7 cameras might make it the most recent company to hop on board the professional mirrorless-camera bandwagon, but the venerable Japanese firm is hardly the first to take a crack at cutting the flipping mirror of single-lens-reflex cameras out of the optical path.

Huawei are not happy about having been banned from the 5G rollout in Australia. Huawei has now indicated that it might seek to challenge the official ban through the courts. "We will continue to engage with the Australian Government, and in accordance with Australian law and relevant international conventions, we will take all possible measures to protect our legal rights and interests," the company's global headquarters said in a statement.

Fans of our Retro & Arcade forum might enjoy this article about C64 Month. Released in August 1982, the Commodore 64 (C64) was the first computer many Australians ever used or owned, going on to become the highest selling single computer model of all time. More than 30 years later, the revolutionary C64 still has a huge global fan club who flock to social media each August on the anniversary of its release.

Matt sent in this video about virtual land for sale. Investors are spending real money to buy land in a new city that only exists in virtual reality. Buyers can build whatever they want on their plots in Decentraland. Many hope to make a profit trading goods and services in the virtual world's own crypto currency. But will Decentraland be an online utopia or a cyber slum? Sounds like Second Life with updated buzzwords.

If you fly your drone in an illegal manner and then post your photos on social media, you might be caught by CASA.. or maybe not. CASA has openly warned drone users they will use social media to help prosecute illegal activity. However, thousands of illegally-shot Australian drone photos remain proudly posted to Instagram pages. "The challenge is proving who was flying it at the time and we have used social media for that, but it can be difficult," Mr Gibson said.



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