YouTube to launch paid tier service, YouTube Red

Posted by David Murton on Fri, Oct 23, 2015 @ 10:57 AM

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Yesterday, video-sharing platform YouTube officially announced the introduction of a paid tier of its service, which will be named YouTube Red. 

As a service, some believe YouTube Red may be what the YouTube Music Keys beta was but in its final form. For the price of $9.99 a month (though this is the US price), YouTube users will gain access to some key benefits over the default, free version of YouTube.

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Topics: Social Media News & Strategies, Business News, The Big News

Data retention: what it is and what it means for you

Posted by Jarrard Potter on Wed, Oct 14, 2015 @ 01:24 PM

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As of Tuesday, 13 October, telecommunications companies and internet service providers (ISPs) are required to store and save all of their customers' data under the Federal Government’s new data retention policy. This policy, which was first flagged under Gillard’s Labor government in 2012 and brought to parliament under Abbott’s Liberal government, is Australia’s largest mass surveillance program ever undertaken.

While advocates claim it is ostensibly in the nation’s best interest in order to combat terrorism, the laws are effectively a huge fishing net catching a lot of fish only to keep a handful. Despite being in the news for a number of years, the issue is still confusing for many.

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Topics: Technology, The Big News

Australians react to Tony Abbott being ousted as prime minister

Posted by David Murton on Tue, Sep 15, 2015 @ 10:36 AM

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In the past two years, Australia has gone through four prime ministers, only two of whom were actually elected in by the Australian public. To say that the latest victim of a leadership spill, Tony Abbott, was a divisive prime minister is an understatement. So when word got out that Malcolm Turnbull was going to contest the leadership and subsequently won, the Australian public naturally had a lot to say.

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Topics: Social Media News & Strategies, Social Issues, The Big News

Google will now tell you what people care about in real-time

Posted by David Murton on Fri, Jun 19, 2015 @ 12:30 PM

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Since late yesterday, news emerged that Google has released a key update to its Google Trends page.

For the first time, the search giant is now providing users with real-time data about what's trending in respect to current searches on Google. In the past, Trends provided data that was typically a little out of date. Now, however, you can see up-to-the-minute data on key searches. Better yet, you can narrow down to your country (provided Google has rolled it out to you, which it has with Australia). 

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Netflix Tax confirmed for Budget 2015

Posted by David Murton on Tue, May 12, 2015 @ 11:16 AM

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Tonight, Treasurer Joe Hockey will announce his 2015 Federal Budget, detailing what measures will be taken to reduce Australia's overall debt.

While speculation continues as to just what will be contained in his latest budget, one piece of information that has emerged is that the government intends to impose international tax avoidance measures, one of which is currently being cited as the Netflix Tax.

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Topics: Business News, The Big News

Hillary's Social Presidency Campaign

Posted by Holly Gilbert on Thu, Apr 16, 2015 @ 10:19 AM

On Sunday Hilary Clinton announced via Twitter her intention to run for U.S President. Not only has ‘Girl-Power’ hit the forefront of global politics, she is all over the social media scene reinforcing that she wants to be America’s champion.

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Happy 40th Birthday Microsoft

Posted by Holly Gilbert on Thu, Apr 09, 2015 @ 11:35 AM



This weekend marked 40 years since Bill Gates and Paul Allen founded the software giant Microsoft. Since 1975, the goal of the pair was to have a computer on every desk and in every home and they have certainly come a long way in the pursuit of their big, bold, computing pipedream.

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Bitcoin: the decentralised digital currency

Posted by David Murton on Thu, Mar 19, 2015 @ 10:58 AM

Chances are you've heard of Bitcoin, but how much you know about it probably depends on how much the idea of a purely digital currency interests you. And even if it does, Bitcoin can be somewhat perplexing. While it does make perfect sense to some, anything to do with a type of currency and, by extension, economy, deserves a closer look.

Keep in mind that while this article provides a basic look at the world of Bitcoin, it by no means delves into the deeper complexities of the currency, the mathematics of it, and the myriad rules that define it.

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Topics: Business News, Technology, The Big News

The Dark Web: what is it?

Posted by David Murton on Mon, Mar 16, 2015 @ 11:38 AM


The name itself immediately creates the idea of a place that is a shady underbelly where the questionable and horrid take place. But to define the 'dark web' as just this is misleading. While it most certainly has become a haven for illegal activities (e.g. sites that claim to sell any illicit drug imaginable), the dark web has also become an online avenue for whistle-blowers to leak information, for activists, and for users to generally peruse the web in a way that is much harder to monitor.

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Topics: The Big News

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