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Range Networks unleashes rewritten OpenBTS
Time for open source mobile network software outfit to act like 'a real
company' says CEO

It's EE vs Vodafone: 'How good is my signal' study descends into
network bunfight
No, YOUR results are biased!

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Facebook, you fools! Forget Oculus, you could have bought TRON-type
Durovis Dive gives you the same experience for €60

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New Sammy patent trial: Apple seeks $40 PER 'infringing' handset
Korean firm expected to call in Google engineers

BlackBerry revenue slips below $1bn as users shun BB10
Chen plots return to keyboard-phones to woo back corporates

Little pink handjob: Sony's Xperia Z1 Compact
Sometimes size really doesn't matter

NSW government gets into the smartphone case business
Outsourcing jobs one day, entering markets with oodles of private
competitors the next

Sick of walking into things while gawping at your iPhone? Apple has a
patent app. for that
Look up from your texts while walking? What is this, 1997?

Samsung Galaxy S5 in El Reg's claws: This time the 'S' is for
'I grasped its dimpled rear and shook it hard'

Original iPhone dev team was 'shockingly small' - Apple engineer
Yet micromanaging Jobs steered them to worldwide mobe DOMINATION

Boffins power wearable tech with body static
Fondle your phone for free electricity, thanks to the power of

Gr8, it's the new M8! Ideal for that celebrity funeral selfie
A camera that lets you chat online

Apple says sayonara to Samsung's ninjas: iPad, iPhone don't infringe
comms patents – report
Attempt to extract damages in Tokyo court denied, we're told

Apple hires ex-SENATE staffer for added WASHINGTON POWER
Did you say BlackBerry, senator? Wash your mouth out!

*** Software News ***

3CX Phone System takes on the corporate mobiles
A bold move

*** Regulators News ***

Three's money man reveals UK mobe firms' DARK PRICING dealings
Users would hate networks less if charges were upfront – CFO

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Live in the middle of nowhere? CONGRATS. Some of you can pay EE for 4G
High speed mobile coverage rollout continues


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FCC doubles 5GHz spectrum in prep for one-gigabit Wi-Fi

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Parents warned of dangers in posting children's images online

Proud parents could be unwittingly putting their children at risk by posting images and information online which give away personal details such as where they go to school and which parks they frequent.

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Just 1 cent a copy would have made photographer $10 million

World renowned photographer Charles O'Rear.
BEN GRUBB | The default Windows XP wallpaper may be more recognisable than the Mona Lisa, but it earned its photographer a pittance.

One in 10 Australians interrupt sex to check social media

MAHESH SHARMA | About one in 10 Australians interrupt their love-making to check their social media accounts, according to a new study.

Office for iPad - Microsoft reaches the crossroads

Adam Turner | Windows has taken a back seat as Microsoft finally introduces Office for iPad to the world.

Controversial figure behind push for Australia's first bitcoin ATM

Controversial figurehead: Jamie McIntyre.
BEN GRUBB | The race to launch Australia's first bitcoin ATM is entering its final stages, with a controversial figurehead behind one of the importers.

Google Flu Trends predictions not reliable: researchers

Predicting flu outbreaks is best left to the experts, say Harvard researchers.
MAHESH SHARMA | Google has failed in its attempts to formulate algorithms which accurately predict the prevalence of flu, according to Harvard researchers.

'It's like teleporting': Facebook bets $2b on virtual reality

A gamer wears a high-definition virtual reality headset, manufactured by Oculus VR.
Facebook sees the future - a 3D virtual world where you feel as if you are hanging out with your friends rather than staring at their pictures.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt: a video game with morals

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Calum Wilson Austin | Gamers will be blown away by the brilliance of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

How to stop your smartphone from getting hacked

The more information we put on our mobile devices, the more we are exposed to security threats.
Cynthia Karena | The more information we put on our mobile devices, the more we are exposed to security threats.

Sydney real estate agency begins accepting bitcoin

BEN GRUBB | A Sydney real estate agent has begun accepting virtual cryptocurrency bitcoin for house deposits and property advertising.

Google's Maps Gallery gives online explorers a window to WA's past

Midland as it was in 1958
NARELLE TOWIE | Ever fancied travelling back through time to explore a Perth of yesteryear or Geraldton as it looked in 1863 and Albany in 1954?

Dark Souls II game review

A screenshot from Dark Souls II.
Calum Wilson Austin | Dark Souls II deserves to be played if you are a fan of original fantasy worlds, but it will frustrate you.

Is it time to back up your life into the cloud?

Cloud Computing
Adam Turner | As cloud storage becomes all but free, is it time to rethink your online back-up regime?

Don't abandon offsite backups

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Adam Turner 2:50pm | With the backlash against the cloud, don't keep all your backups in the one basket.

Microsoft unveils Office for iPad

The new Microsoft Corp. Office for Apple Inc. iPad is displayed during an event in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Thursday, March 27, 2014. Nadella unveiled Office software for Apple Inc.'s iPad, laying out how he plans to more aggressively push the company?s programs onto rival platforms after Windows for mobile devices failed to catch on. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has taken the wraps off an Office software suite designed for Apple's iPad.

HTC One (M8) debuts in race against Samsung

The new HTC One is demonstrated, Tuesday, March 25, 2014 in New York. HTC is updating its flagship HTC One smartphone by giving it a larger screen, better software and a camera that's easier to use. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
HTC has updated its flagship HTC One smartphone by giving it a larger screen, better software and more camera features.

Samsung launches Galaxy S5 and Gear smart watches in Australia

The new Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone, left, with the Gear 2 smartwatch, centre, and Gear Fit fitness band. Samsung has added biometrics to its new flagship device.
BEN GRUBB | Samsung has fired the latest shot in the battle for gadget supremacy.

See-through iPhone patent makes it easier to walk and text

A woman uses a smartphone in New York City, in this picture taken November 6, 2013.  Twitter Inc raised the top end of its IPO price range by 25 percent and will close its books a day early, signaling strong demand for the most closely watched Silicon Valley debut since Facebook Inc last year.    REUTERS/Mike Segar     (UNITED STATES - Tags: SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY BUSINESS TELECOMS)
12:23pm | Apple's transparent texting technology would allow users to see what's in front of them while looking down at their iPhone.

Facebook to use drones, lasers to bring internet 'everywhere'

Facebook Drone
Facebook is using satellites, drones and lasers for an ambitious and costly effort to beam internet to people in underdeveloped parts of the world.

Optus warned over $8.8 million billing error

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The communications watchdog has warned Optus over its poor handling of a billing error that affected 237,000 customers.

iPhone 6 out in September with larger screen: report

A woman tries the silver colored version of the new iPhone 5S after Apple Inc's media event in Cupertino, California September 10, 2013. REUTERS/Stephen Lam (UNITED STATES  - Tags: BUSINESS SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY BUSINESS TELECOMS)
Apple will release its newest iPhone in September, with higher resolution and bigger screens, according to a report.

Samsung puzzled by early Galaxy S5 release in South Korea

A new Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone is displayed at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona February 23, 2014. Samsung Electronics unveiled a new smart watch and fitness band along with the latest version of its flagship Galaxy smartphone on Monday, demonstrating how the battleground for innovation is shifting from the hand to the wrist.Picture taken on February 23. REUTERS/Albert Gea (SPAIN - Tags: BUSINESS TELECOMS)
The global launch of Samsung's latest smartphone has been upstaged by South Korean telcos.

Climate scientists want your computer

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Australian climate scientists are eyeing a new tool in their bid to understand the heatwaves and bushfires that swept the country last year: your computer.

Movie subscription services: Quickflix v Foxtel Presto

ADAM TURNER | Australians can now enjoy all-you-can-watch subscription movie services.

Apple to make emojis more racially diverse

Apple says it is working to bring more racial diversity to its popular set of cartoon icons known as emoji.

Smartphone apps to follow public transport tracking technology

ADAM CAREY | Most of Melbourne's buses will be fitted with bus tracking technology within three months, paving the way for public transport users to follow bus movements.

Australia ramps up requests for Google user data

The Google Inc. logo is displayed on a computer screen for a photograph in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Friday, July 6, 2012. Google Inc., the worlds largest search engine, is scheduled to release earnings data on July 19. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg
Australian authorities are steadily stepping up requests to Google for user information, according to the company's latest transparency report.

Melbourne transport timetables hit Google Glass

Glass Long Zheng.
4:58pm | A Melbourne software developer has created a Google Glass app to ensure he never again misses his morning train.

On the internet, every day is April Fools' Day

Livr, the social network for drunks, had all the trimmings of an ascendant start-up. But it was all fake.

Physical iPhone keyboard case Typo banned from sale after BlackBerry intervention

The Typo Keyboard.
It gave the iPhone a physical keyboard similar to BlackBerry phones. But now it's been banned from sale.

Microsoft vows to stop snooping on private emails in leak inquiries

Microsoft says it will no longer snoop on customers' private communications during leak investigations.

Twitter adds ability to upload multiple photos, tag friends

Twitter has added the ability for users to post multiple pictures at once as well as tag friends in their photos.

It's game on as Facebook eyes virtual reality with Oculus VR punt

The group's Oculus punt has upped the ante.

Reach your destination with a reliable router

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Clock radios: time for oldies but goodies

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SIGHT AND SOUND | It's a funny thing about technology - the faster it moves, the more resistant people become.

Backlash targets wearable technology

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Andrew Masterson | Wearable computing might be stymied by two distinctly non-tech factors - fear, and fashion.

App reviews: Mind Jar, CityBikes, AFL Live

Cynthia Karena | As the sparkles in the Mind Jar settle, a gong sounds, the signal to close our eyes and breathe slowly.

The necessity of failure: Gaming as a metaphor for learning and living

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Dark Souls II: Prepare to die

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Building characters in Diablo III: Reaper of Souls

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