Can Aussie pirates change their ways?

Adam Turner Contributor

By Adam Turner in Web on Thursday 31 July 2014

With a government crackdown unlikely to hinder illegal downloads, what would it take for Aussies to start paying for more content?

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Brainwriter: The wearable helping the profoundly paralysed to communicate

Joe Frost Contributor

By Joe Frost in Gadgets on Thursday 31 July 2014

Wouldn’t life be so much easier if we could just hook a few wires up to our head and transcribe our thoughts straight onto the page, without the need for those ten middlemen we call fingers? The aptly named Not Impossible Labs hasn’t quite got there, but their Brainwriter is helping those who have lost the ability to move to communicate again.

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The key to better work? Email less, flow more

Andrea Ayres-Deets Partner

By Andrea Ayres-Deets in Web on Thursday 31 July 2014

Have you ever felt like all you do is check your email? Well, you may not spend all your time checking your email but you do spend about 28 per cent of your time doing it. That translates into about 13-hours a week or 650 hours a year of email checking.

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Australian Stripe rival harks up on claims of market superiority

Claire Porter Editor

By Claire Porter in Apps on Thursday 31 July 2014

Matt Bullock, the founder and CEO of online payments system eWay has called out new rival Stripe, claiming it fails to meet the needs of Australian businesses.

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Hands on with Bolt, Instagram’s Snapchat competitor

Owen Williams Partner

By Owen Williams in Social on Thursday 31 July 2014

Instagram Bolt launched today with a catch; you have to be in New Zealand, South Africa or Singapore to install. An unusual rollout strategy, but it’s the first time I’ve ever been in one of the rollout countries for an app like this!

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How to get the touchscreen Retina MacBook Pro of your dreams


By Brad Reed in Crowdfunding on Thursday 31 July 2014

Apple has never been all that keen on the idea of releasing a MacBook with a touchscreen, even if it has been toying with the idea of releasing a larger ‘iPad Pro’. Just because Apple isn’t going to release a touchscreen MacBook, however, doesn’t mean that a bold entrepreneur on Kickstarter won’t give it a shot. A new Kickstarter projected called Modbook Pro X is trying to raise $150,000 to build a massive MacBook-tablet hybrid that even utilises one of Steve Jobs’ most hated accessories — the stylus.

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Brazilians listened to Pharrell’s ‘Happy’ more after they got knocked out of the FIFA World Cup


By Rachel Oakley in Social on Thursday 31 July 2014

As if you hadn’t heard enough of Pharrell’s ‘Happy’. Now, new data indicates that the song may be the one tune that could brighten the spirits of, well, losers.

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Glyph: Headphones that project images directly into your retinas


By Leah Gonzalez in Gadgets on Thursday 31 July 2014

Glyph is a high-resolution wearable headset that aims to revolutionise personal displays. It looks like your usual large headphones, with the wide head band, only this head band can be flipped down over the user’s eyes to allow them to watch videos, movies and even play games.

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This tiny Android projector puts an 80-inch touchscreen on your wall

Chris Smith Partner

By Chris Smith in Crowdfunding on Thursday 31 July 2014

TouchPico is an Android-powered pico projector that’s about the same size as the Galaxy S4, and it can turn any surface, including a wall, into a touch-friendly 80-inch screen. With 28 days left in its Indiegogo campaign, the TouchPico has already raised more than $96,000 in pledges, topping its $55,000 funding goal.

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Apple’s ‘Australia Tax’ on new MacBook Pros isn’t as bad as it seems – Techly explains


By Tristan Rayner in Gadgets on Wednesday 30 July 2014

Apple has released updated pricing on the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro Retina ranges, with RAM, speed boosts and cheaper pricing on the high-end models giving people who have been waiting for a refresh a reason to buy. The non-Retina Macbook has also had a price cut.

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