Episode 448 – Aussie Tech Heads Shownotes

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Telstra aggregates Netflix, Stan and Presto with on-demand TV launch

Telstra is partnering with streaming platform Roku to launch Telstra TV, offering customers the three leading subscription video on-demand services, Presto, Stan and Netflix.

The service will be available in September, with pricing not yet disclosed.

Telstra TV will also offer catch-up TV and new release movies from BigPond Movies, joining the telco’s existing entertainment services, which include TBox and Foxtel.


The Windows 10 feature Microsoft doesn’t want you to know about

Tapping Win+G in a game fires up the Game Hub, a quick-look toolbar for recording video, launching the Xbox app and taking screenshots. Pressing Win+Alt+R starts recording; pressing it again stops it and saves the file to Game DVR in the app. So far, so good.

However, despite the name and the demos – all of which featured games – Game DVR isn’t limited only to games. With the latest build of Windows 10, Microsoft has finally opened up its Game Hub to all, and we’ve discovered it’s actually a general-purpose screen-capture tool that works with any application.

If you’re using an application Windows 10 doesn’t recognise as a game, it will ask you to confirm that it is one. If you do so, you’re then free to use Game Hub, whatever the program. If you claim Adobe Photoshop is game, that’s good enough for Game Hub.

Why has Microsoft called this feature Game Hub, rather than Screen Capture or something

be a legal issue. When recording from your screen, you risk violating the copyright of the creator of the software being recorded.


Facebook loses battle over users’ fake names in Germany

Facebook has been prevented from stopping users in Germany creating accounts under false names.

The Hamburg data protection authority said the social network could not change people’s chosen usernames or ask them to provide any official ID.

The ruling came after Facebook blocked an account set up by a woman using a pseudonym and changed it to her name.

“The use of authentic names on Facebook protects people’s privacy and safety by ensuring people know who they’re sharing and connecting with,” the company said.

Their company surely they can do what they like ?

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Facebook said the number of people who use it at least monthly grew 13% to 1.49 billion in the three months to the end of June.

The number is equal to half of the estimated three billion people who use the internet worldwide.

Of those users, it said well over half, 65%, were now accessing Facebook daily.


Android bug: MMS threat affects ‘one billion’ phones

The flaw can be exploited by sending a photo or video message to a person’s smartphone, without any action by the receiver.

Google said it had patched the problem, but millions of devices still need their software updating.

The researchers said the flaw was “extremely dangerous”.

Researchers from US information security company Zimpherium said they believed it was one of the worst Android vulnerabilities to date, estimating that 950 million devices were affected.

Hackers were able to send malicious code within a multimedia message that could access a service within Android called Stagefright.

After Stagefright had been invoked, which required no action from the victim, other data and apps on the handset could be accessed by the malicious code.


Google unlinking Google+ from YouTube

it would no longer require users to sign up to Google+ to post comments to products such as YouTube.

In the coming months, a Google Account will be all you’ll need to share content, communicate with contacts, create a YouTube channel and more, all across Google,”

YouTube clarified that people who were happy with the integration would not have to take any action, but an option to unlink a YouTube account from Google+ would be introduced.

Reaction to the news had been greeted with “glee” by some YouTube video bloggers, said Mr Brinnand.

“For many creators this feel like it’s been a long time coming. People have been rooting for this to happen,” he said.


Windows 10 lands in Australia

Microsoft’s new Windows 10 operating system is officially available for purchase in Australia from today.

The company held launch events around the world yesterday and last night to mark the availability of Windows 10 in 190 countries including Australia.

Australian Windows 10 users, however, won’t get a local version of Cortana until later this year.

Read more: http://www.itnews.com.au/News/407210,windows-10-lands-in-australia.aspx#ixzz3hMUKs1peThe OS retires Windows Media Centre and desktop gadgets and introduces automatic updates for home users.

Existing Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows Phone 8.1 users will be able to upgrade to the new operating system for free within one year of today’s launch

Australians can access Windows 10 retail versions at $179 for the Home edition and $279 for the Pro version, aimed at power users.

 

 

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