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Canberra's New Horizons, Netflix's killer growth and a farewell to Iwata (Girt by CNET podcast 34)

Those amazing Pluto pics have a surprise Canberra connection, Netflix adds 3.2 million new subscribers and the world says goodbye to Nintendo president Sotoru Iwata.

By 17 July 2015


UberX launches in Canberra, 100 cars on the road from day one

"Canberra" and "world-leading" aren't often seen in the same sentence, but Australia's bush capital has regulated ride-sharing with the introduction of UberX, and the chief minister says other cities should follow suit.

By 30 October 2015


Canberra to legalise ride-sharing services as UberX cruises into town

Canberra and the rest of the ACT will introduce a system of legislation and accreditation for ride-sharing services such as UberX, heralding a shake-up of the traditional taxi system.

By 30 September 2015


Fasten your Kuiper Belt: Canberra gets a world-first look at Pluto

Get ready for your close-up, Pluto -- CSIRO's Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex will get a world-first look when the New Horizons space probe does its closest fly-by of the dwarf planet.

By 14 July 2015


Choice takes campaign against 'internet filter' to Canberra

A new ad campaign from Choice is calling on politicians to "work smart, not hard" against piracy, while the group says Australia should legalise the circumvention of geoblocking.

By 29 August 2014


​Free Wi-Fi for Canberra as iiNet rolls out 700 hotspots

Canberra's busiest centres and commercial districts will get access to free Wi-Fi within the year with news that iiNet is rolling out 700 Wi-Fi access points across the capital.

By 30 May 2014


Licences going digital next year, ​smartphone driver's licences due in 2018

Forget the plastic -- soon you'll be carrying your digital driver's licence in your mobile wallet under NSW Government plans to digitise state licences. But there's nothing we can do about that unflattering photo.

By 26 November 2015


Roo radar: Volvo develops software to avoid crashing into kangaroos

A team of Volvo safety engineers has descended on Canberra to study kangaroo behaviour and adapt the car company's collision avoidance software to work with erratic animals, not just pedestrians.

By 29 October 2015


"Start-up Darwinism in action": Uber X, Sky Muster and the new Nexus (Girt by CNET podcast 44)

Uber's "disruptive" ride-sharing gets rubber-stamped in Canberra, the NBN shoots for the stars and Google gets a little over-excited and accidentally launches five new products.

By 2 October 2015


Official: Australia set to charge GST on all online purchases from 2017

Netflix, Amazon, Steam and Google Play are all on notice as state and federal treasurers agree to apply GST to all goods and services sold online into Australia.

By 21 August 2015