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The Cheapskate

Rick Broida scours the Web for great deals on tech.

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Metadata retention laws introduced to parliament

ISPs and telcos could soon be required to retain customer metadata for two years, thanks to legislation introduced to parliament by Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull. But while Turnbull says the requirements are nothing new, the AFP has piracy in its sights.

By 30 October 2014

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Apple clarifies Spotlight Suggestions data collection practices

Responding to user privacy concerns, Apple issues a statement describing the restrictions it places on the collection of customer data.

By 21 October 2014

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Use Tinfoil for Facebook to protect your privacy on Android

Skip the official apps for Facebook and check out this privacy-focused one instead.

By 18 October 2014

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Marvel digital timeline will suck you in

It's going to take a superhero-like effort to avoid spending the rest of the day browsing through this website celebrating 75 years of Marvel-ousness.

By 15 October 2014

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My only iPhone 6 regret: Battery life

Living with the iPhone 6, part 5, Scott Stein finds there's only one thing he really envies about the larger 6 Plus...and it's not the bigger screen.

By 26 September 2014

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Three tips for Safari on iOS 8

Browsing the Web from your iOS device is getting a shot of steroids in the latest version of Apple's mobile operating system.

By 18 September 2014

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No black art to the Blackphone's quest for smartphone privacy

While Blackphone sales are off to a lukewarm start, our hands-on with the privacy-obsessed smartphone finds that it simplifies staying secure on the go.

By 30 September 2014

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Vodafone scheme to link browsing history to individual customers

Vodafone has told a Senate Committee hearing on data retention that it is currently working on scheme to match an "IP identifier" to individual customers' browsing history.

By 26 September 2014

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Why I prefer the iPhone 6 over the 6 Plus: The Plus can't replace the iPad Mini yet

Living with the iPhone 6, part 2. Scott Stein tries out the 6 Plus versus the 6 and finds that neither one really steps up to match the iPad right now, and a big reason has to do with apps.

By 20 September 2014

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Tim Cook explains Apple's privacy policies in open letter

Apple publishes new webpage that explains how it handles its users' personal information and government requests for that information.

By 18 September 2014