Facebook Reverses Australian Ban on News Sharing

Facebook has announced that it will restore the ability for users in Australia to share news content on the social platform, following changes to the country’s media code. The company banned all news sharing last week in response to a proposed Media Bargaining Law, which aims to level the playing field between Australian news media […]

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Facebook Blocks All News Sharing on Its Platforms in Australia

Facebook has followed through on its threat to ban users from sharing news on its platform in Australia, in response to proposed media laws in the country that the company claims “fundamentally misunderstand” its relationship with publishers who share news content. The move is a retaliation to Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) proposed Media […]

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Apple Watch Irregular Heart Rhythm Notifications Approved in Australia as ECG Approval Edges Closer

The Apple Watch’s irregular heart rhythm notifications have been approved in Australia, indicating that approval for the ECG feature may be soon to follow after years of waiting, according to EFTM. Documents seen by EFTM from Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration show that the Apple Watch’s irregular rhythm notifications feature has now been approved and added […]

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Samsung Pay now allows Australian users to make high-value purchases without PIN

Samsung has launched a new feature in Australia that allows Samsung Pay users to validate high-value purchases without entering the PIN. The CDCVM (Consumer Device Cardholder Verification Method) feature, which applies to transactions above $100 (or $200 with some merchants), allows users to verify high-value purchases using their own device rather than touching the PIN […]

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Recent Hints Point Toward Apple Card International Expansion

Over a year after its U.S. launch, MacRumors has uncovered a range of evidence to suggest that Apple Card may soon be launching internationally. A source claiming to be close to an unnamed Australian banking corporation involved in supporting ‌‌Apple Card‌‌ in Australia tells MacRumors that ‌Apple Card‌ will be launching in multiple new regions […]

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Australia Opens Antitrust Inquiry Into Apple’s App Store

Australia is now investigating app store policies as part of yet another antitrust inquiry into Apple and Google (via Gizmodo). The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has announced that it will investigate the competition between the Google Play store and Apple’s App Store, access to platforms and consumers, fee structures, data collection, and price […]

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Facebook Threatens to Block All News Sharing on Its Platforms in Australia

Facebook has said it will stop users in Australia from sharing news on the social network if a proposed law from the country’s competition regulator comes into force that would require it to pay local media companies for their content (via CNET). The threat comes after the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) submitted a […]

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Apple Stores in Victoria, Australia to Reclose Following Return of Lockdown

Four Apple stores in Victoria, Australia are set to reclose for up to six weeks from July 9, following a spike in coronavirus infections in the state. As reported by 9to5Mac, Apple Highpoint in Melbourne was the first store to reclose on July 2 as the deteriorating health situation prompted a reintroduction of stage three […]

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Australian Hacker Escapes Jail After Posting Confidential Apple Employee Details on Twitter

An Australian man has been find AU$5,000 and given an 18-month “recognisance,” after he was found guilty of extracting employee details from Apple and posting them on Twitter. According to Bega District News, 24-year-old Abe Crannaford appeared in Eden Local Court on Wednesday for sentencing after pleading guilty in February to two counts of unauthorised […]

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Westpac Becomes Last of Australia’s Four Big Banks to Support Apple Pay

Westpac has become the last of Australia’s big four banks to announce Apple Pay support for its customers. The country’s oldest bank revealed on Tuesday that it had enabled the new service, following similar moves by ANZ, the Commonwealth Bank, and National Australia Bank. “We are pleased to announce that Westpac customers can now use […]

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Galaxy Z Flip finally releasing in Australia & New Zealand on Friday

The Galaxy Z Flip is finally releasing in Australia and New Zealand on Friday, April 3rd, six weeks after Samsung brought it to the United States and the United Kingdom.Prospective buyers in Oceania still have until Thursday to pre-order the newest Galaxy foldable, priced at $2,199 AUS and $2,399 NZD, respectively. Interest-free financing is also on […]

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Melbourne Police Use Apple’s Find My App to Track Thieves During Fatal Car Chase

Apple’s Find My app was used by police to track two wanted men during a car chase in Melbourne, Australia last month, reports the Sydney Morning Herald.According to the report, the two men were being tracked from the air by helicopter after an iPad was stolen in an earlier home invasion. Driver Vaatoa Chang, 29, […]

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Apple’s Black Friday Event Begins in Australia: Up to $320 Apple Store Gift Card With Select Products

Apple’s four-day Black Friday shopping event is now live in Australia and New Zealand, offering customers free Apple Store gift cards worth up to A$320 or NZ$320 with the purchase of select new Apple products. The gift card amounts are as follows in Australia and New Zealand: – $320 for latest 13-inch MacBook Pro, iMac, […]

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Galaxy Fold pre-registration page is live in India, Australia, the UAE

Samsung is readying the Galaxy Fold for release in more markets, as prospective buyers located in India, Australia, and the UAE can now show their interest in the device by visiting Samsung’s website and completing an online pre-registration form.The company will issue updates to those who pre-register for the Galaxy Fold, but as yet, there’s […]

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