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Byte Into It - 17 April 2013

April 17th, 2013

Episode 303 of 410 episodes

On this week's Byte: News The Australian Centre for Broadband Innovation has launched its Broadband4Apps competition - $50,000 for the best prototypes or woking applications for delivering services to broadband-connected homes. 2 Gbps? It exists! Seriously. You just need to live in Tokyo and its sturrounding Prefectures. Not a huge ask, right? Shadow Minister for Communications and Broadband Malcolm Turnbull has admitted that the Coalition's NBN plan may end up costing as much as Labor'. And may eventually include Fibre to the Home. But it's different. It really is. Recent tests of the upcoming Ouya console have suggested that it will be less powerful than Android phones. More problems for EA, who will be shutting down some of their most popular social games, including The Sims Social, Peto Society, and SimCity Social. People ain't happy. And speaking of SimCity, you can now get new buildings in the game by buying toothpaste. Seriously. Yeah, we know... Have you been surprisingly stung by "free-to-play" games? The UK Office of Fair trading is opening an investigation into children making purchases on f2p games and apps. Interviews: Alex Gibson joins the team to discuss his project, Artbox - a video art device that runs on Raspberry Pi. Like it? Donate to Artbox at Pozible. Lachlan Simpson on the ins and outs of working in IT for a not-for profit, and his experiences in Kiribati. DON'T FORGET APRIL AMNESTY - Know a freeloading listener? Nudge 'em to subscribe. Presented by Vanessa Toholka, Paul Callaghan, and Dan Golding.. http://profiles.google.com/byteintoit http://twitter.com/byteintoit http://friendfeed.com/byteintoit

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