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Bizarre Australian iPhone, iPad hijack serves as yet another reminder to use unique passwords

There are reports coming out of Australia about iPhones and iPads somehow getting locked down by Find my iPhone, in some cases with a message claiming the devices will only be unlocked if a AUS$100 ransom is paid. What makes this bizarre is that it appears to only be happening in Australia (and the internet has no borders) and it's unclear how the attackers are accessing Find my iPhone for the devices in question. So, what's going on?

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iTunes Radio hits Australia... still waiting on the rest of the world

Apple has started expanding the availability of iTunes Radio outside of the United States, launching today in Australia. This is the first such expansion of Apple's radio service since its launch with iOS 7 in September, though it briefly appeared in the UK and Canada in October.

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Apple forced to change refund policy in Australia in accordance with consumer law

An Australian consumer watchdog has forced Apply to change its refund policy down under for faulty products, as its previous one doesn't comply with new Australian consumer law. The report comes by way of the Sydney Morning Herald:

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iPad Air goes on sale in Australia, Hong Kong and China via online stores

Right on cue, the iPad Air has gone on sale in Australia, China and Hong Kong via each nations respective Apple stores. So far shipping is looking good for Australia and China, with shipping within 24 hours currently available across all models. In Hong Kong, shipping is 1-2 weeks at the moment.

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Waiting for iTunes Radio in Canada, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, and Scandinavia? You may be waiting until early 2014...

When Apple announced iTunes Radio for iOS 7, it was as a US only service, at least at first. Unfortunately, that might not change until 2014 at the earliest, even for countries like Canada, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, and Scandinavia, which typically enjoy early Apple rollouts. From speaking with people in the music industry over the years, I've continually heard what an utter pain it is getting content licensing deals, especially outside the US, even for Apple. Andy Fixmer and Adam Satariano of Bloomberg point out that even though it may feel slow, it's still faster than many rival services have been able to grow their offerings:

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Samsung fires another cheap shot at Apple with ad poking fun at Apple Maps

Samsung hasn't wasted anytime taking advantage of Apple’s problems with its Maps app in Australia. In a strange marketing campaign in Sydney, Samsung set up a muddied 4 x 4 vehicle in the city center with a tent and other camping supplies strewn around it, making it appear that the owners were lost.

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Australian Airline Qantas to supply an iPad for every passenger on its 767 flights

Australian Airline Qantas will roll out iPads for every one of its passengers on its fleet of Boeing 767 aircraft. Earlier in the year, Qantas carried out a trial to see if the iPads could fulfill its needs for in-flight entertainment. The trial has been a huge success and according to ZDnet, it’s all systems go.

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Apple settles 4G advertising case in Australia, agrees to pay $2.25 million penalty

Apple has agreed to pay a $2.25 million fine plus $300,000 in legal costs following a complaint from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission about the "4G" branding on the iPad. The LTE connectivity in the new iPad is incompatible with Australia's current network, meaning the iOS tablet could only connect over HSPA+.

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Smoking and glowing iPhone 4 found on a plane had been badly repaired

An iPhone 4 that began smoking and glowing on a passenger flight has been found to have been badly repaired. Thankfully, when the incident took place, the plane had already landed at Sydney airport and airline staff managed to deal with the alarming discovery.

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Australia Parliament investigating why Apple's digital goods cost more down under

The standing committee on infrastructure and communications in the Australian House of Representatives will be launching an investigation into why digital goods (such as iTunes music and iBooks) are priced so much more highly in Australia than elsewhere in the world. Traditionally, shipping costs drove prices up for physical goods, but for electronic files you're downloading, there's really no good reason for such a price disparity.

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