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North Korea manufacturing crystal meth on an industrial scale

Poor economy got you down? Well, you can always just cook up some crystal meth. Reality is stranger than fiction, and that trend continues with the news that North Korea is manufacturing crystal meth in industrial facilities. This isn't your garden variety crystal meth either, according to the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea. US officials have verified that the meth, which landed in the US cities of New York and Boston, tests at 96-98% purity. That's a benchmark even the characters on Breaking Bad would consider impressive.


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North Korea is no stranger to resorting to illegal activities to cover budgetary shortfalls. Kim Jong-un inherited this illicit lineage from his forefathers, who began dabbling in international crime in the 1970's. During the 1990's a famine engulfed the reclusive country, and over a million people died. During the famine North Korea turned their attention to growing opium, instead of the staples that might have saved innumerable lives. The rationale was that opium could generate far more money for the beleaguered regime, which at the time had just began a round of tough sanctions.


The transition to crystal meth began as the popularity of the drug increased in the international market in the 2000's . North Korean crystal meth has been found in China, Japan, and the US. The drugs are distributed through organized crime syndicates, but apparently North Korean officials have no issue with delivering the goods themselves. Several of their ambassadors have been expelled from host countries due to smuggling activities.

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The Australian government pushes for mandatory coding in schools

The Australian government have proposed curriculum changes to the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority - making computer coding and computational thinking a mandatory part of the countries Year 10 curriculum.


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This news is well received by the Australian Computer Society as this positive information comes to light after the ACS and StartupAus joined forces with either other industry bodies fighting against a the proposed recommendation to only allow a dedicated technology subject in Year 9 Australian Schools - now it looks like the children may be learning more and over a longer period of time.


As we've recently reported on President Obama writing his own little bit of code, it helps signify the global 'new-age' of technology that we're currently experiencing. This is where basic and intermediate computer skills are becoming a necessity in this day and age with many professional and unskilled 'real-world' jobs and workplaces requiring you to have some form of computer knowledge - this bill helps solidify the improvement in education working toward preparing the children for the workforce.

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Massive 25% saving on any book from Amazon - today only

Limited to a maximum of $10 savings, Amazon are offering 25% off any book sale for today only - this is a followup to their massive 30% off as seen during the popular Black Friday sales.


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This special offer online includes physical book copies - rendering Kindle and audiobook editions of your favorite titles out of the realm of discounts. Added to this, you can only use the discount code once per user account, meaning that if you make one order for a $5 saving and then go to choose another book - you're out of luck.

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The Apple 'garage startup' history isn't exactly correct

Steve Jobs was said to begin his Apple enterprise in his parents garage, located in Los Altos, California. This 'birthplace' of Apple was conducted throughout the spring of 1976. However, Apple's original co-founder Steve Wozniak has just let slip a little more truth to this claim, stating that it's not exactly 100% correct that this dingy garage location was where the Apple I and Apple II products were designed, developed and eventually presented to the world.


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In a chat with Bloomberg Businessweek, he told Brandon Lisy that "The garage is a bit of a myth", further commenting that "We did no designs there, no bread boarding, no prototyping, no planning of products" and "We did no manufacturing there. The garage didn't serve much purpose, except it was something for us to feel was our home".

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Aussie companies Foxtel and Channel Seven are fighting Netflix

Foxtel and Channel Seven (Seven West Media) are teaming up to support a Netflix-competitor option, Presto. We've recently broken the news that Netflix is looking to launch down under early in 2015, set to provide competitively-priced online streaming of popular movies and TV shows - this news comes to light as local offerings show a desperate need to 'keep up with the times', continue generating profit and maintain their market share.


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In response to Netflix's coming, popular Australian cable company Foxtel have teamed up with 'Free TV' Channel Seven to provide their content on top of the library already offered by Presto. There haven't been any TV shows officially announced for this new service yet, however according to their release they will provide a "broad range of locally commissioned and internationally acquired content including drama, comedy, factual and entertainment programming."

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EB Games Mad Monday sales with a mixed response - what's the issue?

Surrounded by a Steam-like frenzy, Australian game and accessory retailer EB Games has launched their 'Mad Monday' sales to a mixed reception.


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Offering up some crazy discounts like last-gen consoles including the PS3 for $198 AUD with 8 pre-owned games, all the way to a massive $70 AUD discount on one model of Audio-Technica headphones throughout their one day sale, set to help you kick off your working week.

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11th annual Eggie awards by Newegg announced

Retail giant Newegg have just sent out their first-round of invitations to their 11th Annual Eggie Awards today, stating the date of January the 8th 2015 - during CES Las Vegas' event.


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There is an official invite to follow, with this announcement not containing too much information. For those who don't know, the Eggie awards is based around promoting and honoring Newegg's vendors, partners and customers efforts throughout the previous year.


Set as an invitation only event, it will take place at night in Las Vegas, NV at XS Nightclub which is located within the Encore Resort - so if you're looking to see some big names in tech face to face, it's the time and place to be. CES Las Vegas has a long-held history of illustrious and outlandish company parties, much as is seen yearly at Computex in Taipei, Taiwan. Expect no holds to be barred at this event, with Newegg set to impress and flex some financial muscle to show their support to their partnered companies and individuals.

Barnes & Noble do it different, submit your best cookie recipe to win

Barnes & Noble hit the Black Friday sales hard last week, listing their 7" Galaxy Tab stock for sale at only $129 - offering a large range of extra's to be included with the sale.


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As according to their latest press release, they're about to start running a competition where users will bid their best cookie recipes in the hope to win the grand prize of $2,500 and their specialty baked good to be made and sold in-store over the 2014 holiday period. The top three entrants will win a trip to New York City, baking their cookies with a renowned chef and see them judged by an official panel. Alongside this, all top 75 recipes will be featured in 'The Barnes & Noble Cookie Bake-Off Book', set for release in 2015.

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EU and US authorities crack down upon and seize 292 domain names

In an effort to diminish counterfeit product sales, United States and European authorities have conducted a large-scale seizure of domain names just in time for the Christmas period.


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Codenamed "Project In Our Sites Transatlantic V", this operation saw 292 domain names seized in total by police across several countries within Europe and including the United States. Based mainly around websites selling counterfeit luxury goods, sportswear, electronics, pharmaceuticals and pirated movies and music, this information has come about by a direct statement thanks to Europol.

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Apple's market value tips over $700 billion

Apple has become the first company to jump over the $700 billion milestone, thanks to a rise in shares pushing them to this evaluation earlier today.


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Apple shares experienced an almost-one percent rise this morning in the US market, seeing them now valued at $119.75 and meaning their market capitalization was made equal to around $701.7 billion.


This marks a massive 48% rise in 2014, with constant improvement seen since April. Reportedly due to Apple claiming they will go to extra measures to boost their share price, they announced its first stock split in nine years - claiming it would buy back another $30 billion in stock. This coupled with a quarterly dividend raise has shown massive success for the tech giant.

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