Brief news items of note for Lifehacker readers including: Melbourne Taxi drivers to take knowledge exam under new reforms, skateboarder films 85km journey from Sydney to Wollongong, is the Xbox One really a surveillance device? Photo: Melbourne Tourist Information Centre
- Accredited Melbourne taxi drivers will be required to pass a knowledge exam under new reforms proposed by the Victorian Government. The sweeping reforms are in response to a rise in customer complaints. The driver exam is expected to be in place by the end of the year. Read the full report here.
- Microsoft's upcoming Xbox One video game console has plenty of interesting features beneath the hood. However, not all of these features are beneficial to consumers according to an Australian privacy group. The head of Civil Liberties Australia has blasted the console's Kinect camera as a "surveillance device" that could potentially be used to intercept their information and remotely access their devices. It sounds a bit like a conspiracy theory to us but stranger things have happened. Gizmodo has the full report.
- Practice Power: Secrets to Practicing and Playing Amazing Guitar is an in-depth ebook guitar-playing guide that you can currently get from Amazon for free. The ebook covers everything from the author's philosophy of practice to 15 action tips for quick results. [Via OzBargain]
- The Australian Attorney-General today announced the government will introduce mandatory data breach notification law into parliament that would force companies to disclose breaches of customer data. The legislation comes into effect from March 12, 2014.
- A low-fi adventurer who skateboarded from Sydney to Wollongong has released a video of his 12 hour journey. Watch on as Rohan Nowell skulks about in complete darkness, braves torrential rain and risks life-and-limb on the freeway. You can also read a blog about his journey here.