TECHGEEK Weekly 79: Mountain Lions and Metro Haters

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Apple unleashes the Mountain Lion, Windows 8 gets a new logo and will Google Drive come alive? All this and more on this week’s edition of TECHGEEK Weekly.

Terence Huynh and Chris Southcott are joined by Mark Caetano as Stewart and Tom were a bit busy. So, hope you enjoy the ranting, shouting and poor internet quality from Exetel. Yes, you heard that right.

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Show Notes

Stories

Apple unleashes Mountain Lion, beta released

Apple PR’s dirty little secret

Proview calls for iPad export ban without a hint of irony

A ban on iPads in China? Not a chance, Beijing says

Windows 8 gets a new logo – drops the flag and divides many

Google’s embarrassing Safari exploit

Exclusive: Google Drive gets closer: subdomain becomes active

MySpace touts 1 million new users in last month

Paul McCartney pulls tracks from streaming services

HP ENVY 14 Spectre Ultrabook comes to Australia – end of Feb, $1899

Where The Ladies At? Pinterest. 2 Million Daily Facebook Users, 97% Of Fans Are Women

Google+ Facts and Figures (infographic)

In Russia, downloading 419GB over 3G in one week wins you a $5000 holiday

Making Sense of the Android 5.0 “Jelly Bean” Timeline

Pwnage Playtime

Lego to launch Mojang-approved Minecraft set

R18+ Classification Bill finally introduced to Parliament

Facebook uncages Angry Birds

Xbox 720 has ‘Wii U touchscreen controller’ – Report

Tom’s Stockings

Domains such as essendon.afl, operahouse.sydney and mcg.melbourne could exist next year after revelations that both the Victorian and New South Wales governments, and the AFL have made bids to have their own top-level domain. No word on who will manage these domains, but the final decision is expected later in the year by ICANN.

Whether you like it or hate it, Facebook sees its future on Timeline. The new profile design is being rolled out to all users, and a new report has stated that Facebook plans to push the design onto brand pages. It will initially be in beta with only a select number of partners, and will open it slowly to other brands as it expands.

If you have read Chris Southcott’s little complaint about Windows Phone 7, then you would have also noted his dislike of the Facebook app. Well, Facebook has pushed a new update that is said to fix some of the problems of the app. There have been several improvements in version 2.3 with the news feed, including in performance and filtering. As well, you can now view who liked what, and manually set your post’s privacy from the phone. You can download it from the marketplace

Facebook has announced that it will allow prominent public figures to verify their accounts and then opt to display a preferred nickname instead of their birth name. Those with verified accounts will gain more prominent placement in Facebook’s “People To Subscribe To” suggestions. That means, for example, Stefani Germanotta could be verified as “Lady Gaga”.

The Nokia Lumia 710 is reportedly have found a carrier and will launch in the same month as its counterpart the Lumia 800. The phone will be coming to Optus and Virgin (also owned by Optus) for a price of $379.

Both the European Commission and the Department of Justice in the United States have cleared a deal that will see Google and Motorola finally tie the knot, after the US$12.5 billion deal was announced last August.

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