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2011 – A Year of Many Things: A recap of the big events of the year

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The year 2011 was one year that we will all never forget. Even though they were all in the beginning of the year, the floods in Queensland and Brazil, the earthquakes in Christchurch and the tsunami in the north of Japan are still present in all of our minds. We also saw the death of a tech luminary, Steve Jobs; and the powerful News Corporation losing its influence over politicians [...]

Steve Jobs, Apple Founder and Visionary, Dies at 56

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It is a sad day folks. The most well-known man in the tech industry has passed away today, October 5 (PST), after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. That man was Steve Jobs. Known for his attention to detail and drive for perfection and intuitive products, Steve created and shaped the world of personal computing we see and know today. Apple has acknowledged Mr. Jobs’ death by a statement released [...]

Review: iStorytime – Transformers and Smurfs

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Apple’s iOS devices such as the iPhone and the iPad have been a great place for education tools and resources. Meet iStoryTime, whose aim is to make interactive story books for younger readers at school. James Wilson takes a look at two of their applications, the iStoryTime Transformers Mix and Match, and iStoryTime The Smurfs Audio Book.

OS X 10.7.1 Ready for Consumption

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Hot on the heels of the wailing and gnashing of teeth of 10.7.0 users, Apple today released OS X Lion 10.7.1 that addresses a few issues. MacBook users will be pleased to know that any WiFi dropouts experienced after upgrading to Lion seem to have been resolved as well as freezes when playing videos in Safari. Full details after the break. Download Size: 17.4MB (non MB-Air and Mini users) 68.86MB [...]

TECHGEEK Weekly 56: Big Bully

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And here we are for another week. And Stewart is back after a few weeks of being away. In this episode we talk about the Nokia N9 not being released in the United States, Apple’s September media event and the death of Symbian. This episode is only 40 minutes long as we all had other things to do and James discovered new Team Fortress sounds, so enjoy! Don’t forget to [...]

TECHGEEK Weekly 50: Where’s Our Cake, Microsoft?

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We have turned fifty, Nokia says that we should not look at “Sea Ray”, and has Apple made a fatal mistake with its new version of Final Cut Pro? All this and more on this week’s special edition of TECHGEEK Weekly. And although it’s a very celebratory episode – it’s no time to celebrate when LulzSec is on the prowl. But if you’re looking for a party, this episode was [...]

TECHGEEK Weekly 49: HAPPY BIRTHDAY TERENCE!!!!!!!!

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In this weeks episode, we discuss Rebecca Black’s legal troubles with her song on YouTube, Microsoft’s monopoly of the IM market and the things that LulzSec do to, well…. make us Lulz. We also wish Terence a very very Happy Birthday. However, due to the Happy Birthday song being copyrighted we make different variations of the song. Remember, next week is our 50th episode. So be sure to subscribe via [...]

TECHGEEK Weekly 43: Fanboys and Terrorists

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Sony has blamed Anonymous for hacking their servers. They disagree. (Image: Wikimedia Commons/Creative Commons) Sony’s hacking woes continue with blames to Anonymous, delays in restoring service, Linux returning and reports of a third hack being planned. As well, we discuss if the (accidental) live tweeting of the death of the most wanted terrorist is the “CNN Moment” for Twitter, and a new Wikileaks competitor from News Corp? Stewart and Tom [...]

Final Cut Pro X Available June

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Turn off the rumour mill: here are the facts about the new Final Cut Pro. Today the National Association Broadcasters Show in Las Vegas held some reserve time for a 7PM (local time) presentation from Apple to unveil its new Final Cut Pro software, dubbed: Final Cut Pro X (10). The cost? $299USD (or about 284.789028 Australian Dollars). Yes, thats right. Its just $299 for the full package, no more Final [...]

TECHGEEK Weekly 40: Sizzling in Bacon

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Forty episodes in, and apparently nothing has changed. This episode, we examine why PS3 fanboys hate Anonymous, Telstra getting some brand new phones and bacon, as a perfume? Get ready for one of the most tripping episodes of TECHGEEK Weekly ever. We also find why Armenia had its internet cut because of an old lady, and Minecraft has a release date! James is back for another episode, while Stewart makes [...]

iOS 4.3.1 – What’s New

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That’s right iOS lovers: Apple has released yet another update to iOS – in this case 4.3.1. The incremental update is a bug fixing update. It currently supports iPad 1, 2, iPhone 4 (GSM), iPhone 3GS and 4th-3rd Gen iPod Touch. Release notes include: This update contains improvements and other bug fixes including: – Fixes an occasional graphics glitch on iPod touch (4th generation) – Resolves bugs related to activating [...]

iPad 2 Sydney Launch Live

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Check out our overview here which will be updating with more information shortly. That’s right, TECHGEEK will be live, on location at the iPad 2 Launch tomorrow night at 5PM AEDST. We will be in the midst of the launch and commotion from around 4:30PM AEDST. We will have a live blog running on CoverItLive (below) and as well, we will be carrying a camera which will be automatically uploading photo’s [...]

Mac OS 10.6.7 and AppleTV 4.2.1

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Its update time! The folks at the Infinite Loop have released some software this week including: Mac OS X 10.6.7 Improve the reliability of Back to My Mac. Resolve an issue when transferring files to certain SMB servers. Address various minor Mac App Store issues.   AppleTV 4.2.1 (2nd Generation) Displays: Addressed issues that may cause screens to flicker or display incorrect color on older TVs. Wake from sleep: Addressed [...]

TECHGEEK Weekly 35: So much for #winning

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We give our take on the Apple iPad 2 announcement, find out Microsoft’s response to the tablet and see if 3D is a big gimmick on the Nintendo 3DS. As well, IE6 hopefully goes into the grave and Street View now on bicycles? You’ll have to listen and find out. A shorten edition today as Audition managed to crap out and lose the entire recording (luckily we only just started), [...]

TECHGEEK Weekly 34: Two Girls, One Wii

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The little Wii gets a bit more intimate with a brand new game, Mortal Kombat banned in Australia and the MacBook Pro gets a little hardware revamp – and we make a big deal about it and the new Thunderbolt. Wait, what? That’s all this week on the TECHGEEK Weekly podcast with the return of James Wilson plus one guest – Matt Rossi. Who? Matt Rossi, a friend of one [...]