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Porn to get its own .xxx domain option

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ICANN, the organisation that oversees all domain names and registrations – including the familiar dot-com – is expected to give the go ahead for the controversial .xxx top-level domain (TLD) for websites containing pornography. According to an ICAAN attorney talking to Reuters; despite initially against such a proposal, members of the board have argued that the creation on the basis to maintain neutrality in dealing with assignations. If calls are […]

iOS 4: 9.00AM Pacific, 2.00AM AEST

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Just a quick reminder that iOS 4 is expected to come out really early tomorrow morning (June 22 at 2.00AM AEST), 9.00AM Pacific Time (or so the rumors around the interwebs say). So don’t forget to mark your downloaders, iTunes, iCals, Alarms and whatever else wakes you up at 2 in the morning to get the latest iOS! Don’t forget you will NEED iTunes 9.2 in order to update iPhone. […]

NBN/Govt. strikes landmark deal with Telstra

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The Federal Government and Telstra have announced that both parties have come to an $11 billion deal that would see NBN able to access Telstra’s infrastructure and Telstra moving its clients to the new fibre optic network after its roll out. The Government will pay $9 billion in order to access Telstra’s infrastructure – including pits, ducts and wires. It is also a win-win situation for NBN as it will […]

iiNet offers customers TV via broadband

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Perth-based internet service provider iiNet has announced a new partnership with FetchTV to allow customers to watch a range of free and subscription television channels with their broadband connection. This effectively meaning that customers on iiNet will now have one single provider for internet, telephone and television services.

Google upgrade blocks Hong Kong site in China

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Chinese users behind the “Great Firewall of China” have reported that Google Hong Kong has been blocked, according to several sources. While initially admitting it was a fault on their end, Google has now said that it is China blocking the site. When news of Google China/Hong Kong was blocked, Google said that it was because of a new set of characters in all of its search URLs, “gs_rfai”, triggered […]

Conroy goes on the attack after US steps in

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Senator Stephen Conroy has gone onto the attack as news that the US State Department has said that it has an issue with its internet censorship plan, with the target placed on Google – who recently pulled its localised search engine after failing to get approval to stop censoring search engines – by highlighting its policies on content, privacy and censorship. “Notwithstanding their alleged do no evil policy, they recently […]

iiNet victorious in AFACT trial

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iiNet has been given a huge victory against a long-running lawsuit by the film and TV studios represented by the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT); which included Village Roadshow, Universal Pictures, Warber Bros, 20th Century Fox, Disney and the Seven Network. The court finding that iiNet’s role in giving access to copyright infringers to BitTorrent does not mean that it is authorising the infringement, and is protected by a […]

Intel announce WiDi HD

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Straight from CES, Intel have announced the WiDi HD. Working over wireless, you can stream your HD media to your television set via a HDMI connection. Your PC will need a Core i3, i5 or i7 processor together with the receiver box which will set you back $100. Intel demonstrated netflix from a laptop with Windows 7 streaming over to a TV. Netgear will be the first to provide the […]

Internet filtering: Google says no

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Google has today written a scathing blog post on the Australian Government’s plan on bringing mandatory ISP level filtering to millions of internet users in Australia, citing a report by three professors that found a wide scope of content that could be blocked under “Refused Classification”. The report claims that because the RC classification is so broad, content that are socially and politically controversial – like education content on safe […]

Video game listing made easy

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Ever wanted to keep a rather well organised list of your games, unfinished or completed? Then sign up to Backloggery, the best way to keep a tab on your games. Whether it be old, new or unreleased, Backloggery has a complete listing of games from all consoles and peripherals ever made. And that’s not all, there are also other special features suggesting what game to play next, friends lists, medals […]

Pirate Bay goes magnetic, DHT as tracker goes offline forever

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Since the start of 2003, the notorious torrent site The Pirate Bay was launched by a group of friends from Sweden, and became one of the largest BitTorrent trackers out there on the web as it handled more than 25 million peers downloading files from their tracker. Jump to today, and some news that would likely shock the entire torrent community – The Pirate Bay is saying bye bye to […]

Star Wars: The Old Republic Battle of Bothawui video

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Bioware have posted another video in their timeline series on the official Star Wars: The Old Republic website,. It depicts a battle between the Sith and the Jedi which resulted in a draw. The battle was the first major defeat of the Empire’s ships which led to boosted morale in the Galaxy against the Empire, that they could be matched in strength. Several weeks later though, the Empire ordered several […]

Conroy threatens further telecommunications reform

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Communications Minister Stephen Conroy has threatened the telecommunications industry with a plan to add additional reforms to the Telecommunications Act after an report by the industry’s ombudsman said that there was a massive spike in complaints from customers. The Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman (TIO) has said that it received 230,065 complaints from consumers and small businesses during the 2008-2009 financial year, representing a 54 percent increase from the previous year. However, […]

WiFi a/b/g/n and introducing WiFi Direct

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There it is folks – a new Wi-Fi type that will be officially support by the Wi-Fi Alliance and is aimed to do one thing – create a devices-to-deivces network without a base station or ad-hoc nonsense. From the Wi-Fi Alliance website press release: The specification, previously code-named “Wi-Fi peer-to-peer,” can be implemented in any Wi-Fi device, from mobile phones, cameras, printers, and notebook computers, to human interface devices such […]

802.11n Wi-Fi standard approved

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The IEEE has finally approved the next high-speed Wi-Fi standard 802.11n, after going through a dozen or so revisions from the standard was conceived in 2002. The standard is said to be capable of delivering throughput speeds of up to 300 megabits per second, but it is also reported to achieve higher than that. Few additions have been made to the draft, according to Network World, and all of the […]