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Apple stops certifying products as green – design direction “no longer consistent”

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Apple has pulled the EPEAT certification off 39 desktop computers, laptops and monitors – including current and previous generations of the MacBook Pro and Air – telling the organisation that the ultra-thin design direction that it has embraced is “no longer consistent with [their] requirements.” “They were important supporters and we are disappointed that they don’t want their products measured by this standard anymore,” Robert Frisbee, CEO of EPEAT, told [...]

100 years of automated Exchanges

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Well, well, well. This week, 100 years ago, Geelong was the first city of many to receive a new, automated telephone exchange. In its day, it was the first automated Telephone Exchange in the Southern Hemisphere and the second in the entire British Empire. I guess Australia has always been a tad ahead telecommunications wise. Today, you wouldn’t even think of talking to an operator, just to catch up with a [...]

Is your iOS app crashing after update? Well, it’s probably Apple’s fault

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If you’re experiencing some of your apps crashing at launch after updating an app, it is most likely not the developer’s fault for pushing a broken app. It is, according to Instapaper’s Marco Arment, Apple’s fault for giving users a corrupted file at launch. According to Arment, users found the latest version of Instapaper (version 4.2.3) crashed at launch, and the problem was resolved when Arment contacted Apple. However, he [...]

Where’s the online live coverage for the Olympics, Channel Nine?

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In a couple of weeks time, the London 2012 Olympics begin. However, in Australia, Foxtel and Channel Nine are missing one component in their broadcast plans – where is the online live streaming of the Olympics? It’s 2012 – everything (with the exception of Apple) is livestreamed these days. If we take a look at the broadcasting arrangements in the UK and the US, we see there is a lot of [...]

FunnyJunk lawyer Charles Carreon drops lawsuit against The Oatmeal

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And let common sense prevail! Just about a month after sending a cease-and-desist letter to The Oatmeal (aka Matt Inman) and asking for $200,000 then filing a lawsuit in retaliation after he couldn’t get the fundraiser shut down – the lawsuit has now been dropped. Charles Carreon, the guy above who made himself famous with the sex.com domain name litigation, basically thought that he could win by suing Inman and [...]

Apple settles lawsuit with Proview over ‘iPad’ name

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Image: Rego Korosi/Flickr (Creative Commons) After a long legal battle, Apple and Taiwanese monitors manufacturer Proview have finally ended their feud over the “iPad” name with Apple paying US$60 million to Proview in order to have the name in China. The news broke on the Associated Press, via a local Chinese court: [blackbirdpie url="https://twitter.com/AP/status/219630026478460928"] The issue started when Apple decided to buy the name “iPad” from Proview in 2009 via [...]

Facebook email fiasco turns ugly – users report email losses, altered address books

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Image: Tom Solari/TECHGEEK.com.au Last week, Facebook decided out of thin air that everyone should use Facebook’s own @facebook.com email address BY DEFAULT unless you changed it beforehand (and of course, didn’t ask you to change it – in true Facebook style). Well it has gone a bit deeper with complaints emerging that entire contacts have been changed without their knowledge and emails not actually going through. One user, Rachel Luxemburg from [...]

Chrome for iPhone and iPad announced, available right now

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Google Chrome has just been announced for iPad, iPod touch and iPhone, with the app expected to become available today and featuring the same functionality as its Android counterpart. Working on iOS 4.3 and above, the browser could very possibly get a much wider audience on Apple’s successful mobile platform, mainly because of the fragmentation on Android and the small userbase for Android 4.0, which is required on that platform. [...]

Google Docs offline document editing available today

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At their packed Google I/O 2012 Day Two keynote, Google has finally announced offline Google Drive document editing. When you disconnect from the internet you will now, finally, be able to continue to make changes to your files that have synced. When you reconnect, changed will seamlessly, or should at least, sync up. It’s unclear how this will work if the original document changes before you open it again, however [...]

Google Drive for iOS and Chrome OS available right now

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At Google I/O 2012′s Day Two keynote, Clay Bavor, director product management for Google Apps, finally revealed that the promised iOS Google Drive app would finally be made available today. The app almost entirely match the Android app in terms of features  lacks editing, uploading, file deleting or the ability to create new files. So it’s basically pointless unless you want to look at images, PDF’s or just read documents alone [...]

LIVEBLOG: Google I/O Developers Keynote – Friday 29 June at 3:00am AEST

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At 3am this morning (in around 10 minutes) (Sydney time), Friday 29 June, Google I/O will continue with a second keynote which will likely involve Chrome. And while the adults are away, the kids shall play. I’ll be liveblogging the video feed of the event below, so feel free to drop-in and read along for some sleepy, childish commentary. We will have live commentary and also posts going up in [...]

Google+ History/Moments – Finally a real API?

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It’s only taken, what is it now, 11 months, but Google+ might finally be able to receive data from other services in what looks like a new read/write API called Google+ History, or according to the beta forum, Google+ Moments. It’s only available for developers at the moment, but Google’s Louis Gray today gave VentureBeat the inside scoop on Google+ History, a new API which will allow developers to give [...]

Apple Broadway opening this Saturday (June 30)

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After Twitter going crazy for a new Apple store in New South Wales (despite the fact it was pretty obvious). Apple has announced the date on when it will open the doors to its brand new Broadway store in Sydney. As you can see above – Apple is launching this store on Saturday 30th June at 10:00am. So, if you want to go to an Apple Store and think Sydney’s [...]

Digital switchover dates for capital cities announced

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Image: vinzcha/Flickr (Creative Commons) The Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy has announced the proposed dates for the digital switch over for all the state capital cities. After those dates, television will be broadcast only in digital, with the analog signals being vacated for use for other means – such as 4G (if Telstra, Optus and Vodafone managed to get a bid in). Adelaide will switch off their [...]