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Apple revamps iPod nano – adds 2.5-inch screen, ditches the square

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The iPod nano is getting a revamp again, and ditching the square shape that has made it popular (mainly as a watch). The new model goes back to the old shape of being a rectangle, adds a 2.5-inch multi-touch display and comes in colours (which, to be honest, makes it look a bit cheap) It is, apparently, the thinnest iPod ever with a 5mm thin body. The iPod nano features [...]

Apple reveals the iPhone 5 – “the biggest thing since the iPhone”

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A thinner body, LTE, a 4-inch Retina display and a brand new A6 chip – the iPhone 5 is finally here. And while we going to suspend the fact that this is technically the sixth-generation of the iPhone, the new iPhone is coming to Australia on September 21, with preorders starting at September 14. But what else is inside? The iPhone 5 features a 7.6-mm andoized aluminium body that makes [...]

Apple search engine accidentally reveals iPhone 5 press release (red herring or not?)

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Well, there goes the surprise. Apple has inadvertently leaked out information about what it will apparently present at tonight’s keynote. Reports are circulating that simply going to the Apple search engine and typing in “iPhone 5″ and you get four links that reveal all – including a press release dated for today. The links, of course, are dead links. First spotted by 9to5Mac, and we’ve tested it out and it [...]

Nintendo gives early Pokemon Black & White 2 gamers free Mystical Pokemon

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See that? That’s the a Mystical Pokemon called Genesect; and Nintendo is giving this rare Pokemon for free and for a limited time in order to entice people to get a copy of the upcoming Pokemon Black & White 2 games when they come out on October 11. Until November 12, those who purchase the game and connect to Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection will receive Genesect. So what is this Pokemon? [...]

IOC releases geoblock for London 2012 videos on YouTube

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Okay, the Olympics and Paralympics are over; but there are certain things that you want to rewatch. Unfortunately, the International Olympic Committee are notorious in keeping things off YouTube so it doesn’t annoy the rightsholders. However, the IOC have ended the geoblocking of events, letting everyone watch every event on demand, as well as the opening and closing ceremonies. Well, at least for now. For all of the videos, you [...]

Telstra 4G expansion announced after 500,000 user milestone

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Today Telstra has announced their plans to expand the Telstra 4G coverage to two-thirds of the population. This decision comes after the announcement of hitting the 500,000 user mark on their current 4G network. The expansion will see 1,000 new 4G base stations installed by mid 2013. Once all the new stations have been installed, the Telstra 4G network will cover 66% of the population. Check out the press release after [...]

ABC to premiere Doctor Who on iView after UK airing

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In what is an extraordinary move for a broadcaster, the ABC has decided to air Doctor Who first on iView – its streaming catch-up TV service – just after the UK premiere. The broadcaster plans to air the first episode, Asylum of the Daleks, at 5am this Sunday, before its television broadcast the week later. “For Doctor Who fans, it is a fantastic opportunity to see new episodes within hours [...]

REACTIONS: Apple wins US$1.05 billion from Samsung

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In what is clearly a damaging loss to Samsung, the jury in the American part of the Apple vs Samsung battle has ruled in favour of Apple and its claims that Samsung had infringed on its intellectual property, and awarded at least $1.049 billion in damages. The jury found that Samsung infringed on Apple’s utility patents on some products, wilful infringement on five of six patents, and upheld that Samsung [...]

A Paid Social Network – Is App.net worth the $50/year price?

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Ever heard of App.net? The tech community has, and it’s built on a simple premise: being a different kind of social platform. As it’s creator Dalton Caldwell said in its video announcing the project, “our product is what we sell, not our users.” It also promises to be ad-free and will respect its developer community. Sounds like a dream service to use. But, there’s a catch – you have to [...]

Foxconn “ahead of schedule” in improving working conditions, says Fair Labor Association

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After an initial investigation in February – initiated by Apple, in the wake of a New York Times piece and a Mike Daisey’s piece on Apple working conditions (which was later retracted) – the Fair Labor Association has released their follow-up verification report to see if they are implementing the 195 actions that had to happen, and the organisation has found that some progress has been made. “Our verification shows [...]

WSJ: Groupon investors jumping ship as stock price plummets

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Early investors of deals website Groupon are reportedly jumping ship as the company struggles with a plummeting share price and is now worth a quarter of what it launched its IPO back in November, according to the Wall Street Journal. The report claims that at least four investors who held stock before the IPO have sold or reduced their holdings significantly in recent months. Andreessen Horowitz, co-founded by Netscape’s Marc [...]

Myki needs updating, and fast after Metcard is gone

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It is just a few months before Myki is to officially replace Metcard as the ticketing system for Melbourne’s transportation system. However, once we get Metcard out, the Victorian Government needs to seriously upgrade Myki to future-proof the delayed and overbudget project, or else we would be forced to create a new system down the track. Technology The technology needs to be drastically improved. Response times are long (but are [...]

Ecuador grants Julian Assange asylum, despite UK threat

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Ecuador has granted Wikileaks founder Julian Assange’s request of political asylum. Assange has been inside the embassy after escaping on June 19 from house arrest to avoid being extradited to Sweden, where he believes he would be further extradited the United States. In a press conference, Ecuador’s Foreign Minister Richard Patino noted that his fears of political persecution were “legitimate”, according to the BBC. “The Ecuador government, loyal to its [...]

SkyDrive gets Metro revamp, introduces Android app

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Microsoft have now finally pushed out the new SkyDrive – now also using the Metro Windows 8-like design similar to what you can find in the Windows 8 app and the new Outlook.com design. In addition, it has also updated its applications for the cloud storage service plus launched an Android app for SkyDrive. By default, it will show the tile-based layout, but you can revert back to the standard [...]

Motorola sacks 20% of employees as Google steps in to make it profitable

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Motorola will be sacking 20 percent of its global workforce – or 4,000 employees – as Google tries to bring the struggling Android manufacturer to profitability, after purchasing it for US$12.5 billion last year mainly because of its patents. In a filing, Google said that the sackings were to “return [it]‘s mobile devices unit to profitability,” adding that, “Investors should expect to see significant revenue variability for Motorola for several [...]