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Apple iTunes Gift Card algorithm cracked … by the Chinese

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While the Chinese may have attempted to do some crazy things, like tying to poison us with their milk powder; according to Ars Technica and AppleInsider, iTunes gift cards are now selling around US$3.00 – and that is just for a US$200 gift card. But why? This is because hackers have managed to crack the algorithm that makes up the codes that pass the security check that Apple has put […]

Guess what iPod touch 2G users – You can now jailbreak your device!

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In what may be an “OMFG!” moment for 2009, a forum posting on the iPod Touch Fans website has given out details on how to finally “untether” your “tethered” iPod touch 2G, to the delight of many users who got the new device and been waiting very patiently, like me. However, because of the fact that it hasn’t been packaged into PwnageTool or QuickPwn, the two applications that are commonly […]

Sony Australia plans to restructure, to cut jobs

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Sony Australia is planning to restructure its consumer division, which will include a cut in its headcount; and replacing the redundant staff with lower-skilled sales operatives, according to a report by Australian IT. The plan will be told to employees next week. The company follows along the lines of changes in Sony’s worldwide offices, though it is said to have no links to what is happening in Japan’s economic climate, […]

A wink is no longer for flirting

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A blink and a smile can tell your gadgets everything, and we don’t mean lying. According to Physorg, a Japanese inventor has invented a headphone-like gadget, called the “Mimi Switch”, which has tiny sensors that can read the movements from your facial expressions and use them to turn on your iPod or start the washing machine. “You will be able to turn on room lights or swing your washing machine […]

If Turnbull became PM, OPEL would be resurrected

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If the Coalition, currently lead by Malcolm Turnbull, were back being the Government, the $950 million rural broadband network tender that were shelved by the Rudd Government would come back, according to Shadow Communications Minister Nick Minchin in an interview with ZDNet.com.au. The tender, won by the OPEL consortium, owned by Optus and Elders’ telecommunications arm, would have seen an additional network for rural areas. OPEL has since closed after […]

Swedish server containing 65 terabytes of files seized

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Police in Sweden have raided an apartment and seized a giant computer server in an Stockholm suburb, according to an official said Saturday. According to Henrik Ponten, a spokesman for the Swedish Anti-Piracy Bureau, said that the server contained about 65 terabytes of files. This would equate to 16,000 full length movies. Ponten said that one suspect has been questioned, but was then released shortly afterwards; saying that the confiscation […]

Need the shortest URL possible?

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Need to shorten the URL for someone, but think that TinyURL or Bit.ly are just too long? Now there’s another guy in the crowded market, but it says it provides the “Shortest URLs on Earth”. Wow, how are you going to do that? By one letter? Well, sort of. Introducing TinyArro.ws. While that is the landing page, that is not the actual domain. It would be: http://➡.ws. No, we are […]

Ireland to follow New Zealand in blackouts against disconnections

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Blacking out New Zealand (might have) worked, but now Ireland has decided to follow in their footsteps, with avatars on Facebook and Twitter will go black to oppose the new rules sought by the major record labels. The protests come after the IRMA (Irish Recorded Music Association) sued the largest ISP in Ireland, Eircom, and then dismissed it after Eircom agreed to disconnect P2P users that have been identified by […]

Flip Mino maker to be bought by Cisco?

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Makers of the Flip Mino and Flip Mino HD camcorders,  Pure Digital Technologies, is said to be for sale with one interest buyer being Cisco, according to TechCrunch. The camera, which has been hugely popular (even though it hasn’t hit the Australian market yet) as it allows users to upload videos on the internet by attaching them via a USB port attached to the device. It is also reporting that […]

Sony’s new camera with “sweep panorama” and 1080p video recording

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This is Sony’s latest camera that it plans to launch this year. Called the HX1, it is the first camera from its Cyber-shot line to use the 1/2.4-inch Exmor CMOS sensor technology, which allows to achieve burst speeds of 10 frames per second. With a 9.1 megapixel resolution, it can also take 224-degree panorama shots with a “one easy press-and-sweep motion.” The camera is also said to allow you to […]

Barack Obama names new Chief Information Officer

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Barack Obama has announced that Vivek Kundra, a former Chief Technology Officer for the District of Columbia, as the new Federal Chief Information Officer, which will oversee the architecture and spending of technology across the entire federal Government. The Chief Information Officer will work with the Chief Technology Officer, which is still currently vacant, to promote the new President’s technology agenda. “Vivek Kundra will bring a depth of experience in […]

Facebook new homepage allows you to follow and filter; adds new features

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Facebook has brought in a couple of new changes today, including an announcement of a brand new redesign to the front page that users see when they log-in. The new design will allow users to easily publish, follow their friends’ stream and now will allow them to filter by friends, groups and by application. Users will be shifted to the new design starting on March 11, so you have a […]

NSW Police to be given new powers to conduct secret searches, hacking

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  The New South Wales Police will be getting new powers to search suspect’s homes and hack into their computers for up to three years without the suspect knowing or consenting, under a new legislation that was introduced to Parliament today. The powers, according to the Government, will ensure the police evidence collected under the new practises will hold up in the judicial system. The practise was ruled unlawful in […]

Whirlpool survey show almost 90 percent won’t use the optional porn filter

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Whirlpool, Australia’s top internet community, has released the details of its Australian Broadband Survey for 2009, which included questions about ISP service and the internet filter. Not surprisingly, almost 90 percent of those surveyed (88.9%) said that they would not used the optional filter that will be used to block pornography from a user’s connection. Politics were also an important thing, with 75.3 percent saying that they want a Fibre […]

TECHGEEK.com.au’s guide on Twitter (for beginners)

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After the bump from Rove, Twitter has become popular in Australia. While it isn’t in the same league as MySpace and Facebook, it does prove that Twitter’s own success come from word of mouth – since a similar thing happened in the UK with Jonathon Ross (@wossy) and Stephen Fry (@stephenfry). Twitter’s idea is pretty simple – you post small updates on your profile, and people can reply or view […]