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Sony axes 8,000 jobs worldwide, $1.1 billion in savings a year

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Sony has axed 8,000 jobs, or 4 percent, of its entire work force around the world in order to make savings worth US$1.1 billion a year because of the global economic crisis and a stronger yen that batters profits for the PlayStation 3 maker. Employing 185,000 people, the layoffs will be completed by the end of March of 2010. It is unknown which country will receive most of the cuts, [...]

TECHGEEK.com.au Holiday Gift Guide – Donations to Charities

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Every year, people try and guess what the recipient wants in his or her gift. Sure, you can always give them the receipt to return it; but what if you want it to be a moment in your life? What are you going to do? Have no fear, TECHGEEK.com.au has the answer to this problem, and we will slowly put up a list of gifts that you could get for [...]

Telstra to say no to ISP filtering trial, Optus says yes

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Telstra has rejected a plan to take part in the Federal Government’s six-week live content filtering trial that would see, according to those opposed to it, a decrease in speeds to the already crippled network that Australia’s broadband network has compared to other countries infrastructure like the US, Japan and South Korea. Optus, however, has made an application to participate – but has told ZDNet.com.au that it would only filter [...]

Windows Vista goes red for Product(RED)

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Microsoft has announced that Windows Vista Ultimate will be a part of the PRODUCT(RED) initiative, with Amazon saying that the “Windows Vista Ultimate with SP1 upgrade (Project Red Edition)” going to be on sale on December 15. Dell, who ships Windows Vista to many of its computers, already had several products with PRODUCT(RED), all of them powered with Vista. The product’s RRP is at $219.95, and it comes with several [...]

TECHGEEK 08 – Vote for your favourite “local” story of 2008

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It’s that time of the year again, and why not have your say on what were your favourite on the funniest, the weirdest, the best, the worst and your favourite local news stories of 2008. We scoured through our archives (our amazing 1,000+ posts) to pick which one to fill up our categories. Voting will go for four weeks, and we will reveal the answers, along with our favourite and [...]

EA’s “Spore” tops most pirated games of 2008

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While games cannot compete with the amount of pirated movies and television shows that are downloaded, EA’s Spore managed to come close to that number, even though being protected by DRM – topping the list of being the most pirated game for the year 2008, according to TorrentFreak, who complied the list. They estimate that the total downloads for the game is around 1.7 million. Second on the list was [...]

Ducking iPhone – teach your iPhone how to swear!

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Remember the days of the T9 keyboard, where it would correct words if you spelt it incorrectly (or an easier way to spell). Well, one of the features was that you can create a custom dictionary and teach your phone how to swear – and that was absolutely fun. However, Apple has apparently removed that fun by not having a custom dictionary so you can those funny words like “fucking" [...]

IE falls below 70 percent in Nov. 2008, Firefox 21%

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According to Net Applications, Internet Explorer has fallen from October’s figure of 71.27 percent to 69.77 percent, while Firefox managed to gain from October’s 19.97 percent to have a percentage of 20.78 percent for November – managing to break the 20% margin. Meanwhile, Opera and Chrome still battle for fourth place, while Safari still continues to be in third place. After Google launched the Chrome browser (which is based on [...]

Motorola credit rating downgraded, debt rating too?

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View the full MOT chart at Wikinvest Standards & Poor (S&P) have lowered Motorola’s long-term credit rating to junk status, making it one level below investment grade, as the company continues to decline. As well, Moody’s Investors Service is also considering downgrading the company’s debt rating to two levels above non-investment grade. These downgrades in Motorola’s credit and debt rating come as the handset division continues to face serious trouble [...]

Germany’s first Apple Store opens on Saturday

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Germans will be happy to find out that their first Apple Retail Store will be opening on Saturday at Rosenstaße in Munich, with the store being opened at 10am. Already, there are some photos from inside the store, while the press opener (thanks TUAW!) is up already in German (and you can find the translation of it here).

A guide on how to stop cyber-bullying

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This post was written by Tom Wood (you know, the guy who cracked the porn filter last year). Orignally posted on his blog, The Wood Verdict, I have been given permission to repost it here on TECHGEEK.com.au. This content has been edited style-wise, and all (well, most) of the content has been preserved. Cyber-Bullying affects at least 22% of Aussie kids. It can be 24/7, relentless, compacted by an audience [...]

Python update breaks backwards compatibility, starts over

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Developers of the Python programming language have released the final version of Python 3.0, also called Python 3000 or Py3K, which also sees a major reworking of the language, including making it intentionally incompatible with the Python 2 series of code, according to the founder Guido van Rossum. The new changes was to simplify the development of the code and to remove the complexity that has been built up over [...]

TECHGEEK.com.au Gift Guide for a Web Designer

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Every year, people try and guess what the recipient wants in his or her gift. Sure, you can always give them the receipt to return it; but what if you want it to be a moment in your life? What are you going to do? Have no fear, TECHGEEK.com.au has the answer to this problem, and we will slowly put up a list of gifts that you could get for [...]

Abobe cuts jobs, axes Macworld Booth

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Adobe has announced that it is now expecting that per-share earnings will be between 45 and 46 cents, based on its current outlook on revenue of $912 million to $915 million on the three months that ended on November 28; with expectations of a shortfall on revenue in the current quarter, with revenue expectations in the range of $800 million to $850 million. In its response to this, it has [...]

Comcast to offer usage monitor in January – report says

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If a report from DSL Reports is true, Comcast is soon offering its internet subscribers a bandwidth usage metre as early as the first week of January of next year. The new usage metre will allow customers to track how much they have used on their new 250GB caps, meaning that they don’t have to install third-party software to monitor their downloads. This would, like we do in Australia, adjust [...]