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TECHGEEK 08 – Vote for the Funniest and Weirdest Stories of the year!

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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 [...]

Dealer files antitrust complaint against Microsoft over “pricing policy”

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According to CNET News.com, a Dutch software dealer has filed an antitrust complaint with the European Commission (the guys who imposed a huge fine over Microsoft’s “monopoly”) by saying that the pricing policies in Europe done by Microsoft violates the very-strict European antitrust laws. The owner, Samir Abdalla, says that Microsoft charges at least a third more for its software in Europe than it does in the United States, with [...]

Motorola cans RAZR3 (Ruby) – is it the end of the RAZR?

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So, apparently the successor for the Motorola RAZR3 is not coming out after all. After losing the top place of being the best selling handset in America, it isn’t surprising since the successors to the RAZR haven’t either sold well with the customers or were just plain crap to both customers and reviewers. As well, according to Unwired View, it could be because it was ditching the Symbian UIQ – [...]

Baidu to overhaul search after medical scandal

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Baidu, China’s own version of China, has said that it will review and overhaul its operations on bumping websites to the top of its search listings after being accused of allowing unlicensed medical services to buy search rankings to win more customers by an investigation done for a state television show this month. "We have removed the key words of all four clients mentioned in the report and have begun [...]

TECHGEEK Tip: HandBrake

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Ever needed to convert a video for your iPhone, iPod Touch, Apple TV or just simply, your computer? Never found a suitable program? Don’t want to fork out any money? Then HandBrake is for you! HandBrake is an open-source, GPL-licensed, multiplatform, multithreaded video transcoder, available for Mac OS X, Linux and Windows. Convert a DVD to iPod Touch in less that 1 hour with less than 5 clicks! HandBrake is [...]

Vietnam deploys Wi-Max trials in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh

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NEWS IN BRIEF – Vietnam Datacommunications (VDC) have announced on Thursday that they will be deploying Wi-Max trials in the two major cities in the country – Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. VDC is a member of the leading ISP in Vietnam, the Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications Group, providing internet access to residents and businesses. They will partner with Motorola to deploy the trials, using the Wi-Max 802.16e technology, [...]

Google Maps gets overhaul – New Street View interface, Wikipedia articles and Photo metadata

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Google Maps has been given a overhaul, which includes a brand new interface on its popular-yet-controversial Street View service, new “Terrain” mode and allows you to get images and their Wikipedia articles of the places thanks to their metadata and locations (these can be found by the “More” link”. The new interface now puts Street View above the map, not overlaid in a speech bubble, and has brand new controls [...]

Censorship – Popular downloads site gets blocked?

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EXCLUSIVE: TECHGEEK.com.au has recently found out that one site may have been blocked by certain ISPs like Internode and Optus. However, according to one of our editors, Exetel users have been able to access the site. The site in question, Katz Downloads (we cannot put up the link because of our hosting TOS), is no longer accessible. On the Whirlpool forums, one person tried to ping to the site, but [...]

Apple goes “Black Friday” in Australia

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Today is officially “Black Friday” in Australia – even though we never heard of it. But Apple has made something out of it, with it bringing several special discounts to its products, including the 8GB iPod touch, the 13-inch MacBook and the 20-inch iMac. While some are not really impressive, the offer also stands for several software and other accessories for its products. However, in America, it has not begun [...]

Streem accepts “defeat” – closes breaking news platform today

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Streem, Australia’s own version of Newsvine (a place where contributors submit news on a rolling breaking news site), has decided to admit its defeat and will shut down its stores today (Friday 28th November). Users who contributed to the site will only have today and tomorrow to claim their unpaid monies for their contributions, if they have $10 in that account. “We believed honestly in what we were doing and [...]

Telstra drops threat, makes last-minute “bid” for NBN

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Telstra’s board have agreed in an emergency meeting to make a last minute “bid” for the National Broadband Network, just hours before the noon deadline today where all applications were closed. This comes after months after saying that it would walk away if its demands were not met for the $4.7 billion in taxpayer’s money project – including ditching the rule that would see the network being separated from the [...]

YouTube goes widescreen

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YouTube has officially gone made their design, and their video player, more friendly for widescreen monitors and videos, after announcing that its video player will now be in a 16:9 aspect ratio, ditching its previous 4:3 aspect ratio for it player. However, those videos already recorded in 4:3 format will receive the dreaded black lines that happens when a video is too small to fit the ratio. But either way, [...]

Freeview to be launch tonight – 6:29PM

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According to a report on What’s On The Tube, all of the major free-to-air television networks (ABC, SBS, Seven, Nine and Ten) would be broadcasting ads about the new “FreeView” initiative that will support the take up of free-to-air digital television. This basically means that it is a “roadblock”, meaning that you can’t escape it – unless you have Foxtel. FreeView is expected to launch with 15 channels, and a [...]

iPhone 2.2 jailbroken – still no support for the iPod touch second-gen

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There is some good news who want an jailbroken iPhone 3G, you can do it now with the latest update to PwnageTool and QuickPwn from the iPhone Dev Blog. However, there is a catch – if you want to have the potential to use soft unlock, you must NOT use QuickPwn – and not use the official updates without using PwnageTool. As well, it also reports that there is a [...]

LA Judge considers throwing out Lori Drew case after testimony backfire

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A Los Angeles judge is considering throwing out the case against Lori Drew, who is facing one count of conspiracy and three counts of unauthorised computer access for allegedly violating the terms of service of MySpace to inflict psychological harm on 13-year-old Megan Meier that led to her suicide, after it was revealed yesterday that she did not start the MySpace profile nor read the terms of service. But who [...]