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Kogan delays Android phone – cites “potential future interoperability”

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If you wanted to get the Kogan Android phone, the first Australian phone that would feature the Android OS; well, you will have to wait a bit longer, as the company announced that it has delayed the phone indefinitely, saying that “potential future interoperability issues” was the reason. The company, Melbourne-based Kogan Technology, said the phone would be released on January 29; but said the phone needs to be redesigned […]

Intel Q4 2008 earnings fall as PC sales go down

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Intel has said that its earnings had fell below what they made last year, however, they managed to meet the Wall Street forecasts, even though a massive writedown and PC sales crippling the demand for microprocessors were some of the causes. The biggest maker of semiconductors worldwide has also said that it earned 4 cents a share in Q4 to make $8.2 billion, down from last year’s 38 cents a […]

Whistleblower says that Apple are smashing Macs to pieces

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An whistleblower has told APC Magazine that Apple Australia has been ordering its flagship products, the Mac, to be smashed into pieces in a Sydney warehouse, where many are still able to work. Filmmaker James Johnston (not his real name), who says that he supplements his income with factory work through several companies, assumed that he was in for a normal job at Apple, but he was wrong. What he […]

Google cuts jobs, culls Jaiku, Dodgeball

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Google has announced that it will axe 100 jobs from the company, mainly from its recruitment staff; and will also shut down three engineering offices and close several projects as the recession that plagues the world is taking its toll on the internet search engine giant. Offices in Norway, Sweden and in Texas, USA will be shut down; as the company looks to store up cash so it can continue […]

Motorola to axe 4,000 staff in 2009 – brings total to 7,000 job cuts

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Motorola has said that it will be laying off 4,000 workers in 2009, with most of the cuts (3,000) coming from the failing mobile phone division. These are expected to begin immediately, and come on top of the 3,000 job reduction that was announced during Q4 2008. Motorola has been in trouble for sometime now. While it has had profitable areas, all of them have been drag down because of […]

Steve Jobs to take medical leave of absence; COO takes leadership

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Steve Jobs has said that he will be taking a medical leave of absence until June of 2009. While he previously said that he will not leave the company, he has said now that he has to leave as his health continues to be a distraction for his family and himself, but also everyone at Apple. He also indicates that his health issue, which was noted to be a hormone […]

YouTube finds creative way to stop copyright infringement – muting sound

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Notice anything wrong with the video? No Sound? Don’t worry, it’s not a virus, nor your computer; but just the video itself. YouTube may have found a way that could deter users from uploading copyrighted videos by just having the video muted instead of taking down the video as part of the law that makes up the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, also known as the DMCA. YouTube has had technology […]

Comedy Central to bring out new HD channel

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Comedy Central has joined a long list of television channels that will bring out a high definition channel, with the debut of Comedy Central HD being launched on Cablevision Systems today, then will roll out the service to Cox Communications and DirecTV later this month. The channel will feature 200 hours of programming in native HD, with almost 30 of the past episodes of South Park, the first two seasons […]

ACMA slaps Optus $110,000 fine for spamming

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The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), the media and telecommunications regulator in Australia, has given Optus a $110,000 fine for two alleged infringements of the Spam Act 2003, for sending SMS messages without an “accurate sender identification”. These were in relation, according to ACMA, to 20,000 SMS messages sent by Optus to promote its entertainment services via its OptusZoo portal via the number “966”, referring to the letters “zoo” […]

Carol Bartz to become Jerry Yang’s successor in CEO position

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Carol Bartz, formally the executive chairman of Autodesk, has been named as the successor of Jerry Yang in the CEO position, as he will go back to his previous positions of being Chief Yahoo and a board member in the board of directors. Bartz. 60, will also become another member in the Board of Directors, and both jobs are effective immediately. “We are very excited to have Carol Bartz leading […]

Safari’s new vulnerability may leak personal information – affects both Macs and Windows

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Brian Mastenbrook, credited in finding several security vulnerabilities that Apple patched in its Security Updates, has found another one that could potentially allow a malicious website to read files on a user’s hard drive without the user’s consent. This would, effectively, give a person free control to access a lot of files on your computer, including e-mails, cookies, passwords and other sensitive information kept on the user’s hard drive. Basically, […]

LEGO to bring in digital camera and other branded gadgets

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LEGO has announced, with Digital Blue, that it will bring out several LEGO branded kid’s gadgets to the market, including digital and video cameras, MP3 players and walkie talkies; and all of them will have the usual LEGO brick motif, but they will not be made out of the bricks, since that would be stupid and would be hard to piece it back together when its broken. These are coming […]

China shuts down 91 websites for porn, more to come?

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Chinese state-run news agency Xinhua is reporting that 91 websites in China have been shut down because of pornographic or lewd content since last Thursday, after the government announced that it will launch a crack down on such content. Sites like “www.789b.com” and “www.678tp.cn” have been inaccessible since Sunday, as they have said that such content was “harming” the physical and mental health of young people, and there could be […]

Optus customers complain over network degradation

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One of the reasons why the filter should not be implemented is that it would slow down the network speeds since it would be checking all submitted addresses to a list to allow you to either be allowed or denied access; however, if the filter goes ahead on the Optus network, it would slow down the already crippled network. With recent reports of speeds slowing down, especially on its Cable […]

ispONE dumps Optus for Telstra for its ADSL2+ service

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ispONE, a wholesale telecommunications provider that services more than 150 providers in rural Australia, has said that it will ditch using Optus’ network in favour of Telstra because of their network footprint, along with the small returns in profit. Director Zac Swindells told Australian IT that “Optus covers about 13 per cent of the population with its ADSL2+ footprint. Telstra on the other hand covers 63 per cent of the […]