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Pownce gets bought by Six Apart, shuts down service in two weeks

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Pownce, that high-end Twitter clone created by Kevin Rose and his friends that was started in June 2007 (as a private beta), have announced that they have been bought by Movable Type and Vox owners Six Apart; and that in two weeks, Pownce will shut down its doors forever on December 15. According to the Six Apart blog, all of the team will make the move to Movable Type. However, [...]

(m)Apple featured on The Simpsons

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So, apparently Apple, or should I say Mapple, was featured on The Simpsons last night on American television, and apparently we learnt something about the founder Steve Mobs – which was the best part since Bart was dubbing it – that he bought shares in Microsoft and he and his boyfriend Bill Gates were kissing in a pile of your money. But the line “You think you’re cool because you [...]

The iPod shuffle concept looks like a Nano wristwatch

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It’s brilliant, yet its obviously not something Apple would make. This is a concept of what one Japanese designer thought the iPod shuffle should be like, and it looks like a iPod nano wristwatch – without the widescreen. What’s weird is that it is totally practical, as wearing it on your wrist is kind of better than wearing it on your shirt – just make sure you don’t look like [...]

TECHGEEK.com.au – Year in Review 2008

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What can we say about 2008? Well, the economic crisis certainly took its toll on the economy and tech companies – with job cuts from all sectors. What about Barack Obama is the next President of the United States, or the Beijing 2008 Olympics, or the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland. Did the Cricket impress you? Or was it that hit show from Channel Nine called Underbelly that took your [...]

Microhoo not dead? Microsoft, Yahoo reported to have search deal talks

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According to the UK’s Sunday Times, Microsoft is reported to have started talks with Yahoo to acquire Yahoo’s search business for US$20 billion – proving once again, Microsoft cannot stay away from Yahoo. However, senior directors at both companies have not guaranteed that it will be a success. “Senior directors at Microsoft and Yahoo are understood to have agreed the broad terms of a deal, but there is no guarantee [...]

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 [...]