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Vietnam to impose new restrictions on blogging

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Vietnam has approved new regulations that will effectively banned bloggers from discussing topics that the government deemed to be “undermining national security” and opposition to the state’s views, and bring in a new requirement that would see all of their writing to personal issues, according to reports from the Associated Press and AFP. The new regulations, obtained by the AFP, has said that all blogs must not “provide, transmit or […]

Case maker publishes iPhone nano protector – could there be iPhone nano after all?

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RUMOUR MILL : XSKN, a third-party case maker, has rekindled rumours of an iPhone nano and has started taking orders for a protective case holder for the rumoured gadget, even though there has been no confirmation from Apple – as expected since its nearly time for the all important, and final year, for the Apple keynote at Macworld at San Francisco. According to Apple Insider, the case maker is selling […]

Censorship lists from Thailand and Denmark leaked as Australian Govt. delays trial

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Secret lists of websites in two countries have been leaked online to Wikileaks, a known site for publishing secret information and putting it to the public, as the Australian Government has announced that they will delay the live trial of the controversial internet filtering scheme that would, according to experts, cripple our internet connection. Denmark’s list of 3863 websites was published yesterday onto Wikileaks, and is to believed to contain […]

Microsoft to cut staff next month?

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RUMOUR MILL : Microsoft is rumoured to start making some of its staff redundant on January 15, after MiniMicrosoft is reporting on snippets of reports discussing of internal reorganisations amid budget cuts at the company. The blog, run by an anonymous employee of Microsoft, are saying that staff are being called into “meetings and interrogations about the work they are doing”, setting impossible tasks and asked to account for their […]

iZ3D brings 26-inch 3D LCD monitor to CES

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CES 2009 - According to Engadget, iZ3D will be bringing a 26-inch prototype of a 3D LCD monitor to CES 2009. The company already has one LCD that is similar to this prototype, its 22-inch 3D LCD monitor. As well, it will have on display the Immersion Series, which “places a trio of the iZ3D monitors together in order to better simulate flights and races”. It is also expected that they […]

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays from TECHGEEK.com.au

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TECHGEEK.com.au wishes everyone a Merry Christmas, or Happy Holidays – depends on what you want. As you may have noticed, TECHGEEK.com.au will not be updated on December 24 and December 25, since its Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. As well, TECHGEEK.com.au will be in “Crucial Update” mode on Boxing Day and December 27th – meaning that important stories will only be posted on those days. On the 28th, we hope […]

Windows XP gets end-date reprieve, gets four more months to live

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Microsoft has extended the deadline for smaller PC builders and resellers to use the Windows XP Operating System up until May 30 2009, four more months added to the previously announced cut-off date of January 31 2009, according to the BBC. XP was originally supposed to disappear from shops on the January 30 2008, after Vista was released in early 2007. While Vista has sold well, according to Microsoft, customers […]

Conroy answers critics; says filter plan may extend to P2P, BitTorrent Traffic

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Communications Minister, Senator Stephen Conroy, has answered many of the comments made to people on the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy’s blog. However, while answering his critics, he has also revealed that new government filter may extend to peer-to-peer and BitTorrent traffic. “Technology is improving all the time. Technology that filters peer-to-peer and BitTorrent traffic does exist and it is anticipated that the effectiveness of this will […]

TPN suffers major outage, media and show sites gone

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The Podcast Network (TPN), an Australian company that records and distributes podcasts to the world, is being reported to have suffered a major outage, with the show sites being taken down and all the podcast audio files have been destroyed. According to The Inquistir, the site had suffered a “massive technical failure” in its main hard drive in its server in Texas. In an e-mail to the podcasters, CEO Cameron […]

Warner Music pulls videos off YouTube after talks break down

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Warner Music Group, which is the third largest record label in the Big 4, has pulled all of its videos on its YouTube channel after talks of renewing a licensing agreement had broken down on Friday. Warner Music, along with Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment (formerly known as Sony BMG) and EMI, are all renegotiating their deals with the Google-owned video site. Warner Music, which is the home for […]

New undersea cable severed, disrupts web traffic

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Telecommunication lines between Europe, the Middle East and Asia have been severed, resulting in lost connections via phone and the internet in the affected regions. This is the second time in this year when these cables have been cut, with the first happening earlier in the year, where two lines were only snapped – all in the Egyptian coast. According to the Associated Press, the cable between Italy and Egypt, […]

Aviary opens up beta, gives $85 discount for pro account

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Aviary, a collection of multimedia tools for artists from all different types of art, has now officially made itself open by announcing that it will become a public beta (previously, they were a closed one). As well, they are celebrating this with a US$85 discount for one year using its Pro accounts. Aviary already have a  image editor, a “colour swatches and palettes” tool and a “visual laboratory” tool. It […]

Polaroid files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

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The Polaroid Corporation has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection for the second time in just 7 years in order to restructure its finances after an its parent company, Petters Group Worldwide, is currently under investigation after its founder and other employees are alleged to committed fraud. The investigation does not involve the leadership team at Polaroid, according to its statement. “We expect to continue our operations as normal during […]

YouTube goes HD with new layout… seriously

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So, if you haven’t heard by now, YouTube has made some tweaks on the layout on many of its HD video content, including having the video on top of all of the comments and stuff, and by having a bigger video screen. But with the bigger screen comes a higher resolution, and really top-notch sound quality. This can be activated when you click the “Watch in HD” link. And with […]

New LaCie Ethernet Disk is 6TB, works with Apple’s Time Machine

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So, it looks like LaCie has a new ethernet disk that has six terabytes in capacity. I mean, that’s wow and all, but it doesn’t come close when the LaCie says that it is compatible with Apple’s new feature – Time Machine. While we don’t know if that is true or not, nor is it sanctioned by Apple, but with the press release saying that its “ability to work together […]