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BBC iPlayer download feature now supported on Linux, Mac machines

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The BBC has created a version of the iPlayer, with its download functionality, that works on both Linux and Mac computers. After being allowed to watch the programmes that aired on the BBC online, users on both machines will now be able to download the programmes – however, they will still be encoded with DRM, but different than what is found on the Windows version. Working with Adobe for this […]

French competition watchdog suspends iPhone exclusive deal with Orange

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The French competition watchdog has suspended the agreement between Apple and France Telecom of having the iPhone exclusively to customers of Orange, the No. 1 mobile operator in France. The Competition Council has said that the decision was to allow customers to get the iPhone with a contract with any other mobile phone operator in the country. France Telecom has said that it intends to appeal the decision, and says […]

After the Olympics, China restarts the Great Firewall

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The Chinese-language websites of the BBC and Voice of America, along with Hong Kong-based websites belonging to media companies Ming Pao and Asiaweek, are being reported to have been re-blocked by the Chinese Government, and have been inaccessible since early December, according to Reporters Without Borders. The Taiwanese and Hong Kong versions of Google’s YouTube are also reported to be inaccessible in China as well. This is a reversal of […]

Toshiba set to show off new 512GB SSD drive

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Toshiba has announced that it will showcase its brand new NAND-flash based solid state drives (SSD) at the Consumer Electronics Show 2009 in Las Vegas. The new drives are set to start mass production in the second quarter of 2009 (or between April and June). Toshiba will be showing off its brand new 2.5-inch 512GB SSD, and its new line of NAND SSD hard drives based on its 43nm Multi-Level […]

iPhone Dev team unlocks iPhone 3G

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The iPhone Dev Team have announced that they have managed to unlock the iPhone 3G, a task that was seem to be impossible by many, and this is soon going to be packaged in a new application similar to QuickPwn. Codenamed “yellowsn0w”, the release date will be available to all on New Year’s Eve 2008. As well, you will need to have an iPhone 3G with the baseband firmware 2.11.07 […]

Browsers fail password security tests – Chrome and Safari worse than Firefox, IE

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A report by Chapin Information Services (CIS) has said Google’s Chrome and Apple Safari performed the worst, failing all but two of the 21 tests performed. However, effectively, all the browsers did not get a passing grade, with only Firefox and Opera managed to 7 out of the 21 tests, or 1/3 of the tests; and Internet Explorer managed to pass 5 tests. Chrome’s password managed failed three tests which […]

Macworld 2009 last keynote for Apple, No Steve Jobs keynote

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Apple has announced, to the surprise to many, that the company’s presence at Macworld Expo in January will be the last it will appear, and that Steve Jobs will not present his usual keynote address, with his replacement being Phil Schiller, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Product Marketing, presenting the last ever keynote that Apple will present. It said in a statement that: “Apple is reaching more people in more […]

Apple releases two new “Get a Mac” holiday ads

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We love Christmas (and the holidays), and why not celebrate it by watching the two new Christmas/Holiday-themed “Get a Mac” ads from Apple. Entitled “I Can Do Anything” and “Tree Trimming”, these follows last year’s style of animation, instead of using the real actors to perform the scenes, and like always, they are very, very amusing. I Can Do Anything is where the PC shows off what he can do […]

Apple to release new Mac Mini in Macworld 2009?

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RUMOUR MILL : Apple is set to bring an update to the low-end version of its desktop computers line, the Mac Mini, at the Macworld Expo in San Francisco (which happens in January next year), according to a Wired report, quoting an anonymous Apple employee who contacted them. However, the source did not reveal any details about the Mac Mini other than the announcement, which is a bummer. The product […]

Telstra loses $12 billion after NBN bid failure

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Telstra has lost more than $12 billion of its market value after the news of its National Broadband Network bid was rejected by the Government on Monday. According to The Australian, Telstra lost $9 billion on Monday, and lost an additional $3 billion when its shares fell 24 cents in early trading today. Afternoon trading didn’t help Telstra, as its shares lost 13c to close at $3.52, with the ASX200 […]

Hasbro drops Scrabulous lawsuit – AP

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Hasbro has decided to drop a lawsuit against the makers of Scrabulous, a popular online version of Scrabble, on Friday, according to documents filed in the US District Court in New York seen by the Associated Press. The documents, however, do not cite a reason on Hasbro’s decision to drop the case. Jayant and Rajat Agarwalla, brothers from Calcutta, India, made the online, non-authorised, version of the popular game Scrabble […]

Boy kills mother, shoots father after parents take away Halo 3 game

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Prosecutors have said to a Lorain County, Ohio judge that Daniel Petric shot his father and killed his own mother after his father took away and did not allow him to play the game Halo 3. Petric, who is now 17, sneaked out to get the game, but his parents caught him when he came inside the house, and his father put the game in a lockbox in the parent’s […]

Report : Google moving away from net neutrality?

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According to a report made by the Wall Street Journal, Google is being reported to have approached the major internet service providers in America with a proposal that would create a “fast lane” for Google’s own content, which includes YouTube, GMail and Google Maps. But the problem is that Google has been one of the advocates for net neutrality. Internally called “OpenEdge”, this would see Google’s own servers being placed […]

Telstra NBN bid rejected, lawsuit “100 percent” likely to happen

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The Federal Government has rejected Telstra’s bid from the process to win the bid to build a $10 billion-plus national broadband network, saying that it did not include a plan on how to “involve small and medium enterprises” when building the network, according to Telstra. What’s even more (not) surprising, is that a spokesperson for the Communications Minister, Senator Stephen Conroy, has said that Telstra cannot resubmit its bid. “The […]

Microsoft confirms new bug affects every version of Internet Explorer

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Microsoft has confirmed that a new bug in Internet Explorer 7 also affects all versions, including the predecessor IE6 and the IE8 Beta 2, of the internet browser, and has recommend that you disable the Oledb32.dll file to stay safe from the exploit which hackers have now been known to have exploited. The exploit affects all browsers that are being used on Windows 2000, XP, Vista, Server 2003 or Server […]