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Telstra rival loses another member – TransACT leaves Terria consortium

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The Optus-led Terria consortium has announced that TransACT would leave the consortium, leaving five members to fund the bid for the national broadband network tender, worth $4.7 billion. TransACT announced that it would also bid for the network tender, but only in the region covering the ACT. Both companies have said that they remain committed to providing better broadband services to Australians. If you were really serious about that, they [...]

Blogger blocked in Turkey – blame falls on Muslim creationist?

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According to BasBasBas.com, the Google-owned Blogger has been banned in Turkey since October 24 (or Friday if you can’t be bothered checking on the time). This ban also seems to be happening if you visited YouTube, another Google property. This follows a similar move by the Turkish government in Turkey to block WordPress.com. The blame for this comes from a man named Adnan Oktar, a leading Muslim advocate for creationism [...]

TECHGEEK.com.au BTS : WordPress Plugins

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TECHGEEK BTS is a brand new series of blog posts which showcase what happens behind the scenes at TECHGEEK.com.au. From questions about the site to things we use to help cover the site, we hope you enjoy reading all the hard work that we have done to build the site. And our very first subject is what WordPress plug-ins we use on our site – and since WordPress is the [...]

Gaming industry to launch new campaign to allow R-rated games

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The gaming industry, represented by the Interactive Entertainment Association of Australia (IEAA), will launch a brand new campaign tomorrow to pressure governments to allow an R18+ rating for games, bringing it in line with Australia’s movie classification system and most of the developed world who have an adult rating, like the United States. An R18+ rating would allow games with sexually explicit and violent scenes be allowed to be sold [...]

Woman “kills” “husband” over messy divorce in Maplestory

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A Japanese woman has found herself in the a prison cell and is facing charges of illegally accessing a computer and manipulating data after deleting her virtual husband’s user account after he divorced the woman suddenly. The 43-year-old piano teacher from Miyazaki travelled 620 miles to go to Sapporo – where her “husband” works. Police say that she accessed his log-in details on Maplestory and then proceeded to delete the [...]

Oh yeah, did we mention our site got a new design – Introducing Crystalline Duo

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Took us some time to develop it, design the site and add all the features; but here it is – TECHGEEK.com.au has been given another redesign, but this time – we have made a lot of changes, including the category system we announced before. Among the changes include all our the “main categories” being listed at the top, instead of pages, meaning that you can get to our categories easily [...]

Introducing the iOrange – an almost exact look-a-like to the iPhone

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So, who doesn’t want an iPhone. I mean, it’s from Apple – it has to be good. Well, if you are too cheap to be under a contract and want the phone so bad, you can get the iOrange F4. Not only it copied the design, but the interface is the same – and most of the functions, including an gyroscope that will tilt the screen 90 degrees when its [...]

Amazon drops US$200 on HP 2133 “netbook”

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According to Liliputing, Amazon has cut the price of the HP 2133 Mini-Note PC, HP’s own competitor to the Asus eeePC; and this is its third cut in less than a week, meaning that Amazon really wants to get rid of it. It was previously $499, then it dropped to $379.99, and now its $299. So what would you get with the “netbook” for that low price? Well: CPU: 1.2GHz [...]

Sprint CEO : Android not yet “good enough” for Sprint

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So, who wouldn’t like a Android G1, made by HTC? Well, Sprint’s CEO Dan Hesse is being reported by Reuters that he said to the National Press Club that he thinks that the phone, which is an “exclusive” for T-Mobile, is not “good enough to put the Sprint brand on it.” However, it does not mean that they will not sell an Android phone, since they are part of the [...]

Beta version of next Vista service pack to be released next week

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The beta version of Vista Service Pack 2 will be released on October 29, according to a blog post made by the Windows Vista Team Blog, with the finalised version being released in the first half of 2009. The new beta will fix several problems including reliability and performance, and hopes to retain compatibly with applications on Vista and Vista SP1, after a problem with SP1 breaking certain applications. Also, [...]

TPG-Soul quits Optus led-Terria consortium — is this the end of G9?

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The Optus led Terria consortium has been given another blow after TPG-Soul will leave the group after AAPT announced a similar move eight days ago. Because of this, the consortium’s final six members – iiNet, Internode, Optus, Macquarie Telecom, Primus and TransACT – to bid on the new national broadband network. Terria was previously known as the G9 consortium, because it had nine members – the six mentioned plus AAPT, [...]

Revamping our categories – more relevant and updated to our changes

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TECHGEEK.com.au has updated its category system to add many more categories to the list, including several dedicated to Apple, introducing relevant categories for our Gaming section and added a Phones category under Mobile. However, since we have too many categories to list under one block; we have limited all of our categories to different groups – to reflect the changing TECHGEEK.com.au. The new “Main Categories” will be Apple, Developers, Gadgets, [...]

New Apple ad bashes “I’m a PC” ad

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A new “Get a Mac” ad has been released that sees PC raising some money to fix Vista via a bake sale, after their marketing team decided to run an “expensive ad campaign instead of fixing Vista”. Mac then offers to help out by buying a cupcake from Vista … a $10 billion cupcake. This ad is basically a direct attack at Microsoft’s “I’m a PC” ads. To me, the [...]

PSP Firmware 5.01 to fix Memory Stick problems

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So, Sony has admitted that they screwed up in Firmware 5.00 for the PlayStation Portable. Though they included the PlayStation Store and direct downloads, there happens to be a glitch when people using high-capacity Memory Sticks (mainly the 8GB or 16GB cards) were being reported as being full, when they were really lots and lots of free space in them. Sony has said that an issue will be coming soon. [...]

Samsung Blu-Ray players come with Netflix streaming

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Samsung is now offering a brand new update to its Blu-Ray players to let them stream Netflix movies to their players, and allow you to fast forward, rewind, browse and rate movies to watch instantly from your queue of movies. The fist players to support this is the BD-P2500 and the BD-P2550, with more coming soon. The players cost US$400.