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Jeeves now a porn star… OMG!

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Remember the mascot for Ask Jeeves (now Ask.com) was retired in February 2006? Well, it was an end for an era, but he was thanked and received a special site at www.jeevesretirement.com/desk, where you can see what he was doing after retiring. But there is a reason why we are not linking it now. Apparently, the domain expired and someone picked it up. Unfortunately, that someone happened to make it [...]

McDonalds to offer free Wi-Fi in stores

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McDonalds has announced that it will drop its pay-per-use Wi-Fi provided by Telstra to a free, but filtered, “all you can eat” service. The service has proved to be successful after trialling it in 20 stories, but will upgrade the rest of its 720 stores around Australia. The plan is to be finished sometime in March next year, a rate of 40 stores per week. Impressive. NSW and ACT stores [...]

JVC shuts down VHS players production, still produces DVD/VHS hybrids

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JVC, or known as the Victor Co. of Japan, has announced that it will shut down production of its VHS players and will convert the factory, located in China, to produce camcorders. While Panasonic and other companies stopped producing VHS players, JVC’s exit brings the end of the major Japanese players supporting the tape-based format, which has been succeeded by DVDs and Blu-Ray. JVC won’t leave the VHS market, however, [...]

Windows Live to support OpenID

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OpenID, the login standard that allows you to use one account to login to different sites, has gotten a huge boost after Microsoft announced that its over 400 million Windows Live IDs will now be part of the initiative, mainly from its Hotmail and Messenger service). This basically follows in the footsteps of Yahoo and AOL, as both have supported the standard before the announcement. While this may not mean [...]

Revision3 announces show cancellations, axes staff

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Revision3, producers of Diggnation and Tekzilla, has announced that it would be laying off staff and axing three shows from its lineup because of the current economic climate in the US. The shows being axed are Internet Superstar (hosted by Martin Sargent), popSiren (hosted by Sarah Lane) and Pixel Perfect (hosted by Bert Monroy). While internet Superstar and popSiren were axed over low viewership; Pixel Perfect was axed because executives [...]

Google upsets Russia, local advertising acquisition halted

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Russian regulators have said that Google cannot acquire Zao Begun, a local advertising company in Russia – effectively halting its $140 million deal that was agreed to in July. Zao Begun is owned by Rambler Media, another Russian company who runs various websites and a search engine. Google has said, according to IDG, that it would be reviewing the decision of the Federal Antimonopoly Service in Russia; saying in a [...]

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 [...]