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DSi breaks homebrew flashcards

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Before you chuck away that Nintendo DS, here is something you should consider (especially if you use any homebrew flashcards). According to a member on the Chinese gaming community Hacken.cc, the new Nintendo DSi has rejected all of the ten tested homebrew slot-1 cards. The cartridges tested were the R4DS, EX Flash V, CycloDS, G6 DS Real, M3 DS Real, Supercard DS One, iTouch DS, FCard, NCard, M3 DS Simply [...]

New London bins are bomb-proof, show stock market reports

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London will be the first city in the world to introduce and test out a brand new bomb-proof garbage cans. But not only will they be protecting and collecting garbage, they will keep passes-by up to date information via its LCD screens, streaming news and travel information. The new bins were designed to absorb the heat and prevent any shrapnel from any explosives being put inside the bins. Until now, [...]

Microsoft places “I’m a PC” booth outside Apple store

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AppleInsider is reporting that Microsoft is now placing a recording booth of its massive “I’m A PC” advertising campaign outside an Apple Store in Birmingham, England. Its source also notes that a trio of staff from Microsoft will be turning people away from the Mac for the next three days. This is part of a wider campaign to clean up its image after being tarnished at the hands of Apple’s [...]

Silicon Valley leaders go against Prop. 8

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A number of executives and investors in Silicon Valley have announced that they will be opposing Proposition 8, a ballot measure (sort of like a referendum) that would add in the California’s state constitution the definition that a man and a woman are allowed to be married – eliminating any same-sex marriage taking place in the state. Executives from Google, Facebook, Adobe, Yahoo, eBay and Intuit are named as “honorary [...]

SA Attorney-General blocks debate over R18+ rating

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Australia may still be the only developed country in the world without an adult game rating after South Australian Attorney-General rejected plans to publish results of the SCAG public consultation, announced in March of this year; effectively putting a block on the discussion process of the battle to have an adult game rating. The only good news out of this is that there is one supporter for the new classification [...]

Sony batteries gets a recall – again

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Computer makers Toshiba, Dell and HP have recalled over 100,000 laptops because of 40 reports saying that the laptop’s Sony 2.15Ah lithium-ion battery overheating. Some incidents, according to Sony, involved smoke or flames, with 21 of the reports saying that it damaged property, and 4 reported that they received minor burns. From the 100,000 total, some 35,000 were sold in the US, while the rest of the 65,000 laptops were [...]

Mozilla may release new patches before closing Firefox 2.0

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Speaking to Computerworld, Director of Firefox Mike Beltzner has said that they will consult the community for feedback if they should release two new security patches for Firefox version 2.0, prior its ‘end-of-life’ status – meaning that it won’t have any new patches or support after a certain date. The new patches would push the latest version of Firefox 2.0 to 2.0.0.19. The retirement for Firefox 2.0 is at the [...]

AOL launches new site, no longer a clone of Yahoo

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After using a design which we said that it was copying Yahoo’s previous design; it has now launched a new beta design based on the designs that most of its sites (except blogs) use. The new design also includes several new features, including that they can log into their social networks to view updates, while allowing you to adding links to sites that you frequently visit – if you set [...]

CSM to stop daily edition, moves to online print

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The Christian Science Monitor has announced that it will axing its daily print edition in favour of a continuously-updated online website, starting in April 2009. However, it is not leaving the print medium, with a weekly edition being printed instead. This is part of a new multi-platform strategy for CSM to cut costs because of a decline of circulation. While it is owned by a religious organisation, according to Wikipedia, [...]

TiVo users rejoice – Netflix is coming

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Joining the Roku, various Blu-Ray players and the Xbox 360; TiVo has announced that it will support streaming movies from Netflix via its Watch Instantly service. It will be avaliable now to thousands of households that will be beta testers, with it going full-scale in “early December” – good news is that there is no additional fees other than your TiVo and Netflix subscriptions. TiVo users also have access to [...]

Porn leads to depression? New survey shows “alarmingly high” results

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The India Times, citing a Swinburne University of Technology study in Melbourne, is reporting that web users who go online to sex, fetish or swinging sites are more likely to have depression, anxiety and stress – while also revealing that well-educated men aged between 18 to 80 indulge in this kind of ‘pleasure’, spending just over 12 hours on the sites each week. They also participated in cyber sex with [...]

New government filter to make internet slow – tech experts say

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According to technical experts talking to the Courier Mail, internet speeds could slow down the already crippled connection speeds by 30 percent if the new government filter scheme goes ahead; among other warnings – including that it would do little to block any illegal content, expose financial details of users during online banking and could see popular websites like Facebook banned from Australian computers. The risk of exposing financial details [...]

Optus accepts IOU credit – becomes a loan shark

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Need to make a call very quickly, but you are running low on credit? Don’t worry, Optus has got you covered with its recently released service called IOU Credit – hoping to regain your trust in them after the many problems like the 3G congestion and multiple network failures. The deal is that you send them a text and then you can get a $3 emergency loan for up to [...]

Live Mesh to go beta, adds Mac and Windows Mobile 6 Support

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The Windows Live Mesh team has announced that during this week, Mesh will now be a beta and will add more features to the service. It will also become open to the public, meaning that users who have a Windows Live ID will now be able to access the product without waiting for an invite using Microsoft Connect. Among the new features announced in a blog post, they include: Additional [...]

Compulsory net filtering is coming, and not everyone is happy

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Broadband, Communications and Digital Economy Minister Stephen Conroy is reported to have admitted that the $44.2 million internet censorship plan would now be in two tiers – one that all ISPs must filter, and another optional filter to censor all adult material. And despite saying live trials will be held before the end of the year, Senator Conroy has no idea what the content on the mandatory filter would block [...]