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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 […]

Snow Leopard showcased at Macworld – report

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MACWORLD 2009 : Phil Schiller is set to use a portion of his keynote at next month’s Macworld Expo to show off the latest version of the Mac OS X operating system, Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, according to a report filed by UK’s The Guardian. “Apple and its partners have been privately dropping hints to developers that its upcoming release of its Mac OS X operating system, dubbed Snow […]

New ultrathin Dell laptop coming?

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According to the New York Times, Dell might be bringing a rival to the ultrathin MacBook Air. Called the “Adamo”, it is registered to the computer-maker, with a “coming soon” on its website. “Rumor has it that Dell is coming out with a computer called Adamo that will rival the MacBook Air,” the NYT quotes from Uptownlife.net (which has taken down the content).

Chinese espionage fears on NBN bid

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Optus’ bid for the National Broadband Network bid has left security agencies closely examining the bid, after it is believed that it will involve Chinese telecommunications equipment maker Huawei Technologies to build the $15 billion project. While Optus has confirmed that it has been working with them in tests, it is still unknown if they will help in the final bid. Huawei’s work has been a magnet for concerns of […]

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 […]