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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.

Beatles Collector’s Box comes with iPod – too bad songs aren’t on iTunes Store

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Beatles fans, get ready to spend big this Christmas season, even though you have rising gas prices, the financial markets are in a downward spiral and you might want to pay off that house mortgage. Anyway, Bloomingdales are selling a Limited Edition Ultimate Collection Box: Beatles iPod Set, containing all 13 albums, two masters and the “Love” CD – all of those albums won’t be on the iTunes Store. It […]

Yahoo to axe 1,500 jobs

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Yahoo has said in its earnings call that it will axe 10 percent of its 15,000 employees in the company, or 1,500 employees, after the current financial crisis saw its share fall and loss revenue from last year, plunging to a 64 percent loss in profits. The cuts are expected to over $400 million from its $3.9 billion expenditure so it could keep going during the crisis. The job cuts […]

Weak markets forces Samsung to drop hostile bid for SanDisk

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Samsung, the world’s largest memory chip maker, has withdrew a $5.9 billion, or a $26/share, unsolicited bid to buy SanDisk; citing that SanDisk’s losses may worsen during time and failing to make any “meaning progress” over six month after SanDisk rejected its first bid. This comes also a “hurried”, as Samsung’’s vice chairman and CEO Yoon Woo Lee put it in his letter, agreement with Toshiba over manufacturing. “Your surprise […]

iBurst to shut down network

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iBurst, Australia’s first city-wide wireless network, will be shutting down after its operator announced to the media via an ASX announcement during trading hours in the stock market. The parent company, BIgAir Group, has only given the network less than three months to live, shutting the network in December. BigAir Group Limited (ASX:BGL) announced today it has been notified by the Receivers for the Commander Group, McGrathNicol, that its bid […]

Analogue television starts shutdown in 2010 in rural, 2013 in metro

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Stephen Conroy announced on Sunday that the Digital Television Transition will begin in 2010, after releasing the timetable for which broadcast areas will be shutting off their analogue systems and switching over to the new Digital stations. The broadcast area of Mildura will lead the pack switching off their signal in the first half of 2010, or between the 1st of January and the 30th of June 2010. "The regional […]

115 jobs get pink slips after Optus announces cuts

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It seems that people may start hating Optus now, well – most from their engineering and technical division anyway. Optus has announced that 115 jobs from that division will be cut, resulting in a restructure of the division. This comes after Optus reviewed the performance of the division somewhere in August. “As a result of the review and restructure there will be a reduction in headcount through contractor terminations, redundancies […]

Liberty comes to wireless as Bigpond tries to compete

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The Liberty plans have now made their way to BigPond’s wireless plans, offering shaped plans with no excess fees on its Next G Network; following moves made by Virgin and iPrimus to shape plans to 64Kpbs after going after their limit on downloads and uploads. The old 3GB plan has been replaced with the Liberty 5GB plan, and will cost $89.95. The 10GB plan will stay, but just renamed and […]

New Zealand becomes first country with three-strikes rule

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New Zealand will be one of the first countries in the world that will force implementations of a three-strikes rule to copyright infringers, after an amendment to their Copyright Act was given the royal assent, forcing ISPs to have conditions to terminate internet access for those who go over 3 strikes. The law in question, the Copyright (New Technologies) Amendment Act 2008, will be enforced in February 2009. The law […]

How to watch television on the internet – in Australia

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Australia, like the US, is tech-savvy, and we really want to watch television shows online. However, since we live in Australia, and most of our favourite shows are either produced in the US or the UK, we don’t really have an option to watch shows online. Or do we? TECHGEEK has produce a list of several sites that we think might help. Let’s start of the list: ABC iView The […]