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Centrino Atom is dead – Atom is still Atom; confusing enough?

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Intel has now decided to drop the Centrino Atom branding, which was used on chips produced for low-powered and UMPC devices, and opted to use the name "Atom" brand across the entire product line. Atom-based laptops were not allowed to use the Centrino Atom brand as these devices use a different version of the processor and uses a traditional two-chip chipset. Centrino is the brand that is specifically used for [...]

Telstra ADSL down after software failure

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Queensland is plagued with problems, as another exchange in the state had been knocked out for more than 48 hours. A Telstra exchange on the Gold Coast has knocked out ADSL services to many of its customers in the South Eastern part of Queensland, and even in Port Adelaide in South Australia and Lesmurdie in Western Australia. While Telstra claims that only 1,000 customers have been impacted, the range of [...]

Sensis lawyers attack rival auction site

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Having settling its own beef with the ACCC over breaching the Trade Practices Act, Telstra has now leveled similar accusations at rival Australian auction site OZtion – claiming that statements promoting its "free to list" offering don’t clearly explain the additional costs to its customers. It has set a deadline of 5pm on Wednesday 20 August (Next Wednesday) to stop OZtion to cease making the statements and insert a prominent [...]

Warhead to go on sale next month

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Electronic Arts and Crytek has said that the launch of their upcoming stand-alone but follow-up to its popular and critically acclaimed game Crysis will be out in stores next month. Crysis Warhead will be on sale on September 16 in the US, while it will be released in Europe on September 12. Warhead lets player into the nanosuit of Sergeant “Psycho” Sykes, who is deployed on a different side of [...]

Chinese network to build $14.5 billion 3G network

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Chinese Unicom has said that it will spend $14.5 billion on new network infrastructure over the next two years as it rushes it plans to deploy its 3G network. However, while the company does not have a 3G license right now, it is still waiting to for a government-inspired reorganisation that will see the best parts of China Unicom merge with China Netcom. The rest of Unicom will go to [...]

Bigpond signs deals with all four major record labels

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Bigpond has boosted its digital music profile through a deal with all four major record labels to its online music store to compete with iTunes. SonyBMG, Universal, Warner Music and EMI; as well as several independent labels such as MGM and Liberation, bring the current catalogue of songs from 20,000 to 1 million-plus by January 2009. “BigPond now gives iPod users an alternative place to purchase their favourite music in [...]

Is Vista getting better? Govt agency switches from XP to Vista

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The Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research has flagged plans to replace a contract to supply the department’s computers – held recently by Dell – to move to Windows Vista and Office 2007. The refresh comes as it plans to move from its Windows XP Service Pac 2 to Windows Vista, and will deploy Office 2007 in place the current Microsoft Office 2003. It will also be the first [...]

Rumour Mill: Android in five weeks?

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Google Android could be released in five weeks, if a report in The Register is true. A "trusted source" has said that the T-Mobile’s Android, which is produced by HTC in Taiwan, will retail at US$399; and will offer the phone for pre-sale on the 17th September. The phone is either called or codenamed "the G1", and the pre-sale will last only for one week and available for existing T-Mobile [...]

Georgia: Russia engaging in cyber warfare

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The bitter conflict between two former Soviet republics, Russia and Georgia, over the Georgian province of South Ossetia may have now migrated online after the Georgian presidential website and other government sites have been attacked by a distributed denial of service attack (DDoS) – which shuts down a computer network by flooding it with requests that lead to a non-existing page on the server. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs for [...]

AMD claims HD 4870 as the "world’s fastest graphics card" – hopes to bring it back on top

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AMD is basically hoping that its new graphics card, ATI’s Radeon HD 4870 X2, brings it back at the top of its game by claiming it is the fastest graphics card out there in the entire world. And from the results from PC Perspective, it may be – having a higher frames per second (FPS) rate than its competitors. At the time of the launch of the 4800 series, they [...]

GamesArena : Fallout 3 cleared for Australian Release

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While the original version of Fallout 3 was deemed to be too violent for an MA15+ rating in Australia by the Office of Film and Literature Classification (OFLC) – effectively giving it an RC, or Refused Classification rating, the revised version of the game has managed to pass the censors to be classified under the maximum rating possible – MA15+. The game also features “Strong violence, drug references and coarse [...]

SSD adapter takes 6 SDHC cards – and it’s under US$100

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The device above it is a makeshift Solid State Drive, or SSD, adapter to transform your flash memory cards into, well, a SSD via a SATA adapter. The PhotoFast CR-9000 is a 9.5mm tall, 2.5 inch adapter can take up to 6 SDHC cards, allowing to fit into most slim laptops – according to Engadget. This makes the maximum possible storage amount to 192GB (6 x 32GB SDHC cards). While [...]

Australia Privacy laws to face makeover to be relevant

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The Australia Law Reform Commission has published its findings of its two year review on the Privacy Act and all current privacy laws and practices in Australia and has recommended 295 changes should be made to current laws. The report, For Your Information: Australian Privacy Law and Practice, was released this morning and found that the current laws were struggling to keep pace with modern technologies, social networking and many [...]

Intel’s Nehalem chips to be renamed Core i7

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Moving into the multicore era, Intel hopes that its forthcoming Nehalem architecture will be a success – and has renamed it as the ‘Core i7′ brand for the first lot of chips using the new architecture. There will also be a new logo, well two – the traditional blue that many will sport, and a "Extreme" edition with a black logo. The ‘i7′ identity will be attached to them during [...]

Beijing 2008 gadgets still roll on – National Stadium is now an MP3 player

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And we thought things could not get any worse. A new MP3 player has been released in China, shaped in the Beijing National Stadium – also known as the "Bird’s Nest". And it has to be said that it is crap! The player, according to the store that is selling it, can support "MP1, MP2, MP3, WMA, WMV, ASF, WAV, etc" – last time I checked, WMV is a video [...]