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Vodafone 3G network upgrade delayed

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The $500 million 3G network upgrade from Vodafone Australia, with self-imposed deadline of Christmas to complete the upgrades, has been delayed as its supplier, Ericsson, has said that it needs more time to finish building the upgrade. It originally announced the plans in December of last year, hoping to extend its 3G network coverage to 95 percent of the country. It is now expected that the upgrades are to be [...]

NT man said hacking was over “bad office seat” revenge

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A Northern Territory hacker that caused millions of dollars worth of damage to government computers has told a court that he did it to just get revenge at his boss for making him the “newbie” at work and giving him a bad office seat, according to the Northern Territory News. David Anthony McIntosh, a 28-year-old computer engineer, said that he felt alone and isolated from his colleagues at CSG Services, [...]

22% want an iPhone in the US

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Piper Jaffray’s 16th bi-annual survey of American teenagers has found that 22 percent want the prized Apple iPhone in the next six months, up from the 9 percent who was reported to get one in spring 2008. This could be because of the new 3G capabilities, or its now cheaper. It also found that 8 percent of participants already owned iPhones, an increase of 2 percent from the last survey. [...]

RAZR V3 still top-selling handset in US — NPD

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And you thought this phone would be dead over the other choices. According to new data from the NPD Group, Motorola RAZR V3 is still the top-selling handset in the United States. The popular phone, released to the mass market in 2005, managed to beat Apple’s iPhone, which placed second. The RAZR V3 popularity is because it is sold at all four top-tier carriers in the US (AT&T, Verizon, Sprint [...]

State lawmaker’s son charged with Palin email hacking

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David C. Kernell, son of Democratic Tennessee state lawmaker Mike Kernell, has pleaded not guilty on Wednesday after being indicted for breaking into the Yahoo email account of Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. Kernell, 20, entered the plea in federal court in Knoxville, and was released without posting bond. However, he was told that he was forbidden to use the internet, except to check his email and to do [...]

Manhunt 2 to be released in the UK

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The BBC is reporting that UK gamers will be able to play the controversial game Manhunt 2 on October 31 for the PlayStation 2, PSP and Wii. Originally released in the US last year, it was refused classification by the British Board of Film Certification in July 2007 after the game’s plot – which sees players assume the role of a mental asylum patient, who must try to escape with [...]

BlackBerry Storm to hit Vodafone, Verizon – coming to Australia “later this year”

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Research in Motion has announced the BlackBerry Storm, known as Codename Thunder, and will be made available in the US via Verizon and in Australia, New Zealand, Europe and India via Vodafone. The new 3G phone is a competitor to the iPhone, and will be the first BlackBerry to come with a touchscreen. While the exclusive agreements have not be revealed, pricing and availability have yet to be confirmed, meaning [...]

RealDVD restraining order extended until judge learns from experts

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RealNetworks’ RealDVD product has been ordered to stay shut down until RealNetworks failed to convince a district judge to allow the company to start selling its “legal” way of ripping DVDs on your computer, and may review it again until she learns the functions of the software from experts, including those from the district court. This means that RealDVD will not reappear in the consumer market for more than one [...]

Chinese phone companies ordered to share networks, says AP

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According the Associated Press, Chinese regulators has orderd that phone companies in China to share their networks with their rivals amid plans of a restructure that would introduce a 3G service in the market. This action is claimed to hold down costs and avoid any duplication as each of the carriers roll out their own 3G service, according to China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. The introduction to 3G [...]

Report: iPhone 2.2 firmware maybe getting Street View

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MacRumors is reporting that the new beta version of the iPhone’s 2.2 firmware, it will have one feature that will be from the Google’s Android operating system: Google’s Street View. The driver’s-eye-view-and-privacy-risk service plays a prominent part of the Android phone, T-Mobile (HTC) G1 – which will go on sale on October 22. Other new features include the long, requested feature of turning off the autocorrect spelling feature, and the [...]

AMD to spin off manufacturing division

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Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) will announce, on Wednesday, a long-expected restructuring that would see AMD being split into two companies: one for designing chips, and one that will manufacture the chips; according to the Wall Street Journal. AMD has said that it will make a “significant corporate announcement” and will hold a conference call that will be hosted by the CEO Dirk Meyer. The new venture is expected to take [...]

Google-Yahoo online deal postponed

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Google has decided that it will postponed a planned online advertising deal between it and Yahoo to allow the US anti-trust regulators to consider the ramifications of the deal. The anti-trust investigation is the first of its kind, as the Department of Justice (the regulators) usually perform investigations in an event of a merger. The new deal, according to Microsoft’s senior vice president and general counsel Brad Smith, would put [...]

RealDVD temporarily shut down as it goes to court against Hollywood

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RealNetworks’ RealDVD has been temporarily shut down until Tuesday (Wednesday AEDT), after a court order so the judge can review all the papers filed from Real’s lawsuit against the motion picture studios. A visit to the site will now feature a message from the company saying “RealDVD is currently unavailable.” “Due to recent legal action taken by the Hollywood movie studios against us, RealDVD is temporarily unavailable. Rest assured, we [...]

MySpace Music makes 1 billion streams…

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The revamped MySpace Music portal has now said that it has now streamed over 1 billion songs after launching on September 25. This is a pretty impressive milestone, especially when it took iTunes 3 years to get to 1 billion. But, it isn’t fair to make them compete, since songs on MySpace are free to stream, while on iTunes they cost $1.69. As well, MySpace Music’s streaming service is US-only [...]

Nokia ‘iPhone killer’ misses Christmas season in developed markets, Australia

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The Nokia 5800, its answer to the Apple iPhone, will not launch in Australia or most developed markets during the Christmas shopping season. Instead, it will launch in India, Indonesia, the United Arab Emirates, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Russia and Spain before the end of this year. The phone will cost €279 (AU$498) before operator subsidies and taxes, making it cheaper than the Apple iPhone. Nokia is also hoping that it [...]