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Japan telco to roll out 1Gbps fibre optic service

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KDDI Corp in Japan will launch a fibre-optic communications service, allowing users to download and upload with speeds up to one gigabit per second (1Gbps) starting October 1. The new service is expected to target people living in single-family homes and low-rise apartment buildings, and be one of the fastest speeds in eastern Japan, up from the current 100 megabits per second (100Mbps). This comes as KDDI is aiming to [...]

Norway gives Apple deadline to open up iTunes DRM

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Norway’s Consumer Council has given Apple until November to open up iTunes to allow its music to be playable in other MP3 players or it will face official sanctions, after giving then two years to meet the demand set by the council after Apple broke Norwegian law. Under Norway’s Marketing Control Act, users who buy digital media are allowed to use the media in any device they choose. Apple, currently, [...]

Technology stocks take huge beating after Congress rejects bailout package

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Shares of technology companies have taken a huge beating on Monday (US time) as the House of Representatives failed to pass a bailout plan for the financial sector, with the vote for the rejection was 228 to 205, with two-thirds of the Republicans rejecting the bill with a significant number of Democrats. More information can be found at The Journal. When the announcement happened, the shares on the Dow Jones [...]

Microsoft supports jQuery, adds to Visual Studio

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Microsoft has said that it will now ship the popular jQuery JavaScript library with its Visual Studio suite, allowing developers to use the library to implement higher-level controls in the ASP.net Ajax Control Toolkit, along with other helpful methods. The good thing is that Microsoft will not make any changes to the code, and the files will still adhere to the MIT license that jQuery is licensed under. As well, [...]

Meizu iPhone clone hits China, India in December

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Well, it looks like this is not going to die anytime soon. Meizu’s iPhone copycat, also known as the Meizu M8 cell phone is set to be released in China and India thanks to GeekITstores from December. The 8GB model is set to cost somewhere between US$380 and US$470, and will launch with “complete fanfare” – according to the press release. It even says that it was a “better, cheaper [...]

Facebook to set up office in Australia

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Australian IT is reporting that social networking site Facebook is looking for at least four people, including a head of sales, to be based in Sydney to form an Australian-based advertising team for the site, joining Canada and Sweden as places that the social network wants to expand into. Currently, advertising has been handled by ninemsn since last December as part of a global deal done by Microsoft, which saw [...]

Net radio bill passes in House, stations get to live for another day

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The House of Representatives in the U.S. Congress have unanimously passed a bill that has been seen by the web radio stations as life or death. The new bill, The Webcaster Settlement Act, would now allow internet radio stations to negotiate with the music industry for a lower royalty rate than what was mandated by Congress last year. It was passed by the house by a voice vote on Saturday. [...]

Unleash the “Super Kid”…

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OK, you have to admit that this product is funny; but at least it may be useful when you have multiple USB connections that you want to plug in to that Macbook Air (yes, I’m still not getting over that it has only one USB connector!). The Super Kid USB 4-Port Hub, though funny, brings a whole different approach to the design – including the flexibility so that you don’t [...]

Wal*Mart set to pull plug on music DRM server

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Six months after Wal*Mart jumped into the music download business, joining Amazon, Napster and Apple’s iTunes, back in August 2007, they have decided to make the switch to DRM-free music. That’s great, but what would happen to all of the music that was purchased before the announcement? Well, the answer is that it won’t be playable, if you plan to move it to another computer. Why? Well, they are planning [...]

LOL : iPhone Knockoffs described in Engrish?

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Everyone loves the Chinese, since they produce most of our crap. And most of that crap are imitation of that crap that are actually made in China. Anyway, we just found a store that is showcasing this crap to make a quick buck – well, it’s obvious they are fake. But what gets me are the perplex features that they claim to offer… First of, its the Shake to Control [...]

Twitter joins the web of political coverage

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First it was blogging, then it was YouTube – now Twitter is now involved in the US’s presidential coverage, after launching its election website using the recently acquired Summize to showcase all the tweets made by users, along with specific filters for all both the Republican and Democratic candidates, John McCain and Barack Obama, while showing their own tweets in a special section. It has also partnered up with Current [...]

uTorrent for Mac leaked on The Pirate Bay

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uTorrent, after being acquired by BitTorrent (not the protocol) in 2006, has now seen its alpha version of the new Mac version surfaced on The Pirate Bay, and its parent company was not happy about that – oh what sweet irony. The new version, developed in Cocoa, will now see the software supporting both Windows and Mac versions, after previously being a Windows-only software; and while the software is an [...]

Hole in Adobe Software allows free movie downloads – yay!

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An exploit, according to Gizmodo, has been found in Adobe’s software that can be used to download free copies of movies and television shows from Amazon’s Video on Demand service (and other services as well). In tests using the Replay Media Catcher, Reuters successfully downloaded the movies that utilised software from Adobe to deliver media, including Amazon – though they say that their shows and movies cannot be pirated using [...]

Apple sells iPhone online, unlocked in Hong Kong

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Hong Kong readers might actually be gleeful, as they will have the iPhone sold unlocked, meaning that they can use their current carrier to use the phone. They will be selling it for HK$ 5,400 (AU$841.10) for the 8GB, and HK$6,200 (AU$965.72) for the 16GB models. Weirdly enough, there is already a carrier carrying the phone there – Hutchison (also known as 3) has sold the phone since July; but [...]

China going to be out of internet addresses soon?

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China may soon run out of internet IPv4 addresses, according to the China Internet Network Information Centre. They say that under the current allocation speed, they have only 830 days left until they have no more addresses if no action is taken by then – meaning anyone thinking of getting on to the internet 27 months (or 2 years and 3 months) later will not get any internet access. However, [...]