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Comedy Central to bring out new HD channel

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Comedy Central has joined a long list of television channels that will bring out a high definition channel, with the debut of Comedy Central HD being launched on Cablevision Systems today, then will roll out the service to Cox Communications and DirecTV later this month. The channel will feature 200 hours of programming in native HD, with almost 30 of the past episodes of South Park, the first two seasons […]

ACMA slaps Optus $110,000 fine for spamming

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The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), the media and telecommunications regulator in Australia, has given Optus a $110,000 fine for two alleged infringements of the Spam Act 2003, for sending SMS messages without an “accurate sender identification”. These were in relation, according to ACMA, to 20,000 SMS messages sent by Optus to promote its entertainment services via its OptusZoo portal via the number “966”, referring to the letters “zoo” […]

Carol Bartz to become Jerry Yang’s successor in CEO position

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Carol Bartz, formally the executive chairman of Autodesk, has been named as the successor of Jerry Yang in the CEO position, as he will go back to his previous positions of being Chief Yahoo and a board member in the board of directors. Bartz. 60, will also become another member in the Board of Directors, and both jobs are effective immediately. “We are very excited to have Carol Bartz leading […]

Safari’s new vulnerability may leak personal information – affects both Macs and Windows

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Brian Mastenbrook, credited in finding several security vulnerabilities that Apple patched in its Security Updates, has found another one that could potentially allow a malicious website to read files on a user’s hard drive without the user’s consent. This would, effectively, give a person free control to access a lot of files on your computer, including e-mails, cookies, passwords and other sensitive information kept on the user’s hard drive. Basically, […]

LEGO to bring in digital camera and other branded gadgets

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LEGO has announced, with Digital Blue, that it will bring out several LEGO branded kid’s gadgets to the market, including digital and video cameras, MP3 players and walkie talkies; and all of them will have the usual LEGO brick motif, but they will not be made out of the bricks, since that would be stupid and would be hard to piece it back together when its broken. These are coming […]

China shuts down 91 websites for porn, more to come?

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Chinese state-run news agency Xinhua is reporting that 91 websites in China have been shut down because of pornographic or lewd content since last Thursday, after the government announced that it will launch a crack down on such content. Sites like “www.789b.com” and “www.678tp.cn” have been inaccessible since Sunday, as they have said that such content was “harming” the physical and mental health of young people, and there could be […]

Optus customers complain over network degradation

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One of the reasons why the filter should not be implemented is that it would slow down the network speeds since it would be checking all submitted addresses to a list to allow you to either be allowed or denied access; however, if the filter goes ahead on the Optus network, it would slow down the already crippled network. With recent reports of speeds slowing down, especially on its Cable […]

ispONE dumps Optus for Telstra for its ADSL2+ service

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ispONE, a wholesale telecommunications provider that services more than 150 providers in rural Australia, has said that it will ditch using Optus’ network in favour of Telstra because of their network footprint, along with the small returns in profit. Director Zac Swindells told Australian IT that “Optus covers about 13 per cent of the population with its ADSL2+ footprint. Telstra on the other hand covers 63 per cent of the […]

Telstra : HTC Android phone is better than Palm Pre

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Telstra, being the arrogant telecom they are, have said that the Palm Pre, which has gotten many gadget enthusiasts in love with its compact design, QWERTY keyboard and its new, revolutionary operating system, wasn’t “better and more functional” to the HTC-made Android G1 phone. Though the Android was a no-show at CES, a senior executive told SmartHouse that they have “seen both and we believe that the new HTC phone […]

Windows 7 lifts limit after beta delay

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Microsoft has said that it will remove the 2.5 million beta users limit on the Windows 7 Beta, announced at CES this year, after a delay because of the huge response by millions of users that forced Microsoft to add additional servers to cope with the downloads. Brandon LeBlanc, an employee of Microsoft, wrote on a company blog: Due to an enormous surge in demand, the download experience was not […]

Memorex brings out $200 Blu-Ray Player with Profile 2.0

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CES 2009 : CES’s ending is nearly upon us, and we have some final things to post. Memorex has announced that a brand new Blu-Ray Player, MVBD-2520, that will have the new Blu-Ray Profile 2.0; which includes BD-Live, allowing owners to access additional content on the internet from the player via the player’s Ethernet port It also has the functionality that upconverts standard-definition material to several HD resolutions, including 720p […]

CES is not only about gadgets; it’s also about massage chairs?

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CES 2009 : Panasonic is bringing some new additions to its line of massage chairs, known as the Urban Collection. The EP1285KL/TL and EP1082KL/TL-Combo come with four pre-set modes and eight manual modes that gives you a total of 44 massage combination. Included in the pre-set programs are the Swedish and Shiatsu massages; and a Quick Mode, which will give you all 8 manual modes in a five minute program. […]

So… Microsoft, where’s my Windows 7?

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If you are looking to find where that beta that Steve Ballmer promised at the keynote for Windows 7, the successor to Windows Vista; you might as well wait until CES is over because Microsoft is no longer offering the download link because of the demand. Don’t worry, they will put it back up, eventually, as they are installing brand new servers to cope with the demand of the beta […]

Sennheiser brings out new high-end headphones for the audiophile in you

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CES 2009 : Sennheiser has now announced that it will bring out a brand new, top-of-the-range headphones that are aimed for those who, described in the press release, are “highly discerning audiophiles” who are looking for the ultimate sound reproduction. The HD 800 has a transducer that is 56mm, and that is the largest that can be found on any dynamic headphone. And the new design is to give it […]

Samsung to bring out 22-inch monitor, compatible with NVIDIA 3D Vision

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CES 2009 : And you thought ViewSonic was the only one? Samsung has added the 2233RZ, it’s first 3D monitor, to its monitor lineup, and similar to the ViewSonic, it will be compatible with the new GeForce 3D Vision from NVIDIA. It will also have the same frame rate, at 120Hz, as the ViewSonic’s one. The only downside to the 3D graphics, like almost every other 3D viewing experience, is […]