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US agents can now take your laptop, iPod at the border

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US federal agents have now been given brand new powers to actually seize travelers’ laptops, iPods and other electronic devices, according to the Washington Post. As well with the new powers, they can hold the seized objects for a unspecified period of time – see any potential abuse of power in it? These come after recently disclosed Department of Homeland Security policies say that such seizures maybe carried out without [...]

Virgin gives you 5GB on iPhone data plan – wow!

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When we reported that 3′s unauthorized, make-you-buy-your-own-because-we-cannot-be-stuffed-talking-to-Apple iPhone plans gave you a maximum of 2GB of data on one of their plans; we thought that it would be the only one that is going over the 1GB limit – but we were wrong, as usual. Virgin Mobile, which recently said that it has been allowed to sell the iPhone (it is owned by Optus), is now offering 5GB on a [...]

Geek Out: MAME console in a TARDIS

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It’s not bigger on the inside, but it has a kick-arse MAME controller. While there are things that we certainly think that are weird, we don’t think this is – unless you are not a game freak or a Doctor Who fan. You really have to be a nerd to actually design this system, and even build a MAME controller in a design just like the console of the TARDIS [...]

New: Wiimote charging station is on the way

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This gadget is the must have Wii accessory for all Wii gamers. (Image: Penguin United). The image above, as you can see, is the latest Wii accessory that everyone is talking about. This allows you to recharge four Wiimotes, so you can be prepared if you have guests that want to play Super Smash Bros. Brawl (I am addicted to that game). The 4X Quad Charge Station will be priced [...]

Up to 80,000 UK AOL users face the boot off the network

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After Carphone Warehouse’s ongoing integration with its purchase of AOL’s broadband business in 2006, it has successfully migrated over 1.3 million of those customers onto its network, leaving 80,000 other customers on the original AOL network because of incompatible hardware or operating system. In its Q2 update, it also lost 12,000 AOL customers because of the migration; and losing 80,000 more could pile more pressure on its broadband operation – [...]

UK video game ratings set to change – game makers angry

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New changes to game classifications in the UK has sparked a row between the government and game makers over who should be in charge with the ratings system. The game industry wants its own code, which is voluntary, to the official code for games. Currently, all games fall under the PEGI (or Pan European Game Information) system – which is followed all over Europe; except a few games (3%) which [...]

Three supports the iPhone – by making you buy the iPhone

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Even though Apple has left them in the dark, it did not stop Three to get its hands on the iPhone – by making you get it from another carrier. It tells you to buy a pre-paid version of the phone and pay the $80 to get it unlocked so it can work with their network. This would set you back $809 for the 8GB, since it costs $729, and [...]

PayPal to reimburse eBayers affected from collapse

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After the collapse of local seller on eBay, EBS International, its subsidiary PayPal will reimburse customers that have been left out of pocket by its sudden collapse. While there would not be a limit on how much you will be entitled to be refunded, there will be a criteria – which still needs to be worked out. It is most likely for those who bought goods from EBS International and [...]

Nintendo really does not like you hacking into their games…

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Nintendo has now declared war against five Japanese companies that make their lives helping users play DS games – let me rephrase that, they help users play DS ROMs that they got on the internet on their Nintendo DS. There is not a lot of information on the suit, except for the fact that it managed to get 54 other software makers with it in its lawsuit is pretty spectacular. [...]

Sirius XM merger completed

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Sirius has said that it has finished its purchase of its rival XM Satellite Radio to form a new company that competes with traditional FM radio and digital audio players like the iPod – after the FCC approved the deal, which was announced in February last year. The new company will now be known as Sirius XM Radio, and will have a total of 18.5 million subscribers; and will now [...]

Scrabble-knockoff now blocked to US users

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Scrabulous fans in the US have been awoken with something horrible to them, they won’t be able to play the Scrabble knockoff as it had been abruptly removed from Facebook.com, according to several sources – including the New York Times. As well, just to make matters worse, the official Hasbro (the owners in the US and Canada) version of Scrabble did not work either, with the game being a victim [...]

Virgin Mobile scores the iPhone

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Optus-owned Virgin Mobile has become the fourth Australian mobile carrier to get its hands on the iPhone. It will sell the handheld device on August 1. According the staff at Virgin, you can get the 8GB version for $0 upfront if they sign a 24-month contract for $70 per month, which gives them $520 worth of calls and text and 1GB of data capacity – and you can upgrade it [...]

Optus shows off Bold plans

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It has been confirmed the Optus, Vodafone and Telstra will sell the Blackberry Bold, but only Optus and Telstra have confirmed plans. The Optus plans will have the phone at the earliest on August 20 for $10 a month over a 24 month contract under its Blackberry $79 cap plan. The Blackberry features a half-VGA display, Wi-Fi, MicroSD card slot and a two-megapixel camera with a flash. It also features [...]

Pirates may face jail time if searched by Customs

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Music lovers might have their laptops and MP3 players searched by Customs officers at airports and may face a jail sentence if there is a large amount of pirated music is present. This was revealed after a discussion paper were leaked to the public relating to a treaty that is being negotiated by the Federal Government, and even suggests criminal sanctions for copyright infringements on a commercial scale – meaning [...]

Telstra reveals ‘Bold’ pricing

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Blackberry fans can now rejoice after Telstra has lifted the curtain over its pricing and availability for the new, long-awaited Blackberry Bold smartphone. It will offer it from late September, and will offer it for $0 upfront. It has not, however, revealed any specific plans or how much will it cost and the total data usage included. Following on what Optus did with the iPhone, you will need to register [...]