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Rumour Mill : Is Apple planning something in September

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After rumours made by Digg’s Kevin Rose claiming that we could see the iPod nano and Touch being updated, another rumour also sparked by him are saying that the date of them being released is September 9 – but some are also saying September because that is usually the ‘traditional’ month of the refresh. As well, there are rumours of an upgrade to the iTunes store interface, adding recommendations based [...]

Nokia N96 now official – coming out in Q4 2008

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The Nokia N96 is now coming to American users in Q4 2008. The phone, the successor to the Nokia N95, features the same keyboard layout, but will come with a 16GB built-in memory with an microSD card, GPS and Wi-Fi Support. Is this a competitor to the iPhone – I think so, even though it lacks a touch screen. No word if this will be make it to Australian hands, [...]

NZ judge restricts reporting case for the media – on the internet

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A New Zealand judge has taken a step to ban all websites to name two men that have been charged with murder; but giving newspapers, radio stations and television networks the right to reveal those who are charged. The judge, Judge David Harvey, has said that the online media could not use the names, or even published a photo of the accused, because he is trying to prevent the public [...]

Vodafone sells mobile phone towers

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Vodafone Australia has said that it has sold 140 of its mobile towers to infrastructure mangement firm Crown Castle Australia, effectively outsourcing them to another Australian firm. The chief technology officer Andy Reeves has said that they have sold the assests because they were “commercially prudent” for the carrier to outsource them to a different company to manage. However, Vodafone will still use the towers under a leasing agreement with [...]

Diebold confirms e-voting machines are faulty

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After years of saying that its e-voting machines were not faulty, Diebold (now called Premier Election Solutions) has said that there is a fault on its machines that was in the software for the past ten years. This means that the faulty software was used during the 2000 and 2004 US presedential elections. While Christ Riggall, the spokesperson for the company, has said that ‘logic error’ probably didn’t ruin any [...]

NextG sees price drops

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Telstra has dropped the pricing of its NextG 3G service – with its number of plans being reduced. Now, the starting plan will be 400MB – effectively removing the 200MB plan, and removed the speed crippled plans that use 256Kbps. A brand new addition is that there is now a 10GB plan, costing 129.95/month; and most plans have dropped between $10-$20, but even with the changes, the prices are still [...]

160GB PS3 is coming out soon – but loses some functions as well

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The PS3 is now getting an upgrade, with Sony announcing a 160GB version of the console that will hit stores just in time for the Christmas period, in November, for US$500. The new ‘limited edition’ will come with the new DualShock 3 controller, that now has rumble, and two games – Pain and Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune. While it has been less specific, it will get a bigger hard drive and [...]

Sky to add new HD channels

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BSkyB, whose parent company News Corporation owns a 25% stake in Foxtel, has expanded its high-definition offering with the addition of seven new channels, and will launch on the new Sky+ HD service; bumping the total of channels to 26 on its service. Six of them will be from the wide variety of channels from Sky Movies, while the seventh service will be a high-def version of Sky Real Lives. [...]

Rumour Mill : Is iTunes getting subscriptions?

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MacRumors and other Apple blogs are reporting that a tipster has said that there will be a $129-a-year iTunes subscription that would go hand-in-hand with the MobileMe service. The new service will offer unlimited access to half of the iTunes store for $129 a year, or $179 for a combo deal with subscriptions with iTunes and MobileMe – in the US only; and if you you have a MobileMe subscription, [...]

Logitech Introduces First Racing Wheel for Wii.

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Here is something that you will enjoy; Logitech has said that it will make a new force feedback racing wheel for the Wii. Dubbed the Speed Force Wireless, you can play this from 30ft, and it is not a shell accessory for the wiimote – but is actually is a controller. The 10" wheel rotates 200 degrees and has break controls. The first game that will be using it will [...]

Skypephone gets redesign – now in black

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Jay is going to be happy with this news; the 3 Skypephone has now gotten a redesign, and it looks better than before. Dubbed the Skypephone S2, it now offers HSDPA data, a 3.2 megapixel camera, 50MB of internal memory with a microSD slot and the same old Skype support. The design has also been changed, as now the phone sports an brushed aluminium and black plastic cover, in a [...]

Xbox 360 sold out in Japan – next shipment is next month

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It’s official, the Xbox 360 has sold out in Japan; and managed to outsell the PS3 – with the Microsoft console selling 28,116 at the start of August where Sony sold only 10,705 PS3s; with the Wii beating both of them with 41,000 being sold. And since it has sold out, Microsoft has been forced to put out a statement that it had sold out and apologized for the sold [...]

Japan demands probe into Nano combustion

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After two recent incidents in Japan where the first-generation iPod overheated and caused minor fires; the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry has issued a warning to the music player. In total, there have been 14 incidents relating to the iPod Nano’s exploding battery, according to news sources in Japan, and the ministry has ordered Apple to investigate. The investigation has determined that the batteries in the first-gen iPod sold [...]

MobileMe accounts extended – again

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In another move to make up for the problems that MobileMe has been plagued with since its launch in July, Apple has made another extension to many users, giving another 60 days for free – on top of the 30 days free extension it gave users in July. In an e-mail to subscribers, Apple has said that the suite of services needs more work. The service was to be an [...]

Rumour Mill : If IE8 gets a "porn mode", would you switch?

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Is porn the best way to get Internet Explorer to regain that market share loss from Mozilla’s Firefox? No, we aren’t kidding… Rumours have that Microsoft could be adding "Private browsing" – also known as "porn mode" – to Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2. This was one of the features during the development in Firefox 3, however ended up being pulled – and Safari has already had the feature in [...]