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TG1K : TECHGEEK.com.au reaches 1,000+ posts

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After over 1 year, with five redesigns and additional members of contributors and staff; TECHGEEK.com.au has made it past the 1,000+ posts mark. From daily news to tips and tutorials – we are slowly building up and also getting praise for our designs and also for our content. But it would not be a celebration without a special recollection of our favourite posts: Idiot buys US$999 iPhone app, tries to [...]

U2 songs leaked after Bono plays them too loudly

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Paul McGuinness, U2′s manager, has something to complain to all the web users today. Four songs from U2′s upcoming album ‘No Line On the Horizon’ have been leaked online after Bono was playing them too loudly on his stereo – and somehow, a fan recorded the tracks. The four songs include the title track, the first single from the album – ‘Sexy Boots’, ‘Moment of Surrender’ and ‘For Your Love’. [...]

Review : Ping.FM – an easier way to post messages on Twitter, Plurk, Jaiku, Facebook, MySpace, etc.

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If you are like me – an addict of social networking sites – then this site is a must-look. Ping.FM will allow you to post the same message on your friends over at Twitter, Jaiku, Facebook, MySpace, and many other services. While it does not say anything to cure that crippling addiction to social networking – well for me at least – it is a very good Web 2.0 service. [...]

ConnectU founders place sixth, Aussie win gold

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ConnectU founders Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss have placed sixth in the Men’s Rowing (Without Coxswain). This also means that their Olympic dreams are finished, as they don’t take any medals home. To get this far; both had to make through two rounds of heats, a semifinal and today’s final. The eventual winners were Drew Ginn and Duncan Free; from the Australian team (GO AUSTRALIA!!!). Canada came second, thanks to David [...]

Preliminarily report shows Optus has slowest network for the iPhone

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IDC telecommunications analyst Mark Novosel is testing the four networks that will be used by the iPhone as part of a report to be released later this year; and it showed that Optus, the best plan for budget users, was the slowest. In a preliminarily report, it showed that Optus had the slowest network by a significant margin between it and its rivals, especially Telstra and 3. Times to ping [...]

Optus credits users for slow iPhone 3G woes

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Optus is giving what it calls "goodwill credits" to iPhone 3G users after suffering reception problems and slow data speeds, though new reports say a software fix is on the way for the phone. While Apple has stubbornly refused to comment on the problem, it has been under pressure to break its ‘code’ of silence as users worldwide are complaining on sites and its own discussion board of poor reception, [...]

SMS updates gone for Australian, European users

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Twitter users in Europe and Australia will no longer receive text message updates on their mobile phones on their service, in a move to keep the telecom bills down. This action is temporary, but it is unknown when will it be back. However, users can use the UK number (+44 762 480 1423) to send updates to the site, but won’t give any updates to users. Twitter has also recommended [...]

Foxtel posts healthy growth in HD service

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Pay TV provider Foxtel has said that it had posted a 17 percent lift in revenue, meaning that its total revenue is at $1.7 billion; and has said that there has been an increased take-up of additional services by the existing subscribers – increasing the average revenue per user (ARPU) to nearly $85 a month. As well, its high definition service – released in June of this year – has [...]

Centrino Atom is dead – Atom is still Atom; confusing enough?

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Intel has now decided to drop the Centrino Atom branding, which was used on chips produced for low-powered and UMPC devices, and opted to use the name "Atom" brand across the entire product line. Atom-based laptops were not allowed to use the Centrino Atom brand as these devices use a different version of the processor and uses a traditional two-chip chipset. Centrino is the brand that is specifically used for [...]

Telstra ADSL down after software failure

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Queensland is plagued with problems, as another exchange in the state had been knocked out for more than 48 hours. A Telstra exchange on the Gold Coast has knocked out ADSL services to many of its customers in the South Eastern part of Queensland, and even in Port Adelaide in South Australia and Lesmurdie in Western Australia. While Telstra claims that only 1,000 customers have been impacted, the range of [...]

Sensis lawyers attack rival auction site

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Having settling its own beef with the ACCC over breaching the Trade Practices Act, Telstra has now leveled similar accusations at rival Australian auction site OZtion – claiming that statements promoting its "free to list" offering don’t clearly explain the additional costs to its customers. It has set a deadline of 5pm on Wednesday 20 August (Next Wednesday) to stop OZtion to cease making the statements and insert a prominent [...]

Warhead to go on sale next month

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Electronic Arts and Crytek has said that the launch of their upcoming stand-alone but follow-up to its popular and critically acclaimed game Crysis will be out in stores next month. Crysis Warhead will be on sale on September 16 in the US, while it will be released in Europe on September 12. Warhead lets player into the nanosuit of Sergeant “Psycho” Sykes, who is deployed on a different side of [...]

Chinese network to build $14.5 billion 3G network

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Chinese Unicom has said that it will spend $14.5 billion on new network infrastructure over the next two years as it rushes it plans to deploy its 3G network. However, while the company does not have a 3G license right now, it is still waiting to for a government-inspired reorganisation that will see the best parts of China Unicom merge with China Netcom. The rest of Unicom will go to [...]

Bigpond signs deals with all four major record labels

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Bigpond has boosted its digital music profile through a deal with all four major record labels to its online music store to compete with iTunes. SonyBMG, Universal, Warner Music and EMI; as well as several independent labels such as MGM and Liberation, bring the current catalogue of songs from 20,000 to 1 million-plus by January 2009. “BigPond now gives iPod users an alternative place to purchase their favourite music in [...]

Is Vista getting better? Govt agency switches from XP to Vista

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The Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research has flagged plans to replace a contract to supply the department’s computers – held recently by Dell – to move to Windows Vista and Office 2007. The refresh comes as it plans to move from its Windows XP Service Pac 2 to Windows Vista, and will deploy Office 2007 in place the current Microsoft Office 2003. It will also be the first [...]