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Apple faces no charges in backdating probe

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The US Justice Department has ended its two-year criminal probe of backdated stock options at Apple, and have not filed charges against current and former executives, including Steve Jobs, according to the Wall Street Journal. Apple, along with other companies, have admitted that they backdated certain option grants, including two awarded to Jobs, in order to take advantage of more favourable prices for the grants. It is not illegal, so [...]

iPhone causes problems on Optus network?

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Optus has confirmed that its retail stores are experiencing problems signing up customers to the iPhone because there are difficulties with the internal customer network – since many are signing up across the nation to get the phone. As well, one store has confirmed that they have sold out of iPhones, the flagship store in Sydney. Gizmodo is also reporting that the store had only 500 handsets from the launch [...]

iPhone App Store Released

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iPhone App Store (Image: Terence Huynh) While it is a few hours early in America before that faithful date when the iPhone will be released, New Zealand has gotten its hands on it, with Australia coming soon in less than two hours. But, we have some screenshots of the brand new Apps Store in iTunes. You will need to upgrade your iTunes to Version 7.7, which you can download here. [...]

Analysts say Optus offers best value iPhone deal

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Analysts over at Citibank have said that Optus offers the most flexible and best value deals for the iPhone, which will go on sale tomorrow at midnight at Optus’ store in Sydney. The iPhone plans from Optus offer a no upfront cost on their $79 cap, which includes $550 worth of calls and 700MB of data each month, with all calls are charged 35 cents per 30 seconds with 35 [...]

App store launching with 500 iPhone applications, only 25% are free…

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Steve Jobs has told USA Today that the Apple App Store for the iPhone and iPod Touch will launch with "more than 500" applications on the night it becomes available (Tomorrow). Out of the 500 applications, 25% will be free – making that roughly 125 applications that will be free. Out of those who won’t be for free, 90% of those will be below $10 USD. As well, he also [...]

Optus reveals truth about its network hang-ups

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After 16 years of competition on the telecommunications industry, Optus has said in a submission to the government on the regulation of the fibre-optic broadband network. It has said that "16 years after deregulation, Telstra continues to dominate the fixed-line sector and the current regulatory framework has proved to be incapable of effectively regulating". Telstra currently resells the network to all telecommunication rivals, since it was partly owned by the [...]

Fallout 3 given RC rating by OFLC

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The Australian Office of Film and Literature Classification has given an RC rating to Fallout 3. RC typically means “refused classification” and means that the game is banned from sale unless a modified version is made. Australia has no “adult” rating in its game classification system, even though the ratings were updated to match the film and television ratings in 2006. If Zenimax, the distributors, and Bethesda, the developers, want [...]

Telstra restricts supply for iPhone

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Telstra has said that it would only sell the iPhone in 15 stores nationwide on Friday Morning, including its T-Life branded stores in George Street, Sydney and Bourke Street, Melbourne. The two stores will open two hours early than usual, at 6am on opening day. It also raises questions that the telco currently has a limited supply, which could lead to problems in fulfilling the demands to the iPhone. Optus, [...]

Regional high-speed broadband serves three companies in three years

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The Herald Sun is reporting that the Victorian Government’s $21.5 million fibre-optic network, installed along the "Fast Rail" tracks to Geelong, Bendigo, Ballarat and Latrobe Valley, has only three companies after opening three years ago. The network was said to bring high-speed internet for 700,000 Victorian homes and contained 30 fibres, allowing 50,000 television channels. It promised to close the digital divide between the city and the country, allowing regional [...]

Vodafone announces iPhone plans – now, it’s up to you to decide.

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Vodafone has released its iPhone pricing plan for both New Zealand and Australia, but has failed to better the offering from rival Australian carriers, Telstra and Optus. According to the pricing plan, which has been removed, the carrier will offer eight plans, four for business and four for consumers. All plans, except the $169 plans will see you paying for the 8GB model, but you will need to pay for [...]

Dreamworks switches to Intel for 3-D high

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For animation studios, computers need to contain high quality chips and high quality components or else your animation would look crap. Upgrading, however, is a different story – as they want to get the “next-big” thing. And taking that up is Dreamworks Animation and the have signed a deal to replace their AMD-powered computers to brand new Intel-powered computers from HP. HP provided the now-obsolete computers powered by AMD chips. [...]

Activision Blizzard merger gets stockholder approval

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The Activision/Vivendi Games merger is now likely to get the go-ahead after Activision’s stockholders have agreed to the merger with Vivendi Games, the owners of Blizzard (the creators of World of Warcraft). The proposal saw more than 92 percent of the shareholders agree to the merger. Under the deal, Vivendi will receive more than 295.3 million new shares of Activision, and the parent company will buy 62.9 million for $1.7 [...]

Final Fantasy maker launches very first iPod game

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Square Enix, the developers of its blockbuster series "Final Fantasy" and "Kingdom Hearts" have launched a brand new game for the iPod, adding that to its long list of consoles it has developed games for. Titled "Song Summoner: The Unsung Heroes", it will go on sale for $4.99 in the US, 4.99 euros in Europe and 600 yen in Japan. The game is also developed exclusively for the iPod as [...]

Um… yeah, Facebook is not worth $15 billion – sorry Microsoft.

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Court papers have told the world one fact that we already know: Facebook is not worth $15 billion. This ‘revelation’ comes when ConnectU is suing Facebook and its CEO Mark Zuckerberg for stealing their idea and code. That value, $15 billion, was the value when Microsoft bought a 1.6 percent stake on Facebook for $240m, but its common stock is worth $3.75 billion. ConnectU argued that the deal was bogus [...]

Welcome to Crystalline Blue, a.k.a the new TECHGEEK Design

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TECHGEEK is pleased to announce that we have a brand new design and we have ditched the dreaded red colouring (as many have said – like Jay, Stewart, Kenny, among others) and brought on this new design. We, along with the editors for GamesArena (as they will be soon using it) and many of our editors and our design team at Antinomie Designs, have been working on this theme for [...]