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Vodafone announces unlimited music pricing plan

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Vodafone has launched the first unlimited music download service in Australia, allowing customers to an infinite number of songs for $2.75 a week accessing content from all four major record labels – Sony BMG, Universal, EMI and Warner Music – along with a range of independent artists. Dubbed the “Vodafone MusicStation”, the subscription will be charged on a weekly basis (meaning you’ll cough up $11 per month for the service) […]

Rumour Mill : iPhone to get 32GB, at-home activation comes back?

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AppleInsider is reporting from sources in the Apple Retail Stores that at-home activation may come back, after being dropped after the release of the iPhone 3G. This comes after a new option, dubbed “Home”, started appearing on their EasyPay systems. However, the option is not working yet, and is reportedly result in a crash. Another rumour, also from AppleInsider, is that a 32GB version of the iPhone is coming soon; […]

EA reverses on Spore DRM mistake

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Electronic Arts have said that it will now apply more “liberal” protections for its new “Spore” game, created by “The Sims” creator Will Wright, by increasing the number of times the game can be installed. This comes after weeks of bad press, even though the game got rave reviews on its launch on September 7, for its DRM that were designed to keep the game from being illegally copied and […]

Apple recalls iPhone 3G USB Power adapters after risk of electric shock

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Apple has today announced in the US, Japan, Canada, Mexico and several other Latin America countries that it will be recalling its Ultracompact USB Power Adapter after concerns that they are prone to breaking in certain conditions, causing a risk of an electric shock. Currently, Apple has two versions of the adapters. If you’re one has a green dot on the bottom (as seen on the above right), you have […]

Review : Windows Live Messenger 9 Beta

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A couple of days ago, Microsoft released the betas of the latest versions of its Windows Live Suite – dubbed “Wave 3”, which will also encompass a huge redesign of all the entire Windows Live product line, online and offline. Part of the new beta were Windows Live Messenger 9, Windows Live Mail, Windows Live Writer, Windows Live Toolbar, Windows Live Photo Gallery and Windows Live Movie Maker. All of […]

Twitter releases new design, more customisable

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Twitter, the popular microblogging site (which TECHGEEK.com.au has an account up to allow you to follow the news), has released a brand new redesign, with new tools that allow you to customise your profile and a brand new profile design – which includes a sidebar.

Telstra restructures BigPond, splits it in three

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Telstra has unexpectedly split BigPond into three different areas, with Operations Chief Greg Winn taking over BigPond’s residential internet services, and Consumer Chief David Moffatt taking over the retail and marketing activities for the internet service provider. The final piece, and the most crucial, will see all of its online content properties being now tilted Telstra Media, with former BigPond chief Justin Milne being general manager. This will also see […]

TechCrunch : eBay selling StubleUpon

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News in Brief: TechCrunch is reporting that eBay is set to sell recommendation StumbleUpon, after acquiring the site over a year ago in May 2007 for $75 million, after quoting a source with knowledge of the sale. They have hired Deutsche Bank to find a buyer for the site, but did not know the asking price for the site.

Yahoo to test new, more “open” homepage

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Yahoo has begun offering some of its users into a brand new design that hopes to increase the number of users who use the service, and will start by making the site more open to many different services – including those from external sources. The new design features a “dashboard” that will report any activity that is linked to your account, like Flickr, Yahoo! Mail and eBay. As well, it […]

Anonymous hacks Palin’s Yahoo account

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Members of the anti-Scientology group Anonymous have taken turned their attention to Sarah Palin, the vice presidential candidate for the Republicans and the governor of Alaska, by hacking into her Yahoo email account. According to The Register, “activists loosely affiliated” with the group gained access to the account at around midnight. It is unknown how the group managed to get into her account, but screenshots have been posted to Wikileaks […]

Microsoft ditches Seinfeld, redefine “I’m a PC”

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After three ads, Microsoft has ditched its commercials that featured Bill Gates and Jerry Seinfeld, but will refocus its efforts to ‘redefine’ the popular “I’m a PC” line on the current Apple ads for their Mac computers. According to the New York Times, one of the commercials will begin with a company engineer who resembles John Hodgman, the famous comedian who portrays that PC character in the Apple ads. The […]

Retailler to investigate porn pics on new phone

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A customer was shocked after discovering that her new mobile phone had contained pornographic images. The former display handset had contained 49 images, many of them pornographic. According to a report in today’s Cairns Post, it also features a staff member from the local Dick Smith store. Dick Smith has said that it will be investigating the allegation, and has said that it has seen several images that were on […]

Optus ditches wireless Fusion bundles due to network congestion

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The Wireless Fusion plans, announced in August, have been scrapped due to network congestion within its 3G network, combining a 3G broadband service with unlimited landlines and Optus mobiles. The service was heavily promoted, but was dropped after less than a month of announcing it. The removal is most likely due to the network being crippled thanks to the iPhone on Optus and Virgin Mobile, which is owned by Optus; […]

Rumour Mill : Windows 7 beta out in October 27?

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Monkey Bites is reporting that Windows 7, the successor to Windows Vista, may arrive ahead of schedule – after new rumours have surfaced that the internal calendar for the new operating system puts the release date at June 3, 2009. This will contradict what Microsoft previously said that Windows 7 would not arrive until early 2010. As well, rumours are also saying that the Professional Developers Conference in October will […]

Best Buy buys Napster for $121m

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US Electronics retailer Best Buy has said that it will be acquiring Napster, making it Best Buy’s first entree into the online-music sector. The deal will see Best Buy buying Napster shares at $2.65 apiece, with the acquisition being valued at $121 million. Napster previously was a service that is synonymous with the industry, after being hated by almost everyone in the music industry – leading to its demise, but […]