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Major outage in QLD, Northern NSW

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Whirlpool is reporting that Optus is experiencing a major outage in Queensland and in Northern New South Wales because of simulatneous network failures. According to them, a fibre link between the two states were damaged at the same time when its hardware failed. It affects all services, including internet access, mobile and landlines. This is also affecting all other ISPs who rely on the link. They say that the service [...]

Apple sells one million iPhone 3Gs, 10 million apps downloaded

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Apple has said that just three days after its launch on Friday July 11, it has reached the 1 million mark; even though the hype wasn’t there (in those who got the first gen iPhone) and the lines were not that long. The iPhone was sold in 21 different countries, including Australia, United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Canada, Hong Kong and New Zealand. The iPhone is now going to be [...]

How to smash your iPhone in one day…

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Sooo, you want to smash your iPhone open? Well this is exacly what two guys done on youtube. Really all you have to do is get a big hammer and break it. So why don’t you try it yourself? Link.

Windows patch shuts down internet access

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A Windows patch released by Microsoft last week has left call centres at Telstra and a local security software distributor flooded with enquiries after they lost their internet access after installing the update, which was to plug a security hole. Customers using ZoneAlarm found that they had lost their connection altogether, forcing the company to say that it was "incompatible" with ZoneAlarm and the maker, Checkpoint, had released a patch [...]

Firefox – about:config? WTF!!

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Every singe function that Firefox does, including the "Awesome Bar", is controlled by a simple phrase that is to be typed into the address bar – about:config. While there are many reasons that you should not be changing anything on that page; like the application not working or making your entire browsing experience worse. But have no worry, TECHGEEK.com.au is pleased to show you some certain changes that can help [...]

PayPal rival files complaint against eBay to ACCC

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Paymate, a service similar to eBay’s PayPal, has lodged a compliant with the competition regulator alleging that the auction site has breached the Trade Practices Act after eBay amended its user agreement so sellers must include PayPal as one of the payment options for every listing. This conduct, Paymate says, restricts its ability (and other payment options) to be adopted on auctions hosted on the site since it mandates PayPal [...]

Xbox 360 brings new 60GB version

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Microsoft has announced that a brand new version of the Xbox 360 console will be out in August, selling for $349. That price was also the original price of the 20GB Xbox 360 Pro until it received a price cut, bringing it to $299. The new console will come with a 60GB hard drive and will feature a "Upscaling DVD Player", meaning that if the Xbox 360 is connected with [...]

World oldest blogger passes away

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Yesterday at 6am, the world’s oldest blogger passed away. Olive Riley, from the New South Wales’ central coast region, died at a nursing home at the age of 108. She will be mourned by her family and thousands who have read her blog at http://www.allaboutolive.com.au (which is apparently down) and http://worldsoldestblogger.blogspot.com/. She had more than 70 posts on her blog, or what she called it, “blob”; sharing her experiences and [...]

Week in Review : Feel the hangover of iPhone mania

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It is Sunday and it is time to bring you the news from TECHGEEK, The Journal and GamesArena in one whole blog post. If you haven’t realised by now, TECHGEEK has a brand new design – called Crystalline (Blue). You can read more by Terence Huynh, the Editor in Chief and Lead Designer for the ambitious project. The Owners of The Guardian Newspaper, The Guardian Media Group, has bought paidContent’s [...]

World sees iPhone activation problems

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Though the iPhone is already one day old around the world, the past few hours saw many Apple fanboys could not get their precious phone activated. From paidContent, they said that the Apple Store was facing a system overload, and in the UK, its carrier O2 saw problems as its activation required Internet Explorer. In Australia, Optus faced a couple of problems with their activation. Ars Technica is also reporting [...]

Malware authors declare its World War III

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Anyone received an email saying that it was World War II? Well, you might want to recheck that email, or even scan your computer with your anti-virus program because it is now a new trick by Malware authors to spread a brand new trojan. The trojan, known as the Tibs-UO Trojan, usually has the email subject line containing either "Third Wold War has begun", "20000 US Soldiers in Iran" or [...]

Guardian Media Group buys paidContent parent company for $30 million

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paidContent, a blog about "the economics of content", has said that it will be acquired by UK media company Guardian Media Group, owners of The Guardian and Guardian.co.uk. The Guardian Media Group itself is owned by the Scott Trust. Its parent company, ContentNext Media, has said that it will remain as a independent business and also says that it is a major expansion for the Guardian Media Group’s US presence. [...]

Konami sues Harmonix, Viacom over Rock Band

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Konami has decided to sue Viacom’s Harmonix studio claiming that their hit game, Rock Band, violates patents issued in 2002 and 2003 relating to simulated musical instruments, a music-game system and a “musical-rhythm matching game”. It is demanding cash compensation, plus an order that would block both Viacom and Harmonix from using the inventions. This is interesting as Konami has decided not to sue Activision’s Guitar Hero, which basically is [...]

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 [...]