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NBC comes back to iTunes

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News in Brief: After leaving iTunes and launching their shows on Amazon Unbox and Hulu, NBC Universal have decided to come back. This means that NBC shows like Heroes and The Office will be avaliable at the iTunes store. As well, the shows will be in two formats – SD and HD formats. The SD format will be at $1.99, while the HD format will be at $2.99. No word […]

New 4th gen iPod nano – wider screen

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Can’t say that we didn’t say anything. The new iPod nano will have a 2-inch screen, and the same accelerometer that is used in the iPod touch and iPhone to switch between landscape and portrait modes. Steve Jobs also says that it will have the new Genius playlist feature, like shaking the nano to activate the shuffle feature. It is also, according to Jobs, the thinnest iPod ever; and will […]

iPod touch gets new skin, lower price

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The new iPod touch has arrived, and according to Engadget, it will still have the same screen size and capacity lineup – but with a lower price point. There is also some hardware tweaks, like a built-in speaker, and a Nike+ receiver. There are also some UI tweaks as well. Battery life is said to be 36 hours for audio and 6 hours of video. The App store has also […]

Google, NBC Uni partner up to sell TV ads on cable channels

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NBC Universal has partnered up with Google on a mult-year partnerhsip that will see Google selling advertising space on some of its cable properties. The deal, set to come in effect in the coming months, will cover advertising for Sci Fi, Oxygen, MSNBC, CNBC, Sleuth and Chiller – with more channels may be added in the future. This new deal is set to use the existing deal with the DISH […]

DoJ probes Google/Yahoo ad partnership

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The US Department of Justice has hired its old anti-trust boss Sandy Litvack to head up its probe into Google’s advertising practises. Litvack served as the head of the antitrust division under President Jimmy Carter before leaving in early 1981; he is now working as a partner at a private law firm. It is unknown if the probe will investigate anything beyond Google’s advertising partnership with Yahoo, as it is […]

Rumour Mill : Apple to double Nano capacity, Touch to remain unchanged?

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Here are some last minute leaks to the Lets Rock event from Apple. MacRumors, via Engadget, has said that the iPod nano lineup will move to a 8GB/16GB configuations in 9 colour variations – with purple, orange and yellow being the new choices. As well, the iPod touch is unlikely to be changed, but they might be some price cuts in the way after Apple released the iPhone 3G for […]

Sony to launch “Made for Walkman” badge

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Sony has announced today that it will launch a brand new program called "Designed for Walkman", and it will disclose the specs for its "WM-PORT", which is ‘an exclusive multi-terminal for connecting Walkman® with accessories’ – according to Sony. This means approved applicants can proudly show off this logo on the left, but we aren’t expecting any to be released anytime soon, or anytime at all for the 4th place […]

Sony exploding laptops recall affects Australia

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Sony Australia has issued a major recall for over 4000 Vaio TZ series laptops, over fears that those models could overheat or burn the laptop user. This comes after it recently discovered flaws with some TZ series notebooks sold between May 2007 and July 2008. The flaw, according to a spokesperson, is said to be because of plastic could be deformed in the DC jack inlet or LCD surrounding area […]

It’s the end of the world as we know it (on Wednesday)

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OK, most of the people around the world – and most of the people that I know, are believing that the Large Hadron Collider from CERN may create a huge black hole that could cause the end of humanity as we know it. The machine, which will open this Wednesday, will allow scientists around the world to do many experiments, including smashing protons – hence the black hole theory. However, […]

Django hits 1.0 – congrats

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The open source web framework that is written in Python, Django, has just hit the 1.0 milestone. Django is one of the new frameworks that has generated a lot of attention with web developers, with sites like Pownce and parts of The Washington Post being powered by it. Congratulations to the team and community over at Django.

Apple is coming to Chadstone

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And guess what, Australia is getting another Apple Store – but this time it is going to be in Chadstone, meaning that the brand new store will be the first Victorian store. It will open at 10am on Saturday 13th September, and those who will be there first will get a gift from Apple. It will also feature training sessions, workshops and its famous Genius Bar to give technical support. […]

Another Olympic-themed gadget – this time its a phone

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While the Olympics may be over, the products keep on coming, especially when this one is a Chinese mobile phone that is based on the Water Cube. From its slightly unusual keypad, and its design pattern, it does have a lot of features like tri-band GSM connectivity, dual camera and media playback. Now lets get to the obnoxious feature of a “3D interface”, but that could (and has to be) […]

Nokia N96 begins shipping

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Great News! The widely anticipated Nokia N96 (the phone that has 16GB of storage plus expandable memory, among other things) will be coming out in Europe for a estimated retail price of EUR 550, before taxes and subsidies. It is unknown when we will be getting it here in Australia. Stay tuned!

Google backs down over privacy concerns on Chrome

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Google has made an embarrassing backdown after it would be revealed that the company would have the right to use any information that was entered into websites using their new Chrome browser, just a day after it was release. The clause on its "End User License Agreement" (EULA) has been removed, after it allowed users to give Google a perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, royalty-free, and non-exclusive licence to reproduce, adapt, modify, […]