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Learn something before the end of the year – a collection from our Tips, Tricks & Hacks section

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It’s nearly the end of the year, and why not start by learning a quick tutorial to build up some technology knowledge. Our not-so-patented works can be found in our “Tips, Tricks & Hacks” section of this blog; but we have chosen the best tutorials to give you a heads up on what did you miss during our very first full year on TECHGEEK.com.au How to watch television on the […]

Windows : High Contrast – how to do it and how to turn it off

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While people may already know this, you can change the screen resolution to prank and annoy your friends to High Contrast Mode, which is supposed to be used to allow you to see icons and text better. While we don’t recommend that you actually do this (to us), we want to show you how to do it – since we are away, and we have nothing better to fill up […]

Web Dev : XHTML for Beginners

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TECHGEEK.com.au is back with another beginner’s guide, and this one is the follow-up to our previous guide of “HTML for Beginners”. This time, we are taking you back to the world of XHTML, a HTML variant used in many modern websites (like ours). Unfortunately, it also mixes another web standard called XML, or eXtensible Markup Language; thus meaning that the entire HTML basics are thrown out of the window. However, […]

Play Snake on GMail?

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First it was Mail Goggles and then this? You can now play Snake on G-Mail – and its very easy to do so. First you have to make sure you have Keyboard Shortcuts enabled (you can find this in the Settings), and then go to the Labs tab, and scroll down to find “Old Snakey” and make sure you enable it. After that, you can now play this awesome time-wasting […]

AT&T to buy Centennial for $944 Million

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AT&T has announced that it would buy Centennial Communications for $944 million on Friday (US Eastern Time), giving the company an additional 1.1 million customers to its 74.9 million customers, and will improve the coverage of AT&T in the Midwest, Southeast, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The deal, announced after the markets were closed, would see Centennial stockholders getting $8.50 a share, a premium of 121 percent over the […]

Internode brings the cute, hackable Chumby to Australia

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Chumby, the cute internet radio receiver, eBay monitor, photo frame, RSS reader, Facebook client, and among other things, is coming to Australia, thanks to Internode – and it will start selling it for $299 from Wednesday. If you don’t know what the Chumby is; it is a soft toy with a touch screen and Wi-Fi that sits on your desk and pulls data from the web to the screen. It […]

Malaysian Blogger freed in landmark ruling

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A well-known Malaysian blogger has been freed by the courts, in what has been described as a landmark ruling, after finding that the government acted beyond its authority and his indefinite detention and the law that allows these sort of detentions were illegal. Raja Petra Kamarudin, who is the editor-in-chief of an anti-government website, was arrested and detained without trial on September 12. He is expected to be freed on […]

Google execs. to face trial in Italy?

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According to Reuters, Italian prosecutors have ordered four former and current Google executives to stand trial over a video of a taunted youth with Down syndrome that was posted on the Italian version of YouTube. All four face charges of defamation and failure to exercise control over personal data. This comes after an investigation into an complaint from Vividown, an Italian advocate group for people with Down syndrome, and the […]

Security researchers “partially crack” WPA in 15 minutes

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Once thought to be the safer Wi-Fi security option than WEP, the Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) encryption standard has been cracked by a security researcher Erik Tews, who will be presenting and discussing the results at next week’s PacSec conference in Tokyo. His test was to crack the security protocol to read what was being sent from a router to a laptop, and this attack could also be used to […]

Sprint Nextel faces $1.2b class action lawsuit

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Sprint Nextel is facing a possible class-action lawsuit over its early termination fees, with allegations that the company’s fee of $150 to $200 violates the Federal Communications Act – and relevant laws in every state in the United States. The lawsuit seeks to upgrade the case to a class-action status on behalf of all the customers. The lawsuit previously asked for $73 million, with Sprint Nextel failing to appeal the […]

Review : WordPress 2.7 Beta 1

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WordPress, the most popular blogging tool out on the web, has released the first beta of its latest version, WordPress 2.7. While the full version was supposed to go out on November 10th, it was delayed – but they managed to give out a beta version of the software for everyone to try out. So, I took that opportunity to find out what has changed and what has been removed. […]

THQ to axe 17% of entire workforce

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According to a report by Shacknews, THQ will be sacking 17 percent of its entire studio staff – or 250 people (approx.) – under a new “strategic plan", which would also see the firm focusing on “fewer, higher quality titles.” This comes as news that it would shutdown five internal game studios, including Mass Media, and Paradigm. As well, it will cancel several titles under development, but were not announced […]

When in doubt, use brute force – Red Alert 3 fails to print last digit

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EA’s Red Alert 3 has a problem, its missing the last character of the 20 character CD key for the game. But have no fear, EA has a solution – try brute force. No, we aren’t kidding. Basically, the last digit is an alphanumeric character – meaning that its either A-Z or 0-9, giving you 36 characters to choose from. "There is currently a work-around that may allow you to […]

Google terminates Yahoo deal after DOJ rejects revised deal

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Google has decided to terminate its ad deal with Yahoo after the US Department of Justice rejected the revised ad deal that would account for more than 90 percent or more of the web ad market, and “would likely harm competition in the markets for Internet search advertising and Internet search syndication.” Google’s Chief Legal Officer, David Drummond, said in a blog post that while Google was disappointed, but it […]

Nokia to close plant, “reorganises” 600 employees

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Nokia has announced that it would close its plant in Turku, Finland; and it will redeploy the 600 staff in the plant to its Salo plant or near its site near the capital in Helsinki. It will also announced a “sharpened focus”  that would see 130 staff in its research and development department, plus another 35 staff in operations, at risk of being fired. Source: The Register