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Valleywag to become part of Gawker.com

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Gawker Media has decided to make its tech-gossip blog Valleywag a section of its main New York gossip blog Gawker.com, effectively shutting down the site, according to Silicon Alley Insider. The reason, according to CNET News, is that it was an underperforming title. The site will remain the same, just be moving domains. Gawker Media previously axed 19 jobs in early October, including three staffers from Valleywag, but added new […]

Communications Minister labeled worst ever over net censorship plan

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Senator Stephen Conroy has been labeled the worst Communications Minister that Australia has had since the internet was invented by iiNet’s Managing Director Michael Malone. As well, Greens senator Scott Ludlam accused Conroy of misleading the public by claiming the plan was similar to that in Sweden, Canada and neighbour New Zealand. Even though the response has been negative, the Government is still pressing ahead with its promise of protecting […]

Noticed any news on TECHGEEK?

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If you have been wondering what happened to our News Section during Monday and Tuesday, here’s your answer – we aren’t actually there. This is because most of the team will be either studying for exams or have gone camping (like Me). But how did we post things? Well, it is a simple answer – our posts are time stamped to go out on that time. However, we will be […]

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 […]