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Australia listed as “under surveillance” in new Internet Enemies list after Finkelstein report

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Reporters Without Borders have released their list of countries that they consider to be “Internet Enemies” as part of its World Day Against Cyber-Censorship on March 12. However, while some countries – like China – are expected to be on the list; France and Australia have made the list under “Countries under Surveillance”. The NGO added Australia to the ‘second-tier’ category as the Gillard Government has not backed down on […]

French company tries to revive the 90s – with a Nokia

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Ever wished that your current phone is just a bit too much – with all of its internet connectivity, constant social networking options and lots and lots of graphics? Well, a French company called Lëkki has a solution for you – by giving you a phone from the 90s. Yes, you can now get back to your 4-line display with such features as SMS text messaging and the ever popular […]

La Boite Concept merges laptop desk and speakers

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Ever thought about having a laptop desk that has excellent speakers? Me neither, but the world of gadgets still amaze even those who don’t really give a toss about gadgetry. This one is no exception. La Boite Concept, an electro-acoustic research and development team in France, bring you a new laptop desk that has also a speaker system – the LD120. It looks stunning with its piano and natural leather […]

Zune expands to new markets – brings movie rentals to Aussie gamers

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Big news from Redmond for gamers, and those who use their Xbox 360s as a media hub. Microsoft has decided to extend its Zune platform to more markets – despite the fact that the Zune player is only available (officially) in the United States. “The integration between Zune, Windows Phone 7 and Xbox LIVE is an exciting expansion in our entertainment offerings,” Craig Eisler, Corporate VP of Interactive Entertainment Business […]

France Telecom confirms Apple tablet? [Updated]

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Turns out, the French aren’t that really good in keeping a secret after all. France Telecom executive Stéphane Richards has revealed that France Telecom, which runs the Orange network in the country and is one of the carriers in France to sell the iPhone, will sell the Apple tablet – confirming its existence, according to a video posted on NowhereElse.fr. Richards also confirmed, after being asked by journalist Jean-Pierre Elkabbach, […]

French court fines Google for digitising books

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The Tribunal de Grande Instance de Paris, the court of responsible for handling large claims, has found Google guilty for putting the books online as part of its Google Books Search service after a legal challenge by the major French publishers and authors. The court heard arguments made by the La Martiniere group that Google’s plan of digitising books and putting extracts of the text online saw publishers and authors […]

Facebook under pressure to remove Holocaust denial groups

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Facebook is facing pressure by a Texas attorney to have the site remove pages and groups that promote the denial of the Holocaust, a movement that seeks to minimize or deny the claims made by Jews during World War II, which about six million Jews were killed by the Nazis. The attorney, Brian Cuban, is the brother of Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks, and has been trying to […]

French competition watchdog suspends iPhone exclusive deal with Orange

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The French competition watchdog has suspended the agreement between Apple and France Telecom of having the iPhone exclusively to customers of Orange, the No. 1 mobile operator in France. The Competition Council has said that the decision was to allow customers to get the iPhone with a contract with any other mobile phone operator in the country. France Telecom has said that it intends to appeal the decision, and says […]

France becomes first country to use Dolby Digital Plus in HD TV

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Four of France’s terrestrial broadcasters have announced that they will be using Dolby’s new Digital Plus and Dolby Digital on their new high-def channels. In fact, France will be the first country that will be using the new audio technology. The channels will include TF1 HD, France 2 HD, ARTE HD, Canal + HD and M6 HD. All these channels also form the new HD service from Television Numerique Terrestre. […]

French Senate passes “three-strike” bill

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The French Senate has passed a bill that would see internet pirates and filesharers being disconnected from the internet, even though the European Parliament was opposed to the move. This new move puts it in line with New Zealand, who recently passed a similar law disconnecting internet pirates from the internet. Under the proposed law, it will follow the “three-strikes” law – where internet service providers would give three strikes […]

In France, their cable boxes are better than Foxtel iQ2 – in style

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French cable provider Canal+ has teamed up with Yves Behar, the designers of the Jawbone Bluetooth headset, to design the “Le Cube” – a TV receiver box that basically combines the same functions as a cell phone, a set-top box and a Media Centre PC. The design looks sleek, and has no electronics or LED displays except those in the black square portion of the box. It will be out […]

France to crack down on sites promoting anorexia

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French politicians have called for stiff penalties, including three years in jail, for fines against “pro-anorexia” sites and publications that encourage girls and young women to stave themselves. “Giving young girls advice about how to lie to their doctors, telling them what kinds of food are easiest to vomit, encouraging them to torture themselves whenever they take any kind of food is not part of liberty of expression,” Roselyne Bachelot, […]

iPhone in France

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Yep, The iPhone is now going to France. Announced today, the iPhone will be available on the Orange network. As well, it will cost only 300 euros ($495 in Australian Dollars). There will be no unlimited data plan, unlike the counterpart in the USA. As well, against rumours, it will not have 3G capabilities… a step down. It uses the EDGE connection, plus Wi-Fi; a huge let down as Telstra […]