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Australia, New Zealand releases discussion paper on mobile roaming prices

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Image: Tom Solari/TECHGEEK.com.au UPDATED: The Federal Government, along with its New Zealand counterpart, have announced that they will be working together to stop large bill shock when travellers use their phones internationally. Both will launch a discussion paper today to gauge public opinion before negotiating an agreement. That agreement could mean legislation being introduced in both sides of the Tasman that could introduce price caps if you plan to use […]

Telstra pulls out of New Zealand – sells TelstraClear to Vodafone

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Telstra has announced that it has sold its wholly owned New Zealand subsidiary TelstraClear to Vodafone New Zealand for NZ$840 million (or AU$660 million); and hence, pulling out of the New Zealand market. The deal sees Vodafone New Zealand, founded in 1998 and is the largest mobile phone operator in the country, acquiring its customer-base, network infrastructure and voice/data services. It also means that Vodafone New Zealand would be entering […]

New Zealand govt rocked with election donation scandal, Kim Dotcom named

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Kim Dotcom has been caught up in a political scandal that is plaguing the National-led coalition in New Zealand, with allegations that a minister may have broken election laws by not disclosing Dotcom’s donation to his unsuccessful mayoral campaign. Yes, I know we haven’t looked at what’s happening across the Tasman for a long time. The minister, John Banks – who is the Minister of Small Business and leader for […]

MegaUpload’s Kim Dotcom may get seized property back after filing screwup

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A New Zealand judge has declared the seizure of cash, cars and property from MegaUpload’s CEO Kim Dotcom as “null and void” and having “no legal effect” after New Zealand police filed the wrong order to conduct the seizure. According to the New Zealand Herald, a temporary order has been granted but Justice Judith Potter is still determining whether or not to allow the return of property, or grant a […]

Megaupload’s Kim Dotcom bailed, extradition hearing could be delayed?

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MegaUpload’s founder Kim Dotcom has been granted bail, according to several reports from New Zealand. The North Shore District Court found that since the authorities froze all assets, he was incapable of fleeing the country. “Since that time, all known assets have been seized and are unavailable for Mr. Dotcom’s use or disposal,” Judge Nevin Dawson said. “No new assets or accounts of any significance have been revealed since his […]

TECHGEEK Weekly 41: Copyright THIS!

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Image: Fertala/Flickr (Creative Commons) New Zealand is about to get a three-strikes law that remains very controversial, in how it got passed and what’s in the law. The TECHGEEK Weekly Podcast discuss the impact it has, while also discussing about Android’s latest security flaw and the BlackBerry Playbook. Meanwhile, it looks like one post on our site is about to be a cause in an all-out staff rivalry – I’ll […]

Controversial NZ file sharing law PASSED!

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The New Zealand Government’s amendments to the Copyright Act, the Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Bill, that was introduced last night has passed today by its Parliament with support from all major parties.

Anti-piracy bill to be passed tonight in New Zealand

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An anti-Internet Piracy law is being passed through New Zealand Parliament tonight. The Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Bill will ban illegal file sharing and copyright owners can also request that repeat offenders lose internet access for six-months. While many of the copyright enforcers use IP addresses in order to track down infringers, it is not an accurate location of the infringer.

Why the Internet can be useful and cruel at the same time

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Image by: Tom Solari/TECHGEEK.com.au OPINION: The Internet is a marvellous place where we can all communicate instantly without waiting several weeks to communicate internationally, or when we need something instant. But the true power of the internet is always in a major breaking story – such as a natural disaster. This year, we have seen three: the Floods in Queensland, the Earthquake in New Zealand and the powerful tsunami-and-earthquake combo […]

Sony launches online streaming music service in Australia

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Sony has announced the expansion of its online music streaming service, Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity, to Australia, the United States and New Zealand, joining users in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy and Span. The service, which allows users on Internet-connected Sony devices, such as its line of BRAVIA televisions, Blu-Ray players and PlayStation computers, will stream music from all four major labels – Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music, […]

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 […]

iPad to come in nine countries this Friday

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While Australia and New Zealand get the iPhone next week, this Friday sees the launch of the iPad in nine more countries. People in Austria, Belgium, Hong Kong, Ireland, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand and Singapore will now be able to buy the device from their local Apple sellers or the Apple Store at that date. Pricing is expected to be similar to the US pricing, albeit in the local […]

TG Podcast #2: July is the new February

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And we’re back. Turns out July is the new February. Yeah, we’re sorry about not actually producing a second episode for February, but we’re back. And hopefully we will be hopefully next week, or next fortnight, or next month. Anyway, we discuss Apple’s problem with Antenna, call Apple a douche and call bulls#*t on getting high on digital music. Yes, it’s just another ordinary day for us. Anyway, Stewart and […]

iPad 3G to start shipping on May 7

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May 10 will be the date when Apple fanboys can pre-order their iPads in Australia (and other countries – except for New Zealand, so suck on that), but for the Americans – who got to get their hands on the device since April – will see the 3G version of the iPad shipping on May 7, according to the Apple Store – despite a “late April” date being mentioned by […]

Finally… the Jetpack arrives – for a cost of $86,000

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So remember when people started saying that we would be seeing jetpacks sometime in this century – before everyone realised that it would be the same mundane world as before? Well, turns out, they do actually exist, but not in the way The Jetsons envisioned them to be. Called the Martin Jetpack, you are basically putting two jet engines (albeit smaller than the jet engines) on your back. For aeroplane […]