TECHGEEK Year In Review 2008 : May & June

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The year that was known as 2008 can’t be called an easy one. From Barack Obama winning the election to an entire year of worry on our economic stability, or the fact that Australia might be acting like China to implement a filter that we didn’t want; recollects on the year that was, in a series of posts from the entire year that were in our archives since 2008.

The following retrospective covers the months May and June 2008.


May saw nothing but an overload orgy of Apple iPhone news – with Telstra, Optus and Vodafone announcing that they will stock the iPhone in Australia (Vodafone also announced that the deal was worldwide), Singapore Telecommunications announcing that they got the “Asia-Pacific” rights, Telecom Italia announcing that it also has the rights in Italy and TeliaSonera announcing that they secured deals for the Baltic and Nordic countries (like Denmark, Lithuania and Finland).

In Digital Media, Conde Nast announced that they bought Ars Technica and also got back the domains for HotWired and WebMonkey; while CNET Networks announced that CBS Corporation will be buying the company for $1.8 billion and integrating them with CBS Interactive, making CNET join titles like CBS Sportsline, Last.FM and WallStrip.

Remember QTrax? No? Well during the month, they managed to get contracts to get Universal Music’s artists on the service. As well, Microsoft became a main topic this month, with BECTA wanting Office 2007 expelled, announcing that Office 2007 will support ODF in SP2, starting a “cashback” service on Windows Live,  and fighting the European Union – again.

Cuba lifts restrictions on owning a computer, HBO puts shows on iTunes, Myki – that transportation smartcard revolution by the Victorian government – gets delayed, Telstra tries to transmit a hologram and Activision and Vivendi leave the ESA.

However, the big news makers was that Australia would be getting its very first Apple Store in Sydney’s CBD on the corner of George Street, and reports that the PS3 version of GTA IV has a lower quality than the Xbox 360 version. Are they biased? Well…


June saw the announcement of an Aerosmith version of Guitar Hero, India and Brazil wants to overturn the decision of making OOXML an ISO standard, we get a release date for IE8 Beta 2, Softbank announcing that they will sell the iPhone in Japan, Adam Internet suffering from serious technical issues, Reddit goes open source, and the founders of Flickr and leave Yahoo.

ICANN announced that the rules of domain names will change, allowing rich companies to create custom domain suffixes, Firefox 3 accomplishes a world record of having 8 million people download the latest version of the internet browser, BBC gets cinematic for its new HD channel, ISPs speaking out against the filter and saying it could cripple our network, news about Super Smash Bros. Brawl, and the Next G network turns Japanese with its new barcode reading feature.

Apple dominated most of the news in June, with rumours swirling about the iPhone – like the pricing or will 3 become the fourth carrier of the phone (which turned out to be false). As well, the biggest news was that Apple has now started to sell television shows from the ABC in America, the ABC in Australia, Channel Nine and Viacom (and more) on the iTunes store.

TechCrunch, one of the most influential blogs, has decided to ban stories by the Associated Press after it sent DMCA takedown notices to several sites, while Hulu gets a huge boost after getting The Daily Show and The Colbert Report in their show lineup. Meanwhile, eBay became a dick by forcing everyone to use PayPal to pay their eBay bids, before that got turned down by the ACCC.