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2011 – A Year of Many Things: A recap of the big events of the year

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The year 2011 was one year that we will all never forget. Even though they were all in the beginning of the year, the floods in Queensland and Brazil, the earthquakes in Christchurch and the tsunami in the north of Japan are still present in all of our minds. We also saw the death of a tech luminary, Steve Jobs; and the powerful News Corporation losing its influence over politicians […]

TECHGEEK Weekly 31: Where’s my IPv4?

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The internet has run out of IPv4 addresses and also Intel has a bad batch of Sandy Bridge chips that needs replacing. But it’s not all bad news – Murdoch is spreading his empire on the iPad, while Google’s Honeycomb is looking delicious with its sexy user interface. That’s this week on the TECHGEEK Weekly podcast. James Wilson joins the podcast again (for the last few minutes of the episode) […]

IPv4 reaches exhaustion phase, Asia Pacific to recieve last two IP blocks

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It’s official. IPv4 is nearing the end of its address range after APNIC, who handles the Asia Pacific region’s IPv4 addresses (such as Australia’s IP address range), received the last two available IP blocks were allocated to them. The blocks (also known as /8 blocks) contain the ranges of 39.x.x.x and 106.x.x.x. This will then trigger IANA’s Exhaustion Policy, with the final five blocks of IPv4 addresses will then be […]

Kinect sells one million units in 10 days

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Think the Kinect is a passing fad, with the fact that it just happens to be a camera that manages to track almost every move you make and could have potential gaming applications to it? Well, it might not be as Microsoft has announced that the Kinect has sold one million units just in the past ten days. While Japan and Asia haven’t experienced the Kinect just yet, Europe and […]

HTC brings out stylish Desire HD, Desire Z

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Thought HTC couldn’t get better? Well, it just proven that wrong. The popular mobile maker has announced two new phones that will join its lineup of Android phones – the Desire HD and the Desire Z. The two phones will run on Android, and will be out in major European and Asian markets. Desire Z is to be released in North America later in the year. The HTC Desire HD […]

Pakistani hackers network shutdown as police arrests owners

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Five alleged hackers have been arrested by Pakistani authorities in raids that led to the closure of the website Pakbugs, known for being a community site for hacking and carding – a technique to verify if stolen credit card details are still valid by purchasing something. The operation, run by the Cyber Crime division of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), went ahead after numerous complaints by, according to a report […]

iPhone 4G prototype leaked again … in Vietnam

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Apple must really have some security problems as another prototype of the iPhone 4th Generation has been found and photos being posted on a Vietnamese Apple forum. The individual in question is apparently, according to MacRumours, a Vietnamese businessman who bought the prototype in the US with the iPad. The model in the photos posted by are almost identical to what Gizmodo posted before, with the back indicating it […]

Dell sues LCD makers for price fixing

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Dell has accused five Asian LCD manufacturers — Hitachi, Sharp, Toshiba, HannStar, and Seiko Epson — for price fixing in a lawsuit filed in the US District Court of San Francisco, according to a report on Reuters. For Hitachi and Sharp, it’s familiar territory. In December, Nokia filed suit against the two companies for LCD price fixing; while in March last year, the two companies — along with LG and Chunghwa […]

Malaysian payment system developer buys Friendster

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Remember Friendster? Maybe because they’re the ones that keep spamming you; but today, news broke that Malaysian online payment solutions provider MOL has bought Friendster for an undisclosed amount, but it is rumoured to be around the $100 million mark. Both companies had announced a partnership in October of this year to power a feature called the “Friendster Wallet”, allowing businesses to accept micropayments with a Friendster login. For the […]

New undersea cable severed, disrupts web traffic

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Telecommunication lines between Europe, the Middle East and Asia have been severed, resulting in lost connections via phone and the internet in the affected regions. This is the second time in this year when these cables have been cut, with the first happening earlier in the year, where two lines were only snapped – all in the Egyptian coast. According to the Associated Press, the cable between Italy and Egypt, […]

.asia to go online in October

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.asia will be opening registrations to governments wanting geographical names (like,, and people who have trademarks before March 31, 2004 and are in use. Other such trademarks and companies have to wait until November 13. The registrar DotAsia, who run other domain names from Asia, says it will restrict it to the Asia Pacific Region, which includes Australia. .asia joins other domain names like “.eu” for The […]