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The KIN – Microsoft’s attempt to become the social phone

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Microsoft today has announced the new name of the long-rumoured Project Pink – the KIN. The new phones, dubbed KIN One and KIN Two (The Turtle and the Pure), are designed to help people – as Microsoft puts it – navigate their social lives online and offline, with new experiences called the Loop, Spot and Studio. Like the rumours have said, these have been made by Sharp. Both the KIN […]

Google prepares to make iPad rival?

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Google is said to be preparing to make a rival to the Apple iPad, with a rumoured Android-powered tablet, according to the New York Times. According to the paper, Eric Schmidt confirmed the existence of the device to friends at a recent part in Los Angeles; along with some experimenting with a few publishers to find a way to deliver books and magazines – similar to what the iPad does […]

Vietnam rejects Google claims of hacking

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Google’s claims that Vietnamese computer users were spied on and blogs critical of the government were hacked into were rejected by Vietnamese authorities talking to the AFP, telling the news agency that these were “groundless opinions”. A spokeswoman from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that Vietnam has “specific regulations against computer viruses, harmful software and for ensuring information security and secrecy.”

techgeek.com.au censored by ACMA!?

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For about three-four hours, we were censored by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) – and that had to hurt our business. Don’t worry, we got everything back to normal because we moved to another host. Read more on what happened after the jump.

Review : Sony Bloggie MHS-PM5K

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Who would have thought that a HD camera could be so small these days? First the Flip does it and now many other competitors are lining up trying to take a stake in that market; and Sony is no exception with its Bloggie camera line – the model we got is the MHS-PM5K, and we did a piece on it during our CES 2010 coverage. Now it has landed in […]

Google redirects China domain to Hong Kong

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Google has acted on its threat of shutting down Google.cn by redirecting all traffic from that domain to its Hong Kong localised version, which effectively means that all Chinese results will be uncensored – unlike the mainland version because of strict laws regarding censorship. Previously, searches for Falun Gong and the Taiwanese independence were controversial topics that were often censored by localised versions. Like Google, Bing China and Yahoo China […]

Atkinson to resign as Attorney General

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Despite not being unseated as the member of Croydon, Michael Atkinson has announced that he will leave the Rann Labor government and return to being a backbencher, marking an end of a controversial tenure when he took the post eight years ago, according to several news sources. Atkinson made the announcement just after finishing mass, and looks likely to not recontest his seat at the next election – in 2014. […]

Interview: More questions from Nokia’s Purnima Kochikar

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We sent some more questions before we published our interview with Nokia’s Purnima Kochikar, Vice President of Forum Nokia; but we didn’t get them answered before today. So, here is (what we deem) Part Two of the e-mail interview with her. Q. The Qt UI framework makes it easier for applications to be built for both mobile and desktop computers. What do you see are the benefits of this, and […]

Atkinson still holds Croydon seat

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Michael Atkinson, the South Australian Attorney-General and known opponent for a R18+ classification scheme for video games, has been re-elected in his seat of Croydon, according to ABC predictions, managing to get about 64 percent of the vote (two-party preferred), despite a swing against him of 14.4 percent. Gamers4Croydon’s Kat Nicholson, hoping to remove Atkinson from his seat, managed to get a reasonable 3.6 percent of the vote, ahead of […]

SA election to be life or death of R18+ proposal

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While Tasmania and South Australia go to the polls today, it will be life or death for many proponents for an R18+ classification rating in Australia as one political party hopes to ‘dethrone’ SA Attorney-General Michael Atkinson after angering many gamers. The candidate for Croydon, which is a very safe Labor seat, Kat Nicholson carries the hopes of possibly removing Atkinson after refusing to support a proposal of an adult-only […]

Thought the iPad wasn’t shiny enough? Add some diamonds

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Thought the iPad wasn’t tacky enough? The guys from Mervis Diamond Importers are now taking pre-orders for an iPad that is covered with diamonds – 11.43 carats of G/H colour diamonds to be exact. While the diamonds aren’t exactly those from the top-shelf — it has a VS2/SI1 rating for clarity — it’s most likely you won’t notice that because you will either be transfixed on the UI or the […]

Acer working on frameless laptop, touchscreen keyboard

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RUMOUR MILL: Apple’s war against keys might have another ally, though it might be taking it a bit too far. Acer is rumoured to be working on a frameless laptop that will have a touchscreen keyboard, allowing to make the laptop in an ultra-thin form-factor while reducing material costs. This rumour, however, is from Digitimes, so I would take it with a pinch of salt; but the idea isn’t farfetch […]

Apple releases iPad ad during Academy Awards

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Apple has published a new teaser commercial for the iPad during the Academy Awards today. The new ad basically highlights the features of the new Apple device – including watching a Star Trek film, reading an eBook from the iBooks app and working on documents with iWork. The iPad is set to launch on April 3 for the Wi-Fi model, while the 3G model will come out later in April. […]

Interview: Nokia’s Purnima Kochikar

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This week saw Nokia hold a developer day in Sydney; and before the event took place, techgeek.com.au managed to get an e-mail interview with Purnima Kochikar, the Vice President of Forum Nokia – the developer community. We talked about Ovi and Nokia’s embrace of open source technology – as well as Symbian and Maemo/MeeGo. So, hope you enjoy this little interview. Editor’s Note: The questions were sent before MeeGo’s announcement; […]

Microsoft releases first Android app

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Microsoft seems to be expanding outside Windows Mobile Phone, and who can blame them? A declining market share and huge rivals like RIM, Apple and Symbian taking over most of its share. Today, all the Android users will be delighted (or not) that Microsoft will be bringing its Tag application to the device. If you have no idea what Tag is, think of the QR code – but in the […]