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IOC releases geoblock for London 2012 videos on YouTube

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Okay, the Olympics and Paralympics are over; but there are certain things that you want to rewatch. Unfortunately, the International Olympic Committee are notorious in keeping things off YouTube so it doesn’t annoy the rightsholders. However, the IOC have ended the geoblocking of events, letting everyone watch every event on demand, as well as the opening and closing ceremonies. Well, at least for now. For all of the videos, you […]

IOC blames tweeters for GPS issues, asks them to stop

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So much for being the “social media” Olympic Games. “Non-essential” text messages and tweets during the 2012 London Olympics will have to stop, with the International Olympic Committee blaming them for GPS issues that affected television commentary. Where have I heard this similar excuse before, hmm? Basically, the cyclists have GPS devices so commentators can determine how far each cyclists are ahead of each other. However, network congestion meant that […]

Where’s the online live coverage for the Olympics, Channel Nine?

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In a couple of weeks time, the London 2012 Olympics begin. However, in Australia, Foxtel and Channel Nine are missing one component in their broadcast plans – where is the online live streaming of the Olympics? It’s 2012 – everything (with the exception of Apple) is livestreamed these days. If we take a look at the broadcasting arrangements in the UK and the US, we see there is a lot of […]

Old circuit boards used to make up 2010 Olympic medals

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Everybody craves to get a gold medal, because it means that for one day (or longer), you were the best at something out of the entire world. The Olympics are no exception, with the medal designs for both the 2010 Winter Olympics and 2010 Winter Paralympics games, both held in Vancouver, being unveiled today. But the medals are not exactly what we are here to discuss, but because they have […]

Google reveals top searches of 2008 – “Obama” takes Google’s top fastest rising crown (in the US)

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Following a similar move made by Yahoo, Google has announced that results of its “Fastest Rising” and top search queries from its Zeitgeist; with results from worldwide, the United States and 34 other countries, including New Zealand, United Kingdom and Australia (and if you’re scared about your privacy, don’t worry, Google says that no personal data was used). Barack Obama topped the “Fastest Rising” result in the United States; while […]

Another Olympic-themed gadget – this time its a phone

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While the Olympics may be over, the products keep on coming, especially when this one is a Chinese mobile phone that is based on the Water Cube. From its slightly unusual keypad, and its design pattern, it does have a lot of features like tri-band GSM connectivity, dual camera and media playback. Now lets get to the obnoxious feature of a “3D interface”, but that could (and has to be) […]

Olympics Review : Seven screws up the coverage

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The Beijing Olympics saw many technological advances on the coverage, but also saw the end of an era – with Channel Seven no longer the rights holder for the Olympics. It’s been almost a week after the Olympics have finished and we can now review all the news about the coverage of the Olympics here in Australia, and they did not get a good response. While some came from incorrect […]

ConnectU founders place sixth, Aussie win gold

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ConnectU founders Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss have placed sixth in the Men’s Rowing (Without Coxswain). This also means that their Olympic dreams are finished, as they don’t take any medals home. To get this far; both had to make through two rounds of heats, a semifinal and today’s final. The eventual winners were Drew Ginn and Duncan Free; from the Australian team (GO AUSTRALIA!!!). Canada came second, thanks to David […]

Beijing 2008 gadgets still roll on – National Stadium is now an MP3 player

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And we thought things could not get any worse. A new MP3 player has been released in China, shaped in the Beijing National Stadium – also known as the "Bird’s Nest". And it has to be said that it is crap! The player, according to the store that is selling it, can support "MP1, MP2, MP3, WMA, WMV, ASF, WAV, etc" – last time I checked, WMV is a video […]

Lenovo rolling out Olympic-themed USB drives

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Lenovo, one of the sponsors of the Beijing 2008 Olympics, has rolled out several USB drives after launching one that is made out of the same material as that of the Olympic Torch – and has the patterns as well. There are three versions of the new set; the Mascot series (the ones that are pictured) – which contains 6 colourful 4GB units for around US$30 a piece, the Medallion […]

Olympic scam losses run to $40k

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Australian victims of an online scam has reported losses of more than $40,000 in the first few hours after the national hotline was open today at 9am AEST. It had received more than 30 calls, mostly from Victoria, as it collects information about the scam which the IOC received complaints from overseas victims. Sports fans have said that the website in question was the US-based beijingticketing.com. Even the former NSW […]


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