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The Year in Review 2010: The Highlights Reel

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2010. What a year to end a decade. From political uncertainty in the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom, the leaking of important US documents – from Afghanistan to diplomatic cables – and even a possible upheaval of our classification system to finally allow a R18+ rating in Australia, bringing it in line with other western nations. We got more information about the new National Broadband Network, while we […]

LittleBigPlanet 2 – Done and awaiting release

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Earlier this year, Media Molecule, developers of the LittleBigPlanet series disappointed many fans with the delay of the game as it was planned to be released worldwide November 17th.  Today Media Molecule reported that the game has ‘gone gold’ indicating the completion of the game’s development.  Along with the completion of the game, the developers have also announced the game’s release date worldwide. America – 18th January Mainland Europe – […]

Nokia expands Apple patent infringement lawsuit to Europe

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Nokia has announced that it will expand its patent infringement lawsuit against Apple from the United States to courts in Britain, Germany and the Netherlands, alleging that the iPhone maker used 13 of its patents without permission, such as one for basic gestures for touchscreens. The 13 are in addition to the 24 patents that it claims Apple infringed in United States courts.

BBC to make iPlayer worldwide “within a year”

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Mark Thompson, the Director-General of the BBC, has revealed that the broadcaster is currently at work in bringing its popular BBC iPlayer to licence payers while they are abroad and also creating a commercial version for worldwide audiences via BBC Worldwide, the broadcaster’s commercial division. Talking at the Edinburgh International Television Festival organised by MediaGuardian, Thompson has said that the broadcaster will release the commercial version of BBC iPlayer “within […]

YouTube to bring free movies to UK

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After striking deals with a number of Hollywood studios including Lionsgate, MGM and Sony Pictures and British company Blinkbox, YouTube is set to relaunch its movies section of the site to the UK. According to UK newspaper The Guardian, the service is to offer 400 movie titles from these studios, and most likely to include classics and mainstream titles from a couple of years ago.

IT Crowd comes back this week, first episode online now

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The Big Bang Theory? Pfft. This week sees the premiere of Series Four of The IT Crowd, one of my favourite comedies. However, while some prefer to wait on BitTorrent, or wait until the ABC acquires the rights to broadcast it, Channel 4 (the broadcaster in the UK) has put the entire first episode up on the web before its television premiere. Only problem: you must be in the UK. […]

Google reveals the Nexus One

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You knew it was coming – all the leaks and blog posts from all over the blogosphere – but now it has been confirmed and unveiled. Google has now made a mobile phone. Called the Nexus One, it is a HTC-produced phone that will run on Android 2.1 and will be sold by Google on its website, or by T-Mobile in the US. Verizon Wireless, another US carrier, along with […]

UK: Inquiry claims police arresting people just to get DNA

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An inquiry that is reviewing the national DNA database will make allegations that police officers in England and Wales are routinely arresting people so that their DNA sample can be added to that same database; with the inquiry hinting that some of the DNA database could be racially motivated. That same database is set to be shared with police officials in Canada and Australia; and is already being shared with […]

BBC looking into global iPlayer catchup service

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The BBC is said to be looking into offering a global service to its iPlayer service, currently available to the UK market only, with the help of its commercial arm, BBC Worldwide. However, unlike the iPlayer in the UK, you are likely going to be charged to watch one single episode. The iPlayer in the UK is paid by the license fee and is advertising free – mainly because of […]

Conficker infects Oxford University

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Thought Conficker was dead and buried? Well, you were wrong, as the communal PCs used by the students who attend the Oxford Brookes University were found to be infected with the malware on Thursday, leaving a difficult job to IT support to clean out the virus. “There has been a sustained and significant virus attack on the Brookes network. We are presently working to counteract it but this may result […]

Report: Palm Pre not heading for Verizon

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The Palm Pre might not be coming to another carrier anytime soon, with a report from TheStreet.com claiming that Verizon Wireless, the largest carrier in the United States, will not be offering the touch screen phone in January of next year, when Palm’s current exclusivity contract with Sprint Nextel ends in 2009. The news was able to shock investors, and was able to bring down Palm’s shares down to more […]

T-Mobile, Orange to merge UK operations

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Deutsche Telekom and France Telecom have announced plans to merge their UK operations, branded as T-Mobile and Orange respectively, to form the largest mobile phone operator, pushing current market leader O2, owned by Telefonica, from the top. According to both companies, the deal would generate estimated cost savings of over €4 billion, or US$5.7 million, and both companies will run as separate brands for 18 months while a review on […]

UK, Canada, Australia to share fingerprint database

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Announced yesterday, Australia is planning to share its fingerprints database of foreign criminals and asylum seekers with Canada and the United Kingdom, allowing all three countries’ relevant departments flag migrants who try to hide away from authorities, with assurances that the data will be protected. The agreement is also set to have the United States to join at a later stage, and New Zealand considering to join in the near […]