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Grand Theft Auto to launch on the Mac

Rockstar Games is to release the Grand Theft Auto Trilogy on the Mac "most likely later this year", the publisher said in a Q&A posted on its website. The three games are Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and Rockstar is promising much "more info and a proper announcement soon …
Drew Cullen, 10 Sep 2010
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Pamela Anderson gets her kit off for Nokia

What a brilliant idea for a competition! Nokia has hired Pamela Anderson and Gossip Girl actor Ed Westwick to appear in The Commuter a short film short shot entirely on the not-quite-launched Nokia N8 - and you can appear in it too. Two roles are up for grabs - one, we guess a guy, who shares bedroom with Pamela and the other, …
Drew Cullen, 06 Sep 2010
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Death by iPod: beware the zombie trance

A 46 year-old woman wearing headphones was run over and killed by an ambulance in Sydney, Australia at the weekend. Police think she may not have heard the sirens. If so, the victim is a case of Death by iPod - a bugbear of NSW Police who blame careless music playing, headphone wearing walkers for a 25 per cent rise in …
Drew Cullen, 06 Sep 2010
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It's alive! Duke Nukem Forever breaks out of vapour trail

Duke Nukem Forever is the video games world's equivalent of the flying car: mothballed in the garage. Twelve years in the making, this infamous slice of vapourware is set to for release in 2011. Really. Take-Two Interactive, the publisher, even issued a press release today announcing its impending release so it must be true. …
Drew Cullen, 03 Sep 2010
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Doctor Who goes to the Proms

Love Doctor Who, love the theme music - this is hardwired into the DNA of most Brits. So clever old BBC leaned on this genetic flaw in July to work up a bit of a musical education for the masses with the Doctor Who Proms. On Monday, 6 September at 8.30pm the concert is broadcast on BBC 3 and on iPlayer soon afterwards, we guess …
Drew Cullen, 03 Sep 2010
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TomTom drums up upgrade for iPhone app

An update for the TomTom app on the iPhone is "coming soon". That's what TomTom is saying today at the IFA consumer tech show in Berlin. Version 1.5 is optimised for iOS 4 and contains one very show-offy feature - Navigate-to-photo. Users can "easily navigate to a location by selecting a photo stored in the iPhone gallery. …
Drew Cullen, 03 Sep 2010
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Aussie parties trade blows over fast broadband

Australia's outgoing Labor government has a Very Big Idea: to get ultra-fast broadband (up to 100MBps), mostly delivered by fibre, into nearly every home. They think the National Broadband Network (NBN) will cost $43bn, about $5bn a year over eight years. Australia's conservative Federal Opposition, the Coalition, say this is …
Drew Cullen, 10 Aug 2010

Shipping container fuels Australia's bid to be supercomputing power

Sun, we think in 2006, kicked off the notion of putting pre-configured data centres in 20-foot long shipping containers. We used to call them White Trash containers, although none of us can remember why. HP is now applying the same idea to supercomputers and has already bagged some high profile customers for its POD, a plug-and- …
Drew Cullen, 09 Aug 2010
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Virgin Media puts Dave and Gold on the block

Isn't it funny how core businesses stop being core when you are making a loss? This is the case for Virgin Media, the cable TV operator, which is loaded down with almost £6bn in debt. Now it wants to sell off its half share in 10 digital TV channels, including Dave and Gold, and aims to raise at least £350m from the disposal, …
Drew Cullen, 09 Aug 2010
hands waving dollar bills in the air

HP contractor 'surprised and saddened' by Hurd sacking

Mark Hurd's nemesis is a former soft porn actress and a reality TV wannabe and she is "surprised and saddened" by his enforced departure from HP. And she has privately settled her sexual harassment claim with him. In a statement released on Sunday by her attorney, the celebrity lawyer Gloria Allred, Fisher said: "I was …
Drew Cullen, 09 Aug 2010
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Amazon opens UK Kindle store doors to teeming hordes

Amazon today opened its UK Kindle store for business and is offering popular e-books at massive discounts. The online retailer has already established a Top 10 best sellers league, and prices are between 50 per cent and 66 per cent off list prices, The Bookseller says. Helpfully, for us, this trade publication has checked out …
Drew Cullen, 05 Aug 2010
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Orange jumps on BlackBerry Torch bandwagon

Yesterday, we wrote that Vodafone was to sell RIM's BlackBerry Torch 9800 in the UK. Our headline was wrong - we used the word 'exclusive', when we should have written first of the block - and we have changed the headline to reflect this. For unlike the US where AT&T is getting a first run, RIM is spreading its affections with …
Drew Cullen, 05 Aug 2010
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Australia imposes parental lock for digital TVs

The Australian Communications Media Authority (ACMA) has searched for several months for a "technical standard to make parental lock a required feature of digital television receivers" sold in Australia. The fruits of its labours are published this week as The Broadcasting and Datacasting Services (Parental Lock) Technical …
Drew Cullen, 05 Aug 2010
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Is it a phone? Is it a Taser? No, it's a cattle prod!

A Queensland man yesterday pleaded guilty to possession of a Taser disguised as a mobile phone. In his defence, Carl Townroe claimed the device was a cattle prod and not in disguise. Mind you, he also pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana, so the weed may have got to him. Tasers are nasty things and we can think of no …
Drew Cullen, 04 Aug 2010
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Labor raids IT piggybank to grease election promises

Labor will cut Australia's IT budget to pay for election pledges. This is how it will work. The Gillard government expects to save more than $1bn over four years through better procurement practices introduced by the IT efficiency expert Peter Gershon in 2008. The savings were to be "quarantined" to fund new IT projects. But …
Drew Cullen, 04 Aug 2010
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RIM lights a candle for the BlackBerry Torch

RIM's BlackBerry Torch 9800 smartphone makes its debut today, initially as an AT&T exclusive, and it takes the company squarely into iPhone territory. BlackBerry Torch 9800 smartphone This makes the 9800 very big deal for RIM, the Canadian master of smartphones for the enterprise which somehow, picked up a big consumer …
Drew Cullen, 03 Aug 2010

Apple as a religion: How the iPhone became divine

Apple lovers vs. Apple haters is a common theme on the tech forums. Some think that there is a consumer psychology dynamic at play, that turns us into Brand Evangelists or Brand Talibans. Two American academics, admittedly new media academics, Heidi Campbell and Antonio La Pastina, take a different tack in comparing Apple to …
Drew Cullen, 03 Aug 2010
iPhone 4

Voda NZ answers iPhone 4 complaint - with a song

We have written quite enough about Vodafone New Zealand's chaotic iPhone 4 launch last week, although Reg reader and Kiwi blogger Ahmad disagrees. He tells us that Voda NZ's iPhone 4 customers who set up FaceTime video calling are sent an SMS from the UK for a one-time fee of 20c. This is a paltry sum, but it is also a hidden …
Drew Cullen, 02 Aug 2010
iiNet

Hollywood claims Aussie ISP promoted BitTorrent use

In February, the Australia Federal Court ruled that iiNet, the country's third biggest ISP, was not liable for copyright infringements committed by customers. The plaintiff, the Australian Federation against Copyright Theft (AFACT), which represents the film industry, vowed to appeal and the two sides were arguing the toss in …
Drew Cullen, 02 Aug 2010
Flag Australia

Satnav leaves family stranded in Outback for three days

We bring you today's GPS navigation mishap hilarity news from Australia, where a family of four were trapped in their car for three days after ignoring road signs. The family were travelling across Australia from Brisbane to Perth followed the instructions of their GPS and entered the Darling River Road in New South Wales's …
Drew Cullen, 02 Aug 2010
Ethernet cables

Aussie broadband is slower than a slow thing in a slow town

So Australia is building a superfast fibre to the home (FTTH) national broadband network and not a minute too soon. Last week's survey from Akamai, a company that charges clients hefty sums for making their websites run faster, shows the country ranked a dismal 50th place in the global broadband speed league with an average …
Drew Cullen, 31 Jul 2010
Talk Talk

TalkTalk talks up SIM only mobile deals

TalkTalk is to launch its own mobile phone service, thanks to a deal with Vodafone UK. The company is launching a range of SIM only voice and data tariffs later in the summer. Given its track record with home broadband and landlines, we anticipate highly competitive pricing. In cellco parlance, this tie-in makes TalkTalk an …
Drew Cullen, 30 Jul 2010
iPhone 4

Chaos surrounds New Zealand iPhone 4 day

Apple's iPhone 4 went on sale today in New Zealand. But Vodafone NZ's handling of the launch left much to be desired, with hundreds of customers left in the lurch. Many had queued up overnight outside Vodafone NZ stores to told by staff that "no iPhones coming in today and they didn't know when they were coming in," Jacob Creech …
Drew Cullen, 30 Jul 2010
Starcraft II

Beware the blizzard of torrents of Starcraft 2

Starcraft 2 was released this week and at the hefty RRP of £45. Many games sites are hopping mad at this, although typically retailers are selling Blizzard's strategy game at £10 less than RRP. The price is of little consequence to gamers who download pirate versions of SC2 from the torrents. But beware, says Andrew Brandt of …
Drew Cullen, 30 Jul 2010
Lovefilm

Lovefilm calls in the DRM brigade for media player push

Lovefilm is the UK's answer to Netflix. And like Netflix it has a pressing problem. No, not Blockbuster. It has reams of customers, 1.4 million all told, for its DVD-by-mail rental service. But for how long? Downloads and streaming is the way forward, baby - onto TV, phone and computer - the three screens strategy, as Virgin has …
Drew Cullen, 29 Jul 2010
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Sky bags UK HBO exclusive

Never saw The Wire, but I am told it is rather good. I won't be seeing it in a hurry either, now that Sky has slurped up HBO's entire library in a UK exclusive. The deal - worth £150m over five years, according to various reports - will see iconic American TV shows such as The Wire, The Sopranos , Sex and The City, True Blood, …
Drew Cullen, 29 Jul 2010
Virgin

Virgin hitches MTV to media player loveliness

World+dog must have a media player to call its own. Not to be outdone Virgin is in on the act as of today with the launch of Virgin Media Player, for mobile and computer use. The cableco has lined up "hundreds of hours" of content, including various youthie MTV network shows, which already appear on its on-demand TV service. …
Drew Cullen, 29 Jul 2010
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Sky turns 3D on Oct 1

Sky is launching a 3D TV channel, Europe's first, on October 1. To see it you have to be a Sky HD subscriber with a 3D-ready TV. No set-top box adjustments or additional fees necessary. The satellite TV broadcaster says the channel works with active and passive 3D formats and is compatible with "all of the TVs" being introduced …
Drew Cullen, 29 Jul 2010
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iPads for hospitals: is this a good idea?

Next year, 500 doctors and nurses in Victoria hospitals will trial the use of iPads. Graduate doctors, rather than crusty consultants, will get the devices, as the "younger group of students and graduates of the health professions have grown up with technology all around them," Daniel Andrews, Victoria's health minister, said. …
Drew Cullen, 29 Jul 2010
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Opposition to can Aus $1.3bn school laptops program

Australia's general election is in full swing and disputes over tech funding and tech policy continue to intrude on today centre stage. In today's spat, shadow treasurer Joe Hockey said he would scrap the government's "wasteful" computers for schools initiative if the centre right Coalition wins. That would mean Year 9 pupils …
Drew Cullen, 29 Jul 2010
Nintendo 3DS

Call of Duty: Black Ops squeezes on to Nintendo DS

Call of Duty: Black Ops is to get a standalone "companion" for the Nintendo DS. Its little sister puts gamers "into the boots of CIA-backed operatives" who have lots of weapons to play with, including an attack helicopter and a stealth fighter jet. Call of Duty: Black Ops for the Nintendo DS has six-player online multiplayer …
Drew Cullen, 29 Jul 2010
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Amazon takes Kindle to the UK

Amazon UK's front page is dominated today by a letter to its customers, introducing the "third generation of Kindles". In other words, Brits can buy Kindle e-Readers direct from Amazon UK, instead of the American mothership. That means UK prices - £149 for the 3G-Wi-Fi version and £109 for the Wi-Fi only version. This is …
Drew Cullen, 29 Jul 2010
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Valve unbans 12,000 Steam 'cheaters'

Valve "erroneously" banned 12,000 gamers for cheating playing Modern Warfare 2 on Steam. In an email today, Gabe Newell, President of Valve, apologised to the banned and confirmed that their accounts were restored. To make amends, the company has given all affected two free copies of Left 4 Dead 2, one to own and one to give to …
Drew Cullen, 27 Jul 2010
Daily Star

Daily Star is sorry for Grand Theft Auto Raoul Moat blunder

Last week the Daily Star published the sensational scoop that Rockstar Games was prepping Grand Theft Auto Rothbury, inspired by the murderer Raoul Moat. It was a hoax of course, but it would be much too kind to describe the Star as a victim. The paper compounded its error by mocking up a fake cover (see here) and by soliciting …
Drew Cullen, 26 Jul 2010
HMV

HMV takes on mighty iTunes with 40p promo

HMV has a new music download site and lots of offers to tempt punters away from iTunes. The UK music retailer kicks off hmvdigital today by selling any song in the top 40 for 40p a pop. Chart albums are retailing for as little as £4.99. The service has some 10 million DRM-free MP3 songs in its catalogue - and users can download …
Drew Cullen, 26 Jul 2010
iPhone 4

Judas Phone: more Photoshop tomfoolery

Some sites call for Photoshop submissions [Fark and B3ta.com]. And some reject them, as Reg reader Bill discovered today. His "bored Friday stuff" was knocked back by the estimable site Judasphone.com, so he sent them to us instead. We thought you would like to see these: Fake iPhone 4 ad Fake iPhone 4 ad - pi Thanks, Bill …
Drew Cullen, 23 Jul 2010
Nokia Wank

Forget the Jesus Phone, here's the Rude Phone

NSFW It costs $78, it is available in black, red or white and it is called the WANK E5. No, not an personalised number plate, but the name of a Nokia handset on sale at SoloMobi, a Chinese retailer. Going Solo? That sounds about right. We guess the name will change soon enough; and before sniggering too hard, we happily acknowledge …
Drew Cullen, 23 Jul 2010
Sumo Lounge Sway Couple Beanbag Chair

Possibly the world's most pointless review

Each week we receive dozens of link-to-article requests from tech websites. Much as we want to oblige, we rarely have time to read the articles, let alone link to them. Sumo Lounge Couple Sway Bean Bag with one person, a young woman, sitting on it We make an exception for this, from BigBruin.com and its review of the Sumo …
Drew Cullen, 23 Jul 2010
iPood/Pocket Trowel

What's the difference between an iPod and an iPood?

The iPood, a small spade used by Aussie campers to bury their shit, has a new name following an intervention by Apple lawyers. In a letter to the iPood makers, Apple's legal eagles said: "iPood is clearly similar to Apple's iPod, there being merely a single letter difference." That could have been worded better, don't you …
Drew Cullen, 22 Jul 2010
ToneCheck

HEY ARSEHOLE: STOP SENDING ME ANGRY EMAILS

Been a while since I received an ANGRY EMAIL – and been never since I sent one in return. I do my SHOUTING in person. My advice to ANGRY EMAILERS is this: don’t write drunk, arsehole. But if you must, and you lack all self control, check out this anger-o-meter. It may save you from shame, lost friends, lost jobs and found …
Drew Cullen, 21 Jul 2010
DMC LX5

Panasonic updates Lumix line with five models

Five Panasonic cameras make their debut today - the links to all the specs are below. But the pick of the bunch for enthusiasts is probably the DMC LX5, a so called creative, or premium, compact. DMC LX5 Getting creative with compacts Any roads, this is the one that Panasonic is pushing hard and this is what the specialist …
Drew Cullen, 21 Jul 2010
Xbox Kinect

Microsoft prices up cheapo Xbox 360, Kinect bundle

Microsoft today announced the Xbox 360 4GB console, along with Wii-type pricing to tempt new punters to buy the Kinect hands-free motion sensor. Xbox 4GB Bundle group shot Going a bundle The two products are bundled along with Kinect Adventures, a games show case for Kinect's capabilities, for £249.99 and they go on sale on …
Drew Cullen, 21 Jul 2010
Xbox 360 250GB

UK retailers want more XBox 360 stock. Now!

Looks like UK launch day for the Xbox 360 S on Friday was a commercial hit, with retailers selling out shipments within hours of opening. Now they are reporting difficulties in re-stocking the redesigned console, according to the games site Electronic Theatre. So either they got the estimates of demand wrong, or much less …
Drew Cullen, 19 Jul 2010
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3D is headache for six million Brits

Six Million Brits suffer from poor binocular vision - which gives them headaches and achey eyes when watching 3D films. So says The Eyecare Trust, which tells us that 3D relies on our eyes's abilities to work as a "co-ordinated team to achieve an accurate perception of depth". But if you have poor binocular vision, your brain …
Drew Cullen, 14 Jul 2010
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P2P judge trims student's fine by 90 per cent

Last year, a Boston University grad student was whacked with a court order to pay $675,000 damages for downloading 30 songs illegally and sharing them on a P2P network. This week, a US District Court agreed with defendant Joel Tenenbaum's claim that the amount determined by the jury was "unconstitutionally excessive" and slashed …
Drew Cullen, 10 Jul 2010
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Blizzard climbs down on real names for WoW forums

Blizzard has made a speedy u-turn on its decision to force members of the World of Warcraft forums to reveal their real names, following a hailstorm of criticism. World of Warcraft logo Earlier in the week, the games publisher announced the move, aimed at stamping out abusive behaviour. More than 20,000 complaints on the …
Drew Cullen, 10 Jul 2010
Eee PC Girl

Women: keep computer games short and sweet

One in three UK women say they are gamers, according to the 2010 European gaming attitudes survey. Another survey into gaming gender differences surfaced this week, which reveals that women: Play fewer hours (8) a week than men (17 hours) and are turned off by games that are too complicated. They give up if game is not easy to …
Drew Cullen, 08 Jul 2010
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Blizzard exposes real names on WoW forums

World of Warcraft forums are "where flame wars, trolling, and other unpleasantness run wild", says Blizzard, the publisher of the mega-online game. And it thinks it knows how to get everyone to behave more nicely. With the next iteration of its Battle.net forum, the company is to publish users' real names in full on official …
Drew Cullen, 07 Jul 2010
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Unused 'free' minutes cost Brits £800m a year

My wife never uses up her mobile minutes. I know we can save £5 a month if she swaps to a cheaper contract - but have we done it? Of course not. In common with 55 per cent of mobile phone users on monthly contracts who never use up their free minutes, we are paying too much. The average too much is £62 a year. Add all those too …
Drew Cullen, 05 Jul 2010
Dollar

XBox Live: Why should Microsoft get all the money?

Activision has"heard" that its Call of Duty mega-franchise is the main reason for 60 per cent of subscribers to pay for Xbox Live - so why should Microsoft get all the money? In an interview today with the FT Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision Blizzard, said: “We don’t really participate financially in that income stream. We would …
Drew Cullen, 05 Jul 2010