TV Networks Still Stalling On Digital Channels

TV Networks Still Stalling On Digital Channels

It’s January 2, 2009, which means that Australia’s three commercial TV networks are allowed to launch their own standard-definition digital TV channels to run alongside their existing main channels and HD offshoots. While this strategy has been very successful in driving uptake of digital TV in European markets, it seems…

Ice TV’s Most Recorded Shows Of 2008

Electronic program guide Ice TV has published a listing of the most popular programs recorded by users of its service in 2008. What’s interesting about the list is how little resemblance it bears to overall TV ratings: for instance, Australia’s top-rated new local drama Packed To The Rafters is nowhere…

Optus Gets Narky Over VOIP Calls On Mobiles

If you’re planning on using a calling card to help cut costs during holiday travel, it makes more sense than ever to read the fine print. David Neiger and Dan Warne at APC report that Optus is now slogging customers who use a separate calling card service to access international…

Merry Christmas From Lifehacker

Merry Christmas From Lifehacker

Lifehacker Australia is heading off to enjoy the Christmas celebrations. There’ll be updates from the US intermittently (did someone say workaholic?), but no local posts until Monday December 29 (well, unless something really exciting happens and we can’t help ourselves). Enjoy your festive season and remember to put your wrapping…

Pidgin 2.5.3 Released, Smashes Bugs

Pidgin 2.5.3 Released, Smashes Bugs

Popular cross-platform instant messaging application Pidgin released an update boasting a boatload of bug fixes that should improve the stability and day-to-day operation of Pidgin. If you want to see the entire list of changes in the

Google Sponsoring Female Delegates For Linux.conf.au

Google Sponsoring Female Delegates For Linux.conf.au

The “Google-linux.conf.au Diversity Delegates Programme” might have an awkward name, but it has a simple aim: to improve the participation of women at Linux.conf.au, which takes place in Hobart in January 2009. (I’m a big fan Linux.conf.au, but like most tech events, there’s no denying it’s a bit of a…

4 Mistakes You Shouldn’t Make On Twitter

4 Mistakes You Shouldn’t Make On Twitter

Social networking tool Twitter can seem like a weird and mysterious experience when you first encounter it, but in fact making the most of it is largely a matter of common sense and a clearly defined purpose. Underlining the point, TwiTip features a guest post on things you shouldn’t do…

iiNet Adds 3 Broadband To Roster

iiNet Adds 3 Broadband To Roster

Further proof that 3G broadband really is the new Internet battleground: iiNet has just signed a deal with 3 to resell its 3G broadband offerings. While those will be standard 3 services at the usual prices, the announcement hints that there is “further opportunity for close collaboration between iiNet and…

Beware Of E-Cards Bearing Malice

Beware Of E-Cards Bearing Malice

Here at Lifehacker we’re e-cards as a form of Christmas greeting, but it’s worth reminding people that holiday cheer is also often utilised as a means of distributing spam and malware. AVG Technologies (whose free security software is amongst the

iPhone 3G Unlocked, Free Unlock Software By End Of Year

iPhone 3G Unlocked, Free Unlock Software By End Of Year

The jolly band of hackers known as the iPhone Dev Team have successfully unlocked the iPhone 3G for use on unsupported GSM networks. Right now they’ve simply confirmed the 3G unlock, but according the the Dev Team blog post, a free unlocking software should be available by New Year’s Eve….

The Emoticarolers Customise Your Singing E-Card

Instead of that boring e-card, check out the Emoticarolers (emoticon carolers, get it?). The faces from Yahoo Messenger (one of my favourite emoticon sets out there, hands down) sing classic holiday songs with lyrics you can customise yourself. You choose your tune—from Jingle Bells to Auld Lang Syne to Deck…

ABC Beta Testing Mobile Web Site

ABC Beta Testing Mobile Web Site

The ABC has begun beta testing a mobile-specific version of its web site, offering access to some of its most popular content including news, sport, weather (with a handy search by postcode feature), ABC TV listings, information from numerous ABC radio stations and the presumably inevitable ABC Shop. The ABC…

Trading Post Launches Mobile Site

Trading Post Launches Mobile Site

Telstra’s Trading Post auction and classified site has launched a mobile-optimised version, allowing searching, bidding and buying via Internet-enabled phones. Trading Post content has long been free to browse on NextG handsets, but this should make shopping life a little less painful for users of other networks. Trading Post Mobile

Thunderbird 3 Beta 1 Now Available

Thunderbird 3 Beta 1 Now Available

All platforms: Mozilla releases the first beta of Thunderbird 3, the next generation of their desktop email client. Meant only for testers, this beta’s features include: Tab interface for Mail Improvements to IMAP for faster message viewing Improved message reader view New Add-ons Manager Improved Address Book interface Improved import…

Finding The Best BlackBerry Bold Deal

Finding The Best BlackBerry Bold Deal

This week’s launch of the BlackBerry Bold on 3 means that you can now buy BlackBerry’s latest business device from all four main carriers. Over at APC, David Flynn examines the plans available from each carrier and advises on which provide the best deals. His broad conclusion? As ever, it’s…

Radio Beta Streams International Stations

Radio Beta Streams International Stations

Radio Beta is a web-based radio station aggregator with a host of features. Rather than simply serving as a search engine a basic playlist-builder, Radio Beta allows you to search radio stations by both region and genre, save your favourite stations, and as an extreme convenience play all the radio…

YouTube Videos Now Available In HD

YouTube Videos Now Available In HD

YouTube switched to widescreen format watch in high quality option for a while now, but the new HD option looks like they’re serious about moving into high definition for their streaming video. Here’s a before and after version look like:

Frengly Translates Text, Auto-Detects Source Language

Frengly Translates Text, Auto-Detects Source Language

Online language translation app Frengly autodetects the source language of text and quickly translates it into your language of choice. Just paste any piece of text into Frengly, hit translate, and let Frengly take care of the rest. Frengly actually plugs into the Google Translate API to both detect the…

Stinto Generates Disposable Chat Rooms

Stinto Generates Disposable Chat Rooms

Need to chat with a group of people all running different chat clients and you don’t have time to coordinate everyone switching to a multi-service chat client like ChatMaker. Stinto [via MakeUsOf]

EzyDVD Stalls Internet Movie Service

EzyDVD Stalls Internet Movie Service

Conventional wisdom holds that in times of economic crisis, people like to hunker down at home and watch movies and spend up big on entertainment. Unfortunately, that lack of money also makes it harder for new platforms like movie download services to get going. Andrew Colley at AustralianIT reports that…

Inside The iiNet Piracy Lawsuit

Inside The iiNet Piracy Lawsuit

The news that a consortium of seven movie studios has sued Australian ISP iiNet for not responding to takedown notices represents an interesting new local chapter in the ongoing Hollywood-versus-BitTorrent debate. Suing individuals has generated lots of bad publicity for studios in the past, but it remains to be seen…

Foxtel Expands Online TV Guide To 14 Days

Foxtel Expands Online TV Guide To 14 Days

Foxtel has expanded its online TV guide from a week to 14 days, improving your odds of not missing a vital program if you go away on holidays. Foxtel iQ owners can also use the guide for remote scheduling of recordings, though for a prolonged absence a series link is…