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Things that make you go “woohoo, I want it”. And no, that’s not a euphemism. It’s all about toys, gadgets, games and software

Flying visit … don’t expect a postcard

I’m off to Sydney tomorrow for a slightly last-minute, flying visit. Symantec is running a workshop for reviewers on Wednesday, giving us a sneak preview of what’s coming up in the 2009 releases of their software. It’s going to be a bit chaotic getting there and back (one of the few negatives about living in Southland … we’re a little bit isolated so it takes all day to get to places like Sydney) but...

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Vodafone releases dear wee iPhone

Vodafone releases dear wee iPhone

(This is the Online column, written for The Southland Times) The much-anticipated iPhone is set to finally make its official New Zealand debut tomorrow but the cost of owning one of the little beasties has probably rained on more than a few parades, or perhaps (in honour of its manufacturer) even upset a few apple carts. There’s no doubting the iPhone 3G is an awesome wee machine and I’m sure there will be plenty...

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Fired up

Good news web-junkies, there’s a new version of Mozilla’s spectacularly user-friendly Firefox available.  Updates to the hugely popular free web browser, which perfected tabbed browsing long before Internet Explorer 7 hit our screens, include one-click bookmarking, a download manager, improved security and privacy, the ability to zoom in on any part of a web page and faster loading sites.  Mozilla decided to have a crack at setting a record for the number of downloads...

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Net threat

There seem to be a lot of phishing e-mails hitting my inbox again so it’s probably a good time to remind everyone to take care. Ignore any e-mails you might get asking you to go to a bank site and enter your login details. Banks don’t operate like this. However, scammers do. They want your online banking details so they can steal all your money and spend it on whatever it is online scammers...

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Speed…what speed?

Do we love Xtra? Hmmm, maybe not. If you’re feeling frustrated by lack of broadband speed, you’re not the only one.

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Xbox brain workout

If you’re feeling a tad fuzzy, like your brain is in a bit of a funk, you can now give your grey matter a workout via your gaming console. Gameloft’s Brain Challenge, on Xbox LIVE Arcade, is a brain training program that is supposed to help players develop stress-management skills. It will cost you 800 Microsoft points to grab the game, so I suppose it is cheaper (and slightly more legal) than a Taser....

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Going on Safari

Apple has released the latest version of its browser (Safari 3.1), which is jam-packed with new features and a bunch of security updates and fixes. Apple says page load times in Safari 3.1 are 1.9 times faster than Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 7 and 1.7 times faster than Mozilla’s Firefox 2. However, along with all the new goodies and super speediness there are a few wee vulnerabilities, mainly involving cross-site scripting flaws.

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Microsoft rattles cages with plans to kill XP

(This is the Online column, written for The Southland Times) I realise this will probably prompt an e-mail or two from readers telling me the thousands of ways they feel Apple and/or Linux are superior to Windows, but I don’t care: I adore Windows XP. There, I said it. Do your worst gentle readers, but you won’t change my mind. It’s an incredibly stable, user-friendly operating system that plays nicely with all my other...

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ISPecially need help

If (like me) you’re not feeling the love from your ISP lately and if (also like me) you’ve made the decision to have a change, ISP Find could be just what you need.  You tell the clever wee site just what you’re looking for in an internet connection and it will find you your perfect match. You can compare price, speed and much more.

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Roboquad

Roboquad

GADGET REVIEW: RoboQuad From Wowwee. RRP: $209  This  little critter is all fun, all the time.  He’s a four-legged robot who scuttles around your house entertaining the cat, waving at anything that takes his fancy, dancing to his own tune and freaking out the occasional overly sensitive soul who claims he looks like a spider and shrieks every time he comes near.  Now that’s entertainment.  You can get Roboquad to do all that and...

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