Geeky stuff

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

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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Halo 3 out in NZ first, after much anticipation

Halo 3 out in NZ first, after much anticipation

Kiwi gamers were the first in the world to get their hands on the latest chapter in the most popular Xbox game. The hugely anticipated Halo 3 was finally launched at 12.01 yesterday morning. Harvey Norman Invercargill computer proprietor Rachel Bryce said at least 45 people turned up at midnight for the release, and the game sold ” very, very quickly”. “We had a few people come back this morning, to pick up their...

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Xbox xtras

 Instant messaging is coming to Xbox 360. From the week beginning May 7, Xbox 360 owners can connect with friends and family, connecting and chatting directly from their televisions using Windows Live Messenger, a network of more than 260 million active accounts. The Xbox 360 Autumn Update will let Xbox 360 owners worldwide access Windows Live Messenger features, broadening the communication options on the Xbox LIVE social network. The full service is accessible for...

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Xbox 360 Elite adds versatility

Xbox fans with a few spare dollars burning a hole in their pocket have a new toy to consider. Microsoft yesterday unveiled the much anticipated Xbox 360 Elite console. It features a sleek black finish and joins the 360 and Core consoles in the Xbox lineup. It will include a 120GB hard drive, a high-definition multimedia interface port, a high-definition cable, and a premium black finish for the console, wireless controller and Xbox LIVE...

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Birthday wishes

Happy birthday to the antipodean Xbox 360 — 1 year old tomorrow. To mark the occasion, the Aussies are auctioning off a series of celebrity consoles in conjunction with the Make-A-Wish foundation so if you fancy making a bid for a customised console from the likes of Peter Jackson or Russell Crowe, head to http://www.xbox.com.au/ from tomorrow. It’s a special day for PlayStation fans tomorrow, too. Yes, PlayStation 3 is ready to roll. Gamers:...

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Good gear

Have you downloaded the new Gears Of War content?   The Discovery Channel has sponsored the freebie map packs, which were available via Xbox Live Marketplace from Thursday last week.

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