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

Chat, sheep and Ms Dewey

Chat, sheep and Ms Dewey

Do you want to chat as you surf, anywhere online? Simply add “gabbly.com” to the start of any URL. Read all about it at the Gabbly website. Test your reflexes by tranqillising sheep. You have to wonder how they come up with these. If you’re looking for a change of search engine, give the chatty Ms Dewey a try. She’s got a bit of attitude and is likely to tap on your screen if...

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Xbox 360 soon to deliver TV shows, movies to gamers

The Xbox 360 is to become the first gaming console to deliver TV shows and movies to gamers via Xbox Live. In news announced in the United States on Tuesday night (NZ time), Microsoft said it had agreements with CBS, MTV Networks, Paramount Pictures, Turner Broadcasting System, Ultimate Fighting Championship and Warner Bros to provide an initial lineup of more than 1000 hours of hit television shows and movies to Xbox 360 consoles in...

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Trade Me v Netco in widget war

Things aren’t as happy as they could be in Trade Me Land.  Grumblings on the message board about the new fees aren’t surprising. In fact, the new fees aren’t surprising either — Fairfax stumped up a lot of cash to buy the auction icon and like any company, will be looking to pull as much of a profit as possible from its new baby.  Besides, I still think it got the bargain of the...

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Auction action

There’s another new auction site looking to attract Kiwi buyers and sellers. Zillion already has a good range of auctions running and anyone who uses Trade Me will recognise many of the names. Competition is a good thing, especially for the consumers, so good luck to the new site.

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Looking for flights? Grab this

If you’re planning a holiday any time soon, you might like to take a look at Air New Zealand’s Grabaseat offers. The available flights change daily and there are some huge bargains to be had. Did I mention that I’m going on holiday soon? Thirteen sleeps to go, not that I’m counting or anything.

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Xbox 360 arrives; PS3 delayed

(This is the Online column, written for The Southland Times) Where were you at 12.01 this morning? That’s when the Xbox 360 finally made its New Zealand appearance, after a hugely successful Xbox 360 Roadtrip, where more than 8000 gaming fans had a shot at hands-on fun with Microsoft’s latest gaming console aboard the Xbox bus. Unfortunately, the deep south was missed off the itinerary, with the bus only making it as far south...

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Intel logging on to more personal technology

The internet is set to become more mobile and more personal with upcoming developments from technology company Intel. The innovations were announced at the annual Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco this week. Launched in 1997, the forum is a growing gathering of developers and technology experts that aims to help key players stay on the cutting-edge of technology. Intel executive vice-president Sean Maloney outlined the company’s mobile plans, announcing innovations in mobile devices...

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Music to our ears

Microsoft and Motorola have joined forces to make a music handset to compete against a similar phone, also made by Motorola, that supports Apple’s iTunes music platform. The phone will support Microsoft’s copyright protection software, as well as its Windows media platform. Motorola’s Apple-supported ROKR and SLVR phones are available in the United States and the Apple and Microsoft phones do not support each other’s technologies. Music-lovers in Europe and the United Kingdom, where...

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Halo 2 release for Vista machines

Microsoft has  announced plans to release the Halo 2 video game for personal computers running its new Vista version of Windows. Halo 2 will run only on Vista machines and not on older versions of the Windows operating system. Microsoft did not release a delivery date for the new game. An earlier version of Halo runs on older versions of Windows and Halo 2 is available for Xbox console. There’s no word yet on...

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Picture this

Telecom and Vodafone customers are now able to send photo and video messages and sound to each other over their mobiles between networks. Vodafone PXTT or Telecom Photo Messaging lets customers create, send and receive messages containing colour video messages, or photos with sounds and voice recordings from mobile to mobile. Vodafone expects PXT volumes to get a significant boost with the new deal, mirroring the explosion in txt messaging that occurred when txting...

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