iiNet first to go the nudie run with Naked DSL

iiNet first to go the nudie run with Naked DSL

The ads are popping up all over (even here) with the news that iiNet has really, truly, rooly launched naked ADSL services. Starting from $49.95, you can now get ADSL2+ from iiNet and you don’t have to pay the line rental tax to do so. The intro plan gives 2GB+2GB,…

Samsung LED backlit monitor goes for OTT colour gamut

Samsung LED backlit monitor goes for OTT colour gamut

It’s expensive, but it’s not built for those who worry about price tag when they’re buying their workstation monitors. The new Samsung XL20 is a designer LCD with LED backlighting that pushes colour gamut up to 114% of the NTSC spectrum. Sadly, this is the figure they’ve shared with the…

Custom MP3 carhorns to annoy the masses

Sarah at Lifehacker AU spotted this pearler, though she takes more of a ‘oh dear god no’ position whereas I take a ‘greatest aftermarket car mod ever’ position. The Horntones FX-550 MP3 carhorn. Oh yes, now you can load MP3s into your car for use as a carhorn. Decisions, decisions….

Breakfast Wrap: Best of the Weekend

Breakfast Wrap: Best of the Weekend

Welcome to a spanking new week of Movember Gizmodobro goodness! Windows XP edition. Kite sailing katana yacht catches steady winds from on highSexy like a Bond film vehicle. US control over core Internet systems called into questionDid you know the US government holds veto power over ICANN?

Another Potentially Creepy Spawn of Social Networking

Another Potentially Creepy Spawn of Social Networking

I’m paranoid, extremely vain and hence under the impression that everyone is out to stalk me, so my Facebook profile is highly privatised. FBChicks is a site that may appeal to those who are more into the ‘social’ aspects of ‘social networking’ and follows in the grand tradition of class…

Led Zeppelin send 3 Mobile into Communication Breakdown

Led Zeppelin send 3 Mobile into Communication Breakdown

Okay, for the younger folk, Communication Breakdown is the name of a Zeppelin track. Yeah, the jokes are never as good when you have to explain them… Anyway, Zeppelin will be rocking up the 3 Mobile network, with full-length audio downloads available over the air from Saturday. They’ll even be…

Internode announces Naked DSL trial: applications wanted

Internode announces Naked DSL trial: applications wanted

Want naked DSL now, now, NOW? Okay, you can’t order it today, but you can apply to Internode to be a part of their trial. You’ll have to wear your own costs to disconnect, etc, from any current services, but Internode has put their trial participant price at $40 per…

Breakfast Wrap: Best of Wednesday Night

Breakfast Wrap: Best of Wednesday Night

Tough couple of days around these parts, with a mix of personal and technical issues holding up the AU end of postage. Thanks for not getting too rowdy in your complaints — here’s the best of last night as a reward! Fastest Windows Vista notebook? A MacBook ProFanboys, time for…

Breakfast Wrap: Best of Thursday Night

Getting back on track with the new system, though galleries are still not flowing through correctly. Once Kaan, king of codes, is unshackled from his uni exams we’ll be entering a summer of hot lovin’ as new features flow forth from his magic fingers of code fu. Anyway, here’s what’s…

Nokia Nseries get free Wi-Fi around Australia

Nokia Nseries get free Wi-Fi around Australia

Nokia has partnered with Azure Wireless, a Wi-Fi hotspot provider, to deliver free Wi-Fi access for their Nseries handsets until end of January 2008. There is coverage in all state and territory capitals, as well as other major centres in NSW, Queensland and Victoria. I was dubious at first but…

Toshiba sub $500 on HD-E1, plus discs too

Tosh is ramping up the HD DVD push this festive season, with the announcement of price drops across their range. The entry point for the HD-E1 is now $599 ($50 off), and drops to $499 with a cashback scheme through the Toshiba website. For $100 more you can have the…

LOLpols: the Greens get down with LOLkids in election 07

“DOOD IM IN UR MARGINLS, STEELING UR VOTEZ!!!” The Greens blog had an idea to call for some political LOLcats-style images, and the idea has started to spread pretty quick around the election scene – hooray for something that isn’t just same old, same old “debate or not” boredom! For…

Apple Australia Leopard dates and pricing

Local news on Leopard is that we’ll be paying $158 for the software, or $249 for a single-residence, 5-user license. Buyers of new Macs since October 1st will be eligible for an upgrade at a shipping cost of $12.95. Available Friday, October 26, at 6.00pm. -SB

ASIMO begins Australian tour

ASIMO begins Australian tour

ASIMO landed in Melbourne yesterday to begin his national tour, hitting Melbourne, Bendigo, Adelaide, Newcastle, Sydney, and Brisbane between now and early December. First appearances will be at Chadstone Shopping Mall from 17th to the 21st, with shows at 11.30am, 1.30pm, 3.30pm and 5.30pm. If you own a Honda car…

Content feed borked – working on it

Something snagged in our back-end feed system on Friday night, and our monkeys are hard at work trying to set things right. Apologies for the weekend devoid of fresh news. Go visit the mothership for now, then come back and see us again Monday. -SB

Government ain’t going to ban plasmas, LCDs anytime soon

Government ain’t going to ban plasmas, LCDs anytime soon

The possible Australian ban of plasmas and LCDs for poor power consumption has caused quite the stir (sidenote: there was quite the heated discussion of this story, and the fallacies of this report, on an Aussie IT journalist email list yesterday). The mothership mentioned things overnight, and this story from…

Breakfast Wrap: Best of Wednesday Night

iKey LED kayboard is rugged, compatible with night vision. Night vision backlighting. Now THAT kicks ass. Micro camera shows workings of combustion engine. 1000fps of four-stroke at full throttle. How’s the serenity?

FastMac Blu-ray recordable drives for Macs

FastMac Blu-ray recordable drives for Macs

FastMac, a specialist in third-party Mac upgrades, has announced slot-loading Blu-ray drives suitable for upgrading your Mac laptops. This includes machines all the way back to PowerBook G3 and iBook G4! And, of course, up to current MacBook Pros, iMacs and Mac minis. They are 2x BD-R and 8x DVD±R,…

Breakfast Wrap: Best of the Weekend

Breakfast Wrap: Best of the Weekend

Back to the grind, folks. Unless you’re a school kid who’s still on holidays! Either way, here’s some good stuff from the weekend. Sorry about the fajitas, but I’m already hankering for some tasty lunch. Pioneer SE-CLX9 is Batman’s earphone of choice. Seriously, wait until you see the utility pack…

LED boomerang makes for sexy night photography

LED boomerang makes for sexy night photography

There’s a cool feature on the Popular Mechanics website on the science of everyone’s favourite Aboriginal hunting stick. There is a lot of talk with Eric Darnell, maestro of the boomerang and inventor of the Tri-Fly form. He’s also designed this LED version, which might look cool in flight but…

Breakfast Wrap: Best of the Weekend

It’s a long weekend here in Sydney, and I’ll be squinting my way out into the sunlight today for a family day out. Here’s the best from the regular weekend. Enjoy, and see you tomorrow. -SB Flying microdrone with camera, GPS, Wiimote-style controls. For when the stethoscope is dishing the…

iPod touch has shipped in AU…

iPod touch has shipped in AU and if you pre-ordered it could be landing on your doorstep today. Mine landed about 20 minutes ago. It’s thinner than I’d expected, and the screen doesn’t have any crappy greyness so AU stock is probably going to be post-problem. -SB

Breakfast Wrap: Best of Wednesday Night

Breakfast Wrap: Best of Wednesday Night

Scientists hack CD drive, now a lab bio scanner. Scientists putting general geek hackery to shame. Transparent pinball machine is awesome, beautiful. The beauty of old school complex wiring. Paintball panzer converts you into backyard Rommel wannabe.

Can you kick a goal from the 50?

Can you kick a goal from the 50?

With finals season reaching their climax, wouldn’t you like to really know if you could pull on the strip and kick goals from range to beat the siren and win it for [insert fave team here] ? This ball from Discovery may be far from regulation, but its built-in distance…

Breakfast Wrap: Best of the Weekend

Breakfast Wrap: Best of the Weekend

Hope you had a good one. Maybe you knocked over some work in prep for a big week of Halo 3? Whatever you did, here’s what went down on Giz. Software guru rips Apple for cashing in on closed systems. Profiteering when you’re already in the money rarely goes down…

2Clix withdraws case against Whirlpool

Good news. Yesterday Whirlpool confirmed that 2Clix has withdrawn their suit against Simon Wright. Wonder if they think this will also withdraw the bad blood of starting this case in the first place? Let’s hope they’re not that naive. Gratz to Whirlpool on a bullet very well dodged. Or was…