Category Archives: News

iPhone 4 issues with reception

Apple iPhone 4Over at the AB Technology Blog facebook page, Nathan has posted a link to article on listing some of the issues with the new iPhone 4s.

The biggest issue it seems is by pressing your finger in the right (wrong?) place you can kill the reception to your phone…maybe that is a handy feature for when your having an argument with someone and you want to quickly drop the call?

The second issue seems far more widespread and appears to be a major glitch. Multiple reports suggest that the new iPhone 4 loses reception when you hold it by the antenna band. Several videos have popped up across the net explaining the issue and it appears that if you hold the device, as soon as you connect the left side with the bottom, that’s when reception starts to drop. The issue appears to be widespread with most early adopters able to reproduce the problem.

Hopefully Apple is able to quickly fix this issue.

Have you been an early adopter? Got issues with an new iPhone 4? Then let us know in the comments.

More information on issues on’s Article

Image from Apple’s iPhone Page

Legal Uses for BitTorrent…Facebook??

Server RackIt appears that BitTorrent is useful for Legal uses after all (we all knew that didn’t we). It turns out some of the major Social Media sites such as Facebook and Twitter use BitTorrent to roll out code changes to their several thousand servers around the globe…in a matter of minutes.

You can find a list of other companies that use BitTorrent  on Wikipedia

[Via DownloadSquad]

[Photo thanks to pleeker]

Made official @ 9:35…leaked 10 min earlier via Twitter…

The announcement for australia’s first female prime minister was first leaked from parliament house via twitter from the user @SamanthaMaiden & it announced unconfirmed on TV.

It wasn’t until 10 minutes later that the labour parties official press conference announced the news.

Also the foreign currency market showed news, before it even hit TV. Both last night during the meeting & press conference & again this morning during the ballot. Although it’s interesting to note that the Australian dollar went down after the announcement.

iBooks for iPad updated now with OS4 devices support (iPhone and iPod Touch)

Today I noticed on our iPad here that the iBooks application had a pending update. A quick look at the change log revilved the following:

What’s New in Version 1.1

• In addition to iPad, iBooks is now available on any iPhone or iPod with iOS 4.
• Open and read PDF documents from Mail. PDF documents will be added to your library and appear on the PDF bookshelf. You can even search PDFs for words or phrases and bookmark your favorite pages.
• Take advantage of new ways to bookmark. In addition to highlighting a word or a passage, you can now also add notes or bookmark an entire page with the new page ribbon.
• Keep your bookmarks, notes, and your current page wirelessly in sync between iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch with the new automatic bookmark syncing feature.
• See your book pages in a new font, called Georgia.
• Read your books on white or sepia colored pages.
• Choose left or fully justified text layout from Settings.
• Read pages with greater ease by increasing to even larger font sizes.
• Enjoy greater stability and better performance. (Source iBooks in the iTunes Store)

We personally hadn’texpereinced any stability issues with the first version, but then again we didn’t use it all that much, since it didn’t appear to have PDF support (For PDFs we have been using Stanza, which has also been updated with OS4 support).

Let us know in the comments how your find iBooks and if you are trying it out on an OS4 device.

A new age of Mac Mini’s

Underside of the new Mac MiniI can remember when the first Mac Mini came out a few years ago (Jan 2005 according to the MacRumors:Guides site) with the humble PowerPC processor. It was a rather extraordinary piece of hardware for it’s time. I’m sure that there were other mini computers around, just none as good looking or as mass marketed as the Mac Mini.

Now in its 7th revision the humble Mac Mini is in a new age and has just had a refurbish.

The specs are as follows:

  • 2.4GHz or 2.66GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor
  • 2GB (two 1GB SO-DIMMs) of 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM; two SO-DIMM slots support up to 8GB
  • 320GB or 500GB Serial ATA hard disk drive
  • 8x slot-loading SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
  • NVIDIA GeForce 320M graphics processor with 256MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory
  • Mini DisplayPort with support for up to 2560-by-1600 resolution
  • HDMI port with support for up to 1920-by-1200 resolution
  • Audio line in/out/headphone minijacks (digital/analog)
  • HDMI port supports multichannel audio output
  • One FireWire 800 port (up to 800 Mbps)
  • Four USB 2.0 ports (up to 480 Mbps)

The specs look rather nice, although as always you could build something similar cheaper, but lose the convenience factor along the way.

The NVIDIA GeForce 320M graphics card with only 256MB of memory seems a little low though for my liking, especially when using it with a full HD Display. I guess time and user reviews will tell whether or not this is enough, although Apple are saying that this was 2x the spec of the last model.

For those more techincally inclined there is the Mac mini with Snow Leopard Server, it has a similar configuration just without the optical super drive and in its place another hard drive. This makes for a great option as a central server in a home or small business.

Prices are starting at $999

For more information check out the Official Apple Mac Mini site.

Tech Specs from: Apple Mac Mini Tech Specs
Photo: Apple Mac Mini Site

Not so smooth change over?

On Wednesday the Australian reported that Airline Virgin Blue’s new $10 million dollar reservation and ticketing system change over went smoothly. I’m sure that this is not what customers were thinking today when the Airline’s check in system went down due to an IT error. While the downtime was small, it still caused a large back log of checkins and delayed flights.

The Australia – June 16 2010

There is a lot of talk from annoyed customers on twitter at the moment: Twitter Search