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Because Australia

Posted in Food by Tam Yue on May 13th, 2014

Bacon Wrapped Alligator GrillingVegetarians and PETA participants, please scroll down to the next article, you won’t like this one.

Alix Mcalpine, creative manager at Buzzfeed, posted this picture on Twitter the other day with the caption that read “Australia”.

Google Maps Street View Go Underwater

Posted in Science by Tam Yue on March 8th, 2014

Catlin Seaview Survey teamIt will come as no shock to anyone to hear that the world’s coral reefs are in a state of decline. A company in Austrailia called Catlin Seaview Survey is going around the world documenting coral reefs with a 360-degree panoramic SVII camera highlighting what reefs look like now compared to what they will look like in a few years.

What does this have to do with Google Maps Street View? Well, Catlin Seaview Survey is going to take its camera underwater along the coast in Australia from Manly to Bronte. From there they will team up with Google so we can all have a look under the water in Australia. They hope to use the images for scientific research as well as educating us about the beautiful underwater world that lives along their coastline.

Australia getting Ocarina of Time 3D bundle

Posted in Nintendo 3DS by Conner Flynn on May 26th, 2011

Australia is getting a special edition of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D. The Australian Ocarina Bundle is available exclusively as a pre-order bonus from EB Games. It includes an actual Ocarina, and some sheet music to play music from the game.

Once again Nintendo favors another country with some goodies that we can’t get on our shores. It’s enough to make a Nintendo fan sad enough to play the blues on his Ocarina. If he had one anyway.

Nokia E5 coming to North America

Posted in Nokia by Conner Flynn on June 12th, 2010

If you were intrigued by the recently announced Nokia, the phone will be available soon at a store near you in North America, according to a report by the Bluetooth SIG. The phone will also hit Australia and South America.

We still don’t have any North American pricing information on this phone, but we do know that it will cost €180 (or $220) unlocked, so it should be priced in that area. Some specs include a 2.4-inch QVGA display, Wi-Fi, HSDPA/HSUPA, A-GPS, Ovi Maps, 3.5mm headphone jack, a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash, 250MB internal memory, and a 2GB memory card included.

Android-powered HTC Desire hits Australia

Posted in HTC by Conner Flynn on April 22nd, 2010

The HTC Desire is very desired indeed. And if you happen to live “down under” you’ll be happy to know that Telstra has officially launched the phone in Australia.

Right now, Telstra is the only carrier in Australia to offer the phone, but if you don’t want to tie yourself to a contract, you can buy the phone outright for $779. Some specs include: a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 5-megapixel camera, Android 2.1, Sense UI and a 3.7-inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display.

DreamBook Light U11 Notebook

Posted in Notebooks by Conner Flynn on December 27th, 2009

The DreamBook Light U11 sounds like a notebook that will transport you to Narnia or some other fairy tale, but it’s actually a more down to Earth notebook from Pioneer Computers in Australia. The company is known for producing products with innovative technology and stunning performance down under.

The DreamBook Light U11 is an 11.6 inch ultra portable and light weight notebook that features an an Intel dual core SU2300 or SU4100 processor. The processors work together with up to 4 GB of memory. Some other features include Bluetooth, a 1.3 megapixel Webcam and VGA and HDMI outputs.

BlackBerry App World launches in Australia and New Zealand

Posted in BlackBerry by Conner Flynn on December 13th, 2009

BlackBerry App World launches in Australia and New ZealandBlackBerry users in Australia and New Zealand now have something to smile about. RIM has officially launched BlackBerry App World, (its very own version of the App Store) in Australia and New Zealand. This is important for obvious reasons. The most important aspect of any powerful phone these days are the apps.

Maybe this will get Blackberry sales up in the land down under while the iPhone goes on walkabout. You never know. Hey at least you’ve learned something new about that part of the world. Something that has nothing to do with Nicole Kidman hailing from there, Mad Max movies, kangaroos or vegemite.


An entire baby Wiimote peripheral

Posted in Wii Accessories by Conner Flynn on November 2nd, 2009

An entire baby Wiimote peripheralYou thought the inflatable horse peripheral was a bad idea. That was before your kid could get a whole baby to use with their Wii. Every time I think that we have seen the height of weirdness in Wii-land, they drop something even weirder on us.

Bundled with the upcoming Wii game Baby and Me (in Australia), this doll-mote uses the Wiimote’s speaker to make the baby cry or laugh. You can even use the Wii Balance Board, which allows you to burp the baby, rock the baby and teach “her” to walk. (Which she will never learn because she’s just a doll with a Wiimote crammed in her insides.)

Buttcam is a girl’s best friend

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on August 26th, 2009

Buttcam is a girl's best friendWomen are always so concerned about what their butt looks like in new clothes. Rightly so. After all, us guys do our fair share of checking them out. Well now women have the Buttcam to help them out in dressing rooms, so they won’t have to ask “Do these pants make my butt look big?” At least in Australia, where the Buttcam has made it’s debut.

Aussie retailer Jeans West took simple video camera technology and created a way to let shoppers decide for themselves just how big that butt looks in pants. It’s a simple solution to a common woman problem.

Nokia’s Ovi Store live in Australia

Posted in Nokia by Conner Flynn on May 25th, 2009

Nokia's Ovi Store live in AustraliaNokia’s Ovi Store has soft launched in Australia. The Ovi Store is now accessible on the Australian operator Vodafone. Ovi Store is Nokia’s content/app store for applications, games, wallpapers, themes, ringtones etc.

The Australian launch will soon be followed by other carriers in the next few hours and days. According to a post from Nokia’s Conversations blog, (That was pulled later) Nokia confirmed the rollout and said that it was moving the Ovi Store to “production servers,” and that users can “expect a broader announcement and consumer availability soon.”

In Australia nobody wants the white iPhone

Posted in iPhone by Conner Flynn on July 10th, 2008

Apple iPhone 3G’s with new white boxes being stocked in AT&T store
In Australia at least, nobody seems to want the white iPhone? It looks like all of the late arrivals in Sydney were being told earlier that they might have to take a white 16GB version because they were running out of the black model.

Now, if the same thing happens here I imagine some of you are going to be not too happy about it and you’d rather have no iPhone at all. I wouldn’t want white. White is for Wiis. I’m not sure what the ratio of white to black iPhones being shipped to stores is, but judging by this video we showed you here, it looks to be about 50/50. If that’s the case, we have a problem.


Xbox 360 price cut in Australia

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on July 2nd, 2008

Xbox 360 price cut in Australia
While those of us in the U.S. are still waiting patiently, Australia and New Zealand have discounted Xbox 360 pricing across the board. An update to the Aussie Xbox site shows a new starting price of $349 Australian dollars for the Xbox 360 Arcade (which sold for $399 yesterday). Interestingly, that makes it $50 cheaper than the Wii in Australia. They better secure their Kangaroos, stop wrestling with alligators and get to the store quick.

Xbox exec, Jeremy Hilton confirmed that the Xbox 360 Pro bundle has also been slashed. It’s now $499 (was $579) and the Elite is now $649 (was $729). You might think this bodes well for some price cuts here in the U.S. as well, but check out this qoute regarding their strange pricing strategy: “One of the big changes Microsoft has made is that with price drops, you’d see the US would drop, and pretty much within two weeks we would drop as well. Now, it’s very much the individual countries who manage what they feel would be best for their respective regions. In March we had a price drop in Europe, and in April we had a price drop in Asia. So we’re definitely moving away from that big global strategy.”

Veil Solar Shade provides power King Cobra style

Posted in Solar Powered by Conner Flynn on May 12th, 2008

Veil Solar Shade provides power King Cobra style
The Veil Shade might one day sit in the schoolyards of some Australian elementary schools, waiting for the right moment to strike little children. Or perhaps waiting for Indiana Jones who hates snakes.

Then again, it might be a completely innocent and unique way of collecting sunlight. It’s a concept from design firm Büro North, and it’s pretty well thought out. It automatically rotates during the day hours, to ensure the “hood” is always pointed at the sun. It also provides a shady spot on the underside of the hood. Also, the kids can actually learn something since markings and LEDs on the base show how much solar power the Veil is collecting.

Australia gets an edited version of GTA IV

Posted in Games by Darrin Olson on April 6th, 2008

Grand Theft Auto IV edited version goes to AustraliaRockstar has an edited version of Grand Theft Auto IV to release in Australia this month in order to obtain a MA15+ for the game with the Office of Film and Literature Classification (OFLC). This may not come as a big surprise to those in Australia, but that doesn’t make it any less frustrating.

To make it even worse, Rockstar has not only confirmed that Australia will be getting a censored version of the game, but they have chosen not to divulge what parts of the game have been cut to obtain approval from the Australian game classification system – our guess is the hookers, again. This is no doubt done to leave the benefit of the doubt with consumers that parts of the games they like most will still be there.