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Australia pondering joining e-book lawsuit bandwagon

Thursday, April 12th, 2012
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If Apple and the Big Five thought they only had to contend with a federal e-book lawsuit in the US, they’d better think again. Australia’s Competition and Consumer Commission is inviting local businesses to raise formal concerns as it weighs up launching its own judicial broadside against the alleged cartel. The Commission refused to comment publicly on its plans beyond saying that it was “aware of the latest developments” and would listen to local resellers who had concerns about the Australian market. While Simon & Schuster, Hachette and HarperCollins made back-room deals with the DoJ yesterday, they’d still be involved (at least initially) with the second front of this conflict. Meanwhile, the threat remains of the European Union joining in: turning it from a spot of local trouble into a global courtroom battle for the future of e-book pricing.

Australia pondering joining e-book lawsuit bandwagon originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 12 Apr 2012 06:01:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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U.K. and Swedish regulators follow Australia’s lead, examine ’4G’ iPad claims

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

Earlier this weak, Australian regulators claimed that Apple was misleading consumers with false promotions and advertisements for its new “4G” iPad tablet. While the new iPad supports some 4G LTE networks, users in most regions are stuck with HSPA and HSPA+ 3G networks. After the allegation, Apple began to offer refunds to Australian iPad owners who felt duped by the company’s 4G claims. Now, regulators in the U.K. have confirmed that they are looking into various complaints regarding the new iPad, Pocket-lint reports. The Wall Street Journal is also reporting that Sweden’s Consumer Agency is considering an investigation into whether Apple’s “4G” marketing is misleading as well. Apple has not addressed the matter publicly.

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Apple stock hits $600 ahead of new iPad launch

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

Shares of Apple stock briefly jumped above $600 shortly before the market opened on Thursday as investors anticipate the launch of the new iPad. Apple’s iPad, which is already available in Australia, launches in preliminary markets at 8:00 a.m. local time. The tablet features a new high-resolution 2,048 x 1,536-pixel Retina Display, a faster dual-core Apple A5X processor, an upgraded 5-megapixel camera and an option for integrated 4G LTE connectivity. Shares of Apple stock had dipped back below $600 at the time of this writing.

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Best. Technical College. Ad. Ever. [Video]

Friday, February 17th, 2012
What begins as a seemingly cheesy commercial for the Central Institute of Technology in Australia quickly devolves into a morass of extremely dark silliness. But yes, it’s actually a real ad for a real school. Very creative, twisted, and funny. [Henry and Aaron via Reddit] More »


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Nokia penalised for texting tips to Aussie users, regrets not adding unsubscribe option

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

Here’s a bit of bad news for those who actually enjoy receiving Nokia’s regular tips via SMS: Reuters reports that the Australian Communications and Media Authority has slapped the Finnish company a hefty A$55,000 ($58,000) fine, with the reason being that there was no way to unsubscribe from said messages. This kind of flaw sure is a surprise at this day and age, but Nokia’s already taken action by simply axing this spammy service entirely in Australia, while at the same time “ramping it down elsewhere” just to be safe, according to Reuters. If Pope Benedict is still going about his texting business over there, we sure hope he won’t be next on the Aussie naughty list.

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Nokia penalised for texting tips to Aussie users, regrets not adding unsubscribe option originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 24 Jan 2012 07:31:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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42-Foot Car-Chopping Axe Is the Nuclear Option of Prank Wars [Video]

Friday, January 20th, 2012

Varley’s evR450 all-electric supercar set to hit Australian roads next year

Monday, October 31st, 2011

As Autoblog Green points out, Australia’s Varley Electric Vehicles is known more for bulky industrial vehicles than high-end sports cars, but the company’s now looking to change that perception with its new all-electric evR450 supercar. While it’ll no doubt turn a few heads simply standing still, it also looks to measure up reasonably well under the hood, boasting a top speed of 200 kilometers per hour (or 124 MPH) and a zero to 100 km/h time of 3.8 seconds. The company’s also promising a range of 150 kilometers (or 93 miles) that can be doubled with an optional range-extension pack, although its not letting anyone actually drive the car just yet (or even look under the hood, for that matter). As for a price, Varley’s saying that the base package will come in “below” $200,000 Australian dollars (or about $213,000 US), and it says it could roll out “as early as January 2012.”

Varley’s evR450 all-electric supercar set to hit Australian roads next year originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 31 Oct 2011 19:49:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Samsung proposes secret deal with Apple in Australia

Friday, September 30th, 2011

Samsung recently offered Apple a secret deal in Australia that could potentially allow the South Korea-based phone maker to put its Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet on store shelves as soon as next week, The Wall Street Journal said Friday. Samsung’s lawyer David Catterns discussed the deal briefly in the Federal Court in Sydney but did not divulge the details of Samsung’s offer. However, Apple lawyer Stephen Burley suggested the iPhone maker may be interested in taking Samsung up on the offer. Samsung’s “inconvenience would be diminished and we would be comforted” if the deal was accepted, Burley explained. Apple and Samsung are locked up in multiple patent-related lawsuits around the globe, as Apple has accused Samsung of creating “copycat” versions of its iPad and iPhone. An injunction has not been leveled in Australia just yet, but Samsung has agreed not to sell or advertise the Galaxy Tab 10.1 until a judge rules whether or not Samsung is in violation of Apple’s patents.

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Samsung asks Netherlands courts to block iPad, iPhone sales

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

This whole thing is starting to play out like a giant game of patent Risk. As it did in Australia, Samsung is hitting back against Apple in the Netherlands, asking for a preliminary injunction aimed at Apple’s mobile line, including the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPad and iPad 2, claiming that the products infringe on 3G patents held by the Korean electronics giant. The proposed ban would prohibit importing the products into the country and would recall them from Dutch retail stores.

Samsung asks Netherlands courts to block iPad, iPhone sales originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 23 Sep 2011 12:25:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Kanex’s MHL HDMI adapter brings your smartphone content to an HDTV near you

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

Want to get content from your Samsung Galaxy S II to your HDTV, but don’t want to shell out for the fancy new Toshiba Regza? Shortly after yesterday’s announcement of the Australia-only WL800A, Kanex unveiled its $29 adapter, letting users connect their MHL-capable handsets to HDTVs via the HDMI port. The adapter is available now — full PR after the break.

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Kanex’s MHL HDMI adapter brings your smartphone content to an HDTV near you originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 31 Aug 2011 14:34:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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