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Samsung to release Galaxy S III 4G LTE quad-core model in Australia

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 5, 2012 1:24 am

Samsung's Galaxy S III is looking to get some 4G LTE action in Australia, with Australian telcos Telstra and Optus networks inking a deal which will see them sell the quad-core version of the S III with 4G LTE capabilities in Australia.

 

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Another big, big bonus is that the new phone will sport the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean as its OS. The US has the 4G version of the S III, but its powered by Qualcomm's dual-core S4 processor and ships with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, so Australian's will have a very nice bonus in their hands.

 

Optus' customers will get their hands on the 4G-capable Galaxy S III first, where it will launch in the middle of this month. Telstra customers will have to wait until mid-to-late October to get their hands on one. Optus' variant supports LTE FDD 800, 1800 and 2600MHz spectrum's providing a theoretical maximum download speed of 100Mbps, it can also default to a 3G network at HSPA+ speeds of up to 42Mbps.

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RumorTT: The next iPhone to be called simply that: the next iPhone

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 4, 2012 11:10 pm

This just in, hot off the printing press is an image that would appear to be a fresh batch of marketing material coming off of a printing press. In the picture, the large sheets of paper feature a picture of the device, inclusive of its 5 rows of icons, and the words "The Next iPhone."

 

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There had been some speculation that the next iPhone would simply be called "iPhone" as it was the only Apple product with a numerical designation. With the release of the iPad 3, the numerical part of the name was dropped from the naming scheme and we were left to call it the "iPad." It appears the same may happen with the iPhone.

 

It's nice to finally figure out what to call the device, since the invitation to the press event teased that the device could be called the iPhone 5. Of course, this could be a fake, but it seems really unlikely that it is. However, calling it simply "The Next iPhone" could very well cause more confusion that simplification.

RumorTT: Nintendo WiiU to arrive November 11 starting at $249

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 4, 2012 8:29 pm

Rumors, they keep the tech world interesting. The latest rumor to pop up concerns the upcoming Nintendo WiiU and its launch date and price. Just last week, rumors had placed the date as November 18 after a peripherals manufacturer let that date slip during a talk at GamesCon.

 

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The new rumor places the release date as November 11. This date comes from an online listing provided by a company that provides US retail outlets, Amazon, Newegg and Blockbuster with their products. The listing shows three distinct SKUs arriving for launch day, priced at $249, $299, and $349 respectively.

 

Nintendo America is set to hold a press conference on September 13. At this press conference, it is hoped they will reveal the launch plans of the Nintendo WiiU, including pricing, launch day, and what games will be available at launch.

EA launches new expansion pack for The Sims 3

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 4, 2012 6:29 pm

Fans of the gaming series The Sims 3 are about to get even more content to play. EA has released the latest expansion pack for The Sims 3, which includes all kinds of supernatural fun. Hence the name, The Sims 3 Supernatural. The most exciting feature of the new expansion pack is the ability to play as a werewolf, fairy, witch or vampire.

 

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These characters can be further defined with the Create a Sim tool. "This expansion pack adds a new, magical dimension to The Sims experience, opening up a world of storytelling possibilities," said Kari St. John, Senior Producer at The Sims Studio of EA. "We're excited to put creative tools in the hands of our players, giving them the ability to tell contemporary stories inspired by this supernatural theme."

 

The updates go further than just graphics. Vampires will be able to entice other Sims to join the undead, witches will be able to have duels and fly around on broomsticks, werewolves will be able to change form, and fairies can play pranks. Awesome. One last cool change is that players will be able to change the lunar cycle and this will have implications across all of the Sims.

Apple invites members of the press to September 12 press conference

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 4, 2012 5:35 pm

Apple has confirmed September 12 as the day it is hosting a press conference in San Francisco. Of course, they haven't confirmed what they will be showing off or announcing at the press conference, but the invitation appears to hint at something that has been rumored for a while now. Take a look for yourself:

 

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As you can see, the shadow of the 12 appears to be a 5. This is believed by many to be a hint that the next iPhone will indeed be called the iPhone 5 and that it will be announced at this event. Of course, announcing and availability are two different things. Rumors peg the device as going on sale about two weeks after the event.

 

Some peg the sale date just 9 days after the event on September 21. Either way, you can be assured that the staff here at TweakTown will keep you up-to-date on all of the latest iPhone happenings, including coverage of the event on September 12. Until then, you might want to consider holding off purchasing an iPhone as the next one seems to be almost here.

RumorTT: Nokia 'Glory' to run Windows Phone 7.8, will be released before holiday season

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 4, 2012 4:34 pm

Nokia is rumored to be releasing a Windows Phone 7.8. While the announcement most likely won't come at tomorrow's press conference with Microsoft, the new device, currently operating under the name Nokia 'Glory', will be released in time for this year's holiday season and will be designed to replace the Nokia Lumia 610.

 

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Windows Phone 7.8 is about to be outdated, but Nokia has a good reason for using it. You see, the Nokia 'Glory' will be a low-end smartphone, with modest specifications and, reportedly, an even more modest price tag. This device could be great for Nokia to scoop up some of the low-end Android market.

 

The device is said to be sporting a 4-inch, 480×800 resolution display. The device will be powered by an 800MHz processor and 256MB of RAM. These specifications, if true, will affect the device's ability to use the marketplace. But with specs like these, the price tag should be low, if not free, after subsidy.

AntiSec leaks 1 million Apple UDIDs from a list of 12 million supposedly stolen from FBI laptop

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Sep 4, 2012 3:52 pm

A new leak has shown up on Pastbin. This latest showing comes from AntiSec and contains a list over 1 million Apple UDIDs, allegedly taken from a list of over 12 million that was on an FBI laptop. The UDIDs were supposedly in the file with other personally identifiable information such as zip codes, names, and other data, but that has been stripped out for the leak.

 

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The file, according to the Pastebin post, came from the Dell laptop of Supervisor Special Agent Christopher K. Stangl which was exploited by a Java exploit back in March 2012. The details of the hack, along with information on how to get the data is available on Pastebin. Several tools have popped up to check if your UDID is on the list.

 

during the shell session some files were downloaded from his Desktop folder one of them with the name of "NCFTA_iOS_devices_intel.csv" turned to be a list of 12,367,232 Apple iOS devices including Unique Device Identifiers (UDID), user names, name of device, type of device, Apple Push Notification Service tokens, zipcodes, cellphone numbers, addresses, etc. the personal details fields referring to people appears many times empty leaving the whole list incompleted on many parts.

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Top 10 most anticipated games for 2012-2013

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 4, 2012 11:23 am

Let's face it, we have an incredibly exciting time ahead of us for gaming. First off, we have some absolutely stellar games still coming out on the now ageing consoles, as well as the PC. But, within the next twelve or so months, we should see the release of next-gen consoles, and within the next couple of months, we'll see the release of Nintendo's Wii U console.

 

Until then, let's go through a list of the most anticipated games coming out over the next year or so. Remember, everyone has different tastes, so you might not agree to our recommendations. Please do comment or e-mail us with submissions and we'll try to keep this updated, or use them in future "top 10" articles.

 

10.) Far Cry 3

 

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The first Far Cry game I remember fondly, open-world gaming, with lucious environments. But, the third outing in the Far Cry universe is set to really ramp that bar up somewhat, and there's some incredible excitement behind it. The main objective behind Far Cry 3 is to escape an island filled with crazy, blood-thirsty inhabitants.

 

Far Cry 3 also features co-op gameplay, marking a change from its predecessors. This co-op gameplay can even be enjoyed as two-player split screen. Far Cry 3 is powered by the Dunia 2 engine, one of the first games to be powered by the advanced version of the Dunia engine. We should expect Far Cry 3 toward the end of November, or early-December, depending where you're based.

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More talk of HTC's Galaxy Note-like, 5-inch smartphone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 4, 2012 9:21 am

We heard rumors of a 5-inch HTC smartphone early last month, but now there's more talk of the bigger phone hitting the Internet. A device was spotted on GLBenchmark, running Android 4.0.4 labeled 'HTC6435LVW'.

 

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What could this be? It should hopefully turn into the 5-inch HTC smartphone, which still sports that sexy 1794x1080 resolution screen. Benchmark details were included, with the device sporting a 1.5GHz Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon S4 with the Adreno 320 GPU.

 

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That CPU + GPU combination definitely looks like HTC are wanting to verse Samsung's Galaxy Note II, and with those types of specs, they should have no issue. It's great to see someone amping the screen resolution on a smartphone up, and this could be the phone that HTC needs to get out of the issues they're experiencing right now.

Cutest Child with Technology Photo Contest - Win cute GIGABYTE H77N-WIFI Motherboard

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Sep 4, 2012 8:24 am

Several TweakTown staff are fathers, we love our children to bits. Of course you all do too as mothers and fathers. But, of course, we also love technology. Let's mix the two together! So, what we want you to do is pull out your camera or iPhone or whatever you use to take photos and grab the cutest picture you can of your baby or child with a technology related item.

 

I've got things started with a photo of my son and a PS3 controller. Close second would be a recent photo of him and his fascination of the new Xbox 360 and turning it on and off as many times per day as he can. It seems this is a popular thing among babies. Yours too?

 

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For your hard work... well come on, it's not really hard work spending time with your loved ones. The cutest photo as decided by the fathers of TweakTown will win a brand new GIGABYTE H77N-WIFI cutey-pie Mini-ITX motherboard. Anyone in the world can enter and we'll cover the shipping fee.

 

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"The GIGABYTE H77N-WIFI is possibly the most connected 7 series Mini-ITX board out there with Dual HDMI ports and Dual LAN plus an onboard WiFi/Bluetooth module that also supports Intel WiDi technology. This spec provides endless possibilities in terms of building a compact PC rig that fits right in with your increasingly digital home environment, while also supporting the power and efficiency of Intel®3rd Generation Core™ processors."

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