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RumorTT: Amazon working on Kindle Fire 2, set to light the tablet market on fire in Q2

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 20, 2012 2:20 am

It is currently being rumored that Amazon will launch the next-generation Kindle Fire 2, which should be another 10-inch tablet. It's being reported from supply chains are shipping sample parts next month, with mass production to start in May or June.




If this is true, we could expect a launch shortly after, and it would be good timing considering the iPad 3 should be here by then. In a bid to reduce manufacturing costs, Amazon are said to be hand-selecting and approving components for the Kindle Fire 2.


For the first Kindle Fire, it was said that Quanta did this decision making, but now it seems Amazon will make these decisions, which leads most to believe Amazon could want to select better pricing through negotiation, supplier price fixing, or finding equally-made components, but at a better pricing. They could also use their selling history of the original, and successful, Kindle Fire to help negotiate said deals.

Optus acquires Vivid Wireless, is now set to unleash 4G network

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Networking | Posted: Feb 20, 2012 1:44 am

Optus have just announced they've acquired Vivid Wireless for a tidy little sum of $230 million, with full intent on using Vivid's existing spectrum to boost its 4G network using LTE-TDD. The full announcement is below:




Optus today announced that it has entered into a conditional agreement to acquire Vividwireless Group Limited (which operates under the vividwireless and unwired brands) from Seven Group Holdings (SGH), for an expected cash consideration of A$230 million.


- Through the acquisition, Optus will also gain access to up to 98MHz of spectrum in the 2.3GHz band, a band already used by some of the world's leading operators to provide 4G services.


- Optus plans to use this spectrum to build a new 4G network using LTE-TDD technology.


- This new network will deliver wireless broadband to households and businesses in metropolitan Australia with typical download speeds ranging from 25Mbps to 87Mbps - twice as fast as existing competitive 4G services. It will be integrated with Optus' 1800MHz 4G network, which will be launched in Newcastle and the Hunter region of New South Wales in April 2012.


So, Optus, you'll be delivering 4G services "twice as fast as existing competitive 4G services", such as those with Telstra? We'll see just how fast your 4G download speeds are when you deliver it. I could almost put money on it not beating Telstra. But, here we have it, folks. 4G is coming from Optus.

Acer Iconia Tab A500, A100 to get Ice Cream Sandwich updates in April, isn't an April Fools Joke

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 20, 2012 1:23 am

Acer seem to be the up-and-comer when it comes to their Android-powered tablets, personally, a year-plus ago, I wouldn't not have thought they'd be here. I thought this would be somewhere HTC, Samsung and co would be dominating, but it's refreshing to see them concentrating on an ever-expanding market.




To add to this, Acer US have just confirmed with a tweet that will be providing Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich updates to not only their Iconia Tab A500, but their A100, too. The updates are set to drop in April. The tweet read:


To all Acer Iconia Tab A500 and A100 users, please expect an Ice Cream Sandwich update in mid-April! Thank you for your patience.


April will be quite eventful for Acer, with their ICS-packing, Tegra 3-powered Iconia Tab A510 arriving. This year will be quite enormous for Google and their tablets. Especially with news of Android 5.0 "Jelly Bean" being able to run alongside Windows 8. Let's see some announcements about that, huh, Acer?

Friday Morning Roundup for February 17, 2012

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Roundups | Posted: Feb 17, 2012 3:37 pm

The latest happenings in the technology world, February 17th, 2012.




AMD Radeon HD 7770 - Reference design vs. XFX - TweakPC

HIS Radeon HD 7750 1GB Graphics Card - eTeknix

HIS Radeon HD 7750 1GB iCooler -

AMD Radeon HD 7770 and Radeon HD 7750 -

AMD Radeon HD7770 - Technic3D




Enermax Briskie Wireless Keyboard and Mouse Bundle - KitGuru

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Deal of the Day: HP Pavilion dv6t Select Edition 15.6" Laptop PC for $759.99

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Feb 17, 2012 2:20 pm

Our Deal of the Day is HP Home & Home Office Store - HP Pavilion dv6t Select Edition 15.6" Laptop PC w/ 1920x1080, Intel Core i5-2450M, 8GB RAM, AMD Radeon HD 7470M - $759.99 Shipped Free!


HP's new $200 off $1,099+ STACKABLE coupon code gets you this HP Pavilion dv6t Select Edition Laptop PC with some amazing specs for just $759.99 shipped! Check it out:




2nd Gen Intel Core i5-2450M Processor - 2.5 GHz to 3.1 GHz

1GB AMD Radeon HD 7470M GDDR5 Discrete Graphics [HDMI, VGA]

8GB DDR3 System Memory (2 Dimm)

750GB 5400 rpm Hard Drive

15.6" Full HD HP Anti-glare LED (1920 x 1080)

SuperMulti 8X DVD+/-R/RW with Double Layer Support

HP TrueVision HD Webcam w/Integrated Digital Microphone

HP SimplePass Fingerprint Reader

Intel 802.11b/g/n WLAN and Bluetooth


Use coupon code: NBU8677 for the $200 off $1,099+ STACKABLE discount. Expires after 1500 uses or on 02/19/2012.




Check our TweakTown Daily Deals page for more tech bargains!

Mobile App of the Day: Portals 2D for Windows Phone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 17, 2012 1:30 pm

Our Mobile App of the Day is Portals 2D for Windows Phone.




Can you think with portals? Open a gateway to a new and exciting type of game, this Portal-inspired platformer will test your portal-toting, cake loving avatar in a world where even your existence is tested. Beautiful HD graphics, wonderful sounds, ingenious gameplay, and silky smooth animations make this game a must have.


Now you're thinking with portals.


Update 1.2: Fixed some bugs, added robots, doors, buttons and grinders, improved graphics, added more levels, tweaked controls.

Samsung Galaxy 7.0 Plus N starts shipping in Germany, gives evil stare to Apple

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 17, 2012 12:20 pm

Samsung have avoided more lawsuits when it comes to their Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus N, where it has now launched in Germany on Tuesday, albeit, quietly. The changes in the new tablet are the telltale top and bottom borders that German courts have allowed for release, as they aren't "copying" Apple's "technology".




The new Tab 7.0 Plus N 16GB Wi-Fi version is quite expensive, rolling in at 499 euros ($656) with tax, as well as it's 3G brother at 569 euros ($748) with HSPA+ inside. The new 7-inch Galaxy Tab's are the first Samsung 7-inch tablets to arrive in Germany since the original Galaxy Tab launched nearly 18 months ago now. Samsung did unveil the Galaxy Tab 7.7 in Germany, but were forced to rip it away from the IFA floor because Apple objected to the similarity before it had even had time to hit retail shelves.


Samsung's designs sold everywhere else, bar Germany, until final verdicts in relevant trials. Apple successfully argued that the all-black, all-flat front design was too close to design rights for the iPad, and needed to change.


That last part I find ridiculous, how many all-black, all-flat tablets are there on the market? It's like Apple only see Samsung tablets and nothing else on the market.

Download of the Day: K-Lite Codec Pack 8.40 (Full)

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Feb 17, 2012 12:19 pm

Our Download of the Day is the K-Lite Codec Pack 8.40 (Full).




The K-Lite Codec Pack is a collection of DirectShow filters, VFW/ACM codecs, and tools. Codecs and DirectShow filters are needed for encoding and decoding audio and video formats. The K-Lite Codec Pack is designed as a user-friendly solution for playing all your audio and movie files.


With the K-Lite Codec Pack you should be able to play all the popular audio and video formats and even several less common formats.


The K-Lite Codec Pack has a couple of major advantages compared to other codec packs:


It is updated frequently. So it is always up-to-date with the newest and/or best components.

All components have been carefully selected for specific purposes. It is not just a random bunch of stuff thrown together.

It is very user-friendly and easy to use.

The installation is fully customizable, meaning that you are able to install just those components that you really want.

The customization abilities even go beyond the component level. Some components are able to handle multiple formats. You can specify exactly which components should handle which formats. The pack can thus be fully tweaked to your own specific needs and preferences.

Uninstallation removes everything that was installed by the pack. Including all registry keys.

It is extremely easy to make a fully customized unattended installation with the integrated wizard.

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PlayStation Vita gets the iFixit teardown

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 17, 2012 8:24 am

iFixit are great, they truly are. Most people in the technology industry love to know how thinks work, and what is inside of them, and iFixit know this. They've got the latest and greatest Sony portable gaming system, PlayStation Vita, and have torn it apart.


Spec-wise, the PS Vita sports a 4-core ARM Cortex-A MPCore Processor, 4-core SGX543MP4+ GPU, 512MB of RAM backed up with 128MB of VRAM, a 5-inch OLED Touchscreen running a 960x544-pixel qHD display with 24-bit color, and rear capacitive multi-touch pad, front and rear 0.3-megapixel VGA cameras and two analog joysticks.


Now that we have those detailed specs out of the way, have a quick look at the innards of the PS Vita:




To check out the full teardown, click here for the PlayStation Vita teardown.

Max Payne 3's Official Trailer #2 is here

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 17, 2012 7:25 am

The latest trailer to Max Payne 3 is here, where it unveils more of Max's story. It seems as though whilst under Max's protection, Rodrigo Branco's wife, Fabiana, is kidnapped. Max then goes on a journey of slow-mo, gun-slinging, bodycount-crazy fest, where he uncovers the truth and returns her to safety.



All while dodging bullets from lawless stress gangs, ruthless paramilitary units, and of course, his own personal demons. The latest trailer is made from all in-game graphics, and I think it's actually looking worse than previous teases of the game.




I really expect this to be, sadly, a console port, without much being put into the PC version. I could be wrong, but from what I've seen, it's very console-centric, where the first two Max Payne games were PC-exclusive. However, I'll still be grabbing this game, just because it's Max Payne. Bring it on! Max Payne 3 arrives for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on May 15, 2012 in North America, and on May 18, 2012 in Europe. The PC version doesn't arrive until May 29, 2012 in North America, and June 1, in Europe.

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