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Happy St. Patrick's Day From Angry Birds

By: Trak Lord | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Mar 17, 2011 9:07 pm

If you're not too drunk busy to read this (got a text from a friend that was 4 car bombs deep by 10am- she's very Irish), there's still time to celebrate St. Patrick's Day with your thumbs, via the SPD edition of Angry Birds: Seasons.


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This St. Patrick's day bundle commemorates the Irish holiday by painting over the Angry Birds world in stereotypes. Players will delight to find pots of gold, giant green hat with gold buckles, and an Irish-themed instrumental thats as genius as it is annoying. I'm surprised the birds and pigs aren't all drunk.


(Please play responsibly)


iOS Download is $0.99, find it here, or just watch this gameplay video provided by Rovio.


Red Bull Launches Very Clever AR Buying Incentive

By: Trak Lord | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Mar 17, 2011 6:30 pm

The drink that allows most of us to study for exams or keep going despite knocking back four sake bombs in a row has launched a widespread augmented reality marketing campaign for their 12-Packs. Utilizing racing celebrities like Cole Whitt and Kasey Kahne as spokespeople, Red Bull has launched Red Bull Augmented Racing, an iOS app allows you to design a racetrack with all 12 of the cans.


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All the player has to do is find a fairly open space and arrange the 12 Red Bull cans in the shape of what, ideally, is a bird's eye view of a racetrack. With their iPhone, the user loads the Red Bull app and proceeds to "track" the top of each can. The application then creates a racetrack using the relative positions of the cans, which the user can then race and subsequently upload to the Red Bull site and/or Facebook. Players compete by racing for best times in various user-created tracks, including those created by Kahne and Whitt themselves.



For Cole Whitt's promotional video, and more information about the experience including how to download, go here.


I'll admit, the "track construction" element is pretty awkward. You need to be prepared to put every can back in the box or plan ahead and do this at a party or study group session where 12 cans of Red Bull would be...

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IE9 sees 2.35 Million Downloads in First 24 Hours

By: Trak Lord | More News: Software | Posted: Mar 17, 2011 4:57 pm

Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 is off and running with 2.35 million downloads in its first 24 hours. The non-beta version was released this past Monday at 9PM PST, so for that first day people were acquiring IE9 at a rate of about 27 downloads per second. That's around twice the downloads of the IE9 Beta, and a whopping four times the amount of downloads for the release candidate.


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Though Microsoft is totes psyched (and they should be) about this turn of events, the record holder for most downloads in 24 hours has been rock solid for almost three years, and that blue ribbon will remain with Mozilla's Firefox 3, released June 17 of 2008.


Mozilla is poised to release Firefox 4 next tuesday, and already enjoys a very large percentage of worldwide browser market share, according to this graph from StatCounter:


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Internet Explorer still has the lead, but not by a steady enough margin for it to be...

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Thursday Morning Roundup

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Mar 17, 2011 3:06 pm

The latest happenings from around the web - March 17th, 2011




- ASUS P8P67 PRO LGA1155 Sandy Bridge Motherboard @ Hardware Secrets

- Gigabyte E350N-USB3 @ Pureoverclock

- ASRock Fatal1ty P67 Professional Motherboard @ Techwarelabs

- Sapphire Pure Black P67 Hydra Motherboard (PB-CI7S42P67) @ Kitguru




- Lucid Hydra Performance Review on the AMD Platform @ PC Perspective

- nVidia mid-range match-up, what should you buy? @ Kitguru

- Overclocked NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 Round-Up @ Hot Hardware

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Weekly Giveaway: GIGABYTE P67A-UD4-B3 P67 Express motherboard up for grabs

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Mar 17, 2011 11:10 am

We have teamed up with GIGABYTE this week to giveaway a P67A-UD4-B3 P67 Express motherboard. It features the new B3 revision P67 chipset from Intel that solves issues to do with the SATA ports.


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Get ready for a mind blowing media experience when you upgrade to a GIGABYTE P67A-UD4-B3 motherboard. Every component on GIGABYTE P67A-UD4-B3 motherboards is designed and engineered to deliver exceptional performance and clarity for your computing needs.


Powered by the Intel® P67 chipset with support for 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ processors, GIGABYTE P67A-UD4-B3 enjoy uniquely developed technologies such as Maximum Power Delivery technology, Dual CPU Power technology and Ultra Durable 3™ design just to name a few, that ensure a reliable and enjoyable computing experience.


Head on over to our forum giveaway page to find out how to win one! For this weekly giveaway anyone can enter and you do not pay for the shipping charges.

Download of the Day: Google Chrome 11.0.696.12 Beta

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Mar 17, 2011 9:44 am

Our Download of the Day today is Google Chrome 11.0.696.12 Beta.


Google Chrome is a browser that combines a minimal design with sophisticated technology to make the web faster, safer, and easier.


One box for everything


Type in the address bar and get suggestions for both search and web pages.


Thumbnails of your top sites


Access your favorite pages instantly with lightning speed from any new tab.


Incognito mode


Don't want pages you visit to show up in your web history? Choose incognito mode for private browsing.


Safe browsing


Google Chrome warns you if you're about to visit a suspected phishing, malware or otherwise unsafe website.


For information about alpha and developer builds, check out the Chrome dev channel here.


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Deal of the Day: Logitech Portable Webcam C905 (Open Box) - $29.99 Shipped Free

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Cameras | Posted: Mar 17, 2011 8:37 am

Our Deal of the Day today is the Logitech - Logitech Portable Webcam C905 (Open Box) - $29.99 Shipped Free!.


Offer: Great price on this Logitech C905 Portable HD Webcam. It typically runs for over $56 online, but you can get this open box version from Logitech for almost half the price! The C905 has Carl Zeiss optics, a 2.0 megapixel sensor, RightLight 2 technology, Built-in mic with RightSound, and more!


Use coupon code: logi_c905_31611 for the $50 discount. Expires 03/19/2011.


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Check our TweakTown Daily Deals page for more tech bargains!

"Apple" iGlasses concept

By: Trak Lord | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Mar 16, 2011 11:06 pm

Disclaimer: it is painfully evident from this video that it has nothing to do with Apple Corporation or any of the products they make. This is clearly a concept video made by an arbitrary user on YouTube illustrating a "What-If" Type scenario.


First off, see above. Then, if you're not entirely sure that this "product" is not connected to Apple, see above again. This is not "coming out" anytime soon, and the hardware is years out. Also, I sincerely doubt that Apple would make "hologram rings". Then again, if anyone could, it'd probaby be them.


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Who knows who this person is (YouTube user "AppleiLens")- this video popped up on my #AR Twitter feed from user Peter Meijer (@seeingwithsound), and despite numerous links to tech head gear (including an already existing iGlasses, a sonic mobility aid for near or fully blind people) it is dubious as to whether Peter created this video.


Other than the rampant and undoubtedly unauthorized use of Apple, Google and Netflix, the video seems to be comprised of a few concept-docs and video parsed from other advertisements and promotional campaigns.


Despite its eccentricity, the video does put forth some pretty interesting concepts, all to the tune of the theme song from "Crash".



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iPad 2 Gets Blended

By: Trak Lord | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Mar 16, 2011 8:15 pm

Though it's difficult to sit through the dialogue in this clip (especially the part in the script about FaceTime), it's worth a look to see the bane of many a tech company or Apple Store patron get reduced to so much fine ash.



Maybe its the rather healthier-looking chap impersonating Steve Jobs, but there's definitely something about this video that's in poor taste.


To see other things get blended, check out BlendTec's YouTube channel.


This stuff is like the nails-on-chalkboard of campiness. *Shudder*.

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Crysis 2 Multiplayer Demo Now Available for PS3

By: Trak Lord | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 16, 2011 7:42 pm

Crysis 2, the mega-visual FPS, is the first of the two installments to be released on consoles. A lot of people said Crysis 2 would never stack up to the PC versions, and that the PS3 version was underwhelming, but I had a hands-on look at Crysis 2 during the GDC in San Francisco, and didn't have a single complaint about the visuals, especially not the Passive 3D engine. A new multiplayer demo is now available on the PlayStation Network, so if you are one of the 41 million people that owns a PS3, you really can't miss out on this.


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PlayStation Blog interviewed Nathan Camarillo, the Executive Producer of Crysis 2, who shared many insights on the upcoming game. As I had written before, one of the greatest things about Crysis 2 is the lack of 3D gimmickry in the game design, as Camarillo clearly states in the interview:


(Video and Full text of the Interview in the Full Story)

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