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Aussie Flood Appeal Dream System - Total Donations!

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Mar 6, 2011 2:56 pm

Our Aussie Flood Appeal is over!

 

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We ended up gathering donations totaling $6,289.77 AUD - a great effort by everyone! This amount is sure to go quite a way in helping Queenslanders get back on their feet. We have converted to Australian Dollars since that is what will be given.

 

On behalf of the whole TweakTown team and all of the lovely sponsors involved, I would like to thank each and every one of you for donating. As previously mentioned, the lucky winner will be announced on Tuesday March 8th via video. Tomorrow we have the work of sorting out all 600+ raffle tickets that will be thrown into a box for the drawing.

 

Stay tuned and find out if you are the winner in a couple of days. This coming week a check will be written and sent to Queensland government Premier's Disaster Relief Appeal. We will take a photo of the check and post it alongside the winner video on Tuesday.

GDC2011: Live from the Expo Floor

By: Trak Lord | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 4, 2011 7:55 pm

I'm here at the last day of the GDC in dowtown San Francisco, hanging out and checking out the cool tech. Most of the things I'm going to see here are demonstrations of products and games that everyone already knows about from former press releases and the like, but it's still going to fun to play around with it. I wanted to get a first hand look at Nintendo's much-heralded 3DS, especially the AR interface, so my first stop was the Nintendo booth.

 

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The Nintendo array is great- demos of many games including the new Zelda. A very helpful 3DS rep named Jamie introduced me to the AR games. The 3DS uses marker-based augmented reality, meaning the the images and experienced are anchored to a physical object, like a sign or a barcode. In this case, Nintendo uses a small card with the familiar Nintendo Question Mark logo.

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Friday Morning Roundup

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Mar 4, 2011 1:14 pm

The latest happenings from around the web - March 4th, 2011

 

Systems

 

- HP's Pavilion dm1z Fusion-powered ultraportable @ Tech Report

- Apple iPad 2 vs The Droid Tablet Army @ Megatechnews

 

Video/Monitor

 

- PowerColor Radeon HD 6970 LCS @ Overclockers Club

- Diamond All-In-Wonder HD Premium AIW5000 @ Benchmark Reviews

- Zotac GTX 560 Ti @ TechReaction

- HIS Radeon HD 6850 IceQ X Turbo 1GB @ RWLabs

- MSI GeForce GTX 560 Twin Frozr II 1 GB @ Techpowerup

- MSI R6950 Twin Frozr III Power Edition @ Hot Hardware

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Download of the Day: Picasa 3.8 Build 117.38

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Mar 4, 2011 9:40 am

Our Download of the Day today is Picasa 3.8 Build 117.38.

 

Picasa is software that helps you instantly find, edit and share all the pictures on your PC. Every time you open Picasa, it automatically locates all your pictures (even ones you forgot you had) and sorts them into visual albums organized by date with folder names you will recognize. You can drag and drop to arrange your albums and make labels to create new groups. Picasa makes sure your pictures are always organized.

 

Picasa also makes advanced editing simple by putting one-click fixes and powerful effects at your fingertips. And Picasa makes it a snap to share your pictures, you can email, print photos home, make gift CDs, instantly share your images and albums, and even post pictures on your own blog.

 

The latest version includes Web Albums (along with other improvements), but requires that you request an account from Google.

 

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Download Now - TweakTown Download of the Day

Deal of the Day: Logitech X-540 5.1 Surround Speaker System - $51.41 Shipped!

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Mar 4, 2011 8:32 am

Our Deal of the Day today is the Logitech - Dented Box Special - Logitech X-540 5.1 Surround Speaker System - $51.41 Shipped!.

 

Offer: Great price on this dented box special from Logitech. Get the Logitech X-540 5.1 speaker system for just $41.99 + $9.42 shipping. There are some features I love about the X-540 like the LCD monitor clip so you can mount the center speaker to your monitor, a control pod w/ headphone jack, and matrix mode to transform older 2-channel sounds to all 5 speakers!

 

Use coupon code: logi_x540_3311 for the discount. Expires 03/06/2011.

 

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Check our TweakTown Daily Deals page for more tech bargains!

Epic teases with next-gen Unreal Engine 3 effects at GDC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 4, 2011 1:30 am

The GDC is pumping out some great content today with Epic Games using the show as an opportunity to show off some updates to their Unreal Engine 3. The engine is now capable of DirectX 11 tessellation, subsurface scattering on characters, depth of field with bokeh effects for lights, fully modeled hair, and a new reflection effect that add a veneer of realism to the rain-soaked streets depicted.

 

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The results of these additions are some very impressive looking screenshots, but for now the updates are near useless until we get some DX11-based next-gen consoles. The second we get next-gen consoles, I feel there will be an absolute explosion of graphics, right now we're very much held back. The tech and software is there, it's just a matter of time.

Valve announce Steam Guard, increased account security for gamers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Mar 4, 2011 1:04 am

Valve have today announced Steam Guard, a new Steam and Steamworks feature designed to provide increased security for gamers. Steam Guard allows users to link account management options to a specific machine, an extra measure to prevent unauthorized access. Steam guard can be set up to notify you if any PCs attempt to log into your account.

 

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Steam Guard will also take advantage of upcoming Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT), an encrypted, hardware-based feature available with the new 2nd Generation Intel® CoreT and Intel® CoreT vProT processors. Gabe Newell, president of Valve has said "Account phishing and hijacking are our #1 support issues. With Intel's IPT and Steam Guard, we've taken a big step towards giving customers the account security they need as they purchase more and more digital goods."

Unigine release Heaven 2.5 benchmarking suite, also Professional Edition

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Mar 4, 2011 12:46 am

Unigine have been hard at work lately and are finally back to release the latest version of their benchmarking suite, Unigine Heaven. One of the industry's first DirectX 11 compliant 3D graphics benchmark applications.

 

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Version 2.5 of Unigine Heaven includes a few new tricks - it's split into two variants: a free "basic edition" that gives most of Unigine Heaven's functionality to customers, overclockers and gamers; and a paid "professional edition" that gives data-logging, specific-functionality to aid professionals such as analysts and reviewers, priced at US$495. The professional outing also includes technical support.

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Over 41 million Sony PlayStation 3's sold

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 4, 2011 12:39 am

During the PlayStation Network Analysis panel at GDC, SCEA digital distribution manager Pierre Gravereau announced some platform stats to attendees, revealing that worldwide sales for the PlayStation 3 console sat at over 41.6 million.

 

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More than 80-percent of consoles are connected to the internet and from those users, 70 million PSN accounts (obviously some people use duplicate accounts, one for proper play, one for OMFG HACKS YOU *enter all profanity here*). gravereau boasted the success of PSN in 2010 by saying that the PlayStation Store saw increases of 60-percent compared to 2009 whilst Sony saw a 70-percent spike in revenue.

GDC 2011: IGF & GDC Awards- Minecraft FTW

By: Trak Lord | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 3, 2011 11:50 pm

Minecraft cleaned up last night at both the International Games Festival (IGF) and Game Developer's Choice Awards (GDC), winning no less than 5 different categories, including the Seamus McNally Grand Prize and Best Downloadable Game. Indie sensation Minecraft, developed by Mojang, has enjoyed a huge success in mainstream and independent gaming communities alike.

 

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