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Crackle has launched an Xbox Live app, gives US, UK, Canadian and Australians access to TV shows, movies, for free

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 3, 2012 3:23 am

I've never heard of Crackle until now, so I've just pushed that rock up off my back and thrown it to the side for now. Crackle is part of Sony Picture Entertainment's video entertainment network, and now gives UK, US, Canadian, and Australians access to a bunch of TV shows and Hollywood movies, all for free.




For free! Free, as in, nothing? Well, Crackle is ad-supported, but it's not a direct competitor of paid-for video-on-demand services such as Netflix, which is also available on the Xbox Live hub, but instead Crackle offers a range of old movies, TV shows and animated series.


Phil Lynch, VP Digital Networks and Games at Sony Pictures Television says:


Crackle is the single best multi-platform source of free, ad-supported Hollywood films and television series. By our continued emphasis on cross-platform distribution, we are bringing an unparalleled viewing experience directly to Crackle's largest demographic of 18-34 males through their Internet-enabled devices. We are thrilled to be part of Xbox LIVE's entertainment expansion.

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Battlefield 3 passes 10 million mark, FIFA 12 also achieves the same milestone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 3, 2012 2:13 am

In their latest financial call, EA have confirmed that blockbuster titles, Battlefield 3 and FIFA 12 have both passes the 10 million sales milestone since launch. Battlefield 3 launched in October last year, FIFA 12 launched a month earlier in September.




These are some great numbers, and shows that when developers sit down and make a great game (Battlefield 3 for example), that people will buy it. Yes you're going up against the "zomg it's another COD game, we must have it, my preccciooouuussss," that means diddly squat when it comes to the super-intense, hyper-real Battlefield 3.


Now we need an announcement of a next-generation Battlefield 4, PC-exclusive. Split Battlefield 3 into "Battlefield: Bad Company 3" and have it multi-platform. DICE/EA, you would be a pioneer and reinvigorate a dying enthusiast/DX11 gaming market. You could be the new id/Epic with graphics engines since they've sold their souls to consoles.

Lake Vostok, Antartica: Russian scientists have been radio silent for 5 days

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Feb 3, 2012 1:26 am

First off, some back story. This will end up as a mini-editorial, but some of you will find this very interesting. Lake Vostok is a large (10,000km2), presumably fresh water body located under some 4km of ice in East Antarctica. The lake is not some little pool of water, its a gigantic, 250km long and 50km wide.




Because the lake is under kilometres of frozen ice, it has been untouched by todays technology and hence, the hands of man. The contents of this secret under-the-ice lake, have not seen the light of day for more than 20 million years. Because of this long period of pure isolation, it is believed that the water inside Lake Vostok could contain new, never-before-seen lifeforms, and unique geochemical processes.


For the past five-plus years, Russia and the United States have been seeking to probe Vostok in order to discover its underlying secrets from this pure, pristine body of water. The problem associated with such an untouched body of water is that as soon as it is discovered, tested and exposed, we would have contaminated it in multiple ways. Because of its long period of isolation, it cannot be explored without the introduction of the outside world, i.e. us.

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Apple push out Lion update, v10.7.3, solves Wi-Fi resume issues

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Feb 3, 2012 1:11 am

Apple is ready to unleash a new update for OS X Lion, dubbed version 10.7.3. The new update resolves some lingering issues that Lion currently has, and includes some other things, too.




First up, it'll fix the annoying Wi-Fi connection resume issue when the system has gone to sleep (which I experience myself and it is annoying), it also addresses a bunch of issues: when using smart cards to log into OS X, compatibility issues with Microsoft Windows file sharing, printing Microsoft Word documents that use markup, graphics performance issues after the system goes to sleep on earlier ATI-based iMacs and finally, an issue that may prevent Safari from opening before joining a wireless network.


v10.7.3 also adds new language support with Catalan, Croatian, Greek, Hebrew, Romanian, Slovak, Thai and Ukrainian support now included. RAW image compatibility for additional digital cameras is included, too.


Apple recommends using Time Machine before updating, and you can either download it by choosing Software Update on your Mac, or you can manually download the installer, here.

Qualcomm doing well, Q1 earnings see revenue up 40%, takes $1.4 billion in profit

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 2, 2012 11:38 pm

System-on-a-chip extraordinaire, Qualcomm, have posted their Q1 2012 financial results, with a very nice $4.68 billion in revenue for Q1, a 40-percent increase year-over-year, and 14-percent higher than just last quarter.




Profits were up, too, at $1.4 billion, a 20-percent increase year-over-year, and a 33-percent increase sequentially. MSM chip shipments were great for Qualcomm, seeing 156 million units shipped, a 23-percent increase from last year. September quarter total reported device sales are quite staggering, with approximately $41.4 billion in sales, up 22-percent year-over-year and 6-percent sequentially.


Qualcomm's cash equivalents and marketable securities now total $22 billion at the end of the first quarter of fiscal 2012.


Qualcomm are going quite well, and I think this year will see a continuation of that effort.

RunCore release Pro-V MAX series of SSDs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Feb 2, 2012 4:11 pm

RunCore have just debuted some new solid-state drives (SSDs) today, which sport the SATA 6Gbps interface. The new series are the Pro-V MAX series and are based on SandForce's SF-2281 controller with the optimized firmware (the Golden FW).




Read and write transfer rates are at 560MB/sec and 520MB/sec, respectively, as well as burst IOPS at 87K while sustained IOPS over 60K. The Pro-V MAX is said to be ideal for use in gaming machines, HPC & datacenter servers, and with those specs, I definitely agree.


The Pro-V MAX series also sports RAISE technology for enhanced reliability and DuraWrite technology. On top of the SATA 6Gbps support, it is of course backwards compatible with SATA 3Gbps and 1.5Gbps. The RunCore Pro-V MAX also supports NCQ, and SMART Command and OS's such as Windows, Linux, Unix, Solaris, and Mac OS.

Thursday Morning Roundup for February 2, 2012

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Roundups | Posted: Feb 2, 2012 2:11 pm

The latest happenings in the technology world, February 2nd, 2012.


Cases & Cooling:


Kingwin 120mm Fan - Overclockers Club

Deepcool Gamer Storm Dracula VGA Cooler - Legit Reviews

Fractal Design Define XL Computer Case - Benchmark Reviews




Enermax Platimax 1200 W - techPowerUp!

Thermaltake Smart 630 W Power Supply - Hardware Secrets




Microlab M700 2.1 speakers - XSReviews

Asus Xonar Essence One (w/ Raysonic CD228 & Audeze LCD2) - KitGuru

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Deal of the Day: Newegg - 80GB Intel 320 Series SSD Drive for $69.99 after $50 Rebate, with FREE Shipping!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Feb 2, 2012 1:21 pm

Today's Deal of the Day is Newegg - 80GB Intel 320 Series SSD Drive for $69.99 after $50 Rebate, with FREE Shipping!




Newegg has a great deal on Intel's 320 Series SSD drive at just $69.99 after $50 mail in rebate (expiring 2/3/12). This 80GB 2.5" solid state drive includes a 5 year warranty, and FREE shipping.




Check our TweakTown Daily Deals page for more tech bargains!

Mobile App of the Day: Fragger for Windows Phone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 2, 2012 12:21 pm

Our Mobile App of the Day is: Fragger for Windows Phone.








The world of Fragger is at risk, and he needs your help to explode all enemies! Unleash your shooting abilities to kill all the enemies and unlock 3 different perks!


Featuring 310 challenging levels, and 10 different worlds, Fragger guarantees you many long hours of exploding fun!


Once you become and grenade launcher expert, compare your score online with the millions of Miniclip users that play Fragger.




- Amazing graphics

- Leaderboards and Achievements

- Interactive tutorial to learn how to play


Try also the free web version of Fragger on our website:


A game by conceptualized by Harold Brenes and developed by Miniclip


Grab it directly from the Windows Marketplace on your device, or here.

Deal of the Day: Kinect for Windows

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 2, 2012 11:19 am

A little different Deal of the Day today for the release of Microsoft's Kinect for Windows.




The Kinect for Windows sensor unit is intended to be used with the Kinect for Windows Commercial SDK .


Note: The sensor unit does not ship with any software, and will only operate with an application developed for Kinect for Windows.


- Utilize Kinect skeletal-tracking, sophisticated microphone array, and other sensor technologies

- Link computers to Kinect devices running Windows 7 and Windows 8 Developer Preview

- Use the Kinect for Windows SDK to build applications with C++, C#, or Visual Studio Basic by using Microsoft Visual Studio 2010

- Explore the limitless opportunities to transform products, processes,and businesses

- Run applications built with the Kinect for Windows Commercial Software Development Kit (SDK)


You can grab Kinect for Windows at the Microsoft Store, or Amazon for $249.99.

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