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Xbox Live Rewards loyalty program all systems go in US & UK

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 2, 2010 2:58 am

Xbox Live user? Listen up - Microsoft have just launched their Xbox Live Rewards loyalty program for US and UK gamers.

 

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It's very similar to Club Nintendo but instead of getting gear you'll be awarded points for doing things you'd normally do for free anyway. Gamers will get a ten-point boost for renewing a one month membership, 400 points for buying or renewing a family plan and 100 points just for activating Netflix.

AMD explains IQ debate

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Dec 2, 2010 2:00 am

Last week NVIDIA kicked off an IQ wave that has hit AMD and AMD are now finding themselves having to explain their situation. Hexus has sat down with Senior Manager of Software Engineering Andy Pomianowski and Technical Marketing Manager Dave Nalasco from AMD to talk about the situation.

 

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Dave started off saying there were some changes in the Catalyst drivers to coincide with the HD6000-series release GPU's, in which image quality was a big part of. At the center of all of this is the Catalyst AI - which controls a large range of settings via a single slider.

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Invincible matches - nothing will put them out

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Dec 2, 2010 1:57 am

Bit of a fun post here - but Superman, if you're reading this, please email me as I'll require a meeting with you (and no I won't be wearing the same lingerie Lois wore in the original movie, sorry).

 

 

These matches are earth proof, water proof, boot-smashing proof, puddle of water/boot smash/dirt proof. They won't die. Ever. In the above video, they are put through torture tests and just as you think it's going to go out and you are about to scream "HAHA TweakTown your news poster is fai...... wait, what!" and yes, they are back on fire.

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Official Google Reader app now available for Android

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Dec 2, 2010 1:47 am

Finally! An official native Google Reader app for Android has been released. It includes features such as volume-key navigation, multiple accounts and sharing.

 

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It also includes full searching and subscribing capabilities - directly from the App. Users can access multiple accounts, sync preferences and share articles with friends and vica versa.

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Google Editions book store coming by the end of 2010

By: Don Lynn | More News: Software | Posted: Dec 2, 2010 1:36 am

Google Editions, Google's book store that's been a victim of delayed releases since last summer, looks like it finally may see the light of day soon. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Google Editions will open its virtual doors by the end of 2010.

 

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What sets Google Editions apart from competitors like the Kindle sstore and the iBookStore is that users can purchase books from either Google themselves or select independent retailers. Books purchased from retailers can be tied to the user's Google account, allowing them to be accessed across any desktop or mobile device.

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Asus U36 has standard-voltage CPU

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Dec 2, 2010 12:58 am

Asus has unveiled a new laptop based on Intel's current Core 2010 platform. The chassis is built from aluminum-magnesium alloy lid and a "nanometer coating" on the palm rest that is meant to resist fingerprints and be easy to clean.

 

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The U36 is just 0.75" thick and weighs in at 3.2 - 3.7 lbs depending on the choice between 6 and 8-cell batteries. The 8-cell is rated for 84 Wh which Asus are claiming will achieve around 10 hours of run time for the laptop.

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NORAD to track Santa Claus this Christmas

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Dec 2, 2010 12:25 am

NORAD, the North American Aerospace Defense Command has every year since 1955 counted down to Christmas Eve and tracks Santa's tracks as he delivers presents all across the world. Google also started this in 2004 and has since partnered with NORAD on this fun-filled adventure from 2007.

 

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This year is no different, with today marking the kick off to this years countdown at http://www.noradsanta.org - on the NORAD site kids can play holiday-themed games (a new one released each day!) and get updates from the North Pole as Santa prepares his big sleigh ride.

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AMD Fusion II on next-generation XBox

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 2, 2010 12:05 am

Microsoft's next-generation XBox is obviously being worked on and while the externals (the look and packaging) might be nowhere near finalised, hardware is having to be done right now and locked in with various companies with AMD looking like Microsoft's BFF for the new XBox.

 

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The original XBox launched in 2001 with an Intel CPU and nVidia GPU. At the time it was more or less a PC in a new shell. At the time Intel complained that no money was being made from the CPU's being sold to Microsoft so they were scrubbing the entire project off as a marketing and brand awareness exercise (but we all know Intel is now the king of the CPU market, so maybe it worked?).

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Samsung announces plans to produce NFC chips

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Dec 1, 2010 10:15 pm

Samsung has long been known as a maker of memory chips, and now they are bringing that knowledge into the near-field communications realm with their announcement of plans to begin manufacturing NFC chips that will be the first to include embedded flash memory.

 

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NFC technology, which allows short range data transmission and communication that is used in things like swiping your phone like a credit card to pay a bill, is becoming a hot idea. With Android 2.3 set to have NFC support and the upcoming Nexus S already shown to have the ability to take advantage of the tech, it makes sense for them to handle the process themselves. Production of the chips is slated to start sometime in Q1 2011.

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