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Acer gives the Aspire One series a new lease of 'Happiness'

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jun 30, 2011 3:50 pm

Amazon has just started listing a new iteration of Acer's Aspire One netbook, dubbed the "Aspire One Happy 2"; denoted as the second gen version under the "Happy" prefix.


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The Aspire One Happy 2 is continues to be based on the Pine Trail platform with a 1.66GHz Atom N570 processor and comes in a large variety of colour options with four new ones added into the mix - Papaya Milk, Strawberry Yogurt, Blueberry Shake and Banana Cream - hungry now? Acer have made a few other little adjustments to the design of the Happy 2 series as well, such as the textured liquid 'water ripples' pattern on the display lid.


QUickly running over the rest of the specs, the Happy 2 uses a 10.1-inch CrystalBrite LED-backlit LCD with a native resolution of 1024x600, GMA 3150 IGP, 1GB of RAM, a 250GB HDD, SD card slot, Gigabit LAN, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi, 0.3 megapixel webcam and a 3 or 6-cell battery with reported 4 and 8 hrs battery life respectively.


The Happy 2 Series ships with both Windows 7 Starter edition and Office Starter 2010 pre-installed, with the 3-cell model shifting for as low as $270 and the 6-cell up to $300 USD.

Corsair Force GT series unleashed in a colour to match the speed

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Storage | Posted: Jun 30, 2011 2:48 pm

Utilizing the super snappy 6Gbps SandForce 2281 controller, Corsair has just officially launched a new family of high performance SSDs under their Force arsenal in the form of the Force GT.


Thanks to the use of a proven controller capable of incredible performance, This fast, flaming red beast is capable of read and write speeds of up to 555MB/sec and 525MB/sec respectively, along with up to 85K Random Write IOPS.


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The series comes in capacities of 60, 120 and 240GB, with an RRP mentioned in the official PR on the first two at $149 USD and $279 USD respectively.

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Two-way Skype video calling now possible on select Android handsets

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Jun 30, 2011 1:34 pm

For the folks on Android who are, or plan to make use of Skype on their mobile device, a significant update has just come out which now makes it possible to initiate two-way video calling.


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As it stands, however, this feature is currently only functioning on four (Android 2.3) handsets; the Google Nexus S, HTC Desire S, Sony Ericsson Xperia neo and Xperia Pro. Of course, support will be expanding in the near future.


Further to the two-way video calling ability, Skype 2.0 for Android has also had its interface tweaked up and SMS support has also been added.


The app is free to download and can be located on the Android Market.

ICY DOCK give their take on hybrid storage with the SATA SSD Xpander Hybrid Adapter

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Storage | Posted: Jun 30, 2011 12:16 pm

The folks at ICY DOCK have come up with their own variation of hybrid storage and released the new 2.5" SATA SSD Xpander Hybrid Adapter today.


The unit takes advantage of the speed from a decent 2.5" SATA SSD and capacity of a 3.5" SATA HDD and combines the best of both worlds into a single storage medium.


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Behind the scenes two partitions are created; a hybrid partition and a storage partition. The hybrid partition gives double the capacity of the SSD used while the storage partition is made up of the remaining capacity of the HDD.

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Deal of the Day: EVGA GeForce GTX 460 1GB SuperClocked PCI Express Video Card - $139.99 after Rebate

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jun 30, 2011 10:20 am

Our Deal of the Day today is the Tiger Direct - EVGA GeForce GTX 460 1GB SuperClocked PCI Express Video Card - $139.99 after Rebate + $2.99 Shipping!.


Offer: Great price for this EVGA 01G-P3-1373-AR GeForce GTX 460 SuperClocked Video Card! It features:



- PCI-Express 2.0

- Dual DVI

- Mini HDMI


- Fermi Core

- Limited Lifetime Warranty with Registration




$30 MAIL-IN REBATE expires 06/30/2011.


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Google+ invites halted, more popular than Google thought!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Jun 30, 2011 7:27 am

If you have gotten an invite into Google+, you'll know just how cool it is so far. I've been using it most of the day and I must say I'm very, very impressed. I can definitely see the potential for not only Google here, but for users in general. It feels more secure, very stable and very well made, many features that other social networking sites don't have like video chat. Hangouts is surprisingly cool, with Cameron and I currently video chatting (he may or may not be naked, join our Hangout to see) and it "just works".


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It took all of five seconds to get into the room, flawless is an understatement. You're able to view YouTube videos together, smilies in chat are pretty cool as they transform from the text to an actual smilie, and tagging also works if you use it like Facebook, @Anthony, etc.


Once you've been invited, feel free to add the TweakTown staff to your circles and we hope to bring you some TweakTown themed Google+ action soon! How does a "Hangout" and drinks with TweakTown staff and readers sound? Leave your thoughts, email me or +1 me! Come +meet us now! :)

AMD A8-3850 APU, A55/A75 Chipset launched, reviews ahoy!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | Posted: Jun 30, 2011 4:28 am

AMD's next-generation Fusion platform "Llano" has launched today, it is a new direction for AMD and has been something people have been waiting for from AMD for a long time now. The Llano platform is the powerhouse platform from AMD that puts its thumb over the Bravos-powered AMD products. There are a bunch of reviews out that you should check out, but as usual, I'm quite biased toward the ever-so-sexy Shane Baxtor and his glorious, well informed, in-depth reviews which you can find here.


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Hardware Heaven

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Samsung files trade complaint, wants to block US imports of iPhone, iPod, iPad

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 30, 2011 4:10 am

And so it continues! Samsung have upped the ante on their legal dispute versus Apple over smartphone patents, filing a trade complaint that seeks to block US imports of the iPhone, iPod and iPad. Samsung claim that Apple are infringing on not just one, but five patents, according to a filing with the US International Trade Commission in Washington yesterday. The ITC has the power to halt the imports of products that are in violation of US patents.


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This new case adds to the on-going four cases that Samsung have in four countries, as both Samsung and Apple are fighting for the same mobile market, with both companies using the courts to try and get a sneak peek at the competing companies product. Samsung currently have lawsuits against Apple in Seoul, Tokyo, San Francisco and Mannheim, Germany.


The patents in question are related to ways to transmit multiple services over a wireless network; the format of data packets used for high-speed data transmission; integrating Web browsing into a phone; a way to store and play digital audio; and viewing digital documents using a touch-sensitive display, according to the complaint.


If the ITC does indeed take the case, a judge would hear arguments within a year and the case would look at being completed within the next 15 - 18 months.

Download of the Day: GPU-Z 0.5.4

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Jun 30, 2011 3:57 am

Our Download of the Day today is GPU-Z 0.5.4.


TechPowerUp released the latest version of GPU-Z, their popular graphics hardware information and monitoring utility. Version 0.5.4 packs a large number of changes, beginning with faster start-up, support for the entire line of NVIDIA GeForce 500M series GPUs, new models of Intel Sandy Bridge processor graphics, a number of AMD Radeon HD 6000M series GPUs, improved support for AMD APUs, and a number of bug fixes.


GPU-Z has overcome the slow start-up issue on AMD Radeon GPUs, it loads slightly faster on NVIDIA GPUs, too. ROP count reading on AMD Radeon HD 6790, Turks & Whistler was fixed; along with sensor count on Caicos, Whistler, Turks. OpenCL detection on some NVIDIA drivers was fixed. The ability to read UMA-shared memory on AMD APU systems was added. GPU-Z has better ability to detect and warn of spurious graphics cards with faked IDs. GPU-Z 0.5.4 is available in both its standard form and the ASUS Republic of Gamers themed variant.


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Download Now - TweakTown Download of the Day

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Sony not giving up, says 'Virtual Reality is coming back'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 30, 2011 2:05 am

Sony is currently hyping the return of virtual reality devices for gaming during an interview the upcoming b.tween 3D event, claiming that virtual reality could be the future of 3D content. Sony's Mike Hocking says "Another thing that's coming back which I'm very excited is the notion of virtual reality. You can see that we can now get back to where we really wanted to get with virtual reality in the 80's."


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We've now got the power to do it, we've got the screen resolution to do it, we've got the processing power to update fast enough so we can have very immersive experiences on head-mounted displays in gaming in the not too distant future. Being in a virtual world where I can see my virtual hands or a virtual gun with all the things we can do in the gaming world is going to be absolutely amazing.


I'm looking forward to seeing how this pans out!

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