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Scare up a copy of Monsters University in our latest Blu-ray comp!

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Nov 12, 2013 4:02 am

To celebrate this week's release of the prequel to the much loved 2001 Pixar animation Monsters Inc., on Blu-ray Disney Home Entertainment have given us two copies of Monsters University to give away to two lucky readers.

 

Filled with extra features including the short film Umbrella, Monsters University comes on a state-of-the-art Blu-ray disc, with fantastic audio and visual quality.

 

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To go into the running, correctly answer the following question:

 

How do the monsters travel between the monster world and the human world?

 

Send your answers, along with your shipping address to ben@tweaktown.com before the competition closes on Friday the 15th of November.

 

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Monsters University is available on 3D Blu-ray, double play Blu-ray and DVD from Australian retailers starting Wednesday the 13th of November.

RumorTT: Google Play Store to makes its way to BlackBerry 10

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Nov 12, 2013 3:57 am

BlackBerry is pretty much a sunken battleship right now, waiting for the pirates to circle and collect all of its loot. But, is it the end? Not yet, especially not if BlackBerry 10's latest update on its way is any indication.

 

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The next update to the BlackBerry OS would see it natively run the Google Play Store app, which would be quite the swing in a totally different direction. CrackBerry is posting images of a BlackBerry Z10 smartphone running Google Play, which is a nice touch. Remember: it's possible to side-load Android apps onto BB10-based devices, but it isn't simple.

 

If these images are a tease, then the world of BlackBerry could get a little better in the coming weeks.

Meet the Ex1, the first maker friendly circuit printer

By: Charles Gantt | More News: | Posted: Nov 12, 2013 3:29 am

Everyone knows that I am an avid Tinkerer, DIYer, and Maker of Things, and as such I had to write a post about the latest Kickstarter campaign to catch my eye. The new Ex1 Circuit Board Printer from Cartesian Co bridges the gap between 3D printing and DIY electronics, quite nicely too if I may add.

 

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While being billed as a 3D printer for PCB's, I would like to simply call it a Desktop Circuit Board Printer for DIY enthusiast everywhere. The Ex1 is the first desktop PCB printer that I have ever came across that is not only maker friendly, but simple enough to use in a classroom setting as well. The device uses a 2 part printing process based on inkjet technology to deposit two different chemicals, one on top of the other. The resulting chemical action leaves a trace made out of silver that is highly flexible, and extremely conductive.

 

The Ex1 is capable of printing on wood, paper, kapton tape, glass, fr4, and even fabric, which makes for some very interesting circuit designs. Not only does the Ex1 empower those invested in DIY, but it also spans the gap between maker and crafter which is something projects like the Lilypad have been attempting for years. $1,499 will land you a Ex1 DIY kit which you will need to build yourself, with $1,999 pledge getting you an assembled "experimenters kit" that comes with extra parts to tinker with. I have reached out to the team from Cartesian Co. for an interview, so stay tuned to TweakTown for that!

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The invisible bike helmet from Sweden

By: Idene Saatchi | More News: Fashion meets Tech | Posted: Nov 12, 2013 2:32 am

Two Industrial Design students from the University of Lund, Anna Haupt and Terese Alstin, decided that the old-fashioned helmet that we are all used to is just too uncomfortable and bothersome. So they set out to design a new helmet for cyclists. With their team of 17 people they have designed a new style of helmet and they are calling it the Hovding helmet.

 

 

With this Hovding helmet you'll be able to have full head protection and still have the freedom of feeling a breeze through your hair, all while being comfortable. Anna and Terese thought up this design for their Master's Thesis in Industrial Design. The great part is that you don't even have to wear it on your head. The device deploys an airbag-style helmet upon impact.

 

Weblog Jalopnik gives an introduction to their product."Tired of strapping ugly, uncomfortable styrofoam-and-plastic turtle shells to their heads, the pair came up with a pretty revolutionary solution that does manage to give you full head protection without, remarkably, wearing anything on your head."

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Mad Catz teams up with NVIDIA to bring GameStream to M.O.J.O. console

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Nov 12, 2013 2:00 am

Mad Catz says that they are working with NVIDIA to bring GameStream to their M.O.J.O. Android-based gaming console before it ships to the public on December 10th. This would use the same technology that NVIDIA's Shield uses to stream games from the users PC and would definitely give the M.O.J.O. more appeal to gamers.

 

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"We're talking to NVIDIA and we hope to enable GameStream soon after the launch of the console," said Mad Catz Global PR Director Alex Verrey. "[Were] also very excited for Steam and we look at all these opportunities with interest."

 

At the moment, none of the small Android gaming consoles really appeal to me. This could be due to the horrible experience I had with the OUYA, or it could be that for the most part, I never play Android games unless I am in a car, on a flight, or otherwise unable to game at my PC. GameStream on the M.O.J.O. might just be a way to lure those like me to purchase the small consoles.

Xiaomi sells 220,000 smartphones in just three minutes

By: Idene Saatchi | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 12, 2013 1:00 am

Xiaomi has done a flash sale for Single's Day. Just last month Xiaomi sold 100,000 of their MI3 smartphone in a minute and a half. This time around they had 380,000 devices in stock which consisted of 110,000 of each of their three different smartphones, the Mi3, the HongMI, the MI2s smartphones, and 50,000 set top boxes. In three minutes time Xiaomi sold over 200,000 smartphones, all of the MI3 and HongMI smartphones. Which made an immense RMB 107 million ($17.5 million) in just three minutes.

 

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According to Xiaomi, "This makes it the first company on Tmall to break the RMB 100 million ($16.4 million) benchmark." Xiaomi also notes that "last year the company that passed this benchmark did so only in the afternoon, making the feat all the more astounding."

 

The company just recently hired Hugo Barra, Andoid's former Vice President of Product Management at Google. By the end of Xiaomi's Single's Day flash sale they had made RMB 300 million (~$49.2 million) which was just thirty minutes later.

LeakedTT: Motorola Moto G gets listed on Amazon UK early for $255

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 12, 2013 12:30 am

With just a couple of days left until Motorola unveils the all new Moto G Android-based smartphone, Amazon.co.uk has accidentally leaked the phone's specs and pricing. Amazon somehow managed to list the device for same under its model number of DVX/XT1032, and features like "Sharpest 4.5 HD Screen," and "All day quad-core speed."

 

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If the listing is real, then we will see the Motorola Moto G 16GB smartphone retail for just $200-$257 stateside, and that includes Android 4.4, and a custom design made with the MotoMaker. While the Moto G may not be the most powerful phone out there, it will definitely be one of the shining gems in the Android lineup for 2014.

Google's Nexus 5 scheduled to hit T-Mobile on Nov. 14th for $450

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 11, 2013 11:00 pm

The Nexus 5 is undoubtedly the best Android phone ever made, and rightfully so since it is the brainchild of Google. Today T-Mobile has announced that it will see the Nexus 5 on its online shelves beginning November 14th, while physical stores will get the device six days later.

 

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For T-mobile subscribers or anyone looking to make the switch, T-Mobile is offering a pretty good deal on the Nexus 5. The 16GB model will cost customers $41.99 upfront which will be followed by 24 monthly payments of $17 each. This effectively means you are paying $450 for the Nexus 5 on a 24-month contract that T-Mobile says is not a contract. Unfortunately, no information has been given on whether or not the 32GB Nexus 5 will be making its way to T-Mobile.

Samsung's first Tizen phone delayed until Q1 2014 says executive

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 11, 2013 9:39 pm

Earlier today I reported on leaked benchmarks that show 2 of Samsung's upcoming Tizen-based smartphones are almost as fast as its Android-based Galaxy S4. In the article I stated that it was unclear as to when the phones may launch, and now we have a better understanding of when that might happen.

 

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Speaking with the Korea Herald, a Samsung executive has said that the company will not be releasing a Tizen-powered smartphone until at least the first quarter of 2014. That put's the Intel / Samsung mobile OS off schedule by several months, and the Tizen-based smart TV OS off by even more. No reason was given for the delay, but I suspect that hardware issues are to blame. It could be anything though, and Samsung could be falsely delaying the new OS until it launches its Galaxy S5 with both Tizen and Android.

Sony releases interesting PlayStation 4 unboxing video

By: Idene Saatchi | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Nov 11, 2013 8:47 pm

Sony releases an unboxing video just less than a week before the console's release date. Along with being an unboxing video, the video itself is quite mysterious. It looks like it takes place in a dark server room. The video shows everything included with the PlayStation 4. It comes with the manual, network voucher, HDMI cord, USB cable, power cord, mono headset, the DualShock 4 controller, and finally the console itself which has a massive beam of light coming off of it in the video.

 

 

At the end of the video you will see that the mysterious man is Shuhei Yoshida, the president of Sony Worldwide Studios. He finishes off the video with "greatness awaits." Both consoles are just around the corner. The PlayStation will be available this Friday on the 15th in the U.S, and the 29th in Europe also the Xbox One will be available on the 22nd in the U.S and Europe.

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