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Super Mega Worm Eats People, Tanks, Your Free Time

By: Trak Lord | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 30, 2011 7:01 pm

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Super Mega Worm is as fun as it sounds. Download it here for FREE, but it's only for a limited time!


The game is a retro-style side scrolling free-for-all. There's only one level, but the difficulty gradually escalates as your Snake-style worm grows and grows with each passing accomplishment. After just a short time of playing, you'll have a 14-segment monstrosity that can eat, crush, EMP or otherwise destroy rednecks, tanks, helicopters, jumbo jetliners, women with children, cheating husbands, and a veritable kindgom of critters.


Warning: this will eat your time as much your worm eats everything.


Brought to you by the fine people at Deceased Pixel.

Vimeo Goes Mobile With iPhone App

By: Trak Lord | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Mar 30, 2011 6:05 pm

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Once known as "the hipster YouTube", the high-quality internet video site debuted its mobile iPhone app yesterday, an ongoing effort to compete with other high-profile video apps like Apple's new and improved iMovie for iPad 2.


Vimeo, owned by InteractiveCorp, concentrated intensely on the editing and uploading functions of the app, attemping to make it as user friendly and familiar to both existing Vimeo fans and new users looking for a cheaper way then iMovie's $5 price tag to create and edit clips.


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Vimeo's head of Product Development, Andrew Pile, explained to CNN some of the difficulty of competing with a tech giant:


We spent a lot of time keeping up with [iMovie]. We chose a very hard thing to develop because Apple was working on something themselves, so we were always a step behind.


Despite Pile's modesty, the Vimeo app appears to be working quite smoothly, already generating many positive and excited reviews from the App Store.


For more information, check out Vimeo's Blog or go here to download.

aCure Vending Machine Already Knows Your A/S/L

By: Trak Lord | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Mar 30, 2011 5:39 pm

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Japanese designer Fumie Shibata created this wonder of the 21st century for Japanese beverage company JR East Water Business (Yes, the word Business is in their corporate name). The vending machine pictured above was installed in the Shinigawa metro station back in August, but the company plans to implement at least 500 of the machines all throughout Tokyo by 2012.


Sporting a 47-inch touch screen, a camera, and what can only be numerous environmental sensors, these smart-vendors absorb sensory data to determine the sex and approximate age of the person approaching it, better equipping it to offer personalized recommendations for a potential user. When not in use, the machine displays advertisements for some of its products based on time of day and current weather- on a brisk morning, it might be advertising a hot cup of coffee, whereas a humid day would see colder, refreshing beverages highlighted.


The aCure is connected to servers at JREWB, which constantly update the inventory availability as well as purchase statistics to improve specific-location product marketing.


Say what you want about surveillance culture- no really. Say anything you want. HAL 9000's are selling coffee to children.

Angry Birds Gets Political Satire Treatment

By: Trak Lord | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 30, 2011 5:10 pm

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YouTube user egorzhun has re-imagined Rovio's popular mobile game Angry Birds as a political farce, touching on recent geo-political events as lightly as a Bomb Bird on a concrete wall.


The short video uses audio from the famous Disney short, "The Three Little Pigs"- and features similarities to the nostalgically poor-quality cartoons of "back in the day."


The story features satirical representations of Tunisian Ex-President Ben Ali, the now deposed "President" Mubarak of Egypt, and everyone's favorite dictator to lampoon, Omar Gaddafi of Libya- all of whose houses get destroyed by reduplicating (re: retweeting) Twitter birds (and a couple of other familiar faces as well). If you wanted to catch up on either Angry Birds or the state of affairs in the Middle East,'re probably out of luck. But if you're in the slightest familiar with either of them, you'll probably enjoy the clip.



This is not the first time that someone has creatively framed Angry Birds in a political context- the clip below contextualizes the swine vs. fowl struggle suspiciously similar to the Arab-Israeli conflict. Very amusing. And NFSW (language).


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Battlefield 3 Fault Line Gameplay Trailer Episode III - Get that Wire Cut!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 30, 2011 2:00 pm

The latest gameplay video for Battlefield 3 is out for everyone to lose a pair of underwear over, this one is named "Get that Wire Cut!" and is explained with some text from DICE/EA as:



"Get that Wire Cut!" refers to the fact that Sgt. Black in this episode needs to disarm a bomb. Episode III starts with Sgt. Black crawling through a ventilation shaft, melee fighting an enemy in a basement, disarming a bomb, then exiting onto the streets for a massive shootout with multiple enemies and supporting friendly troops.

Deal of the Day: Kingston 128GB SSDNow V Series SATA II 2.5" Solid State Drive - $139.95 after Rebate, Shipped Free!

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Storage | Posted: Mar 30, 2011 8:40 am

Our Deal of the Day today is the - Kingston 128GB SSDNow V Series SATA II 2.5" Solid State Drive - $139.95 after Rebate, Shipped Free!.


Offer: A solid state drive (SSD) is a good way to quickly speed up your computer. Get this Kingston 128GB SSDNow V Series SATA II 2.5" Solid State Drive (SNV425-S2BN/128GB) for just $139.95 after a $75 mail-in rebate! Shipping is free! Rebate expires 04/03/2011.


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Download of the Day: Windows 7 Codecs 2.7.9

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Mar 30, 2011 7:33 am

Our Download of the Day today is Windows 7 Codecs 2.7.9.


All the codecs you need for Windows 7 to play AVIs, DVDs and more!


It does not contain a media player and it does not associate file-types. With the Windows 7 codec package installed you will be able to use any media player, limited only by the players' capabilities, to play all movies and video clips. Streaming video is supported in several formats in all popular web browsers. Users of the Windows 7 media center codecs have the ability to choose what is installed and where to install it using the public redistributable. After installation you can select to remove specific portions without removing the entire package. You can also re-add the removed items at any time.


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The latest version includes the following changes:


Changes in Version 2.7.9


- update ffdshow 3800

- update Gabest 2996

- fix thumbnails for several filetypes

- fix AVI with suggested settings


Download Now - TweakTown Download of the Day

Wednesday Morning Roundup

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Mar 30, 2011 6:24 am

The latest happenings from around the web - March 30th, 2011




- Sapphire Mini E350 @ Pureoverclock

- Cryo Nemesis System @ Kitguru

- The Fast-Enough Budget Computer Built and Tested @ Benchmark Reviews




- Biostar TP67XE: Inexpensive LGA1155 Mainboard with Overclocking Potential @ Xbit Labs

- MSI P67A-GD80 Motherboard @ Techwarelabs

- ASRock P67 Pro3 (B3) Motherboard @ ixbtlabs

- ASUS P67 Sabertooth TUF Socket 1155 Motherboard @ Pro-Clockers




- Amd Phenom 2 X4 840 Cpu @ RBMods

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AMD want Fusion in next-gen consoles

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 30, 2011 3:26 am

This is actually good, just after my editorial are consoles holding back gaming tech, we have AMD saying Fusion would be great in consoles. I see this as a double-edged sword.


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Consoles with 10 year life cycles just cannot sustain a single GPU/CPU combo. If the APU selected for a next-gen console is shipped with lets say 40-percent of its performance unlocked and future firmware/updates to the console unlock more and more power, it would allow a much better life cycle to games.

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AMD Catalyst 11.3 released, Catalyst 11.4 preview sneaks in too

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Mar 30, 2011 3:00 am

AMD's monthly tradition of driver releases was getting close, with today being one of the last days of the month left but AMD have not disappointed. Catalyst 11.3 is now out and Catalyst 11.4 preview has slipped through also.


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There isn't much new with Catalyst 11.3 apart from "seamless GPU Compute support", but things fire up with the Catalyst 11.4 Early Preview driver. The pre-release driver includes support for "the AMD Radeon HD 6790 series of products" which have not been released yet. It also includes changes to the Catalyst Control Center, performance optimizations (which AMD discussed a few weeks back) and miscellaneous bug fixes.

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