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Facebook team up with Spotify for music playback - confirmed?

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Sep 22, 2011 5:51 pm

While checking out the new Facebook Timeline introduction page we posted about just recently, we spotted a Spotify app in the Timeline.

 

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This suggests and somewhat goes along with rumors over the past few weeks or so that Facebook will be teaming up with Spotify to bring music playback to Facebook.

 

According to the Timeline introduction, you'll be able to play music from the Facebook website and the music you listen to will be shared on your timeline, so that your friends can see what you are listening to and also listen along at the same time.

 

We will find out soon enough. The Zuck has discussed music during his F8 keynote yet.

Facebook Timeline shows your whole life on one page

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Sep 22, 2011 5:43 pm

Mark Zuckerberg kicked off his F8 Developer Conference keynote introducing the Facebook Timeline.

 

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It's a way of seeing your whole life story on just one page. It's not yet clear if the Timeline will replace traditional profile pages or if it will be an additional type of profile page.

 

The Timeline page allows you and your friends to see all of your recent activity all the way through to when you were born. There is a simple year bar which allows you to go back to a certain year in your life to see what you or your friends were doing then. As for adding content, you'll be able to upload old photos and video etc and select a date from when that event occurred.

 

After a quick lucky guess, I found the Facebook Timeline preview page which introduces the new product. Check it out here.

 

We are unsure when Facebook will rollout Timeline, but in Mark's speech he said that they will be rolling out a bunch of new products today, so money is on sometime later today.

It's VIA's turn to 'have a go' at Apple...

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 22, 2011 5:28 pm

Looks like it's VIA's turn to take a stab at the big Apple with Bloomberg reporting VIA's manoeuvre to have filed a patent lawsuit against them over the processors used in Apple's mobile devices.

 

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More specifically, the patent lawsuit targets Apple's custom ARM-based A4 and A5 processors used in recent iOS devices. Namely, these are the iPad, iPad 2, iPhone 4, iPhone 4 CDMA, iPod touch 4th generation and Apple TV 2nd generation.

 

Somehow I don't see the outcome being that Apple will be forced to have all iOS devices in the U.S. pulled. I'm sure many competitors are desperate enough that they would have found a way to make that happen long by now if a clear and strong enough basis for it existed.

 

In any case, this should prove to be an interesting outcome nonetheless.

I-O Data unveils BDXL (up to 100GB) portable Blu-ray burner

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Storage | Posted: Sep 22, 2011 4:48 pm

I-O Data has just unveiled its latest portable Blu-ray drive, the BRP-U6XE which at first may not seem like anything special at all considering there's quite a number of these portable Blu-ray drives on the market these days.

 

However, there is in fact quite the stand-out feature with this one; it is capable of writing in the new BDXL format, meaning up to 100GB of data can be placed on supporting discs with this drive.

 

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On the downside, the drive only has USB 2.0 connectivity. Considering the drive has BDXL support, I would have thought USB 3.0 would have been the more sensible, ideal interface with its much more accomodating bandwidth for such large amounts of data.

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More tweaks for YouTube videos incl. 2D to 3D conversion

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Online Video | Posted: Sep 22, 2011 3:40 pm

Further to recent video editing/tweaking additions over at YouTube, a fresh update rolls in a few more to manipulate your existing and future video uploads.

 

There's now the ability to convert your 2D video clips into 3D via a one click operation, as well as being given a couple more video creation platforms - Vlix and Magisto to add more effects or do some short clip editing.

 

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To do the 3D conversion, you just select 'Edit Info' and then click the '3D Video' button. The process is fairly quick and the end result is a link pointing to your 3D video.

 

As for the Vlix and Magisto additions, you can make use of those via youtube.com/create.

 

Another one of the new updates includes a 15-minute upload limit for more users. You are more likely to be granted this if you've got a clean track record and have completed an account verification.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 Tablet Unboxing Video

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 22, 2011 2:26 pm

Samsung's new Galaxy Tab 8.9 is said to become available sometime today over at Best Buy, but Netbooknews has already managed to get its hands on one in Taiwan for an unboxing video and lookover.

 

 

This is the tablet Samsung is claiming to be one of the thinest in the world, measuring only 0.34-inches thick. It runs Android 3.1 Honeycomb, but is set back a bit by a rather disappointing TouchWiz interface that is said to slow down the system quite noticably.

 

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As for the rest of the specs, it uses an 8.9-inch WXGA 1280 x 800 display, dual core 1GHz processor and has 16GB internal storage. There's a 2MP front facing camera, and 3MP autofocus rear facing camera with flash on the rear. 1080p HD video playback is said to be supported with no issues, and the other usual forms of connectivity are in place including 802.11b/g/n WiFi, USB 2.0 and Bluetooth 3.0.

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Intel Core i7-2700K gets a launch date (and a big price tag)

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Sep 22, 2011 1:37 pm

After recently hearing of Intel's plans to release a new, top end entry in its LGA1155 Core i7 line, the i7-2700K, new information has come out not only confirming its soon to be existence, but also covering pricing and availability.

 

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Where Intel usually has a tendancy to roll in new top end parts at the same price point as what the predecessor sat at, this time things are expected to be different and apparently the i7-2700K will carry a higher price tag than the 2600K. While the exact price isn't allowed to be revealed at this time, a source has made it clear the i7-2700K will in fact be significantly higher than the 2600K's current $317 price tag - most likely somewhere around the ball park of US$340 to $350.

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Thursday Morning Roundup

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Sep 22, 2011 12:26 pm

The latest happenings from around the web - September 22nd, 2011

 

Systems

 

- Sapphire Edge HD2 Mini PC @ eTeknix

- Dell Precision M4600 15-inch Laptop @ TechReviewSource

- Sapphire Edge HD2 Mini PC @ Techwarelabs

- Dell Precision M6600 - extreme powerful notebook for professionals @ AU-Ja

 

Memory

 

- VisionTek Ultimate Performance EX Memory @ Neoseeker

- ASRock Fatal1ty Z68 Professional Gen3 @ Vortez

 

CPU & APU

 

- LGA 2011 and Sandy Bridge-E News from IDF 2011 @ Xbit labs

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Download of the Day: Google Earth 6.1.0.4738 Beta

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Sep 22, 2011 11:40 am

Our Download of the Day today is Google Earth 6.1.0.4738 Beta.

 

Google Earth lets you fly anywhere on Earth to view satellite imagery, maps, terrain, 3D buildings, from galaxies in outer space to the canyons of the ocean. You can explore rich geographical content, save your toured places, and share with others.

 

Google Earth's features include:

 

See global changes with decades of historic imagery

 

If you've ever wondered how your neighborhood has changed throughout time, Google Earth now gives you access to the past. With a simple click, check out suburban sprawl, melting ice caps, coastal erosion, and more.

 

Dive beneath the surface of the ocean

 

In the new ocean layer, you can plunge all the way to the floor of the sea, view exclusive content from partners like BBC and National Geographic, and explore 3D shipwrecks like the Titanic.

 

Track and share your paths with others

 

Take placemarks a step further and record a free-form tour in Google Earth. Simply turn on the touring feature, press record, and see the world. You can even add a soundtrack or narration to personalize the journey.

 

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Download Now - TweakTown Download of the Day

Deal of the Day: Element ELGFW551 55" 1080P LCD HDTV for $599 with Free Shipping

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Sep 22, 2011 10:29 am

Our Deal of the Day today is the Tiger Direct - Element ELGFW551 55" 1080P LCD HDTV for $599 with Free Shipping.

 

Offer: A great price on a large 55" LCD HDTV that will give you 1080P. Factory refurbished, it looks like even shipping is free for this 86lb TV! At $599, it won't last so get it now.

 

ELEMENT 1080P LCD HDTV DEAL

 

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