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1,000 free rollover minutes being given away by AT&T

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Feb 12, 2011 1:59 am

Verizon's iPhone 4 has officially hit the market, and AT&T is showing their extreme gratitude to those who did not jump ship with a little treat: 1,000 free rollover minutes.


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All AT&T customers can text "yes" to 11113020 to score the free rollover minutes which apparently will take about a month to process. This is a fine little gift and all, but is it really that exciting? With so many calls being free anymore, minutes are almost an afterthought to many customers. Oh well, free stuff is free stuff; especially if the only reason you aren't switching is that you can't afford to buy out of your current contract.

Wacky camera on the back of my head teacher removes cam citing pain

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Cameras | Posted: Feb 11, 2011 8:00 pm

You may have seen some of the stories about the college professor at New York University that was doing an art project that had him mount a camera on the back of his head. The camera was going to shoot a photo every few minutes to post in a museum sponsoring the art.


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The professor was Wafaa Bilal and he has announced that he had to have the camera on the back of his head removed because his body rejected it. One of the three titanium posts that was holding the camera on his head had to be removed via surgery last week.


The removal of the camera from his head has forced him to seek other means to take the photos. Might I suggest a backpack, or a necklace, or a Scarf, or just take the photos like a normal artist. "I'm determined to continue with it," Bilal told the Chronicle about "3rdi" which is described on his website as "a statement on surveillance, the mundane and the things we leave behind."

Sonos unveils new Android app for controlling music systems

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Feb 11, 2011 7:00 pm

People that are really into music like to have tunes everywhere they go inside the home and outside. Many users take advantage of whole home audio inside their homes so they can get all the music they have stored on their computer in any room they happen to be in. One of the more popular systems for whole home audio is Sonos.


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Sonos has announced today that it has launched a new Android controller app. The app allows Android smartphone users to control the Sonos S5 system in any room using their smartphone. The app allows the person to access and play any tracks they want from the web or their personal music library on any of the Sonos systems in the home using WiFi.


The controller will also allow the user to play the same song on each Sonos device in the house or play different tracks on each device. The Sonos controller will work on any Android 2.1 or later handset as long as the screen is HVGA 320 x 480, WVGA 480 x 800 or WVGA 480 x 854.

USA Today adds Microsoft Tags to print newspaper

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Feb 11, 2011 6:00 pm

The print publishing world is finding that more and more of their advertising dollars and readers are heading to the web to get their news and information. That means that many print publications are hurting very badly today and some have even gone out of business.




Print publications are trying all they can think of to lure readers in and to get more interactive so people will want to read again. USA Today has announced that it has started adding Microsoft Tags to its paper with at least one Tag in each print section of the paper.


The readers can get a free app for just about any software platform and the app will allow them to scan the Tag and get multimedia content related to the tag. The Tags can shoot the user to information like video or photos and more when scanned by the phone app. The Tags are 2D barcodes.

VTech introduces InnoPad tablet for kids

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 11, 2011 5:00 pm

If you have kids, you know that any time you get a new gadget they either want one line it or they want to play with it. I always get nervous letting my kids play with my iPad because I worry that they will drop it and break it. VTech has unveiled a new gadget for kids that will give them their own tablet called the InnoPad.




The InnoPad is a small tablet with educational software and games that are designed for kids 4-9 years old. It has a 5-inch color LCD screen that is touch sensitive and a tilt sensor for controlling games. It also has a microphone, USB port, SD card, and a headphone jack.


The tablet is designed to be rugged enough to survive drops that come with kids playing. The device has all sorts of games and other software that can be added. Most of the software that VTech offers is made for educational use. The InnoPad sells for $79.99 and software for the tablet is $24.99 per title.

INQ to offer pair of Facebook social mobile phones

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Feb 11, 2011 4:00 pm

We have been hearing grumblings for a long time now that say Facebook phones are incoming. INQ has announced that it has a pair of new phones coming that put Facebook at the center of the devices. The new phones are called the Cloud Touch and the Cloud Q. Both of the phones have a homescreen with Facebook visual media feed, pictures, web pages, and newsfeed on it.


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The phones will be the first to use the Facebook social graphic API to make it easy to keep up with the friends users interact with the most. The phones are going to land in the UK, the default music service is Spotify, and the devices have a dedicated Spotify key.


The Cloud touch has Android Froyo 2.2, email, IM, backup and sync functions and a 3.5" screen. The Cloud Q has many of the same features with a 2.6" screen and QWERTY keyboard. Both use a 600MHz Qualcomm 7227 chipset. Bot will be reasonably priced with the Touch landing in Q2 and the Q landing in Q3.

Aussie Flood Appeal Dream System - An update on donations!

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Feb 11, 2011 8:32 am

Well folks, we are about 16 days into the TweakTown Aussie Flood Appeal and I thought it was time that I give you all an update on the donations we have received so far.


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At this very moment, the donations total $4,655.17 AUD - yes, some of you donated odd amounts like $11 and $16, but thanks all the same for the extra. It all counts! We have converted to Australian Dollars since that is what will be given.


This means we are only a little short of our minimum of $5,000 USD and still a long way short of our target of $10,000 USD. The first end date for the appeal is Feb 26, 2011, but as mentioned in the original news post, we may extend up to March 31st in one week intervals if required.


On behalf of the whole TweakTown team and all of the lovely sponsors involved, I would like to thank each and every one of you for donating so far. Most have been $10 or $20 donations, but we have seen many for $100 also. Each and every bit counts and thanks once again!


Please remember to tweet, post on Facebook, tell all your friends and scream from your balcony about the TweakTown Aussie Flood Appeal and let's try and hit our amazing target of $10,000 USD for all the people in Australia who have witnessed basically the worst Mother Nature can throw at them.


Much love!

Download of the Day: Songbird 1.9.3

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Feb 11, 2011 5:54 am

Our Download of the Day today is Songbird 1.9.3.


Songbird is an open-source customizable music player that's under active development.


It is integrated with these Web 2.0 services: mashTape, SHOUTcast Radio, Scrobbling, and Songkick concert tickets. You can enhance Songbird with community-contributed plugins like Media Flow.


Features include:


• GStreamer

• Smart Playlists

• Built-In Web Browser

• Multi-language Support

• Automatic Updates

• Setup Assistant

• Custom User Interface

• Library Management

• Developer Support


Beta features include portable device support, metadata management, album artwork, and subscriptions.


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The latest version includes the following changes:


Changes in Version 1.9.3


* An always-available, on-the-fly playlist queueing feature

* 7digital music store addon redesign

* Performance improvements

- Faster search and filtering

- Quicker metadata editing when changing several files simultaneously


Download Now - TweakTown Download of the Day

X-Men: First Class trailer

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Feb 11, 2011 3:32 am

The trailer for Matthew Vaughn's X-Men: First Class has hit the internet. The movie is described as a "Casino Royale-style prequel/reboot of the comic book series".



The story of First Class "charts the epic beginning of the X-Men saga, and reveals a secret history of famous global events." The trailer looks quite impressive, with a tonne of action scenes that I'm looking forward to seeing. I think it will at least be better than the third X-Men movie.

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