With today being Christmas Eve you might think shopping has pretty much ended, you would be wrong. There are still hoards of people out there that wait until the last minute and then hit the malls. If you are expecting to get a gift card or gadget from Best Buy and it happens to not work or not be the one you wanted Best Buy will be opening early on December 26.
The store will open at 7AM so you can return, exchange, or blow that Christmas loot Santa left in your stocking. Best Buy will be offering some good deals that day too. You can get an HP AMD Turion notebook with 3GB of RAM and 320GB of storage for $399.99. If you got a bunch of home theater gear an all the remotes are making your head swim, you can get a deal on a cool universal remote too.
Best Buy will have the Harmony One from Logitech for $159.99, which is $90 off. That is one of the best remotes on the market. If you got a new iPhone 4 you can save 50% on some cases and certain Blu-ray movies will be offered for $12.99. Merry Christmas!
With the jolly Christmas season now embracing us all, you can appreciate that things will be a little quiet around here over the next week or so as the TT team takes a well deserved break with their families and loved ones after another highly successful year knocking out technology content like it's going out of fashion.
2010 has been another fantastic year for TweakTown. We've achieved and in many cases exceeded our expectations in delivering a new level of premium technology content to the people that matter most; you, our loyal readers.
Come 2011, we have even more exciting and bigger plans for the site to help keep things fresh and vibrant for you all, and we are confident you will welcome our additions and changes with open arms.
On behalf of the TweakTown team, we wish you all a very merry christmas. Let's look forward to another exciting year come 2011, beginning with the fun and frills of CES early into the new year!
The latest happenings from around the web - December 24th, 2010
- Dell Vostro V130 Laptop @ BusinessComputingWorld
- Asus N53JF-XE1 Laptop @ Techreviewsource
- AMD Fusion powered Acer Aspire One 522 leaked (Update: Price, more specs) @ Netbooknews
- Intel LGA 1156 Motherboard 6-Way Roundup @ Neoseeker
- ASUS Rampage III Formula Motherboard @ Overclockers Club
- OCZ DDR3 PC3-12800/ 1600MHz Reaper Edition Ultra Low Voltage CL7 4GB Dual Channel Memory Kit @ Testfreaks
- Crucial Ballistix DDR3 1866 RAM @ XSReviews
Our Mobile App of the Day today is PopOut! The Night Before Christmas .
Christmas Eve is here, so keeping in the spirit of the holidays we're taking a look at a Christmas classic. I know several families that have a tradition of reading "The Night Before Christmas" before tucking the kids into bed, and PopOut! has a fun and interactive version of the classic story available for the iPhone and iPad.
This virtual storybook features touch sensitive pull tabs, spin wheels, and other elements that add some extra fun to telling this story. There is an option to have the story read itself and the "Read to Me" function highlights words to help little readers improve their skills. The app costs $1.99 on iTunes, so pull up a chair, give it a download, and get ready for sugarplums to dance in your head.
Think your smartphone is just awesome, but would like a larger screen? A Best Buy in San Carlos, CA has taken the Nexus S to the extreme with their 42" screened monster display version on their floor to play with.
Now I'm pretty sure the older folks out there are going to say "heh heh, I remember when cell phones were actually that big." The giant Nexus S, powered by an actual life sized Nexus S with special video out capability, didn't seem to be quite as responsive as the original but is still fun to watch. This is a test run for Google, who says if the demo is successful more of these giant testers will roll out to more stores. Check out TechCrunch's demo video at the Source Link.
Up until now, T-Mobile was the only major U.S. mobile carrier to allow Android Market purchases to be paid for via direct carrier billing. Well move over guys, AT&T is now allowing direct carrier billing as well through their latest Android Market update.
That's right AT&T fans, no more Google Checkout needed for your app purchases. There's a 15 minute window where you can get a refund on a purchase without it hitting your bill. Not only can you pay via your bill, you'll also notice new categories in the Android Market like "Media & Video," "Music & Audio," "Business," and "Sports" among others.
Smartphones are becoming a lot more prevalent with the general public, and we are also asking them to do a lot more things. Store our contacts and all of their information, email, and tons of other things with data we probably don't want to share with the world at large. Getting the jump on hackers that may try to take advantage of how phone-centric our lives have become has become the focus of several mobile companies.
The Wall Street Journal outlined quite a few of the companies looking to put the lockdown on data theft. Verizon and San Francisco based company Lookout are working together with their BlackBerry, Android, and Windows Mobile device remote backup and geolocation apps. RIM has announced BlackBerry Protect which can remotely put the lockdown or completely wipe a lost phone while also helping you find it. AT&T is even working with MobileIron and McAfee to open a mobile security lab in New York specifically to research malware, worms, viruses, and other developing threats. Mobile security is being taken seriously, and that's something I think we can all get behind.
As intensely popular as the iPhone 4 is, the antenna issues that plagued the phone was enough to turn many buyers away that didn't want to have to use a bumper to better their call signal. It looks like Apple is searching for ways to avoid this mess in the future with their latest patent filing.
According to the filing, it looks like Apple is attempting to find a way to install the antenna behind the Apple logo both on the iPhone and Macbooks. With this new "logo antenna," the device's signal should be unaffected by the way a user grips the phone on the sides. But what about the bighanded types that cover up this new logo antenna with the back of their hands? Apple has thought of this, haven't they? We'll have to wait and see.
Tons of people every day use bit.ly to provide nice and short links to webpages that have obnoxiously long original links. Bit.ly also provides j.mp which is very similar, but Facebook is allowing none of these links to be used. If you try, you get this popup:
A Facebook spokesperson provided the following explanation to TechCrunch: "As part of our effort to keep Facebook and the people who use our service secure, we closely monitor the content shared on the site for spam and malicious content. At the time we blocked j.mp, more than 70% of j.mp links pointed to spam or other security issues. We are working with bit.ly to resolve the issue." Bit.ly uses several measures to try to avoid spam sites from being used in the service, but there's obviously only so much they can do. For now, if you must shorten site names, just go with the original bit.ly until this is all hashed out.
More leaks are coming out about Apple's iPad 2 with one of them saying the next-gen iPad will have a smaller, slimmer, flatter case, all while including rear-facing, improved speakers.
According to a Japanese blog, an anonymous Chinese source has revealed that the new case shaves 3mm from the length and width which results in a slightly smaller bezel. The source says the 9.7" LCD display will remain.