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Mobile App of the Day: Swype for Android

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Dec 21, 2010 5:46 am

Our Mobile App of the Day today is Swype for Android.


Swype has been a favorite alternative to the native keyboard for many iPhone jailbreakers as well as those who were lucky enough to get in on the invite-only beta on the Android side. Good news has just been released as the Swype beta has now been opened up for all comers.


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For those not in the know, Swype allows you to trace your finger or stylus across letters to form words while writing and will correct them for you instead of having to touch type. The corrention rate is really good, and you find yourself never wanting to touch type again on your touchscreen keyboard. You have to register with the site and download the beta via a link in the activation email, so just click here to get started!

Deal of the Day: Nook Color 7" Capacitive TFT, TI 800Mhz Processor, 512MB RAM, 8GB Storage, Wireless-N on Android 2.1 for $249 with FREE Shipping!

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Dec 21, 2010 5:44 am

Our Deal of the Day today is the Barnes & Noble - Nook Color 7" Capacitive TFT, TI 800Mhz Processor, 512MB RAM, 8GB Storage, Wireless-N on Android 2.1 for $249 with FREE Shipping!.


Offer: The new Barnes & Noble Nook Color is an impressive new e-book reader, but it can be so much more if you root it. This 7" color capacitive touchscreen 1024 x 600 IPS TFT equipped unit comes with TI OMAP 3621 800Mhz Cortex A8 processor, 512MB RAM, 8GB internal storage, microSD slot expansion, 802.11b/g/n wireless, tilt sensor, and Android 2.1. It's just $249 with FREE shipping!


Update: Rooting is possible, and easier than ever now that Auto-Nooter has been released!


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Check our TweakTown Daily Deals page for more tech bargains!

CES Rumor Mill: Android LTE hardware coming from Verizon on January 6th

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Dec 21, 2010 5:38 am

Teases don't just come from press releases and such; even tweets can get into the act. A tweet from Verizon Wireless is not-so-directly stating that some LTE-enabled hardware is due for an unveiling at CES. Could it be the spiffy Motorola tablet leaked by Engadget a while back?


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With Android specifically mentioned in the tweet, this seems a likely candidate as well as the HTC Mecha as well. It looks like Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg will have a lot on his plate during his CES keynote on January 6th. One thing's for sure, my alarm's already set and TweakTown will be there to tell you how it all shakes out.

Tuesday Morning Roundup

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Dec 21, 2010 5:06 am

The latest happenings from around the web - December 21st, 2010




- ASRock ION 3D Blu-ray HTPC @ Pureoverclock

- Building A Gaming / Performance PC @ OCIA

- Acer Aspire 7551G Laptop Review - AMD Phenom II X4 N930 @ Legit Reviews

- ViewSonic ViewPad 7 Tablet PC @ Hot Hardware




- Intel Core i5 Processor Series @ ixbtlabs

- 3DMark 11 Physics Test - A CPU benchmark? @ Lostcircuits




- Gainward GeForce GTX 570 Phantom @ OCAU

- AMD Radeon HD 6950 & HD 6970 2GB @ Techgage

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AT&T purchases large chunk of wireless spectrum from Qualcomm

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Dec 21, 2010 4:47 am

AT&T has made a move to make a massive upgrade to their current network while prepping for their switch to LTE by agreeing to pay $1.93 billion for wireless spectrum from Qualcomm Inc. This space was originally earmarked for Qualcomm's Flo TV which never really took off and which is being shut down in March.


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This spectrum, reportedly in the 700 megahertz frequency band, is reportedly high quality even through walls and windows and highly concentrated in urban areas. AT&T is likely using this to boost their capacity issues and poor service ratings which have plagued the company for some time now. The deal is looking to be finalized in the second half of 2011, so it's going to be a while before AT&T customers start seeing the benefits of this purchase.

Nokia in talks to start building Windows Phone 7 devices

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Dec 21, 2010 4:28 am

It looks like Nokia may be looking past their familiar Symbian OS for future mobile devices. Sources are stating that Nokia is in talks with Microsoft about bring Windows Phone 7 to their handsets in the future.


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According to, these talks have been going on for months that would bring together the world's largest mobile phone manufacturer with the new up and comer in the mobile phone OS game. It may not be a move that those in the U.S. will see a lot of product from, but it has pretty large worldwide possibilities.

Facebook founder Zuckerberg meets with Baidu execs in China

By: Don Lynn | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 21, 2010 4:14 am

Facebook may seem like it's a worldwide phenomenon, but there's actually a huge chunk of the world left out as the website is blocked from use by China. Facebook founder recently met with the head of China's largest search engine Baidu for a tour and lunch to discuss the current state of the internet in China.


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According to Baidu spokesman Kaiser Kuo, that the meeting with Baidu chief executive Robin Li "makes sense -- he is interested in the Chinese Internet, he's made that very plain. Obviously this is one of the big dark spots for Facebook because it is blocked here in China." Zuckerberg played off the trip as a cultural experience: "I'm trying to understand the language, the culture, the mindset -- it's just such an important part of the world." Obviously, since it's one of the few parts of the world not addicted to FarmVille.

CES Rumor Mill: Dual-screen Cloud Communicator Android tablet teased by NEC

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Dec 21, 2010 4:05 am

There's gonna be a lot of cool new toys unveiled at CES, and the leaks have been coming for a while. NEC's got a fun looking device of their own; a dual-screen version of their Cloud Communicator Android tablet.


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While the internet hounds have not uncovered a photo yet, this dual 7-inch LCD tablet will boast WiFi, 3G, and Bluetooth connectivity and both screens will be touch-friendly with an included stylus. The tablet will even support different programs on each LCD for fun with multitasking, which will be a huge boon for many users. The folks from TweakTown will be keeping our eyes open for this and much more when we invade CES 2011!

XIM allows mouse and keyboard use on your Xbox 360

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 21, 2010 3:30 am

Most people feel comfortable using an Xbox 360 controller, but a keyboard and mouse for FPS is a superior, easier and much, much more precise way of playing. It allows micro-movement of your aiming (while also being much faster) compared to much slower, un-precise aiming.


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XIM devices have been around for a while, bu the new XIM3 seems to fix the previous editions issues. XIM3 is housed in an LCD box with a touch-screen display which should make connection and config much easier (and better to look at!)

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Back to the Future: The Game goes 88mph on Wednesday!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 21, 2010 1:30 am

Telltale Games are releasing the first episode of Back to the Future: The Game for PC and Mac on Wednesday. The game picks up 6 months after the end of the original movie trilogy.


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After these 6 months in the Back to the Future world, Doc Brown's lab is on the verge of being sold off because of his absence. Marty gets a surprise visit from the DeLorean where it brings him to the past, where he must help a teenage Emmett Brown to keep all of space and time from unraveling.

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