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Poll Results - Are you going to upgrade to the Intel Sandy Bridge platform?

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | Posted: Dec 15, 2010 3:36 pm

Over 1,200 people voted on our previous poll and we asked, are you going to upgrade to the Intel Sandy Bridge platform?


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Only 16% of TweakTown readers said that they would be upgrading to the upcoming Intel Sandy Bridge platform early next year.


A massive 42% of our readers said that they are happy with their current hardware setup and 18% of our readers are not sure who this "Sandy" person is we are talking about. Second place with 24% of the votes was the preference of waiting and reading the reviews first.


For the actual numbers, go here. In our latest poll, we want to know, what do you want most these holidays? Let us know! Please go here to vote!

New NanoLED TVs coming from LG

By: Don Lynn | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Dec 15, 2010 5:35 am

LG is teasing two new lines of HDTVs that will feature their Nano Lighting Technology. This technology embeds the LEDs in a thin film behind the LCD screen to take away the disadvantages of edge-lit TVs while keeping the price point reasonable compared to fully backlit LED versions. The TVs will also make use of LG's new Micro Pixel Control, which is an improved local dimming feature to improve darker scenes.


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The LW9500 and LW7700 will sport a 480Hz and 240Hz refresh rate respectively and both will have an "Anti-Reflection Panel" that is most likely for glare reduction. Full 3D support is also incorporated via active shutter glasses. Sizes will start at 47 inches and work their way up to 60 inches. No specifics on price or release date at this point.

Download of the Day: K-Lite Mega Codec Pack 6.66

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Dec 15, 2010 5:32 am

Our Download of the Day today is K-Lite Mega Codec Pack 6.66.


The K-Lite Codec Pack is a collection of DirectShow filters, VFW/ACM codecs, and tools. Codecs and DirectShow filters are needed for encoding and decoding audio and video formats. The K-Lite Codec Pack is designed as a user-friendly solution for playing all your audio and movie files.


With the K-Lite Codec Pack you should be able to play all the popular audio and video formats and even several less common formats.


The K-Lite Codec Pack has a couple of major advantages compared to other codec packs:


• It is updated frequently. So it is always up-to-date with the newest and/or best components.

• All components have been carefully selected for specific purposes. It is not just a random bunch of stuff thrown together.

• It is very user-friendly and easy to use.

• The installation is fully customizable, meaning that you are able to install just those components that you really want.

• The customization abilities even go beyond the component level. Some components are able to handle multiple formats. You can specify exactly which components should handle which formats. The pack can thus be fully tweaked to your own specific needs and preferences.

• Uninstallation removes everything that was installed by the pack. Including all registry keys.


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AMD Radeon HD6900 review roundup!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Dec 15, 2010 5:03 am

AMD's Radeon HD6900 series has officially launched, a few websites leaked out results early but now the NDA has lifted and the flood gates are officially gushing out with news.


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The card is getting a lot of buzz everywhere and stock is plentiful compared to other launches lately. Below we have a list of various review sites with our sick and sexified Shane Baxtor leading the way with our in-house TweakTown review:

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Google Voice Search now capable of learning speech patterns

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Dec 15, 2010 4:59 am

Like the idea of voice search, but frustrated when your device doesn't understand you? Google's Voice Search feature has gotten an update that allows the app to "learn" your voice patterns and inflections, allowing for greater accuracy he more you use the app.


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The program has been around for a couple of years, but has had a difficult time due to the fact that no two people talk the same. Google is confident their latest update will change this, stating that "although subtle, accuracy improvements begin fairly quickly and will build over time." How much time is required, we're not sure. The new update does require Android 2.2 to use, which leaves quite a few users still in the dark.

Deal of the Day: LG HBM-235 Bluetooth 3.0 Headset w/ 13hrs Of Talk Time & Multi-Point Connectivity for $0.01 after Rebate with FREE Shipping!

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Dec 15, 2010 4:58 am

Our Deal of the Day today is the Newegg - LG HBM-235 Bluetooth 3.0 Headset w/ 13hrs Of Talk Time & Multi-Point Connectivity for $0.01 after Rebate with FREE Shipping!.


Offer: Get the LG HBM-235 Bluetooth 3.0 Headset w/ 13hrs Of Talk Time & Multi-Point Connectivity for just A PENNY after a $20 MIR. Free shipping!


$20 MAIL-IN REBATE expires 12/31/2010.


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Check our TweakTown Daily Deals page for more tech bargains!

Nook Color to get Froyo complete with Android Market access

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Dec 15, 2010 4:50 am

Consumers may have to start looking to the e-reader market to find an affordable full featured tablet soon. The Nook Color, currently priced at $249, is looking to get an update to Android 2.2 in January.


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This update would bring pinch to zoom functionality on webpages, a new home page, and even access to the Android Market for apps. Hackers have already been tinkering with full-on Android on the Nook Color for a while now, but official support would definitely make the e-reader appeal to a wider audience that does not want to shell out the cash for a Galaxy Tab or iPad.

Yahoo! employees get pink slips for Christmas

By: Don Lynn | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 15, 2010 4:45 am

The rumblings have been going around for a couple months now, and now it looks like the Yahoo! Downsizing is official. The big time web company is laying off around 4% of their workforce, making the fourth time in three years that Yahoo! Has downsized their staff.


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Around 600 people lost their jobs, but reports are showing that the severance packages were fairly lucrative. Reports of six week vacations and job placement have been reported, but that can't soften the blow of losing your job during the holidays much. Yahoo! has been losing their battle for search supremacy to Google and even Facebook.

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Wednesday Morning Roundup

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Dec 15, 2010 4:10 am

The latest happenings from around the web - December 15th, 2010




- i3DSpeed, November 2010 @ ixbtlabs

- ASUS ENGTX460 Direct Cu @ Lostcircuits




- Hercules XPS 5.1 70 Slim Surround Sound Speaker System @ OverclockersHQ

- Psyko 5.1 PC Gaming Headset @ Overclockers Online




- Thermaltake Armor A60 Mid-Tower Case @ Bigbruin

- Spire Savit 6003 case @ RBmods




- Noctua NH-C14 Lower Noise Heatsink @ Frostytech

- Noctua NH-C12P SE14 @ Tech Reaction

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Facebook for Android gets updated - now includes chat

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Dec 15, 2010 2:33 am

Facebook for Android has hit v1.5.0 and now includes Chat. The update also has various bug fixes and push notifications.


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The various bug fixes are not detailed but Chat is the biggest feature, something the iOS app for the iPhone has included has peeved Android users until now! Go to the Android Market and manually update Facebook for the new version.

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