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Windows Phone 7 surpasses 1.5 million handsets shipped

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Dec 21, 2010 11:49 pm

It's only been two months since Microsoft launched Windows Phone 7 into the world, and now it has hit the 1.5 million handsets sold mark. Is this number the amount of handsets in users hands, or sold to the networks?


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That is still unknown, even if half of those are sold to customers, it's still a very big achievement. Keeping in mind it took Apple 74 days to reach 1 million iPhone sales and T-Mobile took six months to sell 1 million Android-powered G1 handsets in the US.

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Motz Tiny Wooden Power Speaker debuts

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Dec 21, 2010 8:04 pm

If you have, an MP3 player or other device and you need a cool speaker to use to play your music on the go that looks cool and sounds good you might like the new speaker from Pyramid Distribution. The new speaker is called the Motz Tiny Wooden Power Speaker. The little speaker has a carved wooden case that looks really nice and it is smaller than the iPhone 4.


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The speaker is handmade and has all sorts of features. The internal rechargeable battery allows the speaker to be played away from a power outlet. It supports the iPhone and all other 3.5mm input devices. It also has a USB port and a SD card slot for playing media as well.


Other features include a FM receiver inside, and it has a lithium-ion battery good for ten hours when used with earphones, and five hours as a speaker. It measures 40 x 61 x 24mm and weighs 60g. You can order one up right now for $59.99 and the case is made from apricot wood.

Pioneer launches new pearl white DJ gear

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Dec 21, 2010 7:06 pm

Back earlier this year pioneer launched some cool black DJ gear that was just like this white gear that you see here. The only difference is that this white gear has a distinctly Storm Trooper look to it and is cooler than the black in my book. Other than looks, the gear is the same on the inside.


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The hardware includes the CDJ-350-W multi-media player. It support digital files like MP3, AAC, WAV, and AIFF formats played from different media types including USB mass storage, memory cards, and CDRW discs. The device also has a BEAT display function to help the DJ find the perfect spot for a loop or other effect. It also has auto beat loop functions along with beat loop, loop divide, and hot loop.


The DJM-350-W mixer has a USB port, four effect types like noise, short echo, filter, and jet. The device converts analog files to digital and more. It has all sorts of other features like peak level meters, cross fader curves, and lots more. The DJ system will ship in January 2011 with a pair of the CDJ-350-W players and a single DJM-350-W mixer for $2245.

Geek hacks ExoPC to run Android

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Laptops | Posted: Dec 21, 2010 6:00 pm

The little ExoPC is a cool tablet style computer that was really anticipated by a bunch of users. The thing ended up being delayed a lot and it finally lunch not too long ago and hit the market. The mod community has been working hard over the last few months and we have seen all sorts of stuff end up running OS' that were never meant to run on the hardware of late and one of the favorite OS' to hack onto devices is Android.




A dude going by MrWilson on the ExoPC forums has posted up a video of his machine hacked to run Android and it looks really cool. The downside to the hack is that the dude couldn't get the touchscreen to work. You can connect a keyboard and mouse to the computer though and use Android that way if you want.


Perhaps other geeks will be able to help get the touchscreen working on the hack, which would make it much more interesting. Check out the video to see the machine in action. Dennis the Menace would approve of this hack.

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Beta Shell protects your lenses on the roughest of trials

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Cameras | Posted: Dec 21, 2010 5:02 pm

Every time I take my DSLR camera with me on the road, I worry that it will get broken. I know how fragile the thing is and if I take an extra lens with me, I worry more. I can keep the camera secure around my neck when I am out and about, but any extra lenses just have to sit in the bag. If you have expensive lenses that you take with you on the road and you want the best protection you can get the Beta Shell is for you.




The Beta shell is a case with a threaded lid that is waterproof, impact proof, and resists temperature extreme. The case looks sort of like a high-tech coffee can with a lid that appears to screw on. The top of the lid has foam to and the bottom of the case has foam as well to pad the lens in case you drop.


The foam is visco-elastic memory foam. The Beta Shell will work with the top ten lenses for Canon and Nikon cameras. Even longer 70-200mm lenses will fit inside the case. That means you can use one case for several different lens sizes that you might own.

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Toshiba to show off 3D screens at CES needing no glasses

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Dec 21, 2010 4:04 pm

Easily the biggest thing hurting 3D today is that you have to wear glasses to see the 3D effects. The need for glasses is why many consumers haven't adopted the tech and the glasses are often very expensive too. There are a few 3D sets hitting the market that use passive 3D glasses that are cheaper than the active glasses often required to watch 3D programs.


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Toshiba has announced that it will be showing off new screens at CES 2011 in January that need no glasses of any sort to view. The autostereoscopic screens will be larger than the 20-inch versions that Toshiba showed off this year at CEATEC. Although it has only been three months since the 20-inch screen was seen Toshiba says the tech is already better.


Toshiba plans to make even larger screens next year. The downsides to this sort of screen is that it has worse viewing angles that screens that need glasses and getting the best spot for ideal viewing is harder to accomplish.


"It has been three months, I think we should show [the TVs] with better technology," said Masaaki Oosumi. "Next year is the key year to extend development of the technology and extend the screen size," he added.

Download of the Day: Recuva 1.39.509

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Dec 21, 2010 6:56 am

Our Download of the Day today is Recuva 1.39.509.


Recuva (pronounced "recover") is a freeware Windows utility to restore files that have been accidentally deleted from your computer. This includes files emptied from the Recycle bin as well as images and other files that have been deleted by user error from digital camera memory cards or MP3 players. It will even bring back files that have been deleted from your iPod, or by bugs, crashes and viruses!


• Simple to use interface - just click 'Scan' and choose the files you want to recover

• Easy to use filter for results based on file name/type

• Simple Windows like interface with List and Tree view

• Can be run from a USB thumb drive

• Restores all types of files, office documents, images, video, music, email, anything.

• Supports FAT12, FAT16, FAT32, exFAT, NTFS, NTFS5 , NTFS + EFS file systems

• Restores files from removable media (SmartMedia, Secure Digital, MemoryStick, Digital cameras, Floppy disks, Jaz Disks, Sony Memory Sticks, Compact Flash cards, Smart Media Cards, Secure Digital Cards, etc.)

• Restores files from external ZIP drives , Firewire and USB Hard drives

• It's fast, tiny and takes seconds to run!


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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.

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