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Deal of the Day: Samsung WEP450 Bluetooth Headset w/ 6 hrs Talk Time, Multipoint Connectivity & Noise Isolation Technology for $0.01 after Rebate with FREE Shipping

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Jul 18, 2011 10:11 am

Our Deal of the Day today is the Newegg - Samsung WEP450 Bluetooth Headset w/ 6 hrs Talk Time, Multipoint Connectivity & Noise Isolation Technology for $0.01 after Rebate with FREE Shipping!.


Offer: This Samsung Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR headset with 6 hour talk time and up to 7 day standby time is just 1 cent after $20 mail in rebate (expiring 9/30/11). Shipping is also FREE.





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Download of the Day: VLC Media Player 1.1.11

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Jul 18, 2011 7:30 am

Our Download of the Day today is VLC Media Player 1.1.11.


VLC media player is a highly portable multimedia player for various audio and video formats as well as DVDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols without external codec or program.


It can also be used as a server to stream in unicast or multicast in IPv4 or IPv6 on a high-bandwidth network.


VLC can play:


• MPEG-1, MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 / DivX files from a hard disk, a CD-ROM drive, and so on

• DVDs, VCDs, and Audio CDs

• From satellite cards (DVB-S)

• Several types of network streams: UDP/RTP Unicast, UDP/RTP Multicast, HTTP, RTSP, MMS, etc.

• From acquisition or encoding cards (on GNU/Linux and Windows only)


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AMD says next-gen Xbox graphics will look as good as Avatar

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 18, 2011 6:00 am

We'll keep this in the rumor bin for now but director of ISV relationships at AMD, Neal Robison says that gamers have a lot to be excited about in regards to the next-generation of Xbox. Claiming that the next-gen Xbox will be capable of graphical detail from the movie Avatar. Robison also mentioned that the AI and physics capabilities of the next-gen hardware will reportedly allow every pedestrian in a game like Grand Theft Auto to have totally individual mentality.


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This means that if you were to shoot a gun near someone or run them over, each NPC will react different. Gone will be the days of mob mentality where everyone acted the same, each character is capable of being an individual.


It's a bold statement, that's for sure.

Battlefield 3 screenshots out, thanks Alpha testers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 18, 2011 3:20 am

EA and DICE are currently running through alpha/beta testing of their soon-to-be-awesome Battlefield 3. The testing is for the Battlelog service in which a number of third-party testers have been given access to the alpha version of Battlefield 3 for the sole purpose of testing Battlelog. The map in the screenshots is what we saw from E3 which is Operation Metro.


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The screenshots don't reveal much apart from we now get a decent look at the HUD as well as the server browser. Enjoy!


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Windows Phone 7 Connector, puts your Home Server in your hand

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 18, 2011 2:46 am

Windows Server Solutions Phone Connector, mixed with a Windows Home Server 2011-powered machine and a Windows Phone 7 handset, you're going to want to take note. The combination of server-side plug-in and phone app allows a user to remotely control their server - things like backups, managing users and viewing alerts becomes something you can do quite easily on your WP7-powered handset.


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It also allows the viewing of media files stored on your server, but doesn't allow copying them to the WP7 device just yet. This new feature is not just for home users either, the plug-in works with Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials and Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials, for smaller companies that rely on Microsoft-powered mobiles.

Intel Sandy Bridge-E to be out this year, platform features to be chopped? PCI Express 3.0 waves goodbye?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jul 18, 2011 2:10 am

It was only a few weeks ago that reports were out that Intel's next-gen Sandy Bridge-E and Waimea Bay platform had been delayed until 2012 but new information has popped up and is suggesting that Intel is trying very hard to get the new platform onto the market this year. This means that Intel will have to make some compromises on a lot of the platform features.


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According to sources, Intel is having issues with the platform in the form of issues with storage, PCI Express problems and even CPU revisions. This sounds like bad news for a company wanting to launch their next-gen enthusiast platform. There are various platform SKUs coming in the form of Patsburg -A, -B, -D and -T. The X79 chipset is known as Patsburg-X and was meant to be similar to what Patsburg-D brings to the table.

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App of the Day: for iPad (iOS)

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Apps | Posted: Jul 17, 2011 3:59 pm

Our TweakTown App of the Day today is 1.1.1 for iPad with iOS 3.2 or later. luanched recently by the folks behind the popular short link service. It allows you to easily read what your friends and the people you follow on Twitter are reading in a fancy layout on the iPad. offers a remarkable new way to find out what the people who interest you are reading right now.


By allowing you to read a full, clean, continuous and ad-free stream of articles right inside the app, offers a fresh, uncluttered, and compelling way to get your news via the luminaries you already follow on Twitter. includes a free trial and is 99 cents per week after that.




- Explore others' streams to see the news through their eyes

- Explore your own stream based on the people that you follow

- Experience streams of notable users such as Steven Johnson and Nicholas Kristof

- Read full articles ad-free from major publishers like the New York Times

- View full text, images, and videos in an elegant and streamlined layout

- Save stories for later in your reading list (or add to Instapaper)

- Personalized relevance filters using bitly data

- Browse and read the news offline


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TweakTown Image Zooming goes live - get a closer look!

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: TweakTown | Posted: Jul 16, 2011 7:37 pm

In our continuous effort to improve your experience at TweakTown, today we introduce a newly rolled out feature called "Image Zooming".


Using the wonderful power and bliss of jQuery, JavaScript and CSS, when you move your mouse over one of our content images, you will see an enlarged version of the image allowing you to get a closer, more detailed view.


The enlarged version of the image will not display instantly, as it still has to download, but it should load relatively quick (depending on your connection, of course) thanks to our use of Content Delivery Network (CDN) servers around the world. The good news is that it works in all the popular web browsers; you'll just need to make sure you have JavaScript enabled or else it will not work.


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Give it a try right now! Just move your mouse over the image above.


If you want to implement it for your website or learn more about the great technology behind it, visit Alen Grakalic's page over at CSS Globe where you can learn more about his "Image Preview" method. Thanks Alen for the fantastic script and keep up the great work!

App of the Day: Spotify 0.4.14 (iOS)

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Apps | Posted: Jul 16, 2011 2:09 pm

Our TweakTown App of the Day today is Spotify 0.4.14 for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad with iOS 3.0 or later.


Launched only a couple of days ago to users in the United States (sorry, if you are not in the US, you won't be able to find this on your App Store), Spotify is a new way to socially enjoy music for free. I loved it after using it for only five minutes.


Stream millions of tracks from thousands of albums and artists to your iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. Take your existing Spotify playlists with you on the go - listen to them during your commute, in the gym or on a flight. With 'Offline mode' you can listen even when no connection is available. Wirelessly sync your local files to your phone to merge your catalogue with ours, no cables required! Download and get started directly from your mobile.


• Wirelessly sync your local files to your phone

• Create and sync playlists

• Receive music from friends via the inbox

• Star your favourite tracks

• Scrobble tracks to


Spotify Premium provides you with:

• Access to over 13 million tracks from our catalogue

• Offline playlists - listen to music with no mobile connection and avoid using your data allowance


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Apple set to release Thunderbolt-equipped displays?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jul 16, 2011 3:00 am

MacRumors have picked up on a number of non-posted images from, showing Apple having a $999 display. In the pics, the display has a new part number (which is in the URL), and a newer background to match the default wallpaper of Mac OS X Lion which is being released next week. What makes this interesting is the below pic which shows two of the newer displays, with one plugged into the other.


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Maybe Apple are allowing mirrored or extended displays through USB, but most likely this is Thunderbolt-powered and it's down with the latest-generation iMacs which share many design similarities with the LED cinema display. If Apple wants to push Thunderbolt, this would definitely be the way to go about it. On something like a MacBook Pro, using the Thunderbolt port just to power a monitor would use up the port, but daisy-chaining them like this would allow a user to use the Thunderbolt I/O on the MBP, then daisy-chain something directly into the Cinema Display.


Thunderbolt is capable of daisy chaining up to seven Thunderbolt-equipped devices together, whilst retaining full speed across ever single one of them, this is thanks to the existing DisplayPort and PCI-Express data protocols to open up what you can do with a single port into multiple uses and at high speeds.

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