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Western Digital release Android app, lets you control set-top boxes remotely

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 26, 2011 1:08 am

I've had a very Merry Christmas this year, and we at TweakTown hope you have, too. Onto the news, Western Digital have released an Android application, WD TV Remote, which connects to your Western Digital set-top box over a WI-Fi connection, and lets you control it from any Android-powered device.

 

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The app includes one-touch access to every online service available, keyboard entry using Android's on-screen keyboard, a gesture pad for quick navigation and the ability to connect to multiple Android-powered devices at once.

 

WD TV Remote has a couple of requirements: Android 2.1 or later, a Wi-Fi connection, and third-generation WD TV Live Hub or TV Live system in order to work. You can grab the WD TV Remote Android application here.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from TweakTown!

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: TweakTown | Posted: Dec 24, 2011 12:17 am

We would like to wish you and your family a very happy, safe and relaxing time over the holidays and all the best for a very productive and successful 2012!

 

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We have given you a little Christmas gift by spending a lot of time the past few days seriously speeding up the responsiveness and load time of the site to do with JavaScript elements we use. Just make sure you are using one of the latest version browsers to notice the full effect. And we'll be taking a little time off from now till the New Year, so content will be reduced somewhat, but we'll be back in full force soon!

 

Behind the scenes we are working on some exciting new features for TweakTown which will come online in the New Year as well as some different language sites that should go live before too much longer. We are also excited for the fact that one of our Australian editors Shane Baxtor is moving to Taiwan next week where we will be able to push out even more high quality tech content.

 

Thanks for a fantastic 2011 and here's to the next twelve months!

Samsung are giving away 16 free games to certain Galaxy devices

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Dec 23, 2011 12:32 pm

If you're an owner of a certain few Samsung Galaxy-branded handsets, you're in for an early Christmas treat. Samsung are offering some free apps from its Apps store. The selection of apps won't be available for all Galaxy devices, but just a few.

 

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To get the free apps, you'll require one of the following Galaxy devices: Galaxy Wi-Fi 5.0, Galaxy S II, Galaxy Note, Galaxy Ace, or Galaxy Gio. Included in the selection of apps are: Air Penguin, Air Attack HD, Artillery Brigade, Bang Bang Racing, Grow, Paladog, Riptide GP HD, Roboto, Samurai 2, Sprinkle, Trial Xtreme, Zixxby.

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Razer Blade gaming laptop delayed until January, offers free Razer Orochi Blade Edition mouse for the wait

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Dec 23, 2011 11:51 am

For those of you wishing for one of Razer's Blade gaming laptops for Christmas, Santa will not be delivering it. Razer has delayed the laptop because of a delay in relation to Razer swapping out the mechanical 320GB hard drive with a 256GB solid-state drive.

 

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In a note on Facebook to fans, Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan announced that the company received an "overwhelming response from the press and gamers for the Razer Blade." Tan says that the delay is a result of an SSD shortage, and now will miss the Christmas ETA. The Blade will reportedly ship in mid to late January for North American customers.

 

Razer is making up for the delay by letting customers sign-up to be notified of when the Blade will ship, by offering a coupon for a free Razer Orochi Blade Edition gaming mouse. Now, this is how you keep your customers happy, by offering them a free mouse for just waiting another month.

Samsung launches two dual-SIM Galaxy Y handsets

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 23, 2011 11:15 am

Samsung have a duo of products to release before Christmas, in the form of two new dual-SIM Android-powered handsets. The Galaxy Y Duos sports a 3.14-inch QVGA (243x320) touchscreen, 834MHz processor, HSDPA, a 3-megapixel rear-facing camera, and software wise we have Google's Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

 

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The Galaxy Y Duos Pro is the same handset inside, but features a smaller 2.6-inch LQVGA TFT screen so make space for its physical keyboard. The new devices will hit Russia in January 2012, with the Galaxy Y Duos rolling out to Europe, CIS, Latin America, Southeast and Southwest Asia, Middle East, Africa, and finally, China.

 

Galaxy Y Pro Duos will arrive in Europe, CIS, Latin America, Southwest Asia, Middle East and Africa. Both phones sport the great feature of dual-SIM, which can be handy for those who want to either have one side for business, one for pleasure. Alternatively, if one carrier has better offers at certain times (or more data allowance), and then you could switch to the other SIM for everything else.

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Japan gets Vending Machine 2.0, see-through Full HD display, facial recognition

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Dec 23, 2011 10:25 am

Ok. If I were rich enough, I admit it: there would be one of these in each of my rooms. But, Japan gets it first, as they are the country of not only vending machines, but super-new technology and tech items.

 

 

Developed by Japan-based tech companies Sanden and Okaya (as well as Intel), this "vending machine 2.0" features a 65-inch see-through display with full HD resolution as its biggest selling point. When there are no potential customers nearby, it turns into a digital clock and also includes various animations to attract people.

 

Of course, the facial recognition feature is one of the stand out features of the new vending machine 2.0. Once a person is standing in front of the machine, facial recognition picks up the gender and approximate age and serves up personalized ads. The machine is suggested to sell "luxury" items such as cosmetics and wine.

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Future MacBooks could sport Fuel Cells

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 23, 2011 9:26 am

I think even Terminator's would be happy with this news! According to the latest patent application to come out of Apple, it would seem they're working on a fuel cell-based MacBook, that could power it in the future.

 

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The fuel cell-powered MacBook could have days of battery life, as well as being slimmer, lighter and greener, if that's how you swing. Apple's patent indicates that hydrogen fuel cells would be used to send and re ceive power from the battery. They also admit that developing a product which is small enough and cheap enough to be placed in one of their laptops could be a challenge.

 

I would like fuel cells in my laptop, smartphone, tablet, and everything in between. Imagine the possibilities of a notebook or tablet with days of battery life. Business people, travellers, students, so many people would benefit from longer battery life. I'm sure this type of technology is 5 years or more away, but at least we know where we're headed.

Amazon releases Kindle Fire 6.2.1 update, includes improved performance

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 23, 2011 8:31 am

Amazon released version 6.2.1 of its Kindle Software. The aim of this update seems to be improving UI performance, which is something people have wanted since the Kindle Fire went on sale. The update is set to be delivered over-the-air, but for those who haven't received it OTA, you can download it manually, with some instructions below.

 

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Amazon say that the 6.2.1 contains the following:

 

Enhanced fluidity and performance - The user interface felt choppy, especially with items like the coverflow or "carousel" feature. This update aims to improve that.

 

Improves touch navigation responsiveness

 

(and more in the fully story)

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For just $1 million, you can have a giant slinky suit, be a human slinky!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Fashion meets Tech | Posted: Dec 23, 2011 7:31 am

It is the season to be jolly... to be jolly, you really need $1 million in your bank account. But what good is $1 million spare when you don't own a Human Slinky costume! Well, you're in luck!

 

 

There is one for sale on eBay! The Veniamin Human Slinky costume, which is on sale right now for $1 million. But that's not the surprise. You don't just get the suit, you get the rights to perform the Human Slinky act exclusively worldwide for five years.

 

After the five years, you'll be allowed to rock the suit to private parties, etc. The suit and act was originally developed by Romanian artist Veniamen. Get that credit card out! Also, invite me to your event when you buy it.

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The world's smallest USB memory stick is here, goes up to a wall and awaits the impending measuring contest

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Dec 23, 2011 6:23 am

Dutch-based promotional product manufacturer, Deonet, who made the diamond-studded Golden USB memory stick and the FSC-certified maple-enclosed Eco Wood drive have just announced something quite special before the holidays: the world's smallest USB memory stick.

 

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The USB memory stick measures in at just 19.5 x 14.5 x 2.9mm, which is thicker, but a fair bit shorter than the already small Kingmax Super Stick Mini. It comes in three sizes, 4, 8 and 16GB and will launch in January at PSI Düsseldorf. The drive is based on something called the Micro UDP chip, with the UDP standing for USB Disk In Package assembly process, which has the controller, flash IC, substrate and passive components molded into a very small, single package. This makes it less than half the physical size of other USB memory solutions.

 

The company says that once the drive is plugged in, it can hardly be seen coming out of the USB port itself. Impressively small. At the moment, Deonet has not revealed any pricing on the new world's smallest USB memory stick. Hopefully the price matches the small footprint of the drive.

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