Google has been wanting to place it's flag in the social network land for a little while now and currently the internal codename for their upcoming social project is "Emerald Sea".
But, that name could now be old and replaced by "Google +1" or "Google Plus One". It's unknown if it'll be one or the other but right now it is a decision between both of those names. The +1 comes from the same mind set of Facebook's Like and Twitters Retweet.
Google's Chrome browser has been a hit for many users with its clean look and interface. Google has released the 8th version of the browser, although with admittedly little fanfare.
Sure, the only major addition besides the usual tweaks and bug fixes is the addition of a built in PDF reader that means you don't need a 3rd party program like Adobe Reader to browse PDFs. Chrome's updates have gotten less and less excitement from Google's team, from full main page blog posts to now just a two sentence blurb in the Google Chrome Releases blog. I guess they figure if you want to use Chrome, you're doing it already.
It's kind of unusual to see the developers of a rooting or hacking program willingly take down their own program for the greater good, but that seems to be exaclt ywhat the folks behind ChevronWP7 have done.
The developers have apparently have talked to Brandon Watson, Microsoft's Director of Developer Experience for Windows Phone 7. Chevron's guys were apparently impressed enough with the possibility of the Windows Phone 7 team supporting homebrew development that they pulled their own program as a good faith effort. It may all be for naught, but the possibility does loom out there for Windows Phone 7 to be a more user-tweakable OS.
Yes! Beta! The team over at Valve constantly tune Team Fortress 2, it's a constantly evolving thing of love for them. The game has now gone into a public beta.
The beta is available to anyone who owns Team Fortress 2 - to install, open/launch Steam, open the Library and install "Team Fortress 2 Beta" from your games list.
nVidia has launched the NVS300 - the card is primarily aimed at business users rather than the gaming or design professionals. The NVS300 replaces the NVS295 and should offer better performance-per-watt and should give a 25-percent reduction in power consumption.
The card is a low-profile design with passive cooling, so it will make no noise whatsoever. The biggest point of this card is 8-output monitor support which is an amazing feat considering it's MSRP is set at $149. The card would represent amazing value for money if used in a stock-trading setup where such a user would use 4, 6, 8, 10+ monitors in a setup.
Not directly tech related - but more "science" related and I thought it would appeal to tech fans, but I'm sure you've heard NASA was set to make an announcement based on a form of life not yet known to our race.
Obviously people thought this was from another planet, or something "out there" where the truth is (nodding to you X-Files fans here). But, NASA found DNA which consists of arsenic right here on Earth and more precisely in California. Please note - there is no other life on this planet whose DNA consists of Arsenic, period.
Here at TweakTown we've posted a few things about Kinect - mainly because it's been such a success for Microsoft and it looks to represent a large change in how we use technology in the future. The broadness of it's tech from hacking has also interested thousands of people.
It is still successful weeks after launch selling 125, 000 units every single day for the past week in the run up to the end of year holiday season. Microsoft have been quite proud (and so they should) be of this achievement, where Sony has been quite as open about their sales numbers - Move is popular, but Microsoft seem to be much more confident in their sales numbers.
NVIDIA are still riding the success-train of the GTX580 launch (with various countries experiencing way shorter than usual stock levels) and have now launched the GTX570. We talked about this not very long ago with spec details but pricing eluded us at the time.
The Palit GTX570 info we posted is still correct - 732MHz core, 480 CUDA cores with shader clocks at 1.4GHz. Pricing is set at £299 including VAT in the UK. This is interesting as it's now £100 more than the GTX470 but £100 less than the GTX580.
I really like ThinkGeek. The site has some of the coolest stuff for geeks including toys, stuff you can eat or eat out of and clothing. I am particularly fond of the awesome Star Wars gear that they have. I also really like the cool drum kit shirt and guitar shirt that they have offered for a while now. ThinkGeek has announced that a new shirt is now shipping that goes right along with the other playable shirts. The new shirt is called the Electronic Music Synthesizer Shirt.
The shirt is offered in sizes for adults from Small to XXL and all sell for the same $29.99. The synthesizer on the front of the shirt can actually be played and you can press up to eight different keys at one time. The instrument has five different instrument sounds you can choose from and the sound comes out of a box that looks like a speaker you wear on your belt.
When it comes to high-end headphones and headsets, Sennheiser makes some of the coolest around. The company has all sorts of headphones from units for audiophiles to headphones made for use with your gaming system or iPod. Sennheiser also makes a lien of headphones that are just for the DJs out there. The latest set of headphones form Sennheiser is the HD 25-1-II and they are branded with Adidas.
The headphones are over the ear style and they are offered in black and blue color scheme with the three stripes that Adidas is famous for. The headphones have value ear pads that help block out room sounds and are padded for long-term ear and comfort. The transducers are dynamic closed units with a frequency response of 16 - 22000 Hz.