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Panasonic Unveils LUMIX DMC-TS3 Digital Camera

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Cameras | Posted: Jan 26, 2011 4:02 pm

Panasonic has tossed the replacement for its aging TS2 digital camera with a rugged design onto the market. The new camera is called the TS3 and is a rugged digital camera that can survive use outdoors. The camera is waterproof for 40-feet, can survive drops from 6.6-feet, and is freeze proof to -10C. The cam is probably more rugged than you are


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The cam has a 3D photo mode that will take 20 images at one time and then overlay the best two shots for 3D viewing on the Panasonic 3D TVs. It's not clear if those 3D photos are viewable on anything other than a Panasonic TV. The camera has a 12.1MP sensor and can record 1080p HD video as well.


The rear of the camera has a 2.7-inch LCD with 230K dot resolution and an anti-reflective coating. Other features include GPS and a wealth of automatic modes and settings. The GPS sensor can tag images with details like the city they were shot in and can offer the name of landmarks that images include if the landmark is in the database. The camera will ship in March at an undisclosed price.

Wednesday Morning Roundup

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Jan 26, 2011 3:36 pm

The latest happenings from around the web - January 26th, 2011




- ASUS P8P67 WS Revolution Motherboard @ HiTechLegion

- Sapphire Pure Black X58 @ LANOC




- OCZ DDR3 PC3-17000 Gold XTE 4GB Kit @ BCCHardware

- Crucial Ballitstix Smart Tracer 1600MHz DDR3 4GB Kit @ eTeknix

- Patriot G2 Series 4GB DDR3-1600 - Value DDR3 for Overclockers @ Techreaction

- G SKILL Ripjaws F3-17066 CL7D 2133mhz (Sandybridge) @ Kitguru




- Nvidia's GeForce GTX 560 Ti graphics processor @ Tech Report

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TweakTown's Aussie Flood Appeal Dream System - Donate and Win!

By: TweakTown Staff | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Jan 26, 2011 3:29 pm

It's been a little delayed due to securing parts, but we are very happy and proud to announce TweakTown's Aussie Flood Appeal Dream System!


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As many of you would know, much of the state of Queensland in Australia was devastated by one of the worst natural disasters in the country's history - it is being compared to the tragic Cyclone Tracy of 1974 which flattened 80% of Darwin's houses. The clean-up bill for the Aussie floods is expected to hit at least FOUR BILLION DOLLARS and it will take years to fully recover. People have lost everything, their homes are gone and towns have been completely destroyed.


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We have teamed up with some of our closest technology company friends and rounded up some of the hottest new products on the market to build the TweakTown Aussie Flood Appeal Dream System. Currently the system is valued at $4930.80 USD (based on Newegg price where applicable), but keep in mind that value will only increase as we adding some extras such as Windows OS, games, monitors and anything else that comes our way from kind companies who are getting involved. CONTINUED...

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First look at the SilverStone DC01 tiny aluminum NAS (video)

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Storage | Posted: Jan 26, 2011 1:04 pm

Besides looking at the new TJ11 case from SilverStone, we also got pulled into a small meeting room to get an exclusive look at SilverStone's upcoming DC01 NAS.


The Taiwanese company is still finishing off the design and some other tweaks to the software, but the DC01 looks to have some potential as a small, light weight NAS. The hardware is protected by a stylish looking small aluminum casing measuring 123mm (W) x 123mm (D) x 33mm (H). It houses a single 2.5-inch hard drive or SSD along with the tiny little PCB inside. The system is powered by a 750MHz dual-core ARM processor.



Like other NAS devices, there is a web-based control panel you can go into and control various aspects of your storage. SilverStone made us of a Linux based operating system which allows you to do just that, but it has the feel of an operating system like the Apple Mac OS. You can do things like view photos and videos and listen to music. While we didn't see it in action, you can also get social with Facebook and others. I am not exactly sure why you would run Facebook through the web-based interface of the NAS, but it is there anyway.


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Later down the track SilverStone also told us that they will be releasing an iPhone app to the App Store which will allow you to control the NAS from your phone. That is a pretty nifty idea. In the video above, Tony Ou from SilverStone gives us a quick rundown of the DC01. CONTINUED...

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SilverStone Temjin TJ11 case production model video hands-on

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jan 26, 2011 12:28 pm

Today we spent some time with Tony Ou from SilverStone Technology at their Taipei based headquarters where we got some quality time with a production and shipping version of the recently released Temjin TJ11 case.



If our numbers are correct, this is the eleventh case in the Temjin series of cases. The first Temjin case, the TJ01, was first developed back in 2003, and since then each new revision over the years has improved by developing new ideas and additions. Kept are the most popular features from previous models and they are added to the latest version. And that makes perfect logical sense to me.


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The TJ11 was recently showcased at CES in Las Vegas by the crew at SilverStone, but the version you may have already seen covered there was of a early and non-finished sample. In the video above you get a look at the mighty all aluminum 21kg gross weighted monster in all its glory. Thanks goes out to Tony for his time this afternoon for introducing their latest product to TweakTown readers.


The TJ11 should go on sale late next month and see a price of a little under $600 in the United States. It's a lot of money for a case, but the attention to detail in build and quality is pretty impressive and cooling performance should also be top notice, too. We will be getting a review sample from SilverStone soon, so stay tuned for our full review by Chad later on.

Download of the Day: GPU-Z v0.5.1

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Jan 26, 2011 8:22 am

Our Download of the Day today is GPU-Z v0.5.1.


TechPowerUp introduced version 0.5.1 of GPU-Z, our lightweight graphics sub-system information and monitoring utility. GPU-Z provides you with technical details of your installed graphics processors, and lets you monitor clock speeds, voltages, temperatures and fan speeds. This month's release adds support for new GPUs, improves stability, and corrects some minor bugs. To begin with, detection for the new NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti graphics processor is added, alongside GeForce GTX 480M, and GeForce GTX 485M. Detection was improved for GeForce GTX 460M, GT 445M, and GT 435M. Early support for AMD's Fusion Llano, Ontario, and Zacate-embedded APUs were also added.


With the latest driver, NVIDIA had blocked our power-throttling disable parameter. We found our way around it, and using a new method, fixed the "/GTX500OCP" parameter using which you can override NVIDIA's power throttling feature. Support for new voltage controllers used by the latest batches of Radeon HD 6800/HD 6900 series graphics cards were also added. A number of stability improvements were made, and bugs fixed. The updates notifier is less pesky, it checks for timely updates in the background when GPU-Z is launched (according to update check frequency defined by user), and appears to users only if it finds that new updates are available.


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Deal of the Day: 2TB Western Digital Elements USB 2.0 External Hard Drive for $89.99 with FREE Shipping!

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Storage | Posted: Jan 26, 2011 8:14 am

Our Deal of the Day today is the Newegg - 2TB Western Digital Elements USB 2.0 External Hard Drive for $89.99 with FREE Shipping!.


Offer: Use promotional coupon code: EMCKJHE22 to drop the price of the 2TB Western Digital Elements USB 2.0 external hard drive down to just $89.99 with FREE shipping. Good until 1/31/11 or while supplies last.


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Tt eSPORTS introduces Black Element gaming mouse

By: Don Lynn | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Jan 26, 2011 7:47 am

Tt eSports, Thermaltake's new gaming peripheral division, has been super busy with new product rollouts. The latest announcement is the release of the Black Element, a gaming mouse with a ton of features.


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Sporting a 6500 DPI laser, nine macro buttons, and Omron gaming switches rated for five million keystrokes, the Black Element is geared towards MMO and RTS gamers. Adjustable weights, a rubber coating, 128kb onboard memory, and adjustable lighting with five available colors help you make this mouse truly your own. Custom software gives you control of the memory onboard the Element with up to 5 profile assignments and 45 total macros and this is a pretty customizable mouse. No release date or price were announced at this time.

$30 unlimited data plan planned for new Verizon iPhone customers

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Jan 26, 2011 7:26 am

Verizon is coming out with both barrels blazing to get Apple fans on board when their iPhone 4 launches. Although their tiered data plan is already in place, Verizon is offering a $30 unlimited data plan for early iPhone 4 adopters.


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This will not be a permanent deal; Verizon COO Lowell McAdams stated that this is a limited time offer and the tiered data plans would be put back into place shortly after launch for iPhone 4 users. With AT&T's similar $30 unlimited plan already being extinct, this looks like another shot fired to score some of their userbase. Bring on the competition; it looks like the only real winner in this thing will be Apple.

Kingston possibly teaming up with JMicron

By: Don Lynn | More News: RAM | Posted: Jan 26, 2011 7:17 am

Memory specialists Kingston may be moving to purchase a share of SSD controller supplier JMicron in the near future. Kingston, which already uses JMicron controllers in their SSD lineup, was reportedly brought into the deal after an investment partnership with Toshiba went south.


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Kingston accounted for 30% of JMicron's controller shipments in 2010, with Kingston expanding its lineup of SSDs between 64 and 512GB. A meeting was scheduled for the 25th according to sources, but nothing further has been officially released at this time.

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