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Weekly Giveaway: Win a Samsung 250GB 840 Series SSD (Global Entry Accepted)

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Jan 17, 2013 5:56 pm

This week we have teamed up with Samsung who are giving away one of its new 840 Series solid state drives.

 

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The drive on offer has a solid capacity of 250GB and since it uses a 7mm Ultraslim form factor, it will fit just fine in your new Ultrabook laptop, as well as your desktop PC. The drive has read speeds of up to 530MB/s and write speeds up to 240MB/s. Read IOPS top out at an incredible 95,000.

 

It also comes with one of the best SSD bundles out including Samsung SmartMigration Software, Samsung Software & Manual CD, Quick User Manual, 3.5" bracket with screws, SATA data and power cables and a Mounting Spacer.

 

This time we are running the weekly giveaway a little differently. In order to comply with Facebook's policies, we are running the giveaway directly through an app on our Facebook page. It's really easy - all you have to do to enter is become (or be) a TweakTown Facebook page fan and enter a valid email address. The winner will be alerted via email, it's important your email is correct.

 

ENTER THE GIVEAWAY HERE!

Yelp to add "Hygiene Score" to reviews from establishments in New York and San Francisco, more cities on the way

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Jan 17, 2013 5:41 pm

Yelp has announced that it will be adding a new feature to its business pages. Users will now be able to see an eateries health department score. Health departments have mandated that this score be displayed publicly, usually on a window near a door, but now consumers using the popular app can view it before they decide to eat at the establishment.

 

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The new feature will be rolled out to New York and San Francisco over the next few weeks, then expand to Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, and potentially other cities in coming months. Examples of places that already have health scores on Yelp include San Francisco's Royal Ground Coffee and The Cheese Steak Shop.

 

This new feature could be somewhat of a lifesaver for Yelp whose stock dropped after Facebook announced its new "Graph Search" earlier this week. Graph search allows users to poll Facebook's massive database and search for anything. An example search string would be "Mexican Restaurants in Atlanta that my friends ate at and loved", and Graph Search will compile a list of locations based on your friends about that place. This lets users rely on friend based reviews rather than reviews from complete strangers.

Evernote clipping, one-stop syncing and sharing come to Dolphin Browser

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Jan 17, 2013 4:59 pm

Dolphin Browser, one of the most popular mobile browsers just made a huge leap into the future by building in Evernote's Web Clipper. This makes it the first such browser to let us save, annotate, and tag webpages on the spot and see the changes pop up across all of our Evernote Synced devices.

 

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Also included in the update is a single-step sharing process that simplifies sharing to social media sites and email. Users can even share content between browsers if they are on the same local network.

 

Developers also upgraded Dolphin Connect, to better sync bookmarks, passwords, and history between devices such as PC using extensions and add-on's to popular browsers.

Nexus 7 overthrows iPad as number one selling tablet in Japan

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 17, 2013 4:09 pm

Google's Nexus 7 has topped the sales charts in Japan over the recent holiday season, effectively knocking the iPad out of the number one spot.

 

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Nikkei market research firm BCN in reporting from a survey of 2,400 stores in Japan that Google's 7-inch tablet accounted for 44.4% of all tablet sales in the country. Sales of Apple tablets, including the iPad Mini, only made up 40.1% of tablet sales over the same time period. It is however, unclear if Apple stores were included in the survey.

 

Google's plan of offering a smaller, yet still very capable tablet is working better than expected. In Japan the Nexus 7 costs around 19,000 yen ($212 USD, while the iPad and iPad mini cost 42,000 yen ($470) and 28,800 yen ($322 USD) respectively. Market research firm IDC estimates a total of 3.6 million tablets were sold in Japan during 2012.

Lenovo unveils ThinkPad Chromebook aimed at K-12 students

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jan 17, 2013 3:25 pm

Since its release the Chromebook has been a two-way street with only two companies choosing to build the Google OS devices. Lenovo has decided to join the ranks of Samsung and Acer and produce a Chromebook of its own.

 

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Lenovo has announced that it is producing a Chromebook based on its X131e ThinkPad. It seems that the only hardware difference between the X131e and the X131e Chromebook is the lack of an AMD processor, and of course one runs Windows and the other Chrome OS.

 

Lenovo says that the X131e Chromebook is the perfect solution for K-12 schools because it is rugged, sports an 11.6-inch screen, and only runs light-weight web-only software and will not increase the schools IT department's overhead. The new Chromebook will only be available to institutional customers making volume bids, so don't count on owning one yourself at this stage.

VIA announces APC Rock and Paper low-cost Android computers

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Jan 17, 2013 2:15 pm

VIA has today announced the latest additions to its APC line. For those of you not in the know, VIA's APC line consist of small Android based PC motherboards. The original APC was released last spring for around $45.

 

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The Rock is the first new APC board and is a complete redesign of the original APC. It features a faster processor, more RAM, and a metric ton of expandability by not only breaking out the processors 20-pin ARM JTAG header, but also opening up GPIO, SPI and I2C buses on header pins.

 

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The Paper features a slick faux book-like case and does not have a VGA port like the Rock. Both boards feature an ARM Cortex A9 processor running at 800MHz, 4GB of NAND flash based storage, 512MB of DDR3 RAM, HDMI port, microSD, 10/100 Ethernet and run Android 4.0. The Rock is currently available from the APC.io website for $79 and the Paper is expected to begin shipping in March at a price point of $99.

Acer going for your eyeballs with new high-res desktop, notebook displays

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jan 17, 2013 11:34 am

Acer were teasing some deliciously high-res displays at the Consumer Electronics Show last week in Las Vegas, where the company showed off a 15.6-inch display featuring a 2880x1620 resolution.

 

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Apple's Retina models of the MacBook Pro family sport 2880x1800 pixels, so Acer are getting very close. Acer's panel has a 16:9 ratio compared to Apple's 16:10 panel. There's no concrete information on whether the display uses an IPS panel or relies on another panel technology, but AnandTech have said that the display looked great in person, with great viewing angles and better colors than TN-backed screens.

LG plans on selling 45 million smartphones this year, says that the Nexus 4 has helped them

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 17, 2013 10:32 am

LG have some grand plans for 2013, and by grand, we mean really grand - the South Korean company are expecting to have a ten-fold increase in sales according to The Korea Times.

 

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The Korea Times' report also says that LG are looking to sell roughly 75 million handsets this year, with 45 million of those being smartphones. LG also talks about jumping into the Windows Phone 8 bandwagon, with a senior executive from one of LG's partners telling The Korea Times:

 

We will release quite a number of new Optimus devices this year, and LG also has some new smartphones in the works that will run Microsoft's Windows Phone 8.

 

The executive adds that this year "won't be as bullish for LG as last year" and that the Nexus 4 and Optimus G have helped the South Korean company make great impressions with major carriers. These two smartphones have shown not only the carriers, but consumers that LG are more than capable of releasing some of the best built, and outright best smartphones on the market right now.

Sprint-based Galaxy Nexus receive their Android 4.2 Jelly Bean update

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 17, 2013 9:30 am

Sprint-based Galaxy Nexus smartphones are now receiving their Android 4.2 Jelly Bean (JOP40D) updates, hosted by Google. There's been no word on over-the-air (OTA) updates just yet.

 

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Instead of waiting for the OTA update, there's always the option to manually download the update and install it with more than one method provided on the Galaxy Nexus forums across the world. The update is around 100MB, which you can grab here. The download is direct from Google, so you know it hasn't been tampered with.

T-Mobile to offer Nexus 4 in all retail stores soon, now offers Nexus 7 with SIM through Google Play

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 17, 2013 8:28 am

T-Mobile have unleashed some news to consumers waiting to know about the Nexus 4 and Nexus 7. The Nexus 4 will reach all retail stores 'in the coming weeks', and will be available once more through T-Mobile's website on January 23.

 

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In regards to the Nexus 7, there's now a 32GB version sporting a T-Mobile HSPA+ SIM card. The hardware rocking along inside of the tablet is the same as the "AT&T version" that arrived just hours ago, but instead this one says "T-Mobile" on it and doesn't come with $100 credit on your bill.

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