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Kim Dotcom has said that the US Military had 15,634 Megaupload accounts

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 27, 2012 11:12 am

Well, well, isn't this quite the golden nugget of news today, folks! Megaupload co-founder, Kim Dotcom, has admitted that high-profile U.S. government officials held accounts with Megaupload. Not only did people at the Senate, Department of Homeland Security, FBI, and NASA hold Megaupload accounts, but some 15,600 members of the U.S. Military did, too.

 

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The MPAA and RIAA may think that Megaupload is predominantly used for piracy, but there are plenty of government officials and installations using it for legitimate transferring of files, that are simply too big to throw over e-mail. Megaupload's team is working with the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) with their MegaRetrieval campaign, where they hope to reunite site users with their data.

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One of the best magic tricks involving iPads, ever

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Mar 27, 2012 10:27 am

Ok, I've seen this thing popping up on various websites, my Facebook feed and everything in-between, but now I'm spreading its wings and posting it on TweakTown myself. This is one of the most amazing videos I've seen, and truly makes you wish you were capable of this stuff as they guys in this video make it seem oh-so-easy.

 

 

Swedish magicians, Charlie Caper and Erik Rosales, on behalf of the city of Stockholk, have provided the world with what I would call, the best iPad presentation, ever. The video is just filled to the brim with sleight of hand tricks, cool presentation, and iPads.

 

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The duo used seven new iPads, and do some truly amazing things in the 3 minute and 23 second video. I definitely recommend you watch this, and spread it around - you'll be smiling by the final few seconds. One thing it makes me want to do: live in Stockholm. I never really realised how great it sounded until they were listing off all of the great things the country has done. Well done, guys!

Rovio Entertainment, the people behind Angry Birds, acquire Futuremark Games Studio, the people behind 3DMark

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: BREAKING STORY | Posted: Mar 27, 2012 10:18 am

Finnish-based Rovio Entertainment, the people behind the immensely popular Angry Birds games, have just acquired Futuremark Games Studio. You may remember Futuremark, as they're only the company behind the super-popular and great benchmarking tool, 3DMark, and more.

 

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Within the acquisition, Futuremark Games Studio keeps some of their IP such as Shattered Horizon, Hungribles, and Unstoppable Gorg. Futuremark will now renew their focus on making great benchmarks and performance measurement software for gamers, home users, small businesses, and the IT industry. 2012 will see the release of a new 3DMark from the company, where for the first time ever, which will allow a direct comparison of gaming performance across operating systems and form factors, as well as a new version of PCMark for Windows 8.

 

You know what I want to see? A 3DMark featuring super-detailed versions of the Angry Bird universe, now that would be cool.

Batman gets pulled over in his Batmobile, didn't have license plates

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Mar 27, 2012 9:49 am

Lenny B. Robinson, or, Batman, was pulled over by police just outside of Baltimore, Maryland, because his Batmobile did not have any proper license plate. The Batmobile in question is a sexy looking black Lamborghini.

 

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Robinson, or Batman, was on his way to a children's hospital to bring some happiness, before the police pulled him over. Robinson had nothing but a tag with the Batman logo on it, and of course, is not legal enough to ensure police don't notice it and pull you over. Batman had the real plates in his car, which ensured he escaped the ticket. One of the officers on the scene said:

 

The car was registered, and the man explained that he goes to hospitals and does work with kids (while in costume).

 

WHY SO SERIOUS, police officers?

Huawei teases "Beyond LTE", is capable of transfer speeds in excess of 30Gbps

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Networking | Posted: Mar 27, 2012 9:08 am

Huawei have claimed that they've tested a new networking technology that is capable of transfer speeds exceeding 30Gbps, which they dub "Beyond LTE". Beyond LTE technology achieves these insane transfer speeds by improving antenna structure, radio frequency architecture, algorithms and multi-user multi-input multi-output (MIMO) management.

 

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Huawei haven't given a full rundown on the network technology, but the system is said to "meet wideband requirements". But, at 30Gbps, one would begin to wonder if the potential range limitations would hit, if the higher data speeds rely on wideband communication.

 

If it's true, and representative of real-world peak download speeds, then Beyond LTE would completely smash current LTE deployments by a huge margin, and is even 10 times faster than the theoretical peak speeds of LTE-Advanced.

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Chinese woman wins $10k iTunes gift card for downloading the 25th billionth App

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Mar 27, 2012 8:29 am

A very lucky Chinese woman has just won Apple's contest to be the downloader of the 25th billionth (!!!) app from the App Store. The lucky woman, Fu Chunli from Qingdao won the contest by downloading the free version of Disney's 'Where's My Water?'. In return, Apple rewarded her with an iTunes gift card worth $10,000 USD.

 

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Apple also invited Fu to the Beijing store to collect her prize. Once she arrived, she was met by journalists and photographers, and was given a tour of the store as well as a demonstration of Apple products by the staff. Fu wasn't very familiar with most Apple products, as she only purchased herself an iPhone just a month before winning the $10k prize.

 

Fu was still learning the basics of the App Store, and was completely unaware of the competition until she was contacted by Apple, at first, she thought it was a hoax, until it began to sink in. The Chinese media have dubbed Fu the "Apple Girl" from China, as she is the first Chinese resident to have won an Apple contest.

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Angry Birds Space floats past 10 million downloads, only took 72 hours

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 27, 2012 7:37 am

Angry Birds Space is something I only just got into, and something I really wanted on the new iPad. It looks absolutely gorgeous on the new Retina Display-powered 2048x1536 iPad, especially when compared next to the iPad 2. This is why I've pushed my review back from last weekend to this weekend on the new iPad, so I can give all of you a side-by-side review of some of the games, load times, and graphics.

 

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Angry Birds Space has been great for Rovio, with the company announcing that the new Space-based game has passed the 10 million downloads mark, all within 72 hours. Just three days. Insane.

 

Rovio have a continuous stream of green from these little birds and pigs, and it doesn't look like the craziness will stop anytime soon. Have you picked up Angry Birds Space yet? Got a new iPad? If so, I highly suggest that you tap your fingers to the App Store, and grab it right now! It's insanely fun, addictive, and gorgeous.

HTC's Wind, a breath of fresh air, sports dual SIMs, Android 4.0

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 27, 2012 6:30 am

HTC's Wind is a magical thing, a breath of fresh air in an otherwise stale single-SIM card world. HTC Wind sports dual-SIMs, and is only available in China. The T328w Wind is powered by a Qualcomm 1GHz single-core processor, a 4-inch 800x480-pixel screen, and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

 

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HTC's Wind also features a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera, as well as HTC's Beats Audio and SRS processing for music fans and audiophiles alike. But, it's the dual-SIM feature that makes this smartphone stand out against the crowd. Dual SIMs make it appealing in eastern Europe and Asia, where users like to switchin between two or more carriers to minimize call and data costs. This can be quite useful as one carrier might sport insanely cheap voice calls, but expensive data. If this is the case, you could switch to the other SIM and enjoy great data rates.

 

HTC's Wind will come in a bunch of colors: black, white, pink and blue. HTC has priced the phone competitively, at 2,000 yuan ($317 USD) and HTC have not yet announced dates on when the dual SIM-rocking Wind will land in China, or other countries for that matter.

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Black SMS, lets you send undercover SMS message with your iPhone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Mar 27, 2012 5:47 am

The latest iPhone app to hit is 'Black SMS'. What does it do? Well, it can keep your text messages covered in a black shroud, until you're ready to read them. Everyone has secrets. Think of it, I know you do. I do. I'm secretly a lady. What? You can't see what I typed there, it has a black shroud over it.

 

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Black SMS is not expensive, either, at just $0.99. The app sends blacked-out messages through Apple's iMessage service, so when you receive a black SMS, you then copy the message from your Messages folder, and paste it into the Black SMS app to reveal what it says. Kind of like a next-gen scratchy.

 

Even if your iPhone is stolen, Black SMS requires a password to decode the black shroud-laden message. HAHA, pranksters. The app makes a person questionable, though, as if the situation arose that you had secret SMS messages, one would ask what is so secret? But, what if you just didn't want people knowing what you're talking about?

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HTCSense.com will be reset, wipes all current data after April 30

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cloud Computing | Posted: Mar 27, 2012 5:12 am

HTC have warned users that HTCSense.com was undergoing some pretty big changes, and part of these changes is a major upgrade, which will put all precious services in shut down mode. This means all calendars, call histories, contacts, Footprints travel info, as well as messages, will all be wiped.

 

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Users have until April 30th to do something about it - so we would recommend a very strong word here for anyone using HTCSense.com - back. up. now.

 

Those who want phone finding and cloud-based backup apps have been told to try third-party apps, as HTC don't have any time frame on when the HTCSense site would boast its new services. Why the sudden change and removal of a website they pushed as competition to Google's cloud services for Android, or Apple's MobileMe service?

 

Well, HTC are launching Sense 4.0-powered devices in the coming months, with the One X, One S and One V being released into the wild. These handsets have been considerably stripped back and polished, removing clutter and should improve the overall experience of these handsets. This speed increase and spring cleaning does come at a price though, HTCSense being dropped for a while.

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