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Vine Flip turns your Vine videos into a flipbook

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Feb 23, 2013 12:33 am

If you're one of the many people who made flipbooks in their youth, there is now a much easier way to do it. A new website, called Vine Flip, will turn your six-seocnd Vine video into a flipbook. The founders got the idea after thinking about how awesome it would be to pass a flipbook of a Vine video they had just taken around the office.




We were goofing around our office shooting our friends being foolish and thought, how funny if we could make this into a flipbook and secretly pass them around the office. And then the ideas of other ways we'd like to flip our Vines came flowing out - from marriage proposals to parties. We knew we had to roll this out if nothing else to entertain ourselves


Turning a Vine video into a flipbook has lots of cool uses, but it really is just an awesome demonstration of the digital world becoming physical once again. For $14, you can turn a Vine video into a pair of flipbooks, though you can order as many as you want. They will take five to ten business days for them to be created and delivered.

Industry officials expect Microsoft to unveil next-gen Xbox in April

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 23, 2013 12:02 am

Numerous industry sources, including some Sony employees, expect that Microsoft will unveil the next-generation Xbox at an event in April. A senior Sony official stated he was informed that the PS4 unveiling had "at first caught Microsoft off-guard. We definitely ruffled some feathers."




Another indication that the next-gen Xbox is just around the corner is that a Microsoft media partner, Ustechs, has registered the internet domain Microsoft continues to decline to comment about the next-gen Xbox.

Google announces I/O registration opens March 13, requires Google+ and Google Wallet accounts

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 22, 2013 11:27 pm

Google has announced that registration for Google I/O will open on March 13 at 7a.m. PST. Last year, the event sold out in just 20 minutes, so you'll need to be on top of registration to make sure you reserve your spot at the event. Last year, Google unveiled the Nexus 7 and other products.




This year's I/O will take place May 15 to May 17 in the Moscone Center, located in beautiful San Francisco, California. To register for the event, you'll be required to have a Google+ account and Google Wallet buyer account. Prices remain the same at $900 for general attendees and $300 for academic attendees.


More information can be found on Google's I/O page.

Sony aiming to show PlayStation 4 console at E3...or sooner

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 22, 2013 10:29 pm

As we've previously reported, the actual PlayStation 4 console was noticeably absent from the unveiling Wednesday night. Sony said that this was due to the console's hardware and design still being finalized. The CEO of Sony has now come out and said that we should see the actual console at E3 or sooner.




"I would look for E3 as a time when you'll get a good look at it," he told Forbes in an interview. "Or sooner."


As soon as actual pictures of the PlayStation 4 surface, you can be sure that you'll be able to find them here on TweakTown.

Google buildings have toxic fumes likely resulting from previous occupants

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 22, 2013 10:02 pm

A couple of Google's office buildings in Mountain View, California are having issues with toxic fumes that are likely the result of the previous owners of the land. Buildings QD6 and QD7 were found to have high levels of trichloroethylene (TCE), a toxic solvent used in the manufacturing of electronic chips.




The previous owners of the land were Fairchild Semiconductor, Intel, Raytheon, and other chip makers. These companies dumped thousands of gallons of THC into the ground, which has contaminated the water. Google installed air filters when they moved in and conducted air quality tests.


Readings as high as 8 micrograms per cubic meter were recorded. Normal exposure is 5 micrograms per cubic meter. The EPA has said that it would take decades of exposure to cause problems, not the few months that Google employees experienced.


Google released a statement, saying "The health and safety of our employees is Google's number one priority, and we take several proactive measures to ensure the healthiest indoor air environments possible."

LeakedTT: These images purported to be of cases for the Samsung Galaxy S IV

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 22, 2013 9:34 pm

We're getting a little more insight into what the Samsung Galaxy S IV might look like thanks to some leaked images of cases for the upcoming device. The following images, originally posted by MobileFun, are said to be of cases for the upcoming Galaxy S IV device and should let us dissect some of design elements we can expect.




The Galaxy S IV is widely expected to be announced in a few weeks' time, at which time we shall find out if these cases are the real deal. Judging from the images, it appears that there will be a large camera centered on the back of the device with a speaker or microphone on one side of the lens and a flash on the other.


The headphone jack appears to be at the top right (while looking at the front of the device). Volume buttons are present of the left side and a lock button is on the right. The microUSB connector is at the standard location of the bottom of the device.

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ASUS GeForce Titan offered up for pre-order on Newegg

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Feb 22, 2013 9:03 pm

Earler this week, we were introduced to the NVIDIA GeForce Titan GPU, a consumer graphics card based off of the GK110 chip which is currently used in supercomputers. System integrators, such as iBuyPower, Maingear, and Origin have announced that they will be offering the GPU in some of their systems.




But I'm sure many of our readers are interested in buying just the GPU. Newegg has put the Titan up for pre-order for a mere $999. The model available on Newegg is from ASUS and is listed to be available for purchase on February 28, so six days from now. EVGA, and possibly other vendors, will be offering up their own boards, likely before February 28.

Scientists at Cornell University show off 3D printed human ear

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Health Technology | Posted: Feb 22, 2013 7:30 pm

If one daily dose of 3D printing was not enough for you, scientist at Cornell University have successfully printed lifelike human ears that can be used to treat birth defects such as microtia. Other possible uses are for accident victims or those who lost an ear to cancer.




The "product" that is almost perfectly identical to a human ear, was printed using gel made from living cells, a type of collagen that is gathered from rat tails as well as cartilage cells taken from cow ears. The whole process is rather quick too in terms of forming a living organ.


Associate professor Lawrence Bonassar said:


"It takes half a day to design the mold, a day or so to print it, 30 minutes to inject the gel, and we can remove the ear 15 minutes later. We trim the ear and then let it culture for several days in nourishing cell culture media before it is implanted."

ShockTT: Project Glass will be Apple iPhone compatible, says Google

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Feb 22, 2013 6:50 pm

The only thing that is being hyped as much as the PlayStation 4 this week is Google's Project Glass. Earlier this week we heard about a new contest being held to let select individuals get in on the pre-order program, and now we are hearing reports that Apple iPhone users will indeed get compatibility with the wearable technology.




This morning The Verge released an extensive hands on with Google's futuristic eye-ware, but what is more interesting is the fact that Verge writer Joshua Topolsky was able to get a definitive answer on whether or not the exciting new project would be compatible with the iPhone, or if Google planned on keeping it exclusive to Android devices.


The device gets data through Wi-Fi on its own, or it can tether via Bluetooth to an Android device or iPhone and use its 3G or 4G data while out and about. There's no cellular radio in Glass, but it does have a GPS chip.


The article also mentions that Project Glass head Steven Lee has said that we should see project glass hitting the shelves before the end of 2013.

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New service Makexyz is like Airbnb for 3D printer owners

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Feb 22, 2013 6:02 pm

It's no secret that 3D printing is one of the hottest trends in recent history, and it should be no surprise that anyone and everyone is coming up with new ways to capitalize on the 3D printing revolution. Makexyz is a new service that has been launched to help connect those who need 3D printed items with 3D printer owners.




Makexzy creator Nathan Tone told VentureBeat "Instead of being printed at some Orwellian factory, our objects are printed by real people." Tone said the idea for the service came to him when a part he designed, took weeks to be printed and shipped to him through traditional 3D printing services. "Theres's a big benefit to just printing locally. Objects are half as expensive and you get them twice as fast", he said.


Tone says that services like Shapeways take too much time and cost over double as something printed on a personal machine sourced locally. With most services charging as much as $1.50 per cubic centimeter having something printed is just out of reach for some designers. "We've been careful to make sure that our prices are lower than working through a big company", Tone said.

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