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Friday Morning Roundup for October 14, 2011

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Oct 14, 2011 1:01 pm

The latest happenings from around the web - October 14th, 2011




- A roadmap for next-generation mobo firmware @ Tech Report

- MSI Z68A-GD80 G3 LGA 1155 ATX Motherboard @ PC Perspective

- Intel Sandy Bridge 4-Way Motherboard Roundup @ Neoseeker

- Sapphire A75 Pure Platinum @ Overclockers Club

- GIGABYTE GA-Z68AP-D3 @ Vortez




- AMD's Bulldozer examined @ Kitguru

- Everything You Need to Know About the HyperTransport Bus @ Hardware Secrets

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Download of the Day: Xfire 1.140 Build 44598

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 14, 2011 11:53 am

Our Download of the Day today is Xfire 1.140 Build 44598.


Xfire is a free tool that automatically keeps track of when and where gamers are playing PC games online and lets their friends join them easily. It works regardless of game type, server browser, or gaming service that a player is using.


Xfire combines instant messaging, a server browser, peer-to-peer file downloads, in-game messaging, screenshot and video capture and one of the most active gaming communities in the world into a small, simple package. Best of all, it's free!




The latest version includes the following changes:


Changes in Version 1.140 Build 44598


- Improved client support for both DirectX 10 and 11


Download Now - TweakTown Download of the Day

Deal of the Day: 13.3" LED-backlit Toshiba Satellite L735-S3210 Laptop w/ Intel Pentium B940 for $399.99 with FREE Delivery!

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Laptops | Posted: Oct 14, 2011 11:08 am

Our Deal of the Day today is the Office Depot - 13.3" LED-backlit Toshiba Satellite L735-S3210 Laptop with Intel Pentium B940, 4GB Memory, 500GB HD, DVD Burner, Wireless-N, Bluetooth, Webcam, and More for $399.99 with FREE Delivery!.


Offer: Office Depot has the Toshiba Satellite L735-S3210 for $399.99 after $100 instant savings. This 13.3" LED-backlit LCD monitor equipped laptop comes with a 2.0Ghz Intel Pentium B940, 4GB DDR3 SDRAM, 500GB hard drive, DVD+/-RW DL, 802.11b/g/n wireless, Bluetooth 3.0 + HS, webcam, HDMI-out, 6-cell LiOh battery, Windows 7 Home Premium x64, and a 1 year warranty. Expires 10/15/11.






Check our TweakTown Daily Deals page for more tech bargains!

Zynga to offer games through Zynga Direct, not just on Facebook anymore

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 14, 2011 10:08 am

Zynga have been central to Facebook's plan to take over the world by getting people obsessed about their great casual games. But now, Zynga has new plans. Zynga are planning a new gaming portal dubbed "Zynga Direct" which will host the usual Zynga games without having to go to Facebook. Even through this mammoth effort, the games will still use Facebook Connect for the multiplayer type games, allowing you to play on either Direct or Facebook without issues.




At the same time, Zynga has announced the casual medieval-themed MMO called CastleVille. They've also announced Zynga Bingo (what!), Dream Zoo, Hidden Chronicles and Mafia Wars II. Zynga just won't stop the casual gaming thing, but why would they? They produce some great games, have hundreds of millions of gamers and now are looking to branch out. Gaming is a'changin' people, we have to get used to it.


I for one, will definitely check out CastleVille, but I'll have to stop myself from being addicted to it like CityVille. Those games suck too much of my spare time away and with a near 7-month old bub at home, I can't do it anymore!

Sony's PlayStation Move has shipped 8.3 million worldwide

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 14, 2011 9:13 am

Sony's motion-based gaming accessory for the PlayStation 3, Move, has shipped more than 8.3 million units worldwide. Gabe Ahn, developer support engineer for Sony Computer Entertainment America has said that software wise, there have been more than 7 million Move-based games shipped in North America alone. By the end of 2011, there will be more than 80 games available, and Ahn also said that SCEA expects continued growth through the remainder of the year.



He thanks third-party publishers and name-checked EA, Activision, Capcom, Konami, as well as upcoming titles like BioShock Infinite and Ninja Gaiden 3 as examples of continued support for the Move controller. Ahn also stressed the diversity of games available for Move, from hardcore shooters such as Killzone 3 and MAG to more casual games like EyePet. Ahn also showed off a clip on "the future of gaming", which featured a Move player with a head-mounted display turning his world into an augmented reality version of Resistance.

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U.S. Judge: Samsung tablets infringe Apple patents

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 14, 2011 8:17 am

A U.S. Judge has said that Samsung's Galaxy tablets infringe on Apple's iPad patents, but also that Apple might have a problem establishing the validity of its patents. These comments are from U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh, which came on Thursday in a court hearing on Apple's request to bar some Galaxy products from being sold in the US. Apple and Samsung are currently duking it out in 10 countries with more than 20 cases currently on-going.




Just yesterday, an Australian court barred the Galaxy Tab 10.1 from being sold in Australia. In April of this year, Apple sued Samsung in the US, saying that the South Korean-based company's Galaxy range of smartphones and tablets "slavishly" copies the iPhone and iPad. Fast-forward to July and Apple filed a request to bar some Samsung-branded products from sale in the US, including the Galaxy S 4G smartphone and Galaxy Tab 10.1.

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iOS 5 tethered Jailbreak already here, Redsn0w strikes once again

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Oct 14, 2011 7:33 am

Jailbreak iOS 5 on iPhone 4, 3GS, iPad and iPod Touch using Redsn0w 0.9.9b5 is now available and for those of you who wanted to upgrade to the fresh-out-of-the-oven iOS 5, but not lose your jailbroken app goodness, as well as all of those hacks and tweaks you've fallen in love with, today is your day.




There were rumors that iOS 5 would stop any of these types of hacked upgrades, but people still want their stolen apps and games, right? Maybe it's just tweaks and hacks to the original iOS 5 that you're after, but everyone is different. Of course, there are some jailbreak apps that just don't work with iOS's default software. SBSettings for example, bringing control of your iDevice's vital features using a simple activation method.

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Team Fortress 2 is enjoying its first "Manniversary", launches the Steam Workshop

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 14, 2011 6:11 am

Today is Team Fortress 2's "Manniversary" and to celebrate, Valve have released the Steam Workshop. What is the Steam Workshop you ask? Well, dear reader, it is an improved submission hub for community-created content that makes it much easier to upload entries, check on their status and get feedback from Valve. On top of all of this whiz-bang stuff, the Team Fortress community will be able to look at, comment on, and rate all item submissions in a single place.




Valve haven't stopped there, though. The in-game Mann Co. Store has of course turned one today, and in just 365 days, item-creators have made more than $2,000,000 in profit from their creations. Crazy, right! Valve, in celebration of this, are releasing the massive Manniversary Update and Sale! There is just so much included in this, as a Team Fortress 2 fan, you owe it to yourself to check it out!


It includes new features, items and improvements. Almost everything is on sale between now and Monday, October 17th, so get on over and check it out. Also, any store purchase automatically upgrades a Free account to a Premium account, winner, winner, chicken dinner!

RIM apologizes for outage, says "Right now we're letting you down"

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 14, 2011 5:27 am

A top Research in Motion official has apologized for the extended outage that is limiting service for many BlackBerry users worldwide. RIM still have no idea when the service will be fully restored. RIM's Chief Information Officer, Robin Bienfait, has said "You've depended on us for reliable, real-time communications, and right now we're letting you down". This was posted on RIM's website. He added:




We are taking this very seriously and have people around the world working around the clock to address this situation. We believe we understand why this happened and we are working to restore normal service levels in all markets as quickly as we can.

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Apple iPhone 4S plans, Telstra, Optus and Vodafone deals

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 14, 2011 4:35 am

Apple's iPhone 4S launched today in Australia and yesterday Telstra released their plans for the hotly anticipated Apple handset. Now we have all of the plan details, monthly amounts, data caps, SMS, call plans, outright pricing, everything you need to know as an Australian iPhone 4S potential customer. If you're after an iPhone 4S and want it outright, you're looking at $799, $899 and $999 for the 16, 32 or 64GB phones, respectively.




Now, onto the plans. Optus' offerings are below, it doesn't seem too bad looking at the $79 cap which includes $900 worth of calls, 3GB of data and $0 per month for the 16 and 32GB iPhone 4S's.



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