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LG's triple-SIM A290 available soon in Russia, in Soviet Russia, phone carrier chooses you

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 1, 2012 5:23 am

LG is set to release a triple-SIM phone, the LG A290, in Russia. The phone features support for not one, or two, but three SIM cards. This is a great feature as people can now let carriers, choose you. Well, not quite, but you can throw three SIM cards into the phone and switch between them, depending on what benefits you from the carrier.




The LG A290 sports a 2.2-inch display with a resolution of just 176x220, a 1.3-megapixel camera with flashlight, and a 1500 mAh battery. It also fits into a fairly small phone that measures in at just 113.5 x 51 x 12.95mm. It's currently unknown if all three SIM cards can be active at the same time, or not.


The A290 should arrive in Russia by late-February for about €75.


What do you think of this triple-SIM business? I really think we need more of this in high-end smartphones, where we can choose between carriers, based on their rates, special times, etc. But unfortunately, it's only in Russia, carrier chooses you.

Angry Birds' developer says "piracy may not be a bad thing"

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 1, 2012 4:15 am

Rovio Mobile, the guys and gals behind the crazy successful Angry Birds, has enjoyed much success with their bird-slinging game. Right up to the point where chief executive, Mikael Hed told the Midem conference in Cannes this morning:




We have some issues with piracy, not only in apps, but also especially in the consumer products. There is tons and tons of merchandise out there, especially in Asia, which is not officially licensed products. We could learn a lot from the music industry, and the rather terrible ways the music industry has tried to combat piracy.


Hed explained that Rovio sees it as "futile" to go after pirates through the courts, apart from when it feels the products they are selling are harmful to the Angry Birds brand, or ripping off its fans. Rovio see piracy as a way to attract more fans, even if its not making money from it. This is where Hed is quoted with:


Piracy may not be a bad thing: it can get us more business at the end of the day.

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AMD's Radeon HD 7000 series roadmap leaks, HD 7990 set to take the stage

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Feb 1, 2012 4:11 am

Nearly twelve months ago, I wrote a news piece about the launch of AMD's Radeon HD 6990 where I said it "punches all other GPU's in the nuts", and it seemed to be a catchy title, that just spilled out of my mind, into my hands, and onto the screen. A lot of what I type happens this way, I guess it's just my hektik writing skillz, maybe.




Anyway, a leaked roadmap for AMD's Radeon HD 7000 series has found its way onto the tubes, and it unveils the Q2 2012 launch of AMD's dual-GPU HD 7990, which will most likely kick every other GPU in the nuts this time. Exact launch timing, is "TBD", but there are some other tid bits included in the roadmap.


We should expect the HD 7870 "Pitcairn XT" to sport 2GB of RAM, and the HD 7850 "Pitcairn Pro" to also sport 2GB of RAM. Launch timing on these two GPUs are an expected March launch, which isn't too far away. Next up we have the HD 7770 "Cape Verde XT" and HD 7750 "Cape Verde Pro", both sporting 1GB of memory and have launch times of just two weeks from now on the 15th of February.

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DriverTT: NVIDIA GeForce R295 Beta drivers are here, includes SLI profile for Mass Effect 3

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Feb 1, 2012 3:28 am

Welcome to a new stage of news posts from TweakTown, where driver releases will now receive their own "DriverTT" name, which makes them stick out from the crowd of news and other posts that make the front page. This saves them from taking up a "Download of the Day" bit, too. Let's get right into it, shall we?




NVIDIA have today released their GeForce R295 beta drivers which come in the form of the GeForce 295.51 drivers. The drivers are made available for both desktop and notebook GeForce GPUs running either Windows 7 or Vista. They are also made available for Windows XP, but only for desktop GPUs. Highlights of the 295.51 beta drivers include:


Adds SLI profile profiles for several new games, such as Mass Effect 3, Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, and Oil Rush.

Adds or updates 3D Vision profiles for many new games, such as The Adventures of Tintin, The Haunted: Hells Reach, Tera, and Tropico 4.

Updates PhysX to the latest version 9.11.1111.

Updates HD Audio to the latest version

Fixes some instances of driver timeouts while simultaneously watching multiple videos.

Adds an edit/delete option for custom resolutions.


If you want to try them out, grab them here.

Valve games are now available through GameStop's Impulse

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 1, 2012 2:30 am

In a curious move, Valve have made some of their titles available through a rival digital distribution platform, Impulse. Impulse was acquired in 2011 by GameStop, which is another curious move. When your main source of income is from selling games, it would make sense to have some of PC's biggest games available on your platform.




Valve's games are now available through Impulse, which include Left 4 Dead and its sequel, Portal 2, The Half-Life Complete Collection and The Orange Box. Strangely, all games require Steam activation, which means you'd have to be using Steam at the end of the day. This hasn't affected Impulse, where they've said in a blog post:


Some of the greatest, most creative games of the past decade (and the one before that) are now available! Legendary developer/publisher Valve is now available! Whether you enjoy hitting things with crowbars, the power of gravity, making holes in walls or making large holes in the undead, Valve's games will suck you in and won't let you go! There's more quality gameplay here than you can shake a crowbar at!


I do like the last bit, "there's more quality gameplay here than you can shake a crowbar at!" Nice skills there, Impulse.

Firefox 10.0 is now available, includes full screen apps

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Feb 1, 2012 1:46 am

Mozilla have just pushed out Firefox 10 to the masses, with some new features, HTML5-based features, as well as some nifty Developer tools and the usual fixes and improvements. First up, the forward button is gone, well, kinda, it does not show up until you've clicked back - then the forward navigation button will show itself.




Mozilla have said that most add-ons are now compatible with new versions of Firefox by default, anti-aliasing for WebGL has been implemented into Firefox 10.0 as well as CSS3 3D-Transforms now being supported. HTML5-wise, we have the new element for bi-directional text isolation as well as supporting CSS properties. Not only that, but Full Screen APIs now allow you to build a web application that runs in full screen.


Developers get some lovin', with Mozilla adding IndexedDB APIs that more closely match the specification, as well as an "Inspect tool" with content highlighting, and also a new CSS Style Inspector. Some of the problems fixed include a Mac OS X-only problem, where after installing the latest Java release from Apple, Firefox used to crash when closing a tab with a Java applet installed, this is now fixed. Also another problem where some users experienced a crash when moving bookmarks, has been fixed.


Download Firefox 10.0, here.

CyberpowerPC now offering Intel's Overclocking Warranty Plan

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Feb 1, 2012 12:52 am

CyberpowerPC, a leading manufacturer of custom gaming PCs, gaming notebooks, and performance workstations has just announced that they are the first U.S. computer manufacturer to offer Intel's Performance Turning Protection Plan, which covers you under warranty in case you damage your CPU from overclocking.




This means you can push your CyberpowerPC system even further, without having to worry about "what if it fails," or "what if I push it too far?" CyberpowerPC have also teamed up with Gigabyte and are offering the Protection Plan for free, when you purchase a second-generation K-series CPU along with a Gigabyte Z68-based motherboard.


Eric Cheung, CEO of CyberpowerPC says:


We're very excited to partner up with Intel and Gigabyte to provide this service for our enthusiast customers. We're inviting our hardcore gaming customers to push their systems to the limit because CyberpowerPC and Intel have your back.


On top of this, it's great to know that every CyberpowerPC is assembled in the U.S. and each system is meticulously built including precise cable routing to "ensure optimal airflow and a clean aesthetic appearance." All CyberpowerPC gaming systems include a 3-year limited warranty and free lifetime phone support.

Tuesday Morning Roundup for January 31, 2012

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Roundups | Posted: Jan 31, 2012 4:20 pm

The latest happenings in the technology world, January 31, 2012.




AMD Radeon HD 7950 launched today! Slew of reviews for your viewing pleasure:


XFX Radeon HD 7950 Black Edition Double Dissipation 3GB - TweakTown


HIS HD 7950 -

AMD Radeon HD 7950 CrossFire - techPowerUp!

XFX HD7950 Black Edition Overlocked - KitGuru

HIS HD7950 - KitGuru

PowerColor HD 7950 PCS+ 3 GB - techPowerUp!

XFX R7950 Black Edition -

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Mobile App of the Day: Infinity Blade II

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 31, 2012 2:24 pm

Our Mobile App of the Day is: Infinity Blade II.


**2011 IGN Mobile Game of the Year!**

**Entertainment Weekly's Top 10 Video Games of 2011**

**15 Perfect Scores and 10 Game of the Year Nominations**




The award-winning Infinity Blade story continues. Buy today and get free items!


IGN - 10 out of 10 - Editor's Choice

TOUCH GEN - 5 out of 5 - Editor's Choice

TOUCH ARCADE - 5 out of 5

USA TODAY - 4 out of 4

G4TV.COM - 5 out of 5

APPOLICIOUS - 5 out of 5

MODOJO - 5 out of 5

SLIDE TO PLAY - 4 out of 4

GAMESPOT - 9 out of 10 - Editor's Choice


IGN - "Infinity Blade 2 is a must own"

Touch Arcade - "An iOS Masterpiece"

INTO MOBILE - "The King of iOS Gaming Continues its Reign."

IGN - "The Perfect Sequel"

USA TODAY - "A masterful mobile epic!"

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