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PayPal pass 100 million active accounts, predicts the death of wallets by 2015

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 5, 2011 12:57 am

PayPal have just announced they have more than 100 million active accounts. PayPal believe that consumers are giving up traditional payment methods in droves, systems such as cash and checks are instead using more modern methods as a form of payment. As more modern ways of payment are becoming the norm, PayPal want to deliver solutions that are better than what is on offer today.




PayPal have acted out on this and have predicted that by 2015 digital currency will be excepted everywhere in the US, from your local store right up to the big chains like Walmart. More specifically, this means PayPal thinks that in just four, short years, that you will no longer need to carry a wallet. PayPal is actually quite confident in this remark, going as far as asking five of its Bay area employees to plunge into the world of a digital lifestyle and use only digital currency to pay for all of their purchases.

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TweakTown over the Years - a look at our designs from 1999 to 2011

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: TweakTown | Posted: Jul 4, 2011 3:49 pm

How long have you been reading TweakTown? Can you remember what it looked like when you first started reading? If you can, I guess you are one of the lucky folks who have a photographic memory.



We decided to present a look at TweakTown over the years in the form of a video with screenshots of what the site looked like about every six months or so from 1999 to the present day. It gives us a look at where we have been and where we are presently. It proved to be quite an emotional video for some of the long term TweakTown staff and contributors.




How did we do it? We used a service by called "Way Back Machine" which captures websites into its cache system every now and again and has been doing so for a long time - over 12 years we can confirm. Some of the screenshots are not perfect with dead images and such, but it does give you a good look and our designs over our time on the big bad Internet.

Monday Morning Roundup for July 4, 2011

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Jul 4, 2011 3:14 pm

The latest happenings from around the web - July 4th, 2011




- Silverstone FT03S Case and Zotac Z68-ITX-WiFi Motherboard Review - Creating a Compact Powerhouse @ Hardware Heaven

- Samsung Series 9 (900X3A) Notebook @ tbreak




- Gigabyte 990FXA UD5 Motherboard @ Ninjalane

- ASUS P8Q67-M DO/CSM Motherboard @ Hardware Secrets

- ASUS P8Z68 Deluxe Motherboard @ HiTechLegion

- Foxconn H67A-S Motherboard @ eTeknix




- True Fusion: AMD A8-3800 APU @ XBit Labs

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Download of the Day: FastPictureViewer 1.5 Build 199

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Jul 4, 2011 12:12 pm

Our Download of the Day today is FastPictureViewer 1.5 Build 199.


FastPictureViewer, an image viewer designed for photographers. Now with powerful workflow tools helping to automate file management duties like copy, move, delete, save-for-web and more.


• Fastest RAW viewer ever. Period.

• Instant zooming to 100% view, for quick sharpness checks. Best in industry!

• RGB histogram, EXIF shooting data and Adobe XMP Rating/Label/Urgency instant display.

• Instantaneous display of the next image in line (when computer resources allows).

• Instant industry-standard Adobe XMP compatible rating and tagging.

• Fast tethered shooting through MTP/PTP. Tether a Nikon D3S or D3X in 64 bit, today!

• Supports most common image formats, including Adobe DNG, plus specialists formats such as OpenEXR, DDS, PNM and more, through separately installable image codecs.




The latest version includes the following changes:


Changes in Version 1.5 Build 199


- Added support for 2D previewing of MPO 3D files (Fuji Real 3D). Also features some extra optimization on Intel Atom and Intel AVX-enabled CPUs.


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Deal of the Day: The HP Photosmart C310a Premium e-All-in-One Printer for just $99.99 shipped free!

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Printers & Scanners | Posted: Jul 4, 2011 10:38 am

Our Deal of the Day today is the The HP Photosmart C310a Premium e-All-in-One Printer for just $99.99 shipped free!.




- TouchSmart LCD Screen

- Customizable Apps

- Prints everyday documents to lab-quality photos without a PC

- e-All-in-One with integrated wireless and HP ePrint

- Print from your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch wirelessly with AirPrint

- Standard duplux printing!






Check our TweakTown Daily Deals page for more tech bargains!

SBG Update: Sub-lieutenant PC running at the speed of AMD Fusion

By: Shawn Baker | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Jul 4, 2011 7:34 am

The launch of Llano last week means that it's time to give our beloved System Builders Guides an update. With the focus of the new Fusion platform from AMD being aimed at building well priced systems it seemed the perfect opportunity for our $1000 USD Sub-lieutenant PC platform to get a major overhaul.




The base of the system revolves around the AMD A8-3850 2.9GHz Quad-Core APU and an ASUS F1A75-V Pro motherboard. Along with that we've moved to a HD 6670 video card which can run in CrossFire with the onboard GPU present in the A8-3850 APU. We also made the switch to the Flare series of memory from G.Skill which has been built for the AMD platform to help get the most performance out of it.


Along with those major changes we've switched over to a SATA III hard drive while also managing to get an extra 500GB of storage to bring us to a total of 1.5TB. We've also got a cheaper price on the DVD burner which helps keep the system competitively priced.


Along with this we've also got a monitor, keyboard and mice, case and CPU cooler to create a full system that comes in at just over $1000 USD...

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Twitter is seeing 200 million tweets per day

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Jul 3, 2011 7:00 pm

Just six months through 2011 and Twitter has smacked into another milestone; its users are tweeting 200 million times per day. Doesn't sound impressive? That's 1 million tweets per week. Rewind to 2009 and we were seeing 2 million tweets per day. Just a year ago? 65 million tweets.




If we put this into perspective, Twitter say this is equivalent to a 10 million page book in tweets, or 8,163 copies of Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace, each and every day! If you were to read this much text, it would take an astounding 31 years. Twitter also released the top Trending Topics for the first half of 2011:

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AMD Southern Islands GPU codenames leaked

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jul 3, 2011 6:00 pm

Thanks to the Catalyst 11.7 drivers, some driver entries were spotted for the soon-to-be released Southern Islands generation of AMD GPUs. The codenames behind the Southern Island series are "Lombok", "Thames", "Tahiti" and "New Zealand". At the moment nothing is concrete, but it looks as though "New Zealand" will be the creme of the crop being a dual-GPU based card based off of two "Tahiti" GPUs.




"Thames" is looking to be a low-cost mobile chip, but it could also be a performance chip - there's no guarantee at the moment until more information surfaces. But, the codenames themselves should be enough to get some of that fanboy fighting to surface again.

Google+ now open to everyone, get in and start +'ing around

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Jul 3, 2011 5:05 pm

As you may well know by now, Google introduced its social network platform last week called Google+. It was only opened up to a select group of people at the start, then others managed to find their way into the system by way of a little invite trick. The trick required that you have a Gmail email address, though.




Now obviously convinced of its readiness for the general public, Google has decided to open up its new social website to the general public.


It's still going by the name "the Google+ project" which still suggests it's in its early stages, but Google and its engineers and staff have been playing with Google+ for around 8 months now, according to an employee of Google who mentioned it during a "hangout". It's tuned rather well, but still has many featured to add in the following days, weeks and months.


Once you are all signed up and get your head around things, remember to "plus" TweakTown to your network.


UPDATE 10:51 US PST: Just to make it clear, you don't need a Gmail address to join now (via the invite trick), but you still need a Google account to join. Get in fast while you can!

Apple's Mac OS X Lion passes gold master status

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Jul 3, 2011 4:00 pm

Apple's next operating system has just been offered to developers with the gold master seed of OS X Lion, this version is usually the same version end users receive when it's released. With the OS hitting gold master status this early into July, we might see Lion much earlier in July then expected, possibly in the next week or so.




Previously with Snow Leopard, the time between hitting gold master status and being on the shelves was two weeks. This of course could be sped up as the released of Lion will be on the App Store and requires users to have OS X 10.6.8 installed, which lets you transition over to Lion.


Lion is set to feature over 250 new features such as full-screen application support, more multitouch gestures, system resume, auto save for data, AirDrop file transfer and a feature called "Launchpad" which looks identical to the icon-based app launcher found in iOS.

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