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VTech introduces InnoPad tablet for kids

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 11, 2011 5:00 pm

If you have kids, you know that any time you get a new gadget they either want one line it or they want to play with it. I always get nervous letting my kids play with my iPad because I worry that they will drop it and break it. VTech has unveiled a new gadget for kids that will give them their own tablet called the InnoPad.

 

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The InnoPad is a small tablet with educational software and games that are designed for kids 4-9 years old. It has a 5-inch color LCD screen that is touch sensitive and a tilt sensor for controlling games. It also has a microphone, USB port, SD card, and a headphone jack.

 

The tablet is designed to be rugged enough to survive drops that come with kids playing. The device has all sorts of games and other software that can be added. Most of the software that VTech offers is made for educational use. The InnoPad sells for $79.99 and software for the tablet is $24.99 per title.

INQ to offer pair of Facebook social mobile phones

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Feb 11, 2011 4:00 pm

We have been hearing grumblings for a long time now that say Facebook phones are incoming. INQ has announced that it has a pair of new phones coming that put Facebook at the center of the devices. The new phones are called the Cloud Touch and the Cloud Q. Both of the phones have a homescreen with Facebook visual media feed, pictures, web pages, and newsfeed on it.

 

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The phones will be the first to use the Facebook social graphic API to make it easy to keep up with the friends users interact with the most. The phones are going to land in the UK, the default music service is Spotify, and the devices have a dedicated Spotify key.

 

The Cloud touch has Android Froyo 2.2, email, IM, backup and sync functions and a 3.5" screen. The Cloud Q has many of the same features with a 2.6" screen and QWERTY keyboard. Both use a 600MHz Qualcomm 7227 chipset. Bot will be reasonably priced with the Touch landing in Q2 and the Q landing in Q3.

Aussie Flood Appeal Dream System - An update on donations!

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Feb 11, 2011 8:32 am

Well folks, we are about 16 days into the TweakTown Aussie Flood Appeal and I thought it was time that I give you all an update on the donations we have received so far.

 

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At this very moment, the donations total $4,655.17 AUD - yes, some of you donated odd amounts like $11 and $16, but thanks all the same for the extra. It all counts! We have converted to Australian Dollars since that is what will be given.

 

This means we are only a little short of our minimum of $5,000 USD and still a long way short of our target of $10,000 USD. The first end date for the appeal is Feb 26, 2011, but as mentioned in the original news post, we may extend up to March 31st in one week intervals if required.

 

On behalf of the whole TweakTown team and all of the lovely sponsors involved, I would like to thank each and every one of you for donating so far. Most have been $10 or $20 donations, but we have seen many for $100 also. Each and every bit counts and thanks once again!

 

Please remember to tweet, post on Facebook, tell all your friends and scream from your balcony about the TweakTown Aussie Flood Appeal and let's try and hit our amazing target of $10,000 USD for all the people in Australia who have witnessed basically the worst Mother Nature can throw at them.

 

Much love!

Download of the Day: Songbird 1.9.3

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Feb 11, 2011 5:54 am

Our Download of the Day today is Songbird 1.9.3.

 

Songbird is an open-source customizable music player that's under active development.

 

It is integrated with these Web 2.0 services: mashTape, SHOUTcast Radio, Last.fm Scrobbling, and Songkick concert tickets. You can enhance Songbird with community-contributed plugins like Media Flow.

 

Features include:

 

• GStreamer

• Smart Playlists

• Built-In Web Browser

• Multi-language Support

• Automatic Updates

• Setup Assistant

• Custom User Interface

• Library Management

• Developer Support

 

Beta features include portable device support, metadata management, album artwork, and subscriptions.

 

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The latest version includes the following changes:

 

Changes in Version 1.9.3

 

* An always-available, on-the-fly playlist queueing feature

* 7digital music store addon redesign

* Performance improvements

- Faster search and filtering

- Quicker metadata editing when changing several files simultaneously

 

Download Now - TweakTown Download of the Day

X-Men: First Class trailer

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Feb 11, 2011 3:32 am

The trailer for Matthew Vaughn's X-Men: First Class has hit the internet. The movie is described as a "Casino Royale-style prequel/reboot of the comic book series".

 

 

The story of First Class "charts the epic beginning of the X-Men saga, and reveals a secret history of famous global events." The trailer looks quite impressive, with a tonne of action scenes that I'm looking forward to seeing. I think it will at least be better than the third X-Men movie.

Friday Morning Roundup

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Feb 11, 2011 3:22 am

The latest happenings from around the web - February 11th, 2011

 

Systems

 

- Clausoft Meenee Laptop @ eTeknix

- HP Mini 1103 @ TechReviewSource

- Dell Streak 7 Android Tablet @ Hot Hardware

 

Motherboard

 

- ECS H67H2-M Motherboard Review @ Motherboards.org

- ASRock Fatal1ty P67 Professional @ Neoseeker

- GIGABYTE GA-H67-UD3H Review @ Motherboards.org

- We take a closer look at Gigabyte's Mini-ITX Fusion mobo @ Tech Report

- MSI P67A-GD65 Motherboard @ ixbtlabs

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New phone camera sensors from Samsung hopes to bring better shots

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Feb 11, 2011 3:11 am

While smartphones have taken over a lot of useful functions in our lives, it's no secret that most phone cameras stink. Unless you've got a steady hand and perfect lighting, getting a really good shot is nearly impossible without hours of setting tweaking. Samsung has heard the cries of blurrycam victims everywhere and are working on two new camera sensors that could let you say goodbye to your point and shoot forever.

 

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The tech serving to help improve photo quality is back side illumination, which allows a ton more light to enter the sensor even in low light conditions. Generally, rule number one for better photos is get as much light as you can. Samsung's 8 megapixel sensor, labeled the S5K3H2, is capable of capturing 1080p video at 30 FPS, 720p video at 60 FPS, and VGA video at 120FPS. While VGA, or 640×480 resolution, may seem pointless in this setup Samsung's giving the ability to play back VGA video in slow motion for those truly epic YouTube fail videos. The big dog of the lineup is the 12 megapixel S5K3L1, which sports all of the above listed features but also includes pixel-correction to clean up photos and videos.

 

The timeframe for these sensors to hit manufacturer's hands for implementation is about six months, which means we'll probably be waiting until 2012 before we see these in any of our phones. If it works, point and shoot cameras may officially become a thing of the past.

Google uh, introduces uh, Google Weddings - yes, Google Weddings

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Feb 11, 2011 3:00 am

Google, you know that I passionately love you and always will, but Google Weddings? Seriously? Yes, seriously. Google are making a splash into the wedding planning (sans J Lo) by launching a full fledged planning portal for bridges and grooms to be.

 

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Google Weddings will feature wedding-specific templates in Google Sites, Google Docs and Picnik for save-the-dates, wedding websites, planning materials, invitations and more. Google has also chosen to partner with wedding planner Michelle Rago to provide tips and guidance on which designs to use.

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Thermaltake's Level 10 GT officially hits the streets

By: Don Lynn | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Feb 11, 2011 2:54 am

Thermaltake's redefinition of their original Level 10 case has been in the works for a while now and even made an appearance at Tweaktown's party at CES. Now the Level 10 GT is available for you to make your very own as Thermaltake has announced that their newest case has hit the streets.

 

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While the GT has similar styling to the original Level 10, it has been toned down just a touch without losing any cool factor. Boasting USB 3.0 connectivity, high end cable management, and dual 200mm cooling fans as well as dual radiator and high end video card combatibility the GT is as flexible as it is attractive. The best part is the $269 MSRP will give more customers a shot at this version that could not afford the higher price tag of the original Level 10.

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