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Tuesday Morning Roundup

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Oct 5, 2010 11:07 am

The latest happenings from around the web - October 5th, 2010




- Asus's Rampage III Gene and Sabertooth X58 motherboards @ Tech Report

- ASRock 890GX Extreme 4 Motherboard @ BCCHardware

- Gigabyte 890FX-A UD7 @ Overclock3D




- GTX 480 Water Block Roundup @ Pureoverclock

- ARCHOS TV+ 80GB WiFi Digital Video Recorder @ Bigbruin




- GMC R-2 Toast Case @ Hardware Secrets

- Xion Predator Gaming Series AXP 970 Case @ Overclockers Club

- Cooler Master HAF 912 Mid Tower Case @ ThinkComputers

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SteamPrices lets you know if you're being ripped off

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Oct 5, 2010 4:39 am

Ever been stung paying 30, 40, or more than 80% extra for games because you live in Australia (and also a few other countries)?


TweakTown image news/1/6/16996_38.jpg exposes exactly how much identical products from international stores are being marked up. allows you to select your region, then compare that to two different regions - highlighting the over-priced items. It also goes a bit further, delving into bargains in your country of choice - and seeing what titles are being hidden from your region.


How this is useful, depends on the person - to make good use of SteamPrices, you'd need to buy in more than one regions - however, there are techniques around this - one easy example is having someone gift you the game from a different region.

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Telstra announce "T-Touch Tab", an Android-based tablet

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 5, 2010 3:33 am

Today Telstra announced it's plans to release it's own Android-based tablet, the T-Touch Tab which is due in November.


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The device will obviously only be available on Telstra's NextG network, similar to their other "T" branded devices, however the T-Touch Tab is different, it's advertised with the "powered by Android technology" trademark.


This goes hand in hand with the announcement from Optus about the Dell Streak, the upcoming release of Samsung's Galaxy Tab (also available on Telstra and Optus).


Will it make a difference to the market? Will it have all sorts of Telstra bloatware all over it? Time will tell, a Telstra executive at the devices briefing this morning said more information will be available over the next few weeks.

NVIDIA moving into direct retail sales. *updated*

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Oct 5, 2010 1:11 am

Well, this is an interesting turn.


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Kyle from HardOCP went into Best Buy in the US and bought two NVIDIA branded GPU's - not an Asus, Gigabyte, Galaxy or any other add-in-board partner, but a direct from NVIDIA card.


He called the tech support number on the side of the box and the guy on the other end said NVIDIA did not sell video cards - but obviously they do.


More news will follow as the story breaks. I'll edit this post instead of creating another - stay tuned!

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LG kill Android 2.2 tablet plans, want to tap 3.0

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 5, 2010 12:23 am

LG said on Monday that it will not release a Google Android tablet this year - but will instead wait for a refreshed OS from Google. This is a swing in the other direction as it was only a few months ago that LG announced plans to join the tablet army - but is now patiently waiting for Google to get to Android 3.0


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An LG official said "We plan to introduce a tablet that runs on the most reliable Android version ... We are in talks with Google to decide on the most suitable version for our tablet and that is not Froyo 2.2".


With all the players on the market for tablets, with Samsung, Dell and Apple to name a few - it's getting crowded quickly.


I think 2011 will be the tablet fight - especially with Android 3.0 shaking things up.

Twitter CEO Evan Williams steps down

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 5, 2010 12:12 am

Twitter's CEO Evan Williams is stepping down and handing his torch over to Chief Operating Officer, Dick Costolo.


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Williams said he will stay involved in "product strategy", while the new CEO, Costolo takes charge of various monetization efforts Twitter has launched in the past few months - most of them focusing on providing marketing and advertising services.


During his run as CEO, Twitter grew from around 20 employees to 300, the number of tweets exploded from 1.25 million daily to 90 million, registered users also saw the same explosion in numbers going from 3 million to more than 160 million.


Considering Twitter was created as a "side project" in 2006 - it has come a very long way in the past 4 years.

Geek turns old MacBook into DIY tablet

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Laptops | Posted: Oct 4, 2010 7:02 pm

Having the batteries blow up inside your notebook and break the thing is not a good deal. This is exactly what happened to one geek's 2007 model MacBook with a Core 2 Duo CPU inside. The batteries overheated, exploded, and killed the machine. Rather than toss it in the trash the guy took it apart and crafted his own Mac tablet.


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The guy cobbled together some of the internal components from the notebook with a touchscreen and a custom made case. The finished product is a very nice looking tablet that has touch capability in a package with the bezel turned the correct way rather than being flipped around.

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Altek Leo 3.5G Android phone packs awesome camera

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Oct 4, 2010 6:02 pm

One of the worst things about my iPhone is that the camera isn't that great. If you want a smartphone with a popular OS that has a high-end digital camera inside that can replace your point and shoot, Altek has unveiled the launch date for the perfect phone for you. The phone is called the Leo 3.5G and it runs the Android OS.


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The device will specifically run Android 2.1 and has a 3.2-inch screen, WiFi, Bluetooth, and supports 3.5G HSPA/WCDMA networks. The big feature though is the digital camera inside the smartphone. That camera has a 14MP image sensor that will allow high-resolution photos to be taken on your phone. The camera can also record 720p HD video.

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ExoPC gets delayed again

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Laptops | Posted: Oct 4, 2010 5:04 pm

ExoPc has been talking up its slate computer for a long time now and the thing has run in a number of issues that have resulted in long delays. The ExoPC was set to ship this month based on the order it was pre-ordered in. That shipment will not happen for many users due to a manufacturing error that resulted in damaged machines.




The manufacturing error had to do with a faulty piece of equipment on the Pegatron assembly line where the ExoPC is built. The faulty equipment was responsible for the touchscreen install and was pressing too hard, resulting in cracks in some of the screens. The faulty gear has to be replaced, leading to a delay in shipment. A stronger LCD with the same specs has also been sourced for the ExoPC.

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Verizon Wireless to issue $90M in refunds to customers

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Oct 4, 2010 4:02 pm

Back before I had my iPhone years ago, I used a normal flip phone that could get online if I wanted to but had no data plan. I never used the web on the phone because it really sucked for that use. However, on more than one occasion I accidentally launched the browser while trying to do something else. You can't close that browser until it connects and downloads its data and by that point, you are charged for data use even if you don't have a data plan.




Verizon Wireless is in some hot water over just such a practice and has announced that it will be issuing its users up to $90 million in refunds. The refunds will go out to 15 million former and current customers of Verizon. Those eligible for the refunds that are still with Verizon will see credits to their bill in the range of $2 to $6 though some may get bigger refunds.

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