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LeakedTT: Apple has the good vibrations with new dual head motor, new iPhone's already in production?

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 11, 2013 6:30 pm

Images have popped up on the internet this morning that are rumored to picture some of the hardware components for the next-generation iPhone. Obtained by iLab Factory, the image shoes off the vibration and button controls for the upcoming low-cost iPhone.




In the photo we can see a dual-head vibration motor, which is said to be a cheaper solution to a larger counter weighted single head motor. Also featured is three push buttons and some form of a sensor.


Electronista says that the motor is actually more similar to that used in the forthcoming iPhone 5S, and that the report could have been misinterpreted, or that both products could be using the same motor and button hardware.


Either way, images of production parts could mean that all of the rumors of a pending new iPhone along with a redesigned iPhone 5 could be launching in the near future.

Bitcoin exchange Mt.Gox suspends trading admits massive fluctuations in price

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 11, 2013 5:24 pm

The most popular Bitcoin exchange, Mt. Gox, has suspended all trading for the next 12 hours amidst massive fluctuations in Bitcoin value. Yesterday we saw Bitcoin's reach a record value of $260, which was quickly followed by a massive crash, that resulted in the virtual currency loosing half of its value in minutes.




When the market reopened this morning, prices quickly recovered to about $190, which was soon followed by another big drop back down to $120. With speculation most likely driving the roller coaster ride, Mt. Gox decided to close trading for 12 hours in hopes that things would settle down.


In a statement, Mt. Gox said:


"Market Cooldown for 12 hours


Orders will not be accepted for the moment as we need to upgrade our database to accommodate the trading volume. However, you may still cancel your pending and open orders. Trading will resume at 11.00 am JST. Our apologies for the inconvenience caused and thank you for your patience while we work to resolve this issue."

Samsung releases Series 9 Premium Ultrabooks with full HD resolution

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Laptops | Posted: Apr 11, 2013 4:31 pm

This morning Samsung announced the release of its much anticipated Series 9 Premium Ultrabook with full HD resolution. Featuring a 1920x1080 SuperBright display, the Series 9 laptop reproduce 16 million colors, giving users a photo and video experience like never before.




Weighing in at just 2.5 pounds and slimming down to half an inch thick, the Series 9 looks to be a formidable contender in the ultra-portable class of Ultrabooks. The weight saving and slim size are attributed to an all-aluminum uni-body design that rivals the MacBook Air in beauty.


The Series 9 not only looks good, but it packs a punch as well by sporting hardware such as an Intel Core i7 processor, 128GB SSD and an Intel Integrated HD 4000 graphics chipset. A battery life of 5.8 hours will get users through most domestic flights, as well as any situation where connectivity to the power grid is not feasible.


Retailing at $1399.99, the Series 9 Ultrabook is now available for purchase through major retailers.

Weekly Giveaway: Win a speedy Plextor M5 Pro Xtreme 256GB SSD

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Apr 11, 2013 4:10 pm

This week we have teamed up with Plextor who are giving away one of its new and fast M5 Pro Xtreme 256GB SSD drives.




When our own Chris Ramseyer reviewed the M5 Pro Xtreme 256GB he awarded it with our TweakTown Best Features Award, and gave it a high rating of 92%. He had this to say:


"The M5 Pro Xtreme 256GB does cost less than 840 Pro and Vector and that makes up for the slight decrease in performance. All three drives in this capacity size are smoking fast and I doubt anyone would feel a difference while in use. The benchmark tests highlight the micro differences and they appear much larger than what you would notice in the real world, but for some that matters.


Plextor did raise the bar of their products with the new Xtreme drives. The new NAND flash also produces a nice increase in sequential performance, but at the cost of random performance. The sequential increase easily outweighs the small loss of random performance though since you will actually notice the sequential boost."

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Twitter's URL shortening service went down this morning, everything is working again now

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Apr 11, 2013 4:01 pm

This morning Twitter users found themselves unable to navigate to any links that were shortened by Twitter's own URL shortening service. AllThingsD reported that the company had no comment on the issue, and Twitter's status blog had no information on the outage either.




At one point in the morning, Twitter switched over to the URL shortening service, which fixed the situation temporarily. At the time of this writing, the service has been restored to Twitter's in-house URL shortener and several test confirm that everything is back to normal and working fine.


We just noticed an issue with our link to our Twitter account from TweakTown, which doesn't work with the trailing slash in the URL, whereas it did before this morning. We're not sure what happened to Twitter, but we'll report back if details come to hand.

Slingshot Guru builds "Condom Gun" as entry into Bill Gates $100k Condom Challenge

By: Charles Gantt | More News: | Posted: Apr 11, 2013 2:59 pm

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation recently offered $100,000 to anyone who could improve the condom. While many of us snickered at the idea, some people are taking the challenge very seriously, and are creating some truly innovating concepts.




Many of us are familiar with the Slingshot Channel on YouTube where Joerg Sprave builds some monster sized, rubber band powered, projectile firing weapons of mass destruction slingshots. When he heard about Bill Gate's call to action, he did the only natural thing any self-respecting slingshot maker would do, he made a condom firing slingshot.



In the video above, Joerg Sprave shows off a slingshot-esque "Condom Gun", which looks to be as painful, as you were just imagining. The device works by "cocking" a sliding condom application apparatus. The gun is then placed in position, the trigger is pulled, and the condom is applied in the blink of an eye with a loud thud.

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Kim Dotcom is #2 on the Top 100 influential people poll, tells the FBI to "Eat This"

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Apr 11, 2013 1:59 pm

Kim Dotcom, the founder of the popular Mega file locker service, has yet another reason to taunt US authorities who wish to see him jailed. This morning the file sharing guru is amongst the most popular people in America, landing him the number two spot on's top 100 people list.




For those unfamiliar with the Top 100 list, it is a list in which you cast your vote for the leaders, artists, innovators, icons and heroes that you think are the most influential people in the world. With 108,263 votes, Dotcom is second only to Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi.




Dotcom has been very vocal about his appearance on the list and at one point yesterday he was sitting at the top of the chart and tweeted telling the FBI to "Eat This." I for one am personally a big fan of Dotcom for his innovation on creating Mega, a service I use on a daily basis for image backups and code storage.

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eBay to begin delivering targeted ads based on your personal user data, are you concerned?

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Apr 11, 2013 1:20 pm

Targeted advertising is big money these days. eBay must have been feeling a little left out, as the company just announced that it will begin sharing the browsing habits of its users with third party advertisers.




This is similar to what Google, Amazon and Facebook already do, and is the reason that you get loads of ads about that new car you just looked up or the flight price you just researched. eBay says that marketers will not have full control of your data, but eBay itself will sell targeted advertisements to those companies.


In an interview, Stephen Howard-Sarin, eBay's head of digital display in North America, said:


"We're now commercializing that capability for the benefit of other marketers who want to reach shoppers. If you're an agency and it complicates your life because we've got a unique pool of data that you don't have, tough. It would be shortsighted of us to give that data away."

RumorTT: Apple working on bringing 4K displays to TVs, MacBook Pros

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Apr 11, 2013 11:27 am

I'm a huge fan of high-resolution displays, and simply cannot wait for 4K to arrive just that little bit cheaper - I really want 4K 120Hz-capable displays - I'm dreaming, I know. But it looks like Apple could be pushing forward with 4K, refreshing iMacs, Cinema Displays and MacBook Pros with the high-resolution goodness.




Rumor has it Apple is moving toward 4K thanks to the new Intel Thunderbolt release, which the chipmaker showed off during a demo called "Thunderbolt Technology Update". This is basically the second-generation Thunderbolt technology, which is capable of pushing "4K video file transfer and display simultaneously". Marco Armanet, co-founder of Tumblr and founder of Instapaper, has said on his blog:


This could enable the first generation of desktop Retina displays: it wouldn't surprise me if the first standalone Retina display was a 23" panel with exactly 4K resolution (3840 x 2160), run logically as 1920 x 1080 (1080p) at 2X, and driven by upgraded Thunderbolt ports in the next generation of MacBook Pros and Mac Pros.

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Samsung announce Galaxy Mega smartphones, comes in 5.8- and 6.3-inch variants

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 11, 2013 11:14 am

Samsung are on a war path right now, announcing two new smartphones we heard rumors about last week. These new phones are what the rumored news was all about - the Galaxy Mega 5.8 and Galaxy Mega 6.3.




The two new smartphones, despite their size, won't feature the S Pen stylus. Both devices will come with the latest version of Android baked inside, which will bring all of the features Galaxy users are used to with Samsung's TouchWiz UI. This means we can expect 'S Travel' and 'Story Album' that come out of the box.


The bigger Mega, the Mega 6.3, comes with LTE capabilities and a 1.7GHz dual-core processor while its sibling comes with a 1.4GHz-clocked dual-core processor and HSPA+21. The Mega 6.3 has a higher "HD" display, which should be 1280x720, compared to the Mega 5.3's screen of 960x540 (qHD). The Mega 5.8 includes a 2600mAh battery compared to its bigger brother and its 3200mAh battery.


Both devices feature 1.5GB of RAM, an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera and 1.9-megapixel front-facing camera.

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