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BREAKING: Microsoft officially launches Windows Phone 7 at live event

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Oct 11, 2010 1:49 pm

Microsoft is currently holding a joint press conference with AT&T in New York to officially announce the launch of Windows Phone 7. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is giving the keynote address, stating that Microsoft is "focused in on how real people use their phone when they are on the go."


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Nine phones will be available when Windows Phone 7 launches in the U.S. in November from companies like LG, HTC, Samsung, and Dell. 60 mobile operators in 30 countries will carry Windows Phone 7 devices.

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Download of the Day: ZoneAlarm Free

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Oct 11, 2010 8:52 am

Our Download of the Day today is ZoneAlarm Free


ZoneAlarm Free Firewall blocks hackers from infiltrating your home PC by hiding your computer from unsolicited network traffic. By detecting and preventing intrusions, ZoneAlarm Free Firewall keeps your PC free from viruses that slow down performance, and spyware that steals your personal information, passwords, and financial data.


• Essential firewall protection

• Be invisible to others online

• New interface makes it even easier - smaller size keeps it light

• Systematically identifies hackers and blocks access attempts


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Download Now - TweakTown Download of the Day

Deal of the Day: Dell Vostro 230 Slim or Mini Tower Computer with Core 2 Duo and 18.5" LCD from Only $439! Vostro 430 Mini Tower with Core i3, 20" LCD and More for Only $639

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Oct 11, 2010 8:16 am

Our Deal of the Day today is the Dell Small Business - Vostro 230 Slim or Mini Tower Computer with Core 2 Duo and 18.5" LCD from Only $439! Vostro 430 Mini Tower with Core i3, 20" LCD and More for Only $639!.


Offer: $609 after $302 savings. 64bit Dell Vostro 230 mini tower computer with Core 2 QUAD, 320GB hard drive, 4GB of memory and more.


$639 after $260 savings. Vostro 230 mini tower computer with Core i3-540m processor, 320GB hard drive, 3GB of memory, 20" LCD and more.


$439 after $300 savings. Vostro 230 slim tower computer with Core 2 Duo, 2GB of memory, 250GB hard drive, 19" LCD and more.


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Check our TweakTown Daily Deals page for more tech bargains!

Monday Morning Roundup

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Oct 11, 2010 7:49 am

The latest happenings from around the web - October 11th, 2010




- Asus EeePC 1015PEM @ Techreviewsource

- Turning PC into Apple Macintosh: Hackintosh @ Benchmark Reviews




- G.Skill FLARE PC3-16000 Memory @ Overclock3D

- Crucial Ballistix Tracer 4GB DDR3 1333MHz Memory Video Review @ eTeknix




- Xigmatek Utgard Case @ Kitguru

- XFX Pro Series 750W Power Supply @ Kitguru

- Revisiting the BitFenix Colossus Black PC Case @ Legit Reviews

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Apple refuse to increase warranty on handsets, result will increase iPhone pricing

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Oct 11, 2010 6:28 am

The ACCC is taking more bits out of Apple, finds it a bit sour.


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The ACCC's continuing investigation against Apple regarding it's warranty is still going on, but with Apple refusing to budge on it's policies, the result might be an increase in mobile plan fees. Apple are refusing to let Telco's (like Telstra, Optus, etc) to offer repair services for the Apple iPhone.


Last week, I posted about Telstra now offering 24 months warranty on their handsets, with Apple's iPhone excluded. The ACCC is still pushing for 24 month contracts to have 24 month warranty included.


ACCC chairman, Graeme Samuel said "Apple is being difficult". He said that if Apple continue to not be cooperative, the manufacturer would most likely charge it carrier partners for an additional 12 month warranty with iPhones bundled in 24 month plans.


Telco's, are faced with a price per unit that is several hundreds more over the life of the plan, would have no choice but to either absorb the cost, or pass it onto customers.

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Telstra has a new CIO

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 11, 2010 5:24 am

Telstra has named their new CIO today.


Meet, Patrick Eltridge:


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Former Seek and Westpac CIO, Patrick Eltridge has stepped up to the plate of chief information officer, replacing former CIO John McInerney who resigned in June of this year.


Patrick begins his turn as CIO from November 22nd of this year.


Telstra's chief operating officer, Michael Rocca said in a note to Telstra staff "I am pleased to announce that Patrick Eltridge joins us from Standard Chartered Bank in Singapore, starting as CIO on 22 November 2010. Patrick is ideally suited for Telstra's CIO role as his wide experience in the banking sector includes managing significant system changes, performing in a global architectural role and operating in a customer-facing business unit,"


"Patrick's deep knowledge and support of a customer-led business with a particular focus on online customer experiences and workforce productivity will add significant value to the position."

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NDA lifts on new 6k AMD range on 22nd Oct?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Oct 11, 2010 4:16 am

Could it be? Only 11 days until the world knows what's under the hood of AMD's new 6k range of graphics cards.


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NDA paperwork is starting to come through and it looks like the 22nd is cemented into history as the launch of the AMD 6000 range of graphic cards. While we don't have exact model numbers, our understanding is that the PRO and XT flavours will be coming in, which should carry the 6850 and 6870 names.


While these names seem like a "replacement" of the current HD 5850 and 5870 parts, initial speculation with the name changes suggest these products could fall into the $200 - $250 segment.


Tasty times ahead indeed!

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IBM still has a thing for it's Cell processor

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Oct 11, 2010 1:51 am

Development of the Cell processor that powers the PlayStation 3 has not stalled, IBM are continuing to develop chips and supply hardware for future gaming consoles, a company executive said.


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IBM is working with Nintendo and Sony, CTO of IBM's Systems and Technology Group, Jai Menon said.


The Cell processor which was developed by IBM with the involvement of Sony and Toshiba, first appeared in Sony's PlayStation 3 in 2005. It was a hybrid chip, including processor cores from IBM's Power architecture. But, lately there have been doubts about Cell's future and it's use in upcoming next-generation gaming consoles.


IBM confirmed in a statement on Friday that it will still manufacture Cell processors for use in the PlayStation 3, as well as continue to invest in Cell as part of it's hybrid and multicore chip strategy.

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Proposed Android/iPhone app by Yahoo would bring mobile to PC video calling

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Oct 9, 2010 7:51 pm

An app may be on the way from Yahoo that will bring video calls over WiFI as well as carrier networks to Android devices as well as iPhone. According to Yahoo, this free app would use Yahoo Messenger to support both mobile to mobile and mobile to PC video calling.


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While the app shouldn't have too much trouble hitting the Android Market, Apple of course always has their own rules. While this app may be considered a competitor to FaceTime, other apps like Fring and Tango have been approved that have similar function so there shouldn't be a lot of trouble on that front either.

New 32GB Class 4 microSDHC card introduced by Kingston

By: Don Lynn | More News: Storage | Posted: Oct 9, 2010 3:40 pm

If you're looking for the newest king of speed and storage space for your smartphone or other microSD friendly device, here it is. Kingston has announced the release of their Class 4 32GB microSDHC card.


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Class 4 cards give your 4MB/s minimum transfer rate and 32GB is the maximum storage that you can get for these devices, so it looks like this card will take the crown. Expect to pay a premium when these ship to retailers, though; MSRP is listed at $153 for just the card by itself.

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