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Poll Results - Are you going to buy Microsoft Kinect?

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 23, 2010 10:19 am

Over 1,000 people voted on our previous poll and we asked you about Microsoft's newest and widely popular addition to the Xbox 360, the Kinect sensor.


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Microsoft has stated that it will ship a staggering five million Kinect units by the end of the year and is already on track by shipping more than one million so far.


Are TweakTown readers going to contribute? According to our poll, only 15% of you said you are going to buy a Kinect sensor. That won't help Microsoft's lofty goal now, will it people?


A huge 63% of TweakTown readers voted that they are not interested in buying Kinect and 18% haven't heard of Kinect.


For the actual numbers, go here. In our latest poll, we want to know, are you going to upgrade to the Intel Sandy Bridge platform? Let us know! Please go here to vote!

Download of the Day: VMware Player 3.1.3

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Nov 23, 2010 8:56 am

Our Download of the Day today is VMware Player 3.1.3.


A virtual machine is a computer defined in software. It's like running a PC on your PC.


This free desktop virtualization software application makes it easy to operate any virtual machine created by VMware Workstation, VMware Fusion, VMware Server or VMware ESX, as well as Microsoft Virtual Server virtual machines or Microsoft Virtual PC virtual machines.


• Run multiple operating systems simultaneously on a single PC

• Experience the benefits of preconfigured products without any installation or configuration hassles

• Share data between host computer and virtual machine

• Run 32- and 64-bit virtual machines

• Leverage 2-way Virtual SMP

• Use 3rd-party virtual machines and images

• Share data between host computer and virtual machine

• Broad host and guest operating system support

• Support for USB 2.0 devices

• Get appliance info at start-up

• Gain easy access to virtual machines via intuitive home page interface



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Tuesday Morning Roundup

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Nov 23, 2010 7:30 am

The latest happenings from around the web - November 23rd, 2010




- HP TouchSmart 310 PC @ Techreviewsource

- Silent Gaming System Build Guide @ SilentPCReview




- Gigabyte P67A-UD7 Preview @ Overclock3D

- ASRock X58 Extreme6 @ Pureoverclock

- Asus P8P67 Motherboard Sneak Peak Photo Gallery @ Kitguru

- Mvix Minix 890GX Motherboard @

- ECS P67 & H67 Sandy Bridge Motherboard Preview @ Neoseeker

- ASUS Rampage III Gene @ Pureoverclock

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Verizon introduces 150Mb FiOS inernet tier

By: Don Lynn | More News: Networking | Posted: Nov 23, 2010 4:46 am

Verizon has ratched up the speed of their FiOS internet service. Today the company has introduced a 150Mb/sec speed plan for their customers at a premium price of $200 a month.


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Of course this is the download speed; the upload on this plan is 35MB/sec which is nothing new for FiOS customers as this speed is offered on a lower tier. The 150 download speed is now the fastest currently available from any major Internet provider in the U.S.; 50 times faster than average DSL service. The service is expected to be offered to businesses as well by the end of the year at a higher rate.

Apple hurts the feelings of iPad owners with iOS 4.2 - rotational locks their hearts

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 23, 2010 3:53 am

Most people are busy updating to iOS 4.2 today - and on the iPad some people are not a happy camper.


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Sitting next to their sniper rifles, marshmallows and tents, these not-so-happy campers (myself included) do not like the iPad's rotational lock switch being swapped to a "mute" button ala the iPhone with the new iOS 4.2 update.

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RumorTT: AMD Radeon HD 6990 dual-GPU specs leaked?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Nov 23, 2010 3:46 am

It's good to see both companies are on the dual-GPU hill this year. Last year AMD (well, back in 2009 it was ATI) were dominating the dual-GPU world with their 5970. Even now, it's still one of the fastest VGA cards in the world (it doesn't matter the amount of cores, just like a CPU).


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Now there's a leaked slide out, with specs of the 6990.

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Twitter looking to add European branch in 2011

By: Don Lynn | More News: Software | Posted: Nov 23, 2010 1:30 am

I'm not going to surprise anyone when I say Twitter is a global phenomenon. After stating earlier in the year that more than 60% of their users live outside the U.S., a Twitter spokesman has revealed to Mashable that they are planning on expanding into Europe in 2011.


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According to the spokesman, "Twitter plans to have a small number of people on the ground in Europe in 2011. We're currently researching locations and potential candidates." There weren't any more details released, but there is speculation that the new jobs would center around sales and business development.

Xbox 360 turns 5 - decides to give itself a RROD free birthday

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 23, 2010 1:24 am

Microsoft's second foray into the console gaming world was the Xbox 360 - which today, turns 5.


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As you would say with a child's birthday - oh how time flies. Another year, and the 360 is still as successful as ever especially with the recent launch of the Kinect.

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Windows Phone 7 devices use Genuine Software checks to avoid hacking

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Nov 23, 2010 1:17 am

The first big roadblock to Windows Phone 7 modding has been found. According to Conflipper, a former Windows Mobile hacker, Windows Phone 7 devices ship with a "Genuine Software" checker which gives you the screen below if you try to access Xbox Live, Marketplace, Windows Live, or Zune from a device running an OS version that doesn't match up with your hardware key.


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This grouchy screen isn't the only drawback to hacking a WP7 device. Mobile users who are found modifying their phones to run pirated games or fiddle with their Xbox Live achievements will get perma-banned from Xbox Live; much like the policy on modded Xbox consoles.

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