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Paramount Pictures and TweakTown's "War of the Worlds" Blu-ray Movie Giveaway Draws to a Close

By: TweakTown Staff | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Aug 11, 2010 1:04 pm

Together with Paramount Pictures Home Entertainment, last week we fired up a competition where participants would be in with a chance to win one of five copies of Steven Spielberg's sci-fi classic, "War of the Worlds".


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The competition has now come to a close and we will be announcing the winners shortly. Thanks to everyone who sent in their answer. You could be one of the lucky ones, so stay tuned!

Riding the Jolicloud - The perfect netbook partner?

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Laptops | Posted: Aug 11, 2010 11:52 am

The folks at APC have taken a closer look at the Jolicloud OS which is based around Ubuntu and aimed squarely at the netbook crowd.


The particularly interesting aspect of this OS is that the main guts of it are located on hosted servers. Almost everything is based inside the browser which is like an open source version of Google Chrome (called Chromium). As an example, rather than this OS making use of apps like Open Office or Koffice, its default productivity suite is set up to harness Google's cloud based Google Docs.


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The shot above of the desktop shows a sparse, but clean layout. It's all fairly straight forward stuff and most people should be able to fathem out what's going on in a very short space of time. Certainly, from APC's experience with it they were quick to feel how 'lightweight' it is, but for a lot of people buying netbooks Jolicloud could potentially be an ideal alternative and does away with a lot of unecessary clutter found on the likes of Windows 7 or even XP.


Check out the full rundown on it via the source link folks.

Fujitsu give terrific bang for your buck with new AH530 15.6-inch laptop

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Laptops | Posted: Aug 11, 2010 11:06 am

There's a new kid on the block from Fujitsu with its latest mid-size LifeBook which you should start to see hitting aussie retailers shelves this week.


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This is the LifeBook AH530 which will set you back $1,199. What do you get for your 1200 Bucks? quite a good deal, really. The 15.6-inch sized lappy sports a dedicated numeric keypad, while internally is where the real bang for buck commences. Under the hood there's a 2.4GHz Core i5-450M processor, 2GB RAM and a 500GB hard disk in base form; some well spec'd hardware for the price you pay.


The six-cell battery is said to be good for about four hours and the unit comes shipped with Windows 7 Professional installed.

Industry experts back Conroy up - Coalition's mixed bag broadband plan is a step backwards

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Networking | Posted: Aug 11, 2010 10:32 am

Communications Minister Stephen Conroy has made some critical, yet valid points that even providers and other industry experts agree to in relation to the Coalition's wireless plan as a means to attempt to uplift the condition of Australia's internet.


Stephen says "The Coalition's focus on wireless defies the advice of industry experts who agree it is a complementary technology to fibre and will not deliver the high speeds and capacity needed for the delivery of healthcare, education and business applications of the future.


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Even providers agree that hybrid fibre coaxial is not the answer to Australia's broadband future. Like wireless, broadband on HFC is shared, which means the more people using it, the slower it gets".

Continue reading 'Industry experts back Conroy up - Coalition's mixed bag broadband plan is a step backwards' (full post)

Internode gives Telstra some stiff competition on its DSLAM w/ 240GB plans

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Networking | Posted: Aug 11, 2010 10:08 am

A blog post from Internode's Managing Director Simon Hackett yesterday morning has revealed plans by the ISP to give an even more aggressive broadband offer on its own Agile DSLAM ports than Telstra's 200GB plan it announced just recently.


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The plan gives a whopping 240GB per month for $99.95 as a standalone product, or $89.95 when bundled with a NodeLine phone service. This is the same price point as Telstra's plan while giving an additional 40GB a month of data usage. However, the plan is said to be limited to about 149 exchanges at this stage.


Further to this, Internode has reviewed and 'simplified' the plans it offers on Telstra's infrastructure, which includes the suspension of its Easy Broadband sign-ups and 200GB 'Fast' plan which Telstra recently blew out of the water, undercutting it by $100 per month.


Customers on these existing plans will remain on them unless they decide to change.

Centrelink wants $40 Mill for storage upgrades

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Storage | Posted: Aug 11, 2010 9:38 am

Apart from a customised pod at its Canberra Data Centre, Centrelink's data centres are more than 20 years old now and the federal agency has reached a time where it needs a storage upgrade; a mighty big one.


A pre-tender notice has been sighted which gives indication that Centrelink is planning to issue a request for tender (RTF) by October which could be as much as $40 Million. With this, it would purchase enterprise storage equipment that includes disk, mainframe, data protection and archiving products.


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Some other inclusions on the list of purchases would be an enterprise document and record management system (EDRMS), software for storage management (SRM), reporting and chargeback and professional services for deployment and projects.

Continue reading 'Centrelink wants $40 Mill for storage upgrades' (full post)

Download of the Day: Orbit Downloader 4.0.2

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Aug 11, 2010 9:20 am

Our Download of the Day today is Orbit Downloader 4.0.2.


Orbit Downloader, is a download manager specifically designed for the new generation Web (Web 2.0). You can use Orbit to download video/music/files from Myspace, YouTube, Imeem, Pandora, and Rapidshare, or on any site to make general downloading easier and faster.


Main Orbit Downloader Features:


• Download social music, social video and streaming media

• Extreme download acceleration.

• Super Light: micro-sized and resource-friendly

• Supports RapidShare download.

• Supports IE, Firefox, Maxthon, and Opera.

• Supports Metalink download.

• Supports HTTP, HTTPS, FTP, MMS, RTSP and RTMP protocols.

• Supports Proxy server configuration.

• Supports download, pause and resume.

• Provides general download management.


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Continue reading 'Download of the Day: Orbit Downloader 4.0.2' (full post)

Deal of the Day: Lenovo ThinkPad X100e UltraPortable Laptop from Only $404.10

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Laptops | Posted: Aug 11, 2010 8:58 am

Our Deal of the Day today is the Lenovo US (ThinkPad) - ThinkPad X100e UltraPortable Laptop from Only $404.10!.


Offer: This is within $5 of the lowest price I've seen these sleek slim business class ultraportable laptops go down to. You can get it with a nice AMD M780G with ATI RAdeon HD 3200graphics, 6 cell battery, 802.11b/g/n and more for just $404.10. Or combine the coupon with their web special (far right) that gives you a loaded ultraportable laptop that can do anything on the go for just $831.60! Use eCoupon: USPTHINKSALE (expires 8/18/10)


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Check our TweakTown Daily Deals page for more tech bargains!

Wednesday Morning Roundup

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Aug 11, 2010 8:38 am

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




- ASRock P55 Extreme4 Motherboard (1156) @ Kitguru

- ASRock 880G Extreme3 & 890FX Deluxe3 @ Phoronix




- Sapphire Ultimate Radeon HD 5550 @ Hardware-Mag

- Visiontek Radeon HD 4670 x2 @ Neoseeker

- MSI N460GTX Cyclone 1GD5/OC Video Card @ Benchmark Reviews

- StarCraft II performance index @ tbreak

Continue reading 'Wednesday Morning Roundup' (full post)

HP announces "Hurricane" tablet for Q1 2011

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Aug 11, 2010 3:49 am

HP is wasting no time trying to move the discussion about their company away from Mark Hurd and on to new things. They have released that their webOS driven tablet computer, currently tagged as "Hurricane," will make its debut in early 2011.


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HP has already previously stated that after the Palm buyout they would not be focusing on mobile handsets, so tablets were definitely looking to be high on the agenda. Not too much about Hurricane was released; only that this would be the consumer level product and that it would not conflict with their HP Slate that will be driven towards businesses.

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