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Deal of the Day: Patriot G series 'Sector 5' Edition DDR3 SDRAM Desktop Memory for $24.99 after Rebate with FREE Shipping

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: RAM | Posted: Sep 27, 2011 8:46 am

Our Deal of the Day today is the Newegg - 8GB (2 x 4GB) Patriot G series 'Sector 5' Edition DDR3 SDRAM Desktop Memory for $24.99 after Rebate with FREE Shipping!.


Offer: This 8GB (2 x 4GB) Patriot DDR3 kit is $59.99 with FREE shipping. Use coupon code: EMCKAHH28 for an instant $5 discount (expiring 9/28/11), taking the price to $54.99. A $30 mail in rebate takes the price down to just $24.99, expiring 9/30/11.






Check our TweakTown Daily Deals page for more tech bargains!

10 copies of TweakTown's Ultimate Guide to PC Cases eBook to be won!

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Sep 27, 2011 7:59 am

Folks! We are giving away 10 free copies of TweakTown's Ultimate Guide to PC Cases eBook by our own cases and cooling editor Chad Sebring.




All you need to do is win is tweet on Twitter the exact following:


"I want to win a copy of TweakTown's Ultimate Guide to PC Cases eBook -"


We will randomly select 10 winners when the giveaway ends on October 7th next week. Good luck to you!

Facebook set to launch the iPad App at Apple's iPhone 5 event

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 27, 2011 7:00 am

It's about time. Facebook for iPad is set to launch on October 4 at the iPhone 5 launch event according to Mashable. In addition, Facebook is also expected to launch a revamped version of its iPhone app that may unveil an HTML5-based mobile app marketplace. The Facebook iPad app has been the source of many news bits across the world this year and caused that much stir that even former Facebook engineer Jeff Verkoeyen left Facebook to work at Google partially because Facebook had been sitting on the completed app since May.




Why the delay? This stems from a combination of timing and a strained relationship with Apple. It is no secret that the two companies have been at each others necks previously, with examples such as Facebook pulling the plug on Facebook Connect in Ping because Apple didn't give Facebook any warning about the feature, which took a chunk out of bandwidth on Facebook's side.

Continue reading 'Facebook set to launch the iPad App at Apple's iPhone 5 event' (full post)

AMD release Battlefield 3-specific drivers, AMD Catalyst 11.10 Preview

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Sep 27, 2011 5:00 am

AMD have dropped it like its hot, and by drop I mean release and my hot, I mean Battlefield 3-specific drivers. It was only a few hours ago NVIDIA released their Battelfield 3-optimized drivers, and now AMD are following suit. The new Catalyst 11.10 Preview software makes your ATI/AMD Radeon graphics card optimized for Battlefield 3. It includes the following changes:




Improves performance in Battlefield 3 Open Beta release for both non-Anti-Aliasing, and application enabled Anti-Aliasing cases on the AMD Radeon HD 6000 and AMD Radeon HD 5000 Series for single GPU configurations

Enables support for Eyefinity 5x1 display (portrait and landscape) configurations using the AMD Radeon HD 6000 and AMD Radeon HD 5000 Series

Vision Engine Control Center: User Interface enhancements have been implemented for the CrossfireX, GPU Overdrive, and Information Center pages.


You can download the AMD Catalyst 11.10 Preview Driver Suite here.

Sony's Video Unlimited - preview, a new app to experience a new, intuitive way to navigate online video

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Online Video | Posted: Sep 27, 2011 4:41 am

Sony has announced their new video store application which includes a snazzy new intuitive interface which allows easier and smarter navigation, "Video Unlimited - preview" is available right now for PlayStation Plus subscribers who are living in the United States or Canada. PS Plus subscribers can download the new application and experience a new way to navigate and discover video content on the PlayStation 3. While mirroring content found on the existing PlayStation Store video delivery service, the new app delivers a totally fresh experience by providing endless related search results via a whole new way to discover content for purchase and or rent.




All PlayStation Network users will gain access to "Video Unlimited - preview" on October 11, 2011. The new UI does indeed look very, very nice and the search functions look surprisingly easy to use. Hopefully this trickles down to all Sony-related gear in the future!


What I think people will love about it is shown in the video below. Being able to browse a movie, then say an actor within that movie. Once within the actors details, it'll show their movies in a list. You can then browse into that movie and then dive into a new category, say, "action". Within "action", it'll display a list of action movies. It's intuitive enough that it just seems so, so easy and you'll think "why hasn't anyone done this before?". It really does feel fresh.

Continue reading 'Sony's Video Unlimited - preview, a new app to experience a new, intuitive way to navigate online video' (full post)

Gaming n3ws, Dead Space 3, Uncharted 3, Battlefield 3, see what I did there?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 27, 2011 4:30 am

This is something I hope to continue on TweakTown, a gaming-related round up instead of multiple gaming-related bits of news. So please do comment and let me know if you like it. First up we have the big 3, all sequels, all third sequels. I hope you enjoyed my pun. First up we have a new full-length Battlefield 3 TV ad, which features not only never-before-seen gameplay footage, but Jay-Z with "99 Problems" as the track choice.



Next up we have Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception. What we have here is the first footage in the while of Drake's desert-based adventure. The footage is off-screen and can be annoying, but if you want to take a glimpse of some in-game footage, take a look. You might want to skip on past the 4:00 mark to hit the gameplay footage. Even as an off-screen video, Uncharted 3 looks unbelievably beautiful and it is the one console franchise I will buy on launch day. The footage shows off some new skills, with the Steel Fist ability allowing you (playing as Drake) to catch an enemy's gun in midair.


Continue reading 'Gaming n3ws, Dead Space 3, Uncharted 3, Battlefield 3, see what I did there?' (full post)

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 pops up at the FCC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 27, 2011 3:46 am

The 7.7-inch, Android-powered tablet from Samsung, the Galaxy Tab 7.7 has hit the FCC for approval goodness. It's named the GT-P6810, and has shown off its sexy little tablet behind at the FCC. The version shown below seems to be the 16GB Wi-Fi-only model as there are no mentions of wireless bands. What shores it'll be washing up on is the question, and whether the Apple lawsuits will stop sales of this thing is another worry. But, it's a 7.7-inch tablet, so that should [hopefully] not be an issue.



Continue reading 'Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 pops up at the FCC' (full post)

Telstra announce the rollout of their LTE network

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Networking | Posted: Sep 27, 2011 3:06 am

Telstra plans to roll out its LTE network fast and is said to maintain this speed into 2012. Over the next year or so, more and more traffic will flow onto the LTE, especially into 2013 when the digital dividend 700MHz spectrum is made available. Speed-leader Telstra wants to soak itself in the LTE-goodness, and are vowing to make the transition as seamless as possible. So instead of marketing LTE as a separate service, it will issue one with the same 3G/4G dongles so that the 3G and 4G networks work seamlessly.




Most users won't be aware of which network they're using. LTE will also be more expensive, but only $10 more per month. So the extra speed is not too much of a jump in the wrong direction.

US market being dominated by Android, iOS is stagnant

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 27, 2011 3:00 am

In a survey taken last month, 43% of all smartphone owners have an Android-based device. But over the last three months, more than half (56%) chose an Android-powered smartphone. The preferences of these so-called "recent acquirers" are important as they are often a leading indicator of where the market is headed. Of course, Apple's iOS remains popular sitting firmly in second place with 28% of all smartphone users and the same percentage among those who recently acquired a new device.




Apple is about to launch their iPhone 5, so things could change. But over in the Android-laden camp, things are also changing. Google are about to launch Ice Cream Sandwich, their next-gen Android OS which is meant to blend their smartphone and tablets OS into a single, dominating OS. Things could swing either way, but right now it seems as though Google are Apple's only competition right now. And while it's "competition", it seems Apple are the ones chasing the tail of Google and they're further down the path than they let you believe.

Battlefield 3 beta video settings, leaked - lots of graphics options!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 27, 2011 2:09 am

This is what I wanted to see - insane amounts of customization of graphics options in Battlefield 3. A kind Beta player has leaked out a screenshot showing off some beautiful news to my eyes, ears and pants. We get the usual resolution options, vertical sync, but most importantly: field of view. Stereo 3D is included and convergence options are in the menu itself. As for video details we get a huge amount starting with graphics quality which seems to be a pre-determined option that sets the following options (or allows you to use custom to set your own).




Texture quality, shadow quality, effects quality, mesh quality, terrain quality, terrain decoration - can all be set (from what I'm guessing) low, medium, high and then finally, ultra. Antialiasing deferred, antialiasing post, motion blur, motion blur amount, anistrophic filter and finally, ambient collusion.




Is that enough graphic options? I think so. I look forward to seeing a few walk throughs of the difference between them all. I'm so very happy to see that we get a slew of options, compared to the last bring-your-PC-to-its-knees console port and spit on PC users, Crysis 2. That was an excuse of a sequel with no graphics settings. It's great to see DICE sticking to its guns and providing PC users with a million graphics options.

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