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Logitech unveils new S715i rechargeable speaker dock

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Aug 4, 2010 4:02 pm

Logitech has a ton of speakers for various uses in its line. The line of speakers offered by the company spans the range from surround sound for PCs to small portable speakers for iPods and notebooks.

 

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Logitech has unveiled a new portable iPod speaker dock called the Logitech Rechargeable Speaker S715i. The new dock has an internal rechargeable battery that is good for up to eight hours of play per charge.

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Razer updates Lachesis gaming mouse with more sensitivity

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Aug 4, 2010 3:04 pm

The Razer Lachesis was first spied years ago and had 4000 dpi sensitivity, which at the time was a lot of sensitivity. Today that 4000dpi mark is been surpassed. Razer has announced a new updated version of the Lachesis to replace the old one.

 

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Exactly when the new Lachesis will ship is unknown, but it will sell for $79.99. The update includes a new 3.5G laser sensor with 5600dpi resolution. The mouse also has a new design and a customizable lighting system.

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iPhone 4's 'aluminosilicate glass' the bees knees? - Don't be so sure

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Aug 4, 2010 1:12 pm

If you're proud of your shiny new iPhone 4, be sure to hold onto it real good when standing / walking over a hard surface, or at least invest in a decent case for it.

 

Apple went on this big spiel leading up to the release of the new-gen phone about how it uses 'aluminosilicate glass' which it said is the same type of glass used in the windshields of high-speed trains and and helicopters. In their words exactly, Apple said it was "chemically strengthened to be 20 times stiffer and 30 times harder than plastic, the glass is ultradurable and more scratch resistant than ever".

 

So then, with that in mind, take a look at this picture of someone's new pride and joy :-

 

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Struck with a hammer out of antennagate rage? Nope. This was merely dropped onto concrete due to slipping out of the user's hands while he was carrying too many things.

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Optus spruces up its mobile broadband plans - Lower pricing, higher data

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Aug 4, 2010 12:20 pm

While Telstra's playing a bit nicer these days with its mobile broadband rates, Optus also makes a move in giving significantly better value with a full range of revamped plans having just been put into place.

 

The new plans require signing onto 24-month contracts and start at $20 per month which gives you 1GB of on-peak quota and 2GB off-peak. There are also $30, $50, $80 and $100 plans, with the top most giving 10GB of on-peak quota and 20GB off-peak. Optus' peak time designation covers 7:00am through 12am.

 

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If a user reaches their quota before the month is up, the internet will be inaccessible expect for select free Optus sites and Facebook, though they are given the option to buy a new data pack to use until the next month kicks in.

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

By: TweakTown Staff | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Aug 4, 2010 11:21 am

Paramount Pictures Home Entertainment has kindly given Australian TweakTown readers the opportunity to take home one of five Blu-ray discs to celebrate the release of the Steven Spielberg sci-fi classic, "War of the Worlds".

 

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To go into the running, first of all you need to be an Australian resident. If you meet that requirement then all you have to do is successfully answer the following question:

 

Who wrote the original novel "War of the Worlds"?

 

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Please send your answer to Ben@tweaktown.com by 9PM on Wednesday the 11th of August. Winning entrants will be e-mailed shortly thereafter.

 

Thanks to Paramount for their generous promotion. Good luck to all!

The Commonwealth Bank of Australia launch augmented reality app for home buyers

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Aug 4, 2010 11:16 am

Ahh, technology; a road that never ends and there's always something new on the horizon. A pretty funky iPhone application was launched today by the Commonwealth bank which more or less gives the ability to point their phone at a house from out the front and access both its sale price as well as giving a virtual peek inside.

 

The new app harnesses mobile phone camera and location based tech to map the user's position; then it simply matches it with information about the house such as how many bedrooms and bathrooms it has, the exterior or interior (or both) sale photographs and also its most recent sale price. Said information is obtained via property website Realestate.com.au and rpdata.com.

 

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A CBA spokesperson has confirmed the information is made available publicly to anyone with the iPhone and its new app installed. There is no charge for using this facility (at this stage, at least). the CBA feels this is the way to go after noting results from a study by a media company initiative whereby it was determined that Australians are spending an average of 27 minutes a day online on their smartphones and that 70% of decisions in the home lending market have been made while online.

Telstra giving better data allowance on iPhone plans in stores than advertised

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Aug 4, 2010 10:44 am

Telstra's really pushing to outdo its competitors with its range of iPhone 4 plans. Further testament to this is word today that it has risen its data allowance for minimal extra cost, though apparently this is in part due to a glitch in their billing system.

 

Several people have now reported that they've been given the opportunity to get 6GB of data connected to their plan for only $20 on top of the plan's fee. While Telstra does advertise a 6GB plan in its range, this usually costs $129. However, the loophole is allowing customers to get 6GB on their plan for as little as half that amount.

 

While there are small inconsistences in what is being offered to various customers, according to several Whirlpool users there looks to be a good chance of getting a similarly awesome deal when talking into Telstra shops to see what's on offer.

 

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One of several examples; a user walked into a shop and was able to sign onto a $49 iPhone plan whilst also getting 3GB of monthly data to play with versus the usual 500MB; this for a grand total of $63.50.

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Wednesday Morning Roundup

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Aug 4, 2010 10:16 am

The latest happenings from around the web - August 4th, 2010

 

Video/Monitor

 

- AMD ATI RADEON HD 5670 1GB GDDR5 Video Card @ Madshrimps

- Asus EAH5670 HD 5670 1GB Graphics Card @ Tweaknews

- Tessellation: The Best Line Between Points Is a Curve @ XBit Labs

 

Audio/Media

 

- Choiix Boom Boom @ LANOC

- Cooler Master Choiix BoomBoom Portable Speaker @ ASElabs

- Choiix Boom Boom Speakers @ HiTechLegion

- Choiix Boom Boom Portable Speaker @ Pro-Clockers

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Download of the Day: Foobar2000 1.1 beta 2

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Aug 4, 2010 6:52 am

Our Download of the Day today is Foobar2000 1.1 beta 2.

 

foobar2000 is an advanced freeware audio player for the Windows platform. Some of the basic features include full unicode support, ReplayGain support and native support for several popular audio formats.

 

Main features:

 

• Supported audio formats: MP3, MP4, AAC, CD Audio, WMA, Vorbis, FLAC, WavPack, WAV, AIFF, Musepack, Speex, AU, SND... and more with additional components.

• Gapless playback.

• Full unicode support.

• Easily customizable user interface layout.

• Advanced tagging capabilities.

• Support for ripping Audio CDs as well as transcoding all supported audio formats using the Converter component.

• Full ReplayGain support.

• Customizable keyboard shortcuts.

• Open component architecture allowing third-party developers to extend functionality of the player.

 

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Deal of the Day: Dell ST2410 24" Flat Panel monitor for $199.99 with Free Shipping

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Aug 4, 2010 5:55 am

Our Deal of the Day today is the Dell Small Business - Dell ST2410 24" Flat Panel monitor for $199.99 with Free Shipping.

 

Offer: Thanks to a $60 instant savings, you can pick up this widescreen HD flat panel monitor for just $199.99. It features a 5ms response time, a 50000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, 1920x1080 resolution, both a DVI and HDMI, and a 1 year warranty. Expires 8/6/10.

 

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