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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 and


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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




- 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




- 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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Check our TweakTown Daily Deals page for more tech bargains!

Verizon and Motorola teaming up on tablet project

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Aug 4, 2010 2:15 am

A tablet device that is centered around television watching is reportedly in the works from Motorola and Verizon. The Android based 10" tablet would be capable of running Verizon's FiOS cable system and be "thinner and lighter than the iPad," be Flash and tethering capable, and have dual cameras for teleconferencing.


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There is no official word from Verizon on the team-up, but some are speculating that the prototype that Motorola showed off at CES may be the device in question. Reports are saying a fall launch could be coming, just like several other companies we've seen reports from lately. This would be the first TV-centric device out there; having direct pay-tv service from Verizon.

PDF files can open up your iOS device to hackers

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Aug 4, 2010 12:24 am

Look out if you are running a device with iOS 3.1.2 or higher; it seems that you can let a hacker into your device simply by loading a PDF file. This security bug, which is also used for programs like JailbreakMe that we reported on yesterday, can give one click access to your device and bypass Apple's security.


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Apparently all it takes to let someone in is to load a PDF in Safari that contains a font that hides the rogue program, causing "stack overflow" that allows the program access to the device. The rogue programs can install, delete, or monitor programs on the device without the user knowing. There are a few workarounds besides the obvious "only open files from trusted sources," such as PDF loading warner apps from Cydia to remind you of the possibility of intrusion.

7 inch Viewsonic tablet destined for the UK

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Aug 3, 2010 11:17 pm

Viewsonic has announced that they are throwing their hat in the tablet ring with a 7 inch tablet slated to hit the UK this fall. IT will be GSM enabled so phone usage will be available; most likely through the use of a Bluetooth device as I doubt many would want to hold this to their head.


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The tablet is expected to hit shelves running Android 2.2. A 3 or 5 megapixel camera is expected to be onboard; no word on a front facing camera. Prices will be around the 300-400 GBP mark.

3D hits the iPhone with HoloToy

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Aug 3, 2010 9:36 pm

3D Technology: It's everywhere. TVs, video games, and now even the iPhone. Kode80, a developer from Florida, has released the HoloToy app for the iPhone which uses the iPhone's accelerometer and, if you have an iPhone 4, the front facing camera, to show and manipulate three dimensional images according to your angle of perception.




Thirteen interactive programs, including four games, are included with the app including a program to create your own 3D pics, scenes, and galleries with My HoloPics. Sounds like quite a little program for only a dollar; no funny looking glasses required.

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BlackBerry Torch announced today by RIM

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Aug 3, 2010 9:13 pm

RIM's New York event today revolved around their newest handset: the BlackBerry 9800 "Torch." This mobile device boasts a slide out keyboard with the traditional BlackBerry feel, a 5 MP camera, and will be running the long-awaited BlackBerry 6 OS.


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The new hybrid touchscreen device will have a 480x360 display, 4GB of onboard storage, wireless N capability, and 512mb of ROM and RAM. AT&T is releasing the device for the U.S. on August 11th for $199 (with contract), while Rogers, Bell and Telus in Canada have all confirmed they will get the Torch but have not released launch dates.

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