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April Fools: Apple Store Playmobil Set Now Available

By: Trak Lord | More News: Apps | Posted: Apr 1, 2011 7:48 pm



This is a good one. What appeared to be just another product listing on ThinkGeek turned out to be a bittersweet April Fool's prank. Bittersweet, because a lot of us would probably shell out the $180 for the entire Playmobil Apple Store set, including Line expansion.


ThinkGeek really went all out on this one, going so far to create miniature Wozniak on a Segway and miniature Steve Jobs giving the iPad 2 keynote. The sales floor is also suitably accessorized with miniature iPhones and iPads.





If you watched the promotional video first, you were alerted to the nature of the prank (if not from anything else, than the professional titles like "Squinty Bastard". Otherwise, you probably got very excited and pressed BUY NOW, only to be redirected to the "GOTCHA!" page where you promptly felt very sad and alone in the universe. Then again, my personal experience may not be the rule for everyone else.



Favorite quotes:


You'll forget that you're actually playing with something, and not inside an actual Apple Store!


We finally figured out a way to create lifelong customers literally moments after they begin to walk.


Visit the site to check out their photo reel as well as the links to past 4/1 product pranks.

April Fools: Atlassian Announces "Angry Nerds"

By: Trak Lord | More News: Apps | Posted: Apr 1, 2011 5:10 pm



"What do you do when you have bugs in your code? Send in the Angry Nerds. Consider these issues…resolved."


Atalassian announced their new mobile game today, Angry Nerds, in which the player hurtles various incarnations of "devs" against towers of concrete binary numbers, destroying various infectious "bugs" in the code.


Check out the site, you can even test out the game there. This is almost good enough to not be an April Fools Prank. They even put up a fictitious collection of "endorsements":




Please, Atlassian, never stop ceasing or desisting.


Here's their "press release":


Okay, a bit of a curveball, but let's face it: gaming is hot. It was probably obvious we were into gaming when we invited Steve Wiebe, from the movie King of Kong, to our GDC booth for a record attempt. We're purists mostly - Pacman, Donkey Kong, WoW. But mobile gaming is blowing up right now, and when we see a market opportunity, we jump on it.


So we're pumped today to release our first game: Angry Nerds. The story line is one for the ages - a team of software developers, armed with wit and wile, fighting against an evil hoard of bugs. It's all drama and suspense. Romeo and Juliet, Lord of the Rings, Zero Wing.


But don't focus on the story,

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April Fools: LinkedIn Offers Connections To Dead Guys

By: Trak Lord | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Apr 1, 2011 4:51 pm



I really hope that the generation is random, because I thought my profile would have given me something a little more literary.


LinkedIn is joining in the April Fools Shenanigans by offering connections to people that are clearly not on LinkedIn.


A couple more that made me laugh:







Keep refreshing your LinkedIn page, you're bound to get one that will make you chuckle.

April Fools: Google Launches Gmail Motion

By: Trak Lord | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Apr 1, 2011 4:28 pm



They almost had me until the guy in the video mimes licking a stamp and placing it on an envelope, where the "envelope" is his lifted knee. And it just gets better from there. Google might be the most infamous April Fool's Day prankster since they began the tradition in April of 2000 with the MentalPlex

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Thecus unveil new NAS, AFD42000 Deluxe Coffee Edition

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Apr 1, 2011 11:33 am

Thecus today have announced a new NAS with a twist, it centers around the idea of your IT engineer falling asleep, well, keeping him or her from falling asleep. The new AFD42000 Deluxe Coffee Edition NAS feature a 12 core CPU, 16GB of DDR3 RAM and the new signature Thecus feature: the Thecus Turbo Coffee Deluxe Edution.




Thanks to the new smart coffee device, the TTCDE is capable of delivering 3 cups per minute. RAID functions are also available allowing the coffee to be fresher or faster depending on your needs.

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Download of the Day: Dropbox 1.0.28

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Apr 1, 2011 10:26 am

Our Download of the Day today is Dropbox 1.0.28.


Dropbox is the easiest way to store, sync and share files online.


File Sync


•2GB of online storage for free, with up to 100GB available to paying customers.

•Sync files of any size or type.

•Sync Windows, Mac and Linux computers.

•Automatically syncs when new files or changes are detected.


File Sharing


•Shared folders allow several people to collaborate on a set of files.

•You can see other people's changes instantly.


Online Backup


•Automatic backup of your files.

•Undelete files and folders.




Download Now - TweakTown Download of the Day

Deal of the Day: Nintendo 3DS Value Bundle - $269

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 1, 2011 9:06 am

Our Deal of the Day today is the Wal-Mart - Nintendo 3DS Value Bundle - $269.


Offer: Great Nintendo 3DS Bundle here from Walmart. Get it for just $269 with free ship-to-store option. This bundle includes:


- Nintendo 3DS Game System (Aqua Blue or Cosmo Black)

- One Nintendo 3DS or DS Game (like Street Fighter IV 3D Edition)

- POWER A 3DS Flex Case, Black


The MSRP of the 3DS is $249, so this is a great bundle!





Check our TweakTown Daily Deals page for more tech bargains!

Friday Morning Roundup

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Apr 1, 2011 8:05 am

The latest happenings from around the web - April 1st, 2011




- Funky Kit announce its own brand of Tablet PC - The "Gladiator" @ Funkykit

- Aerocool AeroPower II+ 550W PSU @ 3DXtreme




- Intel Core i5-2300 CPU/Processor @ Techwarelabs

- Intel Sandy Bridge Performance Goes Up Again @ Phoronix




- Fastest HD6870 around reviewed - HIS 6870 IceQ X Turbo X @ Metku

- Zotac GTX 570 2GB @ XSReviews

- Sapphire FleX HD 6950 2Gb @ LAN OC

- MSI GeForce GTX 580 Lightning 1536 MB @ Techpowerup

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IGN Provides Rift Statistics 28 Days Later

By: Trak Lord | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 1, 2011 4:21 am

Are we still saying things are "28 days later"? Is that even a topical reference anymore?


Regardless, IGN's Brian Altano, Arthur Gies and Nick Kolan put together a nifty info-graphic to explain some stuff about what over 1,000,000 users have been up to in the land of Telara since Rift's launch 28 days ago. Whether it's dealing more damage than healing, looting 44 billion total in coins, or just collecting over 9 million souls, Rift users have been making the most out of the first MMORG in a long time that has had the balls to compete with World of Warcraft. If you're not convinced, see their advertising tagline:


We're not in Azeroth anymore.






Quimo: Free Form Augmented Reality Material

By: Trak Lord | More News: Augmented Reality | Posted: Apr 1, 2011 3:49 am



The University of South Australia brings us quite a nifty gadget / design tool as part of their Wearable Computer Laboratory. In a paper and accompanying video published by Ewald T. A. Maas, Michael R. Marner, Ross T. Smith, and Bruce H. Thomas, they introduce "Quimo", a free form spatial Augmented Reality interface. Short for "quick mock-up", the substance is a white malleable material that the user can sculpt and reform to their heart's content, all with their bare hands. It retains its shape once you sculpt it and doesn't harden later, so you can always go back and sculpt different things. It's like Play-Doh for Augmented Reality.

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