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Xbox 360 Kinect hits AU this Christmas - Bundle packs also coming

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 22, 2010 7:58 am

Kinect is the talk of the town for Xbox 360 owners and families looking to enhance their in-home entertainment experience. As many of you would have seen, it was demonstrated at E3 not very long ago and since then it's been confirmed it'll be hitting the U.S. market on November 4.


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However, while us aussies haven't been told by Microsoft's Aus Xbox division what date exactly it will hit shelves down under, they have said it will be available 'around Christmas time'. It will go on sale locally for $199 which includes one supporting game title, Kinect Adventures.

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Download of the Day: SeaMonkey 2.0.6

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Jul 22, 2010 7:08 am

Our Download of the Day today is SeaMonkey 2.0.6.


SeaMonkey is a web-browser, advanced e-mail and newsgroup client, IRC chat client, and HTML editing made simple -- all your Internet needs in one application.


• Tabbed browsing gives you a better way to surf the net. You no longer have to open one page at a time. With tabbed browsing, open several pages at once with one click. Plus, your homepage can be multiple pages, in tabs.

• Popup blocker lets you surf the web without interruption from annoying ads.

• Image Manager lets you block images to remove offensive images or speed up the rendering of web sites.

• Find as you type gives you another way to navigate a page. Just start typing to jump from link to link or to find a word or phrase within a page.

• Plus all the features a modern browser should have including: Advanced security settings; Password, Download, and Cookie managers; Themes; multi-language and multi-platform support; and, the latest in Web Standards.


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Deal of the Day: Kingston 64GB SSDNow V Series SATA II 2.5" Solid State Drive (SSD) - $97.75 after Rebate, Shipped Free

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Storage | Posted: Jul 22, 2010 7:00 am

Our Deal of the Day today is the - Kingston 64GB SSDNow V Series SATA II 2.5" Solid State Drive (SSD) - $97.75 after Rebate, Shipped Free!.


Offer: One way to instantly improve your laptop computer's speed and responsiveness is to replace your standard hard drive with a solid state drive (SSD). has this Kingston 64GB SSDNow V Series SATA II 2.5" Solid State Drive for just $97.95 after rebate, shipped free!


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Check our TweakTown Daily Deals page for more tech bargains!

Thursday Morning Roundup

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Jul 22, 2010 6:58 am

The latest happenings from around the web - July 22, 2010




- The 10 Best Laptops under $500 @ Digitaltrends

- Samsung N210 Netbook @ Funkykit




- ECS H57H-MUS Black Series @ Phoronix

- Gigabyte H55N-USB3 ITX Motherboard @ Madshrimps

- Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD6 Intel P55 Express Motherboard @ PC Stats

- EVGA P55 FTW Overclocking Mainboard @ TweakPC

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Type without even looking at your mobile device with Blind Type

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Jul 22, 2010 2:52 am

There are a few keyboard apps out there like Swype that attempt to make the most inept touchscreen typist look like a texting pro, but the folks at Blind Type are taking it up a notch. Blind Type, currently a prototype and not yet out there for public consumption, not only corrects even the most brutal of errors, but provides the ability to type off the keyboard.





It's hard to explain, but the video above might help. You can type off the screen and the program will resize, move, and even flip the keyboard to adjust to the way you are typing. Blind Type is hoping to bring their app to Android, iPhone, and the iPad soon.

Skype for iPhone now has iOS 4 multitasking support

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Jul 22, 2010 1:25 am

Tired of having to pause everything else you're doing while using Skype on your iPhone? Worry no more. Skype's iPhone application got an update today with multitasking support for iOS 4 devices such as the 3GS and the iPhone 4.


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With Skype 2.0.1 for iPhone, switching out of Skype while on a call makes youre status bar blink red with the app's name displayed on the line below. Tapping that bar brings you back to Skype. The upgrade also allows the user to use iOS 4's fast app switching and notifications allowing Skype calls to bge received even when the Skype app is not running.

Corsair Force SSDs coming in three more capacities

By: Don Lynn | More News: Storage | Posted: Jul 22, 2010 12:14 am

Corsair's Force series of Sandforce SF-1200 based Solid State drives is doubling their number of available drives on the market. Currently available in 60GB, 120GB and 240GB varieties, Corsair has announced that 40GB, 80GB, and 160GB models will be added to the lineup in August.


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The new additions will have the same DuraWrite Technology and SF-1200 SSD Processor as the current drives that give you blazing fast read and write speeds and the drives incorporate the TRIM command to maintain write performance over time. Our own Chris Ramseyer stated that "the Corsair Force F120 is one of the fastest SSDs available on the market today" in his review.

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Handy Light gave iPhone users free tethering....until Apple found out

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Jul 21, 2010 11:25 pm

A clever 15 year old developer named Nick Lee got one over on the App Store team by releasing an innocent looking app called Handy Light. For 99 cents, you could grab his Handy Light app, which allows you to make your iPhone screen go blank with the color of your choice to use as a "flashlight." Unknown to the App Store folks though, Nick also included code that made Handy Light run as a full tethering app, which allowed the iPhone to be used as a 3G wireless modem for free; something AT&T makes you pay an extra $20 a month to do.


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Apple got wind of the alternate use for the program and took it down from the App Store, so this is no longer an option for those that did not grab the app before the App Store got wind of what was going on. It does beg an interesting question though; what secret unknown functions do the apps you downloaded have?

Asus tablet now planned to launch running Android

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Jul 21, 2010 10:20 pm

It didn't take Asus long to make a major change to their plans for the EP101TC tablet that was announced at Computex. According to a member of the Eee Pad team at Asus, their 10 inch tablet will be running on Android instead of Windows CE as originally planned.


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Slated for a Q1 2011 launch, the tablet will most likely hit shelves running Froyo but depending on when Android 3.0 hits the mainstream, it's possible that this tablet will run with that out of the box. It will be interesting to see the differences when this bad boy hits the display at CES.

Acer's multi-boot D260 hits Australian retailer shelves this week

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jul 21, 2010 9:44 am

Acer's new Aspire One D260 goes on sale in AU this week for $449; a 10.1-inch netbook that ships in a dual boot configuration with both Windows 7 (Starter Edition) and Android 2.1. A menu pops up at startup that gives the user the ability to choose which one to boot into.


Acer says the netbook is capable of booting into Android in 15 seconds, and gives the unit up to 8 hours of battery life from the six cell battery when in this OS.


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As for specs, nothing you haven't seen in competing units here. There's an N450 Atom processor (1.66GHz), 1GB RAM as standard (supporting up to 2GB), memory card slot, 160GB HDD ($449) or 250GB HDD ($499).


Acer also provides the option of built-in 3G that suits Aus networks, but pricing for this upgrade has not yet been advised. There are multiple color options for the D260 including the usual black, a smoky charcoal, purple and pink.

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