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A single tweet stops a couple from being allowed to enter the U.S.

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 2, 2012 4:49 am

Twitter recently gave itself itself the power to censor particular tweets in particular countries, but this latest move tops them all. Two friends had planned a trip the the United States, as most people would dream of doing, with Leigh Van Bryan posting a tweet just weeks before his trip that he was going to "destroy America."

 

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Now, a level-headed person would take that as someone who is excited about going to the U.S. with a friend, and is looking to have a great time. The U.S. didn't see it that way, and did not think it was said in a positive tone, where things escalated, quite a bit. Bryan and his friend, Emily Bunting, arrived at the Los Angeles International Airport, where they were questioned by U.S. special agents who had spotted their tweet.

 

They were questioned for over five hours, after which they were placed into an illegal immigrants van and were put behind bars, separately, for 12 hours. Bryan was questioned in regards to his tweet, where he jokingly said he would be "digging up Marilyn Monroe." The tweet where the U.S. believed Bryan was a "terrorist" was:

 

Free this week, for quick gossip/prep before I go and destroy America.

 

Emily on the other hand stated:

 

Officials told us we were not allowed into the country because of Leigh's tweets. We just wanted to have a good time on holiday. That was all Leigh meant in his tweets.

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Kinect for Windows is here, SDK also gets a release

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 2, 2012 4:18 am

Kinect for Windows is finally here, as Microsoft released the motion-controlled technology for their Windows OS today. Microsoft made the announcement from their official Kinect for Windows blog, and it can now be ordered from either the Microsoft Store, or Amazon for $249.99. Education customers get a $100 discount.

 

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Kinect for Windows is more expensive than an Xbox 360 w/Kinect, for what reason? Well, it's not the same Kinect unit that the 360 uses, with Microsoft stating that the Windows sensor:

 

Expands the possibilities for innovation with features like Near Mode, which enables the depth camera to see objects as close as 40 centimeters in front of the sensor.

 

You can also plug up to four Kinect for Windows sensors into the same computer. On top of the release of Kinect for Windows, Microsoft have also released version 1.0 of their Kinect for Windows developer toolkit and runtime. You can download that, here.

Sony shuffles CEO, PlayStation chief Kazuo Hirai takes over Sir Howard Stringer, effective April 1

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 2, 2012 3:18 am

Sony aren't in a good position right now, with three years of losses behind them, and the potential of a fourth, they're shuffling their CEOs in the near-future. Current CEO, Sir Howard Stringer, will be replaced by Kazuo Hirai, effective April 1.

 

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After the move, Stringer will become chairman of the board after a shareholders meeting in June. Hirai, current PlayStation chief, will try to integrate the unprofitable TV business and computers, with content from Sony's entertainment divisions. Sony have lost a few battles now, with the Walkman losing to Apple's iPod, the Bravia TV's to Samsung, and Nintendo slamming the sales of the PlayStation 3.

 

Sony reports their third-quarter earnings tomorrow, where they're expected to post a loss. This will be the fourth consecutive year of losses, a first for the company since it was listed back in 1958. Hirai has quite the job ahead of him, I just can't see how he can steer Sony back into profits in the short term.

 

With Hirai off the PlayStation chief position, what does this mean for the PlayStation 4? Questions need to be answered, Sony.

Where's Half-Life 3? 30,000+ gamers intend to find out

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 2, 2012 2:23 am

I'm one of these people. Where in the hell is Half-Life 3. My latest editorial even covers it, where the last words are "Where are you, Gordon Freeman?" We need him, and we need him now. There seems to be a push from the community, too, which is great.

 

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A quote from the group:

 

The entire trilogy of episodes was supposed to be completed and released by 2007, and if Valve have decided to do other things for the time being, that is fine; all that we ask for is a basic response on the matter, and to let fans know whether or not the current story arc is scheduled to conclude at another point in time.

 

In addition: This message is in no way, shape or form attempting to rush the development of the Half-Life series; in fact, most members agree that Valve should take the time needed to deliver a complete and polished product.

 

A bunch of gamers dubbed from the "Call For Communication Steam Group" plan to play Half-Life 2 this weekend, hoping to send a message through the Steam servers to Valve itself. The group has gotten quite the amount of press, with some of the largest websites talking about it, which is bought us to this point where we at TweakTown want to join in.

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Bloomberg: Hardcore PC gamers have more than one motherboard in their PC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 2, 2012 1:46 am

Doing a bit of Reddit surfing between news posts when I spot this laughable news piece. "The Real Cost of Being a Video Gamer" is a piece by Bloomberg, where they've quoted Jamin Warren, founder of Kill Screen magazine, where he discusses hardcore gamers.

 

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He says "PCs are the hot rodders of game play." Which, is fine. Bloomberg did also say Warren said that hardcore gamers "often soup up systems by adding motherboards, boosting RAM and optimizing graphics." Adding motherboards? As in plural, multiple, more than one? Wow. Really?

 

'Hardcore' PC gamers 'optimize' graphics, why not get some actual facts and state that they add more than one graphics card (or GPU) in their system. But, I thought I'd just point this article out, I have to go now though, I've got to spiff up by PC and install another two motherboards. I never realised being a hardcore gamer since the early 90s on PC, that having one motherboard makes me unl337. BRB adding motherboards.

 

I won't even go into the rest of the article, you should really take a look for yourself, it's a great read.

WikiLeaks to set sail, wants to move servers offshore to fall under maritime law

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 2, 2012 1:20 am

Hasn't the world, or WikiLeaks, learnt anything? If the U.S. Government wants you, they'll come and get you. No matter what country, no matter if you're not a U.S. citizen, or whether you're on water - they'll find a way. Kim Dotcom would've thought he was safe with MegaUpload, after all. The latest out of WikiLeaks is that they want to move their servers offshore in an attempt to avoid prosecution from the U.S.

 

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Citing "multiple sources within the hacking community," told FoxNews.com that those backing WikiLeaks' founder, Julian Assange, have been working behind the scenes to move the servers to international waters where they would find themselves under maritime law. This means that once they are far enough away from land, then maritime law is what you "report" to.

 

But moving servers onto the open sea isn't going to solve WikiLeaks problems overnight. Jim Dempsey, Vice President for Public Policy with the Washington, D.C., think tank Center for Democracy and Technology has said that moving the servers offshore wouldn't go any good unless those who are running WikiLeaks also moved offshore, where he's quoted;

 

Where the data resides isn't what determines jurisdiction. You prosecute real people, you don't prosecute servers. So if the WikiLeaks people want to live on a platform in the North Sea and educate their children there ... for people who have lives, that doesn't make sense.

RumorTT: Next-gen iPod Nano to sport camera, clip makes a return, too

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 2, 2012 12:32 am

A RumorTT post about an Apple product that isn't the iPhone or iPad? What's going on! The latest news from Apple.pro claims that the seventh-generation iPod Nano is set to sport a camera. Not only a camera, but it will bring sexy the camera back.

 

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The picture above is just a leak, so the usual salt application and over-the-shoulder-throwing is required. The next-gen iPod Nano pictured is a prototype, so things could change. This prototype is said to have a paltry 1.3-megapixel camera, but is a non-final version.

 

Rumor has it that the next-gen iPod Nano is just two months away from release, so if you're after a new iPod Nano in the coming weeks, months, we would suggest waiting so you can grab one of these ultra-small, camera-equipped, clip-equipped iPod Nano's.

Wednesday Morning Roundup for February 1, 2012

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Roundups | Posted: Feb 1, 2012 3:26 pm

The latest happenings in the technology world, February 1st, 2012.

 

Cases & Cooling:

 

Noctua NH-C14 CPU Cooler - circuitREMIX

Rasurbo Vort-X U3 - Technic3D

Cooler Master GeminII M4 - XSReviews

Thermaltake Commander MS-I Mid Tower - Pro-Clockers

 

GPUs:

 

HIS Radeon HD 7950 3GB - TweakTown

Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 - Hardware-Mag.de

ASUS HD 7950 DirectCU II Top - ocaholic

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Deal of the Day: HP Home & Home Office Store - HP ENVY 15 Premium 15.6" Laptop PC w/ i5-2430M, Radeon 7690M, 6GB DDR3, Radiance Keyboard - $944.99 Shipped!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Feb 1, 2012 2:25 pm

Our Deal of the Day is HP Home & Home Office Store - HP ENVY 15 Premium 15.6" Laptop PC w/ i5-2430M, Radeon 7690M, 6GB DDR3, Radiance Keyboard - $944.99 Shipped!

 

HP just release a NEW 30% off coupon good for all HP ENVY premium laptop PCs. HP has completely redesigned the ENVY 15 and it's ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS with red accents, analog volume dial, six speakers and a sub, and Beats Audio! Check it out:

 

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2nd Gen Intel Core i5-2450M, 2.5GHz to 3.1GHz

1GB AMD Radeon 7690M Graphics w/ HDMI and DisplayPort

6GB 1333MHz DDR3 System Memory

500GB 7200RPM Hard Drive

15.6" HD BrightView LED-backlit Display (1366x768)

Slot-Loading SuperMulti 8X DVD+/-R/RW

Intel 802.11a/b/g/n WLAN and Bluetooth w/ Wireless Display Support

Full-size Radiance backlit keyboard

2 year limited warranty included

The ENVY 15 has been completely revamped and improved inside and out. It is a stunningly beautiful piece of work!

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Download of the Day: Firefox 10.0

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Feb 1, 2012 1:19 pm

Our Download of the Day is Firefox 10.0

 

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The Web is all about innovation, and Firefox sets the pace with dozens of new features to deliver a faster, more secure and customizable Web browsing experience for all.

 

User Experience. The enhancements to Firefox provide the best possible browsing experience on the Web. The new Firefox smart location bar, affectionately known as the "Awesome Bar," learns as people use it, adapting to user preferences and offering better fitting matches over time.

 

Performance. Firefox is built on top of the powerful new Gecko platform, resulting in a safer, easier to use and more personal product.

 

Security. Firefox raises the bar for security. The new malware and phishing protection helps protect from viruses, worms, trojans and spyware to keep people safe on the Web.

 

Customization. Everyone uses the Web differently, and Firefox lets users customize their browser with more than 5,000 add-ons.

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