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Rumor has AMD launching new Phenom CPUs on September 21

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | Posted: Aug 12, 2010 6:06 pm

I think most computer enthusiasts will agree that if you want the best raw performance you go with Intel CPUs for the most part and if you want to save lots of money and can live with a bit less performance you go with AMD. AMD has some nice CPUs like its newer Phenom X6 that launched not too long ago. The CPU maker is set to add some new parts to its Phenom line according to X-bit Labs.




According to X-Bit, the coming out party for the new AMD CPUs will be held on September 21 and the launch will include three new AMD CPUs. The publication cites a source familiar with the plans of the chipmaker with the news. The source also offered up some tidbits on what the three new parts will be.

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Logitech drops new MK520 wireless desktop on market

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Aug 12, 2010 5:08 pm

We can be honest with each other and say that many of the wireless products on the market aren't that great, especially for gaming. I have tried to use a normal wireless mouse and keyboard to play games like COD and others before and ended up with ghosting that was bad enough I expected to see Casper pop up on screen. There are some wireless rodents on the market for gamers, but most of the wireless gear is still aimed at the general computer user.




Logitech has debuted a nice looking new wireless desktop for the general computer user called the Logitech Wireless Combo MK520. The wireless desktop includes a full-size wireless mouse and keyboard. That keyboard has all the one-touch media controls that you need to control your content and a full number pad as well.

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New Apple iTV to replace Apple TV with iPhone 4 style hardware

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Aug 12, 2010 4:06 pm

I have had an Apple TV since the thing first came out and I can be honest when I say it sucks massively. The thing is worthless, I can buy DVD copies of movies or TV shows at the store for about the same price as the cost on iTunes. There was never any decent streaming content offered on the device either making it mostly just there taking up space on my entertainment center.




Apple is reportedly set to replace the Mac Mini looking Apple TV device with a new and much smaller device dubbed iTV. The iTV is said to be an iPhone 4 on the inside and stream in up to 720p resolution. The Apple TV was able to support 1080p. We can only hope if the rumor is true about iTV, it is a much better supported and operating product than Apple TV was.

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ECS offers up new enthusiast mainboard called P55H-AK

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Aug 12, 2010 3:04 pm

I think the thing that most gamers and computer enthusiasts expect from their hardware to start with is performance. If we have more than one option offering the same performance and one looks cooler, it's usually a no brainer to buy the good looking schwag. This is especially true if you are using a PC chassis with windows. ECS has unveiled a cool looking new mainboard called the P55H-AK.




The mainboard is aimed directly at the hardcore gamer and enthusiast and has a slick design that is black and white in color. This is one of the best looking mainboards I have seen. The big feature of the board isn't the good looks though; it's the performance and overclocking promise. The board is designed to deliver massive overclocking potential to the enthusiast.

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1Gbps from the NBN not an upgrade, just clarification

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Networking | Posted: Aug 12, 2010 9:44 am

After being hammered for several flaws by industry experts in the promises made behind the Coalition's alternative internet policy, Liberal Party leader Tony Abbott sure isn't making the situation any better for himself.




in following the Coalition's policy announcement, Prime Minister Julia Gilliard has announced that the NBN will deliver 1Gbps to its subscribers, not the 100Mbps which is all that the Coalition's internet network plan would be capable of. Despite already having displayed a technological lack of understanding, Tony Abbott was quick to respond to this by saying that 1Gbps is 'utterly implausible'.

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Optus embracing Google's Android some more - tablets coming soon?

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Aug 12, 2010 8:48 am

Optus has made it clear today that they are seriously considering launching tablets based on Google Android in the AU market. Optus has recognised how popular the mobile operating system is and it's as clear as daylight how popular these tablet devices are from the sales numbers when looking at the iPad since launch.




During a regular financial results briefing session earlier today, Managing Director Michael Smith said ", we are in a situation now where the devices we are offering in our retail outlets - we are offering more Android-capable devices than there are almost any others. And that platform seems to be gaining a quite solid traction in the marketplace.


We've also had a number of discussions with Google about how that manifest itself moving forward with new generations of the Android platform".

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Poll Results - Who makes the best quality computer speakers?

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Aug 12, 2010 8:31 am

Around 1,800 people voted on our previous poll and we asked you who makes the best quality computer speakers.




While there was no definite clear-cut winner like in other polls, Logitech managed to get 27% of the votes to be voted as the best maker of quality computer speakers at TweakTown.


Second place went to Bose with a very respectable 15% of the votes and a close third place went to Klipsch with 13% of the votes. Not too far behind also in fourth and fifth places respectively were Altec Lansing and Creative.


For the actual numbers, go here. In our latest poll, we want to know Do you attend LAN parties? Let us know! Please go here to vote!

Download of the Day: Pidgin 2.7.3

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Aug 12, 2010 8:19 am

Our Download of the Day today is Pidgin 2.7.3.


Pidgin is a chat program which lets you log in to accounts on multiple chat networks simultaneously. This means that you can be chatting with friends on MSN, talking to a friend on Google Talk, and sitting in a Yahoo chat room all at the same time.


Pidgin runs on Windows, Linux, and other UNIX operating systems.


Pidgin is compatible with the following chat networks out of the box: AIM, ICQ, Google Talk, Jabber/XMPP, MSN Messenger, Yahoo!, Bonjour, Gadu-Gadu, IRC, Novell GroupWise Messenger, QQ, Lotus Sametime, SILC, SIMPLE, MySpaceIM, and Zephyr. It can support many more with plugins.


Pidgin supports many features of these chat networks, such as file transfers, away messages, buddy icons, custom smilies, and typing notifications. Numerous plugins also extend Pidgin's functionality above and beyond the standard features.


Pidgin integrates with the system tray on Windows.



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Deal of the Day: Insignia NS-WBRDVD Blu-ray Disc Player with Wi-Fi and 1080p Output for $129.99 with FREE Shipping

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Aug 12, 2010 8:14 am

Our Deal of the Day today is the Best Buy - Insignia NS-WBRDVD Blu-ray Disc Player with Wi-Fi and 1080p Output for $129.99 with FREE Shipping!.


Offer: A great price on an 11.6" netbook folks! This factory refurbished netbook features a ultrathin 1" form thickness, a 11.6" WXGA (1366x768) resolution screen, an integrated webcam, a full size keyboard, 1GB of DDR2 SDRAM memory, 160GB hard drive, 802.11b/g, 10/100 ethernet, 3 cell battery and Windows XP Home! Get it soon before they run out or pull the deal.




Check our TweakTown Daily Deals page for more tech bargains!

Thursday Morning Roundup for August 12, 2010

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Aug 12, 2010 7:52 am

The latest happenings from around the web - August 12th, 2010




- Zotac to release its new H55-ITX motherboard with WiFi @ eTeknix

- ECS P55H-AK Motherboard @ Hardware Secrets




- HIS Radeon HD 5770 IceQ5 (1Gb GDDR5) @ Funkykit

- Palit GeForce GTX 460 Sonic Platinum 1 GB @ Techpowerup

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