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Kinect pricing made official at $149

By: Don Lynn | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 20, 2010 10:25 pm

Microsoft has made the rumored $149 USD price tag official in an announcement today. Rumors had the price swirling anywhere from $80 to $200, but this announcement solidifies the price for all the preorder jumpers out there.




An Xbox 360 bundle with the Kinect, Xbox 360, and Kinect Adventures game will be available for $299. This Xbox 360 will be replacing the original Arcade console; sporting 4GB of Flash memory and a matte finish to differentiate the console from the glossy new Xbox 360 unit. All other specs will remain the same including the front and back USB ports, a Kinect-specific I/O port, and built-in 802.11n Wi-Fi.

TweakTown Turns to Crucial C300 SSDs for Testing all NAS and Controller Cards

By: TweakTown Staff | More News: Storage | Posted: Jul 20, 2010 7:01 pm



For the last couple of years TweakTown has looked to even the playing field in all of our storage reviews by using the same hard drives to test all NAS, external enclosure and RAID controller cards. This week we are retiring our fleet of Seagate Barracuda ES.2 1TB nearline drives and replacing them with Crucial / Micron 256GB C300s.


The Crucial / Micron C300 offers the highest speed rating in the 200+ GB capacity size and allows us to turn the corner and prepare for a future filled with SATA 6Gbps products. "At this time there are several SATA 6G drives on the market but only the Crucial C300 is able to make use of the available bandwidth in a meaningful way" stated Chris Ramseyer, Storage Editor for TweakTown.

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Qantus to trial new online check-in system next week

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Jul 20, 2010 10:35 am

Qantus has decided to go ahead with its new next-gen check-in system and will be trialing it next week in Perth.


This system comprises technologies from 15 differing vendors and will involve 100,000 of Qantus' platinum, gold, silver and bronze Frequent Flyers. The system's development has been in place for two years now and includes helps from vendors such as IBM, New Media Innovations, Unisys, Fujitsu, Telstra and several others to make it all come together.




The project was first announced as far back as November of 2009 by Qantus CEO Alan Joyce in which he stated its aim would be to speed up the check-in process and reduce congestion at the terminal. New loyalty cards will be given to platinum, gold, silver and bronze frequent flyers with a smart chip built-in which is designed to act as a boarding pass when scanned through new check-in kiosks that are being deployed for the trial.

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Samsung's Android 2.1 equipped Galaxy S from Optus gets a full going over

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Jul 20, 2010 9:05 am

Looking for one of the better Android hand sets on the Australian market? There's a lot of rubbishy ones out there that will have you regretting your purchase before long, but the folks at APC learn with their sample of Samsung's Galaxy S smart phone equipped with Android 2.1 from Optus is a serious iPhone competitor.




This phone uses an ARM Cortex A8 1GHz processor, believed to be similar to what is used in the iPhone 4. It's equipped with 512MB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory, 2GB of which is used for program space and the rest for general purpose storage. There's also the ability to add up to 32GB of expandable memory to this hand set.


The feature set is vast. Head over to the source where APC show you all the ins and outs to help you determine if this is the sort of hand set you want in your pocket.

Australian Authors getting more serious about ebook publications

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jul 20, 2010 8:57 am

The Australian Society of Authors (ASA) is looking to push electronic publishing as the default over traditional paper printing as they believe it would prove to be a much more profitable method.


A study was recently conducted by the ASA as to what changes electronic publishing could have on author contracts and recommendations were given that authors push for royalties of 35% from ebooks. The study compares this with royalties of up to 10% of the retail price of printed books.




Due to less overheads from ebooks versus printing costs, physical storage and shipping this would also mean bigger profit margins for authors happy to publish their works on online retailer sites.


But how about the popularity of ebooks? Well - Amazon recently reported that it has sold 180 ebooks for every 100 hard cover books over the last three months. That figure excluded free ebooks, too.

3D Driving Sim to assist Victorian learner drivers

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Jul 20, 2010 8:42 am

Victoria's premier John Brumby today announced the launch of a website based 3D online driving simulation test for the purposes of better assisting Victorians looking to undergo their Learner Permit Test.


The software had first debuted at St. Helena Secondary College with year 10 students; it uses part of the Drive iQ learner test software.




Brumby had this to say; "We are always looking for new ways to engage with the next generation of young drivers and provide them with the best opportunities to learn about how to be safe on our roads."


Roads and Ports Minister, Tim Pallas feels that these new tools along with the benefits of their Graduated Licensing System (GLS) will provide more road safety experience for young people learning to drive, in a safe environment as a helpful stepping stone in preparing for the pressure of real world testing.

BMW first to introduce "in-car internet" in Australia

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Jul 20, 2010 8:22 am

BMW, one of the leaders in technological car gadgetory are bringing aboard select production vehicles another advancement to help distract drivers some more from the critical responsibilities of road awareness down under.


BMW will be the first car maker to bring vehicles to Australian roads with an in-car web surfing option. BMW simply refer to it as BMW Internet; it's designed to work via the iDrive interface and utilizes a 3G network equipped smart phone for its connection point. So it's not quite as advanced as you may have first thought with self-linked internet, but I'm sure in the not too distant future they will tick that box.




The system is also designed not to be operational when the car is in motion, but we all know how quickly someone will find a way around that.

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iiNet uses pair bonding to improve its ADSL2+ network

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Networking | Posted: Jul 20, 2010 8:08 am

iiNet has ramped up its ADSL service some more with pair bonding used to increase ADSL2+ bandwidth, both upstream and downstream, effectively doubling overall performance.




In bonding together two copper pairs, iiNet has confirmed after testing across real customer lines a vastly improved level of performance, achieving 30.266/2.656Mbps down/up over 1336 metres; 17.533/2.297Mbps over 2585 metres, 31.800/2.102Mbps over 1933 metres; 40.288/3.304Mbps over 145 metres; 15.438/1.862Mbps over 2453 metres and 10.546/2.271Mbps over 3954 metres.


The service has been introduced as a low cost option for small business owners that have been finding their standard ADSL2+ service sub par for their requirements due to poor quality lines or exchange distance. This pair bonding techique deals with these issues and does away with the need for said business owners to have to resort to more costly alternatives such as fibre or SHDSL services.

Download of the Day: Recuva 1.38.504

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Jul 20, 2010 6:35 am

Our Download of the Day today is Recuva 1.38.504.


Recuva (pronounced "recover") is a freeware Windows utility to restore files that have been accidentally deleted from your computer. This includes files emptied from the Recycle bin as well as images and other files that have been deleted by user error from digital camera memory cards or MP3 players. It will even bring back files that have been deleted from your iPod, or by bugs, crashes and viruses!


• Simple to use interface - just click 'Scan' and choose the files you want to recover

• Easy to use filter for results based on file name/type

• Simple Windows like interface with List and Tree view

• Can be run from a USB thumb drive

• Restores all types of files, office documents, images, video, music, email, anything.

• Supports FAT12, FAT16, FAT32, exFAT, NTFS, NTFS5 , NTFS + EFS file systems

• Restores files from removable media (SmartMedia, Secure Digital, MemoryStick, Digital cameras, Floppy disks, Jaz Disks, Sony Memory Sticks, Compact Flash cards, Smart Media Cards, Secure Digital Cards, etc.)

• Restores files from external ZIP drives , Firewire and USB Hard drives

• It's fast, tiny and takes seconds to run!



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Deal of the Day: 15.6" HD LED Dell Studio 15 Laptop with Intel Dual-Core Processor, 3GB Memory, 250GB HD, Slot DVD Burner, Wireless-G, and More for $449.99 plus Shipping

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jul 20, 2010 6:32 am

Our Deal of the Day today is the Dell Home - 15.6" HD LED Dell Studio 15 Laptop with Intel Dual-Core Processor, 3GB Memory, 250GB HD, Slot DVD Burner, Wireless-G, and More for $449.99 plus Shipping!.


Offer: $449.99 plus just $9 worth of discounted shipping gets you this 15.6" HD LED-backlit Dell Studio 15 laptop with 2.2Ghz Intel Dual-Core T4400 processor, 3GB DDR2 SDRAM, 250GB hard drive, 8x slot-loaded DVD+/-RW DL, 802.11b/g wireless, webcam, 6-cell LiOh battery, Windows 7 Home Premium x64, and a 1 year warranty. Expires 7/21/10.


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