A lot has happened in the world of technology in the past week or so, something I discuss in our Weekly Tech Podcast, which you can watch below.
There's lots to talk about, with Intel teasing its new 15-core Xeon processor, MasterCard and Visa pushing in a new PIN-based credit card to the US, Netflix announcing a third season of House of Cards and much more. Tune in to get the latest in tech news!
Our latest poll had over 21,000 people who answered, "Worst tech flop of 2012 - 2013?"
I'll start by saying this was one of our most popular polls in probably forever. At the end of the day though, the responses were split for worst tech flop between Apple Maps and Windows 8, with 25% of the votes each.
Next in line for the fail award was the Xbox One. This poll has been running for many weeks and the One did get off to a "strong" start, but since it seems some readers have somewhat embraced Microsoft's latest console.
Were back with yet another podcast, and since our last one was all about gaming we thought that we would toss this one together to cover all of the major stories in tech from the past week. First on our agenda is a report that clues us in on the US military ponying up $50 million after getting caught pirating software. From there we move onto Netflix, Bitcoins, and Google's love for Apple Mac devices. We finish things up with some commentary on the big announcement from OCZ this week.
The next-generation consoles are here as well as a ton of new gaming news. This week we decided to shoot a series of podcast since there was just too much news to cover. Our first podcast of the week is dedicated entirely to gaming, and we cover everything from Star Citizen, to the next-gen consoles, and even talk Steam Machines. This is one of the last podcast that will be marked as beta editions, so if there is anything you think we could do better, please let us know by leaving a comment.
Today we are very excited to be announcing a new part of our website called Tweakipedia. Tweakipedia will be an amusement park of technology, filled with guides from how to overclock your computer to installing Windows from a USB drive. Not only that, but we will be taking in reader submissions on tweaks and guides.
This means that if you have a tweak recommendation, then you can submit it to us and we'll get it into Tweakipedia. We'll also love to hear suggestions on what you'd love to see next, so if you are itching to see how a certain GPU (or three) performs in a particular game, then you can request that. If you didn't know how to do a particular task - for example, building a system with Corsair's Obsidian 900D case - then we would secure that part and write a how-to build guide on it.
The idea is that the reader is heavily involved in Tweakipedia. We want you to submit ideas, requests, your own guides and tweaks - everything. This way, you're directly contributing to Tweakipedia and seeing it slowly morph into a gigantic source of great tech information. That is the next point - Tweakipedia will be a source we can continue to come back on in future reviews, articles and more.
Yesterday Apple approved version 1.4 of the TweakTown iPhone app to the App Store.
In our latest version we have made improvements to better support iOS 6 as well as provide a full viewing experience for those using an iPhone 5. In addition to that we've also made some design improvements. We have removed the Daily Deals section, but Ask The Experts has been added.
Upgrade the app now, or head on over to the App Store and get it installed people!
Rumor has it that popular RSS feed service FeedBurner could be shut down soon by Google.
As that is the case, we have moved away from the FeedBurner service and reverted back to our own in-house RSS feeds. In 30 days your current TweakTown RSS feed links will no longer work.
We are hiring a news editor based on the US East Coast!
You will be required to post daily news and attend tech events on the East coast. You need to own a digital camera. You need to be addicted to technology and have a passion to write about it. It would be a bonus if you have previous online experience, too.
If you feel you are the right person for the job, please email your CV and other relevant information to jobs at tweaktown dot com.
Just to be very clear, this is a paid position.
What a few days it has been!
We changed from our older servers over to a new host with a single high-powered dual Xeon server with all the trimmings such as RAID 10 Intel SSDs, 48GB of RAM and more. We thought it would be a fairly simple process to move all of our files and databases over to the new server and get online in a few hours. The new server is running a different server control panel with some other different configurations that we weren't familiar with. It really did a good job of confusing us all, but finally we are back online. Things are not 100% perfect yet, but we're close. Apache redirects... grrrrr!
We are working as fast as we can to bring the site back to 100% working order, it won't be long now. The good news is that we are now on a very powerful server that is going to be able to hold up when we get hit with a lot of traffic, and it will also be a great server for us to grow into as we continue to grow. It's been an expensive and stressful event, but we've learnt a lot.
I would like to single out Dave from WiredTree (and the rest of the support team, too) for helping us migrate from our older servers. Thanks for your help guys and dealing with our constant questions and pestering. It has been a testing few days for sure, but we're almost at the end.
We are currently moving all data from our old servers over to a single new high-end web server located in Los Angeles with a different host.
At the moment our forums are down and we aren't adding any new content to the site. We have plenty of hot tech content lined up for you as soon as we're on the new site and the DNS is switched over.
It's going to be worth the wait. As TweakTown grows, we required a better solution for our hosting needs, and we think we've got a server that is going to last us for a good while and result in faster performance and less downtime. Our new host also offers stock performance tuning and security hardening, and we're excited to see the performance ourselves of this new investment once it goes online.
CPU: Dual Intel Xeon E5620 2.4GHz
RAM: 48GB DDR3 ECC Registered
Storage: 4 x 180GB Intel 520 SSDs in RAID 10 on Adaptec 6405 RAID controller
Software: LiteSpeed Web Server
We'll post another update once we're live on the new server!
We are hiring a news editor based in New York city or in the nearby area!
You will be required to post daily news and attend tech events in NYC and the surrounding area. You need to own a digital camera. You need to be addicted to technology and have a passion to write about it. It would be a bonus if you have previous online experience, too.
If you feel you are the right person for the job, please email your CV and other relevant information to jobs at tweaktown dot com.
Today we are introducing (or re-introducing if you've known TweakTown long enough) our newest section, Ask the Experts.
As the name implies, it gives you our readers the ability to submit tech questions and we'll do our best to try and help you solve them. Or it may not be actual problems you are facing, buy having trouble deciding on what product to buy. We are here to help and offer our advice and opinion. Hey, you even get your name and country up on the site as well!
Anthony Garreffa is manning our Ask the Experts section and is all set to receive your questions right now. He'll do his best to answer them. Sadly we won't be able to post and answer all questions, only the best ones will be selected. From time to time, we may also run a giveaway for the best questions - so, stay tuned.
Starting asking us your questions, right now!
The title enticed you to read this article, didn't it? No? Well, a promise is a promise, so let's do a top three booth babes countdown. Gree's costumed beauty gets third place. Sorry for the slightly bad picture.
Nyko babe gets second place, simply because of the costume she was in. Not bad looking either.
I have to give the gold to Trion's babe as she is the best costumed.
There are a few honorable mentions that I will be putting on Facebook later today. I didn't just check out the babes, though, as this is a gaming show. I got the grand tour of several indie games and was impressed. While these games may not have had the fit and finish of the major game studio games, they featured innovative game play ideas. Often these games were created by one or two people, and sometimes in a short period of time.
Borderlands 2 was on display, but I didn't get a chance to go hands-on. Just like Crysis, they were also not allowing photos or video to be taken of the game. ZombiU appears to be better than expected and not just some over-hyped game that ends up flopping once people get their hands on it.
Nothing interesting has come out of Microsoft or Sony at this E3, but that is often how it is. Next year will be massive, if the rumors are true, when Microsoft and Sony launch their next-gen consoles. For now, they are pushing the PS3 and 360.
Our latest poll had almost 1,300 people who answered, Your thoughts on TweakTown version 2012 (i.e. our new design!)
Overall TweakTown readers were vastly impressed with our new design with 74% on the positive side and 26% on the negative side.
More specifically 28% voted that our new design is epic, while 46% said not bad. We're happy, you are all happy with it. On the negative side 14% said they preferred the old design, while 13% said they don't like it. Well, we're sorry about that.
We have some great news to report this Tuesday morning!
Apple has just approved version 1.3 of the TweakTown iPhone content app to the App Store and it's now available for downloading or updating now if you have previous versions already installed on your iOS device.
Version 1.3 brings with it vast improvements for the iOS 5.x operating system which fixes all of the issues with the app crashing whilst navigating various sections of the app. It is also much faster and responsive now with some tweaks for speed improvement. We also removed 'Socialize' as we noticed too many people were using it anyway and it only slows the app down.
Additionally it also gives you quick access to TweakTown Deals. You can use this to find great hardware deals on new laptops, computer systems and much more. We hope you enjoy the latest version of our iPhone app - if you enjoy it too, remember to leave a rating and review for us!
As long as we didn't break the internet, you should be seeing our brand new design! Over our 13 year history we haven't properly kept track of design version changes, so we are just going to call this version 2012.
We would like to send out a big thank you to Nathan Davison who spent a lot of time creating this wonderful new design for us.
The new design offers a more modern, simple yet stylish feel over our previous designs. It uses some pretty impressive web technologies too including HTML5 elements and CSS3 for many of the effects you see. We also included many jQuery and AJAX effects for a more interactive experience. You can now disable the alert bar if you don't want to see it as well as hover over certain icons which provides a tooltip for where the link goes to. You can now also quickly see our latest content by using the back and forth buttons on the front page under the latest new content area.
Our new site also loads very fast as a result of extensive tweaking and use of the aforementioned web technologies. There still many a few bugs here and there and we encourage you to contact us if you find any and we will get them taken care of as soon as we can. Enjoy our new design and we welcome your feedback!
We have two job positions up for grabs for one person based in San Francisco and Taipei.
The San Francisco position is for a part time news poster. He or she should have past experience in this area and be prepared to go to tech events in the Bay area and around the US.
The Taipei position is for a full time native Chinese speaker with a good to high level of the English language. He or she will work on an upcoming project here at TweakTown involving translating English content to Chinese and creating unique content in Chinese. They should also have a high level understanding of computers and technology and previous tech writing experience would be a major plus.
If you are interested in either of the positions or may know someone who is, please email all applications to camwilmot at tweaktown dot com along with your CV.
We require the following image sizes: 728 x 90, 160 x 600, 468 x 60 and 300 x 250 (pixels). They can be flash (SWF), but if they are please include a clickTAG. They could also be JPG, PNG and GIF - it's your choice. They should be stylish and draw attention to our readers highlighting our Facebook fan page and Twitter page and encourage them to click the banner and join up with us on our social pages.
We will pick one winner who we think made the best banners and the winner will take home a G.Skill RipjawsZ PC3-14900 16GB memory kit which is currently worth $130 USD. Anyone in the world can enter and we will cover the shipping cost for you.
The contest will run from now till January 31st, 2012. Send your banners via email for consideration to camwilmot (at) tweaktown dot com.
We would like to wish you and your family a very happy, safe and relaxing time over the holidays and all the best for a very productive and successful 2012!
Behind the scenes we are working on some exciting new features for TweakTown which will come online in the New Year as well as some different language sites that should go live before too much longer. We are also excited for the fact that one of our Australian editors Shane Baxtor is moving to Taiwan next week where we will be able to push out even more high quality tech content.
Thanks for a fantastic 2011 and here's to the next twelve months!
We are pleased to announce that G.Skill has started offering technical support in the TweakTown Forums.
G.Skill make some of the highest overclockable RAM on the market and also know a thing or two about SSDs, too. They are here to provide support for their products.
Head on over to the G.Skill support forum and ask your questions or just stop by and say hello!