We are very happy to announce that TweakTown's very first eBook is live and now on sale.
It is titled "TweakTown's Ultimate Guide to PC Cases" and was written by our very own case and cooling expert Chad Sebring. The extensive book goes into detail about all things cases and which is the best to buy and much more.
Our final housekeeping item for the weekend to report about is regarding our TweakTown iPhone app.
Late last week Apple sent out a revised developer agreement which puts apps in its App Store to people in 33 additional countries and regions. The people in the following areas now get access:
Algeria, Angola, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belarus, Belize, Bermuda, Bolivia, British Virgin Islands, Brunei, Cayman Islands, Cyprus, Dominica, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, Iceland, Montserrat, Nigeria, Oman, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and The Grenadines, Suriname, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos, Uzbekistan, Yemen
If you are in one of those areas (or any other supported region, for that matter), head on over to our app page and get downloading. While you are at it, don't forget to leave a rating and review of the app. If you are a Nokia user, we also have you covered, too.
Here is some weekend housekeeping to report about, folks.
Some time ago we removed TweakTown comments that were powered by the DISQUS system due to compatibility and performance concerns. We are happy to report that TweakTown comments are now back in action for news, articles, reviews, press releases and SBG.
We decided to use the popular Facebook Comments system since it is very easy to implement, has little performance overhead concerns to worry about and well you know it... pretty much everyone is on Facebook these days. You will be happy to know though that if you do not use Facebook, you can still login and comment using AOL, Yahoo and Hotmail.
Get commenting people! Have a good remainder of the weekend!
In our continuous effort to improve your experience at TweakTown, today we introduce a newly rolled out feature called "Image Zooming".
Give it a try right now! Just move your mouse over the image above.
If you want to implement it for your website or learn more about the great technology behind it, visit Alen Grakalic's page over at CSS Globe where you can learn more about his "Image Preview" method. Thanks Alen for the fantastic script and keep up the great work!
Our latest poll had almost 400 people who answered, What day of the week would you like to receive the TweakTown Weekly Newsletter?
When the poll went online the option of Friday was out in front (probably because we were voting for that option), but as time proceeded, Monday got further and further ahead and took the win in the end.
So, you speak and we listen. Our TweakTown Weekly Newsletter will go out, err... weekly on Monday for your viewing pleasure. If you haven't already, don't forget to go and sign up to it right here.
How long have you been reading TweakTown? Can you remember what it looked like when you first started reading? If you can, I guess you are one of the lucky folks who have a photographic memory.
We decided to present a look at TweakTown over the years in the form of a video with screenshots of what the site looked like about every six months or so from 1999 to the present day. It gives us a look at where we have been and where we are presently. It proved to be quite an emotional video for some of the long term TweakTown staff and contributors.
How did we do it? We used a service by Archive.org called "Way Back Machine" which captures websites into its cache system every now and again and has been doing so for a long time - over 12 years we can confirm. Some of the screenshots are not perfect with dead images and such, but it does give you a good look and our designs over our time on the big bad Internet.
Listen up folks on the United States West Coast, we want you!
We want to hire a news editor who is based preferably in the San Francisco or Bay Area. Ideally we are looking for someone with previous online news writing experience. You will be required to attend press events and shows and what-not up and down the West coast and also in other areas around the country.
The position is open for discussion, but we are either looking for someone to fill a full time or part time position. You should have experience or good knowledge of "live blogging" events and announcements and a very solid understanding of tech products and the industry. If you have worked at other websites in the past for a considerable amount of time, you will have a better chance at filling our position.
If you believe you are the person for the job, please contact Cameron Wilmot (email address at the link) with your application and resume.
Yet another 12 months has flown by since 2010 kicked in and we're looking down the barrel of another fresh and eventful year. Over the past 12 months we've seen TweakTown continue to grow in all areas with a heavy focus on further diversifying our content and how it is presented.
But of course, without you, our loyal readers, we wouldn't be much at all. So we would like to quickly take the time to thank you all for putting a bit of time aside each day or week to check out what's happening in the computer world through the eyes of the team at TweakTown.
On behalf of all of us here at TT, we wish you a fantastic New Year and hope you enjoy the rest of your holiday break with your new goodies, time spent with loved ones, or whatever else it is that has helped put more smiles on your face this holiday season.
We hope you've enjoyed what TweakTown has had to offer you over the past 12 months and we look forward to bringing you all another year's worth of new and exciting coverage throughout 2011, beginning with the highlights of CES as it fires up early into the new year!
Time to bring on 2011 with a BANG - Happy New Year folks!!
Merry XMAS readers! I'm going to go a bit off topic for my usual news posting job here, but why not spin a bit of change here at TweakTown, eh?
What did you get for XMAS? Post in the comments section, or our Facebook page and let us know what you got. What's that you say? What did Anthony get? Well, he got various toys for his entertainment room! Ice Crusher, Popcorn Maker, lots of booze (hoorah!), Bean Bag, and various other things. What did I buy myself?
With the jolly Christmas season now embracing us all, you can appreciate that things will be a little quiet around here over the next week or so as the TT team takes a well deserved break with their families and loved ones after another highly successful year knocking out technology content like it's going out of fashion.
2010 has been another fantastic year for TweakTown. We've achieved and in many cases exceeded our expectations in delivering a new level of premium technology content to the people that matter most; you, our loyal readers.
Come 2011, we have even more exciting and bigger plans for the site to help keep things fresh and vibrant for you all, and we are confident you will welcome our additions and changes with open arms.
On behalf of the TweakTown team, we wish you all a very merry christmas. Let's look forward to another exciting year come 2011, beginning with the fun and frills of CES early into the new year!
Having a nice weekend folks? We are and are now very happy to announce that Apple has approved the TweakTown iPhone content app and is now ready to be downloaded from the App Store.
Stay up-to-date with the latest from TweakTown on-the-go with your iDevices and best of all it is FREE and completely ad-free.
• Clear and easy to read content formatted specifically for your iDevice
• All the latest news from TweakTown in full format (not just a summary)
• A quick look at new reviews, articles and guides with easy access link to view full content in Safari
• Feel like gaming? Our game reviews are also included
• Love new tech products? Get the latest press releases in full format
• Quick access to our latest videos with simple playback support via YouTube app
• Send us your news and even include an image
• Share content via Twitter, Facebook or e-mail
Version 1.0 - first release
Our app requires an internet connection to download the latest updates. The app does not require any User ID or login credentials.
Thanksgiving is a time for friends, family, food, football, and fun. All of us at TweakTown want to wish our readers a happy Thanksgiving. Remember, this is the calm before the Black Friday storm, so enjoy it! Thanks for making a little time for us during this holiday!
Over the past couple days we have been tweaking around with our RSS feeds and are now happy to report we have made some marked improvements that we would like to share with you.
For starters, we are very happy to report that all of our RSS feeds are now completely ad-free. Now you get all of our latest content as soon as it comes out without the distraction of the necessary evil advertising that we know you all love.
Next up all of our feeds now show full content, not just a little short preview like before. Our news and press release feeds show everything, but our articles, reviews and guides and gaming feeds show the first 500 words from the first page of each new piece. Since these are typically multiple pages, we weren't able to deliver the full content in these cases. Images even display in the feeds, but we disabled videos due to compatibility issues.
We have also added an "Everything Feed" which conveniently includes all of our content from both USA and AU Editions - with this feed, you won't miss a thing. If you aren't already using our feeds to keep instantly informed of all of our latest content (shame on you!), head on over to our RSS feeds page here and get going!
Listen up! We are hiring. We are looking for a USA or Taiwan (must speak English) based MySQL and PHP coder and developer with very strong skills and experience in this area.
The position is either full time or part time and you would be contracted for a certain amount per month with an initial three month trial. And you also get to work from home.
We have many jobs waiting to be completed and a bunch of new projects and website features in the plans. If you also have web design talent, that won't hurt at all either.
If you are interested in signing up for the position, please contact me and send along your CV along with any other relevant details. If you are selected, you will be required to complete a small sample task first to prove your work.
Yesterday all the rage was the big announcement of the Internet Explorer 9 beta by Microsoft. One of the many new features it brings to the table is support for pinning websites to your taskbar as well as website jump lists.
You probably would have seen jump lists before with some of your favorite desktop applications. Such as with Windows Messenger Live you can quickly change your status without actually opening the program. For TweakTown we have added some handy quick links to our jump lists including Latest News, Reviews, Articles, SBG and Contact Us with some nice looking icons to go along with it. We would have added more, but there is a maximum limit of five.
Want to give it a try? First you will need to be using the IE9 beta that came out yesterday (grab it here). Once you are in IE9, just locate our blue "TT" favicon to the left of the URL in the address bar and click and drag it down to your taskbar. That will pin TweakTown to your taskbar. Now right click on it and you will see a list of jump list items to quickly access some of the best parts of our website.
Let us know what you think!
If you follow social media and such closely, you will probably already know that Digg v4 launched a couple of days ago. It is a dramatic change from former versions of Digg with a much stronger focus on social aspects. Now you can follow users and publishers such as TweakTown.
We have setup a follower page on the new Digg over here and we encourage you to follow us. You'll see our stories, reviews and articles as they are published via RSS and you can help us get to the Digg frontpage by digging our stories.
Get involved and support us. Follow us over at the new Digg! Thanks!
Not only today did we launch the TweakTown Australian Edition, we are also launching the TweakTown USA Edition!
For the longest time, most people have believed TweakTown to be an Australian website. And while that is partly true - TweakTown is owned by Australian company - TweakTown has always focused on an international audience. Because the United States is one of the biggest English speaking nations in the world and we have only ever published in the English language, naturally many of our readers come from the USA.
Today we bring you the TweakTown USA Edition which is focused on the North American market. For readers of TweakTown, you won't see many changes. In fact, everything will stay exactly the same except for some fancy branding so you know where you are. These changes were mostly done due to the people we work with in making TweakTown possible.
Due to an old school way of thinking by some, it is often thought that the web is still regional and not international, i.e. not bound by borders. When we work with hardware companies and advertisers, they have budgets they work with that are for certain regions and countries. The introduction of TweakTown USA (and TweakTown Australia) will make it much easier for them to determine where their review samples go to and how they support us in terms of advertising.
G'day all - we have finally done it! TweakTown has been online for over ten years and today we are finally happy to announce the Aussie version of the site!
We have had the idea on and off about doing an Aussie version of the site for years, but for various reasons, it never happened. For years we have had letters via email from our loyal Australian based readers about why we don't have an Aussie section, why they have to see stuff on the site that is more suited for our American, Asian and European readers, but has nothing to do with them in the land down under. This was probably strange for you guys because many of you realised that TweakTown was owned by an Australian company.
Our focus has always been on an international audience, not just Australia, USA, UK or whatever. Today we bring you the TweakTown Australian Edition and that means a site for Aussies with Aussie focused content, news, press releases and pricing! We basically take out all of the stuff that is not suited for Aussies and add in a bunch more content and such that is!
Right now the Aussie Edition site may look pretty similar to the US Edition, but over time you will see the differences become more apparent. We have launched, but we are still working on things, so stick with us as we finalise things.
Welcome to the TweakTown Australian Edition!
Calling all mobile app developers!
We want to create a TweakTown mobile content app for the iPhone, Android phones as well as BlackBerry phones.
It is a paying job. Please contact me via e-mail and send along your rates and any other applicable information.
We wanted to let you, our loyal readers, know about a great opportunity. Many of you have heard of market research surveys as a way to share your opinions about new products.
So we are introducing the Tech-Facts survey program here at TweakTown. Not only does TweakTown benefit, but everyone who registers and completes surveys can earn extra money and possibly win one of 5 kick ass Razer Abyssus gaming mice that were so generously provided to us by our friends at Razer.
Read on if you are interested.
What happened to you people this week? Only a little over 300 people voted on our previous poll and we asked what you thought about our new design refresh. I guess you all prefer tech stuff and I guess we can't blame you on that.
Even though we only had a small number of votes this week, the overall opinion was positive for our new design refresh. 40% of you voted that the new design is great and 39% said not bad, while only 21% thought the old design was better.
For the actual numbers, go here.
In our latest poll, we want to know, Who makes the best Internet browser? Let us know! Please go here to vote!