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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!