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Help us make Facebook and Twitter banners - best wins G.Skill RipjawsZ 16GB memory kit!

Attention graphic designers! We are in need of some web ad banners to help us promote our Facebook and Twitter pages.


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.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from TweakTown!

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!




We have given you a little Christmas gift by spending a lot of time the past few days seriously speeding up the responsiveness and load time of the site to do with JavaScript elements we use. Just make sure you are using one of the latest version browsers to notice the full effect. And we'll be taking a little time off from now till the New Year, so content will be reduced somewhat, but we'll be back in full force soon!


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!

TweakTown iPhone app available in 33 additional countries

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.

TweakTown comments are back powered by Facebook Comments!

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!

TweakTown Image Zooming goes live - get a closer look!

In our continuous effort to improve your experience at TweakTown, today we introduce a newly rolled out feature called "Image Zooming".


Using the wonderful power and bliss of jQuery, JavaScript and CSS, when you move your mouse over one of our content images, you will see an enlarged version of the image allowing you to get a closer, more detailed view.


The enlarged version of the image will not display instantly, as it still has to download, but it should load relatively quick (depending on your connection, of course) thanks to our use of Content Delivery Network (CDN) servers around the world. The good news is that it works in all the popular web browsers; you'll just need to make sure you have JavaScript enabled or else it will not work.




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!

Poll Results - About our Weekly Newsletter

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.


For the actual numbers, go here. In our latest fun poll this week, we want to know, do you actually like the Harry Potter series of movies? Let us know! Please go here to vote!

TweakTown over the Years - a look at our designs from 1999 to 2011

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 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.

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