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Telstra to offer up first prepaid Android phone - HTC Wildfire w/ Swype

Steve Dougherty | Mobile Devices | Tue, Aug 10 2010 6:44 AM CDT

Telstra has today launched its first prepaid Android phone; HTC's Wildfire. This phone comes with a few nice features not seen on the more powerful HTC Desire, with a major highlight being Swype keyboard input which is a global exclusive for Telstra on this phone.

Telstra to offer up first prepaid Android phone - HTC Wildfire w/ Swype | TweakTown.com

The Swype software allows the user to input text using swiping finger gestures across the on-screen keyboard as opposed to tapping individual keys. It is said to be a much faster mechanism for input once the user has gotten a bit of practice time in.

HTC's Wildfire also comes with a Bluetooth contacts importing tool for easier importation of important data from older phones made by other manufacturers. A new Flashlight app is included as well; this making use of the phone's LED camera flash.

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Industry heavily against Opposition's wireless broadband idea

Steve Dougherty | Networking | Tue, Aug 10 2010 5:48 AM CDT

After the Coalition let it be known late last week that they plan to axe the NBN in favour of a wireless based broadband plan, the ICT sector is full of people shaking their heads at this idea. Internet Industry Association Chief Executive Peter Coroneos has shared his views on this and says that any credible national broadband plan would require fibre as a central element.

Industry heavily against Opposition's wireless broadband idea | TweakTown.com

"We appreciate the value of wireless technology, but for the reason we argued (in our manifesto) it will never be a substitute for fibre".

While Optus and Telstra haven't yet commented, a cross-section of telecommunications and technology interest groups said that a wireless-centric policy would actually take the country backwards.

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Flash/Frash now running on iPhone 4

Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Mon, Aug 9 2010 6:58 PM CDT

Unhappy you can't have Flash on your iPhone 4? If you're willing to jump through a few hoops, you can now get a version of Flash, known as Frash, running on your iPhone 4. This version is said to run on the iPhone 3GS and iPads as well.

Comex, the guy who's also responsible for the famous JailbreakMe and Spirit tools, is behind this one too. Check out the video above to see it in action, and grab the detailed instructions at the Source Link to give it a go yourself.

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Sweet motion controlled Rock 'Em Sock 'Em robots rock

Shane McGlaun | Gaming | Mon, Aug 9 2010 2:06 PM CDT

Rock 'Em Sock 'Em robots have been around since I was a little kid. My brother and I used to play them a lot and frequently you never knew who won because the heads would just pop up of their own accord.

Sweet motion controlled Rock 'Em Sock 'Em robots rock | TweakTown.com

A couple designers have cobbled together a high tech version of the game using an old school plastic game along with some servos and other gear to make a motion control version. The controls use Chronos watches packed with sensors.

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The Opposition's plans re. NBN coming out

Steve Dougherty | Networking | Mon, Aug 9 2010 2:10 AM CDT

It's becoming clearer as to what the Opposition plans to do with the NBN, should it win the election on August 21. Opposition finance spokesman Andrew Robb was on ABC Radio this morning and gave good indication of what would most likely be happening if a Coalition return to power takes place.

The project will definitively be halted, But what has been done so far (incl. the Tasmanian leg of the NBN of which portions are already in operation and serving households) will remain in place, but will more than likely be sold off to telecommunications operators.

The Opposition's plans re. NBN coming out | TweakTown.com

Mr Robb went on to say that while the Opposition would be ditching the NBN, they acknowledge that an internet alternative is still a strong point of focus for them and there is promise of a faster, better system on the cards that can be built for a lot less than the $43 Billion that will be swallowed up by the NBN.

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Europe states Micro-USB will be standard for their smartphone charging in January 2011

Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Fri, Aug 6 2010 8:04 PM CDT
Europe states Micro-USB will be standard for their smartphone charging in January 2011 | TweakTown.com

Have you ever had your phone die either on the road with a friend or at their house, oly to realize they don't have a charger that works with your phone? It's happened to me more than once, and I've always wondered why there couldn't just be a standard connection over all cell phones. Well, the forward thinkers in the European Commission have heard these same outcries, and are set to make micro-USB the standard for smartphones and data-enabled phones starting in January 2011.

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CEO of HP resigns amidst sexual harassment allegations

Don Lynn | Computer Systems | Fri, Aug 6 2010 6:11 PM CDT
CEO of HP resigns amidst sexual harassment allegations | TweakTown.com

Mark Hurd, the CEO of Hewlett Packard (HP), has resigned from his position today after a marketing consultant for the company accused him of sexual harassment. The Board of Directors of HP launched an independent investigation of the accusations on June 29th after a letter was sent to outside legal counsel about the incident.

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Flash Rods flash drives are made from toy cars

Shane McGlaun | Storage | Fri, Aug 6 2010 10:02 AM CDT

I am both a computer geek and a car guy at the same time. It's not often that I can run across a product that reconciles both my favorite things into one product. The Flash Rods do just that though.

Flash Rods flash drives are made from toy cars | TweakTown.com

These flash drives each have 4GB of storage and that storage is crammed inside an off the shelf Hot Wheels style car. Each of the drives is made by hand and you can get just about any car you can think of.

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Google's Wave has crashed

Steve Dougherty | Networking | Thu, Aug 5 2010 4:19 AM CDT

Australian developed tool "Wave" was being promised to revolutionize the way people electronically message each other and was one of many projects Google was keen to add to its arsenal.

Google's Wave has crashed 01 | TweakTown.com

Unfortunately, Google Wave is a wipout after the company today announced it plans to axe the facility. It is being said that the main reason for its demise is due to the complexity of it; while it has clear advantages over any other types of electronic messaging services available, particularly e-mail, it was quite new and involved.

Google Australia's Lars Rasmussen who thought up and put the concept into action had this to say; "We had a lot of interest after we first showed a demo and then when we got it out into peoples' hands there was a fair bit of disappointment because it didn't change the world overnight.

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iPhone 4's 'aluminosilicate glass' the bees knees? - Don't be so sure

Steve Dougherty | Mobile Devices | Wed, Aug 4 2010 8:12 AM CDT

If you're proud of your shiny new iPhone 4, be sure to hold onto it real good when standing / walking over a hard surface, or at least invest in a decent case for it.

Apple went on this big spiel leading up to the release of the new-gen phone about how it uses 'aluminosilicate glass' which it said is the same type of glass used in the windshields of high-speed trains and and helicopters. In their words exactly, Apple said it was "chemically strengthened to be 20 times stiffer and 30 times harder than plastic, the glass is ultradurable and more scratch resistant than ever".

So then, with that in mind, take a look at this picture of someone's new pride and joy :-

iPhone 4's 'aluminosilicate glass' the bees knees? - Don't be so sure | TweakTown.com

Struck with a hammer out of antennagate rage? Nope. This was merely dropped onto concrete due to slipping out of the user's hands while he was carrying too many things.

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