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ISP "Spin" spins up more aggressive plan structure - 2TB and 'free' ADSL2+ plans

Steve Dougherty | Networking | Tue, Aug 24 2010 5:02 AM CDT

We first heard about 1TB topping broadband internet plans from iiNet and TPG last week, with iPrimus pushing the barrier a bit further and opting for 1.1+ TB of monthly usage; allowances that most people would find very difficult to comprehend as being possible to use up in a single month.

Another (smaller) player has announced plans to compete this week and is really going all out. Spin is soon rolling out a whopping 2TB a month plan, but what's possibly of more interest to many folks is the 'free' ADSL2+ plan they're offering up.

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Inverted commas were used there because as you would be quick to assume, there is indeed a catch. Naturally an ISP isn't going to hand out any of its services for free, unless said services are bundled with something that's not free; and that's exactly what the deal is here.

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Android upgrade schedule released by Motorola

Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Mon, Aug 23 2010 8:10 PM CDT
Android upgrade schedule released by Motorola | TweakTown.com

One of the downfalls of owning an Android phone is that you have to wait for an OS update to come to your phone as well as your carrier; it's not just one big happy update for everyone. There are lots of lucky phones running Android 2.2, while others are still stuck on 1.6. Motorola has cleared up the pathway for the expected updates coming for their phones worldwide, and released the schedule this past weekend.

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Australia's hung parliament - Where's it leave our tech?

Steve Dougherty | Networking | Sun, Aug 22 2010 11:22 PM CDT

Following an extraordinary result on Saturday, we are now left with a hung parliament and there is a lot of uncertainty in the air as to what lies ahead in Australia's immediate future.

Some say a part of the reason for it is due to so many mixed opinions and concerns between Labor's $43 Billion NBN and the Coalition's much cheaper $6 Billion broadband alternative. While on one hand we have a solution that is much more technologically advanced with future proofing, the immense cost that comes with it has people in discomfort about whether or not the country can really afford it. We all know one way or another Labor would be sucking additional pennies out of us as a result.

Australia's hung parliament - Where's it leave our tech? | TweakTown.com

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LG Optimus line will include ten smartphones and a tablet by the end of the year

Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Fri, Aug 20 2010 10:19 PM CDT

LG may be a little late jumping into the smartphone business, but that's not stopping them from having supreme confidence in their new products getting ready to hit the market. They have plans for ten new smartphones and an Android tablet under their Optimus banner by the end of the year and sell five million devices globally across 120 operators.

LG Optimus line will include ten smartphones and a tablet by the end of the year | TweakTown.com

Chang Ma, vice president of marketing for LG's mobile-devices unit, has high hopes; especially for the tablet. "Our tablet will be better than the iPad," he stated. "It's going to be surprisingly productive." The tablet will be based on the Android OS and focus on "the ability to create content instead of simply displaying it." No word yet on whether a wireless carrier will be involved in distribution of the tablet.

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PS Jailbreak hacks your PS3 using USB

Shane McGlaun | Gaming | Thu, Aug 19 2010 2:06 PM CDT

If you were so inclined, you could hack your PS3 right now to allow you to play games from the HDD or install homebrew software that you might want. The catch is that most of those hacking solutions involve opening up the case and voiding your warranty. That can be a big hassle for a lot of gamers.

PS Jailbreak hacks your PS3 using USB | TweakTown.com

A company called PS Jailbreak has announced a new hacking solution that doesn't require you to open up your PS3 or add any chips to the machine. It will work with the old fat PS3 and the new PS3 Slim as well. The device is a USB flash drive that you plug into the PS3. Once plugged in a GUI launches and walks you through the setup of the software.

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Samsung debuts new S2 Portable USB 3.0 external HDD

Shane McGlaun | Storage | Thu, Aug 19 2010 12:06 PM CDT

External storage solutions have been around for a very long time and they are getting better all the time with more storage capacity and better performance. As the amount of data people store on their computers grows, the time it takes to back up a machine gets longer and longer. Many don't have the time or patience to wait for USB 2.0 backups to complete.

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This is where USB 3.0 comes in with much greater bandwidth allowing large backups to be completed more quickly. Samsung has announced a new version of its S2 Portable external HDD that has USB 3.0 connectivity. The new drive uses a 2.5-inch HDD inside that spins at 7200 rpm. The drive also uses Samsung features to make it quieter when in operation.

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Intel to purchase McAfee at $48 per share

Shane McGlaun | Business, Financial & Legal | Thu, Aug 19 2010 11:00 AM CDT

Intel and McAfee are two companies that most are familiar with. Intel is the largest maker of processors in the world and McAfee is one of the largest PC security companies around with antivirus software and more. Intel has announced that it plans to purchase McAfee at $48 per share in cash. The value of the deal is about $7.68 billion.

Intel to purchase McAfee at $48 per share | TweakTown.com

The purchase will allow Intel to offer a combination of software and hardware that will be able to better protect customers when they go online. Intel claims that the purchase will also improve its mobile wireless strategy. Presumably, that means more security for mobile devices like MIDs and smartphones as Trojans and other attacks become more common on these devices.

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New research indicates a manned mission to Mars poses serious health risks

Steve Dougherty | Science, Space, Health & Robotics | Thu, Aug 19 2010 7:47 AM CDT

It wasn't all that long ago when it was thought to be impossible for man to set foot on Mars. But that hasn't stopped the likes of NASA researching continuously to find out if there's a way to accomplish it without kicking the bucket (short or long term).

However, recent studies have determined that a mission to the Red Planet would be a significant health concern for those willing to suit up for the 3 year return trip (if a one year stay on the planet is factored in).

New research indicates a manned mission to Mars poses serious health risks | TweakTown.com

Researchers at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin have taken samples of tissue from nine US and Russian astronauts who spent around six months on the International Space Station. Biopsies were taken 45 days before launch and again on the day of return. The results showed dramatic muscle atrophy which was caused by a prolonged period in zero gravity.

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Razer debuts awesome mechanical keyboard for gamers called BlackWidow

Shane McGlaun | Peripherals | Wed, Aug 18 2010 4:04 PM CDT

Razer is one of the best-known makers of gear for PC gamers on the market. The company has all manner of mice, keyboards, and other gear for gamers. Many gamers and typists really like the feel of mechanical keys on a keyboard, but that is a rare feature on keyboards today. Razer has offered up a new keyboard specifically for gamers that uses mechanical keys.

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The new keyboard is called the BlackWidow. It has mechanical key architecture for fast actuation and a longer life. The keys for the keyboard are programmable and there are five keys that can have macros bound to them for gaming. The keyboard also has ten customizable software profiles with on-the-fly switching.

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Teaser for T-Mobile's G2 Android phone released

Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Wed, Aug 18 2010 3:04 PM CDT

Some of you may remember way back in October 2008 when T-Mobile's G1 was the first Android smartphone to hit U.S. shores. T-Mobile is taking that naming scheme for another spin by today teasing the T-Mobile G2.

Teaser for T-Mobile's G2 Android phone released | TweakTown.com

The HTC Magic was rumored to be released as the G2 back in July 2009 but never surfaced. Now with the white color and after leaks of benchmarks by a T-Mobile employee, it's possible that the G2 is the dual-core HTC Glacier. Specs are at a minimum at this point, with T-Mobile only releasing that this will be the network's first HSPA+ phone that is "designed to run at 4G speeds." Check out the teaser page and sign up for updates here.

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