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TuneLink Auto for Android devices coming in January

Shane McGlaun | Mobile Devices | Wed, Dec 22 2010 10:04 AM CST

If you have your smartphone packed with music that you want to listen to while you drive in the car you are not alone. In some cars, getting the music from your phone to your car stereo is a snap thanks to a line in jack. Other cars lack a line in making you need an FM transmitter. Those transmitters are often bulky and have lots of wires that you need to deal with. If you use an Android smartphone, a new FM transmitter that needs no wires is coming next month.

TuneLink Auto for Android devices coming in January | TweakTown.com

The device is called the TuneLink Auto for Android. It's a small FM transmitter that barely sticks out of the DC outlet in your car. The device uses Bluetooth to connect to your smartphone and allows the streaming of music from your phone to the car stereo. The device also has a USB port on it that you can use for charging your phone while you listen to music. The catch is that you will need to have a charge and sync cable with you to use that feature.

The TuneLink Auto can also be plugged into your cars aux input rather than using FM for sending the music out. The Bluetooth functionality supports more than one Android device at the same time and the FM transmitter is controlled by an app that is on the Android market right now. The kit will ship in mid-January for $99.99.

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Beta Shell protects your lenses on the roughest of trials

Shane McGlaun | Cameras | Tue, Dec 21 2010 11:02 AM CST

Every time I take my DSLR camera with me on the road, I worry that it will get broken. I know how fragile the thing is and if I take an extra lens with me, I worry more. I can keep the camera secure around my neck when I am out and about, but any extra lenses just have to sit in the bag. If you have expensive lenses that you take with you on the road and you want the best protection you can get the Beta Shell is for you.

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The Beta shell is a case with a threaded lid that is waterproof, impact proof, and resists temperature extreme. The case looks sort of like a high-tech coffee can with a lid that appears to screw on. The top of the lid has foam to and the bottom of the case has foam as well to pad the lens in case you drop.

The foam is visco-elastic memory foam. The Beta Shell will work with the top ten lenses for Canon and Nikon cameras. Even longer 70-200mm lenses will fit inside the case. That means you can use one case for several different lens sizes that you might own.

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Toshiba to show off 3D screens at CES needing no glasses

Shane McGlaun | TV, Movies & Home Theatre | Tue, Dec 21 2010 10:04 AM CST

Easily the biggest thing hurting 3D today is that you have to wear glasses to see the 3D effects. The need for glasses is why many consumers haven't adopted the tech and the glasses are often very expensive too. There are a few 3D sets hitting the market that use passive 3D glasses that are cheaper than the active glasses often required to watch 3D programs.

Toshiba to show off 3D screens at CES needing no glasses | TweakTown.com

Toshiba has announced that it will be showing off new screens at CES 2011 in January that need no glasses of any sort to view. The autostereoscopic screens will be larger than the 20-inch versions that Toshiba showed off this year at CEATEC. Although it has only been three months since the 20-inch screen was seen Toshiba says the tech is already better.

Toshiba plans to make even larger screens next year. The downsides to this sort of screen is that it has worse viewing angles that screens that need glasses and getting the best spot for ideal viewing is harder to accomplish.

"It has been three months, I think we should show [the TVs] with better technology," said Masaaki Oosumi. "Next year is the key year to extend development of the technology and extend the screen size," he added.

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XIM allows mouse and keyboard use on your Xbox 360

Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Mon, Dec 20 2010 9:30 PM CST

Most people feel comfortable using an Xbox 360 controller, but a keyboard and mouse for FPS is a superior, easier and much, much more precise way of playing. It allows micro-movement of your aiming (while also being much faster) compared to much slower, un-precise aiming.

XIM allows mouse and keyboard use on your Xbox 360 | TweakTown.com

XIM devices have been around for a while, bu the new XIM3 seems to fix the previous editions issues. XIM3 is housed in an LCD box with a touch-screen display which should make connection and config much easier (and better to look at!)

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Back to the Future: The Game goes 88mph on Wednesday!

Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Mon, Dec 20 2010 7:30 PM CST

Telltale Games are releasing the first episode of Back to the Future: The Game for PC and Mac on Wednesday. The game picks up 6 months after the end of the original movie trilogy.

Back to the Future: The Game goes 88mph on Wednesday! | TweakTown.com

After these 6 months in the Back to the Future world, Doc Brown's lab is on the verge of being sold off because of his absence. Marty gets a surprise visit from the DeLorean where it brings him to the past, where he must help a teenage Emmett Brown to keep all of space and time from unraveling.

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Futuremark update 3DMark 11 to v1.01

Anthony Garreffa | Software | Mon, Dec 20 2010 6:29 PM CST

Futuremark have today released the first major update to 3DMark 11. The update introduces some critical stability improvements to 3DMark 11 and addresses some specific bugs that needed squashing.

Futuremark update 3DMark 11 to v1.01 | TweakTown.com

One of the fixes with v1.01 included a problem with the SystemInfo component that prevents the Physics and Combined tests from running, crashes related to the absence of DirectX 11 API and .NET, and updated SystemInfo component, etc.

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Doctoral student finds good and bad in dissertation for online gaming in college

Shane McGlaun | Gaming | Mon, Dec 20 2010 1:00 PM CST

There are numerous studies that have looked at gaming and the incidence of violence and other issues when it comes to players of games with violence. The studies come down on different sides of the topic often with some showing no link between video games and how people act in the real world and others showing an alleged link between games and real world behavior. A doctoral student at the University of the Rockies did her dissertation on the relationship between demographic factors, social anxiety, proneness to boredom, grade point average and Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game playing.

Doctoral student finds good and bad in dissertation for online gaming in college | TweakTown.com

The student found that college students that are prone to excessive playing of MMORPG titles often miss meals, classes, and lose sleep to play their favorite video game. The study found that males are more prone to excessive play, but the effects are the same for males and females. The study author is Sabrina Neu and she claims that 42% of those in the survey cited online gaming for interfering with work or academics.

Neu also found potential good benefits for online gaming. "Players cite social opportunities as a primary reason for play. Players can overcome shyness, actualize previously untapped talents, mentor other players, free themselves from physical disabilities, develop a sense of purpose and achievement and engage in altruistic, heroic and generous acts," she said.

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Best Buy ends high-priced restocking fees

Shane McGlaun | Business, Financial & Legal | Mon, Dec 20 2010 11:06 AM CST

I think I can speak for everyone when I say restocking fees suck. We all know it doesn't really cost companies 10% or more of what the purchase price of a gadget is to restock them. Those fees are just a way for the company to help talk us into keeping the gadgets we really don't like and would return if we didn't have to pay a fee. Best Buy has announced it has finally stopped being such a douche and eliminated restocking fees.

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The fees were killed off on December 18 and the store will even refund you that restocking fee if you made a return in the 30 days or so prior to the 18th and were charged 10% or 15%. The old restocking fees were 10% of the price on an iPhone and 15% on other electronic devices like notebooks, TVs, GPS devices and more. Those high fees could add up to some really big losses for the consumer.

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Amazon investigating Kindle cover issue that allegedly causes lockups and more

Shane McGlaun | Mobile Devices | Mon, Dec 20 2010 10:00 AM CST

One of the best selling gadgets on the Amazon website and one of the most popular eReaders on the market is the Kindle. The Kindle sold in droves since the reader first debuted and many of those buyers also picked up the official Amazon Kindle case for the reader too. Many consumers who purchase the case with no light have noted some serious issues with the case.

Amazon investigating Kindle cover issue that allegedly causes lockups and more | TweakTown.com

There have been many reports that the non-lighted case for the Kindle is causing the Kindle to have screen freeze issues and to reboot repeatedly. Amazon has announced that it is investigating the cause of the issues when the kindle uses the non-lighted case. The company also notes that anyone who purchased a non-lighted Kindle case can return the thing for a replacement or a full refund.

The issues with lockups and reboots are thought to possibly be a result of metal hooks integrated into the case, but that is unconfirmed. The lighted case for the Kindle has not suffered from the same issues. "There have been some forum discussions regarding the non-lighted Kindle cover, and our engineering team is looking into this," the company said in an email statement that was also posted to its customer forum where users were complaining. "Regardless, if anyone is having any problem with an Amazon-manufactured Kindle cover, please contact us at kindle-response@amazon.com, and we will be pleased to replace it for free or accept a return for a full refund, no matter when the cover was purchased."

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Blizzards leaked plans reveal next-gen MMO - codenamed "Titan"

Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Fri, Dec 17 2010 6:23 PM CST

Last week Blizzard's Five-Year plan was leaked, which had a few super-duper golden nuggets of information including a next-generation MMO coming in 2013.

Blizzards leaked plans reveal next-gen MMO - codenamed

At the moment, Blizzard have a next-gen MMO coming in 2013 currently codenamed "Titan". Other tidbits of info included Diablo III released in Q4 2011, StarCraft II expansion and Phoenix campaign for Q4 2011 also, another StarCraft II expansion in Q1 2013 with Diablo III expansions in 2013 and 2014.

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