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RumorTT: iPad 2 to be unveiled on March 2?

Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices | Tue, Feb 22 2011 6:24 PM CST

Rumor has it Apple are holding an event on March 2 and included in that rumor is the unveiling of the highly-anticipated iPad 2. All signs are pointing toward the iPad 2 being thinner and should sport an improved display.

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It should also include a front-facing camera which would come hand-in-hand with Facetime support. There are also other rumors that the iPad 2 will include Qualcomm's multimode chips that will allow it to run on both GSM and CDMA-based networks around the world. Apple will face fierce competition this time with Google's Android OS powering virtually all other tablet-based products.

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Skydiver misses mountain by only a few meters - luckily has another pair or pants to change into

Anthony Garreffa | Current Affairs | Mon, Feb 21 2011 9:59 PM CST

Well, this video is quite interesting indeed. It has been on YouTube for a while but I have only just come across it and normally I wouldn't post something un-tech-related like this, but it's just so awesome to see how close he came to death and survived!

A bunch of people dive out of a plane, mis-judge where they are (above mountains) that look far away until you see the camera pan up and he sees the others pulling their parachutes, he looks down and most likely squeals like a little girl inside, pulls his chute and barely, just barely, misses the mountain and slides down into the ground.

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Playable Angry Birds birthday cake

Anthony Garreffa | Apps | Mon, Feb 21 2011 9:07 PM CST

A father has decided to step up to the mantle of being the best dad ever and has created a playable Angry Birds birthday cake. His YouTube description for the video says: It's become a family tradition that I make increasingly ridiculous birthday cakes for my kids each year. So with my little boy Ben turning 6-years-old over the weekend, and appreciating his love of Angry Birds, I thought I'd have a shot a making him a playable Angry Birds birthday cake with working catapult and iced birds as ammunition.

This is one of the best works of art (in the form of a cake) that I've ever seen. It's quite an effort and he has pulled it off quite well, the look on his son's face is enough satisfaction for any creative father! But this one takes the cake (all the pun in the world intended).

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Android Market sees 861.5-percent growth, revenues are not as impressive

Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices | Mon, Feb 21 2011 7:59 PM CST

According to a chart from UK-based research firm IHS, Android Market revenues for 2010 were estimated at $102 million, an increase from $11 million in 2009. How does this compare to Apple's juggernaut-of-an App Store? Well, Apple's revenues for their App Store in 2010 were estimated at $1.7 billion.

Android Market sees 861.5-percent growth, revenues are not as impressive | TweakTown.com

That is 20 times bigger than the Android Market. Where the Android Market saw an 861.5-percent increase, Apple only saw a 131.9-percent increase. So Android is growing, but Apple is making a sweet-load more green than them. Google will need to sustain the growth they are enjoying now to catch up to where Apple are today.

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Chrome hits beta 10, also includes a variety of speed-boosts and features

Anthony Garreffa | Software | Mon, Feb 21 2011 7:33 PM CST

Google's new Chrome beta is out and includes a variety of speed-boosts and features. JavaScript engine V8 runs compute-intensive JavaScript applications much faster than previous iterations of Google's web browser. This beta release sees a jump of 66-percent over the current stable release when tested under V8 Benchmarker suite.

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The new beta also includes preliminary implementation of GPU-accelerated video. A user with the new beta who has a capable graphics card should see a decent decrease in CPU usage. In full screen mode CPU usage is touted to drop by as much as 80-percent! For notebooks this should give you a substantial increase in battery life.

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Samsung aiming to sell 10 million 3D TV's this year

Anthony Garreffa | Displays & Projectors | Sun, Feb 20 2011 7:15 PM CST

Samsung gave themselves a target with the Galaxy S, but that's in the smartphone world. The gimmick of 3D and lack of great substance in 3D movies is going to be a very large hurdle for Samsung to overcome this year.

Samsung aiming to sell 10 million 3D TV's this year | TweakTown.com

But, they're expecting sales of 3D sets to jump by releasing new models and new technologies that Samsung say will enhance the 3D experience. Samsung's 2010 target for 3D sales was 2 million, this year brings a 500-percent increase in sales targets. Yoon Boo-geun, president of Samsung's visual display business told reports that Samsung expect to grab between 9 - 10 million 3DTV sales in 2011 and has hailed the so-called active shutter technology it uses.

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Intel announces new manufacturing plant with Obama on hand

Don Lynn | CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | Fri, Feb 18 2011 8:23 PM CST

U.S. President Barack Obama wrapped up his week of mingling with leaders in the tech industry with a tour of Intel's Hillsboro, Oregon manufacturing facility. While a large portion of many tech manufacturing jobs remain based in other countries, Intel remains steadfastly dedicated to being a U.S company from start to finish. Intel plans on creating over 4,000 jobs this year outside other future endeavors.

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Obama seemed very impressed by the facility. "We just had an amazing tour. One of my staff said it's like magic. I had a chance to see everything from an electron microscope, to the inside of the microprocessor plant--the clean room. Of all the gadgets you got here, what actually most impressed me is the students and science projects here."

Paul Otellini, CEO of Intel, was on hand as host and also made the announcement of Intel's new facility coming to Arizona. It is going to be named Fab 42 and will be a $5 billion facility dedicated to 14 nanometer development and manufacturing as well as future projects. This is on top of the plans for a 14 nanometer facility that will be added on to the existing Oregon complex.

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Cute Taiwanese girls playing with PlayStation Move at Taipei Game Show 2011

Cameron Wilmot | Gaming | Fri, Feb 18 2011 5:02 AM CST

Taipei Game Show 2011 - When I said in an earlier post that there was lots of cool technology at Taipei Game Show 2011, I meant it, but it was all being hogged by loads of lovely Taiwanese girls. That's not necessarily a bad thing, maybe just a reason for all the girlie videos today. Sorry ladies.

So, besides Sony having a kick ass Gran Turismo 5 five screen simulator at their booth, they were also actively promoting PlayStation Move - the gaming controller competitor to Microsoft's Xbox Kinect that actually requires a controller. Booth babe ladies were scattered on a stationary merry-go-round setup with loads of PS3's and the Move motion controller.

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Sure, Move is far from new, but it's still kind of newish in Taiwan and the first I have really seen it in action for a considerable amount of time.

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Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY PS Phone Hands-on at Taipei Game Show 2011

Cameron Wilmot | Mobile Devices | Fri, Feb 18 2011 4:21 AM CST

Taipei Game Show 2011 - Today marked the first day of the Taipei Game 2011 and we went along to see what was on show. Besides the vast amount of beautiful show girls, there was some cool new technology to take in at the event. Don't worry; we're coming back to the show girls soon.

Earlier this week at the Mobile World Congress in Spain, Sony Ericsson officially unveiled the PlayStation Phone aka the Xperia PLAY, the first PlayStation certified smartphone. Think of a Google Android 2.3 smartphone and a PlayStation Portable fused together. It has all the same controls as a PSP and the same level of graphics quality, but of course offers much more in terms of communications as you would expect from a phone.

The Xperia PLAY we went hands-on with today is finished as far as the hardware and outside appearance goes, that part won't change. However, the firmware and other software bits still needs some work according to Kevin, the Sony Ericsson representative that we were talking to at the show. Apparently they will have the software up to scratch and at shipping level standard in around one month and the phone / portable gaming console should go on sale sometime in April for a worldwide launch.

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The representative was not prepared to discuss details on pricing. Watch the video above for a short and sweet hands-on introduction to the Xperia PLAY. Are you going to buy one? Let us know by commenting!

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Chinese hackers launch cyberattack on Canadian government

Anthony Garreffa | Hacking & Security | Thu, Feb 17 2011 11:24 PM CST

Chinese hackers have recently launched a massive cyberattack on Canadian government websites and employees, gaining access to a cache of highly classified federal information. The attack was detected last month and was claimed by the government to only be an attempt to access their computers - however the CBC is stating this as innaccurate.

Chinese hackers launch cyberattack on Canadian government | TweakTown.com

Canada's two major economic departments, the Finance Department and Treasury Board were the victims of the successful attack. Hackers were able to gain control of the computers of senior government executives in the two departments. However, the hackers were unable to obtain passwords to unlock entire government systems.

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