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Facebook for Android revamped

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Aug 4, 2010 8:19 pm

One of the largest gripes among the mostly happy Android userbase has been the Facebook app. The words clunky, difficult, and painful seem to be common terms used to describe the official Android Facebook app. Today they are trying to punch a hole in those arguments as Facebook for Android has gotten a fairly major facelift. Before you ask, Facebook Chat is still not available yet.




Quite a few changes have been made, though. A picture timeline now sits near the bottom for your News Feed, while Notifications have their own "drawer" underneath the timeline so you have instant access to hem as soon as the app opens. Photos and comments are also handled within the app as well, seriously reducing the amount of time you spend getting bumped from the app to the Facebook touch site. Even "Like" is now only a touch away. Grab it from the Android Market and give it a go today.

Clearwire unveils iSpot WiFi hotspot for 4G service

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Aug 4, 2010 6:12 pm

Clearwire and its partners/resellers are the only 4G commercial networks available for consumers right now. Clearwire has announced a cool new 4G mobile hotspot specifically designed for Apple devices called the iSpot.




The iSpot is a small device that is for Apple devices in name only. It will work with any WiFi enabled device. The little portable hotspot supports up to eight simultaneous connections. It can last for about four hours per charge.

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iPhone 4 ultrasnow unlock available now

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Aug 4, 2010 5:06 pm

If you have an iPhone 4 and have been counting the days until a carrier unlock was available today is the big day. The ultrasnow carrier unlock can be downloaded with now.




The unlock works for the iPhone 4 baseband 01.59 and 3G/3GS basebands 04.26.08, 05.11.07, 05.12.01 and 05.13.04. Once unlocked, you can port your device to another compatible network.

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Logitech unveils new S715i rechargeable speaker dock

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Aug 4, 2010 4:02 pm

Logitech has a ton of speakers for various uses in its line. The line of speakers offered by the company spans the range from surround sound for PCs to small portable speakers for iPods and notebooks.




Logitech has unveiled a new portable iPod speaker dock called the Logitech Rechargeable Speaker S715i. The new dock has an internal rechargeable battery that is good for up to eight hours of play per charge.

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Razer updates Lachesis gaming mouse with more sensitivity

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Aug 4, 2010 3:04 pm

The Razer Lachesis was first spied years ago and had 4000 dpi sensitivity, which at the time was a lot of sensitivity. Today that 4000dpi mark is been surpassed. Razer has announced a new updated version of the Lachesis to replace the old one.




Exactly when the new Lachesis will ship is unknown, but it will sell for $79.99. The update includes a new 3.5G laser sensor with 5600dpi resolution. The mouse also has a new design and a customizable lighting system.

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

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Aug 4, 2010 1:12 pm

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 :-




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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Optus spruces up its mobile broadband plans - Lower pricing, higher data

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Aug 4, 2010 12:20 pm

While Telstra's playing a bit nicer these days with its mobile broadband rates, Optus also makes a move in giving significantly better value with a full range of revamped plans having just been put into place.


The new plans require signing onto 24-month contracts and start at $20 per month which gives you 1GB of on-peak quota and 2GB off-peak. There are also $30, $50, $80 and $100 plans, with the top most giving 10GB of on-peak quota and 20GB off-peak. Optus' peak time designation covers 7:00am through 12am.




If a user reaches their quota before the month is up, the internet will be inaccessible expect for select free Optus sites and Facebook, though they are given the option to buy a new data pack to use until the next month kicks in.

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Paramount Pictures and TweakTown's "War of the Worlds" Blu-ray Movie Giveaway

By: TweakTown Staff | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Aug 4, 2010 11:21 am

Paramount Pictures Home Entertainment has kindly given Australian TweakTown readers the opportunity to take home one of five Blu-ray discs to celebrate the release of the Steven Spielberg sci-fi classic, "War of the Worlds".




To go into the running, first of all you need to be an Australian resident. If you meet that requirement then all you have to do is successfully answer the following question:


Who wrote the original novel "War of the Worlds"?




Please send your answer to by 9PM on Wednesday the 11th of August. Winning entrants will be e-mailed shortly thereafter.


Thanks to Paramount for their generous promotion. Good luck to all!

The Commonwealth Bank of Australia launch augmented reality app for home buyers

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Aug 4, 2010 11:16 am

Ahh, technology; a road that never ends and there's always something new on the horizon. A pretty funky iPhone application was launched today by the Commonwealth bank which more or less gives the ability to point their phone at a house from out the front and access both its sale price as well as giving a virtual peek inside.


The new app harnesses mobile phone camera and location based tech to map the user's position; then it simply matches it with information about the house such as how many bedrooms and bathrooms it has, the exterior or interior (or both) sale photographs and also its most recent sale price. Said information is obtained via property website and




A CBA spokesperson has confirmed the information is made available publicly to anyone with the iPhone and its new app installed. There is no charge for using this facility (at this stage, at least). the CBA feels this is the way to go after noting results from a study by a media company initiative whereby it was determined that Australians are spending an average of 27 minutes a day online on their smartphones and that 70% of decisions in the home lending market have been made while online.