Google Maps for Mobile 5 adds dynamic map drawing and offline mode

Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices | Dec 6, 2010 10:30 PM CST

Continuing with the constant gusher of Google news today brings us Google Maps for Mobile 5. It was previewed by Andy Rubin once again on the stage of D: Dive Into Mobile - previewed on the prototype Motorola Honeycomb tablet !

Google Maps for Mobile 5 adds dynamic map drawing and offline mode | TweakTown.com

The biggest change of Google Maps for Mobile 5 is the dynamic map drawing - vectors instead of flat images that scale much better and will show the buildings fleshed out for over 100 cities.

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NVIDIA's Quadro and Tesla sales manager joins AMD's ranks

Anthony Garreffa | Business, Financial & Legal | Dec 6, 2010 8:16 PM CST

NVIDIA has lost their Quadro and Tesla manager to AMD. The story of Rob MacDonald begins with how he began with taking over NVIDIA's UK graphics sales operation in 2002 and shortly after was given control of graphic card sales into the Nordic region (Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Norway).

NVIDIA's Quadro and Tesla sales manager joins AMD's ranks | TweakTown.com

Rob was then promoted into Quadro sales and he has been expanding in that role ever since. Why is this news significant you ask? Professional products are the cash cow of the graphics industry...

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Verizon LTE networks now active in US cities

Shane McGlaun | Mobile Devices | Dec 6, 2010 1:02 PM CST

I would bet that there are many people out there that want the fastest mobile internet as possible. If you are like me in a smaller city, you may have a hard time just getting a decent 3G signal in your area. If you are lucky enough to live in one of the large cities Verizon is offering its new LTE service to you can get some seriously fast speeds.

Verizon LTE networks now active in US cities | TweakTown.com

Verizon has announced that its LTE network launched yesterday in several cities in the US. The service costs $50 monthly for 5GB of data and 10GB is $80 monthly with $10 per GB over the limits. The carrier also has a couple new modems that will work on the new 4G networks and work on 3G networks as well for about $100.

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Mac App Store coming on December 13 says rumor

Shane McGlaun | Laptops | Dec 6, 2010 12:04 PM CST

The best part about the iPhone and the iPad is the huge number of apps for all different uses on the App Store. You can find things to make work better along with games and apps for just about anything else. We already know that Apple is planning an App Store for Mac users but when the announcement of the store was made, there was no indication given on how long it would take.

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According to AppleTell an inside source has told the publication that Apple is targeting December 13 for the launch of the Mac App Store. The source claims that Jobs and crew had told devs to have software ready to go as early as today, but that launch is not going to happen today is seems. Apple is still mum on an official launch date.

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GymyGym lets geeks workout without getting out of the computer chair

I can tell you from experience that it can be very hard to find time to get to the gym for some exercise. My gym is only about a mile from the house and some weeks I am just too busy to make it. If you have no desire to go to a gym, but you need to keep yourself in tiptop shape for all those hard-core COD gaming sessions, we have the perfect office chair for you.

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The chair is called the GymyGym and the thing is billed as the world's first ergonomic exercise chair. The chair comes in several colors and appears to have stretch exercise bands to hold you up. The chair has a couple elastic resistance bands that have handles on it and you can grab them and get your workout in.

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Looxcie offers support for iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 for its wearable camcorder

Shane McGlaun | Cameras, Printers & Scanners | Dec 6, 2010 10:32 AM CST

The first year I went to CES years ago, I saw a geek running around the halls wearing a backpack stuffed with batteries and recording gear all to support the camera mounted to a hat he wore so he could post video of him actually moving around the show floor. I saw the dude leaning against things resting a lot, the rig had to weigh 30 pounds or so. Today you can do the same thing with the wearable Looxcie camcorder that supports Bluetooth.

Looxcie offers support for iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 for its wearable camcorder | TweakTown.com

This week Looxcie has announced that its camera is now supporting the iPhone 3GS and the iPhone 4G smartphones. The only caveat to supporting the camcorder on the Apple device is that you have to be running iOS 4.2 or higher. There is a Looxcie device on Amazon for sale now that is Made for iPhone certified.

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Australian Federal Government backs R18+ rating for video games

Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Dec 5, 2010 7:40 PM CST

Finally! Australian gamers might soon find themselves unshackled by the current limitation of the MA15+ rating for video games, whilst movies can hold an R18+ classification, games in Australia are limited to an MA15+ classification.

Australian Federal Government backs R18+ rating for video games | TweakTown.com

Even if you're 18 or 118 you cannot buy an R18+ game in Australia as they do not currently have an R18+ classification for video games, but this is hopefully... all set to change.

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Thrustmaster T500RS - the official peripheral of Gran Turismo?

Anthony Garreffa | Peripherals | Dec 5, 2010 6:20 PM CST

Gran Turismo 5 is finally out, but it has strangely been absent without a high end 'official' steering wheel to go along with it. For a very long time now Logitech has had the pleasure of building wheels that carried the Gran Turismo branding until now?

Thrustmaster T500RS - the official peripheral of Gran Turismo? | TweakTown.com

Thrustmaster seems to have secured the license for the GT franchise now and is building a wheel called the T500RS as pictured above. The T500RS promises unrivaled accuracy and seems to sport some form of magnetic sensor technology which Thrustmaster used in their HOTAS Warthog controller.

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TechPowerUp GPU-Z 0.4.9 released

Anthony Garreffa | Software & Apps | Dec 3, 2010 6:46 PM CST

TechPowerUp's very, very popular graphics subsystem information and monitoring utility, GPU-Z has now reached 0.4.9 - the program shows you important information like which graphics hardware is in your system, allows you to monitor parameters such as clock speeds, voltages, temperatures, fan speeds and usage (on supported GPU's).

TechPowerUp GPU-Z 0.4.9 released | TweakTown.com

GPU-Z 0.4.9 includs support for the upcoming NVIDIA GeForce GTX570, support for the detection of a PCI-Express 3.0 interface, detection of upcoming entry-level AMD Radeon HD 6000 series GPU's and a large number of stability and reliability updates.

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Angry Birds projected to generate $1 million per month in advertising

Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Dec 3, 2010 6:10 PM CST

Here at TweakTown we like to get our game on, and Angry Birds is part of that - with the game being one of the most successful mobile games ever, it is paving the way for a new market in mobile games, the team over at Rovio Mobile keeps hitting new milestones every few days it seems.

Angry Birds projected to generate $1 million per month in advertising | TweakTown.com

Angry Birds has been downloaded over 30 million times across various platforms, 12 million of those being paid downloads on the iOS platform. Google's Android platform famously has Angry Birds for free - which supports advertising. Angry Birds on Android has been downloaded more than 5 million times since it launched just 2 months ago.

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