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So, just how durable is the Eee Pad TF101 with its "super tough glass" ?

One of the big features ASUS was pushing when it launched the Eee Pad Transformer TF101 not long ago is its durable, scratch-resistant, super tough glass. The screen is actually made out of chemically strengthened "Corning Gorilla Glass" that helps protect it from all the bumps and scratches tablets are prone to get.

So, just how durable is the Eee Pad TF101 with its

A video has just been uploaded to YouTube from ASUS which really puts it to the test, with the ultimate goal being to see how much it can withstand before it reaches breaking point.

Normally the thought of rubbing car keys, coins or wood screws all over one of your shiny gadgets would have you cringing pretty quickly, but as you'll see in the video above, in the case of the ASUS Transformer TF101, all the aforementioned talk about the screen isn't just marketing and it really is quite the durable, protective piece of equipment.......... within reason of course (refer to the end of the video).

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AMD Bulldozer Zambezi-FX (B2 Stepping) detailed, FX-8150 and FX-8120 to hit shelves in Q3 2011

Anthony Garreffa | CPU, APU & Chipsets | Aug 17, 2011 12:30 AM CDT

Detailed info on AMD's upcoming Bulldozer (Zambezi-FX) processors has hit the Internet with Chinese website Corescn.com claiming that the B2 Revisions of the CPU's have hit production and would be on shelves by late Q3 2011. The Bulldozer CPU's have been delayed because of a performance-related bug, with the B2 revision going into mass production sometime in August 2011 and hit markets by September 2011.

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The first two CPU's based on the B2 revisions will be the FX-8150 (FD8150FRW8KGU) Featuring 8Cores/8Threads, 8MB L3 Cache, Stock Frequency of 3.6Ghz (Turbo - 4.2Ghz) while the other FX-8120 (FD8120FRW8KGU) is also an 8 Core CPU with same specs and just a little low clock frequency of 3.1Ghz (T.C - 4.1Ghz). Both CPU's feature TDP of 125W.

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Sony drops price on both PS3 models

Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Aug 16, 2011 11:30 PM CDT

Sony has officially cut the price on the PS3 in all markets. The 160GB system will now be $250 in the US, 250 euros in the European territories, and 24,980 yen in Japan. The new price drop is effective immediately in all territories except Japan where it'll receive the price drop on August 18. The 320GB model of the PlayStation 3 will see a drop to $300 in the US, 300 euros in the European market and 29,980 yen.

Sony drops price on both PS3 models | TweakTown.com

SCEA's CEO Jack Tretton says:

In addition, a limited edition inFAMOUS 2 bundle is now available at participating retailers across North America. The bundle retails for $299 and includes a 320 GB PlayStation 3, a copy of inFAMOUS 2 and a 30-day membership to PlayStation Plus. Since its release in 2006, PS3 has gained tremendous support from fans around the world and its cumulative worldwide sales reached a milestone of 50 million units as of March 29, 2011," Sony said in the statement. "Equipped with future proof cutting-edge technologies including the sophisticated processors, Cell Broadband Engine and RSX, as well as the Blu-ray disc (BD) player and HDMI terminal, PS3 has continuously enhanced its value to consumers through system software updates to support new features and services including stereoscopic 3D content playback and support for the PlayStation Move motion controller.

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Official Battlefield 3 trailer from GamesCom 2011

Cameron Wilmot | Gaming | Aug 16, 2011 2:59 PM CDT

GamesCom 2011 - Earlier today here in Cologne, Germany we went to the EA press conference where 10 new titles were discussed which will come out between now and the end of this early and the first part of 2011.

Some titles previewed included Need for Speed The Run, SSX, FIFA 12, FIFA Street and so on. But, I think it would be safe to say that the biggest title of GamesCom 2011 is going to be Battlefield 3.

EA were kind enough to hand out a press kit at the event which included the official GamesCom 2011 trailer. We've also included some screenshots too. Enjoy! We have another video coming up shortly discussing the PS3 demo of BF3 in co-op mode.

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Android powers 150 million devices worldwide

Google didn't just have news today of purchasing Motorola for $12.5 billion, Larry Page also announced that Android has a total of 150 million (that's 150,000,000!!) activated devices worldwide. That's up from the 130 million mark that they hit last month, and Google are continuing to activate over 550,000 new devices each and every day!

Android powers 150 million devices worldwide | TweakTown.com

To compare this Oranges to... Apples... Apple have only sold a total of 222 million iOS-based devices to date, including the iPod, iPhone and iPad! If we look at the numbers between last month and this month, 130 to 150 million, that would edge closer to 650,000 activations per day... very nice Google. A pat on the green back for you, my friend. Now, release Android 4.x already!

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Microsoft discontinue glossy Xbox 360s, have gone Matte and can't go back

Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Aug 15, 2011 9:29 PM CDT

Microsoft are ditching the glossy outer shell on select Xbox 360 consoles for a black matte finish. Major Nelson broke the news, with a 250GB unit in glossy finish and a 4GB model featuring a matte black finish being the current models on the market. Microsoft from now on will not be continuing the manufacturing of the glossy 360, instead it'll use the new matte-finish system. There will still, however, be glossy-based 360s in the form of the limited edition Gears of War 3 console and Star Wars console.

Microsoft discontinue glossy Xbox 360s, have gone Matte and can't go back | TweakTown.com

The transition from glossy to matte has already started and the new consoles will be available in a few weeks. So if you want to get in with a glossy model, you'd better run to your nearest electronics store and get some of that gloss on, because soon they'll all be matte.

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Google to acquire Motorola Mobility, can we please have a phone called Googlerola?

Anthony Garreffa | Business, Financial & Legal | Aug 15, 2011 8:52 PM CDT

Dedicated Android partner, Motorola Mobility, have been acquired by Google today in an announcement that was music to my ears. Google Inc. and Motorola Mobility Holdings, Inc have entered into a definitive agreement under which Google will acquire Motorola Mobility for $40.00 per share in cash, or a total of about $12.5 billion, a premium of 63% to the closing price of Motorola Mobility shares on Friday, August 12, 2011.

Google to acquire Motorola Mobility, can we please have a phone called Googlerola? | TweakTown.com

Google CEO, Larry Page has a few things to say about the acquisition:

Motorola Mobility's total commitment to Android has created a natural fit for our two companies. Together, we will create amazing user experiences that supercharge the entire Android ecosystem for the benefit of consumers, partners and developers. I look forward to welcoming Motorolans to our family of Googlers.

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Sandy Bridge-E shipping light without a heatsink/fan

Steve Dougherty | CPU, APU & Chipsets | Aug 15, 2011 7:58 AM CDT

It has just come to light that Intel does not intend to ship its upcoming Sandy Bridge-E (LGA2011) Core i7 processors with a heatsink/fan (HSF). Instead, Intel plans to offer the certified HSF for these processors as a separate, standalone purchase through the same retail channels.

Sandy Bridge-E shipping light without a heatsink/fan | TweakTown.com

While there's no doubt some people are satisfied with, or even prefer an Intel certified cooler for these high TDP processors, Intel would be banking on the majority of the target users wanting to use third-party cooling options, as it is expected that many of the big name CPU cooler makers will have lineups of LGA2011-ready coolers readily available upon the Sandy Bridge E series launch.

Sandy Bridge E processors have a rated TDP of 130W, but early testing on engineering samples has proven that it can reach as high as 180W under load (and that's at stock speeds).

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ASUS announce F1A75-I DELUXE motherboard, includes wireless USB remote control

Anthony Garreffa | Motherboards | Aug 14, 2011 9:00 PM CDT

ASUS today have announced the launch of their new Mini-ITX motherboard based on the AMD A75 chipset, the F1A75-I DELUXE motherboard. Powered by the Fusion APU, the F1A75-I DELUXE has the power to deliver amazing graphics performance when combined with a discrete GPU for Dual Graphics capabilities. Built on the Mini-ITX format, the board is only 170x170mm and ships with a convenient wireless USB remote control that also has a full keyboard for typing on the backside.

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A first, for sure and something like this is a huge bonus for HTPC builders. The F1A75-I DELUXE also fills out with DIGI+ VRM, a first on a Mini-ITX board. As well as ASUS throwing in its unique UEFI BIOS, flexible and user friendly, mouse-controlled graphical user interface and ASUS Exclusive EZ mode design can help tune a HTPC easier.

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The F1A75-I DELUXE also includes built-in 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Gigabit Ethernet. PCI-Express 2.0 16x slot is included as well as four SATA 6Gb/s connectors, with one an eSATA port and four USB 3.0 connections.

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Mozilla unleash Firefox 6 early, ahead of August 16th release

Anthony Garreffa | Software & Apps | Aug 14, 2011 8:30 PM CDT

Firefox 5 only came out a short while ago and Mozilla are not slowing down. Firefox 6 final is now available for download on Mac, Windows and Linux via Mozilla FTP servers. It's not available "officially", but will be available anytime next week. Firefox 6 does not introduce any UI changes, but the new version of Mozilla's ever-so-popular web browser does include some speed improvements while using the browser, almost 20% faster in some cases verses Firefox 5.

Mozilla unleash Firefox 6 early, ahead of August 16th release | TweakTown.com

As always, because this isn't the "official" release, the final build may be updated before it gets released to the public next week. The welcome page does still say "Firefox 6 Beta" but don't let this stop you, Mozilla just hasn't updated the page yet. Go forth and grab Firefox 6! If you'd like to get your download on, I've linked to the 3 flavours of Firefox 6 below.

Firefox 6 for Windows

Firefox 6 for Mac

Firefox 6 for Linux

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