Grace Digital Audio debuts new outdoor speakers

Shane McGlaun | Audio, Sound & Speakers | Aug 30, 2010 11:02 AM CDT

I know many people who can't function without music to listen too. If they are outside grilling, playing with the kid's, or at the lake swimming they want music to listen too. If you are the sort that spends a lot of time outside and you want music to listen to while you are out there Grace Digital Audio has unveiled a new line of waterproof speakers that you can use outside without worrying about getting them wet.

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The new line includes the Rock Speaker, which looks like a rock unsurprisingly. It has a 1x1" tweeter and a 1 x 4" full range speaker inside. The overall dimensions are 12.13" x 15.51" x 14.29". The speakers are powered by an AC adapter or an internal rechargeable battery and the whole thing is IPX7 approved. Wireless range is 150-feet and the battery is good for 7 hours.

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Aussies can benefit from Google Voice's free calls to U.S. and Canada, too

Steve Dougherty | Networking | Aug 30, 2010 5:54 AM CDT

Google introduced a new call-out service dubbed "Google Voice" last week and noted that the service is only available for U.S. residents at this time.

However, there is a little 'tweak' that can be made which allows us Australians to make use of it, too. And many of you will want to, especially if you often make calls to the U.S. or Canada, as Google is allowing you to do this for free until the end of this year. You can also use Google Voice to call other international numbers for as low as $0.02c USD per minute.

Aussies can benefit from Google Voice's free calls to U.S. and Canada, too | TweakTown.com

First of all, you need to sign into GMail. From there make sure your Language setting is adjusted to "English (US)". Once you've done that you should see a "Call Phone" option under your name in the Chat section on the left-hand side of the screen. When you click on that you should be prompted to download and install a browser plug-in after which you should be all suited up for calling.

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Telstra ramps up Next G business offerings with 'unlimited' plan

Steve Dougherty | Mobile Devices | Aug 30, 2010 4:14 AM CDT

Telstra has recently shown to be much more aggressive with its range of broadband internet plans for consumers including some more friendly terms on its wireless Next G based services. Now it's shifted focus onto its business customers and has something on offer many businesses will be interested in; unlimited Next G plans.

The plan comes as an option with Telstra's newly released $299 Ultimate USB modem which is able to take full advantage of the company's dual channel HSPA+ upgrade that gives up to 42Mbit/s (theoretical) download speeds. This network has been installed in all major capitals as well as a number of regional centres, with Telstra estimating that 50% of Australia's population has access to said upgraded network.

Telstra ramps up Next G business offerings with 'unlimited' plan | TweakTown.com

As for the unlimited plan, of course there are a few conditions attached. For a start, there is a fair use restriction in place that sits at around 120GB, give or take. Secondly, the unlimited plan is only available to government and enterprise fleet buyers who purchase the aforementioned Ultimate USB modems. As to how many modem purchases need to be made to quality for said plan, Telstra wouldn't give an exact figure, but indicated it to be 'in the hundreds'.

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iiNet's FetchTV trial quite a success

Steve Dougherty | TV, Movies & Home Theatre | Aug 30, 2010 3:44 AM CDT

iiNet recently trialed an internet-delivered pay-TV service called "FetchTV" of which 100 households participated in and gave their feedback at the end of the trial.

With 95 out of the 100 households signing up as paying customers once the trial period finished, it's clear the service holds a lot of promise and iiNet are excited to put it into full swing as an option for its broadband customers. This makes iiNet the first ISP to confirm that it will be on-selling FetechTV to its customers.

iiNet's FetchTV trial quite a success | TweakTown.com

FetchTV excels in delivering a good range of films and foreign-language channels for many non-English speaking homes; at this stage they are the two exepected key selling points of the service. Sport coverage on the other hand is quite lacking at the moment, though FetchTV has announced just last week that it has done a deal with Fox Sports News to include it as part of its basic subscriber package as of next month.

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iControlPad could give full controller function to the iPhone

Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Aug 27, 2010 7:22 PM CDT

Sony may state that phones are for "texting your grandma and calling your girl," but there are companies out there trying to make smartphones into full fledged gaming devices. Designer Craig Rothwell has developed a device that gives full gamepad controls to a jailbroken iPhone with the iControlPad.

iControlPad could give full controller function to the iPhone | TweakTown.com

The original version was first introduced in 2008, but designers never released it due to design flaws and poor control. This new revision locks the iPhone in place with a padlock and spring mechanism and connects via a sync cable. No Apple support means that only jailbroken iPhones can use the device.

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1.25 million Garmin Nuvi GPS devices recalled

Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Aug 27, 2010 2:00 AM CDT

Garmin, one of the leading GPS makers, has recalled 1.25 million of their Nuvi personal navigation devices. Nuvi models 200W, 250W, 260W, and 7xx (where xx is a two-digit number) are being voluntarily recalled due to a battery, which was manufactured by a third party supplier, being prone to overheating and becoming a fire hazard when used with a specific circuit board.

1.25 million Garmin Nuvi GPS devices recalled | TweakTown.com

This recall will include around 1.25 million devices, including nearly 800,000 that were sold in the U.S. According to the company's statement,. "Garmin will replace the battery and insert a spacer on top of the battery next to the PCB before returning the nvi to affected customers free of charge." Garmin does not recommend owners attempt to replace the battery on their own.

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Canon announces EOS 60D DSLR camera

Shane McGlaun | | Aug 26, 2010 1:04 PM CDT

Canon is one of the largest firms in the digital camera market and has cameras ranging from cheap point-and-shoot units to very expensive professional level DSLR cameras. The company has announced a new DSLR camera today that fits into the lower end of the market and will replace the 50D called the EOS 60D. It's worth pointing out at the start that the 60D lacks the magnesium alloy body of the 50D it replaces making it a bit of a downgrade in that respect.

Canon announces EOS 60D DSLR camera | TweakTown.com

The new camera does have some cool features though. One of the cool features is the articulating and swiveling 3-inch LCD that also offers Live View. Swiveling is important when you are using Live View to take pictures. The 60D also has in-camera RAW processing and has integrated creative filters.

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PS4 will have physical media, not download only

Shane McGlaun | Gaming | Aug 26, 2010 12:08 PM CDT

Years back when Sony launched the PS3 one executive made the prediction that the PS4 would probably not have a physical drive for disc games like the current PS3. After the massive fail that was the PSP Go and its download only catalog Sony has rightfully rethought the download only market.

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Sony's Kaz Hirai has stated that the PS4 will have an optical drive and support physical media. He told MCV, "We do business in parts of the world where network infrastructure isn't as robust as one would hope." Hirai continued saying, "There's always going to be requirement for a business of our size and scope to have a physical medium. To think everything will be downloaded in two years, three years or even ten years from now is taking it a little bit to the extreme."

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AMD releases Catalyst 10.8 drivers with a good lineup of changes

Steve Dougherty | Video Cards & GPUs | Aug 26, 2010 4:36 AM CDT

For the first time in a while a set of new ATI Catalyst drivers have been released which look much more worthy of your time in going out with the old, in with the new.

AMD releases Catalyst 10.8 drivers with a good lineup of changes | TweakTown.com

The new Catalyst 10.8 driver suite give a solid amount of promised performance improvements along with some additional functionalities in the way of better optimied video playback quality, support for hardware-accelerated 3D content in web browsers, anti-aliasing support in StarCraft II and OpenGL ES 2.0 support.

If you're running a Quad CrossfireX configuration with Eyefinity enabled you will also appreciate greatly improved performance with this particular driver update.

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Few more tid bits on Microsoft's Phone 7 and Telstra's plans for it

Steve Dougherty | Mobile Devices | Aug 26, 2010 3:44 AM CDT

Microsoft's Tech.Ed conference which took place on the Gold Coast recently gave indication of what might be happening with Telstra's upcoming range of Windows Phone 7 handsets.

One such detail mentioned by David Powell whom is Telstra's manager of Device Management & Operations was that there will be a good amount of different Windows 7 based phones on offer right off the bat, but did not say how many exactly.

Few more tid bits on Microsoft's Phone 7 and Telstra's plans for it | TweakTown.com

When questioned about the exact feature list of these next-gen Microsoft phones, Microsoft evangelist David Glover said while there are defintive features locked in for launch and others still undecided at this point, Microsoft is being super careful about giving stable features on a solid platform as a first and foremost directive.

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