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Deal of the Day: The HP Photosmart C310a Premium e-All-in-One Printer for just $99.99 shipped free!

By: Steve Dougherty | Printers & Scanners | Posted: Jul 4, 2011 @ 5:38 CDT

Our Deal of the Day today is the The HP Photosmart C310a Premium e-All-in-One Printer for just $99.99 shipped free!.


- TouchSmart LCD Screen

- Customizable Apps

- Prints everyday documents to lab-quality photos without a PC

- e-All-in-One with integrated wireless and HP ePrint

- Print from your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch wirelessly with AirPrint

- Standard duplux printing!



Check our TweakTown Daily Deals page for more tech bargains!

SBG Update: Sub-lieutenant PC running at the speed of AMD Fusion

By: Shawn Baker | Computer Systems | Posted: Jul 4, 2011 @ 2:34 CDT

The launch of Llano last week means that it's time to give our beloved System Builders Guides an update. With the focus of the new Fusion platform from AMD being aimed at building well priced systems it seemed the perfect opportunity for our $1000 USD Sub-lieutenant PC platform to get a major overhaul.


The base of the system revolves around the AMD A8-3850 2.9GHz Quad-Core APU and an ASUS F1A75-V Pro motherboard. Along with that we've moved to a HD 6670 video card which can run in CrossFire with the onboard GPU present in the A8-3850 APU. We also made the switch to the Flare series of memory from G.Skill which has been built for the AMD platform to help get the most performance out of it.

Along with those major changes we've switched over to a SATA III hard drive while also managing to get an extra 500GB of storage to bring us to a total of 1.5TB. We've also got a cheaper price on the DVD burner which helps keep the system competitively priced.

Along with this we've also got a monitor, keyboard and mice, case and CPU cooler to create a full system that comes in at just over $1000 USD...

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Twitter is seeing 200 million tweets per day

By: Anthony Garreffa | Social Networking | Posted: Jul 3, 2011 @ 14:00 CDT

Just six months through 2011 and Twitter has smacked into another milestone; its users are tweeting 200 million times per day. Doesn't sound impressive? That's 1 million tweets per week. Rewind to 2009 and we were seeing 2 million tweets per day. Just a year ago? 65 million tweets.


If we put this into perspective, Twitter say this is equivalent to a 10 million page book in tweets, or 8,163 copies of Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace, each and every day! If you were to read this much text, it would take an astounding 31 years. Twitter also released the top Trending Topics for the first half of 2011:

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AMD Southern Islands GPU codenames leaked

By: Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards | Posted: Jul 3, 2011 @ 13:00 CDT

Thanks to the Catalyst 11.7 drivers, some driver entries were spotted for the soon-to-be released Southern Islands generation of AMD GPUs. The codenames behind the Southern Island series are "Lombok", "Thames", "Tahiti" and "New Zealand". At the moment nothing is concrete, but it looks as though "New Zealand" will be the creme of the crop being a dual-GPU based card based off of two "Tahiti" GPUs.


"Thames" is looking to be a low-cost mobile chip, but it could also be a performance chip - there's no guarantee at the moment until more information surfaces. But, the codenames themselves should be enough to get some of that fanboy fighting to surface again.

Google+ now open to everyone, get in and start +'ing around

By: Cameron Wilmot | Social Networking | Posted: Jul 3, 2011 @ 12:05 CDT

As you may well know by now, Google introduced its social network platform last week called Google+. It was only opened up to a select group of people at the start, then others managed to find their way into the system by way of a little invite trick. The trick required that you have a Gmail email address, though.


Now obviously convinced of its readiness for the general public, Google has decided to open up its new social website to the general public.

It's still going by the name "the Google+ project" which still suggests it's in its early stages, but Google and its engineers and staff have been playing with Google+ for around 8 months now, according to an employee of Google who mentioned it during a "hangout". It's tuned rather well, but still has many featured to add in the following days, weeks and months.

Once you are all signed up and get your head around things, remember to "plus" TweakTown to your network.

UPDATE 10:51 US PST: Just to make it clear, you don't need a Gmail address to join now (via the invite trick), but you still need a Google account to join. Get in fast while you can!

Apple's Mac OS X Lion passes gold master status

By: Anthony Garreffa | Software | Posted: Jul 3, 2011 @ 11:00 CDT

Apple's next operating system has just been offered to developers with the gold master seed of OS X Lion, this version is usually the same version end users receive when it's released. With the OS hitting gold master status this early into July, we might see Lion much earlier in July then expected, possibly in the next week or so.


Previously with Snow Leopard, the time between hitting gold master status and being on the shelves was two weeks. This of course could be sped up as the released of Lion will be on the App Store and requires users to have OS X 10.6.8 installed, which lets you transition over to Lion.

Lion is set to feature over 250 new features such as full-screen application support, more multitouch gestures, system resume, auto save for data, AirDrop file transfer and a feature called "Launchpad" which looks identical to the icon-based app launcher found in iOS.

Anonymous now using #OpESR to engage in a class action lawsuit against the Federal Reserve

By: Anthony Garreffa | Hacking & Security | Posted: Jul 3, 2011 @ 6:41 CDT

Anonymous is inviting all, Anonymous and non-anons to join OpESR in demanding Federal Reserve accountability. Instead of just hacking random companies and websites like other Lulz-orientated hacking groups, Anonymous are grabbing the Fed by the balls and asking "why?". Obviously this might not end up in any serious court, or even reach the mainstream media, but we're finally seeing a group large enough to make a difference, try.

Trying is better than nothing and we'll see how this one goes. For those who don't want to watch the video and would like the TL;DR, look below or click into the news story for a full read.

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Poll Results - Which is the best mobile OS?

By: Cameron Wilmot | Mobile Devices | Posted: Jul 3, 2011 @ 5:47 CDT

Our latest poll had over 2000 people who answered, which is the best mobile OS?


For readers of TweakTown by far the most popular and best mobile OS for them was Google's Android mobile OS taking home over half of the votes at 54%.

In second place with 18% of the votes and by a fair margin was Apple with iOS and in third place was Microsoft with Windows Phone. There are still some Nokia lovers out there in our audience who gave forth place to Symbian OS with 6% of the votes.

For the actual numbers, go here. In our latest poll, we want to know, what day of the week would you like to receive the TweakTown Weekly Newsletter? Let us know! Please go here to vote!

If you are interested, you can sign up to the TweakTown Weekly Newsletter right here.

Samsung intros five more Series 9 Ultra-thin notebooks

By: Steve Dougherty | Laptops | Posted: Jul 2, 2011 @ 2:48 CDT

Samsung's ultra-thin Series 9 line-up of notebooks has just been extended with five more Intel powered models; three of which are 13.3-inch and two 11.6-inch sized ones. This family of notebooks are only 0.62-inches thick and no more than 1.31kg in weight.


All five models use SSDs and have an LED-backlit SuperBright panel running a 1366x768 resolution, Intel IGP, USB 3.0 support, FastStart technology (can ready up a machine in as little as 3 seconds), packed in a duralumin chassis with pre-loaded installation of Windows 7 Home Premium.

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Sandy Bridge-E platform pushed back yet again

By: Steve Dougherty | CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | Posted: Jul 2, 2011 @ 1:18 CDT

A bit of sour news for those anticipating the release of Intel's next-gen Sandy Bridge-E series (to replace the aging LGA-1366 core platform) that was originally said to be Q3, then delayed to Q4, and now as a reliable source has indicated, is looking to be more like Q1 of 2012.


VR-Zone has a possible reasoning behind why Intel keeps pushing back the launch, but it's all only speculation at this time. The Sandy Bridge-E series units are based on the same core used in Intel's upcoming LGA-2011 and LGA-1356 Xeon processors. As these chips are larger in size, it means fewer per wafer, so it could simply be a case of Intel making efforts to stock up on a good amount of these for its refreshed Xeon family before moving attention back onto the consumer market again.

It should be iterated, though, that this is only a possible basis for the delay, but whatever the reason, I guess there is a bright side to this - it also gives you a little more time to save your pennies up for Intel's next-gen flagship consumer platform.