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FrontFace by Mirabyte adds functionality to WIndows 7 enabled tablets

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Aug 24, 2010 1:32 am

With the large amount of tablets being slated for release by the end of the year, companies are getting to work getting software and tweaks ready for those tablets. The German company Mirabyte is one of those at the forefront with FrontFace; a custom user interface designed to improve upon the GUI of Windows 7 enabled touchscreen devices. Sascha with Netbooknews got to take the preview version for a spin and released this video.





With enlarged icons, a notification center, and an RSS feed reader onboard this looks like a nice addition to the usability of Windows 7, especially on smaller screen tablets. Plenty more is planned for FrontFace before release, such as a customized music, photo, and video viewer. Keep an eye out for FrontFace around the time Windows 7 enabled tablets start hitting stores.

Android upgrade schedule released by Motorola

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Aug 24, 2010 1:10 am



One of the downfalls of owning an Android phone is that you have to wait for an OS update to come to your phone as well as your carrier; it's not just one big happy update for everyone. There are lots of lucky phones running Android 2.2, while others are still stuck on 1.6. Motorola has cleared up the pathway for the expected updates coming for their phones worldwide, and released the schedule this past weekend.

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Australia's hung parliament - Where's it leave our tech?

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Networking | Posted: Aug 23, 2010 4:22 am

Following an extraordinary result on Saturday, we are now left with a hung parliament and there is a lot of uncertainty in the air as to what lies ahead in Australia's immediate future.


Some say a part of the reason for it is due to so many mixed opinions and concerns between Labor's $43 Billion NBN and the Coalition's much cheaper $6 Billion broadband alternative. While on one hand we have a solution that is much more technologically advanced with future proofing, the immense cost that comes with it has people in discomfort about whether or not the country can really afford it. We all know one way or another Labor would be sucking additional pennies out of us as a result.



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Download of the Day: CDBurnerXP

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Aug 23, 2010 2:54 am

Our Download of the Day today is CDBurnerXP


CDBurnerXP is a free application to burn CDs and DVDs, including Blu-Ray and HD-DVDs. It also includes the feature to burn and create ISOs, as well as a multilanguage interface. Everyone, even companies, can use it for free. It does not include adware or similar malicious components.


Key Features include:


• burn all kinds of discs

• audio-CDs with or without gaps between tracks

• burn and create ISO files

• data verification after burning process

• create bootable discs

• multi-language interface

• bin/nrg to ISO converter, simple cover printing and much more!

• Operating Systems: Windows 2000/XP/2003 Server/Vista/Windows 7




The latest version includes the following changes:


Changes in Version


* Files in the compilation are now sorted using the same method as WinXP (and later) uses, considering numeric file name parts

* Now supports "Open with" command for ISO images

* Support for NRA playlists

* More user friendly error messages when renaming files incorrectly

* Fixed: Do not warn about unreadable data near the end of the disc when grabbing (where unreadable data is to be expected)


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Deal of the Day: Toshiba Satellite T115D 11.6" Notebook with 2GB of Memory and 250GB Hard Drive for $399.99 with Free Shipping

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Laptops | Posted: Aug 23, 2010 2:28 am

Our Deal of the Day today is the - Toshiba Satellite T115D 11.6" Notebook with 2GB of Memory and 250GB Hard Drive for $399.99 with Free Shipping.


Offer: With an HDMI port, integrated webcam and mic, face recognition, memory card reader, a 6 cell battery and more goodies, this is a great price on a full featured 11.6" notebook that you can take anywhere.




Check our TweakTown Daily Deals page for more tech bargains!

Monday Morning Roundup for August 22, 2010

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Aug 23, 2010 1:26 am

The latest happenings from around the web - August 23rd, 2010




- GIGABYTE GA-H55N-USB3 (rev 1.0) @

- Intel Core i5-760 and ECS P55H-AK @ Hardware Heaven

- Gigabyte X58A-UD3R @ tbreak




- Open-Source 2D, 3D For ATI Radeon HD 5000 Series GPUs @ Phoronix

- LG HS201: A Compact LED Projector @ InsideHW

- Iiyama ProLite E2472HDD Review - LED for the masses @ Kitguru

- XFX HD 5770 850M 1GB DDR5 DP DUAL DVI PCI-E Video Card @

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Verizon makes $400,000 investment in CardStar

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Aug 21, 2010 3:38 am

Verizon's plans for mobile world domination took another step forward today as they invested $400,000 USD into CardStar, a Boston-based company that replaces "club" and "rewards" cards with a digital replica that is usable through an iPhone, Android, or BlackBerry app to keep you from having to dig through your wallet or purse to find that pesky card.




With reportedly over 700,000 users and 1.4 million downloads, CardStar is another step for Verizon into the mobile commerce market. According to CardStar CEO Andy Miller, "The carriers have long been looking at the mobile wallet idea, especially mobile payments ...But mobile payment is not here yet. So, what else is in someone's wallet? A lot of different cards and the common thread is loyalty cards."

LG Optimus line will include ten smartphones and a tablet by the end of the year

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Aug 21, 2010 3:19 am

LG may be a little late jumping into the smartphone business, but that's not stopping them from having supreme confidence in their new products getting ready to hit the market. They have plans for ten new smartphones and an Android tablet under their Optimus banner by the end of the year and sell five million devices globally across 120 operators.




Chang Ma, vice president of marketing for LG's mobile-devices unit, has high hopes; especially for the tablet. "Our tablet will be better than the iPad," he stated. "It's going to be surprisingly productive." The tablet will be based on the Android OS and focus on "the ability to create content instead of simply displaying it." No word yet on whether a wireless carrier will be involved in distribution of the tablet.

iOS update to cure iPhone 3G sluggishness "coming soon"

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Aug 21, 2010 12:09 am

The big gripe with iOS4 has been that for iPhone 3G owners, it renders the phone slow and sluggish. Many owners even went back to iOS 3 to reverse the problem. Complaints have piled up since June, and recently a customer took his complaint to the big man himself: Steve Jobs.




After shooting an e-mail to the CEO himself, reportedly a short response came from Jobs stating "software update coming soon." Apple is not confirming the report or the e-mail, but the hope for 3G owners is that Jobs was referring to the iOS 4.1 update, which developers have already laid their hands on.

XFX announces single slot HD 5770 video card

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Aug 20, 2010 7:04 pm

XFX was at first only selling NVIDIA video cards. Over the last few years, the company has added a full assortment of ATI branded Radeon video cards covering all sorts of uses from HTPC to high-end gaming. The latest video card to come from XFX is the Radeon HD 5770 in a single slot flavor.




The new card is available in a version with five mini DisplayPorts while the basic version has a single mini-display port. The single slot card has a special heat sink and fan setup that has 15% more heatpipe surface area allowing the card to run cooler inside a cramped chassis. The special heat sink system is also designed for low noise with up to 23.5dB lower noise production than the dual slot card.

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