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Augmented Reality Event To Be Navigated By metaio & junaio

By: Trak Lord | Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: May 3, 2011 @ 21:48 CDT

Munich / San Francisco-based augmented reality solutions firm metaio have developed a nifty feature for attendees of this year's Augmented Reality Event

in Santa Clara, CA, May 17-18. Using their mobile augmented reality browser junaio to navigate the entire conference.




Attendees can download the junaio browser on their Android or iPhone and launch the experience from specifically and strategically placed Latitude, Longitude and Altitude (LLA) markers that will synchronize the indoor AR experience. Generally, AR navigation depends on GPS and geo-locational data to function, but GPS isn't yet precise enough to facilitate indoor navigation (things are just too close together). Metaio's technology however allows for a fairly seamless indoor directions and information (pending that you launch the application correctly).


The junaio "channel" will be providing up-to-date information regarding the various sessions and speakers, as well as giving remote information about sponsors and organizations on the expo floor. Isn't AR neat?

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Mortal Kombat: Legacy: Episode 3 - Johnny Cage, also Episode 4 - Kitana & Mileena (Part 1)

By: Anthony Garreffa | HT & Movies | Posted: May 3, 2011 @ 21:10 CDT

Episode 3 of the web-series for Mortal Kombat is out and this one features non other than Johnny Cage. The description for Episode 3 is below:


"After unsuccessfully trying to sell his reality television pilot pitch to a studio exec, Johnny Cage, an American action-hero movie star who has fallen on hard times, is recruited by Shang Tsung, a powerful sorcerer who has the power to suck souls from people, to fight in the upcoming Mortal Kombat tournament."


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Seagate unveils World's first HDD featuring 1TB per platter

By: Anthony Garreffa | Storage | Posted: May 3, 2011 @ 20:56 CDT

Seagate today have unveiled the world's first 3.5-inch hard drive that features 1TB of storage capacity per disk platter - shattering the 1TB areal density battier to help meet explosive worldwide demand for digital content storage at both the home and office.




Seagate's own GoFlex Desk products will be the first to feature the new 1TB per platter technology with capacities of up to 3TB and an areal density of 625 Gigabits per square inch - the industry's highest. Seagate is looking to release a 3.5-inch Barracuda desktop hard drive with 3TB split across 3 platters in mid-2011, there will also be 2TB, 1.5TB and 1TB flavors.

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Apple unveil next-gen iMacs, quad-core, Thunderbolt and AMD HD 6000-series graphics

By: Anthony Garreffa | Computer Systems | Posted: May 3, 2011 @ 20:47 CDT

Apple have today finally unveiled what we've all know for a while - updated Sandy Bridge-powered iMacs. The new iMacs have next-gen Intel quad-core processors, AMD HD 6000-series graphics, Thunderbolt I/O and a new FaceTime HD Camera. The 21.5-inch iMac features a single Thunderbolt port, with the 27-inch model includes two Thunderbolt ports.




The new iMac also includes a built-in FaceTime HD camera which allows users to call friends of family and enjoy HD chat with them, this is compatible with all FaceTime HD-enabled Macs and standard resolution calls with iPad 2, iPhone 4 and the current generation iPod touch.

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Nintendo 3DS AR Games Get More Portable When You Tattoo The Marker On Your Body

By: Trak Lord | Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: May 3, 2011 @ 19:31 CDT

Cranberry Zero, a poster for IHEARTCHAOS, has taken it upon himself (literally) to be an anchor for the Nintendo 3DS suite of augmented reality games and experiences. Really literally- the dude went and tattooed the '?' design from the AR marker onto his forearm!




What goes through someone's head before he or she actually makes a decision like this? Well, Cranberry Zero solved that riddle for us:


Last week I finally snagged a Nintendo 3DS and after playing the augmented reality games, the first thing I thought was "Oh s***, that AR card would make a killer tattoo." And so this weekend, I got the 3DS AR tattoo and it's f***ing awesome.


The Mii photo came out pretty well, but it couldn't have been easy to take. The 3DS isn't exactly a one-handed device, as further proven by the following video:



Not the most easily accessible augmented reality experience. Also- how are you going to play the game if your one free hand is holding the 3DS? There's also this:


Sorry that it's jittery...the way I was having to hold my arm and hold the 3DS and look through the viewfinder of the camera meant that my arm was at a slight angle and the 3DS was trying to place it on a flat plane.

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Download of the Day: Firefox 4.0.1

By: Steve Dougherty | Software | Posted: May 3, 2011 @ 3:40 CDT

Our Download of the Day today is Firefox 4.0.1.


The Web is all about innovation, and Firefox sets the pace with dozens of new features to deliver a faster, more secure and customizable Web browsing experience for all.


User Experience. The enhancements to Firefox provide the best possible browsing experience on the Web. The new Firefox smart location bar, affectionately known as the "Awesome Bar," learns as people use it, adapting to user preferences and offering better fitting matches over time.


Performance. Firefox is built on top of the powerful new Gecko platform, resulting in a safer, easier to use and more personal product.


Security. Firefox raises the bar for security. The new malware and phishing protection helps protect from viruses, worms, trojans and spyware to keep people safe on the Web.


Customization. Everyone uses the Web differently, and Firefox lets users customize their browser with more than 5,000 add-ons.




The latest version includes the following changes:


Changes in Version 4.0.1


- Fixed several security issues.

- Fixed several stability issues.


Download Now - TweakTown Download of the Day

Deal of the Day: 21.5" Acer P216HV bd 1080p LCD Monitor with 3 Year Warranty for $99.99 with FREE Delivery!

By: Steve Dougherty | Displays & Projectors | Posted: May 3, 2011 @ 2:38 CDT

Our Deal of the Day today is the Staples - 21.5" Acer P216HV bd 1080p LCD Monitor with 3 Year Warranty for $99.99 with FREE Delivery!.


Offer: Get the 21.5" Acer P216HV bd LCD monitor with 1920 x 1080 resolution, 5000:1 contrast, 200 cd/m2 brightness, 5ms response, VGA, HDCP compliant DVI, and a 3 year warranty for just $99.99 with FREE delivery.






Check our TweakTown Daily Deals page for more tech bargains!

ASUS Eee Pad Transformer production limited to 10,000 per month, someone call Shia LaBeouf!

By: Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices | Posted: May 3, 2011 @ 0:27 CDT

ASUS' Eee Pad Transformer is facing a hard time meeting consumer demand, not because it's not popular but because ASUS can't make enough of them! ASUS is finding it hard securing supplies needed to manufacturer the Android-powered tablet and for now, production is limited to 10, 000 per month. Keep in mind that ASUS were hoping for 300, 000 units per month - so as you can see, this is not good enough.




Great quantities are coming and production will then receive the domino effect, yet this won't come until June. For now, ASUS will have to keep this robot in disguise.

Tuesday Morning Roundup for May 2, 2011

By: Steve Dougherty | Roundups | Posted: May 2, 2011 @ 23:53 CDT

The latest happenings from around the web - May 3rd, 2011




- HP TouchSmart 610 @ Techreviewsource

- ASUS can only produce 10k Eee Pad Transformer per month @ Netbooknews

- Beginner's Guide to Building a Home Theater PC @ MissingRemote

- Asus Eee Pad Transformer Preview @ Hot Hardware




- Benjamin Yeh reveals over 420m Asus mainboards sold @ Kitguru

- MSI P67A-GD80 (B3) Intel P67 Motherboard @ ThinkComputers

- ASUS K53 Review: Mass Market Dual-Core Sandy Bridge @ PC Perspective

- Gigabyte H67A-UD3H ATX @ OCIA

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RumorTT: Apple to Sandy Bridge-ify their iMacs this week

By: Anthony Garreffa | Computer Systems | Posted: May 2, 2011 @ 22:03 CDT

This rumor has been floating the tubes for a while but according to AppleInsider, they were tipped off by people "familiar with the matter" that the refresh of the iMacs will happen tomorrow. On top of the Sandy Bridge upgrade they'll receive Thunderbolt just like the new MacBook Pros.




We should see the same GPU that powers the MacBook Pros in the new Sandy Bridge iMacs which is the Radeon HD 6000-series. Screen wise there should be the same models, right up to a 27-inch, 2560x1440 beast. Here's hoping the price comes down with the new specs!