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Download of the Day: 3.3.0 RC1

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Oct 20, 2010 6:42 am

Our Download of the Day today is 3.3.0 RC1. is the leading open-source office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more. It is available in many languages and works on all common computers.


Great software is the result of over twenty years' software engineering. Designed from the start as a single piece of software, it has a consistency other products cannot match. A completely open development process means that anyone can report bugs, request new features, or enhance the software.


Easy to use is easy to learn, and if you're already using another office software package, you'll take to straight away. Our world-wide native-language community means that is probably available and supported in your own language.


... And it's free


Best of all, can be downloaded and used entirely free of any licence fees. is released under the LGPL licence. This means you may use it for any purpose - domestic, commercial, educational, public administration.




Download Now - TweakTown Download of the Day

Deal of the Day: Logitech Wireless Wave Combo Keyboard and Mouse for $49.99

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Oct 20, 2010 6:08 am

Our Deal of the Day today is the Office Depot - Logitech Wireless Wave Combo Keyboard and Mouse for $49.99.


Offer: A great price ($20 drop on the Office Depot site) on this very popular wireless keyboard and mouse combo. Order it online and have it ready to be picked up or add anything to get everything in your cart shipped free. Price is set to expire 10/23/10 or while supplies last.





Check our TweakTown Daily Deals page for more tech bargains!

Wednesday Morning Roundup for October 20, 2010

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Oct 20, 2010 5:38 am

The latest happenings from around the web - October 20th, 2010




- Asus Dual Intelligent Processors @ Overclock3D

- ASRock H55M-LE Motherboard @ Vortez UK

- Gigabyte X58-USB3 Motherboard @ Hardware Secrets




- AMD Talks Llano & Radeon HD 6800 @ Techgage

- Nvidia quietly reveals new GeForce GT 440 @ eTeknix

- AMD releases Radeon HD 6850 and HD 6870 pictures @ eTeknix

- Zotac GTX 470 AMP! Edition @ Technic3D

- MSI GeForce GTX 460 1GB HAWK Review - Custom Everything @ PC Perspective

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Telstra revamps prepaid wireless broadband pricing

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Oct 20, 2010 5:37 am

Telstra has introduced a per megabyte charge model to their prepaid wireless offerings.




The prepaid wireless broadband battleground is getting more scarred as time goes on - Optus and Vodafone have recently increased the value to their plans, with Telstra now following through.


Telstra have introduced a plan which includes "up to" 10GB of data which is valid for twelve months. The plan costs $150 and is in direct competition with Vodafone who offer the same price and expiration period, but 12GB of data is included.

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By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Oct 20, 2010 3:57 am

Logging into on Wednesday morning is going to give a bit of a shock to many users as Microsoft is giving the site a pretty serious facelift.




Included in the update will be Windows Phone 7 integration, an avatar creator, and even some playable web games. The social experience is getting some improvements with a a unified inbox for your game requests, inbox, and friend requests. Parental controls are also being implemented to help adults "understand what your family is doing and how they are using Live" with the Family Reports system. With Kinect and Windows Phone 7 on the horizon, it looks like is ready for the new gear.

Lenovo tablet slated for Summer 2011, if Android's tablet OS is ready

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Oct 20, 2010 3:16 am

Lenovo President and CEO Rory Read had a few things to say on the mobile front to a group of journalists at their headquarters in Raleigh, North Carolina today. Even though Lenovo is not planning on bringing a smartphone to market in the U.S. for another two years, their "Le Pad" tablet may hit U.S. shores for businesses and consumers somewhere around Summer 2011.




This launch date seems to hinge on Android's next major OS release, codenamed "Honeycomb." Read stated that he "doesn't believe Froyo (Android 2.2) is the right base to have a fully functioning pad." Honeycomb is slated for release at around the same time so if that date gets pushed back, there's a good chance the Lenovo tablet will as well since Lenovo also has no plans on rolling out a Windows 7 based tablet.

Scholastic's Electronic Text Messengers: bringing texting to walkie talkies

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Oct 20, 2010 2:58 am

As if kids aren't getting texting-crazed early enough these days, a company called Scholastic has released the Electronic Text Messagers, a wireless device that is pretty much a texting walkie talkie that sends messages between the handsets instead of voice.




Sold in pairs for $16.99 on Amazon, these devices have a range of 600 feet and work through walls without having to worry about line of sight. You can even network 24 of these together to talk to each other. They only have a 40 character limit so they make tweets look like short stories, so extensive text speak is most likely required. Expect these to show up in classroom teacher's confiscated item drawers soon.

AT&T, Microsoft, Austrian carrier A1 giving away free goodies to early Windows Phone 7 adopters

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Oct 20, 2010 2:48 am

Microsoft is working hard to get Windows Phone 7 devices into as many hands as possible at launch, and is offering up some pretty nice benefits worldwide to make sure that happens. Microsoft is offering up a 3 month Zune pass to those who sign up for a WP7 pre-order notification and buy a device, and AT&T is giving away a one month Zune pass and a free month of U-Verse Mobile for WP7 buyers. But they don't have anything on A1, an Austrian mobile carrier.




For everyone signing up or extending contracts to receive an HTC Trophy on October 21st from A1, they will also receive a 4GB Xbox 360. 360 more of the systems will be raffled off to those who put in a preorder. A1 is even allowing people to sign up for two Trophies to receive two Xbox 360s. These are the sort of things you have to try in our iPhone/Android crazed mobile marketplace these days, I suppose, but it's not a bad way to create buzz.

Microsoft announce and launch Office 365 cloud service

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Oct 20, 2010 2:09 am

Today Microsoft have launched Office 365, a cloud based service that includes Microsoft Office, SharePoint Online, Exchange Online and Lync Online.




Designed for the business user, Microsoft say Office 365 will make working with different devices and collaborating with colleagues securely, easier. It has launched the beta in 13 countries around the world.


President of the Office Division at Microsoft, Kurt DelBene said:


"With Office 365, your local bakery can get enterprise-calibre software and services for the first time, while a multinational pharmaceutical company can reduce costs and more easily stay current with the latest innovations."

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Intel plans to invest up to $8 billion in chip plants in the US

By: | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 20, 2010 12:52 am

Intel has announced plans to invest between $6 and $8 billion to upgrade multiple manufacturing plants in the US and also to build a new facility in Oregon. This would create up to 1000 jobs at Intel.




Intel President and CEO - Paul Otellini said, "Today's announcement reflects the next tranche of the continued advancement of Moore's Law and a further commitment to invest in the future of Intel and America," he added "The most immediate impact of our multi-billion-dollar investment will be the thousands of jobs associated with building a new fab and upgrading four others, and the high-wage, high-tech manufacturing jobs that follow."


The investment is geared toward Intel's move to manufacturing at a 22nm process. Intel is on track to deliver 22nm chips in 2011.

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