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ACCC are after MSY's blood

By: Anthony Garreffa | Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 31, 2010 @ 23:03 CDT

The ACCC is doing a fair bit in Australia lately - they have just launched court proceedings against Australia's major tech reseller, MSY Technology - the ACCC are alleging that MSY have engaged in false or misleading warranty representations.

 

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According to a statement made by the ACCC, MSY have made false statements about their warranty in pamphlets, notices, price lists and promotional materials as well as their customers receipts.

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Google: Street View cars are no longer - in Australia

By: Anthony Garreffa | GPS & Location | Posted: Oct 31, 2010 @ 20:38 CDT

Google has confirmed that it's Street View program has stopped operations in Australia - in the wake of it's Wi-Fi data collection controversy earlier in the year.

 

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Google revealed the news at a Senate inquiry into the practice of protecting the privacy of Australians online - with Google admitting it had indeed "mistakenly" collected data from home networks via it's Street View cars - noting that private emails, web addresses and even passwords were among the data collected.

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Twitter user base expands by 30 million users in the past 2 months.

By: Anthony Garreffa | Social Networking | Posted: Oct 31, 2010 @ 19:22 CDT

Wow. In September, Twitter had 145 million registered users - as of this month it has expanded out to 175 million registered users, an increase of 30 million in just 2 months - not to count, it has added a total of 70 million users since April.

 

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It's impressive - considering Twitter had 58 million users in 2009 and 503, 000 users in 2007 - the growth is great. Twitter could be celebrating New Years with 200 million users.

 

Where's this growth coming from?

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Poll Results - Where are you located?

By: Cameron Wilmot | GPS & Location | Posted: Oct 31, 2010 @ 11:40 CDT

Over 2,000 people voted on our previous poll and we asked where you are located.

 

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We thought it would be pretty interesting for you guys, our readers, to gain a better understand of where your fellow reader comes from in this big bad planet of ours, or universe in the case of some - it seems.

 

Well, the results are in. 38% of you are from the European continent and you represent the biggest readership according to this poll. Next up North America takes second place with 22% of the votes followed by "Somewhere other than Earth" with 13% of the votes - hello ET and friends!

 

For the actual numbers, go here. In our latest poll, we want to know, are you going to buy Microsoft Kinect? Let us know! Please go here to vote!

System Builders Guides get major updates!

By: Cameron Wilmot | Computer Systems | Posted: Oct 31, 2010 @ 11:13 CDT

We have just updated our TweakTown System Builders Guides with some pretty major changes and updates.

 

Starting off with the TweakTown Sub-lieutenant PC ($1000 USD) we see the video card changed to a GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 460 OC 768MB. It offers more performance than the previous selection and it only costs a few bucks more. The monitor selection also saw a change moving up from a 23-inch model to a Samsung B2430HD 24-inch Widescreen w/TV Tuner. It's a lot cheaper than the old model and offers some great features.

 

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Moving on to the TweakTown Commander PC ($2000 USD) we see many changes. First up the RAM has been changed from a slightly faster 4GB kit to a OCZ Platinum 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 2000 kit. The Radeon 5850 video card has been changed to a Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 1GB video card that is much cheaper and offers better performance. Gone is the 24-inch monitor and in its place is the brand new Samsung P2770FH 27-inch 1ms Widescreen monitor. There was nothing wrong with the previous CPU cooler used, but it is now not on sale and has been replaced with the new Corsair CAFA70 120mm Dual-Fan CPU Cooler that managed to perform very well in our review. CONTINUED...

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Mobile App of the Day: PumpkinFlesh for iPhone and iPod Touch

By: Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Posted: Oct 30, 2010 @ 8:48 CDT

Our Mobile App of the Day today is PumpkinFlesh for iPhone and iPod Touch.

 

Tired of having the same old faces on your Halloween pumpkins? Book stencils not doing it for you? PumpkinFLesh allows you to take a photo from your collection and create a stencil for a truly personalized Jack O' Lantern.

 

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Just open a photo in the app, adjust it in the template guidelines, and email the stencil to yourself and print it out for a one of a kind pumpkin. You can use your dog, your rabbit; the possibilities are endless. For 99 cents you get an unlimited amount of templates, so check the app out on iTunes and get to carving. Happy Halloween from your friends at TweakTown!

AOC releases new line of super slim LED monitors

By: Don Lynn | Displays & Projectors | Posted: Oct 29, 2010 @ 23:03 CDT

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AOC is releasing a new line of ultraslim LED monitors. There will be six models ranging in screensizes from 18.5" to 23" with a 16x9 widescreen angle. The ultraslim design gives the screens a width of only 12.9mm and when paired with the flexible bases, you can put these monitors just about anywhere. With a Dynamic Contrast Ratio (DCR) of 50,000,000:1and 5ms response time, colors should be outstanding with no ghosting in games or movies. No prices or official resolutions have been released yet.

Super Talent offers super affordable USB 3.0 Flash Drives

By: Don Lynn | Storage | Posted: Oct 29, 2010 @ 22:39 CDT

USB 3.0 has been steadily seeing a decline in price to make it more accessible to the average user, and Super Talent is breaking down the price barriers with their new line of flash drives. Their new Express Duo line of USB 3.0 Flash Drives will offer an 8 GB drive for $14 USD, and a 16GB version for $29.

 

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"The USB 3.0 Express DUO is perhaps our most exciting USB 3.0 flash drive to date. There's simply really no reason to buy a USB 2.0 flash drive anymore," stated CH Lee, COO of SuperTalent. It's hard to argue with this as USB 3.0 offers double to triple the real world transfer speeds of USB 2.0 and you'd be hard pressed to find a high quality USB 2.0 drive at these prices. Look for these to hit retail around November 11th.

Android platform may become Special Ops tool

By: Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Posted: Oct 29, 2010 @ 22:10 CDT

It looks like even the U.S. Government is on board with Android. The United States Special Operations Command has nailed down Android as the platform of choice to produce a fleet of devices for their entire force. Android will reportedly be the base platform for the next generation of the Tactical Situational Awareness Application Suite, or TactSA.

 

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This set of tools is available to all special ops member and includes communications, mapping, and whiteboard tools to use in the field. The open-source ideals of the Android platform makes sense for government programs since they can tweak it to their specifications, although it will probably look nothing like the Android we know and love once they're done with it. No word yet on whether Angry Birds will be used as a strategic exercise.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX580 to launch in under 4 weeks?

By: Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards | Posted: Oct 29, 2010 @ 22:04 CDT

Well! This is turning into quite the fight between the GPU titans, NVIDIA and AMD.

 

NVIDIA have had information slowly leaking out about their upcoming GF110-based GPU, the GeForce GTX580 for a few weeks now - but the specs and information are starting to get a bit more precise, instead of guesstimates.

 

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For nearly 6 months now, the GTX480 has been the single fastest [single] GPU available - yes the Radeon 5970 is faster, but it's a dual GPU design. AMD had the market for Q4 2009 and Q1 2010, but NVIDIA have at least been able to claim that victory amongst the sour grapes of the card (power, heat, noise, delays, etc).

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