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PlayStation root key has been released

By: Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Posted: Jan 3, 2011 @ 23:18 CST

George Hotz, otherwise known as GeoHot has posted what he claims as the world's first PlayStation 3 root key, which is used for code signing games.


The root key enables the PS3 to know which is a genuine piece of software and which, is not. If other hackers start using it, the key will allow the use of custom software and pirated games. It will enable the use of homebrew without the need for PSjailbreak-type USB devices.

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Nintendo 3DS gets leaked images and video

By: Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Posted: Jan 3, 2011 @ 22:37 CST

Leaked video and pictures of Nintendo's upcoming 3DS have arrived. The media shows that Nintendo have tweaked the final hardware by flattening the Start, Home and Select buttons so that they are flush with the device.

Other than those changes, it is relatively unchanged from the DS. The above leaked video shows it includes a 1,300 mAh battery (compared to the DSi XL's 1,050 mAh battery, the DSi's 840 mAh, the DS Lite's 1,000 mAh, and the DS's 850mAh). The video also shows the differences in size between the 3DS, DSi and DS Lite.

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RumorTT: Windows 8 has reached Milestone 2

By: Anthony Garreffa | Software | Posted: Jan 3, 2011 @ 21:19 CST

According to Russian forum Winreview, Microsoft has passed Milestone 2 which means it's on it's way toward Milestone 3. Build numbers also show this, where builds 78xx are supposedly under the Milestone 1 umbrella, with 79xx builds under the Milestone 2 umbrella.


Microsoft are obviously hard at work on the successor to Windows 7, Windows 8 is early in development but is meant to include some very cool stuff like support for USB 3.0, Bluetooth 3.0, facial recognition, stereoscopic 3D, instant on booting, HID, accelerometers, proximity sensors, hard drive encryption, GPS integration, as well as a strong focus on boot time, shut down time, and battery life.

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Motorola split happens tomorrow

By: Anthony Garreffa | Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 3, 2011 @ 20:50 CST

Sometime in the next 24 hours, Motorola will stop trading as (MOT) and will be replaced with Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. (MMI) and Motorola Solutions Inc (MSI).


Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc (MMI) will cover smartphone/set-top boxes as well as sporting the new red logo that you see above, where Motorola Solutions Inc (MSI) will cover public-safety radios and handheld scanners.

Apple are now worth in excess of $300 billion

By: Anthony Garreffa | Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 3, 2011 @ 20:09 CST

Last night Facebook was held on the shoulders of the internet, being bragged that it was worth $50 billion. But it has woken today from it's post-party hangover and not only realised a tooth was missing, a tiger was in the room and that they were about to be punched in the face by Mike Tyson - but Apple had taken over as the new cool kid on the market cap block, now valued at over $300 billion!


This move now makes Apple the second public company with such a high value, second only to Exxon Mobil. Twelve months ago Apple were at the $213 billion market cap, which at the time were only $40 billion behind the great Microsoft. Now they're $60 billion in-front of Microsoft, which is obviously a great achievement.

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BitFenix finally coming to the US!

By: Shane McGlaun | Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jan 3, 2011 @ 14:06 CST

We have talked about some of the cool BitFenix compute cases before here at Tweak. The company has some of the coolest cases that I have seen in a long time. I am particularly fond of the cool Colossus case with the green lights and black housing. That is a sweet case for my next computer. The big problem for geeks in the US has been that the cases weren't offered here.


All that will soon change. BitFenix has announced that staring at 11am on January 10, 2011 it will start taking pre-orders for an "extremely limited" number of computer cases through its new US online store. It's not clear, if the whole line will be offered in small numbers or if only one case will be offered. I would assume that after the initial batch is sold out the company would be trying to get more of the cases available for computer fans in the US.

"After receiving emails almost daily inquiring about BitFenix in the US, we are excited to finally say that both Colossus and Survivor will be available for pre-order," says David Jarlestedt, BitFenix Product Manager. "By bringing BitFenix products to North American shores, users in the US will finally be able to experience what BitFenix users in Europe and Asia have been raving about."

Swann Security unveils new SportsCam waterproof camcorder

By: Shane McGlaun | Cameras | Posted: Jan 3, 2011 @ 13:00 CST

CES 2011, Las Vegas - Anyone that is into sports and has tried to film themselves performing their favorite extreme sport knows that taking a normal camcorder on a skiing trip or to a skate park with you is asking for the death of a normal gadget. If you are a swimmer or diver, a normal camera isn't an option at all. Swann Security has all sorts of cameras in its line up and most of them are aimed at home and office security.


The company has announced that it will be showing off a new consumer camera at CES 2011 that is called the SportsCam Waterproof Mini Video Camera. The camera records in relatively low 640 x 480 resolution and comes in a watertight housing. That housing will keep water out down to 65-feet deep and it is also shock proof to prevent the camera for breaking if you drop it or crash. The camera can be mounted to just about anything with several included mounting options.

Those mount options include several Velcro straps, a double clipper, pouch, and several different clips for various mounts. The camera stores video to microSD cards and a single 16GB microSD card is good for five hours of video and the internal rechargeable battery is good for 2.5 hours of recording. The camera will ship in February for $99.

Lexar unveils 128GB and 64GB SDXC cards

By: Shane McGlaun | Storage | Posted: Jan 3, 2011 @ 12:06 CST

Lexar has been making storage cards for cameras and other devices for a long time now. The company has announced a new storage card for SDXC compatible cameras and camcorders that has the highest amount of storage in the industry. The new card is the industry's first 128GB offering. The card also comes in a 64GB SDXC version as well.


Both the 128GB and the 64GB versions of the memory card are speed Class 10 offerings with 133x performance. That means that the cards offer a minimum of 20MB/s data speed. That should make them fast enough for HD video recording and for fast burst shooting. The pro-level cards are aimed at the professional photographer.

As you can imagine, cards with this capacity are far from cheap. When these cards land in Q1 2011 they will be priced at nearly $700 for the 128GB unit and nearly $400 for the 64GB offering. Both will come with software to help you recover deleted images.

ICY Dock MB973SP-B slips into your gaming case for more storage

By: Shane McGlaun | Storage | Posted: Jan 3, 2011 @ 11:02 CST

CES 2011, Las Vegas - Each time I build myself a new computer I end up with one 5.25-inch drive in the thing for my software discs and having to lay some of my HDDs around inside the case when I run out of 3.5-incn bays. I don't use all of those drives all the time, but I like to have them in case I need any of my old data. If you have a bunch of 5.25-inch bays vacant and you want more storage space the new Icy Dock MB973SP-B may be just what you need.


The device is a three bay dock that uses any 3.5-inch SATA HDDs and allows you to slip them in and out to use all those extra drives. The dock has a power switch of its own so you can power it down when not needed to save power for your machine. The HDDs just slide into the enclosure and need no trays. The device keeps the drives cool with an 80mm fan that uses smart cooling tech.

The enclosure has a fan controller to sense the temp of the drives and turn the fan on when needed. Other features include an eSATA port and USB 2.0 port on the front. The device can be connected to your mainboard RAID controller for RAID 5 and will support RAID 1 for two drives and a third drive for other needs.