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Two HP notebooks pop up sporting AMD Radeon HD 7000 Series GPUs

Anthony Garreffa | Laptops | Tue, Dec 6 2011 11:03 PM CST

Two new HP Envy notebooks have just turned up on HP's website, Envy 15-3000 Notebook PC series. There are two separate models, the first one: 15-3000tx while the second one is donned 15-3021tx.

Two HP notebooks pop up sporting AMD Radeon HD 7000 Series GPUs | TweakTown.com

The 15-3005tx is specced well, powered by an Intel Core i7-2670QM at 2.2GHz, 8GB of DDR3 1333MHz RAM, 1TB HDD, DVDRW, but most surprisingly, an "ATI" Radeon HD 7670M with 1GB of DDR5 memory, a 15.6-inch LED 1920x1080 resolution screen, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit and lastly, the usual 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and features a Matte Black and Silver finish.

The 15-3021tx on the other hand, is identical in most specs, except the screen and HDD. The 15-3021tx has the same 15.6-inch screen size, but lower resolution at just 1366x768, and only a 750GB HDD for storing your important data.

Both notebooks include HP's TrueVision HD Webcam, Beats Audio Quad speakers, Gigabit Ethernet, HDMI, mini-DisplayPort and VGA outputs, as well as a card reader.

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Apple is being investigated by the European Commission, e-book cartel won't be happy

Anthony Garreffa | Business, Financial & Legal | Tue, Dec 6 2011 9:18 PM CST

This is something that should develop into 2012, but early reports are that the European Commission just announced a few hours ago that they have opened a formal antitrust proceeding to investigate whether a number of international e-book publishers have engaged in anti-competitive practices affecting the sale of e-books in Europe, "possibly with the help of Apple."

Apple is being investigated by the European Commission, e-book cartel won't be happy | TweakTown.com

Publishers that were identified in the antitrust investigation include Hachette Livre (Lagardre Publishing, France), Harper Collins (News Corp., USA), Simon & Schuster (CBS Corp., USA), Penguin (Pearson Group, United Kingdom) and Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holzbrinck (owner of inter alia Macmillan, Germany).

The Commission says it will investigate whether these publishers and Apple have engaged in illegal agreements or practices that would "have the object or the effect of restricting competition" in the European Union or in the European Economic Area (EEA). The Commission isn't stopping there, either. They're also looking into "agency agreements" between the publishers and e-book retailers, in collaboration with the UK Office of Fair Trading.

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Microsoft's Windows Store will offer "a bigger bite of the apple"

Anthony Garreffa | Operating Systems | Tue, Dec 6 2011 8:47 PM CST

AllThingsD have some live coverage from a just-held Microsoft event, where they talked about their upcoming Windows Store that features in their next OS, Windows 8. Windows President Steven Sinofsky was on hand, as well as Windows Web Services VP Antoine Leblond.

Microsoft's Windows Store will offer

Both took the stage and talked up the Windows Store, where a fair amount of information was unleashed onto the public. First off, Microsoft are promising the best economics of any app store by saying "we're going to give you a bigger bite of the apple". I don't know if that could be put in better words, but I love it.

Leblond recapped that Microsoft is proud to have Windows 8 working on ARM and x86 chips, small and big computers, with "it's the biggest and most significant developer opportunity ever", he promised. Windows Store is set to offer some differences to what the Apple App Store and Google Android Market offer, by giving free trial versions of apps, Leblond says "the best advertisement for your app will be the app itself," and I totally agree.

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Ainol's $100 tablet surfaces, is seen licking an Ice Cream Sandwich

Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Tue, Dec 6 2011 8:25 PM CST

China, where all things like this seem to start, has done it again. A first-of-its-kind tablet, which sports Google's latest Android 4.0 OS is priced under $100 and for sale right now. It will reach the shores of other countries in the coming weeks and months.

Ainol's $100 tablet surfaces, is seen licking an Ice Cream Sandwich | TweakTown.com

The tablet comes from a company called Ainol, and is called the "Novo7". Novo7 sports a 7-inch capacitive screen and runs on just a 1GHz single-core MIPS processor. Battery life seems good, with claims of eight hours whilst watching video, seven hours if you're just browsing the web and six hours when playing games.

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Grand Theft Auto III set to car-jack your iOS, Android-powered devices

Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Tue, Dec 6 2011 7:35 PM CST

Rockstar have just come out of nowhere it seems with the announcement of a Grand Theft Auto III re-release for iOS and Android-powered devices. The re-release is not just some thrown together release, it is a full re-release of the original game.

Grand Theft Auto III set to car-jack your iOS, Android-powered devices | TweakTown.com

The game goes on sale on December 15 for $4.99 and is compatible with a bunch of smartphones and tablets which I have a list of below:

Apple iOS Devices: iPad 1 & 2, iPhone 4 & 4S, iPod touch 4th Generation

Android Phones: HTC Rezound, LG Optimus 2x, Motorola Atrix 4G, Motorola Droid X2, Motorola Photon 4G, Samsung Galaxy R, T-Mobile G2x

Android Tablets: Acer Iconia, Asus Eee Pad Transformer, Dell Streak 7, LG Optimus Pad, Motorola Xoom, Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 and 10.1, Sony Tablet S, Toshiba Thrive

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'24' feature-length movie is happening

Anthony Garreffa | TV, Movies & Home Theatre | Tue, Dec 6 2011 6:42 AM CST

24 is a show I really loved on TV. Kiefer Sutherland played the role so well and while you really need to suspend your disbelief when watching it (why doesn't he eat, shower, go to the toilet, recover from gun wounds, the list goes on), it's still a great show.

'24' feature-length movie is happening | TweakTown.com

News of the movie has been rumored for quite a while now, but it seems that Imagine Entertainment and Fox have gotten the project off the ground and started the clock on '24'. Kiefer Sutherland is the key to this working and they're working around him and shooting when he's available, in April next year.

Nothing is known about the movie, but 24 finished its TV stint with Jack going on the run from the Government [again]. I'm guessing something will happen that requires him to come out of hiding, but how they'll get the "24 hour" feeling into a 90 - 110 minute movie is going to be the bigger question.

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ASUS netbooks outsold tablets nearly 3-to-1 in 2011, set to change in 2012

Anthony Garreffa | Laptops | Tue, Dec 6 2011 5:26 AM CST

ASUS' Eee Pad debuted in 2009 and virtually created a new market: netbooks. They were popular from grand parents, to travellers, to modders. Worldwide, they enjoyed success and to this day, still enjoy that success. But, today's market is a different beast with smartphones and tablets carving out most of the mobile market and ASUS are seeing this as a huge change going into 2012.

ASUS netbooks outsold tablets nearly 3-to-1 in 2011, set to change in 2012 | TweakTown.com

ASUS expects to ship 4.8 million netbooks by the end of this year, whilst they only have expectations to ship just 1.8 million tablets. ASUS see these roles reversing come 2012, with tablet shipments eclipsing netbook shipments.

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Facebook HQ is located at 1 Hacker Way

Anthony Garreffa | Business, Financial & Legal | Tue, Dec 6 2011 4:18 AM CST

Facebook are moving to some new [evil?] headquarters with a most interesting address. Apple have 1 Infinite Loop, Genentech have 1 DNA Way, Microsoft have 1 Microsoft Way and now Facebook have joined the club with 1 Hacker Way, Menlo Park, 94025.

Facebook HQ is located at 1 Hacker Way | TweakTown.com

As seen above on a new business card from a Facebook employee, the new address is baldly displayed. Facebook were looking at a name of 1 Social Circle, but that is pretty close to Google+ with its Circle friends list, which obviously led to Facebook choosing a different name.

Facebook are in the process of transitioning between their current Palo Alto buildings to the new Menlo Park HQ.

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Dell discontinues 7-inch Streak tablet

Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Tue, Dec 6 2011 3:19 AM CST

Dell has just removed their 7-inch, Android Honeycomb-powered Dell Streak from the U.S. market, which followed the 5-inch Streak which was discontinued earlier this year. Dell's official product page for the 7-inch tablet now says that the "product is no longer available online."

Dell discontinues 7-inch Streak tablet | TweakTown.com

Dell still plan to sell the Streak in China and other markets. Their decision to remove the Streak off the market comes to no surprise, as the product have experienced luke-warm reviews, slow sales, and competition from not only full-featured 7-inch tablets like Samsung's Galaxy Tab, but Barnes & Nobles Nook Tablet and Amazon's Kindle Fire.

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Battlefield 3's patch is LIVE! 3.9GB in size. Restart Origin for patch to start downloading

Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Tue, Dec 6 2011 2:34 AM CST

PC fans may miss out on Back to Karkand this week to PS3 gamers, but they gain a 2GB patch that fixes and balances so much of the game. The changelog includes the tactical lights which have been way OP (over-powered) and have now (with the patch) been scaled down at a medium distance.

Battlefield 3's patch is LIVE! 3.9GB in size. Restart Origin for patch to start downloading | TweakTown.com

The patch also includes most of the content for the upcoming Back to Karkand DLC, as well as dozens of other tweaks. The IRNV scope is now limited to close range, certain weapons are properly suppressed and conceal your minimap location, stealth air vehicles are less effective, firing a weapon on full auto is now less accurate, miniguns have been made weaker against jets and helicopters, and 12g FRAG ammo is now less effective and not so OP with auto and semi-auto shotguns.

[edited] - actually 3.9GB. Thank you Blair McClelland ‎for pointing this out on the Facebook feed. Also, restart Origin for the update to intialize!

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