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Lucasfilm says no to wicked Lasers Pro Arctic Plus laser

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Jul 1, 2010 4:30 pm

A few weeks back wicked lasers pulled the wraps off an awesome blue laser that reminded many geeks of Star Wars. The laser carried a disclaimer that said it could instantly burn skin and blind users making me want it bad.




Lucasfilm has issues a cease and desist order to try and get Wicked to pull the laser off the market for looking like a lightsaber. This makes me only want one more honestly.

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Amazon Kindle on Woot for $149!

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Jul 1, 2010 4:02 pm

If you like the idea of an eReader, but have been holding out until the nice readers came down in price, this might be the day to buy. The original Amazon Kindle is on Woot for a steal.




The Kindle is selling for $149.99 plus $5 for shipping. The original device has a 6-inch screen, global wireless service, and is the real deal not a cheap knock off.

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Samsung Mobile Display tweaks AMOLED production for better screens

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jul 1, 2010 3:04 pm

Samsung Mobile Display makes all sorts of screens of their mobile phone industry. It also makes some of the more desirable AMOLED screens that some devices use.




SMD is talking up a new production line that will use new tech to improve the screen performance and the yields. The line is going to use a new substrate size that will allow for better yields and for larger screen sizes.

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Snapdragon dual-core felt up at UpLinq 2010

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Jul 1, 2010 3:02 pm

Those Qualcomm Snapdragon single core processors from smartphones running at around 1GHz have proven to be powerful and popular in smartphones and other devices. The gang at Netbook news has spent a bit of time with a new dual-core version of the Snapdragon.




The device was spied at UpLinq 2010 and the device using the dual-core processor is the MSM8860 handset. The device is set for some future launch date.

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Thursday Morning Roundup for July 1, 2010

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Jul 1, 2010 6:32 am

The latest happenings from around the web - 01/07/2010




- Acer Travelmate TM8372T Notebook @ tbreak

- Shuttle SG41J1 Plus SFF @ LANOC




- ASUS P6X58D-E LGA 1366 Intel X58 Motherboard @ Bigbruin

- Gigabyte GA-770TA-UD3 Motherboard @ ixbtlabs

- GIGABYTE 870A-UD3 AM3 Motherboard @ Hardware Canucks

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Introducing a major change - TweakTown USA Edition!

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: TweakTown | Posted: Jul 1, 2010 5:43 am

Not only today did we launch the TweakTown Australian Edition, we are also launching the TweakTown USA Edition!




For the longest time, most people have believed TweakTown to be an Australian website. And while that is partly true - TweakTown is owned by Australian company - TweakTown has always focused on an international audience. Because the United States is one of the biggest English speaking nations in the world and we have only ever published in the English language, naturally many of our readers come from the USA.


Today we bring you the TweakTown USA Edition which is focused on the North American market. For readers of TweakTown, you won't see many changes. In fact, everything will stay exactly the same except for some fancy branding so you know where you are. These changes were mostly done due to the people we work with in making TweakTown possible.


Due to an old school way of thinking by some, it is often thought that the web is still regional and not international, i.e. not bound by borders. When we work with hardware companies and advertisers, they have budgets they work with that are for certain regions and countries. The introduction of TweakTown USA (and TweakTown Australia) will make it much easier for them to determine where their review samples go to and how they support us in terms of advertising.

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Welcome to the TweakTown Australian Edition!

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: TweakTown | Posted: Jul 1, 2010 4:58 am

G'day all - we have finally done it! TweakTown has been online for over ten years and today we are finally happy to announce the Aussie version of the site!




We have had the idea on and off about doing an Aussie version of the site for years, but for various reasons, it never happened. For years we have had letters via email from our loyal Australian based readers about why we don't have an Aussie section, why they have to see stuff on the site that is more suited for our American, Asian and European readers, but has nothing to do with them in the land down under. This was probably strange for you guys because many of you realised that TweakTown was owned by an Australian company.


Our focus has always been on an international audience, not just Australia, USA, UK or whatever. Today we bring you the TweakTown Australian Edition and that means a site for Aussies with Aussie focused content, news, press releases and pricing! We basically take out all of the stuff that is not suited for Aussies and add in a bunch more content and such that is!


Right now the Aussie Edition site may look pretty similar to the US Edition, but over time you will see the differences become more apparent. We have launched, but we are still working on things, so stick with us as we finalise things.


Welcome to the TweakTown Australian Edition!

Microsoft Kin on the chopping block

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Jul 1, 2010 4:18 am

After only about a month and a half on the market, reports are that Microsoft is pulling the plug on the Kin line of phones. The group that was working on the Kin is being teamed up with those working on Windows Phone 7.




Sales on the device were never as good as Microsoft had hoped after pouring years of development time and money into the pseudo-smartphones. Price cuts and heavy marketing couldn't save the phone from high plan costs associated with the device.

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Smartpad tablet drops in Germany

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Jul 1, 2010 1:47 am



The German internet provider 1&1 have a new toy to lure in new DSL customers in July: the Smartpad. Sporting a 500MHz ARM11 processor with 256MB RAM/1GB ROM and Android 1.6, this 7 inch tablet will be offered to new DSL customers as a bonus to their broadband package. An update to Android 2.2 is planned for September to bring it into the modern world of Android.


The tablet also includes an SD card reader with a supplied 2GB card and USB host port. Access to the Android Market doesn't look like a go; the Smartpad will come preconfigured with several Android apps and will only have access to a proprietary store with only around 100 apps available. Then again, it's not a bad little perk to get with your shiny new DSL service.

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Windows Phone 7 looks to be compatible with Xbox Live Arcade

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Jun 30, 2010 10:50 pm



It looks like Xbox 360 owners will have a little extra incentive to consider a phone with Windows Phone 7 when they launch. According to Microsoft's head of consumer marketing Oded Ran, porting Xbox Arcade games to Windows Phone capable devices is a big plan for developers. "There are four million Xboxes in the UK compared to 2.5 million iPhones; we're now working with developers who know how to make games, and they're able to port Xbox Arcade games to mobile phones easily," said Ran.

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