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ASUS flicks the switch on the Transformer, adds Netflix

Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Aug 25, 2011 at 10:00 pm CDT

Own an ASUS Transformer? Fan of Netflix? Well, this just might interest you. There are claims that the 8.6.5.9 build for the ASUS Transformer enables sideloading of the Netflix app. At the moment the only Netflix-certified tablets are the Lenovo IdeaPad K1 and ThinkPad Tablet, which meant Honeycomb tablet owners were forced to sideload the app, something that wasn't possible on the ASUS Transformer.

ASUS flicks the switch on the Transformer, adds Netflix | TweakTown.com

If this new update was intentional to include the app, then great. If not, then I'd suggest you quickly update so you get the app in case ASUS remove it from the next build.

AMD's new CEO is Lenovo's old CEO, Rory Read

Anthony Garreffa | Business, Financial & Legal | Aug 25, 2011 at 9:00 pm CDT

AMD has finally done it! They've found a CEO. AMD today named Rory P. Read as their President and CEO. His previous gigs include previously being President and COO for Lenovo and also 23 years with various roles at IBM. He replaces AMD CFO Thomas Seifert, who will return to his previous role) who had been sitting in the throne after the departure of Dirk Meyer. Read says that he's:

AMD's new CEO is Lenovo's old CEO, Rory Read | TweakTown.com

Very pleased to be joining AMD at this important time in its history. AMD is a true innovator and is uniquely positioned to lead the industry forward, delivering the next big thing both within the PC ecosystem and beyond.

Mango update to Windows Phone 7 will include front-facing cameras, Skype integration

Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Aug 25, 2011 at 8:29 pm CDT

It was only last month when Microsoft unveiled the SGH-i937 Mango Windows Phone 7 handset and included was a front-facing camera. Microsoft has now confirmed that future Mango-based phones will definitely include front-facing cameras as well as Skype integration. Confirmation of this came from the TechEd event in New Zealand where two Microsoft employees also revealed Microsoft's Lync VoIP client will feature in other platforms such as iOS, Android and Symbian.

Mango update to Windows Phone 7 will include front-facing cameras, Skype integration | TweakTown.com

New Microsoft Xbox 360 250GB bundle w/ five games for $299?

Steve Dougherty | Gaming | Aug 25, 2011 at 11:08 am CDT

While not yet confirmed, rumour is circulating that Microsoft is planning another bundle deal for its 250GB Xbox 360 Slim, said to start arriving in stores as early as today. The new bundle will apparently come with five games as opposed to the usual two. People are suggesting it could be an early jump on the upcoming holiday season, but that's not likely this soon.

New Microsoft Xbox 360 250GB bundle w/ five games for $299? | TweakTown.com

The titles rumoured to be included (in the form of download tokens) are pretty sweet choices, if true. We've got word of Alan Wake, Halo 3, Halo Wars, Fable 3, and Gears of War 2. You would have to take into account the almost 30GB of space it'll eat from your 250GB drive, however, but with some 200GB remaining I doubt that will bother many folks.

The bundle is also said to include a single wireless controller and wired headset and will apparently sell for $299. At that price it would be quite awesome value really, given all the aforementioned games included.

NVIDIA partner Point of View overwhelms GTX 550 Ti w/ 4GB RAM

Steve Dougherty | Video Cards | Aug 25, 2011 at 10:38 am CDT

No matter how much you try to convince people that "the more memory, the better" when it comes to graphics cards is a somewhat fuzzy statement, the idea of having your card crammed with as much memory as possible is just too hard to pass up for some folks, hence add-in partners sometimes going a little overboard in this respect.

On that note, it seems NVIDIA card partner Point of View is looking to break some kind of record with a new GeForce GTX 550 Ti offering, packing it with not 1.5GB, not 2GB, but a whopping 4GB (!) of memory - equating to 4 times the amount on the reference model.

NVIDIA partner Point of View overwhelms GTX 550 Ti w/ 4GB RAM | TweakTown.com

Such a large increase in memory would be questionably logical on a high end model, but on a mid range card with only a 128-bit memory interface, it does very much seem overboard indeed. It also needs to be mentioned that the memory used isn't the usual GDDR5, PoV took a shortcut here and went for DDR3, clocked in at 1066MHz. Meanwhile, the core runs at 900MHz, with its 192 CUDA cores operating at 1900MHz.

The card is now available for pre-order in Europe at €113.

Nokia giving Symbian another spin with "Belle"

Steve Dougherty | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Aug 25, 2011 at 9:24 am CDT

Despite everyone turning their noses up at it in a world now filled with acceptance only to iOS, Android, or [insert any other mobile OS], Nokia is still keeping Symbian alive with another update, Symbian Belle.

Nokia has officially disclosed details on the update today and said it will debut this quarter on three new smartphones, the Nokia 600, Nokia 700 and Nokia 701.

Nokia giving Symbian another spin with Belle 02 | TweakTown.com

Some of the primary advantages to the update include an increase to the number of home screens possible (from three to six), redesigned widgets that come in five different sizes, a pull down menu and a taskbar for easy access to notifications. Improvements have also been made to the platform's web browser along with single-tap NFC sharing and pairing being possible.

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Issue 16 of the OverClocker magazine now online

Steve Dougherty | Tweaking & Overclocking | Aug 25, 2011 at 7:55 am CDT

Neo of The OverClocker online magazine has just given us the heads up that issue 16 is now online for your reading pleasure.

Issue 16 of the OverClocker magazine now online | TweakTown.com

The highlights of this month's issue include a day spent with world renowned overclocking champion, KINGP!N, a trip to EVGA headquarters to see what's going on behind the scenes there of late, and some words shared from Massman regarding the situation with famous overclocker Chew who recently chose to exit the overclocking community.

Pro also gives arguably the best GTX 580 on the market the full going over, MSI's GTX 580 Lightning, and there's a 4-way SSD shootout to help you make the wonderful jump from mechanical to solid storage.

Click here to catch all the excitement in the OverClocker's latest issue.

Aliens: Colonial Marines trailer

Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Aug 24, 2011 at 10:30 pm CDT

Gearbox may have dropped the ball with the gum-chewing, ladies man and macho man himself, Duke Nukem Forever. But, don't think for a second that's the way they go. Gearbox are tweaking and working on Aliens: Colonial Marines right now and by the looks of the trailer below, they've hit the nail on the head. There's no HUD, the constant beeping of motion trackers and poorly lit environments which are set to scare the hell out of you at every corner.

Impressive!

Aliens: Colonial Marines trailer | TweakTown.com

Acer sees worse-than-expected Q2 losses to the tune of $234.2 million

Anthony Garreffa | Business, Financial & Legal | Aug 24, 2011 at 10:00 pm CDT

Acer has posted their first loss in the history of the company, and has also said it will be impossible to break even for the full year. Acer has been a force to be reckoned with in the low-cost notebook market, but the iPad has cut into PC sales more than expected and has hurt their profits, bad. Acer has since refocused on mobile devices to drive growth a first half that saw the departure of its chief executive following a row over the company's strategy and a series of cuts to its shipment forecasts.

Acer sees worse-than-expected Q2 losses to the tune of $234.2 million | TweakTown.com

Acer shares were down 2.92-percent on Wednesday, ahead of the earnings announcement. Chairman J. T. Wang told an investor conference that the second-quarter was a "correction period" and the losses were more than expected as Acer cleared up excessive inventory and made severance payments for senior management resignations. Wang said "Today I have to say, trying to break even this year becomes impossible."

Samsung are not buying HP's PC business, enter sad face

Anthony Garreffa | Business, Financial & Legal | Aug 24, 2011 at 9:00 pm CDT

Yesterday's rumor of Samsung purchasing HP's PC division got people excited, it would be one of the only companies capable of destroying the juggernaut that is Apple, but Samsung have today confirmed that they are not acquiring HP's PC division. Samsung have come out and said it has "no intention of taking over [HP's] personal computer business." It's also worth noting that HP hasn't confirmed plans to exit the PC market just yet. Invetec, another electronics maker, believes that HP is simply extending a feeler and will respond accordingly.

Samsung are not buying HP's PC business, enter sad face | TweakTown.com

Will the loss of Steve Jobs from Apple be the energy shot that HP needs?