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Australian Federal Government backs R18+ rating for video games

By: Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Posted: Dec 5, 2010 @ 19:40 CST

Finally! Australian gamers might soon find themselves unshackled by the current limitation of the MA15+ rating for video games, whilst movies can hold an R18+ classification, games in Australia are limited to an MA15+ classification.


Even if you're 18 or 118 you cannot buy an R18+ game in Australia as they do not currently have an R18+ classification for video games, but this is hopefully... all set to change.

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Micron unveils ClearNAND - embedded error correction in flash memory chips

By: Anthony Garreffa | Storage | Posted: Dec 5, 2010 @ 19:00 CST

Solid State drives are great - I use one in each of my systems personally, but most people know of their downfalls - bits fail, pages fill up and cells deteriorate over time.


On current SSD's the controller does the heavy lifting to make sure your drive is looked after, where brand names like SandForce can inspire confidence in drives sporting the logo.

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Thrustmaster T500RS - the official peripheral of Gran Turismo?

By: Anthony Garreffa | Peripherals | Posted: Dec 5, 2010 @ 18:20 CST

Gran Turismo 5 is finally out, but it has strangely been absent without a high end 'official' steering wheel to go along with it. For a very long time now Logitech has had the pleasure of building wheels that carried the Gran Turismo branding until now?


Thrustmaster seems to have secured the license for the GT franchise now and is building a wheel called the T500RS as pictured above. The T500RS promises unrivaled accuracy and seems to sport some form of magnetic sensor technology which Thrustmaster used in their HOTAS Warthog controller.

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Western Digital tried to buy Seagate last year

By: Anthony Garreffa | Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 5, 2010 @ 17:52 CST

Well isn't that interesting! In October last year Seagate rejected a takeover bid from Western Digital. According to "two people with knowledge of the matter" Western Digital was willing to offer between 10 and 15 percent more than a competing takeover from TPG Capital which had already flashed $7.5 billion dollars under Seagate's nose.


However the sheer size of the proposal supposedly led to the refusal, not only would it have created a mammoth company, it would have also lead to huge product overlaps (internal, external HDD's, etc) and would've led to many managerial departures - on top of all of this, significant antitrust obsticles.

TweakTown iPhone content app is ready to download!

By: Cameron Wilmot | TweakTown | Posted: Dec 5, 2010 @ 11:04 CST

Having a nice weekend folks? We are and are now very happy to announce that Apple has approved the TweakTown iPhone content app and is now ready to be downloaded from the App Store.

Stay up-to-date with the latest from TweakTown on-the-go with your iDevices and best of all it is FREE and completely ad-free.



• Clear and easy to read content formatted specifically for your iDevice

• All the latest news from TweakTown in full format (not just a summary)

• A quick look at new reviews, articles and guides with easy access link to view full content in Safari

• Feel like gaming? Our game reviews are also included

• Love new tech products? Get the latest press releases in full format

• Quick access to our latest videos with simple playback support via YouTube app

• Send us your news and even include an image

• Share content via Twitter, Facebook or e-mail


Version 1.0 - first release


Our app requires an internet connection to download the latest updates. The app does not require any User ID or login credentials.

Groupon says no thanks to Google's $6 billion buyout offer

By: Don Lynn | Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 4, 2010 @ 10:04 CST

Well, it looks like Google's money isn't good enough for the folks at Groupon. Google reportedly offered up to 6 billion dollars for the local coupon site, but this deal wasn't sweet enough for Groupon who now reportedly pulls in around $2 billion a year in revenues.


This $2 billion figure is a lot higher than the original projections that had Groupon pulling in around $500 million a year. Groupon sees half of this amount as the other 50 percent goes to the merchant, but the full figure is counted as revenue. Three years worth of revenue obviously wasn't enough for Groupon, who is also possibly considering going public with an IPO next year.

PlayStation Phone 'Zeus Z1' caught on video

By: Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices | Posted: Dec 3, 2010 @ 19:30 CST

Sony's codename Zeus Z1, or PlayStation Phone has gotten itself caught on video - much better than the previous blurry cam shots that have been circling the internet lately.


The phone does look thick, bu this time you can clearly see a "PlayStation" icon which should hopefully put doubts to rest if anyone had any. There's no audio on the video by the way, just in case you thought something was wrong, ha!

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TechPowerUp GPU-Z 0.4.9 released

By: Anthony Garreffa | Software | Posted: Dec 3, 2010 @ 18:46 CST

TechPowerUp's very, very popular graphics subsystem information and monitoring utility, GPU-Z has now reached 0.4.9 - the program shows you important information like which graphics hardware is in your system, allows you to monitor parameters such as clock speeds, voltages, temperatures, fan speeds and usage (on supported GPU's).


GPU-Z 0.4.9 includs support for the upcoming NVIDIA GeForce GTX570, support for the detection of a PCI-Express 3.0 interface, detection of upcoming entry-level AMD Radeon HD 6000 series GPU's and a large number of stability and reliability updates.

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Google Chrome introduces the "Web Store" - an in-browser App Store

By: Anthony Garreffa | Software | Posted: Dec 3, 2010 @ 18:19 CST

The browser wars are just beginning - with Chrome now the first to have an App Store. Firefox 4 will be released shortly and packs a new look, new features and a speed increase. Opera 11 also comes soon and will include extensions for the first time and also a speed increase. IE9 has also been shaping up very nicely over the last few months.


Chrome however comes out on top with all of the above features and the cherry on top being the App Store, or "Web Store" as Google have named it.

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Angry Birds projected to generate $1 million per month in advertising

By: Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Posted: Dec 3, 2010 @ 18:10 CST

Here at TweakTown we like to get our game on, and Angry Birds is part of that - with the game being one of the most successful mobile games ever, it is paving the way for a new market in mobile games, the team over at Rovio Mobile keeps hitting new milestones every few days it seems.


Angry Birds has been downloaded over 30 million times across various platforms, 12 million of those being paid downloads on the iOS platform. Google's Android platform famously has Angry Birds for free - which supports advertising. Angry Birds on Android has been downloaded more than 5 million times since it launched just 2 months ago.

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