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Liberals make it clear they're against mandatory internet filtering

By: Steve Dougherty | Networking | Posted: Aug 6, 2010 @ 3:16 CDT

Many of you will be very pleased to hear that the Coalition has announced that it in no way supports the implementation of a mandatory internet filter in Australia and providing it wins the election on August 21, will most certainly scrap it.


During a conversation with ABC Radiop's Triple J, Joe Hockey said "We believe the internet filter would not work. We believe it's a flawed policy. It's not going to capture a whole lot of images and chatter that we all find offence (sic) that is going through email. The ISP-based filter system does not work."

In being opposed to the internet filter, the Abbott government's onus would be placed on parents to monitor their children's internet usage. "We will implement practical and effective measures to enhance online safety and security including PC-based filters for families" said Mr. Hockey.

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Download of the Day: Avant Browser 2010 Build 107

By: Steve Dougherty | Software | Posted: Aug 6, 2010 @ 2:34 CDT

Our Download of the Day today is Avant Browser 2010 Build 107.

Avant Browser is a standalone application designed to expand features provided by Internet Explorer. It adds a bunch of features and functionalities to IE and its user-friendly interface brings a new level of clarity and efficiency to your browsing experience, and frequent upgrades have steadily improved its reliability.

Avant Browser is freeware. That's right. 100% Free! No cost to you ever. No limitations. No Adware. No Spyware. You can donate if you want, but it's certainly not required.

Avant's features include:

• Online Profile Storage

• Autofills

• Mouse Gestures

• Flash Animation Filter

• Built-in AD/Pop-up Blocker

• Built-in RSS/ATOM Reader.

• Additional Mouse Functions

• Multi-Window Browsing

• Real Full Screen Mode and Alternative Full Desktop mode

• Built-in Search Engine

• Full IE Compatibility

• Control Your Privacy

• Safe Recovery

• Skins

• Support for 41 languages


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Deal of the Day: Samsung ML-1665 Black and White Laser Printer - 1200 x 600 dpi Effective Output, 17 ppm, 150 MHz, 8MB for $49.99 plus Shipping!

By: Steve Dougherty | Printers & Scanners | Posted: Aug 6, 2010 @ 2:29 CDT

Our Deal of the Day today is the Tiger Direct - Samsung ML-1665 Black and White Laser Printer - 1200 x 600 dpi Effective Output, 17 ppm, 150 MHz, 8MB for $49.99 plus Shipping!.

Offer: $49.99 plus just $8.90 shipping gets you this Samsung ML-1665 monochrome laser printer with 1200 x 600 resolution, 17ppm speed, and 1 year warranty.


Check our TweakTown Daily Deals page for more tech bargains!

Friday Morning Roundup for August 6, 2010

By: Steve Dougherty | Roundups | Posted: Aug 6, 2010 @ 2:26 CDT

The latest happenings from around the web - August 6th, 2010


- Zotac ZBOX: The New ION Generation @ InsideHW

-Asus AT3IONT-I Deluxe @ Neoseeker


- ASRock P55 Extreme4 Motherboard @ Hardware Secrets

- Gigabyte H55N-USB 3.0 ITX Socket 1156 Motherboard @ Pro-Clockers


- nVidia prices slashed again, GTX470 down more than 21% @ Kitguru

- PowerColor 5750 Go! Green & Gigabyte 5750 Silent Cell @ Hardware Heaven

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Nexus One now the official Google developer phone

By: Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Posted: Aug 5, 2010 @ 22:21 CDT

.Android developers are a little happier today as the Google Ion has been replaced by the Nexus One as the official developer phone. The developer model will ship with Android 2.1 but will have 2.2 ready to go shortly.


The developer phone is available from Google's developer site, which you have to have developer cred to access, for $529 USD and will run on the T-Mobile network is the US. The Nexus One will apparently be the same model that was recently available to consumers.

Amazon Kindle Store hits the U.K.

By: Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Posted: Aug 5, 2010 @ 18:22 CDT

Amazon has officially opened a Kindle Store for the U.K., after years of U.K. customers having to purchase e-books from the American site in American dollars and have Kindles shipped internationally.


The Kindle 3 is set to drop in the U.K. on August 27th for £109 for the WiFi model and £149 for the 3G model. The U.K. Kindle Store will have over 400,000 titles available and e-book reviews from locals instead of depending on American reviews. 80 of the top 100 titles on the Nielsen UK bestseller list are represented in the store.

Nokia VP planning Q&A session via Twitter tomorrow

By: Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Posted: Aug 5, 2010 @ 17:12 CDT

Have a burning question about what's coming up in the land of Nokia? Have a Twitter account? Then clear up 1pm Eastern time in your schedule, because Niklas Savander, Nokia's Vice President of Markets, will be online fielding and answering questions during an hour long Twitter Q&A session tomorrow. So whether you're wondering about the latest handsets or the proposed tablet coming, shoot your tweets to @NiklasAtNokia during the hour timeframe and have a shot at an answer from a genuine Nokia bigwig. Just don't make your questions too complicated; you're limited to 140 characters.

Apple rumors galore: Smaller iPad, three new iPods, and a new iPhone?

By: Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Posted: Aug 5, 2010 @ 16:27 CDT

Thirsting for some Apple rumors? iPlounge has a "highly reliable source" that has given them a possible scoop on new iPods, a smaller iPad, and even a possible new iPhone generation hitting as early as next year.


The new iPad is said to be a 7" device as opposed to the current 9.7" device and could land late his year or early 2011. Three new iPods could hit as early as September: the 3rd gen iPod Touch that's rumored to have a camera onboard, a new iPod Nano, and also a possible 1.7" inch touchscreen iPod Shuffle replacement. Lastly, the newest iPhone could possibly drop early next year to cure the antenna woes of the current iPhone 4.

Update to fix PDF backdoor in iOS "ready to go" according to Apple

By: Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Posted: Aug 5, 2010 @ 16:09 CDT

As expected after the report yesterday about the backdoor hacking possibilities of iOS devices through PDF code, the folks at Apple are hard at work to plug that nasty little leak. According to an Apple spokesperson who spoke with CNET, "We're aware of the reported issue, we have already developed a fix and it will be available to customers in an upcoming software update." There's no timetable on when the update will hit he masses, b we can't imagine that Apple would drag their feet in getting this out. So if you haven't used JailbreakMe to jailbreak your iPhone 4 yet, looks like you better get on it before Apple closes their door to your phone.

Epson unveils new Artisan all in one printers

By: Shane McGlaun | Printers & Scanners | Posted: Aug 5, 2010 @ 14:02 CDT

Epson is well known in the printer world and makes some of the nicer printers. Epson also is well known for making some of the more expensive ink cartridges you can buy as well.


Epson has announced a new all in one printer series called the Artisan that includes the Artisan 835 and 725. The printers are similar and both have 802.11n wireless networking and can print, scan, and copy. The 835 also has a fax modem .

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