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Logitech Speaker System Z906 Released Today: 500 Watts of Awesome

Trak Lord | Audio, Sound & Speakers | Mar 9, 2011 at 2:27 pm CST

Logitech released its supercharged surround sound Speaker System Z906 today:

Logitech Speaker System Z906 Released Today: 500 Watts of Awesome | TweakTown.com

"We're delighted to offer consumers a successor to the highly acclaimed Logitech® Z-5500 Digital 5.1 Speaker System," said Mark Schneider, vice president and general manager of Logitech's audio business unit. "The Logitech Surround Sound Speakers Z906 are the logical evolution of surround sound speakers, and we're confident they will become an indispensable part of the living room."

And for $399, it can be! Not that you won't get your money's worth- the new speakers are THX certified, delivering 500 Watts of earthquake-faking audio. Six speakers and subwoofer, easily stackable and adaptable to your current entertainment setup as you can connect up to six different systems.

If you want to be able to wake the neighbors with C-Span, this is the way to go. Preorder here.

Apple fail with iOS 4.3 Personal Hotspot - sucking more consumer money

Cameron Wilmot | Mobile Devices | Mar 9, 2011 at 1:55 pm CST

I was very excited once my iPhone 4 was finally updated to iOS 4.3. The reason? I couldn't wait to try out the new "Personal Hotspot" feature that Apple mentioned during the iPad 2 announcement event last week.

So, I got my iPhone 4 updated to iOS 4.3 and quickly went through the operating system to spot new changes. It's an exciting time for a geek to try out a freshly updated operating system. Something was missing, though. I couldn't find any options for the new Personal Hotspot feature. You know, right? The feature that allows you to share your 3G connection with up to five other Wi-Fi devices. I was all set to use it to share 3G internet access to my forthcoming iPad 2.

Apple fail with iOS 4.3 Personal Hotspot - sucking more consumer money | TweakTown.com

As it turns out, Apple has dropped the ball massively here and the Twitterverse is up in arms with anger - and rightfully so.

If you want the Hotspot Feature with an AT&T iPhone, you need to have a tethering data plan. That would mean for someone with an unlimited data plan that they'd need to downgrade to 4GB per month and pay $10 USD extra per month, according to one user on Twitter. And if you are in the UK, not all telecos even support Personal Hotspot.

I am in Taiwan and do not even see the option for Personal Hotspot on Chunghwa Telecom. Lovely way to totally drop the ball and fail and totally screw over the consumer at the same time, Apple!

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Apple releases iOS 4.3 for iPhone, iPad and iPod - go grab it!

Cameron Wilmot | Mobile Devices | Mar 9, 2011 at 12:32 pm CST

Just moments ago Apple released iOS 4.3 for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

Apple releases iOS 4.3 for iPhone, iPad and iPod - go grab it! | TweakTown.com

You guys know the drill, dock your iDevice and open iTunes and iUpdate your device. My download has started and it still has 20 minutes to go. I'd bet the Apple servers are getting slammed right now.

One of the top new features I am personally looking forward to trying is the Personal Hotspot which allows you to share your 3G connection over Wi-Fi with up to five devices. Kind of makes the iPad 2 with 3G less attractive in my opinion. What do you think?

TweakTown's SBG systems see some big changes

Cameron Wilmot | Computer Systems | Mar 9, 2011 at 1:48 am CST

We have just spent some considerable time updating each of our SBG computer systems. We made some big changes, so listen up.

TweakTown's SBG systems see some big changes | TweakTown.com

Starting off with the TweakTown Sub-lieutenant PC ($1000 USD), hardware stays the same. We have been pondering changing the video card from the GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 460 OC 768MB to something a little more recent, but have decided to keep it in place until it is no longer for sale. The GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 460 OC also saw a price reduction of $10 USD this week, making it an even better choice as it finishes up its life cycle.

Moving onto the TweakTown Commander PC ($2000 USD), we were a little naughty this week - we broke the budget by around $50 or so. We replaced the Radeon 6850 1GB with a Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 2GB. As we mentioned, it puts the system over budget, but does result in a big gain in performance.

And finally we have the TweakTown Admiral PC (Unlimited Cost) which sees the most changes.

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LionsGate developing Cube 3D?

Anthony Garreffa | TV, Movies & Home Theatre | Mar 8, 2011 at 7:30 pm CST

News is floating around that LionsGate is looking to bring the Cube series back to life in the form of a 3D-based movie, be it a prequel, sequel or reboot. If you haven't seen Cube, you're missing out on an amazing movie.

LionsGate developing Cube 3D? | TweakTown.com

Cube was the Saw movie of the 90's, before Saw was cool and pumping up $100 million weekends, Cube was a small hit from 1997 that spawned two follow-up movies in 2002 and 2004.The movie was a horror/thriller with a twist, that featured a group of people trying to escape a number-coded series of rooms which were booby-trapped, all within a maze-like structure.

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Android Honeycomb music app can sync music to the cloud, also streams

Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices | Mar 8, 2011 at 6:55 pm CST

Android Honeycomb is set to raise the bar a fair bit with syncing music on your Android-handset to the cloud, impressive, eh? It has even been tested by syncing music to the cloud, removing the Android's SD card with a new one, and then tapping "stream music" which will stream your tunes from the cloud.

Android Honeycomb music app can sync music to the cloud, also streams | TweakTown.com

This is a great addition to any Android users phone, in the case of a damaged or lost phone, being able to sync directly from the cloud has many benefits. But what of pirated music being stored on the cloud? Would people feel safe with their illegally-obtained Britney Spears mp3's sitting on Google servers somewhere in the world? I hope you wouldn't... Hold It Against Me, if you'll pardon the pun. (Britney fan #41413 signing off).

Microsoft begins work on the next-generation Xbox

Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Mar 8, 2011 at 6:50 pm CST

I find this one a bit strange, Microsoft are only hiring people now for work on the next-gen Xbox? Surely they'd have R&D constantly going before the Xbox 360 was even finished, but anyway, on with the news. Microsoft has reportedly begun recruiting hardware engineers to work on the next-gen console.

Microsoft begins work on the next-generation Xbox | TweakTown.com

Microsoft have yet to have confirmed the news, but have advertised three job positions on LinkedIn with each position looking for people to work on designing new console architectures. The roles currently being advertised include Graphics Hardware Architect, Senior Architect and Performance Engineer for the Xbox Console Architecture Group and Senior Hardware Design Verification Engineer. Quite the mouthful.

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Dragon Age II has some love for PC gamers - high-res texture patch

Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Mar 8, 2011 at 6:41 pm CST

Dragon Age II launched today in North America and BioWire has decided to surprise PC gamers with a download of a high-resolution texture patch which adds an option to enable higher detail replacements for most textures in the game.

Dragon Age II has some love for PC gamers - high-res texture patch | TweakTown.com

Obviously a beefy PC would be required, but it's nice to have the PC version having something over the console releases. To take advantage of the high-resolution textures, you'll need to have a video card with at least 1GB of memory. BioWire has also noted that most of the benefits from the high-res textures will only be seen when running the game in DirectX 11 mode.

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GDC 2011 Wrap Up: Crytek & Crysis 2 Clearly Most Popular 3D, Bulletstorm Gets FPS Blue Ribbon

Trak Lord | Gaming | Mar 8, 2011 at 4:20 pm CST

GDC was all about the 3D engines and games- and none was so impressive as Crytek's passive 3D engine. I demoed at least 5 different passive and active 3D engines, and Crytek's shined more than any of them.

The Crytek section looked like a scene from Risky Business: GDC with all of the dudes wearing the Real 3D glasses, both spectating and playing. The camera really doesn't do it justice, but the 3D here is top of the line. And it would have to be, as the Crytek demo area was crowded from beginning to end of Friday's Expo.

GDC 2011 Wrap Up: Crytek & Crysis 2 Clearly Most Popular 3D,  Bulletstorm Gets FPS Blue Ribbon 22 | TweakTown.com

Part of that is undoubtedly due to Crysis 2's environment within the game. Unlike a lot of FPS's these days, the surroundings in Crysis 2 are very subdued, and reactive rather than constantly shifting and moving. The player is immersed almost seamlessly within the action because of how easily accessible it is. Though the gameplay is enhanced, there are few 3D gimmicks here (flying random projectiles, unnecessary "gotcha" pop-ups, etc), which sets it apart from much of the 3D media out on the market now (Don't get me wrong, I know it was absolutely imperative that the Justin Beiber movie was in 3D).

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GDC 2011 Wrap Up: Parrot's AR.Drone Flies High

Trak Lord | Drones | Mar 8, 2011 at 3:12 pm CST

The AR.Drone by Parrot might be the coolest video game ever, if you can even call it that. Imagine for a second that you could take the external camera on your iPhone and fly it around your backyard. Or your neighbor's backyard. Or have it follow you while you're on the 21 Bus going down Market Street in San Francisco. Now make the camera a bad-ass insectoid quadracopter. That's the AR.Drone.

While I was checking out 3dvia's 3D game development engine, I couldn't help but notice some reverberating techno dance music. I looked to my left and noticed the following:

GDC 2011 Wrap Up: Parrot's AR.Drone Flies High 24 | TweakTown.com

Maybe it was the music, maybe it was the giant cage- I had to go check it out. I had heard a lot about the AR.Drone previously, but never seen it in person. I experience a moment of eager child-like euphoria as I realized there was no line, just spectators, and that I would be able to fly it like one of those annoying kiosk dudes in every mall in America- but I just as soon realized that they weren't allowing attendees to try it out. I spoke to the rep in French for a bit (no big deal) and he explained to me that the Moscone Center wireless was too spotty to let people test it out, and they had the Drone on automatic pilot. Damn you Moscone Center!

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