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Beta Shell protects your lenses on the roughest of trials

Shane McGlaun | Cameras | Tue, Dec 21 2010 11:02 AM CST

Every time I take my DSLR camera with me on the road, I worry that it will get broken. I know how fragile the thing is and if I take an extra lens with me, I worry more. I can keep the camera secure around my neck when I am out and about, but any extra lenses just have to sit in the bag. If you have expensive lenses that you take with you on the road and you want the best protection you can get the Beta Shell is for you.

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The Beta shell is a case with a threaded lid that is waterproof, impact proof, and resists temperature extreme. The case looks sort of like a high-tech coffee can with a lid that appears to screw on. The top of the lid has foam to and the bottom of the case has foam as well to pad the lens in case you drop.

The foam is visco-elastic memory foam. The Beta Shell will work with the top ten lenses for Canon and Nikon cameras. Even longer 70-200mm lenses will fit inside the case. That means you can use one case for several different lens sizes that you might own.

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Toshiba to show off 3D screens at CES needing no glasses

Shane McGlaun | TV, Movies & Home Theatre | Tue, Dec 21 2010 10:04 AM CST

Easily the biggest thing hurting 3D today is that you have to wear glasses to see the 3D effects. The need for glasses is why many consumers haven't adopted the tech and the glasses are often very expensive too. There are a few 3D sets hitting the market that use passive 3D glasses that are cheaper than the active glasses often required to watch 3D programs.

Toshiba to show off 3D screens at CES needing no glasses | TweakTown.com

Toshiba has announced that it will be showing off new screens at CES 2011 in January that need no glasses of any sort to view. The autostereoscopic screens will be larger than the 20-inch versions that Toshiba showed off this year at CEATEC. Although it has only been three months since the 20-inch screen was seen Toshiba says the tech is already better.

Toshiba plans to make even larger screens next year. The downsides to this sort of screen is that it has worse viewing angles that screens that need glasses and getting the best spot for ideal viewing is harder to accomplish.

"It has been three months, I think we should show [the TVs] with better technology," said Masaaki Oosumi. "Next year is the key year to extend development of the technology and extend the screen size," he added.

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CES Rumor Mill: Android LTE hardware coming from Verizon on January 6th

Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Mon, Dec 20 2010 11:38 PM CST

Teases don't just come from press releases and such; even tweets can get into the act. A tweet from Verizon Wireless is not-so-directly stating that some LTE-enabled hardware is due for an unveiling at CES. Could it be the spiffy Motorola tablet leaked by Engadget a while back?

CES Rumor Mill: Android LTE hardware coming from Verizon on January 6th | TweakTown.com

With Android specifically mentioned in the tweet, this seems a likely candidate as well as the HTC Mecha as well. It looks like Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg will have a lot on his plate during his CES keynote on January 6th. One thing's for sure, my alarm's already set and TweakTown will be there to tell you how it all shakes out.

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AT&T purchases large chunk of wireless spectrum from Qualcomm

Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Mon, Dec 20 2010 10:47 PM CST

AT&T has made a move to make a massive upgrade to their current network while prepping for their switch to LTE by agreeing to pay $1.93 billion for wireless spectrum from Qualcomm Inc. This space was originally earmarked for Qualcomm's Flo TV which never really took off and which is being shut down in March.

AT&T purchases large chunk of wireless spectrum from Qualcomm | TweakTown.com

This spectrum, reportedly in the 700 megahertz frequency band, is reportedly high quality even through walls and windows and highly concentrated in urban areas. AT&T is likely using this to boost their capacity issues and poor service ratings which have plagued the company for some time now. The deal is looking to be finalized in the second half of 2011, so it's going to be a while before AT&T customers start seeing the benefits of this purchase.

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Nokia in talks to start building Windows Phone 7 devices

Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Mon, Dec 20 2010 10:28 PM CST

It looks like Nokia may be looking past their familiar Symbian OS for future mobile devices. Sources are stating that Nokia is in talks with Microsoft about bring Windows Phone 7 to their handsets in the future.

Nokia in talks to start building Windows Phone 7 devices | TweakTown.com

According to mobile-review.com, these talks have been going on for months that would bring together the world's largest mobile phone manufacturer with the new up and comer in the mobile phone OS game. It may not be a move that those in the U.S. will see a lot of product from, but it has pretty large worldwide possibilities.

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Facebook founder Zuckerberg meets with Baidu execs in China

Don Lynn | Business, Financial & Legal | Mon, Dec 20 2010 10:14 PM CST

Facebook may seem like it's a worldwide phenomenon, but there's actually a huge chunk of the world left out as the website is blocked from use by China. Facebook founder recently met with the head of China's largest search engine Baidu for a tour and lunch to discuss the current state of the internet in China.

Facebook founder Zuckerberg meets with Baidu execs in China | TweakTown.com

According to Baidu spokesman Kaiser Kuo, that the meeting with Baidu chief executive Robin Li "makes sense -- he is interested in the Chinese Internet, he's made that very plain. Obviously this is one of the big dark spots for Facebook because it is blocked here in China." Zuckerberg played off the trip as a cultural experience: "I'm trying to understand the language, the culture, the mindset -- it's just such an important part of the world." Obviously, since it's one of the few parts of the world not addicted to FarmVille.

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CES Rumor Mill: Dual-screen Cloud Communicator Android tablet teased by NEC

Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Mon, Dec 20 2010 10:05 PM CST

There's gonna be a lot of cool new toys unveiled at CES, and the leaks have been coming for a while. NEC's got a fun looking device of their own; a dual-screen version of their Cloud Communicator Android tablet.

CES Rumor Mill: Dual-screen Cloud Communicator Android tablet teased by NEC | TweakTown.com

While the internet hounds have not uncovered a photo yet, this dual 7-inch LCD tablet will boast WiFi, 3G, and Bluetooth connectivity and both screens will be touch-friendly with an included stylus. The tablet will even support different programs on each LCD for fun with multitasking, which will be a huge boon for many users. The folks from TweakTown will be keeping our eyes open for this and much more when we invade CES 2011!

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XIM allows mouse and keyboard use on your Xbox 360

Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Mon, Dec 20 2010 9:30 PM CST

Most people feel comfortable using an Xbox 360 controller, but a keyboard and mouse for FPS is a superior, easier and much, much more precise way of playing. It allows micro-movement of your aiming (while also being much faster) compared to much slower, un-precise aiming.

XIM allows mouse and keyboard use on your Xbox 360 | TweakTown.com

XIM devices have been around for a while, bu the new XIM3 seems to fix the previous editions issues. XIM3 is housed in an LCD box with a touch-screen display which should make connection and config much easier (and better to look at!)

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Back to the Future: The Game goes 88mph on Wednesday!

Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Mon, Dec 20 2010 7:30 PM CST

Telltale Games are releasing the first episode of Back to the Future: The Game for PC and Mac on Wednesday. The game picks up 6 months after the end of the original movie trilogy.

Back to the Future: The Game goes 88mph on Wednesday! | TweakTown.com

After these 6 months in the Back to the Future world, Doc Brown's lab is on the verge of being sold off because of his absence. Marty gets a surprise visit from the DeLorean where it brings him to the past, where he must help a teenage Emmett Brown to keep all of space and time from unraveling.

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Futuremark update 3DMark 11 to v1.01

Anthony Garreffa | Software | Mon, Dec 20 2010 6:29 PM CST

Futuremark have today released the first major update to 3DMark 11. The update introduces some critical stability improvements to 3DMark 11 and addresses some specific bugs that needed squashing.

Futuremark update 3DMark 11 to v1.01 | TweakTown.com

One of the fixes with v1.01 included a problem with the SystemInfo component that prevents the Physics and Combined tests from running, crashes related to the absence of DirectX 11 API and .NET, and updated SystemInfo component, etc.

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