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Xbox 360 Dashboard gets Facelift and update for Kinect

Shawn Baker | Gaming | Nov 1, 2010 at 7:42 am CDT

In preparation for Kinect, Microsoft is rolling out a major update to the Xbox 360. Some people will already have it, others will be getting it in the coming hours, but the dash looks nice and clean and carries with it a huge set of new features.

Xbox 360 Dashboard gets Facelift and update for Kinect | TweakTown.com

Some of these include ESPN on Xbox Live, Zune Music and Netflix Search for those with a Gold account and living in a supported region. Others for everyone include improved voice quality, improved Gamertag creation, improvement in the process of connecting to a wireless network and more.

For the full list of changes, it is worth checking out the Major's post at his blog.

The Facebook phone - is it finally coming out?

Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices | Nov 1, 2010 at 1:36 am CDT

It has been a long-standing rumor - a Facebook branded phone... well, Facebook has invited press to it's Palo Alto HQ in the US on Wednesday to supposedly unveil some big mobile news. Speculation on this, is of course Facebook will finally release a Facebook-branded smartphone.

The Facebook phone - is it finally coming out? | TweakTown.com

Even some previously top of the mountain mobile King's like Nokia and Sony Ericsson are struggling to keep customers, or release something that stays in the headlines like Apple, Google or Microsoft and their respective phones, or mobile OS's - Facebook is a name big enough in the world to actually do this.

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Intel's X25-M G3 SSD has been spotted, tested

Anthony Garreffa | Storage | Nov 1, 2010 at 1:23 am CDT

Intel's new G3 SSD has been spotted - amongst the newer, younger SandForce-based SSD's - it's getting harder to know "which one is best".

Intel's X25-M G3 SSD has been spotted, tested | TweakTown.com

Intel didn't take long to punch back, it has polished it's X25 SSD and shrunk it to 25nm as a follow-up to it's G2 release, touted as the "Postville Refresh". Strangely - the G3 part was pouched from an eBay equivalent in China - someone has of course purchased it and ran benchmarks on it.

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Thecus introduce a new NAS, the N4200Eco NAS Server

Anthony Garreffa | Networking | Nov 1, 2010 at 1:00 am CDT

For fans of a NAS server - if you haven't used one, you really should - 18 months with one myself and I'll never, ever go back, this will be something you will like to read.

Thecus introduce a new NAS, the N4200Eco NAS Server | TweakTown.com

Today, Thecus pulled the veil back on their new 4-bay NAS, the Thecus N4200Eco NAS Server which promises to deliver next-generation performance and functionality.

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Logitech look up at the sun, look back down and a Solar keyboard is born

Anthony Garreffa | Peripherals | Oct 31, 2010 at 11:39 pm CDT

Logitech are going where no [wo]man have gone before... Solar powered keyboard territory.

Logitech look up at the sun, look back down and a Solar keyboard is born | TweakTown.com

In the land of practicality - this might be useful, but here we go: It's an ultra-slim 1/3-inch profile, with a full slate of laptop-style chiclet keys, the Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K750 has ambient light solar panels install on the top of either side, which means you should never have to plug it in for charge - interesting.

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ACCC are after MSY's blood

Anthony Garreffa | Business, Financial & Legal | Oct 31, 2010 at 11:03 pm CDT

The ACCC is doing a fair bit in Australia lately - they have just launched court proceedings against Australia's major tech reseller, MSY Technology - the ACCC are alleging that MSY have engaged in false or misleading warranty representations.

ACCC are after MSY's blood | TweakTown.com

According to a statement made by the ACCC, MSY have made false statements about their warranty in pamphlets, notices, price lists and promotional materials as well as their customers receipts.

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Google: Street View cars are no longer - in Australia

Anthony Garreffa | GPS & Location | Oct 31, 2010 at 8:38 pm CDT

Google has confirmed that it's Street View program has stopped operations in Australia - in the wake of it's Wi-Fi data collection controversy earlier in the year.

Google: Street View cars are no longer - in Australia | TweakTown.com

Google revealed the news at a Senate inquiry into the practice of protecting the privacy of Australians online - with Google admitting it had indeed "mistakenly" collected data from home networks via it's Street View cars - noting that private emails, web addresses and even passwords were among the data collected.

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Twitter user base expands by 30 million users in the past 2 months.

Anthony Garreffa | Social Networking | Oct 31, 2010 at 7:22 pm CDT

Wow. In September, Twitter had 145 million registered users - as of this month it has expanded out to 175 million registered users, an increase of 30 million in just 2 months - not to count, it has added a total of 70 million users since April.

Twitter user base expands by 30 million users in the past 2 months. | TweakTown.com

It's impressive - considering Twitter had 58 million users in 2009 and 503, 000 users in 2007 - the growth is great. Twitter could be celebrating New Years with 200 million users.

Where's this growth coming from?

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Poll Results - Where are you located?

Cameron Wilmot | GPS & Location | Oct 31, 2010 at 11:40 am CDT

Over 2,000 people voted on our previous poll and we asked where you are located.

Poll Results - Where are you located? | TweakTown.com

We thought it would be pretty interesting for you guys, our readers, to gain a better understand of where your fellow reader comes from in this big bad planet of ours, or universe in the case of some - it seems.

Well, the results are in. 38% of you are from the European continent and you represent the biggest readership according to this poll. Next up North America takes second place with 22% of the votes followed by "Somewhere other than Earth" with 13% of the votes - hello ET and friends!

For the actual numbers, go here. In our latest poll, we want to know, are you going to buy Microsoft Kinect? Let us know! Please go here to vote!

System Builders Guides get major updates!

Cameron Wilmot | Computer Systems | Oct 31, 2010 at 11:13 am CDT

We have just updated our TweakTown System Builders Guides with some pretty major changes and updates.

Starting off with the TweakTown Sub-lieutenant PC ($1000 USD) we see the video card changed to a GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 460 OC 768MB. It offers more performance than the previous selection and it only costs a few bucks more. The monitor selection also saw a change moving up from a 23-inch model to a Samsung B2430HD 24-inch Widescreen w/TV Tuner. It's a lot cheaper than the old model and offers some great features.

System Builders Guides get major updates! | TweakTown.com

Moving on to the TweakTown Commander PC ($2000 USD) we see many changes. First up the RAM has been changed from a slightly faster 4GB kit to a OCZ Platinum 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 2000 kit. The Radeon 5850 video card has been changed to a Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 1GB video card that is much cheaper and offers better performance. Gone is the 24-inch monitor and in its place is the brand new Samsung P2770FH 27-inch 1ms Widescreen monitor. There was nothing wrong with the previous CPU cooler used, but it is now not on sale and has been replaced with the new Corsair CAFA70 120mm Dual-Fan CPU Cooler that managed to perform very well in our review. CONTINUED...

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