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Skype for Android hack allows 3G calls in the U.S.

Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Thu, Oct 7 2010 3:03 PM CDT

The announcement of Skype's official Android app was a long time coming for Android fans, but folks in the U.S. were quite disappointed when it was found that 3G calls were a no-go. Well, the rooting community has worked their magic again and come up with a 3G solution for Android's Skype app.

Skype for Android hack allows 3G calls in the U.S. | TweakTown.com

Xeudoxus over at Droid Forums is the guy that sprinkled his magic over the Skype app to make it 3G capable in the U.S., and now you don't have to be tied to a WiFi point to enjoy some Skype calling. Ready to give it a try? According to the posts, no rooting is necessary so check out the download links and instructions here.

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CTA Digital's SMG accessory for PS Move: For when a puny light gun won't do

Don Lynn | Gaming | Thu, Oct 7 2010 2:49 PM CDT

With all respect to Sony's recently announced Shooting Accessory, some Playstation Move fans will want something a little more macho when blasting their foes to oblivion. CTA Digital has your hookup with their Submachine Gun peripheral.

CTA Digital's SMG accessory for PS Move: For when a puny light gun won't do 001 | TweakTown.com

Boasting "the size and weight that serious military gamers have long been clamoring for," the SMG attachment works by connecting the Move's glowing baton into the "barrel" and connecting the nunchuck controller into the grip. The stock and scope are both detachable if you prefer a more compact version to destroy your enemies. The Submachine Gun is planned to be available in late November for $29.99 USD.

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PayPal iPhone app update makes it easy to deposit checks

Shane McGlaun | Mobile Devices | Thu, Oct 7 2010 2:04 PM CDT

One of the things that I hate to do is go to the bank and deposit checks. Luckily most of my pay doesn't come on checks so I can skip this hassle for most of the month. If you use PayPal a lot and have lots of checks to deposit the company has announced a new update to its iPhone app that will save you a trip to the bank to deposit the check. The update is version 2.7.

PayPal iPhone app update makes it easy to deposit checks | TweakTown.com

With version 2.7 of the app PayPal now allows you to take an image of a check front and back and then submit the check for deposit without having to actually go anywhere. PayPal isn't the only bank who does this; there are some other major banks that have a similar service. PayPal does say the user needs to hang onto the check for 15 days.

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Energizer unveils new AP1201 Rechargeable iPhone 4 Case with Battery

Shane McGlaun | Mobile Devices | Thu, Oct 7 2010 1:06 PM CDT

Of all the complaints about the iPhone in all its various models, one of the most common is that the smartphone has a short battery life. The battery life each user gets varies a lot depending on how they use the device and sometimes even humidity can affect the run time of batteries. Whatever the reason the battery life for users is shorter than they like, many people turn to cases with batteries inside to get more use from their iPhone.

Energizer unveils new AP1201 Rechargeable iPhone 4 Case with Battery | TweakTown.com

There are already several cases on the market today that offer a battery inside for the iPhone 4 and older models. None of them has the same sort of name recognition as Energizer does though. The battery giant has announced a new case specifically for the iPhone 4 called the AP1201. The case has a battery inside that claims to "almost double" the battery life of the iPhone 4 while protecting the device from drops and bumps.

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Samsung debuts new NF310 netbook

Shane McGlaun | Laptops | Thu, Oct 7 2010 12:04 PM CDT

The iPad has bit into netbook sales significantly according to some analysts. The netbook market is still doing well though with robust sales. There are many netbooks to choose from on the market already today, and that number just keeps growing. Samsung has several notebooks and netbooks already and the company has announced the addition of a new netbook to its lineup called the NF301.

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The NF310 is a 10.1-inch netbook with a screen resolution of 1366 x 768 and LED backlighting. The netbook has an Intel Atom N550 dual-core CPU and runs Windows 7 Starter. Other features of the machine include 1GB of DDR3 RAM, 250GB of storage, and a 3W stereo speaker system. The battery promises over nine hours of run time per charge and the netbook has 802.11b/g/n networking.

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Sony Playstation game The Shoot lands on October 19

Shane McGlaun | Gaming | Thu, Oct 7 2010 11:04 AM CDT

There are gamers all around the world who are waiting to get their hands on the new Playstation Move controller system. Many of those gamers will certainly be looking to play some of the shooting games that are offered for the console and will want a gun accessory to make those games more realistic. The official Sony Shooting Attachment accessory is set to launch this month along with an exclusive PS3 game for use with the accessory or without.

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Sony announced today that the retro looking Shooting Accessory pistol accessory will land in the US on October 19. That is the same day that the PS3 exclusive shooting game called The Shoot will hit store shelves as well. The Shoot will cast the player as an action-movie hero that has to go through five different movie sets blasting away at enemies.

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Razer offers up new Ironclad mouse pad for gamers

Shane McGlaun | Gaming | Thu, Oct 7 2010 10:24 AM CDT

There are as many choices for a mouse pad for gamers as there are other gaming peripherals. Some gamers like rough textured cloth pads and others like really smooth, low friction plastic surfaces that let the mouse glide around without much resistance or noise. If you are the type of gamer that likes a mouse pad that glides easily around a surface Razer's new Ironclad may be just for you.

Razer offers up new Ironclad mouse pad for gamers | TweakTown.com

The new mouse pad is made from anodized aluminum with a finely sandblasted surface. The Ironclad is made to minimize hand discomfort and to improve control. The mouse pad also promises enough friction that you can aim accurately. The surface of the Ironclad is extra large to allow for more mousing area.

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AMD extends it's AMD Fusion partner program to distributors

Anthony Garreffa | Business, Financial & Legal | Thu, Oct 7 2010 1:04 AM CDT

AMD is stamping it's one year anniversary of the AMD Fusion Partner Program by introducing the AMD Fusion Partner Program distributor track. The expanded program will give distributors access to all of the benefits and goodies within the AMD Fusion Partner Program to help increases sales of AMD-based solutions. AMD is also introducing the AMD Rewards Program - which is being used to add sales-based incentives for partners to increase channel sales growth.

AMD extends it's AMD Fusion partner program to distributors | TweakTown.com

David Kenyon, corporate vice president, Worldwide Channel Marketing, AMD said "It's amazing to see how far we've come in such a short amount of time," he also added "By extending the AMD Fusion Partner Program to all of our valued distribution partners, AMD is proud to now offer them vital information, motivation, support and incentives to help them to be successful in today's marketplace."

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Sony show off the world's first 16.41 megapixel phone sensor

Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices | Thu, Oct 7 2010 12:54 AM CDT

Sony have just announced the world's first 16.41 megapixel CMOS sensor for mobile phones, leaving the previous 12 megapixel sensors in their dust.

Sony show off the world's first 16.41 megapixel phone sensor | TweakTown.com

Sony's sensor is a 1/2.8" back-illuminated Exmor R model, IMX081PQ sensor, which is the industries smallest 1.12μm unit cell size and is capable of shooting 1080p at 30fps and 720p at 60fps.

Sony does claim to have ironed out some of the problems related to the very small pixel sizes by introducing a unique formation of photo diodes to achieve a sensor with a high resolution, high sensitivity and low noise.

ETA is currently January 2011.

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Intel's next-gen SSD specs leaked?

Anthony Garreffa | Storage | Wed, Oct 6 2010 11:21 PM CDT

With current SandForce controller based SSD's owning the SSD battlefield - it's hard to get lost in the blurry smoke of it all.

Intel's next-gen SSD specs leaked? | TweakTown.com

Intel did have some amazing SSD's but were quickly de-throned by cheaper alternatives that may have not been as good in some benchmarks, but pricing and availability (as well as range of brands) will always triumph, until now?

The leaked specs think it'll be using memory made by IMFT based on a 25nm process. It's a joint venture between Intel and Micron, as well as the development of triple-level-cell (TLC) flash chips that will give higher-densities and lower priced memory. The source explains that it estimates the capacities to double without an increase in price.

The controller will also get an upgrade and will be capable of 250MBps sequential read, 170MBps sequential write, while random 4k write performance will be increased up to 40, 000 IOPS. These upgrades are a significant step up from the previous generation with the sequential write speed alone being increased by 70 percent.

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