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Tuesday Morning Roundup for September 14, 2010

By Steve Dougherty | Roundups | Sep 14, 2010 05:16 am CDT

The latest happenings from around the web - September 14th, 2010

Motherboard

- Intel IDF 2010 Coverage: Intel DP67BG Burrage Motherboard Pictures @ Legit Reviews

- IDF 2010 - GIGABYTE Goes For Gold With a First Look at their New P67A Motherboard Series @ Futurelooks

- Biostar TA890FXE @ Overclock3D

Memory

- MX-Tech Black Diamond DDR3-1600 4Gb Kit @ Funkykit

- G.SKILL 2133MHz DDR3 Pi-Series Memory Kit @ Benchmark Reviews

Video/Monitor

- MSI Geforce GTS 450 Cyclone OC Edition (1Gb GDDR5) @ Funkykit

- NVIDIA Release 260 GeForce Drivers @ Techarp

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Download of the Day: Blender 2.54 Beta

By Steve Dougherty | Software | Sep 14, 2010 03:07 am CDT

Our Download of the Day today is Blender 2.54 Beta.

Blender is an integrated application that enables the creation of a broad range of 2D and 3D content. Blender provides a broad spectrum of modeling, texturing, lighting, animation and video post-processing functionality in one package. Through it's open architecture, Blender provides cross-platform interoperability, extensibility, an incredibly small footprint, and a tightly integrated workflow. Blender is one of the most popular Open Source 3D graphics application in the world.

Key Features:

• Fully integrated creation suite, offering a broad range of essential tools for the creation of 3D content, including modeling, uv-mapping, texturing, rigging, skinning, animation, particle and other simulation, scripting, rendering, compositing, post-production, and game creation;

• Cross platform, with OpenGL uniform GUI on all platforms, ready to use for all versions of Windows (98, NT, 2000, XP), Linux, OS X, FreeBSD, Irix, Sun and numerous other operating systems;

• High quality 3D architecture enabling fast and efficient creation work-flow;

• More than 200,000 downloads of each release (users) worldwide;

• User community support by forums for questions, answers, and critique at http://BlenderArtists.org and news services at http://BlenderNation.com;

• Small executable size, easy distribution.

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Deal of the Day: Iron Man 2 (Blu-ray + Standard DVD + Digital Copy) (Widescreen) Preorder for $15

By Steve Dougherty | TV, Movies & Home Theatre | Sep 14, 2010 03:01 am CDT

Our Deal of the Day today is the Wal-Mart - Iron Man 2 (Blu-ray + Standard DVD + Digital Copy) (Widescreen) Preorder for $15!.

Offer: Preorder Iron Man 2 in Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy for just $15! It'll ship out 9/28/10.

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Check our TweakTown Daily Deals page for more tech bargains!

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Intel demos WiDi Tablet technology at IDF 2010

By Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Sep 13, 2010 11:31 pm CDT

Intel was not just all about processors during their keynote speech today at the IDF Conference in San Francisco. They also showed off a pretty interesting piece of technology on the tablet front: WiDi. This gives you the ability to wirelessly stream content from a tablet to a properly equipped HDTV.

Now that Intel has Infineon flying under their flag, they can work on iPad connectivity with Linux, Google Chrome OS, Android, OS X, Windows and MeeGo already compatible. This is a pretty fun little announcement that can make tablets capable of anything from remote control function to being a keyboard and mouse replacement if you want to surf from your couch and don't want to have to deal with the tablet's smaller screen when watching video or reading.

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Wal-Mart throws their hat into the prepaid mobile game

By Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Sep 13, 2010 10:31 pm CDT

Wal-Mart has been offering prepaid cellular options like Common Cents from Sprint and Straight Talk from Verizon for a while now, but now they are jumping into the game firsthand on September 20th with Wal-Mart Family Mobile. Plans will be $45 a month for the first line and $25 per month for each additional line, with a bill at the end of every month but no subsidization on the phones due to a lack of an actual contract.

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Data is where they are going to get you; $40 per month for 1GB that rolls over to the next month if you don't use it. Motorola's Cliq XT is the first announced phone out of the five that are planned to be available at launch, and the Cliq will cost $249. The service will be "powered by T-Mobile," so expect a lot of phones to be sent to Wal-Mart's service after T-Mobile is done with them.

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Boxee Box now available for preorder

By Don Lynn | Computer Systems | Sep 13, 2010 10:08 pm CDT

Boxee and D-Link have officially announced that preorders are now being taken on Amazon for the Boxee Boxtheir highly anticipated online video set-top-box. Shipping is set to begin in early November, with pricing to start at $200 USD.

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The Boxee Box, which will launch simultaneously in the U.S., Canada, the E.U., and Australia, was originally set to go on sale in June but a hardware change delayed the release. The Boxee Box will now feature Intel's Atom CE4100 processor instead of NVIDIA's Tegra 2 chipset, which Boxee's VP of Marketing Andrew Kippen stated was because the Tegra 2 chipset "fell short in the number of supported video formats."

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YouTube begins live streaming trial

By Don Lynn | Online Video | Sep 13, 2010 09:44 pm CDT

YouTube, which has long been known as a place to share almost any kinds of videos you can think of, is dipping their toes into the live streaming pool with a limited trial of a new platform. Howcast, Next New Networks, Rocdketboom, and Young Hollywood are the four partners working with YouTube to test their new live streaming platform.

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Streaming will be done directly into YouTube channels with only a webcam or external USB or FireWire connected camera. A "Live Comments" module will also be implemented for real time commenting on channels. Depending on how the testing goes, YouTube is looking to eventually expand this trial to a broader audience. An interactive schedule is available at the Source Link.

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Panasonic AG-AF105 micro four-thirds camcorder surfaces

By Shane McGlaun | | Sep 13, 2010 02:02 pm CDT

There are many new micro four-thirds digital cameras on the market today. These cameras have interchangeable lenses and image quality and manual options like you find in a DSLR. The four-thirds cameras lack the DSLR mirror box making them much smaller than a DSLR. That is good for mobility, but most of the cameras cost more than a DSLR, which makes them out of reach for some users.

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Panasonic has a bunch of micro four-thirds cameras on the market and the company has now unveiled its first micro four-thirds interchangeable lens camcorder. The camcorder is called the AG-AF105 and it can record in HD resolution. The camera provides wide-angle image recording and supports 1080p 50i and 60i. The interchangeable lenses allow the user to customize the lens to the environment and their needs.

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Acer dual-screen notebook spied in the wild

By Shane McGlaun | Laptops | Sep 13, 2010 01:06 pm CDT

When the iPhone first hit the market the thing that many hated most about the smartphone was the onscreen keyboard. Today the onscreen keyboard is so common that people really don't think much about it. Larger devices like the iPad have onscreen keyboards large enough for users to type just about as well on them as they can a real keyboard.

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The success of these tablets have lead to a few devices surfacing that are larger than your typical tablet with a design like a notebook minus a keyboard. Instead of the keyboard, a second LCD is offered. Acer has been spotted testing out a new dual screen notebook that was leaked over the weekend when it was spotted in the wild.

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Nintendo celebrates 25 years of Super Mario

By Shane McGlaun | Gaming | Sep 13, 2010 12:04 pm CDT

One of the most iconic characters in all of video games in Mario. Mario first turned up way back in 1985 in Super Mario Brothers for the original Nintendo game console. I know as a kid that game and the original console were the gaming system to own. Mario was hugely popular during my youth with his own cartoon show along with Luigi and there are now hoards of Mario games in homes all around the world.

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Nintendo reports that it has sold 240 million Mario games all around the world. Nintendo is also looking forward to the future of the Mario franchise with new games for the Wii and portable game consoles. To celebrate Mario's 25th birthday Nintendo UK is having a contest for fans.

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