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Navy builds prototype Rail Gun - wants to play Quake 3 for real

Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Sun, Dec 12 2010 7:30 PM CST

Whoever is behind this is a huge fan of Quake 3 or the Arnold Schwarzenegger movie, Eraser. The Navy has been doing some serious upgrades to it's hardware, 3 years ago they were pushing 8 megajoule blasts and now, that number has improved somewhat to 33 megajoules accelerating them using magnets (as you do).

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With this power, it can push at speeds of up to Mach 7 for the slug and a current range of 100 miles - with the hope of doubling that by the time these Rail Guns get mounted on decks of battleships by 2025. By that time they won't have such a large power draw and the dangers of exploding shells.

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CityVille hits 6 million daily active users in a week

Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Sun, Dec 12 2010 7:00 PM CST

Zynga's new game, CityVille is officially the fastest growing game in the company's history. It had just on 300, 000 users in the first 24 hours and 3 million daily in it's first week.

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Thought that was impressive? Well, two days after it broke through the 3 million user mark it is hitting the 6 million daily active users, a fact that Zynga is proud of. To put this into perspective - this achievement is four times quicker than FrontierVille and more than five times faster than FarmVille.

A break down in the games hitting the 6 million daily active users:

FarmVille: 46 days

FrontierVille: 32 days

CityVille: 8 days

Why is CityVille so big? It was the first game Zynga did an international launch of in five languages (English, German, French, Spanish, and Italian) and also included a large marketing push and localized games in different countries.

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Weta Workshop build a Sentry Gun from TF2

Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Sun, Dec 12 2010 6:00 PM CST

Keeping the large group of Team Fortress 2 fans happy is no easy task, constant tweaks and updates to TF2 is a weekly thing and has been for years now. Now the guys at Weta Workshop have created a life-sized build of the Sentry Gun that the Engineer uses.

It's only the Level 1 Sentry Gun, so there'll be no remote control goodness - but it does feature a motion sensor for tracking anyone in front of it. Where can I buy one of these things?

Weta Workshop build a Sentry Gun from TF2 | TweakTown.com

Just don't whack a wrench into it...

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Gingerbread ROMs beginning to trickle out from the Android rooting community

Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Fri, Dec 10 2010 6:21 PM CST

When it comes to Android hacking, no one gets it done quite like the folks over at XDA-Dev. They're at it again; this time with the beginnings of Android 2.3 "Gingerbread" ROMs for nine different Android phones.

Gingerbread ROMs beginning to trickle out from the Android rooting community | TweakTown.com

The phones currently included on the list are the Droid Eris and eight HTC devices, including the Eris, Hero, CDMA Hero, Desire, Wildfire, EVO 4G, Incredible, and Sapphire. The developers are warning that these builds are in the VERY early stages and prone to missing features and other general unfriendliness to the casual rooter. If you've got one of these devices and are feeling brave, hit up the Source Link for downloads and instructions.

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RumorTT-iPad 2 to get dual cameras and a higher resolution screen

Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Fri, Dec 10 2010 5:28 PM CST

With most of the tech world expecting the iPad's successor to make its appearance soon, the rumor mill is spinning with possible specs. According to multiple sources from component suppliers, a few new treats include a higher resolution display and dual cameras which would help the new iPad keep pace with new tablets getting ready to hit the market.

RumorTT-iPad 2 to get dual cameras and a higher resolution screen | TweakTown.com

With the tablet market expected to quadruple by 2012, Apple needs to make these moves to keep their dominant share of the tablet market. A lighter and slimmer iPad that improves on an already popular design would help do just that. It wouldn't be Apple without a few unexpected surprises as well; too bad we have to wait until February or so to find out.

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RumorTT-Android Honeycomb home screen leak; Motorola tablet specs

Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Fri, Dec 10 2010 5:09 PM CST

Andy Rubin turned quite a few heads the other day at the Dive into Mobile conference while showing off Google Maps on a currently unannounced Motorola tablet. It seems that he's not the only one with his hands on one, as the leak machine that is the internet has sprouted a home screen shot and some possible specs.

RumorTT-Android Honeycomb home screen leak; Motorola tablet specs | TweakTown.com

According to the source, Motorola has 7 and 10 inch flavors of the tablet in the works with UMTS, CDMA and LTE versions coming to play nicely with any mobile carrier that would want to carry the device. Dual cameras, NVIDIA's Tegra 2 chipset, as well as 32GB of internal storage are also on the list of possible inclusions. Let's hope that a full release comes soon; maybe at CES?

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Rovio looking to get into the app billing game

Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Fri, Dec 10 2010 4:34 PM CST

Rovio Mobile, who has scored worldwide recognition for the hit game Angry Birds, is branching away from the gaming world and introducing their own mobile payment software. This software would give telecoms the ability to offer app payments on their mobile device bill instead or directly to companies like Apple or Google.

Rovio looking to get into the app billing game | TweakTown.com

Rovio, based in Finland, will roll the software out in early 2011 by teaming up with the top Finnish mobile carrier Elisa. Allowing mobile carriers to offer paying for apps on their cell phone bills instead of making direct payments to the companies gives mobile carriers a piece of the piece instead of none. Mobile apps were a $4.1 billion business last year, so the carriers will definitely want a piece of that action.

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Speakal unveils Cool iPig speaker dock for iPod/iPhone

Shane McGlaun | Audio, Sound & Speakers | Fri, Dec 10 2010 1:08 PM CST

Speakal is well known for making some crazy speaker docks for the iPhone, iPod and other MP3 players. The company has the iPig, iPanda, iBoo, and other docks that look like flowers or soccer balls. I have used Speakal products before and they actually sound good even if the look a bit strange. Speakal has announced a new device today called the Cool iPig.

Speakal unveils Cool iPig speaker dock for iPod/iPhone | TweakTown.com

The Cool iPig is a lot like the original iPig but with a different design that is a bit edgier. The new Cool iPig gets elongated eyes that look like sunglasses to me. Those eyes are the speakers and the nose has the controls for the tracks and more. The ears on top have motion controls for volume and other functions. The device can dock the iPhone and dockable iPod devices.

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GelaSkin offers new protective and cool skins for MacBook Airs

Shane McGlaun | Laptops | Fri, Dec 10 2010 12:06 PM CST

GelaSkins has been making skins for all sorts of notebooks and other devices like smartphones for a while now. The skins have some cool images and artwork on them and they protect your device for scratches in addition to making the notebook look better. If you are the owner of one of the new MacBook Air ultraportables GelaSkins has announced that it now has offerings to fit your notebook.

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The skins are offered for the 11-inch Air and the 13-inch Air. You can choose for a bunch of different styles ranging from art to abstracts. My favorite skins are the Frank Miller ones that show Spartans from 300. Some of the designs are a bit creepy as well.

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Patriot Supersonic USB 3.0 flash drive breaks cover

Shane McGlaun | Storage | Fri, Dec 10 2010 11:00 AM CST

Patriot has a bunch of different flash drives in its line of offerings. The company has unveiled its latest flash drive called the Patriot Supersonic. The new drive is small and rugged and offers the superior data transfer speeds of USB 3.0 along with an impressive amount of storage inside the rugged enclosure. The drive uses a single chip inside.

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Patriot's new flash drive uses a quad-channel interface for performance and has a very lightweight form factor. The single chip design eliminates the bottlenecks common in USB 3.0 drives today by eliminating the separate USB 3.0 bridge chip and USB 3.0 flash memory controller. Not only does that single chip eliminate bottlenecks, but it also makes for a smaller footprint.

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