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Sony cuts prices on their e-reader lineup

By: | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 5, 2010 @ 21:15 CDT

Sony has finally jumped on the e-reader price drop bandwagon today by slashing the prices on all three of their current models. The Pocket Edition sees a 20 dollar cut from $169 to $149 USD, the Touch Edition drops from $199 to $169, and the high end 3G Daily Edition gets the biggest cut; dropping $50 from $349 to $299.

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Apple waiving restocking fees for iPhone 4 returns

By: Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Posted: Jul 5, 2010 @ 20:37 CDT

Apple is throwing a bone to grumpy iPhone 4 customers who have been trying to return their iPhone 4 for the many connection and antenna issues that have been plaguing the device, only to be hit with a restocking fee. Apple is waiving this 10% fee for those looking to return their iPhone 4 after a wave of complaints by customers who have gone back and forth with customer support about these issues.

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Download of the Day: Sandboxie 3.46

By: Steve Dougherty | Software | Posted: Jul 5, 2010 @ 20:21 CDT

Our Download of the Day today is Sandboxie 3.46.

Tired of dealing with rogue software, spyware and malware?

Spent too many hours removing unsolicited software?

Worried about clicking unfamiliar Web links?

Introducing Sandboxie: Sandboxie runs your programs in an isolated space which prevents them from making permanent changes to other programs and data in your computer.

Benefits of the Isolated Sandbox

• Secure Web Browsing: Running your Web browser under the protection of Sandboxie means that all malicious software downloaded by the browser is trapped in the sandbox and can be discarded trivially.

• Enhanced Privacy: Browsing history, cookies, and cached temporary files collected while Web browsing stay in the sandbox and don't leak into Windows.

• Secure E-mail: Viruses and other malicious software that might be hiding in your email can't break out of the sandbox and can't infect your real system.

• Windows Stays Lean: Prevent wear-and-tear in Windows by installing software into an isolated sandbox.


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Deal of the Day: ThinkPad L512 Laptop with 15" LED Backlit Display with WWAN, Core i5, 4GB of Memory, 320GB Hard Drive and More for $799 after $465 Off

By: Steve Dougherty | Laptops | Posted: Jul 5, 2010 @ 20:19 CDT

Our Deal of the Day today is the Lenovo US (ThinkPad) - ThinkPad L512 Laptop with 15" LED Backlit Display with WWAN, Core i5, 4GB of Memory, 320GB Hard Drive and More for $799 after $465 Off!!.

Offer: You get the 15.6" HD display with 1366x768 resolution and WWAN which gives you mobile broadband INCLUDED, Intel Core i5-520M processor, 4GB PC3-10600 DDR3 SDRAM memory, 320GB SATA 7200RPM hard drive, dual layer DVD+/-RW drive, 6 cell battery with Dual Mode, 802.11b/g/n, Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit and a 1 year warranty. These new L series laptops full fledged ThinkPads with "green" tech built in so that you use less energy (~40% less) and less CO2 emissions (~50% less). They also include a 3 year battery warranty (to reduce landfill waste) and more,... but being that their ThinkPad's, they still feature spill resistant keys, encryption processes, up to 8 hours of battery life with management and MORE. All those reasons why business and enterprise class users require ThinkPads. No coupon, just a huge automatic $465 instant savings from the $1264 starting price. Set to expire 7/7/10.


Check our TweakTown Daily Deals page for more tech bargains!

Tuesday Morning Roundup for July 5, 2010

By: Steve Dougherty | Roundups | Posted: Jul 5, 2010 @ 20:18 CDT

The latest happenings from around the web - 06/07/2010


- Crucial Ballistix 1600mhz & MOD @ Overclock3D

- Crucial PC2-5300 2Gb SODIMM @ Funkykit


- Sapphire Vapor-X HD 5870 3-Way CrossFire @ Hardware-Mag

- Axle Radeon HD 5450 @ RBMods

- Axle Geforce GT 220 Videocard @ Tweaknews

- HIS Radeon HD 5550 GDDR5 @ Techpowerup

- MSI N465GTX Twin Frozr II @ Vortez UK

- Gigabyte GeForce GTX 470 OC Edition @ Hardware Canucks

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LG Optimus phones bound for the UK with Froyo onboard

By: Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Posted: Jul 5, 2010 @ 20:16 CDT

LG's latest run into the world of Android phones is coming with the Optimus line of phones. They're planning a total of ten new smartphones under this banner by the end of the year with the LG Optimus One with Google and the Optimus Chic. Not too many details are available yet about these phones, although it was released that the Chic and the One will ship with Android 2.2, also known as Froyo, onboard and ready to go.

These two phones will initially only be available in the UK, but LG expects if all goes well that variants will pop up across the rest of the world as well.

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DIY universal headphone volume control

By: Shane McGlaun | Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Jul 5, 2010 @ 14:02 CDT

I like headphones that have volume controls built-in. That means I don't have to fumble my phone or MP3 player out of my pocket to change the volume.


I bet there are lots of people out there who have a favorite set of headphones or earphones that lack inline volume control. The good news is that over on Instructables there is a new project that walks you through building your own volume control.

The project needs a male and female headphone adapter, solder and a solder gun, along with some parts you can probably strip from other headphones around your house. When the project is finished, you can control the volume on any headphones or earphones using the DIY gadget.

SCOTTEVEST Carry-On Coat is perfect for traveling geeks

By: Shane McGlaun | Fashion meets Tech | Posted: Jul 5, 2010 @ 13:06 CDT

When I travel, I often have a couple cameras, my netbook, my iPhone, chargers for all those devices, extra batteries and a few other things thrown in for fun. That means my bag is jammed with electronics and I always worry my gear will get broken during the flight.


A new jacket has been unveiled by geek clothing maker SCOTTEVEST. The new jacket appears to be a trench coat length jacket called the Carry-On coat. The coat has gobs of pockets.

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Flash ported from Android to iPad

By: Shane McGlaun | Mobile Devices | Posted: Jul 5, 2010 @ 12:04 CDT

One of the big shortcomings of the iPhone and iPad in many users opinions is the fact that the devices lack support for Flash. Steve Jobs is not likely to ever allow Flash on Apple devices so users are left with support for the most widely used video format online.


The dude who designed the Sprint untethered jailbreak tool has developed a way to port Flash from Android to the iPad. The catch is that the iPad has to be jailbroken.

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IBM installs hot water cooled supercomputer in Zurich

By: Shane McGlaun | Computer Systems | Posted: Jul 5, 2010 @ 11:04 CDT

Most computer enthusiasts know that when you are ready to really push it with overclocking you have to move from air cooling to more effective methods like liquid cooling. Liquid is a much more effective cooling method than air.


IBM has applied liquid cooling to its supercomputers and announced recently that it has installed a new liquid cooled supercomputer at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich dubbed Aquasar. The supercomputer uses 40% less energy than a comparable air cooled machine.

The machine is cooled using waste hot water that the university uses for heating its buildings. The use of waste hot water reduces the machines carbon footprint by up to 85%. The hot water is up to 60C and after it is used to directly cool the CPUs, it can reach 65C.