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Foxtel offering TV Guide gadget with remote recording & much more

Steve Dougherty | TV, Movies & Home Theatre | Aug 26, 2010 at 3:12 am CDT

Foxtel has finally delivered on something many of its viewers have been wanting for a long time; a dedicated TV Guide with advanced search abilities, remote recording and more from the ease of their Windows Desktop.

Foxtel offering TV Guide gadget with remote recording & much more | TweakTown.com

The new piece of software was launched this week and is designed to sit neatly on your desktop as a Windows Gadget. Microsoft played a role in helping with the development and in keeping things simple. At the same time, it has a host of useful features not only limited to keyword searching, but also with the ability to view program summaries, create a separate list of your favourite channels and if you're an IQ or IQ2 subscriber, you can also use it so set Reminders and even Remote Record programs up to 14 days in advance (particularly handy if you're away from home/on vacation etc.).

If you don't like the idea of it taking up space on your spotless desktop, you can also download the new Foxtel TV Guide Gadget as a 'Web Slice' through MS's IE8 web browser. It then sits on your Favourites bar and lets you keep track of that 'slice' at any time with ease.

What's going on with all our freeview HD content?

Steve Dougherty | TV, Movies & Home Theatre | Aug 26, 2010 at 2:21 am CDT

The rollout for high definition freeview TV certainly ran at a slow pace in the initial stages, but for a while there things were looking good for free high definition TV on all of the major Australian networks.....until said networks started pulling the plug on dedicated HD channels that mirrored their popular SD channel content.

What's going on with all our freeview HD content? | TweakTown.com

First we witnessed the loss of Ten HD once channel One arrived, which many are still unhappy about to this day with a lot of good HD content lacking on One that Ten HD had. Then came the recent loss of ABC HD, with ABC's excuse being that they would launch ABC News 24 in replacement. This is by no means a step forward; to the contrary, only a minimal amount of news on this channel is in high definition.

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Newest iPad fans: Sumo wrestlers!

Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Aug 25, 2010 at 8:33 pm CDT

What do you give a group of people who have fingers too large to text and a hard time connecting with 21st Century technology? An iPad, of course! The Japan Sumo Association is distributing around sixty iPads to all of the training facilities and top association officials to help improve communications between the groups who have, until now, still mostly relied on "outdated" tech like telephones and fax machines to share information.

Newest iPad fans:  Sumo wrestlers! | TweakTown.com

The sport has come under fire recently amidst many scandals including apprentice hazing, gambling, match fixing, and gang ties. Clumsy and ineffectual information sharing between leaders has been tagged as a major culprit, and the JSA is hoping that the iPad will help the sumo leadership connect in ways that are nearly physically impossible with a cell phone or even a computer for the sport that has been slow to adopt new tech.

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Cisco and Verizon expecting holograms over IP within ten years

Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Aug 25, 2010 at 7:45 pm CDT

With the current rage over 3D technology invading our movie theaters and homes now, it wasn't going to be long before something like this came to fruition. Cisco CEO John Chambers has predicted that holograms over IP will become "commonplace" within ten years. Verizon is already conducting experiments with hologram technology over their FiOS network, with their CIO tinkering with a 1Gbps link in Manhattan, NY.

Cisco and Verizon expecting holograms over IP within ten years | TweakTown.com

With the constantly growing hunger for bandwidth of these new technologies due to file size, Cisco is stating that even streaming video will quadruple bandwidth demands by 2014 so the 1 Gbps link may be necessary to keep even the simplest 3D video from being a choppy mess by then. Considering the fact that some DSL connections occasionally hiccup with simple YouTube videos, these types of speeds seem pretty far off in the distance for a lot of people, but ten years can be like a century in the tech world.

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Google Voice now integrated with Gmail for free VoIP calls in the U.S.

Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Aug 25, 2010 at 6:26 pm CDT
Google Voice now integrated with Gmail for free VoIP calls in the U.S. | TweakTown.com

Google's press event in San Francisco offered up a ton of new goodies today. The company launched Google Voice integration with Gmail, allowing Gmail users in the U.S. to make and receive phone calls over Gmail to landlines and cell phones. Calls to the U.S. and Canada are free, while calls to dozens of other countries are only two cents per minute.

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LG's C900 could drop on Spetember 28th from AT&T

Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Aug 25, 2010 at 6:04 pm CDT

We may be only about a month away from the first Windows Phone 7 equipped device hitting stores. The LG C900 could be looking at a launch date of September 28th on U.S. shores according to PhoneArena. The phone will be available on AT&T.

LG's C900 could drop on Spetember 28th from AT&T | TweakTown.com

The tidbit of information was found when they were peeking at the C900's Bluetooth certification page and found a bit of info stating, " The supporting features related to BT of this models are like bellows; - RF : 2.1 + EDR - Profile : HSP, HFP, A2DP, AVRCP, PBAP This model will be available on Market around 2010-09-28 ." If this is good info, it looks like we could be closer to WP7 that we thought.

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XFX Radeon HD 5970 Black Edition Limited is a Newegg exclusive

Shane McGlaun | Video Cards | Aug 25, 2010 at 3:00 pm CDT

XFX is a brand that gamers will immediately recognize. The video card company made its name building some of the best performing factory overclocked NVIDIA video cards you can get your hands on. XFX also sells ATI video cards as well and has pulled the wraps off one of the coolest Radeon cards ever.

XFX Radeon HD 5970 Black Edition Limited is a Newegg exclusive | TweakTown.com

The video card is the Radeon HD 5970 Black Edition Limited. The video card has dual GPUs inside and a dual slot heat sink to keep everything cool when in use. The card has six mini-DisplayPort adapters and comes with enough adapters to turn those ports into other connectivity options as needed. Each of the cards is numbered.

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JVC unveils new easy to use HD camcorders

Shane McGlaun | | Aug 25, 2010 at 2:08 pm CDT

JVC has been in the electronics market for a long time. The company has its fingers in all manner of product lines from car audio to home theater gear and digital cameras and camcorders. JVC has announced a couple new camcorders that are very similar with one notable difference. The new camcorders include the GC-WP10 and the GC-FM2.

JVC unveils new easy to use HD camcorders | TweakTown.com

Both of the camcorders record in 1080p resolution and support other resolutions like 720p and iFrame among others. The cameras can do time-lapse recording and both have a 3-inch touchscreen on the rear. That touchscreen is where the video is viewed when recorded and has the menus for accessing the device settings.

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Cobra debuts new GPS device for truckers

Shane McGlaun | Mobile Devices | Aug 25, 2010 at 1:04 pm CDT

Cobra Electronics has been around for a very long time. Back in the days before mobile phones if you wanted to talk while you were rolling in your car or truck you needed a CB radio. Cobra was one of the more common makers of the things. Now that mobile phones are everywhere, I hardly see the Cobra brand any more.

Cobra debuts new GPS device for truckers | TweakTown.com

The company has announced a new GPS device called the 7750 Platinum that is aimed at truckers. The thing has maps specifically optimized for truckers with things like last mile coverage from port-to-port and special logs that truckers need. The GPS device can automatically write up State Mileage Logs for the driver based on their route and has an hours of service timer to keep up with when they have to sleep.

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