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iPhone 4's 'aluminosilicate glass' the bees knees? - Don't be so sure

Steve Dougherty | Mobile Devices | Aug 4, 2010 at 8:12 am CDT

If you're proud of your shiny new iPhone 4, be sure to hold onto it real good when standing / walking over a hard surface, or at least invest in a decent case for it.

Apple went on this big spiel leading up to the release of the new-gen phone about how it uses 'aluminosilicate glass' which it said is the same type of glass used in the windshields of high-speed trains and and helicopters. In their words exactly, Apple said it was "chemically strengthened to be 20 times stiffer and 30 times harder than plastic, the glass is ultradurable and more scratch resistant than ever".

So then, with that in mind, take a look at this picture of someone's new pride and joy :-

iPhone 4's 'aluminosilicate glass' the bees knees? - Don't be so sure | TweakTown.com

Struck with a hammer out of antennagate rage? Nope. This was merely dropped onto concrete due to slipping out of the user's hands while he was carrying too many things.

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Optus spruces up its mobile broadband plans - Lower pricing, higher data

Steve Dougherty | Mobile Devices | Aug 4, 2010 at 7:20 am CDT

While Telstra's playing a bit nicer these days with its mobile broadband rates, Optus also makes a move in giving significantly better value with a full range of revamped plans having just been put into place.

The new plans require signing onto 24-month contracts and start at $20 per month which gives you 1GB of on-peak quota and 2GB off-peak. There are also $30, $50, $80 and $100 plans, with the top most giving 10GB of on-peak quota and 20GB off-peak. Optus' peak time designation covers 7:00am through 12am.

Optus spruces up its mobile broadband plans - Lower pricing, higher data | TweakTown.com

If a user reaches their quota before the month is up, the internet will be inaccessible expect for select free Optus sites and Facebook, though they are given the option to buy a new data pack to use until the next month kicks in.

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Paramount Pictures and TweakTown's "War of the Worlds" Blu-ray Movie Giveaway

TweakTown Staff | Contests & Giveaways | Aug 4, 2010 at 6:21 am CDT

Paramount Pictures Home Entertainment has kindly given Australian TweakTown readers the opportunity to take home one of five Blu-ray discs to celebrate the release of the Steven Spielberg sci-fi classic, "War of the Worlds".

Paramount Pictures and TweakTown's War of the Worlds Blu-ray Movie Giveaway 01 | TweakTown.com

To go into the running, first of all you need to be an Australian resident. If you meet that requirement then all you have to do is successfully answer the following question:

Who wrote the original novel "War of the Worlds"?

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Please send your answer to [email protected] by 9PM on Wednesday the 11th of August. Winning entrants will be e-mailed shortly thereafter.

Thanks to Paramount for their generous promotion. Good luck to all!

The Commonwealth Bank of Australia launch augmented reality app for home buyers

Steve Dougherty | Virtual & Augmented Reality | Aug 4, 2010 at 6:16 am CDT

Ahh, technology; a road that never ends and there's always something new on the horizon. A pretty funky iPhone application was launched today by the Commonwealth bank which more or less gives the ability to point their phone at a house from out the front and access both its sale price as well as giving a virtual peek inside.

The new app harnesses mobile phone camera and location based tech to map the user's position; then it simply matches it with information about the house such as how many bedrooms and bathrooms it has, the exterior or interior (or both) sale photographs and also its most recent sale price. Said information is obtained via property website Realestate.com.au and rpdata.com.

The Commonwealth Bank of Australia launch augmented reality app for home buyers | TweakTown.com

A CBA spokesperson has confirmed the information is made available publicly to anyone with the iPhone and its new app installed. There is no charge for using this facility (at this stage, at least). the CBA feels this is the way to go after noting results from a study by a media company initiative whereby it was determined that Australians are spending an average of 27 minutes a day online on their smartphones and that 70% of decisions in the home lending market have been made while online.

Telstra giving better data allowance on iPhone plans in stores than advertised

Steve Dougherty | Mobile Devices | Aug 4, 2010 at 5:44 am CDT

Telstra's really pushing to outdo its competitors with its range of iPhone 4 plans. Further testament to this is word today that it has risen its data allowance for minimal extra cost, though apparently this is in part due to a glitch in their billing system.

Several people have now reported that they've been given the opportunity to get 6GB of data connected to their plan for only $20 on top of the plan's fee. While Telstra does advertise a 6GB plan in its range, this usually costs $129. However, the loophole is allowing customers to get 6GB on their plan for as little as half that amount.

While there are small inconsistences in what is being offered to various customers, according to several Whirlpool users there looks to be a good chance of getting a similarly awesome deal when talking into Telstra shops to see what's on offer.

Telstra giving better data allowance on iPhone plans in stores than advertised | TweakTown.com

One of several examples; a user walked into a shop and was able to sign onto a $49 iPhone plan whilst also getting 3GB of monthly data to play with versus the usual 500MB; this for a grand total of $63.50.

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Verizon and Motorola teaming up on tablet project

Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Aug 3, 2010 at 9:15 pm CDT

A tablet device that is centered around television watching is reportedly in the works from Motorola and Verizon. The Android based 10" tablet would be capable of running Verizon's FiOS cable system and be "thinner and lighter than the iPad," be Flash and tethering capable, and have dual cameras for teleconferencing.

Verizon and Motorola teaming up on tablet project | TweakTown.com

There is no official word from Verizon on the team-up, but some are speculating that the prototype that Motorola showed off at CES may be the device in question. Reports are saying a fall launch could be coming, just like several other companies we've seen reports from lately. This would be the first TV-centric device out there; having direct pay-tv service from Verizon.

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PDF files can open up your iOS device to hackers

Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Aug 3, 2010 at 7:24 pm CDT

Look out if you are running a device with iOS 3.1.2 or higher; it seems that you can let a hacker into your device simply by loading a PDF file. This security bug, which is also used for programs like JailbreakMe that we reported on yesterday, can give one click access to your device and bypass Apple's security.

PDF files can open up your iOS device to hackers | TweakTown.com

Apparently all it takes to let someone in is to load a PDF in Safari that contains a font that hides the rogue program, causing "stack overflow" that allows the program access to the device. The rogue programs can install, delete, or monitor programs on the device without the user knowing. There are a few workarounds besides the obvious "only open files from trusted sources," such as PDF loading warner apps from Cydia to remind you of the possibility of intrusion.

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7 inch Viewsonic tablet destined for the UK

Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Aug 3, 2010 at 6:17 pm CDT

Viewsonic has announced that they are throwing their hat in the tablet ring with a 7 inch tablet slated to hit the UK this fall. IT will be GSM enabled so phone usage will be available; most likely through the use of a Bluetooth device as I doubt many would want to hold this to their head.

7 inch Viewsonic tablet destined for the UK | TweakTown.com

The tablet is expected to hit shelves running Android 2.2. A 3 or 5 megapixel camera is expected to be onboard; no word on a front facing camera. Prices will be around the 300-400 GBP mark.

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3D hits the iPhone with HoloToy

Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Aug 3, 2010 at 4:36 pm CDT

3D Technology: It's everywhere. TVs, video games, and now even the iPhone. Kode80, a developer from Florida, has released the HoloToy app for the iPhone which uses the iPhone's accelerometer and, if you have an iPhone 4, the front facing camera, to show and manipulate three dimensional images according to your angle of perception.

Thirteen interactive programs, including four games, are included with the app including a program to create your own 3D pics, scenes, and galleries with My HoloPics. Sounds like quite a little program for only a dollar; no funny looking glasses required.

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BlackBerry Torch announced today by RIM

Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Aug 3, 2010 at 4:13 pm CDT

RIM's New York event today revolved around their newest handset: the BlackBerry 9800 "Torch." This mobile device boasts a slide out keyboard with the traditional BlackBerry feel, a 5 MP camera, and will be running the long-awaited BlackBerry 6 OS.

BlackBerry Torch announced today by RIM | TweakTown.com

The new hybrid touchscreen device will have a 480x360 display, 4GB of onboard storage, wireless N capability, and 512mb of ROM and RAM. AT&T is releasing the device for the U.S. on August 11th for $199 (with contract), while Rogers, Bell and Telus in Canada have all confirmed they will get the Torch but have not released launch dates.

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