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Thousands ecstatic as the iPad officially goes international

Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Fri, May 28 2010 10:04 AM CDT
Thousands ecstatic as the iPad officially goes international | TweakTown.com

iPad fans in Europe, Asia, and Australia were greeted with long lines and longer wait times as the international launch of the iPad hit today. In bursts of emotion usually reserved for those scoring the hottest Christmas toy of the season, consumers who were lucky enough to score one of the tablets were seen screaming and cheering in places like London and Paris.

The iPad was launched today in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Great Britain, Spain and Switzerland. Lines started forming as early as 3AM in Frankfurt Germany with excited customers waiting to get their hands on the mobile device. Apple Stores worldwide opened an hour early for the event to accommodate the swarms of customers flocking to their stores. People were given numbered tickets for their shot at an iPad and most stores had extra security in place to try and avoid any trouble those leaving with their prizes might run into. "I'm a bit embarrassed to be part of the masses, but the thing is, tonight it's going to be sold out," one unidentified man told AP Television News.

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Mobile gaming revenue could hit $11.4 billion by 2014

Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Fri, May 28 2010 12:45 AM CDT
Mobile gaming revenue could hit $11.4 billion by 2014 | TweakTown.com

Games aren't just for consoles, PCs, and kitchen tables anymore. Playing games on your mobile devices has become commonplace, especially with the advent of the iPhone and other touch devices. This revenue stream is becoming a huge roaring river, and is only expected to get bigger. The research firm Gartner predicted last week that gaming revenue worldwide would reach $5.6 billion dollars and is expected to nearly double to $1.4 billion dollars by the end of 2014.

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FCC looking deeper into wireless billing practices

Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Thu, May 27 2010 10:37 PM CDT
FCC looking deeper into wireless billing practices | TweakTown.com

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC), who aren't the first company people think of when it comes to government entities on their side, may be making a push to make wireless devices users happy by taking a deeper look into wireless carriers and their billing practices.

The fact that they have been investigating billing practices and outrageous early termination fees is not eally recent news; however it seems that FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski and his team have been turning up the heat on the big boys in wireless. According to a survey released Wenesday, many consumers have been "shocked" by extra fees on their bills and also have reversed findings that the wireless market is competitive, instead calling the industry "concentrated."

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Microsoft needs an answer to the iPad according to report

Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Thu, May 27 2010 9:53 PM CDT
Microsoft needs an answer to the iPad according to report | TweakTown.com

Analysts at Forrester have released a report saying that Microsoft needs to answer the Apple iPad with a Windows based tablet to compete with the iPad and many other tablets coming into the market, arguing that tablets are "the next important computing form."

In the report released Thusday, JP Gownder and Sarah Rotman Epps from Forrester, stated: "To keep its products front and center, Microsoft needs a partner to produce a successful Windows tablet that competes with the Apple iPad. At stake is nothing less than the future of the operating system."

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Matias Duarte leaves Palm for Android

Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Thu, May 27 2010 9:10 PM CDT
Matias Duarte leaves Palm for Android | TweakTown.com

In a fairly large coup for Android, it was reported today that Matias Duarte, the team leader of the group behind webOS, has left for Android to take the reins as their User Experience Director. webOS has been hailed as arguably the most intuitive and user-friendly of the new touchscreen mobile devices, and he will be bringing his know-how to the people at Android, which bodes well for the already gaining in popularity Android devices.

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Acer announces the LumiRead e-reader

Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Thu, May 27 2010 5:55 PM CDT
Acer announces the LumiRead e-reader | TweakTown.com

Acer, through a distribution agreement with Barnes and Noble, has officially announced their first e-reader device which they are calling the LumiRead. This device will feature a 6 inch E-Ink display, WiFi and 3G connectivity, and 2GB of onboard sorage which is expandable via a microSD slot. The LumiRead also boasts an ISBN scanner that will allow you to scan a physical book for later research and possible purchase online.

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Lensbaby Control Freak lens now shipping

Shane McGlaun | | Thu, May 27 2010 2:12 PM CDT

The reasons people go with a DSLR over a point and shoot s to get better images and more control over the pictures they take. There are lenses for just about any need available for the different DSLR brands that are on the market too.

Lensbaby Control Freak lens now shipping | TweakTown.com

Lensbaby has announced that its new lens called the Control Freak is now shipping. The lens ships with a double glass optic in it and the device is aimed at macro and table top photographers. The Control Freak allows the shooter to adjust the focus of the camera to their liking.

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Project Natal On October 26 for $149 says sources

Shane McGlaun | Gaming | Thu, May 27 2010 1:10 PM CDT

Microsoft's motion control system called Project Natal has been known about for a long time now. The system is cool and uses a camera to see where the player is an turn that into movement on the screen.

Project Natal On October 26 for $149 says sources | TweakTown.com

I mentioned earlier this month that the price for Natal was rumored to be about $200. Sources have come forward and told Edge-online that the price will be more like $149.

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Gym worker who found Motorola Droid Shadow gets fired

Shane McGlaun | Mobile Devices | Thu, May 27 2010 12:26 PM CDT

Early this week some images of an unreleased Motorola handset called the Droid Shadow surfaced at Gizmodo. The handset had reportedly been left in a Verizon corporate gym when a gym employee found the device.

Gym worker who found Motorola Droid Shadow gets fired | TweakTown.com

As the story goes, a friend of the worker sent pics and specs of the device to Gizmodo where they were put online. I thought at the time posting those pics was a bad move for the dude who found the device.

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Shuttle unveils 6-core Core i7 ready XPC Barebone SX58J3 PC

Shane McGlaun | Computer Systems | Thu, May 27 2010 12:04 PM CDT

Shuttle is all about small form factor computers that take up little space while offering most of the performance that a larger machine provides. Shuttle has announced its latest SFF machine in its XPC barebone range called the SX58J3.

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The new machine has support for multiple Intel socket 1366 processors including the new Core i7 6-core beasts. It can be crammed with 16GB of RAM and uses the X58 Express chipset.

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