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Nokia debuts Nokia Mobile TV Headset for watching TV on the go

Shane McGlaun | Mobile Devices | Thu, Sep 9 2010 1:06 PM CDT

Today's smartphones are great for keeping entertained when you are commuting or have nothing else today away from the home or office. You can stream all sorts of TV, sports, and movie content from various online sources. The catch is that if you are in a data roaming area or have a pay as you go data plan, streaming video content can get expensive very fast.

Nokia debuts Nokia Mobile TV Headset for watching TV on the go | TweakTown.com

Nokia has announced a new solution that will allow users of Nokia smartphones that run Symbian^3 to watch TV programming on the go with no need for a data connection or WiFi network. That means that users can watch all the programming they want for free. The solution is called the Nokia Mobile TV Headset, DVB-H. As the name suggests the headset has an integrated DVB-H mobile TV tuner.

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Xbox 360 250GB Kinect bundle coming to Aussie gamers

Shane McGlaun | Gaming | Thu, Sep 9 2010 12:08 PM CDT

The announcement of bundles from Microsoft with an Xbox 360 Slim and the Kinect system have been made in other countries like the US previously. Australian gamers know that the prices that people pay in other parts of the world can't merely be converted to get an idea of what a product will cost Down Under.

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The Aussie retail machine has to be fed and often that means paying a lot more than what other countries have to fork over for the same gear. Microsoft has gone official today with pricing for the Xbox 360 Kinect bundle in Australia. The bundle will include a 250GB Xbox 360 and the Kinect kit for $549. The console is a glossy black unit, not the tired old white and will have integrated 802.11n WiFi like the new slim consoles offer.

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ARM announces Cortex-A15 processor for smartphones and other devices

Shane McGlaun | CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | Thu, Sep 9 2010 11:08 AM CDT

The smartphone world is running on single core processors for now, but soon there will be new devices hitting the market that will use dual-core processors inside. Some of the first will be LG smartphones with Tegra 2 processors inside. Other companies are also bringing dual-core processors to market that will be placed inside smartphones and all manner of other devices.

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The latest new processor to be unveiled is the ARM Cortex-A15 processor. ARM claims that the aggregate performance of the little A15 is over five times that of what is offered inside today's high-end smartphones and over ten times the performance of ARM based infrastructure platforms. In smartphones and mobile computing devices, the A15 will run at 1GHz to 1.5GHz and have as many as two cores.

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Courts give Microsoft legal ownership of botnet domains

Shane McGlaun | Hacking & Security | Thu, Sep 9 2010 10:06 AM CDT

We can all agree that the internet is fantastic and opens up an entire world of information and other fun stuff for us to consume. We can also agree that the internet can be a massive pile of crap that we have to deal with thanks to spam, viruses, and botnets. Microsoft is fighting botnets and has won a major legal battle against one of the big botnets this week.

Courts give Microsoft legal ownership of botnet domains | TweakTown.com

A US District Court judge for the Eastern Virginia district has granted Microsoft ownership of 276 domains that were once part of the massive Waledac cybergang botnet. The botnet was hit with the first major blow early this year when the same judge granted a temporary restraining order that took the 276 domains offline.

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AMOLED screen production to increase tenfold in 2011 according to Samsung

Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Wed, Sep 8 2010 10:51 PM CDT

If you're one of the many who have been frustrated by the shortages of stock when it comes to the latest and greatest smartphones, you may know that the culprit has been that fancy AMOLED that they come equipped with and that Samsung can't keep up with demand. Samsung has taken a major step forward in ramping up the supplies with their new facility opens in July; ramping production up from 3 million units per month to 30 million.

AMOLED screen production to increase tenfold in 2011 according to Samsung | TweakTown.com

Many phones, like the EVO 4G and the Droid Incredible, have faced repeated pushbacks in delivery dates due to the shortage of these screens. With some devices turning to alternatives like Sony's Super LCD screens, Samsung had to make it a priority to start meeting the huge demand for their AMOLED screens. "We've put in a great deal of effort to move up mass production," Lee Woo-Jong, vice president of marketing for the display business, said in an e-mail to the Dow Jones Newswire.

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Three Samsung Galaxy S versions set for launch in Chinese market

Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Wed, Sep 8 2010 5:11 PM CDT

Samsung seems to have a goal of putting a Galaxy S phone in nearly every corner of the world. Samsung announced today that three different versions of their popular handset are set to invade China; a market with over a billion wireless customers.

Three Samsung Galaxy S versions set for launch in Chinese market | TweakTown.com

The three versions being released are HSPA, EV-DO, and TD-SCDMA versions of its high-end Android phone for China Unicom, China Telecom, and juggernaut China Mobile, respectively. All three versions will use the same 4-inch Super AMOLED display that is seen on their phones worldwide. The EV-DO from China Telecom is expected to be the first version to hit stores, which is planned for later this month.

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"Tapas" the tastiest new Android spinoff; geared for Chinese market

Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Wed, Sep 8 2010 3:44 PM CDT

Android's yummy food related naming system for their mobile OS platforms is so popular that even spinoffs are using the idea. Kai-Fu Lee, the former president of Google China, announced today that he is launching a new mobile operating system codenamed "Tapas" that is based on the Android platform.

Tapas will be specifically geared towards the Chinese market, incorporating features like software that detects what city incoming calls are coming from, contacts that sync with Chinese social networks, and a music player that downloads and displays song lyrics. Mobile karaoke? Count me in! Sharp, Haier, and Tianyu have already signed on as hardware partners in this interesting project, with certainly more to come if the project is successful.

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Corsair Dominator GT RAM used to break overclocking records

Shane McGlaun | RAM | Wed, Sep 8 2010 2:04 PM CDT

Computer enthusiasts are into all sorts of things when it comes to their computer systems. Some like gaming, some like crunching numbers, and some like to see how far they can push their hardware when overclocking. The most hard-core overclockers get away from liquid and air cooling and go for more exotic methods like liquid nitrogen to keep components cool.

Corsair Dominator GT RAM used to break overclocking records | TweakTown.com

Corsair announced today that its Dominator GT GTX6 RAM modules have been use to break memory speed worked records for DDR3. Overclocker Matthias Zronek used the Corsair RAM to break frequency records with CPU-Z validated speeds of 3078.2MHz at CL8-11-8-31 and 3059.4 MHz at CL7-11-8-31.

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Cooler Master offers world's smallest 95W power adapter

Shane McGlaun | Cases, Cooling & PSU | Wed, Sep 8 2010 1:08 PM CDT

I have always been surprised with all the notebooks that I review that most of them have giant power adapters. The adapters for some of the smallest machines are much bigger than they really need to be. A fat power adapter adds bulk and weight to the gear you have to carry around with you on the road. Cooler Master has unveiled a new power adapter that is claimed to be the world's smallest 95W adapter.

Cooler Master offers world's smallest 95W power adapter | TweakTown.com

In addition, to providing 95W of power for notebooks or netbook computers, the adapter also has a USB port built-in for charging your USB devices like phones and cameras. Cooler Master ships the charger with nine different tips that allow it to work with most of the notebooks on the market today from major manufacturers.

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HDR-enabled photos with iPhone 4 w/ iOS 4.1 much brighter indeed

Cameron Wilmot | Mobile Devices | Wed, Sep 8 2010 12:55 PM CDT

I just got done updating my iPhone 4 to iOS 4.1 and as we mentioned in the previous post, among other things, it brings support for HDR photos.

Basically HDR-enabled photos are brighter and more vibrant because they mix three separate images into one. I can tell you that it now takes longer to save a snapped photo on the iPhone 4 due to the extra images that need to be processed, probably indeed three times longer, which makes sense. You can however turn off HDR if you don't want to use it. The standard non-HDR image and HDR image are both saved in the photos directory.

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Above is one sample I quickly snapped around the office. Sorry for not venturing outside, but it's night time here anyway. As you can see, the images are indeed brighter. It almost looks like I quickly went into a photo editor and increased the brightness, but I can tell you I did not. This will be very handy for people in non-perfect lighting conditions who enjoy uploading photos directly from their phone while on the go to places such as Facebook.

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