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iMac Touch possibly leaked in patent applications

Don Lynn | Computer Systems | Mon, Aug 23 2010 10:07 PM CDT

Plenty of Apple fans out there are looking for a touchscreen iMac to add to their collection of devices. It seems we may be a little closer to that becoming a reality. Patently Apple uncovered some applications made by Apple that could revolve around a touchscreen-driven iMac.

iMac Touch possibly leaked in patent applications | TweakTown.com

According to the filings, the all in one device would have a hinged base that would allow the iMac to lay down flat for iPad-like touchscreen usage. When the iMac Touch is upright and vertical, regular keyboard/mouse/trackpad "normal" computer functionality would be used. Apple loves to announce new products in September; maybe this will be one of the now toys we hear about soon.

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Google Goggles coming to the iPhone "by the end of the year"

Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Mon, Aug 23 2010 9:37 PM CDT

No olive branch of peace in the competition between Google and Apple in the mobile world is coming anytime soon, but the two do occasionally play nicely together. The currently Android-exclusive app Google Goggles is planned to come to the iPhone by the end of the year. Google executives released this information on Monday at the Hot Chips conference at Stanford University.

Google Goggles coming to the iPhone

Google Goggles is an app that allows the user to take a picture of an object and do a search based on the photo. David Petrou, a project lead of Google Goggles, demonstrated the app at the conference with the app correctly identifying and doing a search on a book and a can of beer. Goggles also works with bar codes and can even recognize and translate text. Facial recognition, for privacy reasons, is not in their plans.

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Gold version of Windows Phone 7 developer tools coming September 16th

Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Mon, Aug 23 2010 8:58 PM CDT

With Windows Phone 7 hoping to be in consumer's hands by the end of the year, it's about time for applications to start getting ready for the device if it hopes to compete with the Android and Apple crowd. A good step forward was taken today as Microsoft announced that the finalized "gold" version of their Windows Phone 7 developer tools will be ready to go on September 16th.

Gold version of Windows Phone 7 developer tools coming September 16th | TweakTown.com

The Marketplace is expected to start accepting apps in early October, which would give Microsoft some time to get them approved for a late October launch of Windows Phone 7 enabled devices. Here's hoping all goes according to plan and Microsoft can give the current big boys in the mobile marketplace a run for their money. Competition is only better for the consumer, right?

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FrontFace by Mirabyte adds functionality to WIndows 7 enabled tablets

Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Mon, Aug 23 2010 8:32 PM CDT

With the large amount of tablets being slated for release by the end of the year, companies are getting to work getting software and tweaks ready for those tablets. The German company Mirabyte is one of those at the forefront with FrontFace; a custom user interface designed to improve upon the GUI of Windows 7 enabled touchscreen devices. Sascha with Netbooknews got to take the preview version for a spin and released this video.

With enlarged icons, a notification center, and an RSS feed reader onboard this looks like a nice addition to the usability of Windows 7, especially on smaller screen tablets. Plenty more is planned for FrontFace before release, such as a customized music, photo, and video viewer. Keep an eye out for FrontFace around the time Windows 7 enabled tablets start hitting stores.

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Android upgrade schedule released by Motorola

Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Mon, Aug 23 2010 8:10 PM CDT
Android upgrade schedule released by Motorola | TweakTown.com

One of the downfalls of owning an Android phone is that you have to wait for an OS update to come to your phone as well as your carrier; it's not just one big happy update for everyone. There are lots of lucky phones running Android 2.2, while others are still stuck on 1.6. Motorola has cleared up the pathway for the expected updates coming for their phones worldwide, and released the schedule this past weekend.

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Australia's hung parliament - Where's it leave our tech?

Steve Dougherty | Networking | Sun, Aug 22 2010 11:22 PM CDT

Following an extraordinary result on Saturday, we are now left with a hung parliament and there is a lot of uncertainty in the air as to what lies ahead in Australia's immediate future.

Some say a part of the reason for it is due to so many mixed opinions and concerns between Labor's $43 Billion NBN and the Coalition's much cheaper $6 Billion broadband alternative. While on one hand we have a solution that is much more technologically advanced with future proofing, the immense cost that comes with it has people in discomfort about whether or not the country can really afford it. We all know one way or another Labor would be sucking additional pennies out of us as a result.

Australia's hung parliament - Where's it leave our tech? | TweakTown.com

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Verizon makes $400,000 investment in CardStar

Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Fri, Aug 20 2010 10:38 PM CDT

Verizon's plans for mobile world domination took another step forward today as they invested $400,000 USD into CardStar, a Boston-based company that replaces "club" and "rewards" cards with a digital replica that is usable through an iPhone, Android, or BlackBerry app to keep you from having to dig through your wallet or purse to find that pesky card.

Verizon makes $400,000 investment in CardStar | TweakTown.com

With reportedly over 700,000 users and 1.4 million downloads, CardStar is another step for Verizon into the mobile commerce market. According to CardStar CEO Andy Miller, "The carriers have long been looking at the mobile wallet idea, especially mobile payments ...But mobile payment is not here yet. So, what else is in someone's wallet? A lot of different cards and the common thread is loyalty cards."

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LG Optimus line will include ten smartphones and a tablet by the end of the year

Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Fri, Aug 20 2010 10:19 PM CDT

LG may be a little late jumping into the smartphone business, but that's not stopping them from having supreme confidence in their new products getting ready to hit the market. They have plans for ten new smartphones and an Android tablet under their Optimus banner by the end of the year and sell five million devices globally across 120 operators.

LG Optimus line will include ten smartphones and a tablet by the end of the year | TweakTown.com

Chang Ma, vice president of marketing for LG's mobile-devices unit, has high hopes; especially for the tablet. "Our tablet will be better than the iPad," he stated. "It's going to be surprisingly productive." The tablet will be based on the Android OS and focus on "the ability to create content instead of simply displaying it." No word yet on whether a wireless carrier will be involved in distribution of the tablet.

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iOS update to cure iPhone 3G sluggishness "coming soon"

Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Fri, Aug 20 2010 7:09 PM CDT

The big gripe with iOS4 has been that for iPhone 3G owners, it renders the phone slow and sluggish. Many owners even went back to iOS 3 to reverse the problem. Complaints have piled up since June, and recently a customer took his complaint to the big man himself: Steve Jobs.

iOS  update to cure iPhone 3G sluggishness

After shooting an e-mail to the CEO himself, reportedly a short response came from Jobs stating "software update coming soon." Apple is not confirming the report or the e-mail, but the hope for 3G owners is that Jobs was referring to the iOS 4.1 update, which developers have already laid their hands on.

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XFX announces single slot HD 5770 video card

Shane McGlaun | Video Cards | Fri, Aug 20 2010 2:04 PM CDT

XFX was at first only selling NVIDIA video cards. Over the last few years, the company has added a full assortment of ATI branded Radeon video cards covering all sorts of uses from HTPC to high-end gaming. The latest video card to come from XFX is the Radeon HD 5770 in a single slot flavor.

XFX announces single slot HD 5770 video card | TweakTown.com

The new card is available in a version with five mini DisplayPorts while the basic version has a single mini-display port. The single slot card has a special heat sink and fan setup that has 15% more heatpipe surface area allowing the card to run cooler inside a cramped chassis. The special heat sink system is also designed for low noise with up to 23.5dB lower noise production than the dual slot card.

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