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Poll Results - Who makes the best Internet browser?

By Cameron Wilmot | Software | May 20, 2010 03:50 pm CDT

We saw a better voting turn out this week - you folks lifted your game. Over 1,800 people voted on our previous poll and we asked you who makes the best Internet browser.


Somewhat matching our website traffic reports (and in hindsight thinking this poll will be a little skewed), TweakTown readers voted that Mozilla, the makers of Firefox, make the best Internet browser. It took 51% of the votes compared to 47% of our readers who use Firefox to access this website.

In second place came Google for its Chrome browser and it ended up taking 24% of the votes compared to 15% of our readers who use Chrome here. Third place went to Opera for its browser who took 11% of the votes compared to the 5% of our readers who use Opera and Opera Mini.

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Intel Atom CE4100 to power upcoming Google TV boxes and televisions

By Cameron Wilmot | TV, Movies & Home Theatre | May 20, 2010 02:56 pm CDT

Even though Intel unveiled its Atom CE4100 formerly codenamed "Sodaville" processor some eight or nine months ago at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco on September 24 last year, it still seems like it will be a little time yet before we see its mass adoption in the market.


Through some careful digging on Intel's press pages, we have just discovered that the Intel Atom CE4100 media processor will power all of the upcoming Google TV boxes and televisions with the new web-TV enabling technology embedded.

Intel's Atom CE4100 part is built around 45nm process technology and is able to work at up to 1.2GHz. However, at this stage, it is unclear at what speed the chip will be required to run at for the Google TV application that is coming to a lounge room screen...

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Crucial Releases RealSSD C300 Firmware (again)

By Chris Ramseyer | Storage | May 20, 2010 02:44 pm CDT

After a brief stumble with the first release of the firmware 0002 that left a handful of users locked out of their drives Crucial is ready to give it another go. An hour ago we recieved word that the new update tool is ready for mass consumption so users can update their RealSSD C300 drives to the latest 0002 FW that has working TRIM.

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Moshi alarm clock is controlled by your voice

By Shane McGlaun | Peripherals | May 20, 2010 02:00 pm CDT

I have been through a bunch of alarm clocks over the last year or so reviewing different products. One of the things that I don't like about a lot of clocks is that the buttons aren't backlit so you can't really see them in a dark room.


Moshi has a new alarm clock called the Voice Control Digital Clock Radio that you don't need buttons for, you can control it with your voice. The user can say "Hello Moshi" and then set the time by voice, get the clock to say the time aloud using your voice, or set the alarm by voice.

Even the snooze can be turned on by using your voice and the radio can be turned on too. The clock has a pair of stereo speakers and three presets each for AM and FM tuners. The FM tuner is digital and the clock can be purchased now for $69.99.

Logitech CEO on Google TV: "Watching TV will never be the same"

By Cameron Wilmot | TV, Movies & Home Theatre | May 20, 2010 01:31 pm CDT

Logitech is one of the key partners in the Google TV platform that is due out in the form of HDTVs and devices this fall.

Logitech's role in the platform is to provide a Google TV companion box as well as accessories to enrich the whole experience of this new and improved web TV from your couch. As Junien Labrousse, Executive VP Products of Logitech recently explained in a video just uploaded to YouTube (below), Logitech will not only provide a companion box that leverages the famous and popular Harmony Remote technology, but included in the package will be a controller that is said to be optimized for the Google TV experience that combines a compact keyboard, remote control and touch pad.

Read on for more and a couple of interesting videos.

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Lego Pac-Man arcade game plays all sorts of 80's games

By Shane McGlaun | Gaming | May 20, 2010 01:08 pm CDT

I was in elementary school in the 80's and we had Lego's in the room for playtime. We often built guns and cars with them and fought over the wheels and little men. The 80's were also the heyday for arcade gaming like Pac-Man.


Some geeks at Big Ben Bricks have put two of my favorite things from the 80's into one device, and it actually works. The contraption is a video game cabinet that is made from Lego blocks and it actually plays 80's arcade games like Donkey Kong.

The cabinet has a Jamma 48-1 board inside letting it play all kinds of arcade classics like Space Invaders, Donkey Kong, and more. I doubt it would stand up to an irritated player bashing the buttons.

Google tell us about Google TV with a video, go figure

By Cameron Wilmot | TV, Movies & Home Theatre | May 20, 2010 12:48 pm CDT

Google continues its worldwide international takeover plan today with the introduction of Google TV.

Information is coming out thick and fast right now and everything is still developing - stick with us here. It's been mentioned in the past on and off, but today Google officially introduced it today at its I/O developer event.

In short, though, what is it? It's basically a platform that brings Internet to the TV. We have seen many try this before and heard about it before, but none really as big as Google have tried it or pulled it off to any grand level. You'll be able to buy HDTVs probably in the fall timeframe or buy standalone set-top-boxes with Google TV embedded. Read more for the video.

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Intel senior VP discusses Smart TV from Google I/O event

By Cameron Wilmot | TV, Movies & Home Theatre | May 20, 2010 12:25 pm CDT

Intel, Google, Sony, Logitech and others bringing Internet to the TV. Should YouTube be worried?

Today at Google I/O Intel showcased its upcoming Smart TV platform that uses special purpose built Intel silicon to allow developers to build so-called great applications and platforms to bring Internet to the TV. Google will especially be involved with its Google TV Ads program allows advertisers to place an advertisement on air for as little as 20 bucks.

Read on for the video.

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Sceptre launches new 24-inch LED HDTV

By Shane McGlaun | Peripherals | May 20, 2010 12:06 pm CDT

Sceptre has been peddling some nice and well priced LCD HDTVs for a while not. The company has announced a new set today that is ultra slim and sports LED backlighting for better image quality and less power consumption.


The set has SRS TruSurround HD to process up to 6.1 channels of sound on a pair of stereo speakers. The contrast ratio for the set is dynamic 1,000,000:1 with a panel response time of 5ms. The screen aspect ratio is 16:9 and the resolution is 1080p.

The monitor is 0.69 inches at its thinnest point and 1.6-inches at its thickest point. Other features include dual HDMI ports, a USB port, and the screen can be used for a PC monitor with an adapter. The set will sell in retail stores and online for $399.

Steam for Mac boils with new games

By Shane McGlaun | Gaming | May 20, 2010 11:02 am CDT

Steam has been around on the PC for a long time now. The service was both loved and hated by many, but the cool factor of being able to download new games was undeniable. Even if it took way longer to download than it would take to drive to the store and buy frequently.


Steam has recently landed on the Mac and the service has new cross-platform multiple player titles. Steam is announcing that new cross platform titles that include Killing Floor, Altitude, and Madballs in Babo: Invasion.

In celebration, Steam is offering Mac gamers Killing Floor at 33% off for a limited time and Altitude is heading for a free weekend promotion with the game 50% off regular price. More Mac titles are set to hit Steam next week.