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July 3, 2012

3DS XL Slated for August Release


Nintendo plans to bring its 3DS XL to the States on August 19. The size of the display has grown by 90% with a 4.88" top screen and the bottom one is 4.18". The life of the battery is slightly improved and it comes in two color combinations of red/black or blue/black. A 4GB SD card is included with the portable game system and the price is set at $199.99. Super Mario Bros. 2 will be released concurrently.

Via Nintendo

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April 4, 2012

Best Buy Downsizing


Best Buy plans some restructuring after losses late last year, proving once again that what can be bought online or less expensively often is. Fifty of their big box stores will be closed while 100 new small stand alone stores are planned to go up by 2013. They plan to increase their online revenue which, if you have seen their site lately, includes deals like free store pickup when you purchase online. Finally, they plan to cater more to customers, which to us just means quit asking us to purchase extended warranties.

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April 2, 2012

RIM Down, But Not Out


RIM is not having a prosperous time overall of late, despite releasing new BlackBerrys. It would seem that selling 11 million smartphones and half a million Playbook Tablets last year did not help the beleagured company. They will be going through some changes, including co-founder Jim Balsillie and other top execs leaving. They also plan on cutting back on consumer marketing and cater more to businesses. We suspect lowering prices may be involved, especially after the BlackBerry 10 launches later this year.


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November 8, 2011

CMI Solves Fuzzy 3D Viewing


3D seems to have taken a back seat lately but the company Chimei Innolux has managed to bring it back with new technology. CMI's 4.3" display has a 720 resolution and "cell gap" technology so that instead of getting fuzzy 3D from an off center viewing, you get a clear 2D image. There is no exact date as to when the screen will be available on devices, but if you were waiting for no glasses and a clearer screen, you are closer to your goal.


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June 16, 2011

Warhead, Devastator and Detonator Phones for XBox


Tritton has a trio of MadCatz headphone/headset combinations meant for Xboxes. The Warhead, Devastator and Detonator feature sound for up to four gamers that can chat away during play. The Warhead has 7.1 surround sound Dolby audio with 50mm neodymium drivers and rechargeable batteries with selective voice monitoring. The Devastator runs on regular batteries and produces stereo while the Detonator is also stereo, wired and has a 3.5 audio jack. Look for all three this holiday season.

Via MadCatz

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April 28, 2011

Chrysler Follows Up Eminem With Dr. Dre


How do you follow up a new resurgence of a brand? In Chrysler's case, after you get Eminem on your side to spread the word, you join with Dr. Dre and his Beats. Not only will he be appearing in commercials beginning in May, his phone technology will be implemented in a 10-speaker system in the 300 Sedan, due out this fall. The company reported that the Em's Superbowl commercials increased sales by 191%, proving that music really does run the Motor City.

Via Chrysler

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April 18, 2011

Flip Video - R.I.P.


It's kind of the end of an era as Cisco has decided to cease production of
Flip Video
. Originally acquired in March 2009 for $590 million, it was such a unique and wondrous cam that not only did I run out and buy one (and I never run out and buy anything) it's tough to reconcile the fact that they are just shutting it down.

Customers will still receive support, but the company plans to concentrate on Refocus, their home networking business, Business TelePresence products and Eos media solution.

Note: It seems that NY Times reporter David Pogue had mentioned that a new feature called FlipLive would have provided live broadcasting to Twitter, Facebook or email link if you are in a WiFi hotspot. Let's all take up a collection and purchase the rights to the original USB cam that I still use nearly daily.

Via Cisco

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March 15, 2011

Iqon Hooks Up Saab and Net


Android fans, Saab has just the car for you. Iqon is an in-dash infotainment system that features a WiFi enabled touchscreen, access to the Internet and thousands of apps. You can check your email, contact your local dealer, stream music and navigate. The new platform was recently shown in a Phoenix concept car at the 2011 Geneva motor show.

Via Saab

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January 19, 2011

Adapter Offers Wireless Access to Intel WiDi laptops


Logitech has devised a Wireless Speaker Adapter for Intel WiDi-enabled laptops. It allows you to connect laptop audio to speakers and Voila! You get wireless stereo. Look for the adapter to be released in May for $29.99

Via Logitech

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January 13, 2011

Pioneer Adds Pandora to In Dash Devices


At last week's CES 2011, Pioneer announced that it is integrating social media to cars. Nine models of in-dash products will provide Pandora streaming through a connected iPhone. Aha Radio will provide interactive and personalized radio. Look for 2 CD players, 3 audio/video devices like the AVH-P3300BT shown here, 2 DMPs and 2 GPS systems to have the ability at prices starting at $150.00.

Each will also have app access to Facebook and Twitter as well as YouTube. While Pioneer sees it as a way of connecting in your vehicle, we think it may turn out to be another source of accidents when drivers do something other than simply watching the road.

Via Pioneer

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January 12, 2011

GM Strikes a Deal With Powermat


GM has teamed with Powermat to make it easier to charge your electronic devices while tooling around town. About $5 million dollars have gone to Powermat to include the device in next year's Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac. The charger has already been added to this year's Chevy Volt.

Via GM

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January 5, 2011

Wifi Hotspots to Reach 11 Billion by 2014?


In-Stat research claims that WiFi hotspot connects have reached 2 billion as of the end of 2010 and that it will widen to 11 billion by 2014. Asia/Pacific is said to gain about a quarter of the venue and by 2010 handhelds will account for about half of it. Somehow this figure doesn't surprise us as more smartphones, laptops and other electronics have WiFi built-in.

Via In-Stat

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December 28, 2010

Pioneer BDP Series Blu-ray w/iOS Support


Pioneer's latest Blu-ray players have the convenience of 3D and more. The BDP-430, BDP-43FD, and the Elite BDP-41FD have iOS support and HDMI connectivity. At prices starting at $299.00, users can download a free iControlAV iOS App for control via iPhone/iPod.

Via Pioneer

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December 27, 2010

Netflix Adds Disney-ABC/CBC to Lineup


Netflix's latest deal is with Disney-ABC. Programs can be accessed after 15 days of initial telecasts. The company has also recently acquired content from CBC for Canadian subscribers like TV series 'The Tudors' and the classic 'Kids in the Hall' (we loved that show!) as well as more cable TV series. A live stream of Starz Play channel is also available. Will they become the first complete live-streaming Internet channel? Today North America, tomorrow the world.

Via Netflix

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