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Mon
19
Jan
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Bankrupt Circuit City Begins Liquidation

The long-rumored end to Circuit City has finally arrived. Beaten down and finally booted by Best Buy over the holidays, the electronics retailer has begun liquidating its assets in stores across the United States. In November Circuit City revealed ... that it had entered Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection , but no one really knew what that meant for its remaining stores. Most employees appear to have been completely unaware that their stores might be closing, with one Circuit City worker telling CNET's Brooke Crothers that he didn't expect his place of employment to shut down for a long, long time ... (view more)

Tue
13
Jan
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Sony Unveils Petite but Pricey 'Lifestyle PC'

Sony has finally unveiled its first netbook just in time for the 2009 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. About the same size as your average bottle of Coca-cola , it's tiny, slim, and surprisingly expensive. As expected, smaller, cheaper, ... and portable laptops -- otherwise known as 'netbooks' -- have stolen the spotlight from glitzy televisions and Blu-ray players at the 2009 CES. However, Sony's Vaio P Series Lifestyle PC is breaking the mould, at least in part. Though it's definitely small (no longer than a mousepad and about as thin as your everyday cell phone), the size of the ... (view more)

Wed
07
Jan
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Best Buy to Stock Refurbished, Cheaper iPhones

Didn't get that sleek, stylish Apple iPhone for Christmas as you wished for this past year? Well, if you're looking for a cheap version of the very popular handheld device, you might just be in luck: big box electronics retailer Best Buy recently ... announced that it will be selling a discounted refurbished version of the iPhone in hundreds of its stores. In an announcement made yesterday, Best Buy Co. Inc. revealed that it would sell resurrected versions of the 3G iPhone for approximately $50 less than their brand-spanking-new counterparts. In other words, the refurbished 8 GB model will retail ... (view more)

Tue
06
Jan
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CES 2009 Shrinks with Dwindling Economy

The bad news continues for the tech industry. Not long after we first heard murmurs Microsoft may be ready to lay off as much as 17 per cent of its workforce, the popular Consumer Electronics Show, held every year in dazzling Las Vegas, is rumored ... to be shrinking alongside the global economy. The Consumer Electronics Association, host of the CES, estimates that both the number of exhibitors and visitors will be down in 2009. The CEA expects about 130,000 people will attend its famous electronics show, down 11,000 from last year. In addition, only about 2,700 exhibitors are expected to attend ... (view more)

Thu
01
Jan
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JVC Puts VHS Tape Out of Misery

Not yet sure about investing in a Blu-ray player for your home theater and high definition television? That's understandable. However, for those of you who haven't yet upgraded from VHS to standard DVD, there's bad news on the way this holiday ... season. According to reports, JVC -- the last tech company making VHS tapes -- has revealed that it will no longer be producing the aging technology. This follows on the heels of news in October that the company would cease production of VHS players. (Source: crn.com ) As you might expect, demand has all but dried up. Although consumers are still ... (view more)

Tue
23
Dec
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Last-Minute Gift Ideas That Promise to Save Time and Energy in 2009

There are only a few days left before Christmas and many people are blitzing local shopping malls in search of last-minute gifts. If you are one of these people, you might want to consider these neat little "stocking stuffer" ideas. The first ... suggested item is the Clickfree Portable Backup HD325. Clickfree has made the hassle of backing up our data virtually fool-proof. All a user has to do is open the package, plug it into a USB port and watch the small device store data instantly! It has a capacity of 320 GB, sells for around $179.99 and is available at most retail stores nationwide. ( ... (view more)

Fri
19
Dec
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Black Friday Tech Sales Tumble in 2008

Despite the popularity of Blu-ray players, iPhones, iPods, and games like Rock Band 2 and LittleBigPlanet, the tech industry has not been impervious to the slings and arrows of a declining U.S. economy. According to a recent report, even Black ... Friday tech sales were down this year. Business trackers NPD have released figures for this year's Black Friday score, and results for the technology industry are not good. This year, consumers spent just over $2 billion on electronics at retail outlets, down significantly from last year's $2.21 billion mark. Although the number of sales online seems to ... (view more)

Wed
10
Dec
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Blockbuster Makes Life Easy For Couch Potatoes

Blockbuster has launched a service might save couch potatoes from travelling to their doorstep. The online MediaPoint player allows customers to 'rent' any of 2,000 titles for immediate viewing. The announcement may be the answer to Blockbuster's ... continued difficulty in making a viable business out of Movielink, the online video company it bought last year. The firm was created by a partnership of the major movie houses which appears to have lost a massive amount in selling to Blockbuster for $20 million. (Source: arstechnica.com ) The new service is Blockbuster's answer to similar offerings ... (view more)

Thu
04
Dec
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Which Industries Continue to Thrive Despite Slowing Economy?

Despite a slow economy steadily tightening its grip around the automotive industry, several other industries continue to thrive this holiday season. The two markets most resilient to recession seem to be movies and electronics. Despite thinner ... wallets and massive layoffs, Apple's venerable iPod continues to fly off shelves this Christmas. In a recent statement to investors, analyst for Kaufman Bros. Shaw Wu admitted he was stunned that Apple's popular device continues to be sold out through many online vendors. Amazon, perhaps the most popular online source for electronics, has a three to ... (view more)

Tue
02
Dec
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Brits Lead World In Digital TV Use

New figures show the US is one of the few places where female Internet users outnumber male users. The study also unveiled intriguing facts about television and cell phone use worldwide. The figures, produced by British communications regulator ... Ofcom, directly compare the UK, France, Germany, Italy, the United States, Canada and Japan. The researchers also produced a separate report on countries with developing economies such as China and Russia. Because the analysis is so detailed and brings together several outside surveys, the figures cover activity in 2007 rather than this year. Across ... (view more)

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