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Wal-Mart Xbox 360 KioskGotta love Wal-Mart - according to our readers, Wal-Mart locations nationwide are beginning to roll out Xbox 360 kiosk with playable demos of Call of Duty 2, Kameo, and King Kong. The discs also feature videos of other upcoming games. If you want to get an early look at the Xbox 360, give your nearest Wal-mart location a call and see if they have a kiosk. Oh, don’t forget to bring your latex gloves.


PlayFeed Sly 3 GiveawayQuick note for you gamers out there - PlayFeed is giving away a copy of Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves to the person that posts the coolest Xbox 360 faceplate design that they can find. Read on if you want a shot at winning.

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Sly 3 GiveawayOkay, so we believed G4TV when they said that the Xbox 360 faceplates handed out to the press at E3 would not fit on the final 360 unit. So to make it right, we are giving away a brand new copy of Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves for the PlayStation 2. In order to win, just head on over to our forums and post an image of what you consider to be the coolest Xbox 360 faceplate design - whether it is official or a mockup. Next week we will choose the one that we thought was the best. Contest is open to US residents, and if a winning image is posted more than once, the first person who posted it gets the game. Now will you forgive us?

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McDonald's WiFi DSNintendo and McDonald’s have announced a deal to offer DS gamers free Internet access for gaming in restaurants across the United States. The service will allow users of the Nintendo DS console to play their games against other people the world over, all while stuffing their faces with Happy Meal goodness. About 6,000 McDonald’s chains currently offer wireless access for laptops, but there is a fee involved. Wayport will be providing the access points. Look for the service to go live on November 14th here in the states, and on the 25th in Europe as they try to capitalize on the Mario Kart DS and Tony Hawk SK8Land releases.

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NetGear Storage Center

Our data has become precious indeed.  There was a time not too long ago where only large corporations feared losing essential data, as those on home PC’s didn’t really know what the term “hard drive failure” really meant. Now that times have changed, Netgear brings us Storage Center.  Storage Center places itself on your router over an Ethernet connection and has two handy bays for external drives.  However, this is not your ordinary external hard drive bay.  The device mirrors the data you house on it to further prevent data loss if you put two drives into it. Being an Ethernet device, you can share files anywhere on the network. We just beg that you don’t put bread in this, it doesn’t toast well. More images after the jump.

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AOL Optimized SystemaxAOL is back at it with another “AOL Optimized” budget computer system. For $299 USD, you get a PC that is suitable for web surfing, along with a 17-inch CRT monitor. The only catch here is that an AOL contract is required. This one is really targeted at those who don’t have a PC at home, and just want one to stay in touch with people. AOL started this partnership with Systemax last year, and they even have their own productivity suite - “AOL Office.”

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Verizon OneVerizon enticed us to check out the unveiling of their new phone - Verizon One. Essentially, the 5.8 GHz phone looks okay and is packed with plenty of features to make it worth the $149.99 price tag.  The Verizon One is supposed to be a conglomerate of all of your communication needs in one device. For the price, the phone also has an integrated 802.11g 4-port router along with a beautiful touch screen where you can manage contacts, address books, and schedules for each family individual.  Since it already has an Internet connection, you can also use Verizon SuperPages to find restaurants, theaters, locksmiths, etc.  It does a pretty good job in mapping results out for you, too.  While impressive, this product does have a massive downside - it’s only available to Verizon DSL customers.  Good going Verizon, way to isolate potential consumers.

Revolution ControllerFor all the naysayers out there, it appears that those who have gotten to see the Nintendo Revolution controller up close walk away impressed. Take Time Magazine for example, who call the controller “mind blowing,” in an article looking at the coolest things out there. The article was based on mass-market appeal, and Time believes that the Revolution controller is something that anyone will be able to pick up, understand, and use easily. Sounds like what Nintendo was going for.

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Cingular HSDPA Seattle and PhoenixGood to see Cingular taking action by turning on their HSDPA service in a couple of techno-centric cities. Seattle, WA and Phoeniex, AZ are the first areas to get receive the HSDPA love here in the United States. While no HSDPA phones are available for purchase here in the US just yet, I commend Cingular for taking the leap to show that they are ready to jump into this space. Also nice to see Seattle get first dibs compared to how long it took Verizon to get EV-DO turned on here. Cingular’s new networks were up and running in Seattle and Phoenix using Lucent Technologies and in the Dallas/Fort Worth area using Ericsson equipment. They plan to have the network in up to 20 markets by year’s end, which is also when they would make enabled phones and laptop cards available to consumers.

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Dell HDTVDell has announced yet another addition to their budget television line in the W3706C 37-inch LCD just keeps the good times rolling with their television line. The latest member is the W3706MC 37-inch LCD television, priced at $2,299. This bad boy has a 1366 x 768 resolution, and arrives at your door ready to receive OTA HD content. They also have a 50-inch plasma that they are adding to their line in the W5001C - this is the one they were showing off last month, and it’s going for $3,799. The Dell W3706 and W5001C allow users to multitask by viewing images from different sources simultaneously, with dual tuners and Picture-In-Picture (PIP), Picture-On-Picture (POP), and Picture-By-Picture (PbP) modes.

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