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iPod mini 1000 SongsLooking at the packaging and marketing used by various drive-based MP3 player manufacturers, one might have false expectations of just how much music the product can hold. I think it's time for a little consumer education so that we can all be smarter shoppers. Reading reviews of products like the Apple iPod, Sony Walkman, Dell Digital Jukebox, and the like you will find journalists quoting the number os songs the player can hold - however, there is some fine print to be looked at when considering one player over another strictly based on this specification.

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Clerks 10th Anniversary DVDToday's DVD releases are definately heavy on the comedy, with Saturday Night Live "Best Of" sets, Eddie Murphy: Raw, Clerks X, Will and Grace and more. Of course, there is more for those who enjoy the more serious flicks. If you like a combination of both, pick up Soul Plan, which was seriously unfunny.

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Sony HDR-FX1 High Definition Camcorder

Those of you who are of the mentality that smaller is better, may want to rethink that philosophy - at least as it pertains to camcorders. We all know that high definition is where it's at in terms of jaw-dropping visual quality. How nice would it be to be able to record our home movies in the same vein? Sony has just introduced the world to the HDR-FX1 High Definition Camcorder. Why should you care? Put simply, it enters another consumer level high def recorder into the market, and that brings prices down. This bad boy records in 1080i, and when compared to a regular camcorder, the difference is immediately apparent. A test recording of written text from a book showed that even the fine print was legible on the HDR-FX1 in comparison to the same recording on a normal camcorder where the text was blurry and illegible.

The HDR-FX1 weighs a good 4.4 pounds, and is set to go on sale next month in Japan for about 400,000 yen. That equates to roughly $3,600 USD. The recorder should be available in the States by the end of 2004.
Gear Live GMail Giveaway Free G-Mail AccountsGoogle's GMail free email service has been around for months now, but is still in beta. This means that if you want an account, you need to be invited by someone who is a beta tester - or else you are out of luck. Being that Gear Live is all about the readers, we are now your hook up.

We will be posting GMail invitation links with every new story posted. They will not be so obvious, so you will have to click around to find it each time. Who knows - the graphic used with a story might be an invitation link, one of the ads on the right may be a hidden invitation link, or one of the links within an actual story might link to GMail rather than the subject itself. We will try to be creative, emphasis on try. We will probably fail miserably. Please let us know if you pick up an invite from this site!

Nonetheless, to get this kicked off, click on the GMail logo to the right for the first GMail invitation.

(Thank you to everyone who sent in GMail invitations for us to give away. If anyone else would like to help out and donate invites, send them to me at andru gearlive.com).
Free iPods Flat Screens Desktop PC Gratis Networks Received ProofIt seems that Gratis Networks' free offer sites have taken the internet by storm. The fact is that to this day, there are still many who doubt the whole Free iPod, Free Flat Screens, and Free Desktop PC sites. It is understandable. After all, nothing in this world is free, right? Wrong. In this case, many people are getting expensive electronics without spending a dime. We have compiled a bunch of pictures submitted by Gear Live message board members and readers, as they submit their evidence showing that these offers are for real. The fact is that Gear Live has helped over two hundred people earn free iPods, desktop pc's, and flat screen monitors and televisions.

Click below for the images. We will continue to add more as they are received.

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Rio Carbon 5GB Player

Leave it up to Rio to make a product so hot that you can't find it anywhere, except in the back closets of your local Best Buy. There weren't any on display, but you see, it always pays to ask. Even the limited edition, with a run of only 500, was sold out in a matter of a couple days! Gear Live finally has its hands on Apple iPod Mini's direct competitor, the Rio Carbon 5 GB digital audio player. This little number sports an extra gig of space than the Mini, offers 20 hours of life on a Lithium-Ion power supply, and is supposed to have one of the best desktop software systems available.

Click here to discuss the Rio Carbon on the Gear Live Boards

Click below to read our latest review!


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Game Boy Advance GBA SP $79.99 price drop



As it turns out, our previous speculation was correct. Nintendo has officially reduced the price of the Game Boy Advance SP handheld portable to a cool $79.99. If you have not yet picked up one of these, now is the time to do it, as the SP is totally chic and fits in very nicely with other high tech gadgets. Nintendo has set up a new site, Start Mayhem, to push the new price point.
Samsung A670

Globally, cell phone sales have hit an all-time record of 156 million for the 2nd quarter alone. I can remember way back, when I resisted the thought of having a cell phone myself. These days, it seems, it's a necessity. Nokia leads the pack in terms of overall market share, increasing slightly to 29.7 percent. Motorola holds on to 15.8 percent of the market, while Samsung Electronics is at 12.1 percent and Sony Ericsson is at 6.6 percent. LG Electronics rounds out the list at 6.0 percent.


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Microsoft

Looks like Apple is coming up against stiff music-service competition these days. First there was RealNetworks, and now Microsoft is getting into the act. It sounds like its service will look very similar to the popular iTunes online music service, with one big difference: Music files will be saved to your devices in the WMA format, allowing for a broader distribution to various handhelds. Microsoft stands to gain some increased revenue in the form of increased advertising dollars on its MSN Website. They also hope to spread the appeal of the Windows Media file format.

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Acclaim Entertainment Files for Bankruptcy Out Of Business Olsen TwinsAcclaim Entertainment, longtime videogame maker, has finally filed banruptcy due to their inablity to find funding. The company has made it known for the last couple of months that they were hurting financially, and the lawsuit from Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen (due to their poor selling games) surely didn't help. The videogame publisher is responsible for franchises such as NBA Jam, All Star Baseball, Turok, Juiced, BMX XXX, and others. Games that have been completed will more than likely find homes with other publishers - however, games like 100 Bullets and The Red Star may have more difficulty since they are unfinished.

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