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So, the Gear Live crew is back from E3, and we hope you enjoyed the coverage we have brought you thus far. You can look forward to a bunch more video footage over the coming week. For now, I wanted to let you guys in on a horrible Apple Store customer service experience I had a few weeks ago, and how the LA Grove Apple Store went above and beyond to fix it. During E3, my MacBook Pro went belly up, and I was left with a useless computer at one of our biggest coverage events of the year. Below is the email I am sending to the LA Grove store, as well as the Seattle store that I made the original purchase at:

Dear Grove and UV Apple Store staffs,

I recently had encounters at your stores that I wanted to tell you guys about.

I live here in Seattle, and frequent the University Village Apple Store often, spending probably close to $8-10,000 per year on Apple products. I am one of your bleeding edge consumers who knows the ins and outs of all Apple products, probably before the stores know about them themselves, as I am also a CEO and journalist who has close ties to Apple PR and has attended multiple Steve Jobs keynotes.

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Nintendo WiiI’m not an expert in branding or picking product names, but as I thought about the ramifications of Nintendo’s choice of product name for their next console (Wii, in case you missed it), I’ve been thinking more and more about what a terrible choice it was.



First, Nintendo released a one-sheet explaining the name.  This includes how it’s pronounced, what it means, and their ‘vision’.  It strikes me that if you have to go to all that trouble, you picked the wrong name.  The name should just resonate.  People should be able to feel it right away, and the pronounciation should be clear.

The Big N explained the decision behind the name in a statement, which we’ve provided for your reading pleasure:

Introducing… Wii.
As in “we.”

While the code-name Revolution expressed our direction, Wii represents the answer. Wii will break down that wall that seperates videogame players from everybody else. Wii will put people more in touch with their games… and each other. But you’re probably asking: What does the name mean?

Wii sounds like “we,” which emphasizes the console is for everyone. Wii can easily be remembered by people around the world, no matter what language they speak. No confusion. No need to abbreviate. Just Wii.

Wii has a distinctive “ii” spelling that symbolizes both the unique controllers and the image of people playing it. And Wii, as a name and a console, brings something revolutionary to the world of videogames that sets it apart from the crowd.

So that’s Wii. But now Nintendo needs you. Because it’s really not about you or me. It’s about Wii. And together, Wii will change everything.

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Sparky BorgAt Gear Live’s Seattle Mind Camp event, we spent 3 hours transforming Sparky into a Borg. When it was all said and done, he was so happy, he did the Dance of Joy. Or something like that. Check it out, and let us know what you think. We will be putting up a video look at what it took to transform Sparky into this dancing abomination.

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Gear Live Bleeding EdgeIn this episode we destroy a Zip Drive, teach you how to make a cheap tripod, and much more:

THE WIRE
Google Calendar
Domain Roundtable Conference
HD DVD Launches

HACK ATTACK
DIY Bottlecap Tripod

BREAKIN’ STUFF
Destruction of a Zip Drive

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Gear Live Bleeding EdgeThis week, Jake Ludington joins the cast as we cover some PS3 rumors, improve upon the Walit, teach you how to segment your network, and more:

THE WIRE
Sony PS3 Rumors
Dolphin Stadium HDTV
Jake Crashes Party At CTIA

HACK ATTACK
Nate Improves The Walit

GIZMATIC
Etymotic 6isolator Earbud Review
Fujitsu LifeBook P15D Review

HIGH SCORE
How To: Segment Your Network For Optimal Xbox 360 Media Streaming

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Gear Live Bleeding EdgeIn this show we review the iTrip Auto, go over Boot Camp, detroy technology, and more:

THE WIRE
PowerMax DA4000 MR Mobile Repeater
Apple’s Boot Camp
Ultimate iPod Case

GIZMATIC
iTrip Auto Review
Walit Review

INTERVIEW
Phil Bogle, Jobster

BREAKIN’ STUFF
Audiovox 2-Way Radio
U.S. Robotics Fax Modem

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Gear Live Bleeding EdgeThis week we talk with Sonos, show off Nyko’s Xbox 360 Faceplate Maker, announce our second Xbox 360 giveaway, and more:

THE WIRE
YouTube’s 10-minute Upload Cap
iPod Volume Limit Update
Sony Style Seattle Grand Opening

HIGH SCORE
Nyko Xbox 360 Faceplate Maker

SOFTWARE
MoRU Review

GIZMATIC
Sonos Interview

GIVEAWAYS
Make My Day DVD Winners Announced
Another Xbox 360 Giveaway: Yes - another one!

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DVR-MS PSP ConvertDespite the recent launch of Sony’s own Media Manager, PSPWare remains the best solution for syncing content to your PSP. Chris and I were lamenting the lack of an easy way to automatically convert DVR-MS files created by Windows Media Center to files ready for playback from PSP Memory Sticks. Here is the solution.

Required Software:
Tweak MCE Power Toy $0.00
Lupas Rename 2000 $0.00
PSPWare $15.00
Windows Task Scheduler (part of Windows XP)

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Gear Live Bleeding EdgeIn this episode we give away an Xbox 360, talk with TextPayMe, go over the Windows Vista delay, and more:

THE WIRE
Dell Buys Alienware
Windows Vista Delayed

WEB GEMS
TextPayMe Interview

GIVEAWAY
We give away an Xbox 360!

BREAKIN’ STUFF
We destroy an LG C1300

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Gear Live Bleeding EdgeThis week we go over PlayStation 3 news, 802.11n, and put the MacBook Pro against the Dual G5 PowerMac:

THE WIRE
PlayStation 3 News
802.11n Interference
Windows XP On Intel iMac

HEAD TO HEAD
MacBook Pro vs Dual G5 PowerMac

GIZMATIC
Archos AV700
Vaja Choice 5G and nano Cases

WEB GEMS
Make My Day DVD Interview: Enter contest here.

GIVEAWAYS
Don’t forget - in Episode 005, we told you about two giveaways we are doing on the show. If you didn’t see it, go download it to find out how you can enter to win an Xbox 360. Also, we have the results of the OHSO giveaway.

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Length: 30:58


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