All told, about 58 million bargain hunters rose before dawn to check out Black Friday. Welcome to Cyber Monday, another effort to get the moola out of your pocket and into online retailers when shoppers go back to work. Researches say that 61 million will shop online from their cubicles, which is 18 percent higher than last year, to avoid holiday rage.
To guard against online identity theft, watch for mass e-mails complaining there are problems with your order, use a credit rather than debit card, and check for site security (the site should read “https,” with that extra “s” for security.) Finally, if you use sites like Amazon, Shopzilla, BizRate, and NexTag, don’t automatically assume you will obtain a secure and safe purchase.
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When was the last time you even thought of using a landline phone? Panasonic has just released two models to its DECT 6.0 line, the cordless KX-TG8231 and the KX-TG8232. Both offer a handset LCD display including a customizeable caller ID, a built-in alarm clock, up to 12 hours of talk time, and a 50-station phone book. They feature extended talk time, reduced interference, HAC (hearing aid compatibility,) and an all-digital answering system. The price for the KX-TG8231 is $69.95. The KX-TG8232 comes with two handsets for $99.95.
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BuyMyTronics, formerly known as BuyMyBrokenIpod, has obviously increased the amount of old gadgets that they are willing to purchase. This includes such items as Game Cubes, Playstations 1, 2, and 3, Wii’s, DS Lites, iPhones and Zunes. As you send them your broken stuff they send them off to other companies or chop off parts. Working and/or phased out gadgets get refurbished and sent to resellers. The site is planning on expanding to include cell phones, digital cameras, GPS devices and camcorder. What a great way to pick up a little spare change for the holidays. You might just earn enough to buy yourself a little good cheer.
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Motorola and T-Mobile have announced that there are some serious issues with some of their Sidekick Slides. Apparently when the feature is activated, the device may reboot or turn off. No need to worry if you own an LX or iD model, but anyone trying to purchase one of the faulty ones will find a “temporarily available” on T-Mobile’s site. Contact T-Mobile online or hit your nearest retail store if you are having any problems with your Sidekick.
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Now this is just silly, especially when compared to the mania that the iPhone launch caused here in the US. Apparently, there is no one in the UK
queueing to purchase an iPhone. I mean, there are some, but very, very few. Compare that to the 4-block long line that I was a part of when I purchase my iPhone at the Seattle Apple Store, and I start looking like a dork. Especially since I was within the first 40 people in that line. Oh, and the fact that later that night, when the line had made it through, there were still plenty of iPhone to be had. I guess the British just have a bit more dignity than we do.
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It would appear that the PC’s popularity is lessening in Japan, as overall shipment has declined for the last five quarters. Taking its place are flat panel TVs and cell phones, according to analyst Masahiro Katayama. He added that kids there spend more time using their phones, advanced game consoles, and smart phones to access the Internet than computers. PC makers have taken to marketing low end products in countries for have those who will become first time users. While we suspect that this trend will continue, there is no way that we could ever completely give up our comfortable QWERTY keyboard and widescreen monitors for tiny finger pads and minuscule displays.
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Nokia has unveiled their lightweight BH-101 at SEMA in Vegas this week. You can get up to 8 hours of talk time and 180 of standby on the Bluetooth headset. The ear piece can function with EDR 2.0, Handsfree v1.5, and Headset 1.1. It features an adjustable earloop for use on either side and Nokia reports that the headset will be out just in time for the holidays with an estimated €30 (~$43.00.) We find now that when we see folks walking around in public with an earpiece that they become as instantly annoying as those who speak extra loudly on their cell phones.
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While the Palm Foleo died on the vine, the concept may live on. I-Mate, makers of many fine Windows Mobile based smart phones is rumored to be working on a “shell” to go with their new Ultimate line. While the new shell would not contain any processor or memory of it’s own, it would feature a 1024x768 screen and a full sized keyboard to act as a dock for the smart phone. It is still unknown if the shell would feature batteries to increase runtime, but if it does that could be a killer feature for todays power-hungry HSDPA chipsets.
This seems like it would be a better approach than the Foleo. It would be cheaper, provide similar functionality, and allow a user to select which form factor they want (laptop vs. cellphone) at any given time as simply as clicking the phone into the larger frame. If this comes to market in a timely manner and offers a good user experience it could signal a new style of cellphone based computing—and a step into the “world of tomorrow”.
Elecom has released their EHP-IE10 Series Earphones for those who want to make a minor fashion statement. Available in 8 different styles, they feature an impedance of 32 ohms, a playback frequency of 20Hz to 20kHz, and a pressure response of 99dB/1mW. The eardrops have a f 13.5 mm driver unit, a 1.2 m cord, a f3.5 mm stereo mini-plug, and weighs only about 7g. You can pre-order for JPY1,200 (~$21.27.)
Blackberry has announced that their latest phones, due out in November, will feature unlimited music. Omnifone, in cooperation with mobile device maker Vodafone, plans to debut the inexpensive service in November in the U.K. before releasing it to the rest of the planet. Customers will only pay a weekly fee of £1.99 (~$4.59) for the service that is about 10 million songs strong in 30 countries. This service will allow direct downloading even when on the go and may be adaptable to Vodafone mobiles and 2.5G and 3G handhelds without an upgrade.
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