As of Sunday, August 21st, the day before Nintendo releases Nintendogs, its much-anticipated pet simulator, the Nintendo DS will begin selling in the US at the suggested retail price of $130, a $20 price drop. While the $20 drop may not seem like much up front, it does put the DS at a strategic price of roughly half of the cost of the PSP and allows a new buyer to bring home an extra game or accessory with their system. So far, the DS has sold over 2.5 million units in the US and 5 million worldwide.
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If you have $25 and a Nokia Smartphone, this book by O’Reilly may strike your fancy. Nokia Smartphone Hacks is a collection of interesting tips and tricks that you may not know you can do with your phone. There are also some sample hacks available on the site as well in PDF format:
Pick the Right Class of Nokia Phone
Use Calling Cards with Your Mobile Phone
Record a Phone Call
Send Email the Easy Way
Business 2.0 is speculating that Google might be getting ready to roll out a free nationwide WiFi network. The network could be a new rollout, which is most likely given Googles recent acquisition of fast fiber networks, or could be similar to an MNVO and piggybacked on another providers hardware infrastructure. In either case, the service would be supported by Google AdWords. Best guess is that Google would inject an iFrame into every website visited on the access point, thus generating revenue via their advertisers. The idea of a nationwide free access point network is positive in my eyes - ad supported content and bandwidth really could be the wave of the future!
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Now this is the swankiest geek presentation of the original Star Wars IV I’ve seen yet. Some creative peeps have turned the entire movie into ASCII art which is now available using Telnet. If you want to see it, open up the command line on your computer (Terminal on OS X, or “CMD” from the run option of your Windows PC) and type “telnet towel.blinkenlights.nl”. Hit enter a few times and sit back with some popcorn to enjoy the show. Speaks well to the power of good old ASCII text. If you are using IP V6, you get color!
There are so many people who have jumped on the blogging bandwagon. There have been some instances where blogging about your employer, whether it be negative or influential comments, have cost people their jobs. Career Builder has posted some handy guidelines to follow so you’re not next on the chopping block.
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Relationship psychologist Susan Quilliam has found that playing a game like Nintendogs, or any other virtual pet game, can help develop our motor skills, attention span, and our ability to solve problems. So you benefit in two ways - a fun and entertaining mental exercise, and you don’t need to pick up any poop.
The perfect purchase for the little hacker in your life, or for those wishing for a more accurate voodoo doll, Modern Seed Draw-it-On dolls allow you to completely create your own vision. You see, the dolls really are a mere canvas, allowing you to draw and color facial features, clothing patterns, and just about everything else. The pockets of the dolls hold 5 pens, and the clothing is removable, allowing you to create multiple styles for your Mini-Me’s. You have your pick of a boy or girl for $40 USD.
Logitech has yet another new product coming down the pipeline in the form of an update to their QuickCam line. The QuickCam Fusion is a funky-looking USB 2.0 webcam that features 1.3 megapixel resolution for snapping images (nice!) along with improvements for low-light conditions and audio quality. The camera also boasts a wide-angle 78 degree lens, providing a nice field of vision for those on the other end. This one hits retail at $99.99 USD, which includes a monitor clip, headset, and Video Effects software that allows you to create 3D avatars which will replicate your facial expressions. Freaky.
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Citing “market chatter,” TheStreet.com is reporting that a deal is in the works between Google and Apple to provide the iTunes Music Store through Google’s webpage. However, the details of how this might change the way users access the iTunes Music Store – which has traditionally been a standalone piece of software - have yet to be announced. Guesses ranging from a complete web-based overhaul of the iTunes system to a simple, yet prominent, link to Apple’s iTunes download site on Google.com have been circulated, but with no official announcement coming from either company at this point, we’ll all just have to wait and see what happens. Check back for more details as they emerge.
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In what will probably come as a horrific turn of events for 17-year-old Welsh girls, police in South Wales have implemented a monumental raise in the fine associated with text messaging while operating a motor vehicle. The new ticket will cost £1000 ($1815 USD) rather than £30 ($55 USD). Additionally, six demerit points will be added to the offending driver’s record, which will take a noticeable toll on insurance rates. With gas running over $5 a gallon in the UK, driving the high-tech lifestyle may just have gotten too expensive in South Wales.
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