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I know we have all experienced it: You walk into a store to pick up the latest gadget, game, or other gear. You did your research, and because you read sites like Gear Live, you are in the know. As you approach the sales associate, you already know what it going to happen; but you walk up to them anyway and ask your questions about the product, the sale, the release date, etc. All you get is a blank stare, or an answer that you know is incorrect.

Now is your chance to get it off your chest, and let us know about it! We want to hear your tales of inept retail associates who led you astray, or just had no clue what they were talking about! Send us your best at submit@gearlive.com. We will post some of the greatest in a couple of weeks.

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Archos GMini 220The Archos GMini 220 is another contender in the portable digital audio game. With all the focus on the iPod right now, we decided to contact Archos to take a closer look at their hard-drive based MP3 Player. Without giving too much away up front, we felt it performed well enough to be taken seriously. Find out why in our Archos GMini 220 Review.

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As a vice president at security software leader Symantec, Matthew Moynahan applauds Microsoft's effort to make its Windows operating system safer from attack. But Moynahan is not so excited about the flood of help-desk calls almost certain to come when Microsoft releases a comprehensive security overhaul of Windows XP next month. His company's Norton antivirus software runs on about 100 million desktop computers.

Read More | Wired News
New iPod Newsweek Cover
Well, the rumors have been running rampant, and it has now been confirmed - on Monday Apple will announce the new, updated iPod. Check it out on the cover of this Monday's Newsweek Magazine. As you can see, there are some changes - most notably the new "brushed metal" scroll wheel which eliminates the 4 navigation buttons iPod owners are used to. The scroll wheel is a carryover from the iPod mini, incorporating the navigation buttons and the old touch wheel into one interface.

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4th Gen iPodOkay, so the new 4th Generation iPod is going to be officially announced tomorrow. Either you are feeling excited about getting one of these upgraded models, or you are upset about paying for the current gen iPod very recently. Well, here is a rundown on some of the new features found on the 4th Generation iPod:

  • Click Wheel - Taken from the iPod mini, the new iPod eliminates the four navigation buttons and puts the functionality what was once the scrollwheel.
  • 50% more battery power. That's right, you now get 12 hours of use per charge.
  • Simplified menu's allow you to get to your music with less clicking, as well as creating multiple On-The-Go playlists, and other play options.
  • Price - The 20 GB iPod will be priced at $299, while the 40 GB version will be $399 as both enjoy a $100 price drop. Of course, the rumor is that a 60 GB model will be announced, retailing at $499. The 15 GB iPod is no more.


Read More | Newsweek
XBOX Silver LogoIn what has got to be seen as an amazing feat, the XBOX Live service has reached 1 Million subscribers. Don't get me wrong, it's not that I dont like the service. What is amazing to me is how quickly Microsoft was able to garner 1,000,000 subscribers to its service. It usually takes a while to get 1 Million people to do ANYTHING, let alone play video games together. As Microsoft noted in the announcement, they reached this milestone faster than the AOL, HBO, and TiVo services did. It appears that the slogan must be true: "It's Good to Play Together".
Samsung SCH-A670 PhoneGear Live contributing reporter Hector Martinez was able to spend some time testing the Samsing SCH-A670 mobile phone. While it appears stylish on the outside, you can never judge a book by its cover. Hector gives us the down low on how it performs.

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If you haven't heard, freeiPods.com is a site that rewards you with either a 15 GB iPod, an iPod mini, or a $250 iTunes Gift Certificate - whichever you choose. All you need to do is sign up for one of the offers on the site, and then refer five friends. You are free to cancel the offer at any time, thus, you get an iPod for absolutely nothing.

We have gotten reports from several sources that the site is legit, and just the other day I met someone that got their Pink iPod mini through the site. I am now here to share the wealth. Click the link below to get started with freeIpods.com.

We also set up a thread on the Gear Live Boards dedicated to helping readers sign up and gain referals.
ChillowAs a technology enthusiast, when I first heard of the Chillow on the Oprah show a while back, I have to admit I was interested to say the least. The Chillow apparently used some sort of cooling technology to keep its internal material cool to the touch at all times. It is meant to stop one from "pillow flipping" to find the cool spot. Well, after using it for a few weeks, I am here with the results.

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Black iPodJaguar has a unique giveaway happening at it's X-Type website. If you sign up for the newsletter, you will be entered in a drawing to win a black X-Type iPod. Just by the looks of it, it does look stylish. You will also be entered for an opportunity to see Zero 7 perform on tour in your area.

As a side note, if you don't win you can still get one of these. Apparently, Jaguar got these iPods customized at ColorWare.

Read More | The X-Type

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