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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.

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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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Playstation 2

Looks like everyone is waiting for the arrival of new consoles. Either that, or gamers are saving their hard-earned dollars for the the explosion of games announced for this Fall. In any case, analysts predict that sales for the entire year are expected to be flat compared to 2003, at $18.2 billion, though that amount was an all-time record.

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Apple iMac G5 Pictures Images



And they're the flattest desktop PC's ever, at just 2 inches thick. The latest G5 processor is housed behind a flatscreen, giving the newest iMac a style almost reminiscent of their best-selling iPod. Worldwide distribution begins this September at prices ranging from $1300 to $1,630. Click below for more images of this beautiful PC.

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Gear Live Playlist Lloyd Banks Chronic Future Jeff Buckley Jolie HollandThis week Playlist takes a look at a couple of the albums that everyone seems to be adding to their collections in Lloyd Banks "Hunger For More" along with "Lines In My Face" from Chronic Future. In addition, we give you our next pick Collection Essential pick - be sure to pick this one up!

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Game Boy Advance GBA Price Drop 79.99According to major game retailers Electronics Boutique and Gamestop, the early copies of pricing materials received by the company indicate that the price of the Game Boy Advance SP handheld game system is set to drop. This isn't unexpected, as the Nintendo DS handheld is set to debut in the United States in the month of November somewhere below the $200 mark. So what is the expected cost of the GBA SP after the price drop? A very consumer friendly $79.99 seems to be in order - a $20 price drop from it's current $99.99 price point.
What Makes a Great Videogame

As Gear Live braces itself for the onslaught of games approaching us this Fall, we thought it would be a good thing for to reflect on what is it that makes a videogame great? What things do we look for in our reviews, before making a recommendation? What factors are more important than others? Interested to know? Click on the link find out!

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HP iPod



Thanks to a licensing deal announced back in January, you'll soon be able to aquire an HP-branded iPod, simply dubbed: "The Apple iPod from HP". The unit is pretty much a replica of Apple's latest 20-gig and 40-gig models - but will carry the HP brand instead. As part of the deal, HP will sell photo labels which will allow users to choose and print their own art, or select from a variety from artists HP has partnered with, and "wrap" the tattoo-like stickers around their iPods, for a unique look. The deal was to help Apple penetrate even deeper into consumer markets by leveraging HP's distribution capabilities.

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