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Unboxing Live 099: Microsoft Surface tablet

Microsoft's Windows 8 has arrived, and alongside it, the Microsoft Surface tablet with Windows RT has been released! Surface is Microsoft's first first-party tablet PC device that it has ever released, and we were able to get our hands on it a little early to give you a look at what you'll find in the box. While we prepare our full Surface review, check out our unboxing video above where we give you a look at the tablet, the Touch Cover, and the setup process!

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Official Alert: Radio Shack changes name to The Shack

Posted by Mark Rollins Categories: Corporate News, Rumors

Radio Shack

There has been many a rumor floating around the old intertubes that Radio Shack, long time electronics goods retail shop, would be changing its name to “The Shack” - not to be confused with Pizza Hut’s rebranding to “The Hut.” Well, as we thought, the rumors were certainly true. This attempt to be hip is going to be kicked off by The Shack Summer Netogether, an event running August 6th through the 8th, featuring two 17-foot laptops placed in New York’s Times Square and San Francisco’s Justin Herman Plaza. I don’t know if this new marketing strategy will work, but if it keeps The Shack from becoming like Circuit City, then it is worth a try.

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Unboxing Live 046: Canon DM-100 camcorder microphone

In this episode of Unboxing Live!, we give you a look at the DM-100 microphone attachment. If you’ve ever been unimpressed by the audio quality of your camcorder recordings, adding a dedicated, external microphone might be exactly what you need. The Canon DM-100 attaches directly to your mini shoe-equipped Canon HD camcorder, and drastically improves the quality of the sound. We give you a look at the DM-100 settings and physical features.


Survey Says: American Households Spend $1,200 A Year On Gadgets

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) has just released the results of a study they conducted in February, and the word from them is that the average American household spends about $1,200 per year on gadgets. It appears that televisions are the biggest piece of the pie, as 92% of American homes have them, and 25% of those homes own sets. are also way up there, not surprisingly, owned by 76% of all American households. Focusing on more recent times, it seems that network hardware components are the hottest sellers right now, as American households are integrating more personal computers into the mix, requiring routers and wireless access points. Along with DVRs, network equipment purchases rose by 8%.

“Many of the top owned products have enjoyed mass-market saturation for years and will likely see growth based on upgrade and replacement sales,” said CEA senior research analyst Elena Caudle. “Some of the more intriguing categories are those that still occupy niche markets, such as mobile CE devices like GPS systems and satellite radio, which have seen healthy growth in the past few years.”

Even more interesting though, is that it was determined that the average teen spends about half of their total income on consumer electronics and gadgets. Households with teenagers exceed the national purchasing average of $1,200 by up to $500.

Of course, to readers of this site, this is nothing new. In fact, we bet that many of you, like us, can spend upwards of $5,000 a year on gadgets or more. Are we right? Let us know in the comments, or hit up the forums. How much do you spend on gadgets on an annual basis?


CES 2007 Video: Digital Hero 3 Camera From GoPro

We loved the concept of the GoPro Digital Hero 3 that we saw at CES. It’s a small digital camera that straps to your wrist. It’s ultra-secure, so no worries about dropping it, and the images look fantastic. Perfect when hiking, skiing, or sporting events when you want a camera near at all times but don’t want to have to worry about putting it away and taking it out repeatedly.


CES 2007 Video: Premier Image Optics Tiny Camera Components

Andrew Lin from Premier Image Optics shows off their projectors, digital cameras, and camera phone modules. It’s really incredible how small they can get, even when you go up to 3.2MP. They say 5MP is coming soon, but Nokia already has one in their newest N95. The projectors are pretty neat, and there are some very high megapixel cameras for a point-and-shoot.


CES 2007 Video: Loc8tor Homing Device

We were able to check out the Loc8tor device at CES. This is a gadget that lets you home in on things (or people) that you have attached a small homing key to. The plus version even lets you know if a homing key moves out of your range, so you know if a kid is heading towards a street or if someone is trying to jack your gear.


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