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BlackBerry Popularity Tops iPhone

iPhone vs. BlackBerry

RIM has taken the top spot with its BlackBerry as the most popular smartphone in the first quarter of 2009. Their market share jumped 15%, giving it 50% of the market, while Apple and Palm each lost 10%. A study by NPD claims that aggressive promotions such as the “buy-one-get-one” Curve deal contributed to the popularity. The Storm came in third while the Pearl came in fourth. The G1 took the 5th spot. We expect that this may be a temporary position, as Apple will undoubtedly fight back.

[Editor: Oh, and of course, Apple didn’t do any sort of “buy one, get one” with the iPhone, which is certainly helping pad those BlackBerry numbers.]

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Newegg Deal: Panasonic VIERA 42” HDTV

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: HDTV, Home Entertainment, Hot Deals,

Panasonic VIERA TC-P42X1

Just saw that has a nice deal on the Panasonic VIERA TC-P42X1 42-inch 720p HDTV, selling it for $699.99 from now through 4/30. What we like about this set is that, for the price, you get a 600Hz set that has deep colors, and fantastic scaling technology for bringing non-native sources to 16:9. It sports a 30,000:1 contrast ratio, 3 HDMI inputs, and ATSC, NTSC, and QAM tuners. Take a look at the Panasonic VIERA TC-P42X1 on Newegg, and use promo code TV4211 to get the savings.

As always, you can find all sorts of Newegg coupon codes and deals on our forums.

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AT&T selling refurbished 16GB iPhone 3G for $149

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Cell Phones, Handhelds, Hot Deals,

AT&T iPhone 3G refurbished

Well, lookie here. If you’ve been jonesing for an , but thought it was a big too expensive, you’ve gotta see what AT&T is selling refurbished iPhone for. You ready for this? You can grab a refurbished 16GB iPhone 3G for $149.99. You are saving $150 off the regular price of $299.99 - that’s 50% off. It really doesn’t get much better than this.

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Newegg Deal: Sapphire Radeon HD 4850

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: HDTV, Hot Deals, PC / Laptop,

Sapphire Radeon HD 4850

Just came across this deal on the Sapphire Radeon HD 4850 video card that we had to share. The card typically sells for $140, but you can pick one up, today only, for $114.99. The Radeon HD 4850 sports 512 MB RAM, plugs into a PCI Express 2.0 slot, and supports HDCP. You’ll find an HDMI out on this card, and it also supports CrossFire, if you wanted to buy two and make them work in tandem.

As always, you can find all sorts of Newegg coupon codes and deals on our forums.

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Dr Jay’s Hoodie Sale going on now

Dr Jays Hoodie SaleIf you are anything like my teenage son, you are living in your hoodie everyday. He has two that he wears throughout the week, so he doesn’t have a lot of variety. Hoodies are pricey, people. He doesn’t want just a plain ol’ hoodie, no way. It has to have some swagger. You know what I mean. To his good fortune, Dr. Jay’s is having a huge sale on hoodies for every mood or occasion. Enough hoodies to have a unique print everyday, at an affordable price! Check these styles, there is bound to be one or a few dozen you can add to your wardrobe. Now, make sure you walk around with the hood up at all times acting like you don’t care—about anything…gotta represent right?

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Best Sale Sites on the Web

Posted by Katie Gutierrez Painter Categories: Advice, Fashion, How To,

I have to say: If there’s one upside to this economy, it’s that department stores, boutiques, online shopping sites, and designers alike are so desperate to clothe us (a.k.a. sell stuff) that prices on everything from sunglasses to wedding gowns are slashed. Which is great for girls like me, who are, well, still desperate to be clothed by them! The bottom line is that, if you know where to look, you’ll never buy a full-priced handbag, pair of It jeans, or must-have dress again.

Shop it to Me

Shop it to Me markets itself as your own personal shopper, and it’s a pretty accurate tagline. Sign up on the website; tell it what types of sales you’d like to hear about (i.e. women’s clothing, bags, and shoes and girls’ clothing); input your various sizes; select your favorite brands/designers from dozens of options, including Marc by Marc Jacobs, BCBG, Theory, DKNY, Nanette Lepore, See by Chloe, and many more; let the site know how often you’d like to receive Sale Mail (I choose twice a week) and, of course, the minimum percent off you’d like to hear about. Voila! Every Tuesday and Friday at 9 a.m. I have a lengthy list of sales from Nordstrom, Shopbop.com, Zappos, Macy’s, and more. Plus, for every 10 friends you recommend who sign on to the site, you get a $10 gift card.

Gilt Groupe

Gilt Groupe is a dream find for designer-hounds. The equivalent of exclusive New York sample sales, the site offers access to women’s, men’s, and children’s luxury designer merchandise reduced by up to 70%. Home decor items are available as well. The way it works: Everyday, you’ll receive an email letting you know of that day’s sale, which will last only 36 hours and usually feature less than a dozen items hand-picked by the designer. It’s not unusual for items to sell out very early, but you can always put yourself on the waiting list. Today, I had my eye on a vivid tangerine silk ruffle dress by Miguelina, reduced from $495 to $198. Unfortunately, my size was already sold out—lesson learned!

Eluxury

Check out the sales section of Eluxury.com for reduced-priced goods from such coveted designers as Versace, Dolce and Gabbana, L.A.M.B., and Marc by Marc Jacobs. If you’ve got a spare $1,300 stashed in a sock drawer somewhere (ha..ha), do me a favor and splurge on this mink-fur stamped suede Fendi bag reduced from $2,450. Fendi purse For the rest of us, how about this edgy snake bracelet from Roberto Cavalli, down to $139 from $350? Roberto Cavalli snake bracelet

Edressme

Full disclosure: I own more than 50 dresses. Knowing it’s obscene won’t stop me from buying more, and when the compulsion hits, I turn to edressme.com. It is the site exclusively devoted to dresses, and you’ll find a ton of bargains on their “under $99” page. How about this adorable black and white tank and ruffle combination by edressme.com for only $61.20? edressmedress

Retail Me Not

Retail Me Not offers online coupons for more than 20,000 stores. So before the adrenaline rush makes you hit “Pay,” make sure you’re not missing out on a coupon for free shipping, an additional 20% off, or buy-one-get-one-half-off. I’ve saved up to an additional 30% on purchases through this baby!

And Don’t Neglect to Shop Local

Many local boutiques ask for your e-mail address when you check out. If you love the boutique, give it to ‘em. You’ll be the first to know about sales and events. Just this week, for example, I received an e-mail from one of my favorite local boutiques advertising its spring sale with 20% off new merchandise… and champagne during shopping! Sometimes, boutiques along the same street will put together a joint sales event or host trunk shows by some of their designers. Half the time, these events also offer nibbles by local restaurants and complimentary wine or champagne. If you’re worried that your reserve will fail if you get a little tipsy, just BYO non-influencing beverage.

Happy sale-ing! Let me know what you find. smile


Newegg Deals: Hitachi Blu-ray HD camcorder, Samsung sale

We are back with another list of the latest , and this time the list is heavily skewed towards digital cameras and photo frames. If you are in the market for one of those, be sure to check out the list below:

As always, you can find other non-expiring Newegg promo codes and deals on our forums.


Amazon selling Xbox Live Gold subscriptions for $29.97

Xbox Live Gold discountWe are gonna go out on a limb and say this is likely the best gaming deal you’ll see today. Over at Amazon, they are selling the 1-year Xbox Live Gold subscription at just $29.97. That’s a little over $20 off the standard price of $50 that most of us pay on a yearly basis to stay connected to the Xbox Live golden world, or in other words, a full 40% off. If you are nearing the end of your subscription, you’ll wanna grab one, certainly. Heck, I’m gonna pick up a few just so I can stay stocked up. At $30, why not?

Interestingly enough, this isn’t the first sale of its kind, as Buy.com was also pulling a similar stunt last week. Could we be seeing the beginnings of an Xbox Live Gold price drop? Maybe?

Your thoughts?

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Amazon Cleans Up in Sales

Amazon logoWhile most retailers lost money this holiday season, Amazon is pleased to announce that they did just fine, thank you very much. Their best sellers included the Wii, the iPod touch and Samsung’s 52-inch LCD HDTV. They claim an increase of 17% (6.3 million items) on their busiest day, Dec.15. That is almost a million more than last year. Somehow we are not surprised as online shopping is so much easier now considering most of us can order what we want without the hassle of snow, nasty shoppers and crowded malls.

Read More | USA Today

Taylor Swift Comes Back to Beat Britney

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: The Charts, Country,

Taylor SwiftBritney Spears

Has the hype already died down?

Just one week after debuting at #1, the pop princess has already been dethroned. Unfortunately, Circus wasn’t topped by a new entry. Spears was actually surpassed by .

Fearless, which has been out since November 11, jumped 23% over the last seven days. Swift sold 249,000 units besting Spears by 49,000. (Circus fell 60% from last week’s 505,000 achievement.) Beyonce’s release came in third during this round.

You can see the remaining Top Ten charters after the jump.

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Read More | Variety

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