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Panasonic to Gobble Up Sanyo

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Posted November 14, 2008 - By TylerColfax

Slowing consumer demand in a capitalist world means little guys get swallowed by big guys so they both can survive. Such is the way with two Japanese electronics manufacturers, as Panasonic will soon be buying Sanyo for around $8.8 billion.

The buy will put Panasonic, the world's leader in plasma televisions, squarely in second place as the world's largest conglomerate with a major electronics division, behind General Electric. Panasonic will also become leading providers for rechargeable batteries, which are supplied to cell phones, PCs, and an increasing number of automobiles.

So, what does this mean for you? The bad side of capitalism; less competition which equals higher prices. Yay!

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Infinity Classia Home Theatre System Review »


If you're dying to drop $4,500 on a sweet stereo for your holiday tunage, you might want to check out the Infinity Classia, with it's 400-watt wireless subwoofer, and ceramic metal matrix technology.

Look below the cut for the written review from Attack of the Show.

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Blizzard Chief Operating Officer Paul Sams has said in an interview that the world's most successful and wealthy MMO developers are working on a completely new project.  Still in the early building stages, Sams says they want it to be, "cool, and new, and different, and kind of next generation in terms of look and feel and gameplay."

So it seems the Blizzmasters are looking to improve on where Warcraft falls short for some users and is interested in creating the next big thing for them and maybe the whole MMO community. This news comes on the same day as the official release of their World of Warcraft expansion, Wrath of the Lich King, which will first be available at midnight tonight in London.

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Raon Everun Note Mini-PC Review »


The world's first dual-core mini-PC packs a big punch and comes in well under a grand, even with the fancy 7" touch screen and a solid gig of RAM, but can it deliver like other notebooks in it's class? Find out in today's Tech Review.

Look below the cut for the written review from Attack of the Show.

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Tech Review: BlackBerry Bold

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Posted November 10, 2008 - By Eugene Morton

BlackBerry Bold Review »


Chris Hardwick drops by the studio to tell us his impressions on the new BlackBerry Bold, how fancy the apps are and how it might just change your life.

Look below the cut for the written review from Attack of the Show.

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Blockbuster is hoping to have a set-top movie player available before Christmas that will deliver content via their Movielink download service. This may be all that is left for one of America's favorite, at least according to revenue, ways to get their movies. Seems like a lot of work in a tumultuous holiday market that looks to be smaller than many before it.

Things like Netflix, online streaming, and movies not being as good have been hurting their bottom line for a while now. Blockbuster posted a loss for the second year, down $33.6 million so far in '08 and $34.4 million for 2007.

Times are tough for movie rental chains, but we're hoping BBuster can pull off the set-top box to keep Netflix honest in their similar endeavors.

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The NPD Group is reporting that the iPhone 3G has outsold the Motorola RAZR in the US, which has been sitting atop the charts for years and years. Mostly due to, we assume, the fact that they are free with almost any new contract in the United States.

This represents two things: Apple's amazing ability to sell a ton of something and the move toward smartphones as a mass-market device.

1. Apple iPhone 3G
2. Motorola RAZR V3 (all models)
3. RIM Blackberry Curve (all models)
4. LG Rumor
5. LG enV2

With companies racing to release touchscreen cell phones, we'll likely see more and more of them in the top 5. RIM will be releasing the BlackBerry Storm, which sports a touchscreen. This is a first for RIM, but it remains to be seen if it can compete with the iPhone.

Many companies have attempted to copy the iPhone by throwing a touchscreen on a phone, but none have made a complete product that comes close to Apple's offering. It's not just about the touch... it's the user-interface, operating system, and how it all works together.

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Just a friendly tip from your friends at G4tv.com: on Saturday, November 8th at Wal-Mart the following deal is available at 8AM:

Purchase a $399 80GB PlayStation 3 and receive a $100 gift-card FREE.

The ad notes that this is only "while supplies last", but each store will receive a minimum of 4 PS3's to sell. We recommend getting there early if you want to get this deal.

They are also selling the $129 PlayStation 2 with a $30 gift card if you still need one of those (again, minimum of 4).

Thanks to Joystiq for finding the ad.

Research in Motion has released their newest BlackBerry model, the Bold, and for now the phone is free from Wal-Mart with a 2-year contract and a plan that runs about $80 a month. Well, it's a rebate that fully refunds the cost of the phone, but that's still pretty keen if you're into one of the most popular brands of smartphones and you've got the cash for the plan. You also have to make the purchase through the Wal-Mart web site, but who buys anything in the real world these days anyway?

BlackBerry is going to need promotions like this to compete with whatever else Google can come up with regarding Android in addition to incredible sales for Apple's iPhone which indicate the middle class is buying it in larger numbers than initially predicted. Of course, it all depends on your definition of the middle class. Nowadays no one consideres themselves rich or poor because both are stigmatized.

Regardless, it's a good deal and will bring you into the world of getting the most out of your pocket, whether it's business or pleasure, or both.

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Fujifilm S2000 HD Digital Camera Review »


We wrap up last week's Digital Camera Week a bit late with this close up of the Fujifilm S2000 HD Digital Camera.

Look below the cut for the written review from Attack of the Show.

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Ellen Gives Away Xbox 360s

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Posted October 31, 2008 - By TylerColfax

Ellen is going the way of Oprah. On her show yesterday she gave away an Xbox 360 to every single screaming, crazy audience member at her show. The best part of the video, which you can see on the Ellen site, is the giant Wal-Mart display they wheel out after she announces it.

You get an Xbox! And you get an Xbox! And you get an Xbox!

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And just in case you forgot, here's Oprah giving away cars:


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Tivo and Netflix have finally worked out their partnership for streaming and it should be ready for the full rollout in early December. And just in time for everyone with no money to go out and grab up Tivos and subscriptions as presents.

It's been 4 years since the project was initially announced but lack of content made it an undesirable move for both parties. The initial offering of streaming Netflix titles totals around 12,000 movies, which is 12% of what Netflix offers through the mail. Is this the future of home movie viewership?

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Panasonic LX-3 Digital Camera Review »


Chris Hardwick drops by to get intimate with the Panasonic LX-3 Digital Camera, and tell us whether or not it's worth getting to know.

Look below the cut for the written review from Attack of the Show.

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Nikon P6000 Compact Digital Camera Review »


So, you like to take holiday snaps, do ya? Wink, wink, nudge, nudge. We got ya. That's why we're here to undress the Nikon P6000 Compact Digital Camera, and take it out for a review.

Look below the cut for the written review from Attack of the Show.

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Activision is spending mega dollars on pimping Guitar Hero World Tour with a new ad featuring what is sure to be very pricey professional athletes. The 30-second spot stars Kobe Bryant, Michael Phelps, Alex Rodriguez, and Tony Hawk in a Risky Business spoof. OK, wha?


We're thinking maybe they've got their marketing wires crossed here. They got four SPORTS stars to push a MUSIC videogame with a 25 year-old movie reference.

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