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Leaks: CompUSA's Going-Out-Of Business Discount List
 

"We've got the CompUSA internal discount list for their going out of business liquidation sale. The discounts are mainly 10% and 20%, with some 5% and 30% in there. Audio hardware, mounting brackets and the like, is 30% off. Just because they're imploding doesn't mean they don't have some pride, as least for now. They're entitled "opening discounts," so perhaps will keep dropping week by week until all the stock is gone. Looks like for now they're using the same close-out strategy as when they closed down most of their stores before: offer crappy deals and advertise the heck out of it."

Consumerist

 
Opera vs. IE: Round One, Fight!
 

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"I'm getting this feeling of deja vu... haven't we been through all this before? Today Opera filed an antitrust complaint with the European Union against Microsoft. According to Opera, the makers of an alternative web browser, Microsoft is using its dominant position to unfairly influence the web browser market by bundling Internet Explorer with Windows and by "not following accepted Web standards," which Opera says causes developers to create web pages specifically for IE that break in other browsers -- and thus lowers the incentive for users to switch."

ReadWriteWeb

 
Top Free Software Recommendations
 

Foobar2000 - Audio Player
Sygate - Firewall, you can get it at oldversions
FileZilla - FTP
Foxit Reader - Lightweight PDF reader
Openoffice - Free, lightweight word replacement
CDBurnerXP - Great free CD/ISO burner
JKDefrag - Fast, efficient defragger
uTorrent - Amazingly tiny full-featured torrent program
Opera 9.5 - Clean, sleek web browser
Notepad++ - Extended version of notepad, perfect for web design
K-Like Mega Codec Pack - Includes everything you need to run any video

 
Forget Trillian or Pidgin, Here’s Google
 

"You can now talk to AIM contacts inside of Gmail - just open the drop down menu in the quick contacts list and select “Sign in to AIM.” The buddy list appears"

MildlyHotPeppers

 
More Windows Errors Take Over the World
 

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"Reports all over the world confirm the worst: the best Windows error ever was just the beginning of a planetary invasion by alien forces using time-space-twisting software code. There's no other explanation for this gallery of demoniacally absurd errors"

Gizmodo

 
Ice Cream Company Gives Away 10,000 Frozen iPods Inside Popsicles
 

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"After decades of popsicle promotions that included prizes printed on the stick, Brazilian ice-cream company Kibon has taken it to a new level by including the actual prize inside the popsicle: they will manufacture 10,000 specially made propsicles, identical in size and color to the actual thing, frozen with iPod shuffles inside. We talked to Mentor Muniz Neto—creative director for Bullet Brazil, the company who got the idea—about how they worked with Apple to achieve this."

Gizmodo

 
The 25 Coolest (and Most Unconventional) Keyboards
 

"Keyboards come in all shapes and sizes, from the standard ten dollar gray board to something straight out of a science fiction movie. Here’s a list of some of the coolest and strangest keyboards out there."

Speeding Computer

 
The Top 7... Games you don't want this holiday
 

http://reviewstash.com/imgupload/thumbs/5_121007_dontwant7_obs1--screenshot_large.jpg"Christmas is the sad time of year when well-meaning relatives and friends waste their money on gifts you pretend to like. You know what we’re talking about. Sweaters you’ll never wear, candles you’ll never light, and gift cards for stores you rarely visit are just some of the typical offenders that scream “I don’t know you, but I had to get you something!”

Games Radar

 
Fox claims mmos are "breeding ground for criminals"
 

http://www.foxnews.com/images/329001/0_61_warcraft_crusade_3.jpg"Massively multiplayer online games — or MMOGs, as they're called — can foster more vulnerability than there might be on other virtual meeting spaces such as dating and social networking sites, where participants are inclined to be on the lookout for suspicious behavior from the start."

Fox

 
Empires 2.0 Gameplay Video
 

 
The Pirate Bay adds Last.FM Functionality
 

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Looks like Bay is continuing its current efforts to replace Oink with a public tracker by adding Last.FM artist / genre functionality to their site.

The Pirate Bay

 
Ideazon Reaper Edge Reviewed
 

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"Now that the fallout has cleared after reviewing some high-end gaming mice like the SideWinder, G9, and the 4000dpi Lachesis, we felt it was due time to look into Ideazon's latest creation, the Reaper Edge, which comes more than a year after Ideazon first entered this fiercely crowded gaming market. The Edge asserts itself with some noteworthy gaming characteristics, among them a 3200dpi laser sensor, five on-the-fly dpi switching modes, and software for macros and button reassignments, among others. For those keeping score, this sounds pretty on-par with today's crop of gaming mice."

ExtremeTech

 
Lost Planet
 

 
BioShock Wins Game of the Year
 

"I am honestly *slightly* shocked that BioShock, as beautiful game as it was, has turned out to be the winner in this years Video Game Awards. Despite my little personal issues with BioShock, I am happy that it managed to beat out Halo 3 (aka Halo 2.5). It is amusing that I have no intention of watching the show nor do I even know what channel Spike TV comes on with my cable, but I do love lists, and the final list of winners is out on CNN via PR Newswire (before the show has aired! Which is tomorrow December 9th at 9pm btw). Full list after the break."

1PStart

 
Samsung Sync
 

We're going to look at AT&T Wireless latest phone, the Samsung Sync (SGH A-707), one of the first HSDPA phones in the United States. It’s thin, light and comes in a new cliche clamshell design. The handset includes features like a 2 mega pixel camera and a media player with support for MP3, WMA, AAC+, RealAudio and streaming audio. The even managed to throw in touch-sensitive external controls and a brilliant QVGA display. Included also are A2DP and microSD.

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Sound quality wise, this phone can't stand up to my previous Sony Ericsson w600i. Indoor reception is horrible with only two bars while other phones tested in the same location such as the LG CU 500 received full reception as well as the Sony Ericsson. Testing was done four miles away from an AT&T cell tower which should be embarrassing to Samsung because the phone only received 3 bars outdoors. Another phone tested was the LG CU400 at the same location which received full reception.

During normal use of the phone such as SMS, MMS, and games the operating system software was way too lagged. Sometimes it can take up to one minute to load from the memory card making some songs skip causing them to sound like a scratched CD.

Now let’s say you were doing some work and you decided to see the time, the idle screen in front goes totally blank and in order to see the time you must hold the left side button for three seconds which is an inconvenience. You can’t win ‘em all.
Pros:

Sleek
Camera

Cons:

Bad reception
Horrible sound quality
Does not register SIM card
Screen gets scratched way too easily
Horrible color quality for front the screen
Have to hold button to see the time

Price Tag: $229.00

 

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