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Dear Nintendo: Drop the Wii to $100

Dear Nintendo: Drop the Wii to $100

Nintendo has dropped the price of its Wii console to $150. The move is yet another in a long line of strategies on Nintendo’s part to try and ramp up the once-astronomical demand for its console.

The only issue is, I don’t see a $150 price tag on the Wii helping out all that much. The console will undoubtedly see a short-term boost in sales, but this is a long-term game. And over the long-term, I simply don’t see any way for Nintendo to maintain high demand for its console.

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HTC Flyer: Latest victim of tablet sabotage

HTC Flyer: Latest victim of tablet sabotage

Perhaps it's Friday paranoia talking, but it does seem like the US carriers (and retailers, for that matter) want to kill the chances of every tablet other than the iPad. News that the "Scribe" active stylus for the HTC Flyer will be an $80 accessory for the WiFi-only version Best Buy will sell (and, presumably, the HTC EVO View 4G headed to Sprint) has whipped the rug out from under the tablet's stubby Android feet, making it either a very expensive - $580 for WiFi tablet and pen - proposition or merely a 7-inch slate not even running Honeycomb.

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An ARM MacBook could revolutionize the industry

An ARM MacBook could revolutionize the industry

It's a strange week to be talking about Apple dumping Intel. Only a few days ago, the company was proudly unveiling its new iMac line-up, relying on Core i5 and Core i7 processors - along with AMD GPUs - to make them the fastest all-in-ones Apple has offered to-date. Yet at the same time as Intel's latest quad-core chips are finding their way into what Apple's Phil Schiller describes as "the world's best desktop," there's also talk that the company's close relationship with Intel is about to get served with divorce papers. ARM is coming, and the computing industry will never be the same again.

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Phones for Women: Is Verizon’s Bliss misogynistic or just lazy?

Phones for Women: Is Verizon’s Bliss misogynistic or just lazy?

We can make dual-core smartphones that last for days and put LEGO into space - well, eventually - so why is it that gadgets for women are generally so, well, rubbish? This week news of the HTC Bliss for Verizon broke, a prototype "phone for ladies" that the carrier is supposedly putting through its focus group paces. The Bliss may not commit the first sin of a "female gadget" by being bright pink, but it does have a (code)name like a gossip mag and, from what we know so far, fall victim to the same needless flaws that generally seem to plague tech targeting girls.

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I’m Stupid, but I’m Trying

I’m Stupid, but I’m Trying

It doesn't take much to remind me that I know very little. Most days I can rely on at least a comment or two pointing out that, not only do I not understand that of which I've written, but that I should punish myself by promptly disconnecting from the internet tubes and forever forgoing having a connection ever again. Other times it's the harried moments of research which educate me in my ignorance. Friday, for instance, I attempted the briefest of digs into Auxiliary Power Unit heaters, after the space shuttle Endeavour saw its launched scrubbed over "an issue" with that very component.

No more than a handful of paragraphs of dense NASA technical documentation and I realized I'd bitten off far more than my blogger's brain could handle, at least in the space I had to push out a timely article and with a level of complexity casual readers might appreciate without finding overpowering. Did I get it right? Only pageviews, comments and a spattering of common sense will tell me, and even then it's part calculation and part divination. Welcome to the age of information overload.

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If the Apple TV Was Discontinued, Would Anyone Care?

If the Apple TV Was Discontinued, Would Anyone Care?

Since the second-generation Apple TV has been on store shelves, 2 million units have been shipped, a recent report claims. That report followed a release Apple sent out late last year saying that it would hit one million Apple TV sales in December.

Now, like everything else related to Apple, debate rages over whether 2 million Apple TV shipments are good or bad. Some say that the device is selling well and catching on with consumers. They point to the general lack of interest in the first Apple TV for proof of that.

But I’m not in agreement. Like many others, I’m not very impressed by 2 million Apple TV shipments.

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On Stewart Lee and how Twitter ate comedy

On Stewart Lee and how Twitter ate comedy

Digitalization gets blamed for a lot, and today it's ruining comedy. Writing in the Financial Times this weekend (here if the FT's paywall eats it), British stand-up Stewart Lee took to task the savaging of content in the name of "cross-platforming" and how media like Twitter have shifted artists away from the wholesome, authentic "managing the meeting of form and content." Now, I like Stewart Lee. I like his comedy and how different his style is from many of the gross-out or rapid-fire comedians popular today. But I also like the digital world, and while Lee's piece is funny, I don't think it's fair.

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Windows Phone: The Next Six Months

Windows Phone: The Next Six Months

Today, Windows Phone 7 turned six. Six months, that is, counted from the October 21 2010 release of the first batch of Windows Phone handsets. It's a big day for the platform, too; not only a retail milestone, but an early inking of the deal between Microsoft and Nokia which will see the Finnish phone giant bet its smartphone fortunes. So, where next for Windows Phone, and will Nokia's input - and the "billions of dollars" Microsoft will be pushing its way - help it gain all-important market share?

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Windows Phone 7: The First Six Months

Windows Phone 7: The First Six Months

It's a half birthday! Today is 6 months to the day since the official launch of Windows Phone 7, and we're got a roundup like you wouldn't believe! How would you like to know everything that ever mattered about the platform in one single post? That's what's going on here. Behold the successor to the Windows Mobile platform, one that's taken the world by storm! -- Depending on how you look at it. We've got all the big steps complimented by hands-on with all the big guns - reviews too!

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A Half-Baked PlayBook is the tip of the Firmware Nightmare

A Half-Baked PlayBook is the tip of the Firmware Nightmare

If there's one message that comes through loud and clear about the BlackBerry PlayBook - both in our review and in others - it's that RIM's first tablet is half-baked in its current state. The 7-inch slate is dependent on a phone for half of its key apps, glitchy in more places than it should be, and has left reviewers warning would-be early-adopters that it might even be too early for them to consider, well, adopting. Welcome to the firmware nightmare, where every device is a work-in-progress and nobody is ever quite satisfied.

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