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PS Vita release week rundown

PS Vita release week rundown

This week we're seeing so much news on the PlayStation Vita that you'd swear it hadn't already been on the market for months in Japan. What we've got though is a launch both in the USA and in the UK with the system showing up in Target stores as early as yesterday and pre-release bundles appearing at places like Gamestop from the start of this week. We've got the device here in the office and will be giving it an extensive review both in operating system and hardware along with the games that are available here at launch, but for now - columns galore!

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Target has a Guest ID that tracks your purchases

Target has a Guest ID that tracks your purchases

The following may disturb some of you, but as a loyal Target shopper since before I was born (I'll address this in a moment), I find it sort of awesome: Target has a unique Guest ID for me with a record of everything I've ever purchased. Of course this record is based on the times Target was sure I was the person purchasing items, via credit card for example, and if a coupon was sent to my home and someone used it, they assume it was me and this is recorded as well. With this method, Target has become a superpower in the retail world and keeps us all in the fold with a perfect suggestion: "just buy everything here, why not?"

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Apple expanding Target collaboration to mini-store outlets

Apple expanding Target collaboration to mini-store outlets

Thought Apple is already sitting pretty inside Target stores across the nation inside hyper-controlled displays which noone can touch, they've been tipped to be expanding to store-within-a-store inside the year. According to a source speaking with Apple Insider, Apple is planning on operating Apple-branded mini stores inside 25 larger Target stores throughout the nation later this year. Visitors of the 1,000+ Best Buy stores across the USA may already have noticed similar miniature Apple stores inside the warehouses there - this would be something very similar inside what your humble narrator so lovingly calls the Big Red Living Room.

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Target is finally selling some Android tablets

Target is finally selling some Android tablets

If you've been following along with the epic telling of Target Superstore's future in the Mobile business with your humble narrator, you know that they're certainly having an interesting time selling Android tablets. Amid the Apple's iPad 2 sitting always at least one aisle away from the Android selection in a MUCH nicer showing than the Android tablets have ever had and the smartphone wall being dominated by two iPhone displays three times the size of any other smartphone, one would think that Apple would be dominating. As it turns out, one Android tablet in particular may be jumping off the shelves.

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Target Android tablet selection lifted above Apple’s iPad 2

Target Android tablet selection lifted above Apple’s iPad 2

This week Target will be evolving their mobile selection in several places, most notably in the tablet department, where Android tablets will be much closer to the smartphone selection than the iPad 2. For those of you that follow my analytics of the Target department store chain (whose home is right here in sunny Minnesota), you know that I've had more than one conniption fit over both the placement of Android tablets and the arrangement of their entire mobile section in general. Just this morning while picking up some random oddities, I noticed that big red may well have heard my siren call: the Android tablets are now less than 10 feet away from the smartphones.

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Nikon 1 J1 now available for pre-orders at Target

Nikon 1 J1 now available for pre-orders at Target

The Nikon 1 Series J1 and V1 are the company's very first mirrorless interchangeable lens digital cameras similar to the Micro Four Thirds cameras that we've seen from Olympus and Panasonic. However, the Nikon offerings have a smaller sensor but are touted as being much faster at image processing. The cameras debuted last week and the more affordable J1 model is now available for pre-orders on Target.com.

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How Target’s Mobile Ecosystem works and how it could Improve

How Target’s Mobile Ecosystem works and how it could Improve

Welcome to Minnesota, Earth - Target Brand department store originating right here in my midwest place of birth, aiming for and achieving a spread across North America like a wildfire - and like any forward thinking place of business, they want to get in on the mobile business to keep their show on the road. Therefor they've created Target Mobile Store, or simply "mobile" by Target Brand and powered by Simplexity - this group, if you did not know, only handles online sales of cell phones and wireless service, thus you wont see "SIMPLEXITY" plastered all over the electronics department at your local physical Target location. Inside the store you'll find an endcap with four devices, a wall full of display units, and several aisles away you'll find two Apple displays, another aisle containing two Android tablets.

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SOUL by Ludacris SL300 Headphones Shipping Now

SOUL by Ludacris SL300 Headphones Shipping Now

So you're in the mood for some hip-hop endorsed audio in the form of over the ear headphones but you're not into the whole Beats by Dre fad, yes? Perhaps you'd like a slightly more GOLD solution? It's time for Ludacris to come out from the shadows and plop some SOUL headphones on your head. The Over-Ear SL300 headphones by the name of SOUL by Ludacris are shipping now, retailers including the likes of RadioShack, Amazon.com, Best Buy, and Microsoft (the store you'll find directly across the aisle from the Apple store in the Mall of America, of course.) Apple stores will be carrying them as well.

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Radio Shack and Target to cut iPhone prices

Radio Shack and Target to cut iPhone prices

If you have been thinking about getting a new iPhone you might want to wait a bit and see how things shake out. There are some rumors and a leaked screen shot from Radio Shack that suggest that the iPhone is about to get a price cut. Apple often slashes the price of older gear as it gears up to release the new replacement for the devices.

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