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January 2009


Circuit City's Exit a Loss for Consumers

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Circuit City gave up on getting a buyer and will liquidate its stores. It's a sad day for 30,000-plus employees. It's also a bad day for consumers, who lose the major competitor in keeping prices down at Best Buy, the nation's largest electronics retailer.

To add insult, even a fire sale might not ...

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Toshiba: Nobody Wants Thinner TVs

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Toshiba declined to compete in the ultrathin TV contest at this year's CES. The company dismissed the challenge thrown down last year by Hitachi, with its 1-inch-thick LCD, and 1-inch plasmas announced this year by Samsung and Panasonic.

Basically, Toshiba argues that the extra-skinny TVs are a ...

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Video: Cool and Wacky Tech From the 2009 CES

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More than 100,000 people flocked to Las Vegas to look at exhibits from 2,700 tech companies. On display was an impressive array of new gadgets and software. We've featured a few in this video, ranging from a 3D webcam to software that can turn your iPhone into a one-hand band.

 

There were no ...

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Panasonic Deck Combines VHS with Blu-ray

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Combining Blu-ray with VHS tapes seems, well, wrong. But many of us still have cherished cassettes. So Panasonic thinks there is a market for a combo Blu-ray and VHS player.

The DMP-BD70V, like Panasonic's other Blu-ray players, can process 15 billion pixels a second. And it will use those smarts to ...

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New Casio Camera Feature is Creepy

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Dave at CES: Maybe it was the demonstration, but I don't see the appeal of a new feature from Casio. New cameras can put a moving person onto a still picture, say a kid bowing on top of one of her drawings.

At best, I don't see that anyone would use it much. At worst, I found the combos a bit ...

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PC Keyboards Get a Makeover

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Dave at CES: The lowly PC keyboard is getting an upgrade this year. Gadget maker Logitech has added a small LCD to one of its keyboards that acts as a separate screen, while Asus is plugging a whole computer into the back of a keyboard.

The Logitech screen is small, about the size of an LCD on a ...

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SanDisk Wants Us to Push Their Backup Button

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Our refusal to back up our PCs also caught the attention of SanDisk, which is launching USB drives with a push-button for saving data. It's another effort by SanDisk to find a new use for the memory chips it makes.

This one doesn't seem a big winner. But there might be a market in people who already ...

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Phoenix Software Reduces Pain From a PC Boot

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Dave at CES: Shaving a few minutes off a starting PC also shaves the angst, the tension that feels like a kick in the stomach from a computer's boot.

HyperSpace is new software that offers a lean, fast and friendly partner to slow-starting Windows. I've been testing it for several days, and ...

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