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You know that Apple store down at your local mall? In a few months, it may be sharing a zip code with your local Microsoft store. In all goes to plan, the software giant responsible for Windows and Office will launch an assault on Apple and other consumer electronics companies by erecting a number of retail outlets designed specifically to showcase, market and sell Microsoft wares. A company representative was quoted as saying: "As we progress on our retail strategy there will be scenarios where we have stores in proximity to Apple. We are on track to open stores in the fall time frame." Of course, the intentions to launch this fall makes perfect sense. Two major launches are on track for Microsoft's... Read more...
It's baaaaaack! Barely two months after Circuit City, a long standing icon in the world of consumer electronics, shut its doors for goods, the doors are back open...online, anyway. After the bankrupt company was forced to liquidate everything, Systemax -- the same company responsible for sites such as TigerDirect.com and the revival of CompUSA -- managed to purchase Circuit City's Internet domain names and trademarks for around $6.5 million.Since making the purchase, it has re-created a Circuit City website that will see the brand name live on. From a business standpoint, it's a brilliant move. The Circuit City brand has been around for 60 years, and it obviously has a great deal of recognition... Read more...
It appears that Circuit City’s liquidation sales have been successful. So successful, in fact, that the stores are running out of inventory sooner than expected. As a result, liquidators have announced that all of the chain’s remaining stores will close this Sunday. The shutdowns come about a week ahead of schedule, and two weeks earlier than originally planned. Even after the stores close, there’s still a lot to be done, however. The company’s wind-down process is expected to last two years while crews liquidate remaining assets, shut down the final businesses, and reconcile claims against the company. To assist with some of the final items of business, a small staff will remain at the corporate... Read more...
Microsoft Corp. on Thursday announced plans to open its own stores despite the economic downturn that has left many retailers struggling. The company hired David Porter, a 25-year veteran of Wal-Mart Stores Inc., as its corporate vice president of retail stores. Porter was head of worldwide product distribution at DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. since 2007. Porter, who is set to start work on Tuesday, is charged with improving the PC-buying experience. The company said his first task will be to set the timing, locations and design of Microsoft-branded retail stores, which will sell computers installed with Microsoft software as well as other company products. Microsoft has been working to revive... Read more...
After filing for bankruptcy protection in November, Circuit City was hopeful that it would be able to reorganize and reemerge. Now, only a day after the company held an auction that was suppose to be the retailer’s last chance to survive bankruptcy as an intact, though smaller chain, the company announced it has hired four liquidators to sell all remaining merchandise in 567 stores before going out of business for good. While some people will certainly be excited about the potential to pick up electronics, TVs, and computers at closeout prices, the news is certainly grim to all of the company’s 34,000 employees. Circuit City said it will give employees 60 days notice before termination. Those... Read more...
Well, Wal-Mart may be having trouble keeping up with iTunes as far as being the top music retailer, but it doesn't have iTunes as a competitor among video games.  Thus, we are where we are ...eMarketer.com conducted a survey of 2,000 gamers aged 12 to 54, dubbed "Are You Game?" It found that Wal-Mart was the most visited retailer for video games, with Best Buy and GameStop tied for second.  The margin was 8%, a pretty large margin, as you can see below.After those three comes Target, and then Circuit City and Amazon, tied.  Yes, the "I'm closing 155 stores" Circuit City, you've got it; still decently high in the rankings.So, based on this, not only is Wal-Mart the world's biggest... Read more...
Starcraft II was announced in May 2007, and Korea went wild. While it may just be coincidence that a number of etailers have posted ship dates for Starcraft II, and that they all picked the same date, is it also a coincidence that Blizzard's Worldwide Invitational Event takes place in Paris on June 28 and 29 this week?Many froth-mouthed fans of Blizzard's intergalactic real-time strategy masterpiece Starcraft have anxiously been awaiting word on when the next installment of the series would land in their anticipatory laps. Blizz has been characteristically tight-lipped about the title's launch window, though we were recently informed that an online SKU search for Starcraft II on Best Buy, Circuit... Read more...
ENEMY TERRITORY: QUAKE WARS™ FOR NEXT-GEN CONSOLESINVADES RETAIL STORES NATIONWIDESANTA MONICA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The alien invasion has begun with the announcement that id Software’s Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars™ published by Activision, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) for the Xbox 360™ video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and the PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system has shipped to retail stores nationwide. Set in the year 2065, Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars pits the armies of Earth’s Global Defense Force (GDF) against the invading alien menace, the Strogg, in an all-out struggle for the fate of the planet. Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars is slated to arrive on... Read more...
TEAM FORTRESS 2, PORTAL, AND HALF-LIFE 2 EPISODE PACK STAND ALONE RETAIL RELEASEPC Games From The Orange Box Flying Solo Into Retail April 9 and 11March 13, 2008 - Valve, creators of Half-Life® 2 and Counter-Strike®, today announce the retail launch dates for the stand-alone, PC versions of Team Fortress® 2, PortalTM, and the Half-Life 2: Episode Pack are April 9th in North America and April 11th around the globe.Portal - the unique single player game that mixes puzzle, adventure and first-person action - is expected to retail for approximately $19.99.Portal has been named Game of the Year by over 30 publications worldwide and earned 40 more awards for special achievements in game... Read more...
iTunes recently overtook BestBuy to be the nation's #2 retailer of music.  If the sales trends continue, it's only a matter of time until Walmart is toppled.“The latest sales figures, which holds every 12 songs downloaded as the equivalent of an entire CD, is not just a win for Apple, but also proves that the entire paid digital music download industry is rapidly growing. According to NPD, legal digital downloads "sharply" increased in 2007. Interestingly, there was also a 10 percent decline in overall music spending -- most likely because online digital music retailers give consumers the ability to purchase single songs in place of entire albums.”We can't help but wonder if major retailers... Read more...
Now this is a classy move, but don't worry, odds are it won't be a total loss for the company. The only bad part: it's in Japan.The Japanese electronics retailer Edion is deeply ashamed it sold its customers HD DVD gear. So ashamed they that they're allowing buyers to swap in Toshiba HD DVD boxes for Blu-ray players. A little more investigation reveals that the trade must occur during March, and consumers only need pay the price difference. If a US retailer of the world would make such a move, they'd have me as a customer for life. But, I doubt any of the big stores here have the vision to put long term customer retention over its short term profits. Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Circuit City, are you... Read more...
Reports have surfaced around the web that a retail store in the Midwest, Slackers, is selling its allotment of Nintendo Wiis for a premium on eBay.  In other words, scalping them as the author says.... instead of selling the systems with bundles, a chain of Illinois/Missouri gaming stores called Slackers is simply dumping its stock onto eBay for the Buy It Now price of $399.99, an almost $150 markup."In the past year, none of the 12 [Slackers locations] have sold any Wiis except for a one-time promotional deal, where we did force customers to buy a game with it," the employee told Ars Technica. "The real crime is that we get Wii shipments regularly. In fact, right now we have about 20, but... Read more...
Hype, we all know the drill.  We've seen it many times before.  There's only so much commotion you can digest before you start to wonder if something is as good as it's played up to be.  Such is the case with the highly anticipated Asus Eee PC.  In fact, this product has been easily the most researched and searched-upon product in the HotHardware.com content database in many years.  Some speculate that this new ultra-mobile PC or UMPC, if you're the acronym-loving type, is an answer to the competitive call of the OLPC XO-1 notebook from the One Laptop per Child organization.  We would offer that this just isn't so. In the pages ahead, we'll give you a detailed... Read more...
Hype, we all know the drill.  We've seen it many times before.  There's only so much commotion you can digest before you start to wonder if something is as good as it's played up to be.  Such is the case with the highly anticipated Asus Eee PC.  In fact, this product has been easily the most researched and searched-upon product in the HotHardware.com content database in many years.  Some speculate that this new ultra-mobile PC or UMPC, if you're the acronym-loving type, is an answer to the competitive call of the OLPC XO-1 notebook from the One Laptop per Child organization.  We would offer that this just isn't so.   In the pages ahead, we'll... Read more...
ifo AppleStore, a website devoted to info about Apple's retail stores, (!) has an interesting analysis of the contribution of Apple's sticks and bricks stores to their bottom line. It highlights Apple's foresight in not relying solely on direct internet sales, or reseller displays in stores owned by others-- stores that may or may not be all that interested in displaying or selling the products properly. A review of the financial figures of Apple Inc. starting before the opened the first retail stores in May 2001 shows the impact of the chain on the company’s performance. The stores operated at a loss for the first seven quarters they were open, but then began slowly turned into the black.... Read more...
In a weeks time, the highly anticipated release of the next version of Windows will be here. Windows Vista is the latest major overhaul of Microsoft's operating system since Windows 2000/XP, and with a revamped graphics system and security improvements, you can bet some people just can't wait to get their hands on it. Retailers understand this, however as CNET reports, many retailers won't be staying open late for the new software. "Releases of new operating systems may not have quite the same appeal as in years past, but Microsoft has a couple of things going for it this time around. First of all, a new version of Office--Office... Read more...
Our buds at ZipZoomFly let us know that ATI Radeon X1950s have hit the store shelves. ATI branded cards are available for $499 and Connect3D's offering weighs in at $449.  Still no word of CrossFire versions but the transmission says "coming soon".   Go get you some... Great cards but you've gots ta have the budget.... Read more...
The GeForce 7900 GS is nothing new, but it hasn't been available in the retail market since its birth. According to HKEPC Hardware, Nvidia will be changing the situation by releasing the 7900 GS for around $179-$199. The GeForce 7900 GS is equipped with 20 Pixel Shader Pipeline, 7 Vertex Shader Engine, with a core speed of 450MHz, and 256MB of 1.32GHz memory. "In addition, the retail price of Geforce 7600GT has been reduced to $130. Since OEM manufacturer Palit has got a special price of G73GT from nVidia, the price war on Geforce 7600GT has begun. To lower the cost, manufactures are releasing 7600GT in 4-level PCB. Therefore,... Read more...
On August 17th, 2006, the multiplayer version of F.E.A.R. will be made a free release under the name of "F.E.A.R. Combat". F.E.A.R. Combat will include 10 game modes, 19 multiplayer maps, 12 different weapons, Punkbuster support, and the capability to download user created content. F.E.A.R. Combat players will also be able to compete against owners of the retail version of F.E.A.R. Head on over to Joinfear.com for the full set of details. "08-08-2006 - Sierra Entertainment today announced that the multiplayer component from the award winning PC title F.E.A.R.TM (First Encounter Assault Recon), has been renamed F.E.A.R. Combat,... Read more...
AppleInsider has learned that Dell is planning to tackle the retail business once again with stores opening in both Dallas and New York. Given the success of Apple's retail efforts and the amount of publicity their new retail store on Fifth Avenue is receiving, this is surely one of the catalysts for Dell trying their hand at retail again. An interesting question here is whether Dell will be pushing systems from their latest acquisition of Alienware or if Dell's own branded systems will be the only rigs to show up in retail. The two full-size stores, which Dell claims will be an extension of its kiosks model, are considered to be part... Read more...
Our colleagues over at the TechReport have some new information regarding Intel's recently released Pentium Extreme Edition 955 (Presler). They had a bit of trouble with their initial sample that has since been resolved, but the solution had some unwanted side effects. "You may recall that we had some problems with our Intel Pentium Extreme Edition 955 setup that caused us to delay our review a bit. The motherboard, CPU, and cooler combo we received from Intel for review didn't always cool the CPU sufficiently under load, leading to thermal throttling. We've now tested a production Intel CPU/motherboard/cooler combo, and we have some good news... Read more...
It's been less than two months since NVIDIA initially announced the availability of their new GeForce 7800 GTX, and already we ourselves in the enviable position of showcasing a third retail-ready version of NVIDIA's flagship card. We've previously showcased BFG's Editor's Choice Winning GeForce 7800 GTX OC and EVGA's e-GeForce 7800 GTX EGS, but this time around we have MSI's NX7800GTX in the HotHardware labs. Due to the fact that they are all based on NVIDIA's reference design, the MSI NX7800GTX is similar to BFG's and EVGA's products in many respects, but they differ in clock speed and perhaps more importantly in price. Read on and see what MSI has done with NVIDIA's latest top-of-the-line... Read more...
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