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The digital shopping world is firmly upon us. Target is making the lives of parents a little easier this winter, with the addition of QR Code shopping. The company is planning to prop up 20 popular toys in a special section of the store in the weeks leading up to the holidays, with each of them boasting QR codes. The company will let parents scan the codes of toys they'd like to discretely purchase, and then they can sort out the shipping details later -- and shipping is free to anywhere in America. It's a really interesting take on shopping, and the benefits are numerous. For one, it'll allow parents to snag a toy without their kid seeing it in the cart. Secondly, it'll help those in urban areas... Read more...
If you’re planning to pick up a Kindle Fire at Walmart, you’d better hurry. The retail giant won’t be bringing in any new shipments of Kindles, likely because it sees Amazon as encroaching on its digital retail space. The do-not-carry list includes all Kindles, including the humble e-readers. Similar e-readers and tablets, including the iPad and Nook, aren’t expected to be pulled. Walmart may be distancing itself from a device that lets consumers shop Amazon’s website online, or it may be seeing consumer interest in other devices. Or both. In any event, Walmart is not the first to drop Amazon’s Kindle from its shelves – Target did so about a... Read more...
From a consumer's perspective, free radio is rad, provided you're willing to put up with ads and arbitrary restrictions. But on the other side of the equation, the real money is in subscriptions. To help encourage music lovers to open up their wallets, streaming music provider Spotify is now selling gift cards, though you can only purchase one at Target. "Cards are redeemable for new and current Spotify Premium subscribers to enjoy access to millions of tracks, off-line playback, no ads, full mobile access and much more," Spotify said in a blog post. Spotify gift cards are available in $10, $30, and $60 denominations. Premium accounts run $9.99 per month and include full mobile support, an offline... Read more...
During a presentation today, Target confirmed plans to have "special displays" of Apple products in 25 of its retail stores. Although few details are available regarding the partnership, we would expect the deal to be similar to the deal between Apple and Best Buy in which the big-box electronics store sells Apple products from dedicated mini stores. Apple won't be the only exclusive store within Target: The company is also planning other exclusive shops that will sell everything from candy to clothing. Target is calling the concept, "The Shops at Target." Starting in early May, you can expect to find items from various boutiques such as Boston's Polka Dog Bakery and San Francisco's The Candy... Read more...
Today's date is Friday March 11, 2011. Do you know what that means? An end to the work week and the beginning of a weekend of partying, for some of you. For others, this is the day you decide between a black or white iPad 2, between 3G or Wi-Fi, and 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB of capacity. But before you settle which version of the iPad 2 you plan to purchase, you have decide where exactly you're going to buy one. Let's look at your options. Option 1 -- Apple.com You can direct your browser to www.apple.com/ipad/ and order Apple's second generation tablet right now. Every model is available for purchase, and while you're there, you can tack on a cart full of accessories too. But just because you can... Read more...
Happy holidays! Doubly so if you're Target! The reason why? The mega retailer just announced that they will be selling Apple iPhone 4 units this Christmas, with sales to begin on November 7. This is big for both Target and Apple. The holiday season always leads to skyrocketing phone sales, and chances are many holiday shoppers will end up in Target for one gift or another. And having the iPhone front and center is likely to lead to quite a few impulse buys. Starting next week, the iPhone 4 will be available in 846 Target stores that Target Mobile centers, and if you're not ready to invest in the latest model, the iPhone 3GS will also be available for even less. So now you can find the iPhone... Read more...
Wal-Mart has reportedly confirmed what was believed for some time, that the iPad is coming to its retail stores on Friday, Oct. 15. The company said as early as May that it wanted to have the iPad in time for the holidays, and its arch-rival Target recently began offering the hot-selling tablet, on Oct. 3rd. Wal-Mart will have all six versions in stock, but just as with other Apple items, customers who order on-line will have to pick-up in store. "Hundreds" of stores will have it when it is first offered, with the hot item reaching all 2,300 US locations by mid-November.  It's unclear what pricing will be offered, but earlier leaks did not show any discount at all. Meanwhile, arch-rival... Read more...
Another rumor confirmed. The Apple iPad, which has been flying off of Apple's own shelves for months now, finally has enough extra stock to find itself on other shelves. As was rumored weeks ago, the mega-retailer Target will begin to sell the tablet starting on October 3. It will be a nationwide rollout, and Target customers will be able to select from all of the possible models, including the Wi-Fi + 3G models that will require activation with AT&T from home. Mark Schindele, senior vice president, merchandising, Target, was understandably excited to announce the news: "Target is very excited to offer the revolutionary iPad to our guests nationwide. We are committed to providing our guests... Read more...
There have been rumors of late that Target might get the hot-selling iPad in-store prior to the holiday shopping season, and they keep coming. This tip, however, is pretty light on the details, although you can connect the dots if you try. An unnamed product is set to hit Target on Oct. 3rd, according to Engadget. The product will be available at six price points -- the same prices of the iPad, ranging from $499 for the 16GB Wi-Fi-only model, to $829 for the 64GB model with 3G. Thus, even without being named, it sounds suspiciously like the iPad. Additionally, pictures from a Target PDA show the new device will be located in the "Digital Audio" department, which is the same Target department... Read more...
Shipping to stores in plenty of time for Father's Day (which falls on June 20th this year), Amazon's Kindle ebook reader will be available in all Target locations starting this Sunday, June 6th, the retail chain announced this week. Target will become the first brick-and-mortar retailer to carry the Kindle. "Our guest’s response to Kindle has been overwhelmingly positive," said Mark Schindele, senior vice president, Target. "We are thrilled to bring guests nationwide this incredibly light, portable, easy-to-read product that allows them to get all the news and books they want." The Kindle in Target will carry the same $259 price tag as it does through Amazon and go toe-to-toe in the brick-and-mortar... Read more...
Not long ago, we learned about Walmart's plan to expand its consumer electronics offerings. The big-box retailer is not alone. Target also has a system-wide plan to upgrade its TV, gaming, and digital imaging sections and product offerings.  The rollout began last month and should be completed by June. With the new CE department design, Target stores will get an updated TV wall that should make it easier for consumers to compare TVs across brands. Along with the display, Target plans to offer clear signs that highlight product features, making it even easier to compare models. The display also will present models in "a more realistic in-home presentation." In addition to a change in display... Read more...
The NOOK gets a serious update, the Kindle gets a serious partner in sales. Just another rosy day in the crowded e-book reader market. Up until now, Amazon's record-breaking Kindle has been sold in just one primary place: online. A virtual store with no real shelves, no real boxes and nothing for consumers to touch, see and experience. Amazon has had to rely on videos, text-based reviews and word-of-mouth in order to market their Kindle, and somehow, they've done an astounding job. Being "first to market" with a legitimate, 3G-enabled e-reader was a huge help, but still, it's sort of amazing to think about how many Kindles have been sold when it's impossible to just waltz into a Walmart and touch... Read more...
The Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal is reporting that Target plans to outsource its mobile phone operation to RadioShack subsidiary Kiosk Operations. Earlier this month, the subsidiary opened kiosks in about 100 Target stores in California, Georgia, Illinois, Minnesota, New Jersey, Texas, and Washington. The partners plans to roll out the kiosks to all 1,700 Target stores sometime next year. You'll be able to distinguish the Kiosk Operations employees from Target sales associates by their black shirts, instead of the red shirts that are typically worn by Target's staff. The kiosks themselves are branded Bullseye Mobile Solutions. Target's current prepaid and post-paid wireless offerings... Read more...
Firefox 3 has just barely gotten out the door and Mozilla is already readying the alpha release of the next version, 3.1. Of course, as a point-release, it will be a much less ambitious project than the leap from 2 -> 3. In Firefox 3.1 status meeting notes from 6/24, the ship date is now estimated to be Q4 of this year or Q1 09. First alpha is in July, while first beta is in August. The release date is close to what had previously been stated by Mozilla. They had earlier said, however, that it would be date-driven, and it looks like a little flexibility has been added to that. Earlier Mozilla had also said the features in FF 3.1 would consist of those that had missed FF 3 but were nearly complete.... Read more...
A report, to be presented at a California computer-security conference in May, suggests that pacemakers and defibrillators may be targets for hacking.Millions of Americans have pacemakers, which keeps hearts beating regularly, or an implanted defibrillator, which can restart stopped hearts with an electric jolt. After implanting a defibrillator under a patient's skin, a doctor uses a special device, about the size of a breadbox, to tell the defibrillator what to do -- for example, to instruct it to keep the heart beating at a certain rate or deliver a test jolt.The devices, called programmers, communicate with a defibrillator using radio waves. To prevent tampering, only physicians are allowed... Read more...
There haven't been too many law suits that have this kind of far-reaching industry-wide consequences: PCI-Express itself has come under attack by Microlinc LCC according to their latest filing in Texas.Perhaps the strangest part of all is that this suit will put even rivals AMD and Intel on the same side, not something that is accomplished that often:“As a result, Intel is named alongside nine other companies that the plaintiff believes are contributing to the perceived infringement. Intel's rival AMD is included for using PCI Express for its mainboards, as is NVIDIA. Large computer makers Apple, Acer, Dell, Gateway, HP, Lenovo, Sony, and Toshiba are all accused of aiding Intel by building desktops... Read more...
Well, if you're looking to push an opponent face-first into a live fuse box, don't go to a Target store looking for digital supplies for your venture. Target stores have announced that Take Two's new and controversial game "Manhunt 2" won't be sold in any of their stores. And they don't care that the content in the game has been edited a bit to tone it down. Target points out the edited bits are still on the disks, waiting to be unlocked by intrepid escaped sociopath fans everywhere."All video games and computer software sold at Target currently carry ratings by the Entertainment Software Rating Board — from early childhood through mature audiences," the statement said. "While 'Manhunt 2' was... Read more...
Mac OS X malware?  It can't be!  That OS always purports itself to be so safe.  And they're using a favorite type of bait: porn.Intego, a Mac security software company, issued an alert Wednesday warning Mac users of the OSX.RSPlug.A malware, which it describes as a Trojan horse. Those of you familiar with mythology recognize the reference, and OSX.RSPlug.A disguises itself as a video codec that would ensure whatever porn video you just stumbled upon will play on your Mac.But to get infected with the malware, you have to accept the invitation to download "new version of codec," open up the .dmg (disk image) file, click the installer.pkg file, and enter your administrator's password,... Read more...
Long before P2P networks, Usenet was a popular way to share binary files, besides of course, conversations.  What with the RIAA already targeting P2P networks, why should it forget the old standby?In a lawsuit filed on October 12, the RIAA says that Usenet newsgroups contain "millions of copyrighted sound recordings" in violation of federal law.Only Usenet.com is named as a defendant for now, but the same logic would let the RIAA sue hundreds of universities, Internet service providers, and other newsgroup archives. AT&T offers Usenet, as does Verizon, Stanford University and other companies including Giganews.That's what makes this lawsuit important. If the RIAA can win against Usenet.com,... Read more...
The next-gen disc format wars have been going on for quite some time, with no clear winner as yet.  In fact, the wars have dragged on so long that there is a growing concern that neither format will win, and we’ll have to wait another few years for something worthy of a few hundred of your hard earned dollars.With that said, it’s easy to understand that Target will only be selling Blu-ray players, but both HD DVD discs and Blu-ray discs. “Target is getting behind Blu-ray Disc in its choices for product availability this holiday season. The massive retailer said that it will begin stocking the Sony BDP-S300 for $499 in October and display it alongside Blu-ray movies.Target denies that it is... Read more...
Some of you may have not even thought about it, but the internet is used by many blind folks each day. Special software that has been developed is able to verbalize what most of us are able to see on the screen. Target's site however, isn't able to work properly with the software, and as MSNBC reports, now finds itself the target of a lawsuit filed by the NFB. "Last month a federal judge in California allowed the NFB's case to proceed, rejecting Target's argument that its Web site wasn't subject to the Americans With Disabilities Act, a 1990 law that requires retailers and other public places to make accommodations for people with disabilities.... Read more...
HKEPC has managed to get their hands on some Intel documents which suggest that the company is aiming to bring their upcoming Santa Rosa mobile platform to the embedded market to compete with VIA. Beyond the obvious mobile segment, Intel intends to use the Santa Rosa platform in MoDT (Mobile on Desktop) and MoEB (Mobile on Embedded). Here, the company has designed a reference platform dubbed "Matanzas" to aid in bringing designs to market as quickly as possible. Equipped with support for an 800MHz FSB, DDR2 667 memory, and a DX10 GPU this platform should give VIA's embedded solutions a serious run for their money. With the Santa Rosa platform tentatively scheduled to launch sometime... Read more...
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