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U.K. Customers Are Getting Free Kindles. Will the U.S. Get Them, Too?

Two weeks ago, the Amazon announced that the Kindle would be sold in AT&T stores; it's already available at Best Buy, Staples and Target here in the U.S. Now the e-reader device will be popping up in Best Buy and Carphone Warehouse locations across the U.K. Both retailers will be offering the e-reader with an interesting twist: In addition to being able to purchase a Kindle at the regular...

Get OnStar in Any Car With Retail Rearview Mirror

After almost 15 years of keeping OnStar exclusive to its own vehicles, GM is finally making the service available as an after-market add-on for other cars. The OnStar mirror should be compatible with most cars on the market when it comes out this spring for $299. On top of the retail price, you'll also have to cough up for an OnStar subscription ($18.95 per month or $199 for the year), and pay...

Consumers Skipping on 3-D and Web-Connected TVs

During this holiday season, electronics manufacturers and retailers were counting on new tech like 3-D and Internet connectivity to help push TV sales, but it looks as though consumers have little interest in the latest gimmicks. According to Reuters, Best Buy chief exec Brian Dunn told analysts on Tuesday that 3-D TV sales were not living up to industry expectations. He blamed consumer confusion...

Switched Black Friday 2010 Guide

Share As with the holiday season in general, the post-Thanksgiving shopping panic just keeps getting longer. What started out as a one-day discount bonanza known as Black Friday has now spawned an online-only counterpart in Cyber Monday. This year, though, retailers are offering steep discounts early and often. Many outlets are now adding Thanksgiving Day to the holiday shopping schedule, and...

NOOKcolor E-Reader Targets iPad, Declares Reading the 'Killer App'

Earlier today at its Union Square location in downtown Manhattan, Barnes & Noble announced the latest addition to the Nook family of readers: the NOOKcolor. The seven-inch tablet packs a full-color touch screen, runs Android (though won't have access to the Android Market) and has Apple's iPad squarely in its sights. The $249 device has a reading-first focus, treating apps and Web-browsing as...

Cops Can Search Computers With Explicitly Titled Files, Alabama Court Rules

The next time you save child pornography on your hard drive, you probably shouldn't save it under a name like 'KiddiePornXXX.' Doing so, it turns out, may give law enforcement officials the green light to search and seize your hard drive. That's exactly what happened to Corey Beantee Melton, from Alabama, after he took his computer to get repaired at a local Best Buy. When Best Buy's Geek Squad...

Best Buy Wants $30 to Turn on Your PlayStation 3, Press a Button

This sign was found in the Best Buy on Staten Island (the same store where your writer has laughed in the faces of sales reps on several occasions). Over there on the right is an offer for a 120GB PS3 Slim for $329.98. The problem? The list price for that console is $299.99. The only explanation is that the extra $30 is being charged because this device has had its "firmware updated." Of course,...

iTunes Costs $1 Billion to Run, YouTube Still Struggling With Profit

Highlights from this morning's big tech headlines... According to Fast Company, a new report from Asymco claims that running iTunes costs Apple $1 billion a year. [From: Fast Company] Despite what must be a critical mass of cat videos (and an even higher viewing rate), YouTube still isn't in the black, Google says. [Form: All Things D] Space shuttle Discovery was wheeled out of its...

Foursquare Teases Upcoming Mayorships, Over 1 Million Gmail Calls Made

Highlights from this morning's big tech headlines.... Foursquare mayor wannabes have an extra incentive to return to their pub or hot dog joint of choice. The location-based service will now let you know when you're within a mere 10 check-ins of an elusive mayorship. [From: foursquare blog] Google's new Gmail calling functionality has been used over 1 million times in the service's first...

Shopkick Wants to Reward You For, and Track, Your Shopping Habits

Advertisers and retailers have been looking for new and unique ways to leverage the recent influx of GPS-enabled smartphones in attracting customers and gathering important information about their shopping behaviors. Foursquare introduced some new ideas, but retailers wanted to take it a step further. Enter Shopkick. The new app turns shopping (and violating your privacy) into a game that,...

Priest Drives 'God Squad' Car Around Town, Best Buy Threatens to Sue

Father Luke Strand thinks it is a great idea to drive around Fond du Lac, Wisconsin in a VW Beetle with stickers that look exactly like those on Best Buy's Geek Squad cars, except for one thing: his stickers read "God Squad." Best Buy didn't find this to be cute, but instead a violation of its trademark -- one that, by precedent, it couldn't treat any differently from any other violation....

Geek Squad Will Power on Your e-Reader for Only $29.99

Let's ignore Best Buy's murfing and endless violations of privacy for the moment, and focus on the "deals" it brazenly offers without resorting to tricks or scams (sort of). First, it was $130 to set up a PS3, a task that even our parents could handle. Then, the company generously gave away free copies of Tweetdeck, which is already free. And recently, an eagle-eyed shopper noticed that Best...

Best Buy Extends Olive Branch to Viral Video Maker, Guy Says 'No Way'

Just a few days after threatening to fire employee Brian Maupin because of a couple of videos he'd posted on YouTube, Best Buy has extended the olive branch. But Maupin is refusing to grab it. In a statement, Best Buy declared, "Our investigation is over, and these videos are no longer on the Web. Contrary to rumors, Brian has not been fired, and is scheduled to return to his job at Best Buy...

Best Buy Worker Faces Firing Over Viral iPhone vs. Evo Videos

What began as an innocent viral joke may end up costing one Best Buy worker his part-time job. Brian Maupin, of Missouri, recently posted two videos making fun of iPhone and Evo acolytes, respectively. Although neither video made explicit reference to his employer, managers at the Independence, MO Best Buy decided to suspend him from his duties after Maupin refused their polite suggestion that he...

iPhone 4 Launch Day Brings Lines, Glitches and Disappointed Shoppers

Apple fanboys around the world lined up today to get their hands on the latest handset from the reigning king of electronic industrial design. As usual, the day began with absurdly long lines (some of which began forming days ago) that wrapped around blocks and snaked through malls as the most masochistic of iPhone 4 buyers settled in for hours and hours of waiting. If you weren't smart enough...