Cambridge SoundWorks has recently cut prices on some of its most popular products through its new "Direct to You" campaign. The audio brand is eschewing the retail channel--and the resulting price markups--and selling its products directly through its Web site at a discount. For example, the Newton Theater MC155 and SoundWorks i765--both of which have garnered mostly high marks from CNET----each received a $200 price cut, representing a 20 percent and 40 percent markdown, respectively. Related coverage: All recent Cambridge SoundWorks product reviews on CNET
Last week I told you that Sprint was preparing to offer its new Instinct cell phone for $199. But now, I have to admit that I jumped the gun just a bit. Sprint finally confirmed today that when the Instinct goes on sale Friday it will cost just $129 after a $100 mail-in rebate. You will have to sign a two-year contract with a Simply Everything plan, which starts at $69 per month. With such a hefty price drop, it's even clearer that Sprint is taking on the iPhone 3G, which will sell for $199 or $299 depending on … Read more
Independent and small-label bands have to tour to cover the costs of recording, and with CD sales declining, major acts rely more on touring for revenue than ever before. But as these stories in the Chicago Tribune and Portland Oregonian make clear, the steep rise in the price of gasoline over the last couple of years has changed the equation drastically.
Example: two years ago, a band I was in was invitated to play a small festival in San Francisco, an 800-mile drive from Seattle. Back then, gas cost an average of $3.13 per gallon on the West coast. … Read more
Somewhere in between the old-school book-and-record sets (where you turned the page at the sound of the tone) and audiobooks, there was the mighty Fisher-Price Talk-To-Me Player.
I dusted mine off recently after finding it in one of the many boxes of toys I have yet to divest myself of and gave it a closer look.
Yeah, it looks kind of like a mouse, but it's essentially an upside-down, battery-powered handheld record player. You used the player with Talk-To-Me books, which had a 2-inch plastic record laminated on the bottom corner of each page. You line up the player … Read more
With Metal Gear Solid 4 finally available for the PlayStation 3, it doesn't take a genius to predict that the PS3 is going to get a boost from having a hit console-exclusive title under its belt. Nevertheless, analysts are boldly proclaiming change is asunder. Sony's got the Big Mo--as in momentum--while Microsoft's got the big Slo--as in demand for its Xbox 360 is slowing down. Which inevitably means the price-cut rumors are getting the Big Sto--as in stoke those flames, baby.
Gasoline prices this week reached a new record average of $4.02 per gallon, according to the AAA Fuel Gauge Report.
Two-thirds of Americans have already changed how much they drive due to high prices at the pump, according to a poll commissioned by Access America Travel Insurance and Assistance.
Seventy-four percent of those polled said they would drive less, once gas hits $4 per gallon. Eighty-five percent said $5 costs per gallon would motivate driving changes.
The median price to spark a shift in driving habits was $3.20 per gallon, which was near the average several months ago. … Read more
This story was updated at 9:30 a.m. PDT Wednesday to correct the estimated number of Kindles to be sold by 2010.
Q: Is $360 versus $400 that big of a deal?
A: On a slow news day, apparently, yes.
It's not at all clear that a $40 discount is the shove fence-sitters considering buying a $400 device for reading electronic books are going to need. … Read more
This post was updated at 9 a.m. PDT with clarifying details on GasBuddy.com's data source and the correct spelling on Milt Krantz' name.
Perhaps you heard Wednesday's news about the price of crude oil once again reaching all-time highs, and, like me, you're wondering how that's going to affect gas prices at the pump as you fill up for your Memorial Day weekend trip.
Rest assured, you've got the likes of Milt Krantz on your side.
Krantz, 71, a retired social worker from San Jose, Calif., is also a designated gas price spotter … Read more
Intel will introduce the Q9650 Core 2 Quad processor in the third quarter, according to Chinese-language Web site HKEPC, almost halving the price of the current high-end Intel part with similar specifications.
The Q9650 will be priced at $530, according to HKEPC, close to half the price of the similarly spec'd high-end "Extreme" QX9650, which is listed at $999 on Intel's pricing Web page.
Like the QX9650, the Q9650 will have a clock speed of 3GHz, a 1333MHz front-side bus (FSB), and 12MB of cache memory.
The other notable desktop processor slated to debut in the … Read more