Down from its debut price of $500, this mid-high-end HD DVD player is offered at a $200 discount at several sellers right now. We did the research for you: read on for a great deal with free shipping. We like this one because Circuit City also posts a rebate for 5 free DVDs to go with your new equipment. Check CNET Reviews (link below) for plenty of details & consumer feedback.
This week in the Rafe & Tom Real Deal podcast: Silverlight. Real Deal fans sent some interesting and technical questions about the platform ahead of time, which Tom had good answers for. Check out the podcast here:
Next Tuesday, we'll be discussing live streaming, and of course, we'll live-stream the recording session, at 3 p.m. Pacific Time next Tuesday. More details to come.
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I've joined Tom Merritt's weekly Real Deal podcast. Each week we'll discuss a new Web 2.0 technology or product, and try to dive a little deeper than we could in either a single Webware blog post or in the other podcast I co-host from time to time, CNET's Buzz out Loud.
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Microsoft said Thursday it has closed its deal to buy voice recognition specialist Tellme Networks.
Tellme CEO Mike McCue remains at Microsoft as head of that unit, working with Zig Serafin, who is the general manager of Microsoft's Unified Communications Group. The company, which reports into Jeff Raikes' business software unit, is remaining in its Mountain View, Calif., headquarters. Mountain View is also home to Microsoft's existing Silicon Valley offices.
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In the face of the juggernaut that is Netflix, lagging movie rental giant Blockbuster has tried many an incentive to convince viewers that it's no dinosaur. Since entering the online DVD rental business in 2004, Blockbuster has instituted "Total Access," a system of online-and-offline rentals geared toward Netflix users who may be disgruntled by the fact that they can't just hop in their cars and pick out movies on the fly.
This week, Blockbuster is taking a sharper jab at Netflix. With the President's Day long weekend underway, the rental company is attempting to capitalize … Read more
Just got word of a new deals site, Shoutback. At first glance it looks an awful lot like Digg's Tech Deals section (thanks to new Webware guy Josh Lowensohn for pointing that out). But unlike Digg, Shoutback bribes you with cash money to get you to use it.
When you buy from certain stores, you earn points, between two and eight per dollar spent, depending on the store. These points are worth about a penny each, and can be redeemed for items from the Shoutback rewards store. (Hey, I'm close to picking up a 50-inch plasma TV! I … Read more
If you've been considering signing up for Vonage VoIP service anyway, why not do it at Circuit City? Starting on Black Friday, the electronics retailer is offering a $200 shopping spree to customers who sign up for one year of Vonage. Of course, you must use the credit on items offered at Circuit City, but 200 bucks can go a long way toward certain gadgets. Take MP3 players, for example. Circuit City carries about 50 devices for less than $200, including top models from brands such as Apple, Sony, Creative, Samsung, and SanDisk. You might even have some dough … Read more