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SoundLink, the too-expensive, yet pretty OK looking wireless music system by the “too expensive, yet pretty OK looking” consumer electronics people over at Bose, has gone from rumor to reality as of today. Expect to pay $599.90 for the whole McGillicuddy or — if you’ve already bought into the Bose Wave thing — pick up that SoundLink upgrade kit featuring a USB Bluetooth dongle for a mere $149.95. (Engadget10/22)

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Amazon has just made their new Kindle for PC available for pre-order online, a move that turns almost any PC in the entire world into a fully-fledged ereader. The software comes on the heels of all of the big Win7 announcements today evens up the playing fields when it comes to PC-based ereaders. (Crunchgear10/22)

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Afterglow is a presentation system that allows you to draw and point on a projector screen using a laser pointer and a PC. First announced way back in 2007, the system is now available online for $1980. (http://www.crunchgear.com/2009/04/29/afterglow-a-laser-drawing-system-for-presentations-now-available 4/29)

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Microsoft is beta testing a new hyperlocal desktop app dubbed The Vine it is pitching to emergency management officials as a way to instantly update the public during a disaster, per the Seattle Times. (Cynopsis 4/29)

Grim economic conditions and low consumer demand functioned like a one-two punch for the plasma-panel TV market in the first quarter. According to DisplaySearch, shipments came in at 2.8 million units during the first three months of the year, a 22% drop from the 3.5 million shipped during the comparable period in 2008. TWICE (4/28) , CEPro.com (4/28)

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Apple has just released its second quarter financial results, and surprise, surprise: they’re very good. The company had revenues for the quarter of $8.16 billion and net profit of $1.21 billion — both easily beat Wall Street expectations. Both also beat the numbers the company posted a year ago, and actually represent the company’s best March quarter (which is Apple’s second quarter) results ever. (http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/04/22/economy-be-damned-apple-posts-its-best-second-quarter-earnings-ever/ 4/22)

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Looking to gain market share in a tough economy, top-tier PC makers such as Dell and Hewlett-Packard increasingly are bringing out low-cost, no-frills models that are long on cost savings but, in some cases, short on features. The industry trend isn’t likely to stop anytime soon either, according to NPD analyst Stephen Baker, who said PC prices could drop another 10% by the end of the year. The Wall Street Journal (4/22)

The HP Pavilion dv2 (top) and the Dell Inspiron Mini 12 represent new lines of laptops aimed at frugal consumers. The models blur the lines between relatively cheap netbooks and traditional notebooks in terms of pricing, size and computing power.

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Aqua Soundz is marketing a floating-speaker system through GadgetShop.com. The device consists of a transmitter that plugs into any standard music player and a wireless speaker that can be used in a pool or bathtub. Pocket-lint.co.uk (4/8)

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Research shows nearly 2.5 million consumers are interested in buying a broadband-connected TV, especially at a price point of $100 more than a set that’s not connected. A study by Parks Associates shows that on-demand content is the main attraction of connected TVs, though on-screen widgets and access to PC content are also desirable features. CE Pro magazine (4/2009)

Researchers say a burgeoning netbook market will soften the blow for makers of LCD panels, but it won’t completely make up for the drop in global demand. Total LCD sales will fall to 156 million in 2009, down from 167 million last year, according to research firm DisplaySearch. TWICE (4/7)

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The University of Warwick’s Audio Technologies group says it has developed a new kind of speaker that is flat, flexible and only 0.25mm thick. Warwick officials say the speaker panels are cheap to make and could be adapted to fit a variety of interiors where space is in short supply. The first commercial application of the “Flat Flexible Loudspeaker” is due later this year. Pocket-lint.co.uk (4/3)

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T-Mobile plans to launch a home phone and a tablet PC in early 2010, according to company documents. Both devices will run on Google‘s Android operating system, which powers the company’s G1 smartphone. The move represents a push by T-Mobile and Google to enter the home-electronics market. The New York Times (4/5)

AT&T announced plans last week to sell a selection of netbooks in Atlanta and Philadelphia with the lowest cash barrier to entry yet. If a subscriber commits to its 2-year $60/mo. netbook plan, they can take home an Acer netbook for just $50 or a mini Dell PC for $100. Both computers can connect to the net via AT&T’s 3G DataConnector network or the company’s Wi-Fi network at Starbucks across the country. (Cynopsis 4/6)

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April Fools Day arrives with fear of the latest superworm, dubbed Conflicker or alternatively Downup or Kido. The worm, which is believed to have burrowed its way into more than 3 million Windows-based PCs in the U.S. and another 10 million internationally, is expected to manifest itself in some way today, possibly causing massive network outtages. Microsoft has been concerned enough about the malware to organize a task force to combat the effects of Conflicker and offer a $250,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the hackers who cooked it up. (Cynopsis 4/1)

Panasonic plans to launch new 3-D Blu-ray players and 3-D HDTVs by 2010. The company hopes the new technology will allow it to charge more for products that have been slipping in value lately, even as competitors eye similar strategies. The Boston Globe/The Associated Press (3/31)

(Below) Not sure of the purpose of this one but OK.  When have you thought to yourself…I’m going to start watching in the living room…and finish in the den!  Or maybe it’s because I live in a cramped NYC apt?

Time Warner Cable and Motorola have announced that they are partnering on a multiroom DVR system that is based on tru2way technology. The system, to be called Follow Me TV, is expected to launch later this year and will give users the flexibility to begin watching a show or movie in one room and finish watching it on another set in the house. Multichannel News (3/31)

Samsung Vice President Jonas Tanenbaum says the company is making a play to “take an ownership position” in three out of four ranges of the LED HDTV market. The company is relying on side-fired LED HDTVs to give it a competitive edge, saying the new technology is more cost-effective and allows the devices to be even slimmer. Dealerscope (4/1) , TWICE (3/31) , ElectronicHouse.com (3/31)

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Dell Small Business is selling the S2409W for $209 after $90-worth of instant savings. (http://www.crunchgear.com/2009/03/30/crunchdeals-dell-24-inch-monitor-for-188/ 3/30)

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Verizon Wireless on Saturday confirmed a Friday report that the carrier will market a 3G-enabled netbook by midyear. Although a Verizon Wireless representative did not offer detailed plans, the original reports suggested that the company would link up with at least two PC makers. CNET (3/28)

Growing concern over energy consumption — both from manufacturing companies and consumers — has led to a new breed of television. And, according to this report, the new energy-saving machines not only are good for the planet, but they also feature higher-quality images. TWICE (3/30)

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