Archive for December, 2007

Internet Retail Hits Record, But Falls Short of Some Projections (The Gourmet Retailer)

DECEMBER 28, 2007 -- Free shipping and product discounts have kept consumer PCs busy, though the e-tail growth rate this holiday almost surely won't match recent years, reports Investor's Business Daily on CNNMoney.com. ... Amazon.com, the Web's No. 1 online retailer, on Saturday said five of the top 10 items on its electronics best-seller list are Apple iPod players. Amazon rival Buy.com reports strong sales of Microsoft's Zune and SanDisk's Sansa players. [News Source]

Apple, Fox planning movie rental service? (ZDNet Asia)

Apple may be planning to get into the movie rental business and license its digital rights management technology, and it could announce a deal soon. Licensing FairPlay to companies like Microsoft or SanDisk would allow the Zune or Sansa to play songs and videos purchased from the iTunes Store; right now, you can play iTunes Store purchases only on iPods. [News Source]

Reports: Apple, Fox planning movie rental service (CNET)

iTunes users might soon be able to download Fox movies, and Apple could also be ready to reverse its stance on licensing its FairPlay DRM, according to reports. Licensing FairPlay to companies like Microsoft or SanDisk would allow the Zune or Sansa to play songs and videos purchased from the iTunes Store; right now, you can play iTunes Store purchases only on iPods. [News Source]

Online Holiday Sales Rising At 19% Clip, Just Short Of Views (Investor’s Business Daily via Yahoo! News)

Free shipping and product discounts have kept consumer PCs busy, though the e-tail growth rate this holiday almost surely won't match recent years. ... Amazon rival Buy.com reports strong sales of Microsoft's Zune and SanDisk's Sansa players. [News Source]

Easy-to-use MP3 players / These music players emphasize usability over all other features. (San Francisco Chronicle)

SanDisk Sansa Clip Cnet rating: 7.5 out of 10 (very good) The good: Impressive sound quality; ultra compact, gym-friendly design with removable belt clip; useful features include FM radio and Rhapsody DNA integration. The bad: FM radio reception isn't great; connection of the Clip with Rhapsody was problematic. [News Source]

Get gifts for your techie’s gadgets (Denver Post)

Shopping for gadget lovers or technophiles isn't always the easiest task. ... For the Internet lover: Sansa TakeTV from SanDisk — $100 for 4GB or $150 for 8GB. The Sansa TakeTV is an inexpensive and simple way to transfer videos from your computer to a USB flash storage drive that you can hook up to your TV to view the videos. It works on both PCs and Macs but only supports the following formats: DivX, xVid and MPEG-4. It does come with a remote, and the video-playback quality is good. [News Source]

Tech presents can be tricky (Akron Beacon Journal)

Shopping for gadget lovers or technophiles isn't always the easiest task. Unless you know the exact model of the device they want, they might be disappointed when they unwrap your gift. You also run the risk of giving them something they already have or don't want. [News Source]

DigitalTrends Guide to Choosing an MP3 Player (ABC 7 El Paso)

Buying an MP3 player can be confusing. Here's a 10-step guide to making a choice without being overwhelmed by the choices -- or by the marketing hype you're sure to encounter. [News Source]

SanDisk’s Harari: Steve Jobs should be afraid (Globes Online)

"Loading music on an iPod isn't easy." [News Source]

Top 10: Hottest Gadgets For 2008 (AskMen)

The hottest gadgets for 2008 Every year, gadgets come out that rock the foundations of what’s possible and bring us closer to the world of tomorrow. ... With the SanDisk Sansa TakeTV Video Player, your computer and your television become a harmonious unit. The ability to easily take video from your computer and watch it on your TV means that there are no more boundaries between these two technologies; leaving video to be seen as it was meant to be. [News Source]