Goodbye, Circuit City. You Will Be Missed.

January 17 2009No Commented

Categorized Under: Misc. Gadgets

Circuit City Stores, Inc. (OTC:CCTYQ) announced today that they are asking a bankruptcy court to allow them to close all their stores and sell off all their assets.  What cause Circuit City to go downhill?  Circuit City staff struggled to provide technical advice to customers.  They stopped investing in hiring and training programs.

Meanwhile competition like Target, Best Buy, and Wal-Mart stepped up their technology offerings and trained their employees to properly explain specifications of their products.  About 34,000 people will be out of jobs as a result of the bankruptcy.

InterTAN Canada Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Circuit City will remain open and will not be part of the liquidation.  InterTan has about 765 stores in Canada.  Circuit City attempted to find a buyer including Golden Gate Capital and Mexican billionaire and major shareholder Ricardo Salinas Pliego.  But it did not work out.


Motorola Tundra Now Available For $199.99 To AT&T Customers

January 15 2009No Commented

Categorized Under: Cell Phones

The Motorola Tundra is the next addition to the company’s Push to Talk line of phones.  The phone has Built to Military Standard (MIL-STD) 810F specs that can take a beating.  The Tundra has aGPS navigation built-in and works with the AT&T Navigator and TeleNav Track and Xora.  The resolution of the camera is 2 megapixels.  The zoom is 4x.

Supported music file types are MP3, MIDI, AAC, AAC+, and AMR.  Pictures and sounds can be added into text messages.  The phone works on a 3G network and has a talk time of 5 hours.

The price of the phone is $199.99 after a $50 rebate and is available on the AT&T website.

[via Engadget Mobile]


Buffalo WLI-UC-GN May Be The Smallest WiFi USB Dongle

January 15 2009No Commented

Categorized Under: Misc. Gadgets

The Buffalo WLI-UC-GN is possibly the smallest WiFi USB device on the market right now.  The size of the USB device is 33mm x 16mm x 8mm.  The price of the device is expected to be ¥2,100.  The device is able to connect to the Internet at a 802.11n standard up to 150 Mbps.   The WLI-UC-GN beats the title of the smallest USB WiFi device from its predecessor, the WLI-UC-G300N.

The WLI-UC-GN can be used to take other devices online via WiFi such as the Nintendo Wii, the Nintendo DS, or the Sony PSP.  It will be available in Japan by early February.  No word on whether the U.S. will be seeing the device anytime soon.

[via Softpedia]

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