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RadioShack Offers Gift Cards for Old, Broken Gadgets

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307w ago - RadioShack's Online Trade-In Program will swap your old gadgets for gift cards. You search their database for your gadget and offer the best quality assessment that you can, and they provide a mail-in sticker that you print.

If all goes well, they'll send you a gift card 10-14 days after the unit is received. So assuming worst case scenario, what are your totally broken gadgets worth?

• 3G iPod (10GB) - $3.23
• 1st Gen Zune - $5.81
• Palm Treo 650 - $3.69
• Xbox 360 Premium - $9.65
• DS Lite - $4.25
• Wii - $15.85
• PlayStation 3 (60GB) - $23.48

Needless to say, if you've trashed all of your electronics, you may be able to unload them and score a few bucks in the process.
 

Apple-Microsoft Advertisement War Gets Ugly

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308w ago - The multimillion-dollar ad war between Microsoft and Apple has turned nasty, with Apple firing the latest salvo in an attempt to continue to define Vista as a broken, bug-ridden operating system.

Apple's ads have long lampooned the PC for being staid and uncool but, this time, Apple's target isn't the PC per se, but Microsoft's marketing strategy.

The first of two new ads shows PC, played by John Hodgman, allocating stacks of dollar bills toward either "advertising" or "fix Vista", with the bulk of the money going to advertising.

The ad is a swipe at Microsoft's $US300 million ($430 million) ad campaign to redefine Windows Vista's image, which featured stars including comedian Jerry Seinfeld (reportedly paid $US10 million for his appearance), actress Eva Longoria, singer Pharrell Williams and even the author Deepak Chopra.

A belated response to Apple's highly successful "I'm a Mac, I'm a PC" ads, the campaign sought to paint Apple and Mac users as elitists by presenting a slew of everyday PC users, such as scientists and teachers, espousing the virtues of their platform of choice.

"Hello, I'm a PC and I've been made into a stereotype," says a Microsoft engineer in one of the ads.

The second new ad from Apple...
 

Mirror's Edge finally gets Dated, Arrives on November 11

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312w ago - EA has announced that the much-hyped free-running FPS Mirror's Edge will launch on November 11th on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, with the PC version shipping "later in the winter". That of course means that it might not make 2008. Sad times for PC gamers.

Nevertheless, the publisher also confirmed that a demo would be available prior to release on Xbox Live and PlayStation Network, allowing gamers to trial a segment of the single player mode. Starting September 26th, gamers who pre-order the game at selected retailers will also get an exclusive code that unlocks a Time Trial mode in the demo.

"Mirror's Edge is bringing something new to the action-adventure genre this holiday by putting the player in the shoes of the hero, seeing what she sees, feeling what she feels," says Owen O'Brien, Senior Producer, DICE. "We wanted to create an entirely new experience, with a different type of heroine and a world that not only looks fresh and new but has unique gameplay."

As EA were quick to remind us, Mirror's Edge delivers players straight into the shoes of Faith, a modern day heroine who traverses the vertigo-inducing cityscape, engaging in intense combat, fast-paced chases and challenging puzzles. And it looks great.

More information on the exclusive pre-order...
 

MotorStorm: Pacific Rift Demo Gets Limited Release Next Week

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314w ago - Sony's semi-official blog ThreeSpeech has just heard that a demo of MotorStorm: Pacific Rift will be available to a few select people next Thursday.

Apparently, some gamers will be chosen at random to receive an e-mail with a voucher code to download the demo. The Demo will be available to everyone else next month.

To quote: ThreeSpeech has just heard that a demo of hotly anticipated off-road racer, MotorStorm: Pacific Rift (as if we need to explain what MSPR is to you guys...) will be made available to a lucky few next Thursday. Some of you lucky lucky people will be selected at random to receive an email with a voucher code allowing you to download the demo, with it being made available to everyone else next month.

We're expecting more details on this next week so keep checking back. Sadly ThreeSpeech can't do anything to increase your chances of being chosen, but you know we would if we could...
 

XBox 360 Hard Drive Gets a Price Cut Too

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314w ago - Kotaku writes: Now that the XBox 360 line-up has been giving a serious price gutting in the US of A, the cuts continue, with the 120GB hard drive seeing a $30 reduction.

Previously at $179, it would have been an even harder prospective purchase for anyone picking up a $199 Xbox 360 Arcade.

The hard drive add on is now slightly more reasonably priced at $149 at both EBGames and Amazon.
 
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