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320GB PlayStation 3 to retail without Move for $350

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on October 28th, 2010

Sony has been selling a 320GB PS3 bundled with a Move controller, PlayStation Eye, and Sports Champions for $400, but now the 320GB model will soon be available all by itself. Great for those of us who hate to move around. At only $50 more, the bundle with the Move paraphernalia is a great deal though.

Sony says they are shipping the new standalone SKU to stores right now so keep an eye out for it and a spare $350.

Droid X sold out online, hard to find at retail

Posted in Motorola by Conner Flynn on July 18th, 2010

According to Verizon, the company had “done everything possible” to make sure there was an adequate supply of the Droid X, but I guess they had no idea that the demand, much like the Droid Incredible would be overwhelming.

The Motorola handset is already out of stock online (right now with a ten-day delay) and in many retail stores as well. Verizon confirmed the shortages, saying that the company was pleased with initial sales, and that though they were “successful at keeping up with early demand” supplies are “low or out.”

Kindle hitting Target stores on June 6

Posted in kindle by Conner Flynn on June 2nd, 2010

For some, a Kindle can be a large purchase. The kind of purchase that you would feel better about if you could see the device first hand. Plus it might be nice to be able to pick up some toilet paper and snacks at the same time, right?

Luckily for you, Amazon’s finally putting Kindles out into retail nationwide through Target stores. A trial run in April got the e-reader into Target’s flagship store and 102 other retail locations in south Florida, but now the $259 e-ink device will be available all over on June 6th.

Microsoft confirms retail stores this fall

Posted in Microsoft by Conner Flynn on July 15th, 2009

Microsoft confirms retail stores this fallFor those who missed it, Microsoft hired former Wal-Mart exec David Porter to be its corporate vice president of retail stores in February. So it’s not much of a surprise that stores are on the way. COO Kevin Turner confirmed the plans at the Worldwide Partner Conference in New Orleans yesterday, saying the stores can be expected to open this fall (probably to coincide with the launch of Windows 7?).

He took the gloves off and didn’t mince words about taking the fight to Apple’s doorstep. “Stay tuned, because we’re going to have some retail stores opened up that are opened up right next door to Apple stores.”

Rock Band surpasses $1 billion in sales

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on March 26th, 2009

rockband2-logo-sbThat’s a lot of rockin’. I hope some of you are taking it easy now. As things stand right now, Rock Band has 614 songs available from 269 artists, 11 full albums, and a buttload of revenue. More revenue than all other games in 2008.

For those of you keeping score, we are talking $1 billion in total North American retail sales, with 40 million tracks sold. Plus Rock Band and Rock Band 2 have won 50 industry awards. Frankly I’m surprised you can’t all hear each other rocking all over the continent.

Intelligent Cash Registers concept

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on January 10th, 2009

Intelligent Cash Registers conceptYou knew it was coming. They’ve been dumb for too long. But it makes perfect sense for cash registers to get an IQ upgrade soon, and that’s what the Intelligent Cash Registers concept is all about. They are supposed to remember who you are know what your interests are.

Intel is going to release a prototype at the National Retail Federation show in New York on Sunday. It’s actually a collaboration between Intel and Frog Design. Frog Design will handle the hardware end, making sure its 3″ touchscreen terminal functions with Intel’s latest processors. The device will feature RFID card compatibility and rely on the Internet to up-sell and appeal to your impulse buying.

Motorola Sparrow concept checks you out

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on August 7th, 2008

Motorola Sparrow concept checks you out
The idea behind the Motorola Sparrow is to provide retail stores with a mobile point of sale device that solves increased service demands from consumers and decentralizes the check out point, so you can get out as quick as you can.

It’s got a scanner, point of sale system, RFID, communication and credit card reading capabilities all in one mobile device. The front and back of the Sparrow are touch-sensitive for ease of use and navigation. This is a huge improvement of an old idea. It would be great to see in the retail world. It looks kinda sexy even.