competition

  • Acer expected to beat Asus Eee pricing

    Let’s all think back to our Econ classes to the section on economies of scale, especially as the theory pertains to purchasing production materials in bulk. That’s what Acer’s able to do thanks to its sheer size and that’s the reason that its FOB price (free on board — total cost it takes to get one unit loaded onto a boat somewhere) for its Eee competitor will… Read More

  • Apartment dweller: 'The letter forcing me to switch to Comcast is tantamount to an eviction notice'

    Wow. This guy really doesn’t like Comcast. I’m certainly not going to be asking Comcast to the Prom anytime soon but this guy is planning on moving out of his apartment thanks to a notice sent to the tenants in his building saying that Comcast will be the only ISP available starting January 1st. Read More

  • Sprint to Clearwire: 'Dear Baby, Welcome to Dumpsville. Population, You.'

    Sprint is supposed to roll out its WiMax network in Chicago and Washington, DC by the end of the year and it says it’ll still do that despite news today that it met for dinner with Clearwire, said “it’s not you, it’s me,” and split. Read More

  • Comcast sez increased competition may bring rate hikes

    The FCC is attempting to make way for a little competition in the cable industry by enforcing new rules banning exclusivity deals between apartment owners and companies like Time Warner and Comcast. This would, in effect, grant those of us who live in apartments the option of choosing from more than one cable company, which would, in turn, potentially lead to lower prices (as much as 30%… Read More

  • AmazonMP3's referral program: Get up to 20 percent per song or album

    How does Amazon respond to Apple’s increasing the size, and dropping the price of, its DRM-free music store? By promising you free money, of course. Amazon was quick to point out yesterday that its affiliates can earn up to 20 percent, or up to $1.50, per album or song sold on its AmazonMP3 online music store. (Compare that to the 5 percent that affiliates can make from iTunes.) All… Read More

  • Toshiba announces 30-inch OLED TV by 2009

    Toshiba isn’t about to let Sony get the upper hand in the television market. Yesterday, Sony announced an 11-inch OLED TV that is only 0.3-inches thick, has a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio, and costs $1745. Considered a huge leap in technology, now other companies are scrambling to get on the bandwagon. Toshiba is claiming that by 2009, a 30-inch OLED TV will be available for purchase, ready… Read More

  • Comcast Customer Service Rep Airs Some Dirty Laundry

    We’ve all heard horror stories about Comcast and, let’s face it, every large corporation has its share of dismal customer service experiences from time to time. The problem with Comcast, some would argue, is that it’s often the only choice for many people. Take me, for example. Next week, I’ll be moving into an apartment in an area of Boston where Comcast is the only… Read More