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Digital City: Episode 9 01 December 2008 at 3:01 am by

On this week’s installment of the Digital City, it’s the Post-Black-Friday special, where we discuss the latest economic woes, our holiday wish lists, Black Friday vs. Cyber Monday, the new MTA text alert system, and Blockbuster’s lastest idea — a set-top streaming movie box.

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Carlon, ‘Cantaloupe’: Free MP3 of the Day By 01 December 2008 at 3:01 am and have No Comments

Sometimes, a band will record in a warehouse so they can tell people they recorded in a warehouse. And sometimes, they’ll do it to sound like this. No strangers to the post-industrial motif–they’re from Jersey–Carlon drop a swoony stunner that makes full use of its cavernous space.

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Black Friday Giveaways (part 10): the LG Prada phone By 28 November 2008 at 11:59 pm and have No Comments

We’ve decided to end the Engadget Black Friday Giveaways with a blast from the past. Remember this guy? It seems like only a week ago that Apple was being accused of ripping off this LG and Prada collaboration with the iPhone. Ah… memories. Well, you can at least still impress some folks down at the local discotheque with this one — just make sure no one accidentally pours a vodka and Red Bull on it. Here’s how we do it.

We’ll put up a gadget on the site, and you can only enter it until the next gadget lands (usually within a couple of hours). If you miss your shot, sorry, we’re moving on to the next gadget. Good luck! Oh, and don’t forget the rules. (Yeah, there are always rules.)

  • Leave a comment below. That’s it! Who loves you, baby.
  • You may only enter this specific giveaway once. If you enter this giveaway more than once you’ll be automatically disqualified, etc. (Yes, we have robots that thoroughly check to ensure fairness.) You can enter different giveaways in today’s Black Friday giveaways, but you can only enter this one once.
  • If you enter more than once, only activate one comment. This is pretty self explanatory. Just be careful and you’ll be fine.
  • Contest is open to anyone in the 50 States, 18 or older! Sorry, we don’t make this rule (we hate excluding anyone), so be mad at our lawyers or US contest laws if you have to be mad.
  • Winners will be chosen randomly.
  • Entries can be submitted until the next contest goes up. After that we’re all done. Good luck!
  • Full rules can be found here.

Last round’s winner: Apitt! (Remember, winners are selected at random.)

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Black Friday Giveaways (part 9): Plantronics Discovery 925 Bluetooth headset By 28 November 2008 at 11:00 pm and have No Comments

Tired of always having to hold that heavy phone up to your ear? Sick of being the target of your friends ridicule? Want to escape the indescribable pain of not being able to use both hands when you’re on a call? The Plantronics Discovery 925 Bluetooth headset is here to help. Ready to win this baby? Here’s how it’s done.

We’ll put up a gadget on the site, and you can only enter it until the next gadget lands (usually within a couple of hours). If you miss your shot, sorry, we’re moving on to the next gadget. Good luck! Oh, and don’t forget the rules. (Yeah, there are always rules.)

  • Leave a comment below. That’s it! Who loves you, baby.
  • You may only enter this specific giveaway once. If you enter this giveaway more than once you’ll be automatically disqualified, etc. (Yes, we have robots that thoroughly check to ensure fairness.) You can enter different giveaways in today’s Black Friday giveaways, but you can only enter this one once.
  • If you enter more than once, only activate one comment. This is pretty self explanatory. Just be careful and you’ll be fine.
  • Contest is open to anyone in the 50 States, 18 or older! Sorry, we don’t make this rule (we hate excluding anyone), so be mad at our lawyers or US contest laws if you have to be mad.
  • Winners will be chosen randomly.
  • Entries can be submitted until the next contest goes up. After that we’re all done. Good luck!
  • Full rules can be found here.

Last round’s winner: Richard! (Remember, winners are selected at random.)

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Black Friday Giveaways (part 8): Gears of War 2 Limited Edition bundle By 28 November 2008 at 10:00 pm and have No Comments

Do you love love love Gears of War 2? Want to own the ultimate collector’s kit? Okay. Here’s what you get: Gears of War 2 Special Edition game, GOW2 hooded sweatshirt, GOW2 novel, the first issue of the GOW2 comic book, and Beneath the Surface: An Inside Look at Gears of War. Ready to own this extremely rare box of goodies? Here’s what’s what.

We’ll put up a gadget on the site, and you can only enter it until the next gadget lands (usually within a couple of hours). If you miss your shot, sorry, we’re moving on to the next gadget. Good luck! Oh, and don’t forget the rules. (Yeah, there are always rules.)

  • Leave a comment below. That’s it! Who loves you, baby.
  • You may only enter this specific giveaway once. If you enter this giveaway more than once you’ll be automatically disqualified, etc. (Yes, we have robots that thoroughly check to ensure fairness.) You can enter different giveaways in today’s Black Friday giveaways, but you can only enter this one once.
  • If you enter more than once, only activate one comment. This is pretty self explanatory. Just be careful and you’ll be fine.
  • Contest is open to anyone in the 50 States, 18 or older! Sorry, we don’t make this rule (we hate excluding anyone), so be mad at our lawyers or US contest laws if you have to be mad.
  • Winners will be chosen randomly.
  • Entries can be submitted until the next contest goes up. After that we’re all done. Good luck!
  • Full rules can be found here.

Last round’s winner: Michelle Alaimo! (Remember, winners are selected at random.)

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Black Friday Giveaways (part 8): Gears of War 2 Limited Edition bundle originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 28 Nov 2008 22:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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‘Buy Nothing Day’ a sign of the times? By 28 November 2008 at 3:00 pm and have No Comments

Retailers anticipate a bleak Black Friday. Yet, despite the economic downturn, many Americans are still cramming into malls in hopes of snagging the best and earliest holiday buys.

Some consumers, on the other hand, will shun shopping and observe “Buy Nothing Day,” a loosely organized protest against conspicuous consumption. The …

Black Friday Giveaways (part 3): Peek handheld By 28 November 2008 at 2:45 pm and have 1 Comment

Look, maybe you don’t want to win the handsome Peek email device for yourself, but we guarantee there’s someone in your family who’d like it this holiday season. Or… maybe you want to get one and take a stab at hacking it to bits? Regardless, this is your chance to make off with one for free. Here’s how it all goes down.

We’ll put up a gadget on the site, and you can only enter it until the next gadget lands (usually within a couple of hours). If you miss your shot, sorry, we’re moving on to the next gadget. Good luck! Oh, and don’t forget the rules. (Yeah, there are always rules.)

  • Leave a comment below. That’s it! Who loves you, baby.
  • You may only enter this specific giveaway once. If you enter this giveaway more than once you’ll be automatically disqualified, etc. (Yes, we have robots that thoroughly check to ensure fairness.) You can enter different giveaways in today’s Black Friday giveaways, but you can only enter this one once.
  • If you enter more than once, only activate one comment. This is pretty self explanatory. Just be careful and you’ll be fine.
  • Contest is open to anyone in the 50 States, 18 or older! Sorry, we don’t make this rule (we hate excluding anyone), so be mad at our lawyers or US contest laws if you have to be mad.
  • Winners will be chosen randomly.
  • Entries can be submitted until the next contest goes up. After that we’re all done. Good luck!
  • Full rules can be found here.

Last round’s winner: dcoaster! (Remember, winners are selected at random.)

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Black Friday Giveaways (part 3): Peek handheld originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 28 Nov 2008 14:45:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Meizu M8 gets demoed in multi-part video form By 28 November 2008 at 2:34 pm and have No Comments

We’ve already seen it unboxed and, of course, endlessly shown off by Meizu’s own J. Wong, but it looks like some independent demos of the now infamous Meizu M8 are finally starting to crop up online, with one of the first coming from Chinese retailer CNMO.com. While some of the details are lost in translation, there’s still quite a bit to be gleaned from the ten videos available at the link below, not the least of which is the fact that the touchscreen seems to be somewhat of an excercise in patience, to put things kindly — check out part 8 for the challenge that is pausing a track. The phone’s camera also seems to be a bit sluggish, but not completely out of line with your run of the mil cellphone camera. Touchscreen aside, however, the phone’s interface does appear to be fairly slick and, yes, oddly famiilar. Head on past the break to get started with part one of the blow-out, and hit up the read link to check out the rest.

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Black Friday deal roundup: recession edition By 28 November 2008 at 2:08 pm and have No Comments

Sure, we get to say the word “recession” because we’re just that “with it,” but were we really being honest, we’d call these deals “kind of weak,” or perhaps “simplistic, repetitive, and absolute doggerel.” Or maybe we’re just spoiled. Either way, we haven’t seen much worth lining up at 3am for this morning, which is why we’re safely indoors, coffee in hand, making fun of the poor souls out there braving the cold. But, in case you wanted a refresher of what’s out there, online and off, here’s what we’ve got so far:

New finds:

The rest:

These are by no means a comprehensive list of the deals — some legendary, some completely mediocre — that are available today and through the weekend, so if you spot something else that’s worth sharing, feel free to drop it in the comments. Oh, and please stay safe out there — if none of this “buying stuff” methodology is really your bag, you can always track with our Black Friday Giveaways for a chance at some free swag, without ever leaving your chair.

[Thanks to everyone who sent these in]

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Fujitsu-Siemens offers Lifebook4Life laptop replacement warranty, has some land in Florida it would like to sell you By 28 November 2008 at 1:36 pm and have No Comments

Fujistu-Siemens in the UK has recently announced their Lifebooks4Life program, which at first sounds a bit like some sort of gang tattoo, but turns out to be a new program that entitles you to a new laptop of the same value (adjusted 10 percent for inflation) every three years for the rest of your life. Granted, you’ll be obliged to purchase a three year warranty with each new machine, and the machine must remain in warranty (you know what that means — no cheap, off-brand RAM upgrades and absolutely no mods). But still — a new notebook every three years for the price of a warranty? This doesn’t sound like a disaster waiting to happen. Not at all. And one more caveat: you can’t pass this contract on to your next of kin. Those of you in high-risk professions — Dare Devils, Soldiers of Fortune, and contributing editors at Engadget — might want to pass this one up.

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