PS3 pricing remains stratospheric, but is inching down closer to the the $499 and $599 Sony MSRPs. The long lines are gone and and no purchasers of the coveted game console have been robbed or shot in the past 10 days. CNET's video review gives the uninitiated (and non-gamer such as myself - I have a life, thank you very much) a good overview of the system and says while it has potential, it'll be a couple of years before games come that exploit its promising graphics.
So expect to pay close to $800 for the PS3 for 20 GB version on eBay if such offerings are real. Bobby on eBay says he'll deliver it by Christmas for $790 if your throw in $60 for shipping and his double boxing! Many are still trying to get up to $1,300-$1,600 for one and that remains the prevailing price range on Amazon. All in all, the furor and pricing seems to be dying down. Thank, god. Right now and game for game, CNET says the PS3 is only on par with the XBox 360. The new Wii Nintendo game is also commanding a healthy price premium.
During a teardown of the iPad Air and Microsoft Surface Pro 3 at the Medical Design & Manufacturing Show in Schaumburg, Ill., an engineer showed this "inflammatory" video about the dangers of maliciously mishandling lithium-ion batteries.
Science fiction author Isaac Asimov may have the best rules for effective brainstorming and creativity. His never-before-published essay, "On Creativity," recently made it to the Web pages of MIT Technology Review.
Much has been made over the potentially dangerous flammability of lithium-ion batteries after major companies like Boeing, Sony, and Tesla have grappled with well-publicized battery fires. Researchers at Stanford University may have come up with a solution to this problem with a smart sensor for lithium-ion batteries that provides a warning if the battery is about to overheat or catch fire.
In this new Design News feature, "How it Works," we’re starting off by examining the inner workings of the electronic cigarette. While e-cigarettes seemed like a gimmick just two or three years ago, they’re catching fire -- so to speak. Sales topped $1 billion last year and are set to hit $10 billion by 2017. Cigarette companies are fighting back by buying up e-cigarette manufacturers.
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