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BLACK FRIDAY STARTS NOW! LG 8x Blu-Ray Burner for $129! Update, now only $149 all the time!

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November 25th, 2009


New Egg has given many of us the deal we’ve been waiting for:

LG Black 8X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 5X DVD-RAM 6X BD-ROM 2MB Cache 8X Blu-ray Burner – Bulk Model WH08LS20K – OEM
Free Verbatim blu-ray media w/ purchase, ends 11/30

From the notes it appears that this OEM Bulk burner comes with a SATA cable and SOFTWARE (PC). I currently use an LG burner with Toast on the Mac, and Final Cut Studio 3, so I’m sure this would be a great burner for everyone at a fantastic price.

Easily a FANTASTIC price for an 8X Blu-Ray Burner! (This may not be the LATEST model, but we’re still in the DAWN of Blu-Ray.)

One review online points out “Came with a SATA cable, a molex to SATA power adaptor and a CD with some old versions of Cyberlink programs.”

Personally, I prefer external drives, so a case would be a great addition. What case would YOU recommend for such a drive?




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The Beatles will finally be on iTunes!
An educated prediction of Apple’s big announcements on Sept. 9th.

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September 4th, 2009


Apple’s announcements almost ALWAYS occur on a Tuesday; There NEEDS to be a reason that they pushed this announcement to Wednesday, Sept. 9th. The reason is that 9-9-09 is being sold as a major milestone in the history of The Beatles and you can bet Apple will be right there in the middle of the celebration!

The Beatles will be made available on iTunes on Sept. 9th or I?ll eat my hat! (if I had one). (I?ll also go so far as to say that it will premiere Apple?s new digital jewel case concept, and will also include mini-documentaries on each album.)

As loyal readers know, this blog is all about seeing through the hype? well, the way the entertainment industry works, is that the marketers look for one major ‘event’, and then pile on as many ‘sub-events’ as possible so that the ?buzz? for one promotes the others. Well my friends, Apple ?conveniently? chose September 9th for their major press event about “Rock and Roll”, and the writing is clear… let me spell out what that date means in the world of The Beatles.

1) The Beatles: Rock Band? The remarkably addictive game that is inspiring future musicians everywhere, is coming out with a ?Beatles? specific version. To be available on the Xbox 360, PS3, and Wii. Click for more info on The Beatles: Rock Band

2) The Beatles Remastered- The albums have been re-mastered by a dedicated team of engineers at EMI’s Abbey Road Studios in London. The result of this painstaking process is the highest fidelity the catalogue has seen since its original release.

3) The Beatles Stereo Box- Set Includes: -Hard black glossy lift top with magnet clasp -All 13 Studio remasters plus Past Masters -CD’s are packaged in three panel digi-pak with digital mini documentaries. A special box set of all of the newly remastered albums and includes a DVD of all of the mini documentaries.

4) The Beatles Mono Box- Set Includes:-Hard white glossy slip box-CD’s packaged as mini LP replicas (replica artwork, sleeves and gatefolds)-Original Mono versions of 11 albums (12 discs)

Another major sign of this fact, is that Apple and The Beatles would hold back a digital announcement until there truly was something special to announce. It wouldn?t surprise me if Apple was a major player in this Remaster happening to begin with, and now Apple can present The Beatles co-PREMIEREING on iTunes in their new masters. This is no coincidence, it?s calculated genius.

The Beatles have ALWAYS been at the heart of Apple. The company was even named Apple by Steve Jobs after The Beatles own label, Apple Records. For those who remember, Apple has been in court over Apple Computers competing in the music industry, and only recently did Apple finally win (buy?) the trademark ?Apple?. (A short while ago Apple announced that they had settled with Apple Records, and was finally changing the name of the company from Apple Computer Inc. to Apple Inc.; that was a mighty victory for Apple.)

The 9th of September is going to be huge for The Beatles, and Apple?s announcement will also have a huge ?positive? effect as well.

Now, as for the other predictions:

1. I?ve already explained the remarkable influence The Beatles has had on Apple, and Steve Jobs. There is NO WAY that there can be just a U2 iPod without a special edition The Beatles iPod. You can count on it with the complete remastered discs included. Expect custom wallpapers, etc. This will be the ULTIMATE way to get the new Beatles sets, and Apple will sell them hand over fist. Don?t underestimate the power of this announcement.

2. Steve Jobs WILL do the event. Steve loves The Beatles, Apple, and a great show. He wouldn?t miss it for the world!

3. Ringo Starr and Sir Paul McCartney will appear, and will perform together on stage. Hey, if Microsoft can get them to appear for the Rock Band announcement, Apple/Steve will get them to appear and perform at Apple?s Event! Click this link for coverage of the Microsoft event.

4. Apple?s new ?Project Cocktail? digital album format will be premiere with The Beatles and will include everything you would get with a physical release. Click for more about “Project Cocktail”.

5. iTunes 9 will be introduced with support for ?Project Cocktail? and Legal DVD/BluRay ripping. It?s only illegal to rip a DVD or BluRay if you don?t have the permission from the rights owner. I believe that Apple has obtained the rights from every studio, and will RIP and compress for the iPhone, iPod, AppleTV, etc. versions of movies and television, BUT WITH DRM in place on all. (For the record, Sony has already discussed this possibility to get video content on their PSP.) Also to be announced is that the iPhones and iPod touches will be able to output HD to HD Televisions. (Like the ZuneHD can.)

6. iPhone/iPod Touch 3.1 will be released to support new models.

7. All iPods Nanos and Touches will be refreshed to include cameras, and the iPod Touch will also gain a microphone, and micro-shuffle will have buttons added to the surface of its body. Expect the Touch to have the same video abilities as the iPhone 3GS. The iPod Classic will continue but will gain the largest hard drive available (I do not expect a camera or microphone to be built into that form factor.) The iPod Touch will also drop in price to $199 for a 16GB model, $299 for a 32GB model, and $399 for a 64GB model. (The lower price of a 16GB ZuneHD ($219.99 vs. the current iPod Touch 16GB for $299) guarantees this change to remain competitive.)

8. The last iPhone 3G will disappear for a $99 iPhone 3GS to take it?s place.

9. Wireless sync to your computer, and computer independence through MobileMe computerless Syncing of the iPhone and iPod Touch. Let?s face it, the one thing that keeps ALL adopters from going iPhone is that so many people use phones but don?t have computers. With pressure from the new ZuneHD, Apple will finally offer computerless wireless sync.

10. Wireless Bluetooth stereo headphones. iPhone/iPod Touch 3.0 offered the ability to use Bluetooth headsets, and left it to 3rd parties to create them. Apple wants to have the best of everything, and I?m sure that Bluetooth stereo headphones are just around the corner.

Everything on the list it likely and I?d expect to happen.

One last point… consider Apple’s (Rolling Stones Lyric) statement in the announcement… “It’s only rock and roll, but we like it.” It wouldn’t surprise me if JUST The Beatles availability was announced. I?m positive about The Beatles, but the rest we’ll just have to wait and see… soon.

Cheers!

David



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AMAZING FOOTAGE FOUND! Behind-the-scenes of Star Trek: The Motion Picture!

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July 1st, 2009


Today an amazing event occurred. A new documentary created during the filming of Star Trek: The Motion Picture was posted to YouTube. It has a remarkable amount of footage… I won’t spoil it, just watch it.

Part I

Part II

I’ll be researching this footage, and when I find out more about it, I’ll update this entry.

Enjoy!



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Amazing Deal! Free Today Only: Run Windows Applications on Intel Macs Without Windows!

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October 28th, 2008



All Hail the Lame Duck President!
(or “Guess What Unexpected Thing Happened!?”)

Let’s cut to the chase. Codeweavers made a plea to President Bush to bring down gas prices, never expecting it to actually happen. Well, they bet that if it would happen, they would give away their CrossOver Pro software for free for 24 hours! (Normally $70!)

CrossOver allows you to run windows software without a copy of Windows. While not as versitle and compatible as Boot Camp, VMWare Fusion, or Parallels, it DOES work quite well with many windows titles, and the price is right!

SO… Stop reading, and go here immediately! (Once you get your e-mail be SURE to log on and register your copy before midnight tonight CST!)

For an enjoyable read about this whole deal, click on this link.

As for 2 Live Fool’s hype-free zone… opinion… here you go. CrossOver is way behind in it’s usage and and overall acceptance. This giveaway should enable CodeWeavers to claim usage number at or above the current market leaders VMWare Fusion and Parallels. In general, this is a great opportunity for the company to expand it’s user base, and entice new users to PAY for their ongoing support plans and upgrade fees. This is a generous giveaway for users, and a truly profitable opportunity for CodeWeavers. Bravo!



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Guns N Roses Gives You a Free Dr. Pepper! Here’s how:

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October 27th, 2008




MTV reports that if you log in to the official Dr. Pepper website on November 23rd, you’ll be mailed a coupon for a free 20-ounce Dr. Pepper. But note, ONLY on the 23rd.

Why are they doing it? As MTV reports:

“Now that the November 23 release date for Guns Nâ?? Rosesâ?? oft-delayed, more-than-a-decade-in-the-making album, Chinese Democracy, seems to be a reality, Dr Pepper owes every American a can of soda.

Back in March, the beverage company said that it would give every man, woman, and a child in the U.S. a free can of Dr. Pepper should Guns Nâ?? Roses release Chinese Democracy before the close of 2008. And now, the event no one â?? certainly not the folks at Dr Pepper â?? thought would happen is rapidly approaching.”

Read the original post here: Guns Nâ?? Roses Bring A Free Dr Pepper To All Americans: Hereâ??s How To Get Yours!



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The Flintstones Complete Series to Come in Stone Television

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September 17th, 2008


Our friends over at TVShowsonDVD.com have scored some great pictures of the upcoming complete series release of ‘The Flintstones’ on DVD.

For those who may not know, The Flintstones was originally a prime time animated show like ‘The Simpsons’ today… and was just as ‘adult’. It’s amazing what we now consider kid-friendly…

Anyway, here’s the photos… Enjoy!




Here’s a link to the original story at www.tvshowsondvd.com.



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Amazing Robotic Elmo To Take Over the World! (For only $59.95!)

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March 18th, 2008


Simply put, this is the most amazing ‘toy’ ever created. Disneyland’s animatronics are not as extensive as this one! I can’t wait for my Kermit the Frog!




Here’s the whole promo:


Elmo Live will be available on October 14th for $59.95. Amazing! This is going to revolutionize the toy business!



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New Fools Release: ‘My Favorite Martian’ Soundtrack Available Today

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December 4th, 2007



December 4th, 2007 – Burbank, CA

Today, the soundtrack CD to the 1960′s classic television show ‘My Favorite Martian’ was released by La La Land Records. This CD was Produced by 2 Live Fools co-host David C. Fein, and has almost 80 minutes of classic music by the late George Greeley.

For more information and samples from a number of tracks, visit www.lalalandrecords.com.



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AMAZING DEAL: $99 HD-DVD Player Tomorrow Morning At Wal-Mart! HD Disc Wars Heat Up! UPDATED: Best Buy too!

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November 1st, 2007


http://holiday.ri-walmart.com/?section=secret&utm_source=Walmartcom&utm_medium=POV1&utm_content=secret1&utm_campaign=holiday&povid=cat14503-env15844-module117144-lLink1

In a huge move in the HD disc wars, Toshiba and Wal-Mart are partnering on a special ‘secret-sale’ at 8 AM tomorrow morning!

Get the Toshiba HD-A2 HD-DVD Player for $98.87…. Today it’s selling for $399 everywhere.

Additionally, that player is eligable for the five free disc offer:


Personally, I think you should all get ‘The Thing’ as one of your free discs.

You can find the 5 free HD-DVD offer here.

UPDATED: Now the same unit is also on sale for $99 at Best Buy! Check out bestbuy.com for more information and local availability.



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Buy One of the Real Transformers!

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July 9th, 2007


Sometimes I see studios offering props from films on ebay. Usually they are small pieces that don’t mean much, but are nice to have. The point of the sale is another form of marketing, and rarely are they selling the item for the money.

You also have to appreciate that just about every prop, especially if it’s a key item, has anywhere from 3 to 10 identical copies, so you never truly know if it’s real, or actually used. Worth it? Usually not.

This week, there’s something different on ebay:



Yes, for a mere $24,000 (the current bid), this Transformer… err… car… can be yours!

Buy this 1977 Yellow Chevy Camaro who goes by the name ‘Bumblebee’ Now!

To me, ‘Bumblebee’ was my favorite Transformer in the movie. While I wouldn’t mind owning the updated Camero in the film, there is no denying that this is a very cool car to own.

Let the bidding war begin!



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