PS3 Price Cut in April, Sony to Recover Sales Says Analyst

From PC World: Wedbush Morgan's Michael Pachter gazes into his crystal ball and says a $100 drop will happen this April, a move that will allow sales of the device to "once again begin to grow."

What's more, he think Microsoft could drop the Xbox 360 Pro's price from $300 to $250 around E3 2009 this summer, helping stave off market contraction as the overall economy struggles to recover (Pachter thinks concerns about waning consumer demand are "overblown").

Report: Sling Media co-founders, other top execs leave

From CNET News.com: Sling Media, the company that enables users to push their cable shows to their laptops from anywhere in the world, has seen a management shakeup, according to a published report.

The company's co-founders Blake and Jason Krikorian are leaving as are execs Jason Hirschhorn and Ben White, according to the blog PaidContent.

Report: Macworld Out, CES 2010 in for Apple

From DailyTech: DailyTech previously reported that Apple was leaving Macworld, and would not be attending the trade show in 2010. The announcement sounded rather strange, as Macworld is built entirely around Apple and has always been Apple's podium for big announcements.

AMD Unveils ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4000 Series Graphics Cards

YouTube launches platforms for Congress

From CNET News.com: President-elect Barack Obama embraced YouTube when he started broadcasting his weekly address in both audio and video form, so it may have only been a matter of time before the Congress followed suit.

YouTube in conjunction with Congress on Monday launched two new platforms, the Senate Hub and the House Hub, that provide easy access to congressional YouTube channels.

MSI to sell MacBook Air rival with Intel Pentium chips

From InfoWorld: Micro-Star International (MSI) plans to sell a laptop in its X-Slim series with a high-powered Pentium chip to better compete against Apple's ultra-thin MacBook Air.

The company showed off its first X-Slim device, the X320 netbook, at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last Thursday, a 1.3-kilogram (three pounds) ultra-thin device with a 13.4-inch screen that runs on a 1.33GHz Intel Z530 Atom microprocessor.

Chrome Gets Deadline for Mac, Linux

From DailyTech: Mac and Linux users anxious to run Google’s Chrome browser now have a hard deadline for when that will be possible: the middle of 2009.

“That's what we've been hoping for,” said Chrome product manager Brian Rakowski, in an interview, describing both efforts as proceeding “in parallel” and “at the same level of progress.”

Dell Announces New XPS, Inspiron Notebooks

From DailyTech: Last week at the Consumer Electronics Show 2009 in Las Vegas, Dell kicked things off with the announcement of a new luxury brand, Adamo, and a new desktop the XPS 625, with performance fueled by AMD's Dragon platform. It also announced a number of key notebooks to flesh out its large lineup which leads sales in the U.S.

Microsoft: Blu-Ray Support Is Not a Requested Feature

From X-bit Labs: The current situation of the economy around the globe requests makers of popular devices to build-in more functionality into their products to stay competitive, however, this does not seem to be true for Microsoft Xbox 360 and Blu-ray format.

Instant-on PCs set to take off with netbooks

From InfoWorld: Many of us spend too much time watching the Windows boot screen, but that could change as companies introduce small laptops that boot in a few seconds.

Quick-boot capabilities have lingered on the horizon for years, but could finally take off in small form-factor PCs like netbooks and mini-laptops. Without loading Windows, users can instantly surf the Web, view digital images, or check e-mail just a few seconds after switching on the netbook.

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