Wired takes a look at the “phenomenon” of your gadgets breaking just after the warranty on them expire. A conspiracy? No.
There are two components to this. One, manufacturers calculate with extreme thoroughness how long to make their warranties so they don’t have to repair a bunch of products for free. Two, it’s your brain that makes you remember that one time that something broke outside warranty.
“It’s really connected to two things: regret and memory,” says Dan Ariely, author of Predictably Irrational. A gadget that dies a day out of warranty will piss you off a lot more than one that soldiers on until after you’ve lost the certificate. And years later, you’ll probably remember it more acutely, too.
A few weeks apart, in different stores, readers Spencer and Sean spotted the same error on CVS shelf tags. Printing error? Zoned-out employees? Maybe our assumptions are all wrong, and it’s an innovative new pricing strategy.
The same error showed up on bottles of bottled Starbucks Frappucinos and Diet Orange Crush.
Watch out for electronics retailer Best Buy. The company is reportedly scamming customers, making them think they can purchase a magical $300 “calibration” that can make their HDTVs capable of displaying video with noticeably higher quality. The company is said to be showing its customers HDTV through an HDMI (digital) cable, and comparing that with either standard-def or lower-quality HD over analog component cables.
This is not the first time Best Buy has been accused of such tactics. With more stunts like this, Best Buy could be headed for the bankruptcy junk heap, just like Circuit City. Our advice: look at and touch the electronics at Best Buy, but then go home and compare prices for the actual best buys online.
Via The Consumerist
We hope everyone in the U.S. who is able to vote does so today. When you get to your poll, you might encounter any number of machines (check which one on our interactive map), and just like any other device, technical problems can occur. Personally, everything went smoothly for me when I pulled the lever on my precinct’s AVM Prinotmatic machine, although I almost missed the ballot initiative in the bottom right-hand corner. Good thing I read this before I went out.
Any problems where you’re at? We’d love to know about them — share your voting-machine troubles in the comments below.
The Logitech Wireless Guitar Controller, Premiere Edition shows that even a keyboard and mouse manufacturer is ready to challenge Fender in the world of high end game guitars. The $250 PS2/PS3 accessory features a premium build including a genuine wood neck, rosewood fingerboard and metal frets.
Plus you’ll see the wonky Touch Sensitive Neck Slider that will support new functions in Guitar Hero IV (we doubt it’ll do much in Rock Band). The controller will be available this December to anyone willing to pay as much on a guitar controller as they could on a real guitar. And let us apologize in advance for this slightly disappointing, less artsy bonus pic:
Microsoft has released an official statement stating that the New Xbox Experience will require 128MB of free space (a hard drive is recommended to “take advantage of some new features”). The company also said that “a small percentage of Xbox 360 owners do not have enough memory to accommodate the update” and will be “offering storage solutions to the Xbox LIVE community.”
Details are promised in the coming weeks, so for now we’re left to wonder how Microsoft plans to provide solutions other than the current option of purchasing a memory card or hard drive. Full statement after the break.