After a little game of “Is it or isn’t it?” Dell has finally come clean with their new 22-inch Crystal LCD display. The design is something that actually looks very sleek and innovative and definite step up for Dell.

The monitor has a 1680 x 1050 resolution, 98% color gamut, 2ms response time, 2000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, and a 2 megapixel webcam.

Don’t worry about waiting in line for this puppy, this sweet sweet monitor is available now for a bargain price of just under $1200.

If you’re a Wii owner, and you’ve recently gotten a copy of Guitar Hero III, you might notice that the audio quality of the game is…um…less. Well, Activision has noticed as well, so don’t you worry. See, they’re pressing new master discs, and they’re going to give you a copy, so that your game sounds just as good as one played on a real system.

So, until then, you can wonder why “Through The Fire and Flames” sounds so flat on your gaming platform, or you can just wait it out and play a little Super Mario Galaxy until the new discs are ready. It’s really up to you, Wii gamers.

After selling 30,000 iPhones in the first five days, Orange reports this week that 70,000 iPhones were purchased in the first month. Nearly half (48%) went to new Orange customers, and 3,500 were sold unlocked.

I’m a bit surprised that the number of unlocked phones sold isn’t higher. Plus, if Orange sold 30,000 in the first five days and an additional 40,000 over the following three weeks, than that’s a significant drop in sales. Having gone on sale just before the holidays (November 29th), I thought sales would have been more consistent.

This is a public event and is open to anyone who would like to attend.
Admission is first-come, first-served basis.

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indieWIRE Presents: Michel Gondry, Filmmaker, Be Kind Rewind
Filmmaker Michel Gondry will participate in a discussion and show scenes from his latest film, Be Kind Rewind, which stars Jack Black and Mos Def. When a man whose body accidentally becomes magnetized unintentionally erases every tape in his friend’s video store, the pair set out to remake the lost films, including Back to the Future and The Lion King. Be Kind Rewind was edited with Apple’s Final Cut Pro software. The event will be moderated by indieWIRE contributor, Susan Gerhard.

Absolutely awesome!!!!

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We’ve heard this before and we’re hearing it again. I wonder, is it “Third time’s the charm” or “Three strikes and you’re out”?

Wireless networking startup Meraki plans to deliver free wireless Internet across San Francisco. The catch is it’s advertising supported, proving that you can’t get a free lunch anywhere. Previously, google and Earthlink tried to cover the City By The Bay with wireless, but things stalled out.

Meraki says they will build the network using solar-powered wireless repeaters installed on rooftops. The nodes will use some of their wireless capacity to offer Internet access to those nearby, and the rest to haul traffic back, via adjacent nodes, to the network’s core.

Lock up your mom: According to a rumor destined to be published in the next issue of Electronic Gaming Monthly magazine (according to the Neogaf forum), there may be four Guitar Hero games in the works for 2008.

Guitar Hero 4, Guitar Hero Aerosmith, and 2 others may be on the way.

If this turns out to be true. it  leads to speculation that downloadable content might no longer be the Guitar Hero game plan.

We can only hope Guitar Hero: Elvis Costello Edition is in the works.

Following a decade-long battle, it seems that the music industry and the internets are slowly making amends. This week, Sony BMG is finalizing the plan to drop DRM software from it’s downloable library.

That would make Sony BMG the last of the four major record labels to drop DRM, behind Warner, EMI, and Vivendi. While the RIAA continues it’s Inquisition against heretical organizations like Kazaa and LimeWire, the labels themselves are attempting to embrace the “new” technology after a decade of claiming it to be the “death” of the industry.

Microsoft has finally issues a statement regarding the Xbox Live outages and it looks like it’s good news!

Here is the statement:

Dear Xbox LIVE Members:

During this past holiday season you helped us break a number of Xbox LIVE records. This included our largest sign-up of new members to Xbox LIVE in our 5 year history and just yesterday you broke the record for the single biggest day of concurrent members ever on the service.

    
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