Getting A Great TV Deal In 2012

Getting a fantastic deal on a TV is not about waiting until Black Friday or the Christmas sales, it is all about knowing where to look and when to strike.

Everyone has a deal ninja in them; it’s just about honing that skill. Here is a sure fire list of saving bucket loads on the next TV you buy.

Group Buying

With websites like Groupon becoming hugely popular, it is no wonder that group buying has completely taken off. In essence, a lot of people buy the same item so everyone gets a big discount.

If you look on sites like Groupon, you’ll see a few great TV deals every month, so you’ll have plenty of opportunity to get a television that’s right for you, and for a fraction of the price.

Close Out Sales

This is something that a surprising amount of people don’t know about. Every year, the major electronics manufacturers will cease production on older models, all existing stock will be put on close out sales and sold cheaply.

This means you can get high end televisions for a much lower price than normal, simply because companies are rolling out newer, slightly improved models. This exact thing is currently happening at Amazon for big screen TVs.

Buying Display Models

Literally every major electrical store has display television models on show, when they change their display models for newer televisions they often sell the old ones to their staff or to customers.

They are usually in great condition and are sold at a cut price, just ask someone in store about buying display models, they’ll be happy to show you what’s on offer or add you to a waiting list.

This is a guest post written by Matt who writes 60 inch TV reviews at 60InchTVs.org. Check out his article on 60 inch TVs for gaming.

What are PS3 Trophies?

If you’re new to the PS3, you’re probably wondering what PS3 Trophies are. Well, to put it simply, PS3 Trophies are extra unlockables within PS3 games. Trophies come in three different levels, Gold, Silver and Bronze. Some new players may find the Trophy system confusing. However, PS3 Trophies are a lot simpler to unlock and manage than they sound. If you want to learn the ins and outs of unlocking PS3 Trophies, please continue reading.

If you’re interested in unlocking Trophies, the first thing that you should do is check to see if the PS3 game that you’re playing has Trophies. Most PS3 games now have Trophies but some don’t and many of the older games don’t either so it’s very important to check. However, all of the major titles on the PS3 now have trophies so if you’re playing a major title, chances are that you’re good to go.

It’s important to create a strategy for unlocking PS3 Trophies if want to unlock lots of them in a very short period of time. One of the best strategies that you can use is to unlock as many of the simple Trophies as possible before going for the harder ones. The reason why this is a good strategy is because you will be able to unlock quite a few simple Trophies in the same amount of time that it would take you to unlock one difficult Trophy.

Some may ask “why should I try to unlock a short amount of Trophies in a short period of time?” and “what’s the point?” Well, the point of Trophies is to have social competition with the people on your PS3 friends list. In fact, Trophies are a great way to compete with multiple people on your friends list without having to be in an online session with them.

XBOX 360 Achievements

There is no doubt that many people have purchased a new Xbox 360 for themselves, their family or their kids this year along with a few new games. However, if you’re new to the Xbox 360, you might be a bit confused about those little things that pop up at the bottom of your TV screen and make a “blink” sound. Well, those are called achievements. In fact, once you learn what they mean, achievements are one of the most fun things about the Xbox 360!

To start off, achievements are based on a profile scoring system called Gamerscore. In order to understand how achievements work, you first have to understand how Gamerscore works. How it works is whenever you unlock a new achievement it adds a certain amount of points to your Gamerscore.

The amount of Gamerscore an achievement gives you depends on the difficulty of the specific achievement. For example, achievements that you acquire early on in a game will reward you with around 5 or 10 Gamerscore. On the other hand, achievements that are very difficult or take a long time to unlock will reward you with 25, 50 and even 100 Gamerscore in some cases.

If you want to raise your Gamerscore quickly, it’s important that you are strategic about which Xbox 360 achievements you try to unlock. For example, if you want to quickly raise your Gamerscore quickly, I recommend unlocking as many simple achievements as possible before you try to unlock more difficult achievements which will take much longer.

Some achievements require you to have an Xbox Live account to unlock them. For example, games like Halo Reach and Forza Motorsport 4 both have achievements that need to be unlocked through online multiplayer which require that you have an internet connection and an Xbox live Gold membership.

Thanks to Gorilla Glass Modern Touch Screens Get Thinner & Stronger

We seem to want everything to be thinner and lighter today, particularly our technology. Televisions that took up considerable space even in large rooms are designed to hang on the wall, mere inches in thickness. Computers that occupied buildings are now inside inch-thick, portable laptops. Smart-phones, digital cameras, MP3 players, computer monitors, even wristwatches are so thin they seem almost one-sided at times.

For those who see thinner as better, and perhaps thought we were getting to the theoretical end of “thinness,” particularly as it applies to technology, will be very happy to learn that Corning Inc., the maker of Gorilla Glass, unveiled the next generation of its thin and durable glass used in more than 500 electronic gadgets.

If you’re not familiar with Gorilla Glass by name, you undoubtedly know it by application. It is the ultra-thin glass that is the screen on virtually all of your personal and portable electronic devices including your smart-phone, iPad, and MP3 player. You’ll agree that it’s thin, resistant to scratches, and quite responsive for your various touch screen apps and other activities.

At the recent International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Corning unveiled Gorilla Glass 2, which they say is 20% thinner. The first iteration of their glass was an impressive 1mm thick. Their latest version is 0.8mm in thickness, which the companies says causes the screen to respond more quickly and accurately.

The company is quick to point out that it’s not entirely scratch-resistant, and that it will break—just like the first version—if dropped onto a hard surface or otherwise smashed, but it is exactly as strong and scratch-resistant as the first version even though it is 20% thinner.

Engineers at Corning also say that the new glass allows more light through, which in turn creates a brighter display. This means you can actually use the settings inside your device to dim the screen a bit, which helps extend the charge in the battery, without any actual loss in brightness, clarity, or contrast.

Will a 20% thinner screen translate to an overall thinner set of consumer electronic products? It’s a little early to tell yet, but thinner is definitely the trend. And touch-screen companies like Acer, Asus, Dell, HTC, LG, Motorola, Nokia, Samsung, and Sony don’t show any signs of reversing that trend by rolling out thicker, more cumbersome products any time soon.

Author Bio: Greg Buckskin writes on technology, TV, and pop culture at CableTV.com.

New ALMS Car Pack is Now Available for Forza Motorsport 4

Forza Motorsport has announced that their new ALMS DLC Car Pack is now available for purchase on the XBox Live Marketplace. This pack adds 10 cars to the Forza Motorsport 4 car list. Some of the cars included are past and present Le Mans race cars while others are group B rally cars and American Muscle Cars.  The ALMS car pack is the 4th DLC pack to be released for Forza Motorsport 4 and will retail for 560 microsoft points.

The ALMS car pack includes the following cars:  2011 #2 Audi Sport North America R18 TDI , 2011 Panoz #050 Panoz Racing Abruzzi, 2010 Dodge Quinton “Rampage” Jackson Challenger SRT-8, 1991 Mazda #55 Team Mazdaspeed 787B, 2011 Bentley Platinum Motorsports Continental GT, 1986 #2 Audi Sport Quattro S1,  1992 Alfa Romeo 155 Q4, 1995 Ford Mustang Cobra R,  2011 Holden HSV GTS  and  the 2011 Volkswagen Polo GTI.

More information about Xbox 360 can be found online at http://www.xbox.com .