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Loaded: iPhone users get free Wi-FiCircuit City closes 155 stores, AT&T offers free Wi-Fi to iPhone owners, and Mac users can now use Netflix's Watch Instantly feature.
>> Mark: Circuit City closes 155 stores, AT&T offers free WiFi to iPhone users, and Netflix Watch instantly comes to the Mac. Today's Monday, November 3rd, I'm Mark Licea and it's time to get Loaded. ^M00:00:12 [ Music ] ^M00:00:17 >> Mark: Circuit City is announcing the closing of 155 of its 711 stores nationwide, the store's closings will be effective by the end of the year. In recent months the company's stock had dropped 90% and its listing was removed from the New York Stock Exchange. You may remember that Blockbuster was considering buying the beleaguered electronics retailer but ended up backing out after it took a hard look at its books. Firedog and car installation employees are expected to get the ax first. If you are looking for a deal though Circuit City's stores may be the right place to go as many expect the stores to slash prices to liquidate inventory. Mac owners can now enjoy the Watch Instantly feature from Netflix, the company just released streaming video Macs last week and users can now test out the Beta version for this feature. If you have a Netflix account go to Netflix.com slash Silverlightoptin to test out the new Silver Light player in all of its movie-watching glory. If your Internet connection isn't the greatest don't expect picture-perfect resolution. If you haven't used this feature yet you'll have to download and install the Silver Light plug-in for your browser, not a bad payoff in exchange for 100's of videos at the tip of your finger. Aces has finally released official details in the U.S. on its touch-screen eTop all in one PC's. The 1602 and 1603 models both will come with a 15 point 6 inch touch-screen LCD, a 1 point 6 Gigahertz Intel Adams CPU, a 160 Gigabyte hard drive, 802 dot 11N WiFi, 2 USB ports on the side and a multi-card reader. The 1602 model will come with an intergraded graphics set and the 1603 will have faster graphics. Pricing and release dates here in the U.S. haven't been released but we can assume they'll be comparable to its U.K. offering. Aces also mentioned that new Netbooks priced at around $299 are slated to hit shelves next year as well as a 10 EPC. Seems like we mention the BlackBerry Bold on more episodes of Loaded than I can count, never the less, the Bold is out, our own Bonnie Cha has reviewed it, see for yourself. >> Bonnie: Ya know I was kind of sick of waiting but now I absolutely love it now that I've seen it. Of course, the BlackBerry Bold gets its name because of the screen, it's amazingly bright and vibrant, probably the best one I've seen on a Smartphone, it's just really sharp and the colors pop and videos and pictures look absolutely gorgeous on here. The keyboard is pretty easy to use for composing emails and text messages, I haven't had any problems and it's got nice little ridges so you get that nice textile feel. It's got [inaudible] navigator as well as your standard shortcuts over here. On the back there's a bit of leather backing here, it's a little bit wide so if you're going to slip it in your pocket it might be a little bit bulky. It's running the latest BlackBerry operating system so you got this nice updated interface with some flashy icons and it also ships with Documents to Go now so you can do some document editing and viewing. It's also the first HSDPA'd BlackBerry and this is the reason why RIM said they delayed the Bold is because they really wanted to test out the 3G on the Bold to make sure it was right. It also supports AT&T's Cellular video and music services and as far as multi-media features it has a 2 Megapixel camera here on the back as well as a media player. I found the multi-media experience on this phone incredible, the sound that comes out of the stereo on the back is the best I've heard from a Smartphone. BlackBerry's web browser has always kind of lagged behind the competition so it's not going to be as good as an iPhone and you're not getting a touch-screen obviously. >> Mark: You can find her full review at CNETTV.com. Parents watch out Fallout 3 is now available for PC, Xbox 360, and the Playstation 3. The Fallout series is an RPG set in post apocalyptic earth, the latest installment of the series however has garnered a lot of controversy. The game is set in war-torn Washington, DC of the 23rd century, Bethesda studios previously got into hot water with their depiction of heroin in the game, which they had to rename Med Ex to appease the Aussies; this time around no drugs just derelict depictions of our nation's capitol. As far as DRM the game does come with Secure Arm for the PC version but Bethesda ensures that it is only for a disc check. Rumor has it that Direct TV may be serving up online video with the best of 'em. Michael Airington [assumed spelling] of TechCrunch says that the satellite TV provider could be getting its feet wet in the online video world with a site called Direct TV Web on Demand. Sites like Juiced and Sling have been offering video in the same market while Hulu seems to be in the forefront. This is all still speculation but it seems like the logical step considering that online video is pretty popular. If they end up not releasing a Hulu like competitor then even an ad on or subscription for existing Direct TV users would be a nice addition, we'll see. It's been months in coming but AT&T has finally opened up free access to the Web over WiFi at the company's hotspots; this includes thousands of Starbucks across the country. You might remember that this has been rumored and even teased by AT&T itself a few months ago but as of today it is official. Users just have to log into the hotspot and enter their phone numbers, an SMS message will then be sent to your phone with the URL that will give you access to the Inter Webs, have fun surfing people. Silicone Valley executives have come out in full opposition to Proposition Number 8, which seeks to define marriage as between a man and a woman in California State Constitution. On Friday the group released a full page ad in the San Jose Mercury News asking citizens to vote against the measure which would strip marriage rights between homosexual couples. Petitioners include executives from Google, Yahoo, Adobe, eBay, Facebook Palm, and many more. Recently Apple donated $100,000 to support the cause as well as the founders of Google who plopped down a cool 140 grand. MySpace and MTV are looking to profit from fair use, the social networking site and cable network will collaborate this month to test out a new technology that will allow companies to profit from video clips uploaded by users. The technology is from third party firm Auditude that will overlay ads onto these videos using a semitransparent strip to identify the content owner with sponsoring ad messages. Previously MySpace would just remove the videos off of a user's page after they were discovered. MTV will test Auditude on just a few of its shows including Comedy Central's The Daily Show and the Colbert Report. Those are your headlines for today but meanwhile I wanted to quickly mention that the election is tomorrow and if you tuned into last week's show you know that Natali is covering the event and reporting on your voting experiences for the CBS Early Show. Now, this isn't a one way street you folks need to send your emails, Twitters, and videos documenting your voting experience. Do us Loaded peeps a solid send her your stories don't leave her hangin'. That does it for today, I'm Mark Licea with CNET TV and you've just been Loaded. ^E00:06:42