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 Another Fraudulent company beware  (14/5/2010)

 Never order anything off or .com they are fraudulent u might receive item after 3 weeks they are not in ukand there website has security issues.

they based somewhere outside hong kong and there contact page dont work. they ignore u on msn too. I received wrong item and they dont reply to anything work it out for yourselfs.  paypal not much help either


Digital empire on line (14/05/2009)

Frustration has finaly kicked in. Please be very careful with this company as I and many others have had bad experience in their way of running. 
They took my money by charging it to credit card and the item was not even in stock. Now ive dealt with many companies on line and telephone
and i have never experienced this. Usualy a company will take an order and only charge your card when the item is in stock at their warehouse.
So if u do fall into this trap its realy hard to get your money back. the staff pretend to be realy nice and polite but give many a excuse as to
when u will get your refund. It took me many phone calls and getting in touch with the credit card company to eventually geting my £1983.00 back
almost 6 weeks. This to me is very bad business practice.

I would not recomment this company sorry to no one.

Top 10 Frustrations for eBay Sellers
  October 25, 2008
Top 10 Frustrations for eBay Sellers
Chris Crum | Staff Writer
An Extensive Look at the Peeves
At the beginning of the year, eBay announced some changes it was bringing in with its new CEO John Donahoe. The changes spoke of
things like "Detailed Seller Ratings (DSR)" and "discounts for sellers." To some, the changes didn't sound like anything to be
concerned about, but some saw through the plan and noticed other phrases in there, like "removal of bad feedback for buyers" and
saw the potential for smaller businesses to be shut out. This is a notion we are seeing proven accurate months later.
BusinessWeek took a look at some real-world examples of businesses being affected by eBay's policy changes and the frustrations that
have plagued sellers. WebProNews has covered such frustrations in the past as well (that also includes payment policy changes and a
boycott of the site by sellers). After scouring the Internet, reading various articles and comments, and even contacting some
sellers first-hand, I have put together the following list of the top ten things that sellers are frustrated with about eBay:
1. Management
2. Feedback Policy
3. Small Businesses Get Shut Out
4. Lack of Communication
5. Payment Policies
6. Fees/Lack of Profitability
7. Unwarranted Account Suspensions
8. The Buyers Themselves
9. Glitches
10. Lack of Innovation

It's hard to truly give an accurate ranking of these problems in terms of significance, and technically there is a fair amount of overlap with issues under each category.
It suffices o say that they are each significant. Sellers have spoken, and these are the issues they have with eBay.
1. Management
I'm going to place management above all because, ultimately, it is where the rest of the frustrations stem from. Many of the negative comments I have read (and
about 98% of those have been negative) have pointed the finger squarely at eBay CEO John Donahoe who took office shortly before these changes came about.
Some noted a significant decrease in stock since he stepped in as well. In fact, a BusinessWeek reader even pointed to a petition that has been created, calling
for Donahoe's termination.
2. Feedback Policy
This is really the one that is getting most eBay sellers fired up. Buyers can leave feedback on sellers, but sellers can't leave feedback on buyers. Out of the
sellers that I personally contacted (that got back to me), all but one of them agreed that eBay's feedback policy, which changed in May, is their biggest frustration.
One seller responded, "Allowing buyers to give neg feedback w/o recourse. Without leverage i.e. return Negative feedback. This keeps ignorant buyers from
learning how [to] work out differences - 'expressing how they feel'. Mistakes are made. Some 'new' buyers just give Neg FB w/o contacting [the] seller about
exchange[s], returns or refunds." I have also seen people cite buyers' lack of understanding about shipping costs leading to negative feedback.
Another respondent said: "The most frustrating thing about selling on ebay is the complete disregard of SELLER's RIGHTS." He then directed me to this site,
which is dedicated to creating awareness about eBay's policy changes, and illustrates the DSR system . "The FEEDBACK SYSTEM Penalizes Sellers who
do not have at least a 4.6 Rating in ALL 4 areas," that seller noted. "I have been selling on
ebay since 2002 and have NEVER had so much trouble with them!!!" I
have an excellent record & I still get LOWERED SEARCH STANDING & HIGHER FEES!!
3. Small Businesses Get Shut Out
BusinessWeek's article was about this very topic. It looked at a few small businesses that lost their ability to sell on eBay, in large part due to the feedback issue,
but that is not the only thing affecting the little guys.
Another part of this is eBay's deal with, which some people indicate is prioritizing merchandise from that site over their own. Combine that with the
charges that small businesses must incur for selling through eBay, and profitability slides. There seems to be a common theme resonating among sellers, saying
that eBay has basically sold out. They've gone too corporate and are no longer appealing to the little guys.
4. Lack of Communication
Another common gripe is that the company will not communicate with sellers to their liking. If sellers have problems, they get the runaround. They get impersonal
automated responses via email, or low-level employees if they make a phone call. They can't get through to management. They can't appeal their suspensions
(which are often considered unjustified).
Another communication flaw some have cited is that once their account is suspended, they can't even communicate with customers who may have already
placed orders. This is not good for the buyer or the seller.
5. Payment Policy
Last month, eBay announced that they would no longer allow sellers to accept checks or money orders as payment. Well, sellers were not happy about this either.
Most felt like that decision should be up to each individual seller. Many have chalked this up to the company simply wanting people to use eBay-owned PayPal.
Taking away options for payment can alienate some customers, and sellers know that and found the new policy unfair. eBay said they would accept PayPal,
credit or debit card payments to the seller, ProPay, or "payment upon pickup" as possible payment methods. They claimed to update this policy to provide users
with a more "secure checkout experience."
6. Fees/Lack of Profitability
As I said, there is a lot of overlap in these and this ties into the small businesses getting shut out problem. But many users are having a hard time justifying paying
the fees they must pay to use eBay as their selling platform. Fees cut into the profits they could otherwise be making by selling directly from their own store, or
from another platform that doesn't charge as much.
7. Unwarranted Account Suspensions
Apart from those who are seeing their accounts suspended based on their DSR, I have seen many claims that their accounts are deemed "security concerns" and
suspended as a result, without any justification for this assessment. One person claimed their account was suspended for this reason when they had not even
bought or sold anything through the site yet. They went to try to sell something, but their account was already suspended.
 8. The Buyers Themselves
There seems to have been an increase in tension between buyers and sellers on eBay since their policy changes took effect. Buyers have been accused of lying
to get away with cheating sellers by not paying for items while eBay does little to combat the problem. Others just don't think they can reach the right audience
with eBay. They consider eBay buyers to be the type that are looking for bargains, and for those looking to sell quality products at prices that aren't necessarily
discounted, will have a harder time selling those products.
9. Glitches

Some complain about technical glitches at eBay. A BusinessWeek reader mentioned a variety of them including store glitches, PayPal glitches, search glitches,
DSR glitches, etc. Any company is bound to experience some hiccups from time to time, but those hiccups are going to be frustrating to users, and there's
not much that can be done about that other than trying to catch such glitches before customers do.

10. Lack of Innovation
Finally, some just don't feel like eBay is doing much innovation anymore. There seems to be a general consensus that in eBay's
earlier years, the company was somewhat revolutionary and appealing to anybody who wanted to get rid of some "old junk." As time has progressed, many
sellers have become less impressed. eBay has made some acquisitions over the years like Skype and StumbleUpon, but these have had little if any impact on
eBay the site.
In the End...
Not all eBay sellers are sitting idly by while they vent their frustrations. There have been a number of sites started dedicated to catering to those who feel
cheated by eBay. Sites like Shopify, Wigix, SeeAuctions, EveryPlaceISell, and I'm sure many more. Sellers know that they have other options.
Many have turned to Amazon for example, or have opened up their own eCommerce sites to sell directly.
But not everybody is anti-eBay, so let's make that clear. The one person I contacted who didn't cite feedback as their top frustration, actually said,
"You know honestly there really isn't that much frustration that goes on with selling on my end. About the only part is mailing out items and them getting 'lost'
in the mail. That is about it." eBay could hardly be to blame for that. This person's business didn't even appear to be particularly large.
I'm fairly certain that this person isn't alone in her opinion of eBay either. Even though many people are upset with eBay's practices, some still find it a useful
place to do business and will likely carry that mentality with them into the holiday season as consumers look for good deals on gifts for their loved ones.
However, it is quite clear that the company has alienated a broad range of users. I can't imagine that all of eBay's management finds this acceptable.
Will there be changes made? What will eBay do to win back customers? Or will they just continue to target new ones? What does the future hold for eBay?

Are you an eBay seller or buyer? Give us your comments here:


Modchips ruled as not illegal 13th June 2008
Tuesday, June 24, 2008

UK appeal court dismisses mod chip conviction The UK court of appeal this week ruled that games console mod chips do not bypass copy protection systems and are, therefore, effectively legal here.

UK appeal court dismisses mod chip conviction

Wii Info Latest Firmware Release 09/08/2007

Nintendo released Firmware 3.0 today, on the update some people have been getting a messege saying that the update will render all moddified wii's useless. the rumour is that this is not true. Wiikey are claiming the upgrade will not affect their chip but it will stop their confirguration disc and gamecube games working. I would recomend not to do an update until more information is known. please find below a couple of snipits of info i found.
Info from
August 8, 2007 –  the bad.
Nintendo has sent a message to all Wii owners warning “If your Wii console has an unauthorized technical modification, this upgrade could cause inoperability of your console.” News of this firmware update is still fresh, and we’ve yet to test this, or hear any comments on which mod chips are affected or if they all remain unaffected. Update with caution!
the good…
There is now a digital clock placed on the main menu reminding players that time flies when they’re inevitably having fun. Another change to the Wii menu will be found on the forecast channel. Now the forecast channel will display the current weather in the channel selection interface. The message board now has a new “Today’s Accomplishments” option to display games you’ve played.
The Wii Shop channel has had a considerate makeover. The welcome screen has been redone, showing four recommended titles. There is now a list of popular titles, and new options to search for games by name, genre, and publisher.
Finally, USB keyboards can now be used to type as opposed to pointing in some channels. The Wii Shop Channel, and memo and mail writing can now utilize USB keyboard support. Unfortunately, the USB keyboard is not compatible with the Opera browser as of yet—but it could be safe to assume this trend will eventually follow onto web browsing.

Info from

[07.08.08] Wii firmware 3.0 issues

Nintendo has released firmware 3.0 via online updates. It will NOT brick or disable Wiikey; however, base and config discs will not load 'natively', neither will any other GC disc with El Torito standard header format. WiiNewz have reported that there are already tools available for building bootable config and setup discs, as well as other discs with applications and emulators. We are currently researching why the El Torito format no longer works. Once this is completed new versions of the config and base system disc will be made available.

Domain parking
( 14.06.07)

raf sabir invites you to participate in the "Stop Domain Name Parking and Cybersquatting" Pledge Campaign at is a community of passionate individuals who create and participate in Pledge Campaigns that empower them to accomplish common goals.
The details of the Stop Domain Name Parking and Cybersquatting Pledge Campaign can be viewed at It is free to participate in Pledge Campaigns at YouChoose.

We look forward to your participation at YouChoose.

Thank You.

raf sabir & Community

More Fraud on the net ( 03.01.07)

Someone set up a website  called    Anyways then they advertised it on Ebay Listing and said :-

I can tell you where to get a Nintendo Wii for £149 Postage Free and in Stock.

After you have paid you will receive the information of where to buy.

Anyway I was lucky enough to get this info for £1.  not a lot to lose but many other ebayers have paid up to £10 for such info.

Only now I have found it was Fraud.

Here is what i found on another site to prove i was right.

My 12 year old wants one, he would when there are none to be had in this country!

Anyway i saw this website that had them for £149 in bristol (To good to be true hence i wouldn't send the money through the net!), with that being and hour and half drive away i asked a friend who lives there, it turned out to be a house!!! So scammmers be warned!!!!

I shall find the web link for you please do not fall prey to this, thank god for my friend, not that i would have sent the money through the net! It had a sign on the door saying it was nothing to do with the web advertisement

Just found out the the Website stoped working now.

PS3 Compability (Dark Angel)
November 21, 2006, 06:46:00 PM by thelegace

Well guy's I found this interesting:

Sony's PlayStation 3 isn't 100 percent backward compatible with PS1
and PS2 games after all. A couple hundred games have been discovered
that either do not play properly or at all on the new console. Sony is
aiming to solve the problem, however. In addition, the PS3's tie ratio
so far is not even one game per console. More within...

Sony's PlayStation 3 launched over the weekend in Japan, and
apparently word has gotten around that there's already a slight
problem with one of the console's major features: backwards
compatibility. Unlike the Xbox 360, which currently supports a few
hundred original Xbox titles, the PS3 was supposed to support all PS1
and PS2 games.

According to reports from the AFX news service, Bloomberg and others,
however, approximately 200 older software titles out of a total of
about 8,000 PS1 and PS2 games have encountered problems running on the
PS3. Even with those 200 games not playing properly on the new
console, the PS3 would still feature close to 98 percent backwards

"We don't want to call them defects, as the problems are sort of
inevitable when introducing totally different hardware," explained a
Sony spokesperson. "The type of problems vary from software to
software. In some cases the only problem is no sound, and in others
the screen freezes up."

That said, Sony is still aiming for 100 percent backwards
compatibility. The spokesperson added, "We're working day and night to
provide software to solve the problem."

Interestingly, backwards compatibility may be more important as a
feature than some may have thought. A new NPD study found that
backwards compatibility was second only to appealing game content in
affecting consumers' purchase intent towards new consoles. Apparently,
there are a lot of people who would still like to play PS1 and PS2
titles on a new system. One game series in particular that a number of
people will be disappointed to hear has problems is the popular Guitar
Hero. This isn't Red Octane's fault, however. Understandably, with
next-gen consoles comes next-gen controller technology. As such, the
guitar controller will not work on the PS3.

Backwards compatibility may also be important in the PS3's early days
because it would appear that not many consumers are picking up actual
PS3 games. Enterbrain, the Japanese publisher of Famitsu, has reported
that the PS3's tie ratio thus far is at less than one game per console
(0.98). Enterbrain previously reported that approximately 88,400 PS3
units were sold during the weekend in Japan.

Original Source:

PS3 Although delayed further to March will be at least region free (27.09.2006)

Confirmed: PS3 Is Region Free
September 25th, 2006 by Tobias Dahl in PlayStation 3, Business, Software

During an interview with Wired, Sony’s Phil Harrison confirmed that the PS3 will have region free games, including those downloaded from the PS3 online service. This means games from other territories can be played on a console, which is good news for the gamers primarily interested in importing Japanese games. Harrison also said that Blu-ray movies will not be region free.

PSOne Production Ceases
Today at 11:22:12 AM

It was widely reported this weekend that SONY will officially be discontinuing production of it's aging Playstation game console.  Despite user fears to the contrary, SONY will continue to promote the system and it's believed that developers may still embrace the platform for some time to come do to the backwards compatibility features that SONY's next-gen systems provide.

Read more here.

Xbox360 Has Been Hacked
March 18, 2006, 12:32:24 PM

Yes Folks you heard right, the Xbox360 Has been hacked. This article taken from

Xbox360 DVD FIrmware Hacked - Video
>> As you know TheSpecialist and his team were working on a modified firmware for the Xbox 360. He already managed to make one for the original Xbox a while ago, and he announced this method was highly likely possible with the Xbox 360 too. From TheSpecialist on
Months of hard work have come to an end. The 360 FW security details were posted a few days ago already, so why not make it official smiley It's been done.

Respect to all the people on this board who made it possible with their brilliant contributions:
Anita999, Geremia, Nayr, Bluecop, Interestedhacker, MacDennis, Phantasm, Marvin, Tiros, SpenzerX, Team Modfreakz, Fuzzylogic, Takires, loser, jasper, SMO, Groepaz, Zobyone, Jumba, Amadeus, Tser, DjHuevo, oz_paulb, DaveX, darkfly, evestu, Robinsod, Dark_Neo, Gael360, Seventhson, probutus.

Just for fun, here's a little video:

And no, the team decided not to release a hacked FW. The security details are proof itself. The team advocates hacking, not piracy.

Will be interesting to see if they, or anyone else release anything with the current information at hand. Stay tuned.

Playstation 3 Delayed Officially Until November
March 15, 2006, 11:12:43 AM

Sony has officially delayed their Playstation 3 to improve upon their copy-protection technology. Due to faults with Blu-Ray, Sony is forced to release the Playstation 3 in November.

Read about the full story at Red Herring

New Virus coming Beware (01.02.06)

protect your self  against the BlackWorm (MyWife.d) scheduled to attack on Feb. 3, 2006

Severity: High Risk

BlackWorm is a new and potentially destructive Internet worm currently making its way around the globe. It is infecting users via e-mail and is scheduled to destroy all Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF, PSD and ZIP files on Feb. 3.

Internet Fraud by  beware theives (27.01.06)

Please read fully, There are a few companies on the net which are fraudulant.
One of the worst came across as  The website looks quite good but if you place an order they only accept large orders example $2000
they keep good contact with you  up untill you pay them . they only teke bank transfer or western union. Once you pay them  the emails you send are then ignored and  your goods that are promised to you will not arrive and you can say goodbye to your money.
I now of a few that have ordered from them and this company has been reported.
Let us hope that the Authorities at hong kong do there job to arrest  the owners.
The guy that was dealing with the order his name is Ralph

I would like to here of other people who have been conned by this company .  or if there is anyone who actualy  received  goods from them.  theifs thats what they are.

Latest Virus threat MSN 8  (  17.01.2006 )

Bogus Messenger 8 is out please dont download is a virus

Be Careful peeps. MSN 8 beta is a hacked virus

the register reports:
Malware authors have produced a virus which poses as a test version the latest, as yet unreleased, version of MSN Messenger.

read the full article here

thanks to richard from spoton gaming for the heads up

Latest Virus threat Ho Ho SANTA (24th Dec 2005)

Users of instant messaging systems MSN, AIM, ICQ, and Yahoo could get smacked with a worm that entices people to click on a link to
Santa Claus.

This gift is one you'll wish you'd never opened. The IM.GiftCom.All worm arriving by those IM systems or over Windows Messenger appears
to be a URL linked to a picture of Santa Claus. IMLogic, which discovered the worm, posted that clicking the URL launches an executable file.

Once that file gets started, it embeds itself into the PC as a rootkit, and scans the registry, file system, and Internet cache.
IMLogic also said the process hides from antivirus and other system tools that might detect it. The worm also logs keystrokes and may
also try to spread itself to other users over IM to usernames it grabs from those services on the infected PC.

While its method of distribution doesn't make it a big threat, the amount of damage it can do to a system caused IMLogic to rate it as
a Medium threat, a company executive told CNet News. 

Users and administrators should ensure they are running the most current versions of their antivirus engines and that signature files
have been updated to help repel the threat. Also, people will want to be careful about clicking on links in messages that arrive
unexpectedly, even if they appear to be from a legitimate messaging buddy.

News on Xbox 360 ( 1 Dec 2005 )

In North Dakota, a 17-year-old boy, being one of the first to purchase the console at 12:01 AM Tuesday, found himself Xbox-less one minute later as two assailants punched him in the face and ran off with the goods.

An Electronics Boutique in Stafford, Virgina was robbed at gunpoint by a thief who made off with two of the consoles. He was arrested shortly after.

The console is sold out everywhere as Microsoft, who ramped up production ahead of schedule, only had a limited supply for their simultaneous worldwide launch.

Sellers on eBay have wasted precious little time taking advantage of the shortage. Scroll down this page of Xbox 360 listings and you'll see "Buy It Now" options for over £1500 One report has bids flying as high as  £2500

Microsoft Schooled By eBayers?If it's that in demand, you might say Microsoft missed the boat on holiday pricing. But the more important concept was achieved: beat and under-cut Sony, who's PS3 pricing is unknown, but expected to be between £250 and  £300

PS3-the In all honesty, this was Microsoft's only real winning strategy. The Xbox 360 is lower tech with graphics that can't touch real gamers know that. But kids at Christmas not only don't know that, but don't care, they just have to have one because they have to have one.

Is the Xbox 360 really worth five grand? Well, obviously it's worth as much as someone is willing to pay for it, but the more patient and prudent will wait for the PS3, if you feel you can trust Sony anymore.


Pat Morita has passed away  (25.11.05)
Just learned that renowned actor, and all around hella nice guy Pat Morita has died of natural causes.  Most of you will no doubt remember Pat as the sage-like martial-arts master of the "Karate Kid" films, or the wise-cracking Arnold of "Happy Days."

We at Ace tv  wish him well on his journey into Valhalla or wherever kick-ass people go when they die.  And our sincerest sympathies to his friends and family.

Latest Email Scam Virus a must read (22.11.05)

If you get an email like this with an attachment, dont open the attachment because there is a exe prog that runs on your PC and takes your info and private stuff, please delete it staraight away, it might say CIA or FBI. the attachement says Question list zip. I actualy went on one site    and he rekons it contains a virus, So please all u people delete this email.

Dear Sir/Madam,

we have logged your IP-address on more than 30 illegal Websites.

Please answer our questions!
The list of questions are attached.

Yours faithfully,
Steven Allison

++++ Central Intelligence Agency -CIA-
++++ Office of Public Affairs
++++ Washington, D.C. 20505

++++ phone: (703) 482-0623
++++ 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., US Eastern time

Classic TV for Free

November 15, 2005, 07:47:36 PM

A recently announced internet service being launched by Time Warner will allow internet users to watch many episodes of their television backlog for free.  The service will be supported through a proprietary file-sharing network and will be ad-supported, featuring 1-2 minutes of commercials per episode.

While it's unknown how likely a revival of shows like "Welcome Back Kotter" may be, a selection of sci-fi cult classics such as "Babylon 5", this may be just the shot in the arm, downloadable video content needs to convince Hollywood that traditional business models wouldn't be threatened by giving the consumer more digital options.

Read more here.



Eddie Guerrero one of the WWE has Passed Away. ( 15.11.05 )

Vickie Guerrero speaks on Eddie's autopsy report
Nov. 15, 2005

After the untimely passing of Eddie Guerrero, WWE and the entire sports-entertainment community is still reeling from the devastating loss of a champion. The initial autopsy reports on Guerrero have come in. spoke with Eddie’s widow, Vickie Guerrero, earlier today.

“It was heart failure. It was from his past – the drinking and the drug abuse. They found signs of heart disease. She (the examiner) said that the blood vessels were very worn and narrow, and that just showed all the abuse from the scheduling of work and his past. And Eddie just worked out like crazy all the time. It made his heart grow bigger and work harder and the vessels were getting smaller, and that’s what caused the heart failure. He went into a deep sleep.

As soon as they saw his heart, they saw the lining of his heart already had the heart disease. There was no trauma, and Eddie hadn’t hurt himself in any way. It answered a lot of questions. I knew Eddie wasn’t feeling very good for the last week. He was home and kept saying he wasn’t feeling good and we thought it was just “road tired.”
So we thought he just had to rest. It answered a lot of my questions, too, because he was just so exhausted. She said it was normal because the heart was working so hard.

When he didn’t call me last night and the night before I knew it was for real, because he would call me every night. I miss his phone calls. I cried through the whole thing (last night).

I loved his laugh. His laugh was the best.

We just celebrated his four-year sobriety last Thursday. We just thought we had life by the handful. We thought we had it all figured out. He worked so hard to make a better life for us.

I’m just overwhelmed by how people are coming out. It’s touched my heart a lot.

Everybody was just in awe last night in how beautifully everything was put together.

All my life was wrestling. All he did was take care of them and live for that. And I don’t know what to do now."

PS3 Might be delayed untill 2007 Rumour (01.11.05)

The PS3 is delayed until 2007, the decision for this came about through the failure of the initial hardware the PS3 Development Team created. Apparently, 300 PS3 Units were created and sent to various software developers to begin creating games for the new system. However, design flaws in the PS3 (Specifically, not enough coolant)
caused the systems to overheat and meltdown after moderate use by the developers.
According to my DM (District Manager), Sony went and fired the entirety of the PS3 Development Team for this flaw. In short, from what I’ve heard, if Sony gained anything from this experience, it’s minor technical knowledge on what the PS3 can handle, but for the most part they were sent to square one.
Lets hope this is a rumour and not true, if it is true nintendo and the xbox 360 got a head start.

NTL in Bid for rival Telewest (03.10.05)

CABLE TV firm NTL is finalising a cash-and-shares offer for rival Telewest which could be announced as early as today.
Combining the Nasdaq-listed firms would create a company with a value of more than £6bn and a network spanning much of the UK.
Telewest chairman Cob Stenham will make £11m in cash and shares while other directors ans even non-executives will get windfalls.
The long-awaited merger comes in the wake of both firms being forced to undergo dept-for-equity swaps after making huge acuisitions during dot com boom.

Investing in digital television

'More jobs on way to Sony'

Even more new work could be on its way to Sony's Pencoed factory, the company revealed. Confirming millions of pounds-worth of future investment in the electronics plant as announced by Welsh Economic Minister Andrew Davies yesterday, a spokesman added that 'several more' projects were being discussed.

'These announcements reinforce Sony's commitment to sustainability at Pencoed,' said Gerald Kelly, the Japanese-owned
company's spokesman in Bridgend.

'It's too early to speculate how many new jobs will be created but this, plus several other activities and developments at the site, do indicate a positive future.

Mr Kelly added: 'There are several projects being discussed and the assembly government and Welsh Development Agency have pledged support.
But he stressed that the possibility of financial aid had not been a factor in Sony deciding to bring more work to Pencoed.
He said: 'The business that's coming to Pencoed is coming because it's the right place to do business, not to generate positive publicity.'
The Bridgend and Pencoed areas were devastated in June when Sony announced it was ending TV production after 30 years, meaning the closure of the Bridgend factory and the cutting of the Pencoed workforce from 500 to around 300.
The Pencoed plant was not axed as it has managed to diversify into the production of high quality TV cameras.
Mr Kelly said the next generation of Sony TV cameras would also now be made at Pencoed, meaning the remaining workers now have a much brighter future.
'We have gained camera high definition business at our Pencoed plant. The enhancement of our camera division does open doors for other high definition business, but it's too early to speculate on what that will be,' he said.
'We can also confirm that we have gained a proportion of Play Station games console service business on top of the expansion of our existing customer service centre.'
Bridgend AM Carwyn Jones said: 'This is a welcome announcement for those people who work at the Pencoed plant and full credit must go to Andrew Davies, who spoke with Howard Stringer, Sony chief executive, a few weeks ago.'


The mains adaptors that power the slimline PS2 console are hazardous and should be returned for replacement, Sony has announced.
The recall affects AC Adaptors with the code HP-AT048H03.

From the BBC :-
The free-standing adaptors were sold for the special slimline version of the successful games console.
Sony had 40 complaints in the US about them.
Sony said it would replace returned adaptors for free.
Two-thirds of the affected consoles were sold in Europe.
About 960,000 of the units were sold in the US, 210,000 in Asia and 60,000 in Japan, according to Sony.
More than 50,000 slimline PlayStation 2s were sold in the UK during its first week on sale in November.
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Xbox 360 to hit shelves before Thanksgiving

After months of intense industry speculation, Microsoft revealed late Wednesday the launch dates for its
much-anticipated Xbox 360 video game console.


In an announcement at the Tokyo Game Show, the company said the new Xbox--Microsoft's entrant in the next-generation console wars--would hit store shelves in North America on Nov. 22, in Europe on Dec. 2 and in Japan on Dec. 10.
The company clearly wanted to take advantage of the holiday shopping rush just before and after Thanksgiving in the United States.
"That's what you want to do to launch a console," said International Development Group market analyst Mike Sabine.
"You definitely want to have it on shelves to enjoy the Thanksgiving shopping period."
Last month, Microsoft said the Xbox 360 would come in two flavors: a base model for $299 and a souped-up version with a 20GB hard drive and wireless controllers for $399.