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Tech Gadgets Banned in the USA (New Tech In US, Already In Use Globally)
News Factor ^ | 10/04/2006 | Elizabeth Millard

Posted on 10/07/2006 5:52:10 PM PDT by Dallas59

There's no doubt about it: foreign technology can whet your appetite. Super-lightweight laptops from Japan, feature-packed smartphones from Europe, and shiny, gotta-get-it devices designed in India, South Korea, and Taiwan are but a few of the items that currently reside on tech's cutting edge. But chances are you will never see those gadgets on store shelves here in the U.S.

A trip to the typical U.S. electronics store suggests many Americans would gladly shell out some extra cash for high-end lightweight products. Smaller, lighter, and more-expensive laptops are occupying an ever-increasing amount of shelf space. Even if a larger percentage of Japanese and European consumers reach for higher-end products than their U.S. counterparts, a small percentage of Americans could still spell big sales.

Why, then, do some innovative products never make it to our shores?

TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government
KEYWORDS: ban; china; consumers; india; japan; korea; tech
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To: stultorum; 1rudeboy
That hasn't been my experience each time I fly to the good Old Continent. And I travel there often - 3-4 times a year at least.

Maybe the competition from wireless has inspired the phone companies to get their act together. European phone companies have been notorious for bad service.

The Euros are soaking with jealousy for the US and they love to brag when they perceive that they do something better than us. But often times these claims are inflated and never countered because -- why bother?

A few years ago, a European country, (Denmark, I think), was claiming to have a better standard of living than the US (based mostly on bogus "quality of life" issues. Some Brits got tired of it and did a comparative study showing that Americans, in net worth, income, and most every way you can measure it, are far better off than the Danes.

51 posted on 10/08/2006 6:05:03 AM PDT by Dan Evans
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To: Myrddin
Too bad you're using Dish Network instead of DirecTV--DirecTV is in the process of rolling out a huge increase in the number of HDTV channels available through satellite, whicn would justify the investment in a true HDTV set. By the end of 2007, most of the USA will be able to pick up at least 40 HDTV channels through DirecTV including any local channels that offer it.

HDTV is particularly awesome watching sports, especially the NFL football games and NHL hockey games. I've seen Fox Sports Net Bay Area's HDTV broadcasts of the San Jose Sharks and it's the next best thing to being there, mostly because widescreen allows for better perception of the strategy of how the players move on the ice.

52 posted on 10/08/2006 6:34:02 AM PDT by RayChuang88
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To: Yossarian

I prefer to separate from a server or a big laptop. Besides, few "calculator programs" have all of the functionality of a decent calculator. They can be solar powered as well, allowing me to operate without a wall plug nearby.

53 posted on 10/08/2006 7:17:12 AM PDT by GingisK
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To: struwwelpeter

$500? No way, I'have seen dvd/divx players for under $100 at circuit city 2 years ago.. They are under $50 now.. lol.

54 posted on 10/08/2006 11:25:47 AM PDT by BrooklynGOP (
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To: RayChuang88
When I first moved into the current house, the view of the sky for DirecTV was blocked by a 90 foot tall cottonwood tree. The DishNet path was clear. I took the path of least resistance. I had been a DirecTV customer in San Diego. That said, the least interesting thing to me on TV is sports. If I could delete all the sports channels and get a credit on my bill, I would be a very happy camper. If that is the essence of HDTV broadcasting, then I probably won't bother until one of my analog TV sets dies. Replacement is a satisfactory motivation.
55 posted on 10/08/2006 1:48:59 PM PDT by Myrddin
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