Couple of interesting developments in Tech today…

It appears that Gateway computers has been bought by Acer making the latter the new Number 3 PC maker behind HP and Dell. Acer’s been around for years pumping out various PCs from Taiwan and it’s done moderately well in the U.S.. Well, apparently well enough to gobble up Gateway which has been delisted from the New York Stock Exchange.

The other interesting bit of news is word that Best Buy is dropping analog TVs from their shelves. From now on they’ll be selling Digital sets only. It was pretty much a given that analog TVs would start drying up as the prices on digital sets come down so it was only really a question of when it would happen and who’d be the first. Now we know.

Best Buy’s latest service offering: “Peep Squad.”

Looks like Best Buy should be changing the name of their “Geek Squad” service to “Peep Squad” after one of their techs was caught being naughty*:

According to the suit, Chi came to the family’s home last month for a scheduled computer service appointment. After starting to work, he asked to use the bathroom and was shown to one shared by Vasquez and her 13-year-old sister, Kelly Rocha, the lawsuit said.

Vasquez later showered in the same bathroom. When she stepped out of the stall, she noticed a cellphone propped up on her cluttered sink, the suit said. The phone was covered in a leather case; a small camera with a red, blinking light was sticking out, she said.

Suspicious, Vasquez left the bathroom to tell her sister Kelly and when she returned, the phone was gone. Kelly then found the phone in her bedroom. Believing the phone was programmed to record her as well, she removed its memory chip and she and Vasquez took it to a Verizon store to see what was on it.

“You could see him on the video setting it up,” Vasquez said. “I was shocked.”

You do have to wonder about the intelligence level of someone who tries to pull a stunt like this. He didn’t think that a cellphone with a red blinking light sitting right out in the open wouldn’t attract attention?

The family is suing Best Buy, though it’s hard to imagine how the company is at fault in this situation, meanwhile Chi has been arrested and charged with being criminally stupid.

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