where are the wiis?
Who would have thought, given all the publicity surrounding the PlayStation 3's arrival last fall, that the Nintendo Wii would be the must-have console of the new year? A month after Christmas, it's still hard to find a Wii, and crowds are still lining up in front of electronics stores every time a new shipment is promised. On eBay, Wiis are still being auctioned off for around 500, double the console's list price. It's even tough to track down Wii controllers, since most of us who have been able to buy a console are stocking up on extra "Wiimotes" so the whole family can play.
Meanwhile, Sony's PS3 is pretty easy to buy. The Web sites for GameStop, Circuit City and other nationwide retailers have it for sale, and eBay auctions are starting lower than the 600 list price for the 60-gigabyte model. Several electronics store clerks have said that buyers have been returning unopened PS3s after realizing they weren't going to make any money selling them on eBay. Serves them right.
daughtry on top
An Idol sneaks past the Dreamgirls by just a few of those hairs on his chinny-chin-chin, as "Daughtry," the debut album from "American Idol" contestant Chris Daughtry, snags the No. 1 spot on the national sales chart this week.
The North Carolina rocker's collection sold 65,000 copies, enough to save the record industry from yet another new sales low during a particularly slow January. That was just 134 more copies than the "Dreamgirls" soundtrack, the slimmest margin ever between the No. 1 and No. 2 best-selling albums, according to Billboard. Daughtry's album has sold almost 1.3 million copies since its release in November, making him the latest "AI" commercial success story.
It's about this time of year that we really start dreaming of turquoise blue water lapping on the shore of beautifully white sandy beaches. Yep -- exactly when we can't really enjoy that type of experience without traversing the globe. But nothing says you can't take a little mental vacation.
With the help of some warm-weather scents, you'll imagine yourself relaxing in no time! Calgon's new line, called "Get Juic'd," is meant to put summer on your mind. Choose from Plum Raspberry, Pineapple Coconut and White Grape Peach scents in both body mist ( 6.95) and lotion ( 4.65).
The lotions, made with vitamin E and aloe, add moisture to winter-ravaged dry skin, and are mineral oil-free.
Also available for a limited time -- through April -- are lip shimmers, in three colors. Look for Calgon products at grocery and drug stores and retailers like Wal-Mart starting Feb. 1.
new psp games
With three interesting new handheld games out, this might be a good week to travel. If you own a PlayStation Portable, you can hit the high seas with "Sid Meier's Pirates" (Take 2) or "The Legend of Heroes III: Song of the Ocean" (Namco Bandai). Or you can check into Nintendo's "Hotel Dusk: Room 215," a noirish mystery for the DS.
site of the week
The raging success of "American Idol" has shown that there is talent to be found in the amateur singing ranks. The problem is, how can the thousands of potential Kelly Clarksons and Carrie Underwoods out there find an audience to hear their voice? One way is to sign up for Online Idols (onlineidols.com).
A cross between YouTube and "American Idol," Online Idols features monthly talent competitions performers can enter. Here's how it works: Eligible contestants upload a video of their performance to the Online Idols Web site. Site members view the videos and rank them on a scale of 1 to 5. Unlike "American Idol," however, Online Idol isn't restricted to just singers. Comedians, dancers, actors and other entertainers are invited to submit entries.
news for gamers
Rabid video gamers could get some help keeping in touch with the outside world this weekend as Nintendo Co. launches an online news service through its popular Wii console.
The Wii News Channel, scheduled to debut Saturday, will primarily feature top news stories and photographs from The Associated Press.
Consoles with a broadband Internet connection and the Opera Web browser will be able to access the free news channel, which will offer AP news in multiple languages. Japanese-language news will come from a separate agency.