Consumer news: Monday September 21, 2009

September 21, 2009

VIDEO: Nydia Han's latest Consumer Wrap report

RedBox is a video rental kiosk and charges about $1.00 a night but selection is limited to mostly new releases and popular titles.

Mail-delivery services Netflix and Blockbuster charge $8.99 a month for one DVD at a time, $13.99 for two and $16.99 for three. But Blockbuster lets you rent Blu-ray DVDs at no extra charge while Netflix charges up to an additional $1.00 to $4.00 depending on your plan. The pro of Netflix is it has more titles.

You can also download movies, many for free, although you'll probably have to watch them on your computer. Netflix offers its subscribers free streaming of more than 17,000 movies. Apple's iTunes and Blockbuster also offer some free downloadables.

Love your iPhone but hate the touch-sensitive keypad? The iTwinge could be for you. It's a slide-on keyboard with real buttons. Its maker claims it will increase your iPhone typing speed up to 40-percent and boost accuracy up to 80-percent.

Mobile Mechatronics will start shipping the iTwinge on November 19th for $30.00.

But keep in mind, you'll have to carry the device with you and slide it on every time you want to use it.

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