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Walmart to begin selling new iPad at 12:01AM tomorrow

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

Anxious Apple fans who weren’t quick enough to place a pre-order before Apple sold out of pre-sales iPad inventory may end up getting their hands on the company’s highly anticipated new tablet well before their fellow buyers. Walmart on Thursday announced that while Apple Stores won’t open until 8:00 a.m. local time to hawk what little launch-day inventory they manage to obtain, Walmart stores across the country will begin selling new iPads eight hours earlier at 12:01 a.m. Stock is likely to be extremely limited if history has taught us anything, but heading over to your local Walmart at midnight is definitely better than the alternative. In an email to BGR, Walmart only mentioned having stock of Apple’s Wi-Fi-only iPad models, which start at $499. A Walmart spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for clarification.

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AT&T announces throttling changes, now kicks in at 3GB or 5GB for LTE

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

Anyone hoping for a truly unlimited “unlimited” data plan is still out of luck, but AT&T has announced some changes (or a clarification, as it puts it) to its throttling procedures today that will at least give you a bit more room to work with. For customers on an unlimited plan with a 3G or “4G” phone (i.e. HSPA+), you’ll now be able to enjoy full data speeds up to 3GB, after which you’ll then see your speeds decrease until the start of the next billing cycle. If you have a 4G LTE phone, however, you’ll have a full 5GB to play with before the throttling kicks in. That’s as opposed to the roughly 2GB of full data speeds that was available in both cases before — and, as with the throttling that was imposed originally, these changes only apply to those still on an unlimited data plan, not those on AT&T’s tiered data plans.

AT&T announces throttling changes, now kicks in at 3GB or 5GB for LTE originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 01 Mar 2012 12:45:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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iPad 2 sales freeze divulged by Best Buy staffers

Friday, April 8th, 2011

Reports of an iPad 2 sales freeze that may have gotten Best Buy in hot water with Apple emerged Thursday night, and the possible explanation given by someone claiming to work for Best Buy was odd at best. The anonymous whistleblower claimed that the retailer was holding iPad 2 inventory after having met its sales quota for the day. BGR has independently confirmed that retail employees of at least two Best Buy stores were told by managers not to sell iPad 2 inventory on Thursday afternoon. We have also obtained an internal communication delivered to all retail employees at a California Best Buy location on Thursday. The communication, which is claimed by our source to have been delivered by Best Buy management via SMS, instructs employees to hold all iPad inventory except for pre-orders. The message goes on to direct employees to misinform customers who inquire about the iPad 2, which could also be part of the reason the retailer is in hot water with Apple.

NewsFlash: ipads cannot be sold according to BBY. All ipads except for preorders MUST be held until further notice. Cant tell customers were holding them either

No explanation was offered to Best Buy employees by management, and employees in two different Best Buy locations stated that their Apple reps did not answer calls seeking clarification. Best Buy did not immediately respond to BGR’s request for comment.

Thanks, cgibin

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Best Buy mysteriously halts sale of Verizon’s DROID 2 Global, DROID Pro

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

Here’s a head scratcher. Several of our Best Buy ninjas have come forward to let us know that Best Buy Mobile is informing employees that it will no longer be selling the Verizon Wireless’ DROID 2 Global and DROID Pro. Explanations run the gamut, several sources have referenced that exploding (probably not exploding) handset we reported about last week, while others are blaming a handset pricing disputed between the big box retailer and America’s largest cellular carrier. Whatever the reason is , it has not been clearly communicated to employees or the media at this time. We’ve reached out to both Best Buy and Verizon Wireless to see if either party would like to clarify why the two members of the DROID family are no longer on BBY’s store shelves. We’ll report back with any clarification we get.

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Dell shows off Android 2.1 running on the Streak, still planning to make it to Froyo

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

Dell’s Kevin Andrew answered a few questions about the Streak in a new “vlog” on YouTube, and it’s a mixture of encouragement and confusion. On the good side, Kevin showed off Android 2.1 up and running on the phone / tablet / lady-killer. It looks just like 2.1, of course, but with Dell’s customizations still riding atop it. Oddly, while showing off 2.1, Kevin reassures us that Dell is still planning to go to Froyo (2.2), which is reiterated by the text below the video, with no clarification if 2.1 will actually be released as an intermediate measure. Either way we don’t have a timeline, which is pretty much the same tune we hear with every Android handset. In other news, Dell is planning to launch the cherry red version of the streak “shortly” after the international launch of the graphite model — which might be as soon as tomorrow (Dell’s site still says “late July,” but they just wrapped up a 24 hour pre-sale and said to check back tomorrow, possibly just for more pre-sales). Check out the video after the break.

[Thanks, James H.]

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Dell shows off Android 2.1 running on the Streak, still planning to make it to Froyo originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 27 Jul 2010 10:19:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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‘Superphone’ Is Arbitrary and Google Needs to Stop Using It [Rant]

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

Superphone. If you weren’t reading our liveblog of the Google event, it’s the term their Android team kept using to describe the Nexus One. But why?

It bugged us so much that I had to ask for clarification. After all, what kind of person makes up a new term for smartphones and expects other people to use it? I mean, c’mon right? Google’s official answer is that because of the 1GHz processor, the high amount of RAM, the Google apps and all the software innovations they’ve made in the Nexus One, the phone is one step higher than smartphones. And it’s almost equivalent to the laptops you were using four or five years ago. But…really? Superphone?

Because what happens in a few years when these phones are going to have quad-core processors, Xbox 360-level graphics, 4G, and screen resolutions that are on par with what you’re currently using on laptops in 2010. What then? Super super phones? It makes no sense.

The worst bit is that Google is actually serious with this superphone terminology. One of the presenters said something like, “the superphones of today are going to be the smartphones of tomorrow,” which basically implies that superphone is just a high-end smartphone. So, smartphone will be fine. A phone doesn’t cease being a smartphone just because it’s a few years old—but it will cease being a superphone because it’s not top of the line anymore.

Yeah, let’s drop this now and stick with that name that other jerk came up with.



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Microsoft on Paying Newspapers to Delist From Google: "That’s Not Our Focus" [Search]

Friday, December 4th, 2009

The possibility that Microsoft might pay Rupert Murdoch‘s Newscorp to delist from Google (in favor of Bing) caused a lot of outrage, Giz included. Now we’ve got a statement from Microsoft in response.

Here’s a quote from Yusuf Mehdi, Microsoft’s senior vice president in charge of online audiences:

What I would say is, our focus is on improving the user experience and driving our differentiation of user intent and decision-making. It’s not to necessarily pay people to de-index our competition. That’s not our focus. So, I wouldn’t think of it that way. It’s more about how do we build a better experience for people. If there’s a way to share in the economics of search in that, then we’re game to do that.

Note that this isn’t exactly a denial, nor is it exactly a confirmation. Mehdi says paying people to delist from Google is “not our focus,” but that doesn’t mean they won’t do it. It doesn’t mean they will, either—matter of fact, it doesn’t mean much of anything. Hopefully we get a clarification soon so we know exactly what “not our focus” means. [TechFlash]



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Verizon DROID data plan $30 with Exchange support for consumer lines

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

There have been rumors flying around the intertubes that Verizon is planning to charge an extra $15/month to allow your shiny new Motorola DROID to be hooked up to Microsoft’s Exchange email enviroment. Well, we are happy to confirm that, for consumer lines anyway, these rumors are false. The folks over at Gearlog received clarification from Verizon’s headquarters about the rumored $45/month data mandate, and it looks as though it’s for corporate responsible user accounts only. Individual accounts and family lines, whether you use Exchange or not, will still cost just $30/month. Good news for future DROID owners out there, and just the same as how the iPhone pricing works on AT&T.

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