Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 due at Office Depot on May 13 for $400
The Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 may be less expensive than originally believed if the latest pre-order listing from the Office Depot is to be believed. While the pre-order page is likely encountering lots of traffic and couldn't be loaded at this time, Engadget did manage to share a page capture. While it reveals that the $400 price point remains, it's for a 16GB tablet rather than the 8GB one seen before.
Galaxy Tab 2 may cost 400 for 8GB model
Samsung's Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 got a possible US pricing leak after Office Depot's tablet listings (now partly changed) showed it in the US. The retail chain listed the Android 4.0 tablet for $400 in an 8GB Wi-Fi model. It wasn't available to buy even while listed and now still exists, but is shown as not
Eolas sees web patent lawsuit claim tossed
Eolas' attempt to patent the "interactive web" may have been dealt a permanent blow after a jury in the normally patent lawsuit-friendly town of Tyler, Texas ruled that the patent was invalid. The decision negated both any attempts at claiming damages and also negated three future trials. The rejection came in part after testimony from the spiritual creator of the web, Tim Berners-Lee, as well as individual creators whose work predated that of Eolas owner Michael Doyle.
PlayBook will be cut to just $200 on Black Friday
Come November 25, RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook tablet will get a price drop to $200 at Staples. The retailer's intentions were unveiled by a leaked flyer. The $200 represents a $300 savings from the 16GB, Wi-Fi tablet's original price tag, though it has since been temporarily lowered to $300 at Staples and Office Depot as well as elsewhere.
Amazon to sell all new Kindles in stores Nov. 15
Amazon said Tuesday that it planned to bring all of its new Kindles to retail in sync with the Kindle Fire's November 15 ship date. Both the Android tablet as well as the regular Kindle and Kindle Touch will all be in stores at the same prices, including the $149 3G Kindle Touch. Best Buy, Office Depot, Radio Shack, Sam's Club, Staples, Target, and Walmart will all have them in stock.
PlayBook gets 200 price cut in US too
A recent rush of BlackBerry PlayBook price cuts has spread to the US in earnest. Both Office Depot and Staples are selling RIM's tablet with a $100 immediate discount on every model as well as either a $100 gift card (at Office Depot) or a matching rebate (at Staples). The drop puts them at the same
Mac App Store already main venue for software
During the course of today's WWDC 2011 keynote, Apple executives elaborated on a number of business milestones the company has achieved. The Mac App Store, for instance, is now claimed to be main channel for buying computer software, ahead of Best Buy, Walmart and Office Depot. The ranking does not reflect the actual popularity of Mac software versus Windows titles, the latter of which are often bought directly from publishers and developers, or through services like Steam.
Store chain claims PlayBook sales falling short
An insider at a "major big box retailer" asserted Friday that sales of the BlackBerry PlayBook had been perilously low. The unnamed but reportedly reliable source claimed to BGR that RIM's tablet had missed the store chain's sales targets by over 90 percent. Dissatisfaction was also supposedly very high, he said, with returns at a "much higher rate" than the Motorola Xoom, whose own return rate was higher than average at seven percent.
BlackBerry PlayBook faces lukewarm launch
RIM's expectations for the BlackBerry PlayBook were half-met on Wednesday with some sales but little of the fanfare hoped for with the launch. One anecdote in Toronto, an hour and a half from RIM's Waterloo headquarters, illustrated some sales but little buzz. A flagship Future Shop in the heart of the city had a significant number of pre-orders but over-prepared for the launch, opening early and hiring a catering company when just two people showed up by doors open.
Office Depot offers PlayBook preorders
Office Depot on Tuesday became the next in the retail chain to offer the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet for pre-order. The device will ship on April 19 through to the 21, likely depending on the store location. All three Wi-Fi models will be available, including the $500 16GB model, the $600 32GB model, and the $700 64GB model.
BlackBerry PlayBook coming to Canada by April 15
An image of a calendar sent out to Canadian Staples stores and posted on Wednesday by CrackBerry has virtually confirmed the BlackBerry Playbook should be on sale on or before April 15. The calendar entry for that day shows a sales challenge that puts up stores from the district on a competition to see who sells the most PlayBooks that day. The challenge will be repeated on April 22.
PlayBook to cost $500 at Office Depot, due April
A newly leaked Office Depot ad for the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet reveals the 16GB device with Wi-Fi will cost $500, according to CrackBerry. This is the first official hint of a price for the device and also reveals that it will become available in week 17 of the year, or somewhere between late March and early April.
Interval resubmits dismissed lawsuit
Interval Licensing took a second shot at its dismissed lawsuit with an updated filing. The Paul Allen-owned company's new complaint still accuses Apple, Facebook, Google, Netflix and others of infringing on e-commerce patents but now includes specific, claimed examples of how the companies allegedly copied Interval's technology. In Apple's case, Interval cited the iTunes Store's album purchasing view (pictured) as a primary example.
Court says Interval patent lawsuit too broad
Judge Marsha Pechman on Friday dismissed Interval Licensing's patent lawsuit against major online providers. The official tossed the complaint for being too "spartan," as it didn't identify what devices or services actually infringed the patents with "any specificity." The case, filed in a Western District of Washington court, accused Apple, AOL, eBay, Facebook, Google's YouTube, Netflix, Office Depot, Staples and Yahoo of copying technology Interval owned patents for Internet commerce.
Google and Apple file to dismiss Interval lawsuit
A union of companies led by Google, as well as Apple on its own, have filed motions to dismiss a sweeping patent lawsuit launched against them by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen's Interval Licensing. The alliance, which includes AOL, eBay, Facebook, Netflix, Office Depot, Office Max and Yahoo, called the lawsuit "scattershot" in its motion this week since it not only targeted many varied companies but couldn't identify the specific services that were allegedly infringing on its browsing and notification system patents. Without enough details, it wasn't possible for Google to even mount a defense, the Seattle court motion read.
Interval says Apple, Google, Netflix tread patents
Interval Licensing today hoped to profit off the back of technology and retail companies today as it sued several top firms. for alleged patent infringement. It claimed that AOL, Apple, eBay, Facebook, Google, Netflix, Office Depot, OfficeMax, Staples, Yahoo and YouTube specifically for purportedly infringing on four patents for "fundamental" web technology used for online commerce and search. The patents touch on a form of browsing as well as means of generating attention through design or through a notification system.
Gateway LT1004U netbook
The Gateway LT1004U netbook is now available at certain Office Depot locations in the US, without any sort of announcement from the PC maker itself, according to a Tuesday Engadget report. The netbook sports an 8.9-inch, 1024x800 LCD screen and weighs 2.2lbs. It is powered by Intel's 1.6GHz Atom CPU along with 1GB of RAM and offers 802.11g Wi-Fi.
Steve Jobs on CEO survey
Apple CEO Steve Jobs has placed near the top in a list of most-liked bosses, according to the user review site Glassdoor. In compiling its first annual CEO rankings, the site lists Jobs in second place with a 90 percent approval rating; to qualify for the list a company must have at least 50 reviews, and Apple presently has over 290. Number one in the rankings -- at 93 percent -- is Art Levinson of the biotechnology firm Genentech, who also sits on Apple's board of directors.
Office Depot Closes Stores
Retailer Office Depot today said it will close 126 of its North American stores in a bid to remain healthy. The company plans to make 112 closures of these within the next three months and the remainder throughout the rest of 2009 as their leases come to a close. New store openings will also be cut in half to 20 next year. The move, which drops about 10.8 percent of the company's total stores, will have a total cost of between $270 million to $300 million for Office Depot but should save about $75 million in day-to-day expenses throughout 2009 while also boosting earnings from $70 million to $90 million.