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WiFi-only Xoom headed to Staples for March 27th release



By Sovy

Staples, the office supply store chain has come out with an ad showing the availability of Motorola XOOM tablet from their stores starting the 27th of March. On offer will be the Wi-Fi only version of the XOOM and the price shown is a sweet 0.

Now, Motorola has been talking of a Wi-Fi only version to take into account all those who have been wary of the high price tag that the 3G enabled XOOM comes for. So while the cheaper Wi-Fi XOOM was definitely expected, that it would be a reality so soon does comes in as a pleasant surprise.

via droid life

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Borders Group, Inc. is finishing up preparations for a bankruptcy filing, according to "people familiar with the matter." The company's financial troubles have been no secret as of late, and those same people familiar with such matters say that the filing could come as early as next Monday, which will be followed by the closure of roughly 200 of its brick and mortar stores, and plenty of job ...
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Cisco’s Cius tablet headed to Verizon

Remember the Cius tablet PC that Cisco, the undisputed leader worldwide in the filed of networking had first unveiled in 2010 and was one of the few tablets that was made purely for an enterprise application? Well, the Cius tablet is in the news again and this time, its all for good reasons. For Cisco has now announced the tablet would be ready for a market release in the spring of 2011. And its Verizon Wireless that would be providing the communication support for the new tablet.

The most striking aspect of the Cius tablet PC will be the integration of LTE modules in them which would make the tablet much better suited to deliver optimum tablet experience in a business environment. LTE’s core advantages of higher speeds and low latencies will compliment Cisco’s collaborative business software suite, something that Cisco believes will only add to the Cius tablet’s appeal. However, the initial lot of Cius tablets will only be 3G enabled as Cisco has stated they would be including the LTE stuff into the tablets only from the second half of the year.

About the rest of the tablet, it runs the Google Android 2.2 operating system and has a 7 inch touchscreen display upfront. Of course there will be no dearth of suitable apps to run on the Cius while Cisco on its part has stated the tablet’s security and its VPN capabilities won’t be an issue.

However, one will have to wait till March to have a grasp of the real picture.

via pcworld

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LTE Galaxy Tab headed to Verizon

An updated version of Samsung Galaxy Tab is perhaps not the first thing visitors to the CES 2011 had expected, if not the last. The Galaxy Tab had gone on sale not too long ago amid much fan fare. The tablet too is well received and its makers are expecting further brisk sales post a much needed price revision that has made the 7 inch Android tablet all the more affordable. However, while there always was news of Samsung being in the process of developing a few more tablet PCs, it indeed is a surprise to find out a thoroughly upgraded Galaxy Tab was also in their scheme of things.

Anyway, things like upgradations, advancements or the launch of completely new devices can never be a reason to complain and the same applies to the new Galaxy Tab that broke cover at the CES. This comes on the back of the earlier news of a Wi-Fi only version of the Galaxy Tab to be released soon. And now, the upgraded Galaxy Tab is on the anvil with Verizon being the carrier partner. The new Galaxy Tab, as part of its enhancement package packs in a LTE modem while being compatible with Verizon’s existing 3G network. The new Galaxy Tab will be a 4G LTE model that will be supported on Verizon’s new 4G LTE Mobile Broadband network.

Speaking of the Galaxy Tab, Marni Walden, vice president and chief marketing officer for Verizon Wireless said: “The 4G LTE-enabled Galaxy Tab takes full advantage of Android 2.2 to deliver a blazingly fast experience for customers.” He further added: “The 4G LTE-Samsung Galaxy Tab pairs Samsung’s advanced technology with the power of Verizon Wireless 4G LTE, so that customers can leap into the future of the mobile multimedia experience.”

These apart, the Samsung tablet now sports a 1.2 GHz processor and 5 megapixel camera, definitely a healthy improvement over the original 1 GHz processor and 3 megapixel camera.

Price and release date have been kept a secret till now while everything else of the tablet remains much the same.

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Borders backtracks and sidetracks, but still seems headed off-tracks

Borders Group Inc. seems to be in free fall.

According to a New York Times report by Julie Bosman, yesterday the company compounded anxiety about its future by announcing that it “was not in a liquidity crisis and that its stores were well-stocked” — this despite a press release four days ago in which it announced that it was experiencing a “liquidity shortfall” (see yesterday’s MobyLives report), and despite numerous reports that stores were looking low on inventory … which seems likely as several major accounts have stopped shipping books to the chain since its announcement.

Meanwhile, while the company gives out contradictory statements that it’s not have cash problems but that it isn’t paying accounts either, Bosman reports that it will be holding “hastily arranged meetings in New York later this week” with major publishers at which company CEO Mike Edwards will be present. A spokesman explained “We value our relationships with them, which is why we’re engaging in discussions with them.”

Whatever. The wheels seem to be flying off the vehicle. As Bosman’s report continues:  The company “will enter the talks without two top Borders executives whose resignations were announced on Monday: Thomas D. Carney, the company’s general counsel; and Scott Laverty, the chief information officer.”

As Jeffrey Trachtenberg reports in a Wall Street Journal story, the resignations — which the company revealed not in any public admission of turmoil but only through a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission made public yesterday — are “a new sign of turmoil amid the retailer’s dire finances.”

Asked for comment, a Borders statement to the paper would say only, “We have evaluated our leadership structure and, as a result, some positions have been eliminated.”

All of which was thrown into stark relief yesterday by the news that Barnes & Noble had experienced phenomenal sales during the lead-up to Christmas, including the “largest retail sales day ever in the company’s nearly 40-year history on December 23, 2010,” according to a company press release.

Nonetheless, something important things to note about the Borders collapse: While more publishers than have been reported have stopped shipping books to BGI, one of its very biggest suppliers, the wholesaler Ingrams, announced it would continue supplying the chain, accordng to Trachtenberg.

Then there’s the fact that they obviously must have some confidence that the tactic of withholding payments from accounts will force a re-negotiation of debt payments. After all, they haven’t declared bankruptcy yet.