The New Microsoft Surface TabletIs it another sign of their impending doom or a ray of light for the struggling retailer? Time will tell as Best Buy becomes one of the first outlets to offer the still unproven Microsoft Surface tablet to consumers.
Meanwhile, Apple continues to feed the rumor mill about their impending dive into the HDTV market and alleged pictures and video of the anticipated Blackberry 10 have surfaced on a Vietnamese web site.
Best Buy now sells the Surface
The retailer announced it would launch the Microsoft Surface tablet on BestBuy.com on Wednesday, Dec. 12. The Surface will also be available in all Best Buy and select Best Buy Mobile specialty stores nationwide on Sunday, Dec. 16.
"Right now the only place you can get a Microsoft tablet is at a Microsoft store. That all changes today as BestBuy.com begins offering the Surface," said Scott Durchslag, President of BestBuy.com.
"Customers have come to expect Best Buy - both its store and website - to be the place with the broadest selection of consumer electronics and our sale of this much-hyped new tablet just reinforces that point."
The Surface retails for $499.99 (32GB - tablet only), $599.99 (32GB with black touch cover) or $699 (64GB with black touch cover).
Apple testing TV-set designs
The Wall Street Journal reported that the technology juggernaut has teamed up with component suppliers in Asia to test several TV-set designs. The Journal said two unnamed sources at Apple claim the company has been working on testing a few designs for a large-screen high-resolution TV.
Rumors of Apple getting into the TV game have circulated for years, and whispers about Apple expanding into new markets are common. The company was once thought to be teaming up with Valve — of Steam fame ¬— to create a home video game console that would compete with Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo.
The TV rumor, however, seems to have legs. The Journal's sources said Apple constantly works with suppliers to test new designs; they said the company has been testing various TV prototypes for a number of years.
When will you be able to buy an Apple TV? Chances are it won't be soon. The company has had little success in recent years negotiating with cable companies and content owners to get something such as this on line.
Is this the new Blackberry 10?Blackberry 10 spotted?
Smartphone fans and tech industry professionals have been waiting to see Research in Motion's (RIM) first Blackberry 10 smartphones all year. They've been delayed until a planned January, 2013 debut. However, the rumored L-Series handset was allegedly leaked in new photos and video posted to a Vietnamese website.
Internet reports speculate that the phone appears to be a revised version of the BlackBerry London, which RIM previewed earlier this year.
RIM is hoping to make big waves with their January launch. This year's delays boxed them out of the lucrative holiday shopping season while Apple's iPhone and Android platforms run away with a large chunk of the smartphone market that Blackberry once enjoyed.
To see photos and video of the alleged Blackberry visit Tinhte.vn