Google has confirmed that it has begun shipping pre-ordered Nexus 7 tablets today. The announcement was made on the Google Play Google+ account, stating "locked and loaded, ready to play: we've started shipping Nexus 7 pre-orders today!"
The Nexus 7 tablet was announced at Google I/O 2012, and is the first device to ship with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. At a price of just $199, it's also easy on the wallet as well, and has received mostly high praise.
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While Barnes & Noble originally announced that the Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight would ship in may, many who've pre-ordered the e-reader are getting notices that they're shipping this week. In-store availability will be tight because of pre-order demand. The Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight brings a light-up display to the Simple Touch reader, allowing you to enjy the e-ink display in the dark.
Keeping true to their word, Amazon has started shipping their new graphite Kindle DX to customers who pre-ordered the device. Even better though, if you didn’t get the opportunity to pre-order, Amazon still shows the Kindle DX as being in stock, so you should be able to order one today and have it shipped pretty much immediately. Don’t forget, the Kindle DX price was slashed from $489 down to $379 about a week after the smaller Kindle went from $259 to $189. You can purchase the Kindle DX and the smaller Kindle now:
Nokia will finally begin shipping its N97 “Mobile Computer” this month to 75 countries, even though it began accepting pre-orders last month. The first batch will come packed with their Ovi Store. No specific countries were named, but we expect that North America and much of Europe will be on the list. Nokia VP Jonas Geust said that he is hoping it will be as successful as their N95, which has sold more than 10 million units during Q1 2009.
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If you are a Nightline fan, then you probably caught the piece they did about Netflix. They announced that they have delivered their 2 billionth movie. All together they have over 46 million movies available. How do they get all that work done and on time? Workers begin a 3:00 a.m. in the morning. Netflix’s Ted Sarandos was asked if the company will eventually become all download. His response was not for a very long time. You can catch the entire piece via the link.
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Creative is offering free shipping through Black Friday in addition to some discounted items. Their ZEN Mozaic 4GB plus TravelSound and A/C Adapter is now only $119.00. Their Live! Cam Video IM / Video Chat is now a mere $9.99 and you can get a Fatal1ty USB Gaming Headset for $59.99. Check with Creative for other deals on their site and holiday gift guide. With the money you save in shipping, you can purchase an accessory to go with your new toy. (P.S. Skip the refurbished.)
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Let’s file this one under, “It’s about time.” Amazon is now working with retailers to help eliminate those pre-boxes and plastic sealing that is almost impossible to get open without way too much work. Instead, items will be packed in plain brown cardboard boxes and envelopes. Companies to step up to the plate first are Microsoft, Fisher-Price, Mattel, and Transcend. We figure that will not only make Amazon greener, but should certainly keep shipping costs lower. Let’s hope that they pass some of the savings on to us.
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DHL, a popular shipping alternative to FedEX, UPS and the U.S. Postal Service announced today in a press release that it will end all domestic shipping services effective January 30, 2009. According to the release, DHL’s U.S. Express business will focus entirely on its international offerings and will discontinue its domestic-only air and ground services, eliminating its U.S. ground hubs, and reducing the number of stations from 412 to 103. This will result in a reduction of 9,500 U.S. jobs at DHL Express on top of the approximately 5,400 positions already reduced since January; retaining 3,000 to 4,000 U.S. Express employees, tailored to the needs of international express customers. This reduction is expected to allow DHL’s U.S. Express business to reduce its operating costs from $5.4 billion to under $1 billion, a decrease of over 80%.
We’re hoping that this loss in competition doesn’t drive up the cost of shipping, seeing as the majority of our gadgets are doorstep-delivered by one of these shipping giants. Cross your fingers.
Apple has had a a mind for all things “green” as stated in their past two keynotes. A few weeks back, Apple recalled the iPhone power adapters because the prongs were breaking off into the wall socket, which could cause an obvious jolt of unpleasant experiences. Apple offered two ways to replace the USB adapter, by mail or by going to their stores. The people who chose to have it sent by mail have been surpised to find that the new, greener Apple has shipped the small adapter in a box that about 100 times its size. I am sure Apple will take notice and do something about it, but it seems all the eggs are not in the basket when it comes to their “green initiative.” This just proves that going “green” takes time, and within a large company such as Apple it will continue to take months—or years—for them to achieve their goals. If you have an iPhone and live close to an Apple store, you can do your part by exchanging it yourself. If you are out of range of an Apple store and have done the exchange, let us know if you have had the same “large box” experience.
When Apple announced Time Capsule, Steve Jobs promised that it would ship in February. Well, in similar fashion to the launch of both the iPhone and Leopard, Apple waited until just about the very last moment to get the product out the door. In any event, we ordered our Time Capsule as soon as it hit the Apple Store Online, and it just got out the door today. Looks like we can expect it to arrive around March 4th.
If you ordered yours after we ordered ours, let us know if you are also seeing that yours has shipped as well.