New MacBook Pros Coming Soon, Microsoft to Debut Pink Phones Today
Highlights from this morning's other big tech headlines....
- Impatient Apple fan-boys may finally be getting new MacBook Pros. Four new model numbers have shown up in the inventory systems for retailer Microcenter. Prices don't appear to have changed, but expect them to come packing those fancy new Core i5 and Core i7 processors. [From: Engadget]
- Microsoft apparently can't be bothered to keep unannounced products out of the public eye. The social networking-focused Pink line of phones are due to hit Verizon today, but have already made an appearance in a Microsoft webcast. Reuters is reporting the Pink moniker will be ditched at the launch event. We're betting on the name Windows Phone 'Pre-Windows Phone 7 Series' Series for Teens. [From: Engadget and Mashable]
- Blockbuster is testing yet another attempt to avoid complete obsolescence by offering video game rentals via mail. The Games by Mail service is being tested in Cleveland, Ohio and will run an additional $7.99 for one game at a time, on top of standard monthly fees. If the company has as much success competing against GameFly as it did against Netflix, Blockbuster should be up for sale by the end of 2010. [From: Joystiq]
- Shoppers who love the Nook, but really like dealing with retailers that have a long history of questionable morals can pick up their Barnes & Noble branded e-reader at Best Buy starting later this month. The electronics chain will charge the standard $259.99 for the device, but expect them to also offer a $99.99 "set up" package where they take the Nook out of its box and turn it on for you. [From: Reuters]