The world takes another baby step towards NFC ubiquity today, with the announcement of new NFC capabilities for Android developers with the 2.3.3 update. Devs will now have access to a "comprehensive" NFC reader/writer API that will allow their apps to read/write to "almost any" tag in existence.
Early this morning we reported that low inventory levels pointed towards a MacBook Pro refresh. The announcement was tipped as coming on February 9. Now a Best Buy inventory screenshot has seemingly confirmed the imminent MacBook Pro update. The in-stock date is given as March 11, which is when we can expect these babies to launch.
T-Mo has just announced one of the crazier deals in their long, storied history of crazy deals. As a Valentines Day celebration, the carrier will offer all of their smartphones for free. This deal will only be good on Feb 11 and 12. Customers will be able to take advantage of the craziness both online and in retail outlets.
The group coupon buying site Groupon may have damaged its image forever, thanks to a series of Super Bowl ads that were...actually pretty funny. The first one leads in with Timothy Hutton doing a charity commercial-style introduction about the horrors of Chinese-dominated Tibet...and then abruptly bragging about a groupon deal for dirt cheap Tibetan food. The follow-up ad was a plea from Cuba Gooding Junior to protect the whales...that is almost immediately abandoned because whale-watching is "more fun".
Today, in 2011, one out of every fifty soldiers in Afghanistan has battery acid and lubricant instead of blood, sweat and tears. This means that, based on total army enlistment, "robot" is roughly as large a demographic as "asian". At least among the troops stationed in that theater.
Late last month we reported that low stocks of 15" and 17" Macbook Pros might be a sign of an imminent refresh. That shortage has only deepened over the last few days, with some areas reporting 2-3 week waits for new stock. New rumors point to February 9 as the day we'll see the next-gen Pros unleashed.
High-tech forgery is the criminal growth industry of the future. As cash money becomes less common and more difficult to imitate, the shady smugglers of our connected future deal in counterfeit devices. Port coppers in Los Angeles recently busted a faux-gadget operation that was responsible for an estimated $7 million in profits. The gadgets seized may have valued as much as $10 million.
The tablet market is poised for a meteoric jolt towards ubiquity. It's hard to look at all the sweet new tablets due out this year and expect anything but growth for the form-factor. But the folks at Corning are actually in a position to know about the growth of this market- they make Gorilla Glass.
Today retailer RadioShack announced their exclusive pre-sale of a new Android smartphone. The Inspire 4G will be $99 with a 2-year contract. Pre-ordering customers will receive $30 credit towards accessories on the Inspire in exchange for a $50 deposit. The phone itself launches on February 13.