Walmart has confirmed that it will be offering Apple's iPad tablet from Friday this week, the latest big-name retailer to carry the 9.7-inch slate after Best Buy and Target. The roll-out will cover several hundred Walmart stores initially, before being broadened to around 2,300 stores by mid-November. However, don't go down there expecting a bargain.
All that we're missing at this point, is an official statement from Microsoft about how much their motion-based gaming peripheral is going to cost. Yeah, that's right. We've got pricing from just about everyone else by this point, but Microsoft has still yet to "announce" anything. And that's even after their very own Microsoft Store listed the Kinect at $149.99. And considering everywhere seems to be boasting the same price, we'd be pretty surprised if that wasn't the final decision. But, if you are thinking about getting a bundle, Walmart's already got you covered.
Did it feel like Wednesday to anyone else? We had to check our calendar's a few times today, just to make sure it really was Tuesday. You'll have to forgive us -- we don't get out much, as you can probably imagine. In any event, welcome to tonight's edition of The Daily Slash, Tuesday-style. Tonight, in the Best of R3 Media, we've got some more Cease and Desist letters being handed out, Apple's sold a ton of iPads, and the iPhone 4's showing up at Walmart. As for the Dredge 'Net, the iPhone 4's getting torn down (legally), there's rumors about iOS showing up on other things, and we've got a German robot.
Time certainly does catch up with you, doesn't it? Hopefully you were all having fun, so it flew by and what not. Just feels like yesterday that we all sat here, and brought you the announcement of Apple's latest iPhone iteration, the iPhone 4. And in all the hub-bub, we also told you that Walmart, RadioShack, and Best Buy would be part of the third-party retailer brigade offering up their own models for pre-order and sale. Well, tomorrow's the big pre-order day, so jump after the break to find out where you can go to pick one up, and what you need to do to make it happen.
And why wouldn't they? They're already selling the iPhone, thanks to their cell phone department. And they've got a pretty good hold on the iPod line-up as well, thanks to their MP3 player section. And if you've been into a Walmart, you know that they're beginning to take their electronics department pretty seriously (even if it isn't up to Best Buy's standards). But they want to make sure that they start getting taken seriously, and in their efforts to keep expanding that particular section, they want the iPad.
We're not getting away from the 3D revolution any time soon. In fact, it's looking more and more like everyone is ready to just accept the technology into their living rooms. And when that starts happening, it's all down hill from there. Then again, if it starts becoming wildly popular, maybe we won't have to pay ridiculous prices at the theaters anymore. We can dream, right? Thanks to Walmart, we are going to see a huge incline in the desire to own a 3D TV. Mostly because it will be affordable.
The word’s out today from the NY Times that that Wal-Mart is set to acquire Vudu, the online movie streaming service in an acquisition set to be worth approximately $100 million. Additional information and the full press release can be found after the break.
Analysts blamed Google's comparatively lackluster first-week Nexus One sales on the Android 2.1 smartphone only being available through their online store, but all that could be changing. A Walmart Wireless product page for the Nexus One has been spotted, suggesting that the smartphone is "Coming Soon".