In line with rumors that surfaced over the summer, Apple has introduced free engraving with all new iPad orders. The service, which affords buyers two lines of text that can be engraved on the rear case of an iPad, adds 1-3 days to the estimated delivery time of iPad orders. Rumors from over the summer suggested that Apple wanted to offer free iPad engraving from the start but demand had been too high to offer the service, which would have delayed production. Just like Apple’s free iPod engraving service, those hoping to get their iPads engraved will be able to do so during the ordering process.
We know how frantic things can get during this time of year: it’s almost Christmas and you’re wondering if you forgot anyone on your list, or whether everything you ordered will be arriving on time. For those who ordered the Barnes & Noble Nook in advance, units were promised to arrive on or before December 24. However, B&N is saying that there might be a very small percentage of customers who won’t be receiving their pre-ordered units in time. Those unlucky few will be receiving $100, almost 40% of the cost of the device, from the mega-bookseller for the inconvenience. It’s a nice gesture just in case things don’t work out, but we’re sure many of those customerss would be much happier watching their loved ones unwrap a new Nook under the tree on Christmas morning. More →
Those that hate Google but travel frequently might feel a bit conflicted over the next couple of months because of Google’s holiday gift to America. Starting today and ending on January 15th, Google will be offering up free, no strings attached Wi-Fi at 47 airports while Virgin American flyers will be getting free in-flight Wi-Fi as of the 18th. The In addition to this, Google has set up a way for travelers at each airport to donate to charities Engineers Without Borders, the One Economy Corporation and Climate Savers Computing Initiative. Google will match each airports donations up to $250,000 and will also give the most generous airport $15,000 for the charity of its choosing.
A few days ago AT&T filed suit against Verizon for its “There’s an App for That” ad campaign. Verizon’s response? Welcoming the iPhone to the Island of Misfit Toys in a new commercial that embodies the Christmas Spirit. Hit the break to check out the main attraction as well as two side shows.
For Verizon fans, the biggest and most anticipated device coming from Big Red is the Droid, and many of you have come to rely on your pals at BGR as your one-stop-shop for Droid news, info and pics. Now we’re bringing a little more to the plate with Verizon’s holiday lineup. Most of this stuff is old news, so we won’t bore you with what you already know, but it is interesting to see how Verizon is gearing up its employees to handle the busiest time of year. In one slide, Verizon says, “No matter what customers want. They can find it here.” Unless they want the iPhone, we guess, right?
Of course, perhaps the juiciest tidbits on all these slides is the one featured above with the new 85xx series Curve with Wi-Fi, which is called the Curve2 for Verizon, and the time line below with the private sale. What could that possibly be? Unfortunately there is no release date for the Curve2, but at least Verizon customers can rest assured that it is indeed coming. You guys didn’t think that was going to stay at T-Mobile for long, did you? Hit the jump for the additional slides and images of the Curve2!
Believe it or not, Christmas is but 11 weeks away which means that every single tech company on the planet is going to be lighting up our inboxes with press releases about their holiday offerings. The first company to do this for 2009 is T-Mobile. Apart from another chance to get us bloggers talking about the Behold II and the Motorola CLIQ, T-Mobile took the opportunity to introduce two new handsets and a limited edition collaboration piece. The first new handset is the Nokia 3711, a 3G clamshell affair with a 2 megapixel camera, GPS by Telenav, and stereo Bluetooth. The second is the T-Mobile Tap. Presumably made by HTC based upon its appearance, the Tap is an “affordable and attractive” full-touchscreen featurephone that, like the 3711 has 3G, a 2 megapixel camera, stereo Bluetooth and GPS by Telenav. New in another sense of the word is the myTouch 3G Fender Limited Edition. With only 10,000 to be offered sometime this winter, the Fender myTouch 3G sports a “guitar-inspired wood-grain finish”, 16GB microSD card filled with a bunch of music and videos not a soul alive won’t delete, and *gasp* a 3.5mm headphone jack. What do we think, people?
A sometimes overlooked feature that has been made incredibly simple on the iPhone is the ability to subscribe to a variety of calendars. Many are familiar with CalDAV as it adds a quick and easy way to keep your iPhone or iPod touch in sync with your Google Calendar, but did you know you can also add a wide range of publicly available calendar subscriptions in a matter of seconds? One of the more common subscriptions is the US holidays calendar but you can also quickly and easily add TV show schedules, network premier schedules, sports team schedules, movie releases, concert tour schedules and plenty more to your iPhone calendar. Hit the jump to find out how.
What better time to announce our giveaway winners than on Christmas eve? We won’t string this one out too long, just want to thank everyone though! We had an awesome response to both giveaways and we’re glad we could make Christmas (or whatever holiday you celebrate) a little brighter this year. Thanks to HTC for the Fuze, and well, the Curve 8900 is out of our own pockets. Without further ado, we’ve got Eric Wilson as the winner of the HTC Fuze, and Mike Sickels as the winner of the BlackBerry Curve 8900! Congrats, guys! Thanks again to everyone that entered. This won’t be our last and we’ve got some great things brewing for the new year. Happy holidays!
BlackBerry Curve 8900 Giveaway! [Now closed]
HTC Fuze Giveaway! [Now closed]
The lavish and sometimes frivolous mega-Internet-corp that is Google has been feeling the effects of the recession this year. First it started with the dismissal of a good chunk of manpower and now it is being reported that Google employees won’t be receiving Christmas bonuses this year. That’s a pretty major downer if you’re one of the employees who received a bonus as high as $20,000 in the past (though if that’s your bonus, you’re probably faring better than most anyway). How is Google making up for it? Free, unlocked G1s for everybody. Um, yay? We don’t know about you guys but we’d gladly take a bonus over a G1 any day, even if it is unlocked – how are you going to use 3G on that thing anyway if you decide to use it on a GSM carrier other than T-Mobile? Oh well… In these rough times we suppose the remaining Googlers should all just be thankful they still have a jobs.
Dell might be pinching pennies this season in an effort to avoid layoffs but that doesn’t mean the Texas-based PC giant can’t do a little something special for its employees, right? Dell is currently running a 2-day event for employees dubbed the “Holiday Savings Fair”, packed full of deals and chances to win a variety of special prizes. Among the prizes up for grabs just for visiting the fair site are a $6,000 3-night resort package and a $500 HP gift card. Dig a bit deeper and you’ll find a “Spin to Win” game with prizes like another $6,000 resort package or a variety of other prizes from the likes of Clinique, HP and Linovo. Of course the Savings Fair isn’t all fun and games – there are a bunch of exclusive deals from Dell partners available through the site such as 25% off Samsonite luggage or an AT&T BlackBerry Bold for $150 shipped. Sure, Dellians, HQ might have replaced your 10% – 15% employee discount with a gift card for HP but this totally makes up for it, right? If you’re an employee who missed the memo due to, say, unpaid leave or something, hit the e-Deals@Dell site and get your shopping on. Everyone else, hit the jump for the internal email that went out to employees (click on the image to enlarge).