Google to launch online store for Android tablets

While Apple is enjoying huge levels of success with the new iPad, Google has recorded dissapointing sales of tablets running Android OS. In order to boost sales Google is reportedly planning to rollout an online store by the end of 2012, the store will sell tablets running Android OS.

According to The Wall Street Journal  the internet search giant’s plans are similar to the short-lived online sales model of the company’s 2010 Nexus One handset only much more similar to the online portion of the Apple Store.

It is not known when the store will officially make its debut, and the sources are unclear as to which Android tablet makers will be taking part in the endeavor.

What do you think, will an online store be able to save the dwindling sales of Android Tablets?

New App helps find stores which carry iPad 2

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If you’re still taking time out of your day to call every Apple reseller in your area in the hope of finding that iPad 2 you’re after, the new FindOne app for iPhone could save you a lot of time and effort.

You select which model of the iPad 2 you want and FindOne checks the inventory of every Target and Walmart store in your vicinity to see if they have your chosen device in stock.

You can specify which carrier you’d for the 3G device – or if you want the Wi-Fi only model – whether you want 16, 32, or 64 gigabytes of storage, and whether you want the black or white model.

When the app has finished searching for your device, it will present you with a list of stores that currently have you chosen device in stock; as well as the address, distance from your location, telephone number, and opening hours for each.

FindOne currently only supports Target and Walmart, but support for Best Buy and Toys ‘R’ Us is coming soon.

Toys R Us getting iPad 2 today!!!

Well this is good news for those among you you still haven’t picked up an iPad 2, according to a press release from Toys R Us, the chain will officially carry the iPad 2 from today, the magical, revolutionary tablet will be ready to go, along with a selection of Smart Covers. You can visit the chain’s website to see which stores are selling the tablets.

Toys R Us actually has a pretty good retail relationship with Apple, having offered iPad trade-ins at the store before. But that relationship doesn’t seem to extend to online sales — it’s likely that iPads will be available only in-stores rather than on the toy retailer’s website as well.

iPad App store gets search filters!

We have been waiting for this feature for a while, and now according to MacStories it is finally here. Apple just added a very useful new feature to the iPad App Store: search filters.

As the image above shows, there are now five different filters you can assign to app searches: Category, Release Date, Customer Rating, Price and Device.

This added search functionality hasn’t made it to the iPhone/iPod touch App Store apps yet, but considering how cramped the screens are on those devices, it might never show up. Notably, these filters also aren’t yet available on the desktop version of the App Store, so right now the iPad seems like the best way to search for apps.

No update is required on your end; this is a backend change to the App Store itself, so if you’re using an iPad, you should already be seeing this updated feature.

Best Buy to carry Verizon iPhone from Feb. 10

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This is big news for Best Buy, earlier today the electronics giant made the announcement that they will be carrying the iPhone on February 10, the same day it goes on sale to the rest of the general public at Apple and Verizon stores.

“The iPhone 4 is an important device for Best Buy and we are excited to help Apple and Verizon Wireless bring it to even more consumers,” says Shawn Score, president of Best Buy Mobile.  “Our customers have come to expect Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile stores to carry the best selection of mobile phones anywhere, and offering the iPhone 4 on Verizon’s network is our latest effort to deliver on that promise.”

Originally, it was expected that only  Verizon and Apple stores would carry the phone during the launch period, but Apple did mention that authorized resellers would also sell the device. As a reminder, existing Verizon customers can begin pre-ordering tomorrow, and general orders and reservations are to start on February 9th with availability on February 10.

Supplies of new Macbook Air dwindling fast.

That didn’t take long, the supplies of the new Apple 11-inch MacBook Air seem to be tightening just a week after the product’s launch. Both in store an online the shipping and supply estimates are slipping to 1-3 business days. All other models (11-inch and 13-inch) remain at “within 24 hours” for stock configurations. In addition, a sampling of Apple’s retail stores are similarly showing no availability for reservations of the product.

The reduced availability suggests that demand for Apple’s smallest notebook computer, with an entry-level price of $999, is running high and that the company has run through much of its launch supply.