First News Briefs for October 17, 2012
Best Buy is rumored to be plotting a store-branded tablet, according to a Reuters report. The Android device is expected to be named the "Insignia Flex" and will sell for between $239-$259 when it arrives in Best Buy stores on Nov. 11. Best Buy has long eyed the wireless market and was the second company to sign up for LightSquared's ill-fated wholesale LTE network. The debut of its own tablet will bring it into competition with manufacturers of other tablets sold in its big box stores, including Apple and Samsung.
Sprint named the official launch date for the Samsung Galaxy Note II yesterday. The Android "phablet" will hit shelves Oct. 25 for $300 with a new two-year contract. The device is the operator's first smartphone with a display larger than 5 inches and the first with a quad-core processor. It also has a built-in stylus and is certified through Samsung's enterprise mobility program.
Cisco and Citrix expanded their partnership on desktop virtualization today to include cloud networking, cloud solutions and enterprise mobility. As part of the tie-up, the two companies plan to develop cloud computing products that will use both components of Cisco's Unified Computing System, Nexus Series switching and Open Network Environment components with Citrix's CloudPlatform cloud orchestration solution.
The international wholesale division of T-Mobile USA parent company Deutsche Telekom has gone live with its application delivery network, a service it says is "capable of substantially improving the performance and throughput of web applications and the provision of dynamic content." The solution leverages EdgeCast's content delivery network technology.