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  • Borders headed for bankruptcy filing, according to WSJ

    Borders Group, Inc. is finishing up preparations for a bankruptcy filing, according to “people familiar with the matter.” The company’s financial troubles have been no secret as of late, and those same people familiar with such matters say that the filing could come as early as next Monday, which will be followed by the closure of roughly 200 of its brick and mortar stores, and plenty of job losses. Borders has struggled with its digital presence, including its lack of e-reader (the Kobo partnership came pretty late in the game and isn’t really on the same level as Barnes and Noble’s Nook or Amazon’s Kindle), and it’s failure to snag a significant market share of online sales. The people familiar with the matter caution that the filing could be delayed by a few days, however, so we’ll have to sit on the edges of our seats until sometime next week, probably. Hit the source for more financial details.

    Borders headed for bankruptcy filing, according to WSJ originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 11 Feb 2011 17:52:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  • Exclusive: Nokia’s Windows Phone 7 concept revealed!

    Look what we’ve found! This is the first image you’ll see anywhere of the early fruit of Microsoft and Nokia’s budding new partnership. We have it on good authority that the technicolor phones on show are conceptual devices produced by the two companies. You shouldn’t, therefore, go jumping to conclusions about retail hardware just yet, but hearts should be warmed by the familiarity of Nokia’s new design — the shape of these handsets is somewhere between its recent N8 and C7 Symbian devices and there is, as usual for Nokia, a choice of sprightly colors. The trio of keys adorning the new concept’s bottom give away its Windows Phone 7 ties, but also remind us that the N8 and E7 are highly unlikely to receive any WP7 upgrade love. The best part about this whole discovery, however, might be that it confirms Steve Ballmer’s assertion that the engineers of both companies have “spent a lot of time on this already.” So, who else is excited about owning an Engadget-blue Microkia device?

    Exclusive: Nokia’s Windows Phone 7 concept revealed! originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 11 Feb 2011 16:57:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  • Google details low-level Renderscript API for Honeycomb
    There’s no question that Honeycomb tablets like the Xoom are powerful pieces of hardware, and it looks like Google will be doing its best to ensure that developers are able to exploit as much of that power as possible. A big piece of that puzzle is the company’s Renderscript API for the OS, which it’s just now starting to detail in full. The big advantage there is that it’s a low-level API designed especially for developers who are “comfortable working closer to the metal,” which will let applications built with it (including games) take full advantage of the high-end GPUs and dual-core processors found in Honeycomb tablets. What’s more, while the API is just now being made public, it’s already been put to use in Honeycomb by Google itself — both the YouTube and Books apps, and the live wallpapers shipping with the first Honeycomb tablets were created with the help of it. Head on past the break for another quick example — a brute force physics simulation that involves 900 particles titling with the tablet — and look for Google to provide some additional technical information and sample code sometime soon.

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    Google details low-level Renderscript API for Honeycomb originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 11 Feb 2011 16:22:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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