Rumor Roundup: Downton Abbey? $199 Android Tablets? More?

By , dealnews Media Editor

Now that all of Apple's iPad rumors have been laid to rest — for now — we wanna talk about some other juicy gossip: Downton Abbey, Xbox, and yay, Android scuttlebutt!

  • Maggie Smith leaving "Downton Abbey"?
    If she doesn't re-sign her contract, the writers will be forced to get rid of her character, Dowager Countess of Grantham. My vote: The Countess, while piloting a hovercraft, crashes into the TARDIS; there are no survivors. (I've never seen the show.) [IBTimes]

  • Limbo ported to iOS / Android / WP7?
    You can now get that crushing sense of ennui and dread on the go! (Or, if you're like me, you can have MORE of that.) [IntoMobile]

  • Walmart backing UltraViolet?
    Unlike the current model of paying more to buy a digital copy of a movie you already own, you will now be able to simply bring your DVDs into Walmart and get an UltraViolet "watch anywhere" cloud-based copy for a ... slight fee. Wait. What? [myce]

  • Android 6.0 codenamed "Key Lime Pie"?
    The Norwegian "Kransekake" kontingent are krushed by this news. [GeekWithLaptop]

  • Google and ASUS teaming up to create a $199 Android tablet?
    See, Apple! THIS is how you compete against the Kindle Fire, not with a $400, last-gen iPad! (Though, this is also how create an "me too" product that people will forget about in a year's time ... so, you know what Apple? Keep doin' that thing you do.) [AndroidAndMe]

  • No disc drive in the next-gen Xbox?
    Right. This, coming from a company who still supports Windows BOB because it "can't alienate the consumer." [DigitalTrends]

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