Monday, November 14, 2011

Today's Headlines

First Review of Amazon's Kindle Fire
The Washington Post
Writer Josh Topolsky:  "Can a $200 mini-tablet take on Apple’s behemoth? Can it derail the plans of other Android tablet-makers? And does the release of this product fundamentally change Amazon’s position in the market?The answer is ... maybe. But they have to do some tinkering first."

Tablet Owners Spend More Time Watching Online Video
Tablet users averaged 30 percent more viewing time per session compared with desktops, according to data released this week by Ooyala, a provider of video services to major brands. Tablet users also tended to be more engaged, finishing videos at nearly twice the rate as desktop users.

Tablets Score Big with Pro Sports Teams
The Bucs are one of two NFL teams that have purchased iPads for their players and coaches to use instead of the standard playbook. Baseball and hockey leagues have also taken notice of the advantages of mobile technology.

Harry McCracken Wants a Kindle Fire Phone
McCracken:  "I wondered why no company has taken up the challenge of building…well, the iPhone of Android phones. Something that’s elegant, approachable, uncluttered, and respectful of the consumer’s intelligence...And then it hit me: Why not Amazon??

Collection of Quotes Predicting Failure of Original Kindle
The New York Times
On the eve of the launch of the Kindle Fire, The New York Times takes a moment to look at pundits who predicted the original uni-functional Kindle would tank.

Best Chart Ever Comparing E-Readers
Ten e-readers are compared in an extremely thorough chart analyzing features like content availability to battery life. 

Friday, November 11, 2011

Today's Headlines

Tablet Owners Use to Device to Shop
According to a study from mobile ad network Jumptap and comScore, 63 percent of tablet owners have made a purchase with their device, as opposed to just 31 percent of mobile owners. That compares to 83 percent of PC owners who have completed a purchase on their laptop or desk computer.

 More Newspaper Content to Be Available on RIM PlayBook
RIM has a new deal with NewspaperDirect, a distributor of e-editions for more than 2,000 newspapers from 95 countries, for the service to be preloaded on the PlayBook tablet.

Branded Tablet Shipments Expected to Soar 60% Next Year
Global branded tablet PC shipments in the fourth quarter are not expected to see growth creating concerns among market watchers whether the tablet PC market has already reached saturation, but Digitimes Research senior analyst James Wang believes that the zero-growth in the fourth quarter is the joint affect of Japan's earthquake on March 11 and the global economic downturn, which should not become an obstacle that restrains the tablet PC market's growth in the future.

MIA:  Where Is Microsoft's 7-Inch Tablet
There's a window of opportunity for Microsoft because Apple has no intention as of yet to produce a cheaper 7-inch iPad (as far as we know) and the fractionalization of the Android space by Amazon and Barnes & Noble does introduce some undesirable variables.

More Shoppers Leaning to Kindle Fire Over iPad 
More than three times as many shoppers for tablet computers are considering the $199 Amazon Kindle Fire over the bestselling iPad, according to a survey by Retrevo.  

E-Commerce is the Key to Tablet Success for Amazon and BN
When you walk out of Best Buy with a Galaxy Tab, your financial relationship with Samsung is over. When you walk out with a Kindle Fire, it’s just the beginning of a beautiful friendship with Amazon.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Today's Headlines

Swipe vs.Scroll for Tablets:  Let the Debate Continue
Cenevoldsen (blog from Next Issue Media's marketing manager)
For publishers attempting to create an “edition based” experience similar to print, swiping from page to page gives readers a sense of familiarity. Vertical scrolling tends to feel infinite. The page just keeps going. It’s not necessarily a bad thing; it depends on what you want to achieve with your app.

Amazon Ramps Up Kindle Fire Production to Keep Up with Demand
Amazon has recently increased its Kindle Fire orders to more than five million units before the end of 2011 as pre-orders for the machine remain strong, according to sources from upstream component suppliers.

RIM's PlayBook to Sell for $199 on Black Friday
Thanksgiving might still be weeks off,  but the ads for Black Friday have already started leaking. The ad for Staples has been posted online and the BlackBerry Playbook will be sold for $199 on Friday, November 25.  That's half the current retail price.

Netflix Will Be Available on Kindle Fire
San Jose Mercury News
Amazon's Kindle Fire tablet will offer a Netflix app among thousands of applications that will be available when the tablet debuts next week.Amazon and Netflix have battled for streaming-video content for the past several months, with Amazon attempting to beef up its Amazon Prime streaming service.

What Is the Value of a Tablet Anyway?
First Arkansas News
Both the Kindle Fire and the NOOK Tablet boast impressive specs at close to impulse buy prices and have generated a lot of press. However, the question that pops up with these devices is whether someone carrying a smartphone needs one of the things.

Mini Tablets Will Shake Market in Major Ways
The Washington Post
The Kindle Fire and NOOK Tablet accomplish about 80 percent of what you can do with an iPad, are backed by companies consumers know and trust and cost roughly half of Apple’s base model. "And I think they’re going to make a huge impact on the market," writes journalist Joshua Topolsky.  

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Today's Headlines

A Look at 10 High-End Android Tablets
The Register
There is really no such thing as a branded Android tablet. Instead, consumers have a range of devices from the usual Android suspects, including HTC, Samsung and Motorola, as well as machines from computer rather than phone wallahs, like Acer, Asus, Lenovo and Sony.  The end result is confusion in the mind of Joe Public

Japanese E-Commerce Giant Buys Kobo:  Watch Out Amazon?
Rakuten, the Japanese Internet services and e-commerce company, intends to acquire all issued and outstanding shares of Kobo for cash.  Kobo's services are available on Kobo-branded e-readers as well as other devices, including Samsung's Galaxy Tab and Research In Motion's PlayBook.

Airline Uses iPads as In-Flight Entertainment Device (and Cash Machine)
Jetstar, which travels mainly in Australia, will be offering iPads for use as in-flight entertainment devices for $10-$15 per flight.  Considering the cost for installing seat-back screens it may make good financial sense to approach airline-provided multimedia in this manner.

White Box Manufacturers May Push Harder into Tablet Market
White-box players in China are still set to launch new tablet PC products in the second quarter of 2012, according to sources from the supply chain in China.  Since the average cost of a 7-inch white-box tablet PC is only about U.S. $47 compared to Amazon's Kindle Fire, white-box tablet PCs still have an advantage in cost.

How Barnes & Noble's Retail Footprint Will Help It Battle Amazon
Walk into a Barnes & Noble and you’ll see shoppers browsing book tables or flipping through a stack of possible purchases while they sip a coffee from an in-store Starbucks. Many of those same customers are likely going to wander over to the Nook’s front-and-center location as well — even if they weren’t particularly in the market for an e-reader or Android tablet in the first place.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Today's Headlines

Wired's First Impressions on NOOK Tablet
Indeed, the Nook Tablet is a serious, high-performing device for kids too young to sport a smartphone or iPad, and who don’t plow through enough books to warrant a Nook Simple Touch or plain-vanilla Kindle, but who could benefit from an inexpensive, highly mobile device that can do a little bit of everything.

Barnes & Noble Unveils Its Answer to Amazon's Kindle Fire
The Los Angeles Times
Company CEO William Lynch, Jr., knocked the Fire.  "The Kindle Fire is a vending machine for Amazon services — they've said it themselves," he said at the company's flagship store in New York's Union Square during the Nook Tablet unveiling. "In one word, we're more open" in allowing users to get their music and video content from wherever they want.

Barnes & Noble Finds Nook in Book Market
The Wall Street Journal
The NOOK Tablet has potential to fill a profitable niche in a still-fast-growing market. At $249, it's modestly more expensive than Kindle Fire at $199, but half the price of the iPad, which sells for $499 and up.

NOOK Tablet Ignites Latest Chapter in the Tablet Wars
The New York Times
The unveiling of the new tablet set up what is sure to be a heated competition between Barnes & Noble, Amazon and Apple, maker of the iPad, for the quickly expanding group of consumers who will shop for color tablets this holiday season. Amazon’s Kindle Fire retails for $199 and will start shipping next Monday.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Today's Headlines

Apple to Retain 75% of Tablet Market for Foreseeable Future
With its competitors unable to field a true iPad rival, Apple’s tablet continues to dominate the market that it created.  And with a true rival yet to emerge, that dominance will likely persist for some time, further reinforced by the upcoming holiday shopping season.

Dell's $859 Tablet Available for Pre-Order
Dell's coy enterprise slate, the Latitude ST is now available for pre-order with an estimated delivery date of November 29 and an $859 price tag.If your too impatient to wait for Windows 8, this one's sporting Microsoft's seventh generation, weighs a hefty 816g -- nearly twice as much as the BlackBerry PlayBook -- and contains a 1.5GHz Intel Atom Z670 processor.

Fake  iPads Hitting the Market
Crooks will approach you showing off a perfectly good iPad. Once they have you hooked they pass off a bubble-wrapped ‘iPad’ pulled from a FedEx box. This bubble wrapped unit could be just about anything, though the ones they have caught are plexi-glass frames coated in duct tape with a Best Buy pricing label on the front.

HTC to Launch New Tablet in 2012
HTC Corp , the world's No.5 smartphone maker, said on Monday it will launch a new tablet model next year, its first since a debut model in February. 

Friday, November 4, 2011

Today's Headlines

Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet to Be Announced Monday
It will cost $249; $50 more than Amazon's Kindle Fire.  But it will have more memory and a faster processor. 

Amazon's Next Kindle Fire Will Have Larger Screen
Amazon is likely to change its product roadmap by shifting the display size of its next-generation Kindle Fire to 8.9-inch instead of 10.1-inch as originally planned, according to sources in Amazon's supply chain.

Apple executives are saying that the lowpriced Kindle Fire  could actually be a good thing for the iPad because it introduces another level of fragmentation in the Android platform.

Like its predecessor, the Slate 2 isn't a tablet in the iPad mold, but a Windows 7 tablet PC that HP is pitching to the education, health-care, government and retail sectors. And until Microsoft launches Windows 8, the Slate 2 will likely be the only tablet-like device in the HP portfolio.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Today's Headlines

Review of Lenovo's New ThinkPad
USA Today
Critic Ed Baig:  "The tablet fuses business needs with entertainment and runs Android version 3.1 Honeycomb. It's about an inch taller than an iPad 2 and thicker...If you're looking for a tablet that mixes business and pleasure, ThinkPad fits the bill."

Kindle Owners Will Now Be Able to Borrow Books from Amazon
The Wall Street Journal
Amazon is launching a digital-book lending library that will be available only to owners of its Kindle and Kindle Fire devices who are also subscribers to its Amazon Prime program.

San Jose Mercury News
Yahoo has begun to distribute an iPad magazine that illuminates the Internet company's ambitions and the chronic hiccups that have thrown its fate into doubt.  The free magazine, called Livestand, has intriguing potential because its software can be customized to pull a deep pool of content from Yahoo's website and other participating publishers to cater to each user's interests.
One in every 10 American adults now has an iPad or something like it, according to a new report from the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project. But what's more interesting is that in the time period between May 2011 and now, e-reader ownership appears to have declined among adults.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Today's Headlines

The Inside Story of Why Microsoft's Tablet Died
The story of Microsoft's Courier has only been told in pieces. And nothing has been disclosed publicly about the infighting that led to the innovative device's death. This article was pieced together through interviews with 18 current and former Microsoft executives, as well as contractors and partners who worked on the project.

Verifone Buys Global Bay in Bid to Boost iPads at Retail
VeriFone, the largest maker of cash registers and other payment processing devices, has acquired Global Bay,  which develops software that helps retailers use alternate devices, such as iPads, as payment options.

5 Ways the New Nook Can Compete with the Kindle Fire
Reasons #1 and #2:  Focus on children; focus on women.

Apple May Lose Tablet Dominance
Apple will lose its overwhelming dominance of the consumer tablet space within the next three years, according to a prediction from analyst Jack Gold. His research note also predicts that Microsoft will own roughly 10 percent of the consumer tablet market by that 2014-2015.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Today's Headlines

Mystery Announcement Coming Monday from Barnes & Noble
The Los Angeles Times
Is Barnes & Noble Inc. set to launch a new Nook?  So far, Barnes & Noble hasn't announced any new Nook tablet plans, but there is considerable speculation that it's all heading that direction after the bookstore chain and e-reader maker invited the media to a Nook-related event in New York on Monday.

iPads Making Huge Inroads in the Educational Market
Nearly 1,000 K-12 schools have an iPad one-to-one program. In other words, at minimum, they are providing an entire classroom of students with their own iPad to use throughout their academic school day.

HP TouchPads Now Selling for $149
Business Insider
The catch:  you have to buy a new HP or Compaq computer at Best Buy. 

Tablets May Eclipse PCs as the Main Computing Device
Apple believes that as the price of tablets comes down and the technology improves more people will be tempted to purchase one, and possibly at the expense of upgrading their PC.

Kindle Fire Increases Video Content with ABC-Disney Deal
In last week’s earnings call, Amazon said it will continue to push hard into streaming video. Now, in a new licensing deal with Disney-ABC, Amazon Prime members can stream shows like Grey’s Anatomy, Lost and Spider-Man for free.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Today's Headlines

E-Books a Boon to Some Authors
The Wall Street Journal
Vanity presses have been available for decades. But thanks to digital technology and particularly the emergence of e-books, the number of self-published titles exploded 160% to 133,036 in 2010 from 51,237 in 2006, estimates R. R. Bowker, which tracks the publishing business.

Yahoo! and Google Prepare News and Social Readers
Watch out Flipboard.  Wednesday Yahoo! is rumored to unveil its digital newsstand Livestand.  And Google should follow on its heels.  According to ATD's Kara Swisher:  "All these apps are part of the drastically changing habits of media consumers, helping users better navigate numerous social and media feeds — such as Facebook and Twitter, as well as news sites and more — using handsome interfaces and touch technologies on tablet devices."

Biggest Advertiser on the Kindle?  Amazon
Advertising Age
Almost six months after the first Kindle with Special Offers arrived bearing on-screen ads for national brands such as Buick, Olay and Visa, the devices are more often than not serving up ads from Amazon itself, primarily in the form of Amazon Local daily deals.

Philadelphia Inquirer Tablet Initiative Finds Success Elusive
The Los Angeles Times
At the Sept. 12 tablet launch, the publisher predicted that the first batch of 5,000 units would sell out in a week. Six weeks later, only about half of the narrow black computers have moved, according to James Rainey of The Los Angeles Times.  

Friday, October 28, 2011

Today's Headlines

New Details About iPad 3 Revealed
The follow-on to Apple's popular iPad 2 is expected to arrive as early as the first quarter of next year. And Apple is aiming high, as usual. The goal is to have a Retina Display-like resolution on the iPad 3.

Xoom Gloom:  Motorola Sells Just 100,000 Tablets in Last Quarter
Motorola said it sold just 100,000 Xoom tablets during the third quarter.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Today's Headlines

Steve Jobs Wanted Intel Chips for the iPad:  New Bio
The Wall Street Journal
Intel’s stock price, and image, have suffered from the fact that its chips are not widely used in smartphones and tablet PCs. But it turns out that the Silicon Valley giant had an inside track when it came to Apple’s iconic iPad, lost after Steve Jobs faced an impassioned plea from a top lieutenant.

New RIM Tablet OS Delayed Until 2012
The Los Angeles Times
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Research in Motion Ltd. has experience troubles this year and they continued Wednesday when the company announced that its PlayBook OS 2.0 software update for its BlackBerry tablet isn't coming out this year as originally planned.

Bloomberg Creates "Live TV" Placement on iPad
Bloomberg launched its latest free, ad-supported app in the iTunes Store after midnight with the goal of developing stronger ties with its audience, especially when they’re not in front of the TV set.

Condé Nast Magazines Post Large Sales Spike with Apple's Newsstand
Condé Nast has experienced a huge increase in both total sales and single issues sales, which increased 142 percent over the previous eight weeks. Because of its success with Newsstand, the company plans to release three more titles in 2012: Condé Nast Traveler, Bon Appétit, and Vogue.

Look Out Amazon:  $179 Tablet Available from Leader
Rethink Wireless
The Impression 7 tablet, or I7, by Leader is being sold for $179. It follows the announcement of ViewSonic's similarly spec'd and affordable 7e. The specs of the I7 are not quite as promising though and for the sake of $20 it might be worth going with the more expensive tablets.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Today's Headlines

Retailers Unlikely to Cash in on Tablet Craze This Holiday Season
The New  York Times
Chain stores will likely miss out on their usual share of "hot gadget" sales this holiday season as most consumers opt to buy top-selling tablets directly from Apple Inc. and Inc. instead of from big retailers.

Why Amazon Accepts Losing Money (for now) on the Kindle Fire
The company will make money selling services via its tablets, according to this analysis. 

The company expects a “record quarter in terms of device sales,” Amazon CFO Tom Szkutak said, in an earnings call yesterday and both the e-ink readers and Fire “will be great for share owners over time.”
PBS has announced that it will air the first episode of Brian Greene’s “The fabric of the Cosmos" on its free iOS app, one week before its scheduled broadcast.
Smaller tablet computers that are significantly more affordable and portable than the iPad are finally starting to hit the United States -- and they could hit a crucial sweet spot in the consumer market.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Today's Headlines

iPads Turning Hotel Wi-Fi Networks into Rivers of Molasses
The New York Times
Largely because of the broad use of iPads and other mobile tablets, which are heavy users of video streaming, the guest room Wi-Fi networks that most hotels thought they had brought up to standard just a few years ago are now often groaning under user demands.

Amazon Likely to Remain Mum on Kindle Sales on Tomorrow's Earnings Call
Don’t expect Amazon to crack open the books to provide anything more concrete than that about sales of the Kindle Fire, even during the company’s third-quarter earnings report, being released tomorrow.

Subtext Brings Social and Gaming to E-Book Reading
The iPad app Subtext  invites users to engage socially, spiced with a dash of reward-based gameplay. Released Tuesday, the app aims to enhance users’ reading experiences with notes—embedded directly into the pages of an ebook—from authors, experts, and Subtext community members; and rewards points to users who contribute to the discussion.

Bad News for Newspapers:  Tablet Users Don't Want to Pay for News
About 11 percent of U.S. adults now own a tablet, and more than half of them are reading news on them every day from traditional sources, like The New York Times or CNN.  Despite their interest, however, most say they're not willing to pay for news on their tablets, according to a new study, "The Tablet Revolution and What it Means for the Future of News," by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism in collaboration with The Economist Group.

Viewsonic Coming Out with Sub-$200 Tablet
The Good E-Reader
The ViewSonic ViewPad 7e is being held in the same breath as the Amazon Kindle Fire owing to the same $199.99 price tag for both.  It's coming out later this month. 

Monday, October 24, 2011

Today's Headlines

Soon-to-Be-Released Dell Tablet Geared for Business
Tablets Planet
Like many other enterprise market players for PCs Dell is eager to launch a Windows 7 tablet PC for business users, who unlike consumers like to use Windows 7 slates. For their effort the folks at Dell have engineered a new slate named Dell Latitude ST.

One Third of iPad Users Share Their Device
Zite surveyed its users and found that one third of them share their iPads with other members of the family or household, in some cases between three or more people. That’s not a huge number right now, but as tablet adoption grows to include those beyond the early-adopter profile, the number could change.

Tablet Owners Spent a Lot of Time Online
Ad Age
Adult tablet owners age 18-64, the study found, spend almost four and a half hours on the internet each day compared with three hours for non-tablet owners. Interestingly, not all of that difference is made up for with the 55 minutes they spend on the internet with the tablets themselves.

Android Tablet Share Rises to 27%
During the third quarter, more than 4.5 million Android tablets shipped, according to Strategy Analytics.  This represents 27% of the market.  

Friday, October 21, 2011

Today's Headlines

Asustek Tablet to Hit Market by End of Year
Asustek Computer Inc. expects to launch a new tablet adopting Google Inc.'s atest Ice-Cream Sandwich platform by the end of this year, Chairman Jonney Shih said Thursday.  The Ice-Cream Sandwich platform adds more app widgets, makes it easier to make folders and switch between applications.

No Surprise Here:  Tablets Outselling Netbooks
ABI Research has just released a report showing that tablet sales for the second quarter of 2011 have far exceeded expectations by selling more units than netbook sales by nearly twice as much. According to a ABi Research, the iPad held 68 percent of the tablet market share for 2Q11, which is just under nine million units. Netbook sales for the same quarter reached 7.3 million. Tablet sales for 2Q11 totaled 13.6 million units.

Zinio and Pixelmags Express Love of Apple's Newsstand
What impact will Apple’s offering have on Zinio, PixelMags and Next Issue Media, all of whom currently offer or are developing digital newsstand apps of their own?  Writer Rob O'Regan's conclusion:  We love Apple Newsstand!  Next Issue Media was more measured. 

Review of Velocity Micro Cruz Tablet
Velocity Micro Cruz T408 ($199.99 direct) suffers from the same problems that plague most discount tablets: an awful screen, an OS designed for phones, and a lack of the Google apps that most people expect from Android devices. While the Cruz T408 performs well, it's too user-unfriendly for the masses.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Today's Headlines

Kindle Fire May Be Holiday Season's Hottest Gadget
The Kindle Fire tablet may be the hottest selling gadget this holiday, pressuring Inc's profit margins but giving the world's largest Internet retailer potentially millions of new high-spending customers. 
Technology blog AllThingsD reported on October 6 that Amazon is selling over 25,000 Fires a day, citing unidentified sources close to the company.

Asus Transformer 2 Tablet First to Use Nvidia's Tegra 3 Chip
 Asus took the stage at All Thing D's AsiaD conference Wednesday to offer sneak peaks at its upcoming Eee Pad Transformer 2, the first tablet powered by Nvidia's quad-core Tegra 3 processor. 

Kobo Enters the Tablet Market
Globe and Mail
The Toronto-based manufacturer is entering the increasingly-crowded market for cheap tablet computers, releasing a touch-screen, color device that runs on theAndroid operating system. The device allows for e-reading of books, magazines and newspapers, and also allows users to watch movies, listen to music and play video games like they do on other tablets.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Today's Headlines

11 Million iPads Sold in the Last Quarter
Apple Insider
Apple's chief executive Tim Cook admitted in an earnings call yesterday that iPad sales have likely eroded some sales of Macs and emphasized that a "materially larger number are buying iPads over (generic) PCs." While noting that some portion of the 11 million iPads sold in the quarter (a 166 percent increase in sales over the year ago quarter) have clearly replaced sales of some significantly more expensive Macs, Cook added that the iPad's growth is coming primarily at the expense of PCs.

iPad Is a Bigger Hit Than the iPhone
Business Insider
The iPhone may have kicked off the smartphone revolution, but so far the iPad is selling much faster.

China Now Drives 16% of All Apple Revenue
China, which is the company’s second-largest market, accounted for 16 percent of Apple’s sales during the past quarter, with $4.5 billion in revenue, a year-over-year increase of 270 percent.  There were no specifics about how much of this revenue comes from the sale of iPads. 

18.7 Million Tablets Shipped Globally in Q3 According to DigiTimes
Global tablet PC shipments, affected by the weakening worldwide economy after August and high inventory levels from some tablet PC brand vendors, reached 18.7 million units in the third quarter, an increase of only 27.5% sequentially, far less than the strong sequential growth of 60.9% they achieved in the second quarter, according to Digitimes Research senior analyst James Wong.

Today's Headlines

The Top Ten Problems with Tablets That Need to Be Fixed
Problem #1:  better integration with PC's.  Problem #2:  better keyboards.  

Sears Salespeople Now Armed with iPads
Sears will roll out iPads and iPods to its salespeople in 450 stores nationwide. This closely follows moves by other major retail chains, such as Lowe’s, Home Depot, Nordstrom and Urban Outfitters, in embracing what could be called iCommerce.

Motorola Xoom Tablets Discounted to $379
Motorola has been selling progressively less expensive versions of the device, with this week seeing the latest installment in that strategy: a version of the tablet selling for $379. The new Xoom, which is initially being sold by Best Buy, is being marketed as a “family tablet” now. It is effectively the WiFi-only version of the Xoom that first went on sale in March, but now with only 16GB of memory.

USA Today Debuts on Flipboard 
USA Today is joining up with Flipboard as the first national newspaper to be offered through the app, and all signs indicate that the content – delivered 24/7 right to users' iPads and, ultimately, iPhones – will be complete free to access.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Today's Headlines

Kindle Fire  Raises Privacy Concerns for Rep. Markey
The New York Times
The Kindle Fire is equipped with a Web browser that is partly housed on Amazon’s servers. That will give the retailer opportunities to track customer behavior all over the Web, gathering data and marketing intelligence as it goes. Representative Edward Markey (D-MA)  has concerns about the Fire’s potential implications.

Goldman Sachs:  iPad Hurting PC Market
AllThings D
Goldman revised its PC unit sales forecast downward. Following the latest PC market data from the research firm IDC, Goldman says the demand environment for PCs is “even more difficult than we had previously envisioned.”

First Look at the $700 HTC Jetstream Tablet
Business Insider
Writer Steve Kovach:  "While our snap reaction of the tablet is pretty good after using it for a day or so -- we love the modifications HTC made to Honeycomb -- we can't get over the price tag."

Review of TIME's iPad App
The Blorge
Writer Ron Carlson:  Whereas Time’s editors have clearly spent time and love including, parsing, cutting, building, limiting and presenting to beautiful effect, $5 per issue price presents an untenable value proposition in a world where you can get Netflix for $8 a month."

3.4 Million Android Honeycomb Tablets Have Been Sold
Google and its manufacturer partners are yet to announce official sales figures for tablets running Android, leaving us dependent on supply chain rumors and guesstimates. Android developer Al Sutton reminded us, though, that with a little math we could get an estimate of quite how many Honeycomb slates are in the wild. The number? Roughly 3.4 million.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Today's Headlines

iPad 3 Reportedly Heading into Production
According to Susquehanna Financial analyst Jeff Fidacaro the device is headed into production.  There's a possibility of a March launch. 

Rave Review for the $79 Kindle
Critic Jamie Lendino:  "The new Amazon Kindle rings in at a bargain $79 price, establishes the new class standard for affordable ebook readers, and still features the best ebook store on the market."

Size Matters for Samsung's Expanding Group of Tablets
You’re probably already familiar with the Galaxy Tab 10.1.  Then there’s the newly released 8.9-inch Galaxy Tab.  And now we have the yet-to-be-released 4- and 5-inch Galaxy Player multimedia devices. Samsung's strategy:  smaller form factors will attract hesitant, would-be tablet adopters who haven’t sprung for an iPad.

Sony's Tablet Gets a Video-Download Service
Sony has added its Video Unlimited Service to the Sony Tablet S.  Video Unlimited is a download service enabling users to rent or purchases movies and TV show episodes in standard definition. For PCs and Sony home products, Video Unlimited is a streaming service offering standard- and high-definition video and some 3D movies.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Today's Headlines

ViewSonic Preps 9.7-Inch Tablet
ViewSonic is taking aim right at the iPad - and would-be HP TouchPad owners - with a tablet sporting a 9.7 inch 4:3 ratio IPS LCD screen.  It will be available in November. 

Las Vegas Schools Gamble on iPads for Students
The Las Vegas Review and Journal
About 1,150 students at the four Las Vegas-area schools were given iPads instead of traditional textbooks, preloaded with Fuse Algebra textbooks and software. Each iPad costs $687, including software, for a total of about $790,000.  Students can watch more than 400 video tutorials, take notes, get instant feedback on problems they miss and other functions.

Motorola Solutions Unveils Tablet for Retailers
The Chicago Sun-Times
Motorola Solutions, known for its bar-code scanners and police and firefighters’ walkie-talkies, showed off Monday a tablet computer that will let retail salespeople help shoppers buy goods, check inventory and compare products from anywhere in the store in real time.

Tablet Showdown Between iPad and Kindle Fire May Not Occur
But the rivalry isn't likely to be a bitter  one. Instead, it might prove mutually beneficial, at least for the next few years. Amazon's store and iTunes have competed for years with little detriment to either. After Steve Jobs began chiding music publishers, iTunes began offering DRM-free songs in April 2007. Amazon, following suit in May, made it that much harder for the labels to keep pushing for DRM.

iPad 3 Could Dominate the Christmas Season
arious tablet computers will top nearly every Christmas wish list. Therefore, it is very likely that Apple will roll out the iPad 3 by the holiday.  But the iPad 3 would still decimate the landscape if the buzz about the display is true.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Today's Headlines

Facebook's iPad App Has Arrived
After months of anticipation and leaks, Facebook today launched a mobile app platform and an iPad app.
Where before, Facebook users had to use their computers for most of their Facebook gaming and app needs, now they should be able to play and participate from almost any device with a Web browser. And they may get a better experience if it happens to be an Apple iOS device.

iPad Users Account for 92% of All Tablet Internet Traffic
comScore has determined that the iPad now accounts for more U.S. Internet traffic than the iPhone for the first time. Almost half of iOS device traffic now comes from iPads, while 42.6 percent comes from iPhones.

Harry Potter Digital Venture Lands Chief Digital Officer
Will Harry Potter become more tablet friendly?  Possibly. Charlie Redmayne, EVP and chief digital officer of HarperCollins, is leaving to become the CEO of interactive Harry Potter site, starting November 7.  His mission:  to take one of the great brands in literature into the digital future. 

$35 Tablet Launched in India
Last week India launched the Aakash, a $35 tablet which the government hopes to get into the hands of 10 million students over the next few years. The Aakash, which has been in development since last year, features a 7-inch touchscreen, boasts 256Mb of RAM, 2Gb of flash memory expandable to 32Gb, 2 USB slots, and runs on Android 2.2 (Froyo).

Monday, October 10, 2011

Today's Headlines

5 Reasons the Kindle Fire Beats the iPad
Fox News
It's cheaper and easier to hold.  Plus there's more content, free storage and it features democratized apps.

Tablet Vendors Scurry to Undercut $500 iPad
What's the sweet spot for tablet pricing? We're finding out as Hewlett-Packard, RIM, HTC, and others learn that trying to sell a tablet at the iPad starting price of $500 may be a fool's errand. 

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The Man Responsible for Developing Innovative Apple Products
The Wall Street Journal
Meet Jonathan Ive, Apple's design chief.  The demands on Mr. Ive likely will grow with the death of Mr. Jobs. Apple depends on just four product lines—computers, music players, smartphones and tablet computers—to drive the lion's share of the more than $100 billion in annual revenue the company is expected to take in this fiscal year.

After racking up an estimated 95,000 pre-orders within the first 24 hours of availability, Amazon’s forthcoming Kindle Fire tablet continues to sell well. Demand for the device shows no signs of slowing. In fact, sources close to Amazon claim the company has been selling upward of 25,000 Fires per day.
This report says Amazon may be selling 50,000 Kindle Fires a day.  That puts the table on track to sell 2.5 million by its November 15 launch. 
Information Week
Analysts at market watcher iSuppli tore down the Kindle Fire and estimated that the total cost of its components is $209.63. Amazon is selling the tablet for $199

Thursday, September 29, 2011

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Tablet Strategy Done Right:  Sarah Rotman Epps on the Amazon Kindle Fire
The highly regarded tablet analyst on the September 28 Amazon announced about its tablet:  "Amazon will sell millions of tablets, and the rapidfire adoption of the Kindle Fire will give app developers a reason—finally—to develop Android tablet apps. Apple’s place as market leader is secure, but Amazon will be a strong number two, and we expect no other serious tablet competitors until Windows 8 tablets launch."

Amazon Goes  Up Against Apple with Tablet Announcement
USA Today
Fire boasts some eye-catching innovations, such as its Web browser. Dubbed Silk, Amazon claims it's an exceptionally speedy "split browser" engineered to take advantage of the backbone of the Internet by moving heavy-lifting computations to the cloud. It can also anticipate where a user is going to click next, by exploiting the same technology that helps offer its "customers who bought this also bought this" feature.

Roundup of Amazon Kindle Fire Articles
Editor Richi Jennings compiles a roundup of interesting blog postings about the Kindle Fire.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

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E-Retailers Discover That Tablet Users Buy Stuff
The Wall Street Journal
Tablets still account for only a small percentage of overall e-commerce, but they are punching above their weight. While the conversion rate—orders divided by total visits—is 3% for shoppers using a traditional PC, it is 4% or 5% for shoppers using tablets, says Sucharita Mulpuru, an analyst at Forrester Research.

7-Inch Tablet Coming from Toshiba
The smaller-screen version, which is due to ship in December, will come in 16GB and 32GB varieties, both featuring a 1280-pixel-by-800-pixel display, Android 3.2 and and a Tegra 2 processor.

What to Expect on the Amazon Kindle Fire Tablet
The Washington Post
A roundup of rumors and speculation about the size and capabilities of the new Amazon device that will be unveiled to the press today. 

RIM Takes Page from HP Playbook and Cuts Prices on Its PlayBook Tablet
In a move that may soon become cliche, Research In Motion (RIM) has announced a price reduction for their BlackBerry PlayBook. Several Canadian retailers are selling the 16GB devices for $399, the 32GB for $499 and the 64GB for $599 but if you shop around, the 16GB version has been seen for as as low as $249.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

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Down and Dirty in Down Under:  Apple Presses Samsung Tablet Ban in Australia
The Wall Street Journal
Apple is seeking a court injunction to prevent Samsung from selling its Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia starting Friday

When Amazon unveils its new iPad-like device on Wednesday, it will have the backing of at least three of the big magazine publishers: Hearst, Conde Nast and Meredith all have deals to sell digital versions of their titles on the new device, according to industry sources.  Time Inc. has not yet come to terms with Amazon. 
On Wednesday morning in New York City, Amazon will unveil the Kindle Fire. Yes, this is the name Amazon has settled on, to help differentiate the product from the e-ink Kindles, which will still be very much alive and for sale. And while Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos will show off the Fire on stage, it won’t be ready to ship until the second week of November, TechCrunch has learned. 

Mark your calendars.  The company may post results of what may be its best quarter ever helped by skyrocketing sales of tablets. 

Monday, September 26, 2011

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Amazon's Tablet May Be Announced at Wednesday Press Event
The New York Times
Amazon has scheduled a news conference in Manhattan on Wednesday, and the speculation on technology blogs and among analysts is that the tablet will be unveiled. The Amazon tablet, analysts believe, will most likely sell for about $250, half the price of the basic iPad. Its screen will be seven inches as opposed to the iPad’s 10 inches.

Two New NookColors May Be Launched This Year
The Digital Reader
Sources tell The Digital Reader that B&N will keep the NookTouch at $139, and they will have the two NookColors at higher price points. The Encore and Acclaim tablets will be priced at  $249 and $349.

Friday, September 23, 2011

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Gartner Analyst:  Challenges to iPad's Domination Will Be "Minimal"
Gartner's Carolina Milanesi:  "...Apple delivers a superior and unified user experience across its hardware, software and services. Unless competitors can respond with a similar approach, challenges to Apple’s position will be minimal."

Ken Burns's New Doc to Premiere on PBS iPad App
An early premiere of the first episode of the Ken Burns documentary “Prohibition” will be available on Friday, September 23 on the free PBS apps for the iPad and the iPhone.

Some Apple Retail Employees Can Now Borrow Loaner iPads
Apple this past week detailed plans to introduce an interesting new program that gives its retail employees a chance to "check out" iPads like they would a library book.

Review of World's First Tablet with Slide-Out Keyboard
Laptop Magazine
Reviewer Avram Piltch on the Aaa Eee Pad Slider:  "Typing on the physical keyboard was a mixed bag. Though we were able to type with greater accuracy and comfort than with a virtual keyboard, the keys are smaller than what you'll find on most netbooks"

Thursday, September 22, 2011

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253 Million Tablets to Be Shipped by 2015
Computer Business Review
Tablet shipments will reach 253 million by 2016, nearly a five-fold increase from the 55.2 million tablets expected to reach the market in 2011, according to a new report by analyst firm Juniper Research.

Wisconsin Library Begins iPad Lending Program
History was made in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, on Wednesday, as the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library became the first public library in the country to check out Apple iPads.

Library E-Books to Become Available to Kindle Owners
The New York Times
Amazon significantly increased the potential visibility of library e-books on Wednesday when it opened up its popular Kindle e-reader to these books for the first time.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

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iPads and iPhones Help Mobile Devices Dominate Airport Wireless
Not long ago, airport Wi-Fi connections were dominated by laptops, with only a small number of mobile phones hopping onto such networks. These days, though, tablets and smartphones make up more than half of such connections, according to new data released on Tuesday by Boingo Wireless.

Why RIM Won't Kill the PlayBook
Charles Arthur argues that Research in Motion can’t kill it, because that would mean killing the only outpost it presently has for which developers can code for QNX, the OS that is going to be the basis for its new phones from next year.

Windows 8 Developer Tablets Available on eBay for $3,500
Got $3,500 to burn? Love tablets? Curious about Windows 8? If your answer is yes to all three questions, you need to go to eBay  and buy the only Windows 8 tablet in existence, the Samsung developer preview model unveiled at Microsoft’s BUILD conference last week.

Picking the Best Android Tablet
What's better? The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 or the Motorola Xoom?  PCWorld takes a hard look. 

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

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The Executives Behind Microsofts War Against the iPad
Windows 8 still a year away, but based on what the company showed at its Build conference last week, it looks like Microsoft and its hardware partners may have a significant opportunity of stopping the iPad  -- or at least providing the first alternative that actually has a chance.  So who's behind Microsoft's last-ditch effort to keep Windows on top of the world.

Target Discontinues 16GB 3G iPad 2's
According to stock on Target’s website, the store may be discontinuing some of its iPad 2’s, namely the 16GB 3G versions from Verizon and AT&T.

Yahoo to Launch Digital Newsstand for Publishers
Mediaweek (UK)
Yahoo is gearing up to launch an HTML 5-based system called Livestand for magazine publishers wanting to cut the costs of getting onto iPad and Android apps.

Motorola's New Tablet Spotted in Video
Editor Chris Ziegler:  "We’ve obtained exclusive footage this morning of a new Motorola tablet that looks to be a lot sleeker and thinner than the 10-inch Xoom that launched earlier this year; the slightly angled corners are reminiscent of the Photog 4G, so this looks to be a new design language the company is continuing to pursue."

Monday, September 19, 2011

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Samsung Countersues Apple in Australia
TheWall Street Journal
Samsungwidened a sprawling global patent dispute with Apple Inc. by filing a countersuit in Australia, while also appealing a key ruling in Germany.The South Korean company said Saturday it has filed a lawsuit in Australia alleging Apple's iPhone and iPad 2 tablet violate a number of wireless-technology patents held by Samsung.

News Organizations Muscle Into E-Book Business
The New York Times
Book publishers have to contend with another group elbowing into their territory: news organizations. Swiftly and at little cost, newspapers, magazines and sites like The Huffington Post are hunting for revenue by publishing their own version of e-books, either using brand-new content or repurposing material that they may have given away free in the past.

Is Google Working on a News Reader App?
Demand for slick news aggregation services on mobile devices has not escaped Google’s attention. The company is planning its own mobile news reader application organized around social feeds that would compete with the likes of Flipboard, Zite, Pulse, and AOL’s Editions.

85% of Consumers Think of Apple When Considering a Tablet Purchase
 But that could change.  For every hard-core Apple fanatic, there’s a “Fandroid” that’s willing to throw a smug comment the other way.  If Apple rivals give consumers something more cool, more delicious and less expensive, more people just might bite.

Tablets Will Drive E-Commerce
E-tailers can strategically drive sales at their stores through the tablet and change the buying habits of consumers, argues writer Tim Bajarin. 

Friday, September 16, 2011

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Sharp Decides to Decrease Tablet Production
The Wall Street Journal
In the latest sign of Apple's firm grip on the tablet-computer market, Sharp Corp. said it will scale back sales of its Galapagos tablet later this month by discontinuing two of three models less than a year after their launch.
The Playbook numbers are certainly disappointing, and there was no mention of sell-through, or the number of tablets actually sold to consumers or businesses as opposed to distribution partners.
The Goodereader
PlayBook sales are “well below what we’d like it to be” said co-chief executive officer Mike Lazaridis. A typical sales quarter is about ninety days and recently Apple announced it had shipped out 9.25 million iPads. This means that daily the Apple tablet was shipping out 102,000! So in two days the iPad shipped more then RIM got in the entire 90 day period.
The Wall Street Journal
Critic Walt Mossberg:  "I generally like it, despite some weaknesses and some features that aren’t yet fleshed out because they won’t be fully rolled out at launch. The Tablet S will appeal to buyers who would like a distinctive tablet from a trusted company that doesn’t look like an iPad wannabe."

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

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Review of New Tablet Aimed at Kiddies
The Wall Street Journal
Tech critic Katherine Boehert concludues:  "Though the LeapPad Explorer looks a bit chubby compared with regular tablets, its features will be adequate for kids. Its ability to grow over time with more downloaded apps makes it a smart investment for parents."

App that Scrutinizes Apple Disappears from App Store
The New York Times
Paolo Pedercini, a game designer and professor of art at Carnegie Mellon University, announced the availability of a 99-cent game for the iPhone that, in a cartoony way, critiqued the cost, both to the environment and to humanity, of producing mobile devices like the iPhone. It was not available for very long.

Microsoft Gives Away Samsung Windows 8 Tablets for Free
Looks like hundreds were given away in a frenzied scene, according to the AllThingsD video. 

The Great Tablet Give-Away Begins Today in Philadelphia
The Philadelphia Media Network—which owns The Inquirer, Daily News and—is offering a discounted tablet to the first 5,000 subscribers to its new Android apps. In a news conference on Monday, PMN CEO and publisher Greg Osberg called it the initiative as “the most ambitious paid-content initiative ever introduced in the United States.”

Intel Unveils First Google Android Tablet
Intel hauled out its first Android tablet running on "Medfield," an upcoming Atom chip for smartphones and tablets.  The Medfield Atom chip is one of Intel's most power-efficient chip designs--a strict requirement for tablets and smartphones. It contains a single processing core--as opposed to more power-hungry dual-core Atom chips used in Netbooks--and will be available in devices in the first half of 2012.
A tiny Singapore-based business has big ambitions for a tablet which aims to beat the iPad by looking different and costing less.Fusion Garage's Grid10 goes on sale in the UK next month, but if they are to succeed where others have failed its creators need to make plenty of noise to persuade consumers that this is not another "me-too" tablet. 

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

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Amazon Hunts for Tablet Content from Media Companies
The Wall Street Journal
As  its tablet launch draws near, Amazon is in the market for content. According to people familiar with the matter, the Seattle retailing giant is starting talks with magazine and newspaper publishers on new terms for subscriptions and single copies of periodicals for the device.

Two Million Amazon Tablets Could Be Sold in 2011
Barclays analyst Anthony DiClementethinks Amazon will sell 2 million 7-inch Android tablets this year. But he thinks that number will jump to 6.4 million in 2012, and that Amazon will also sell another 1.5 million units of a 10-inch model he predicts will show up next year. 
Amazon is offering publishers a lot of money for the rights to “wide swaths” of backlist e-books—with higher fees to come if and when frontlist titles are included—and that Amazon is seeking those rights on an exclusive basis, which would differentiate this from Amazon’s Instant Video offerings for Prime members.
The device will be available at AT&T stores and online starting Sunday for $479.99. Those who sign up for a two-year contract with AT&T, which includes a $35, 3GB monthly data plan, can nab the Iconia Tab A501 for $329.99.