Thursday, June 16, 2011

Today's Headlines

Microsoft May Produce Its Own Branded Tablet PC
Microsoft is reportedly considering to launch an own-brand tablet PC that features Windows 8 by the end of 2012 with cooperation from Texas Instruments and Taiwan-based OEMs/ODMs, according to sources from the upstream supply chain. However, Microsoft did not confirm the rumor.

Toshiba's Thrive Tablet Now Available for Pre-Order
Toshiba's 10.1-inch, Wi-Fi-only Thrive tablet  can now be preordered on, Office Depot's Web site, and Toshiba's own online retail page. The device, which starts at $429.99 for the 8GB option and goes up to $479.99 and $579.99 for the 16GB and 32GB models, respectively, runs Android 3.1 It includes front- and rear-facing cameras, as well as a host of connectivity options, including USB 2.0, Mini USB, and HDMI.

Tablet Fever Cools for Acer as It Revises Forecast
The Wall Street Journal
Taiwanese personal computer maker Acer Inc. on Wednesday revised down its forecasts for full-year notebook and tablet PC shipments, saying its products have faced increasing competition from Apple Inc.'s iPad, while the economic recovery in Europe, its key market, remains slow.

Comparison of App Portfolios from Major Magazine Publishers
PaidContent offers a chart revealing the types of apps offered by four major magazine publishers. 

Magazines to Benefit from Digital Subscriptions
PricewaterhouseCoopers estimates that consumer magazines in North America collectively took in about $4 million last year in digital  circulation revenues; by 2015, that will climb to $611 million. For newspapers, the growth curve is flatter: from $150 million in 2010 to $331 million in 2015.
Critic John Abell:  "I’ve been testing the newest black and white version of Barnes & Noble’s e-reader, and, well, you can color me impressed."

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