Monday, July 18, 2011

Today's Headlines

Sony Kinda Reveals Tablet Plans
Sony held a pair of events in San Francisco and New York this week designed to elaborate on its Android tablet plans, but the events raised more questions than they answered.The Japanese consumer electronics giant didn’t answer the main things people like to know about a product — when it will launch and how much it will cost. Sony also didn’t share most of the technical details.

MacWorld Reviews the iRiver E-Reader
Critic Melissa Perenson likes the clean interface and  high-resolution display.  She's not a fan of the sluggish navigation and stiff, poorly placed buttons.  Three out of 5 stars. 

Roundup of Alternative Tablets
A look at the following tabs:  convertibles, dual-screens, gaming, rugged/field, and stylus-powered.  The conclusion:  "Demand isn’t great enough that you can make a successful niche product."

E-Readers Used at Textbooks at Midwestern University
The Courier Express
When nursing students at the University of Evansville reference texts while in the classroom or out in the field, they rarely use a book — at least in the traditional sense.  Instead, the program has for the last year used eBooks, both through computers and the iPod Touch, as a means of lowering prices, supporting sustainability and giving students an edge in the workplace.

Sears' Ad for $69 iPad Triggers Consumer Anger
Digi Life Today
A online Sears ad that mistakenly advertised the 16-gigabyte, Wi-Fi-only iPad 2 for $69 — and got shoppers' hopes up and orders placed — was retracted by the retail giant, which blamed a third-party seller of Apple's popular tablet for an advertising typo. That model iPad 2 is normally sold for $744.99 by the third-party seller, GSM On Sale.

Popularity of iPads and iPhones Cause iPod Sales to Tank
iPod sales have decreased steadily since an all time high in 2008, with the iPhone and iPad making the iPod all but redundant.  According to Fortune analyst Philip Elmer-Dewitt, iPod sales will come in at 7.2% lower in Q3 of 2011 when compared to the same period last year. He also notes that for the first time since its introduction,

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