Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Today's Headlines

HP Temporarily Resumes Productions of Doomed TouchPad
The Wall Street Journal
HP said it will temporarily resume manufacturing of its ill-fated tablet computer just 11 days after killing its iPad rival as part of a sweeping corporate overhaul.  The resurrection of the TouchPad follows a spike in demand after H-P, desperate to clear out unsold inventory that had piled up at retailers, slashed the price of the low-end model from $399 to $99.

More iPads for Cabin Crews as BA Joins theTablet Frenzy
British Air will initially outfit just 100 crew members with iPads. But if that initial deployment is successful, it plans to give them to 1,800 more in the coming months.

Toshiba Launches Chunky Thrive Tablet in Europe
The Register
In the U.S., Toshiba may be preparing a slender new Android-based tablet call the Excite, but Europeans are going to get the current chunky model, the Thrive - here to be prosaically named the AT100 - instead.

Production of Amazon's 10-Inch Tablet to Start in Q1 2012
Mass production of Amazon's 10.1-inch tablet PC reportedly will be conducted in the first quarter of 2012 with Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) to handle the orders, according to sources from upstream component suppliers.

One Fifth of Barnes & Noble's Revenue Comes from Digital
The company said in its latest quarterly report that its Nook business, including “sales of digital content, device hardware and related accessories,” increased year-over-year by 140 percent, which is almost two and a half times larger than it was. The total of $277 million is roughly 20 percent of total revenue.

First Look at Lenovo's ThinkPad Tablet
Critic Dan Seifert:  "Lenovo is positioning the ThinkPad Tablet for business users, but it has included a number of consumer-friendly apps such as Netflix and Angry Birds out of the box. While the hardware offers some cool functionality that is missing from other Android tablets, the usability of the tablet is hampered by the sluggishness of the interface."

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