Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Today's Headlines

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. 

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