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March 11, 2014

Now we know why he’s crowdfunding that Shaq-Fu sequel…

  • $1K per week is what Shaquille O’Neal spends on apps for his various smart devices during an average seven-day period, according to a new Wall Street Journal interview with the former NBA All-Star. Suddenly, we don’t feel so bad about spending a couple bucks on Threes last week. source
17:23 // 4 months ago
October 16, 2012

Microsoft’s Surface pricing is out … and it’s not cheaper than the iPad

  • $499 the cost of a low-end 32GB Microsoft Surface RT, without the much-ballyhooed keyboard cover that the company made such a big deal about a while ago; even without the cover it’s roughly competitive to the iPad
  • $599 the cost of a 32GB Microsoft Surface RT with the cover; a 64GB version adds $100 to the price
  • $119 the cost of a standalone Microsoft Surface touch cover; a tactile version is $129. The pricing info is from a Microsoft.com page that was taken down, but screenshotted by TechCrunch. source
8:54 // 1 year ago
September 11, 2012
Om Malik argues that Bezos is the inheritor to Steve Jobs’s crown. I agree. Not because Bezos has copied anything Jobs did, but because he has not. What he’s done that is Jobs-like is doggedly pursue, year after year, iteration after iteration, a vision unlike that of any other company — all in the name of making customers happy.
Daring Fireball blogger John Gruber • Offering his take on Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD, which does something interesting — it undercuts Apple’s prices by hundreds of dollars and offers an approach that’s unique in that it’s so doggedly focused on content consumption as its main driver. “Apple’s goal is to sell as many iPads as it can,” he says. “Amazon’s goal is to sell as many Kindle Fires as it can to a specific audience: active Amazon.com customers.” But then again, a series of reviews out tonight seem to suggest that the Fire HD is good, but not perfect. Then there are those ready to take out the daggers. Still though, watching the press conference from last week, you get the feeling that Jeff Bezos is onto something. Think Bezos lives up to Gruber’s billing above?
22:53 // 1 year ago
August 29, 2012
Sony’s new iPad killer: Bigger is, um, better?
When Sony comes up with a tablet, they go in big. How big? Well, this 20-inch monstrosity, which looks like a giant iPad, runs Windows 8 and weighs roughly 11 and a half pounds. (To put this in perspective: The iPad, which has a screen a little under half this size, weighs 1.5 pounds.) Guess you won’t be putting this in your murse.

Sony’s new iPad killer: Bigger is, um, better?

When Sony comes up with a tablet, they go in big. How big? Well, this 20-inch monstrosity, which looks like a giant iPad, runs Windows 8 and weighs roughly 11 and a half pounds. (To put this in perspective: The iPad, which has a screen a little under half this size, weighs 1.5 pounds.) Guess you won’t be putting this in your murse.

20:27 // 1 year ago
July 9, 2012
reuters:

Samsung Electronics defeated Apple in the latest spat in the rivals’ patent wars when a British judge ruled Samsung’s Galaxy tablets did not infringe the U.S. company’s designs for the iPad because they were “not as cool.”
In Monday’s High Court judgment Judge Colin Birss said that Samsung’s Galaxy tablets belonged to the same family as the Apple design when viewed from the front, but the Samsung products were “very thin, almost insubstantial members of that family with unusual details on the back.”
“They do not have the same understated and extreme simplicity which is possessed by the Apple design. They are not as cool,” he said. “The overall impression produced is different.”
READ MORE: Samsung wins court case against Apple because it’s “not as cool”

Defeat disguised as victory.

reuters:

Samsung Electronics defeated Apple in the latest spat in the rivals’ patent wars when a British judge ruled Samsung’s Galaxy tablets did not infringe the U.S. company’s designs for the iPad because they were “not as cool.”

In Monday’s High Court judgment Judge Colin Birss said that Samsung’s Galaxy tablets belonged to the same family as the Apple design when viewed from the front, but the Samsung products were “very thin, almost insubstantial members of that family with unusual details on the back.”

“They do not have the same understated and extreme simplicity which is possessed by the Apple design. They are not as cool,” he said. “The overall impression produced is different.”

READ MORE: Samsung wins court case against Apple because it’s “not as cool”

Defeat disguised as victory.

10:57 // 2 years ago
June 27, 2012
A New Challenger Approaches: Google enters the tablet market
Introducing the Nexus 7: Built in conjunction with highly-regarded hardware manufacturer ASUS, the 7-inch tablet will feature a front-facing camera, 1280x800 display, Nvidia Tegra3 processor, Android 4.1 — commonly known as Jelly Bean — and a price tag of $199. Jelly Bean also received a bit of attention, and a new demonstration, during the announcement event in San Francisco this morning. (Photo via CNET) source
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Introducing the Nexus 7: Built in conjunction with highly-regarded hardware manufacturer ASUS, the 7-inch tablet will feature a front-facing camera, 1280x800 display, Nvidia Tegra3 processor, Android 4.1 — commonly known as Jelly Bean — and a price tag of $199. Jelly Bean also received a bit of attention, and a new demonstration, during the announcement event in San Francisco this morning. (Photo via CNET) source

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14:57 // 2 years ago
June 19, 2012
In case you were wondering, Microsoft hasn’t given up on the original Surface product — which is a giant iPad-like table they released back in 2007. They’ve just renamed it to PixelSense, which makes less sense, but at least they didn’t kill the product entirely. Surface is a good name, but does it really work better for their new tablet than this?

In case you were wondering, Microsoft hasn’t given up on the original Surface product — which is a giant iPad-like table they released back in 2007. They’ve just renamed it to PixelSense, which makes less sense, but at least they didn’t kill the product entirely. Surface is a good name, but does it really work better for their new tablet than this?

0:13 // 2 years ago
June 6, 2012

A look at HTC’s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day

  • morning Taiwanese smartphone producers HTC were forced to lower Q2 profit forecasts by 13.3 percent on Wednesday morning. The reason? Lowered demand in Europe, and customs issues in the United States related to time-consuming Apple patent lawsuits.
  • afternoon Now rumors are circulating that a lack of faith in HTC’s ability to sell devices, as well as the company’s limited  track record when it comes to tablet development and sales, led to Microsoft’s decision to exclude HTC from the Windows 8 launch. Sorry guys. source

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18:26 // 2 years ago
April 17, 2012

Apple’s rumor mill kicks back into gear: Are iPad Minis on the lineup?

  • what Although Steve Jobs never placed a priority on a smaller iPad, Apple is rumored to be moving forward with an iPad Mini. According to a translated article from Kotaku, we could see six million units ready for release by the third quarter.
  • why There are plenty of affordable and small tablets (like the Kindle Fire) that Apple needs to keep up with, but Microsoft’s Windows 8 could change the landscape, possibly forcing Apple to move into a playing field it once shunned. source

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0:53 // 2 years ago
March 19, 2012
10:34 // 2 years ago