Ipad & tablets
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Today I took a brief break from my family vacation to visit Vizio’s and Oakley’s headquarters down in Southern California with my friends Marc Ostrick and Sam Levin to get up to date on the latest 3D technologies from both companies. But while there Vizio pulled out their new Tablet and it shocked me what I thought of it (I’ve hated the Android tablets so far, when compared to iPad 2). Mark Ostrick, of eGuiders , shot this video (you should follow his YouTube channel ).
Apple’s iPad is here. It starts at $499. It’s a gorgeous, brilliantly-designed device that has the benefits of Apple’s cleverly-engineered, best-in-class developer tools for mobile. A lot are likely to sell.
Steve Jobs' arch-nemesis Bill Gates has criticised the new Apple iPad, claiming that netbooks will still be the mainstream choice for digital touch and reading. Gates joins the growing army of iPad critics , with many consumers disappointed at the relatively low-spec and limited connectivity available on Apple's new tablet PC device. This, combined with the clear fact that Apple was never going to deliver a new computer that would satisfy its fans who were hyped on the pre-release rumour and speculation, has led to a somewhat muted response to the iPad by many. Netbooks will win out Jobs' longtime rival, Bill Gates said of the new iPad: "You know, I'm a big believer in touch and digital reading, but I still think that some mixture of voice, the pen and a real keyboard - in other words a netbook - will be the mainstream on that.
First a disclaimer: Apple’s new iPad didn’t meet expectations, either mine, or the folks who I’ve been talking with on Twitter. If my friends who work with or for Apple and in the press hadn’t built it up as mind blowing it wouldn’t have been disappointing, but this was a case where expectations got too big and what showed up didn’t meet them. Come on, no radically new way to interact? No Flash? No full OS? No Camera?
January 29, 2010, 7:35 AM — So we get it, a lot of you are underwhelmed by the iPad. But there's much more to the tablet world than Apple's latest creation. According to Digitimes (via Engadget ), MSI's 10" tablet is coming during the second half of 2010. But will you Doubting Thomases be any happier with this offering? [ Get news and reviews on tech toys in ITworld's personal tech newsletter ]
Okay, we’ve all seen the iPad now. We’ve read all about it . We’ve seen video of it in action. But how is it to actually hold?
Adobe’s Shantanu Narayen debunked a myth today at D that there’s an ongoing feud between it and Apple over running Flash on iOS. Still, he didn’t hesitate downplaying Apple’s early lead in the tablet market, saying over the long-term, he is putting his money on Google’s Android, which runs Flash (coincidentally). “What you saw with smartphones hitting an inflection point with Android, you’ll see it again with tablets,” he said. He also named both HP and RIM as two companies that will gain traction in the enterprise. Both of those platforms also support Flash.
CR Electronics Editor Paul Reynolds and Amazon founder/CEO Jeff Bezos Asked today about the possibility of Amazon launching a multipurpose tablet device, the company's president and CEO Jeff Bezos said to “stay tuned” on the company’s plans. In an interview at Consumer Reports' offices, Bezos also signaled that any such device, should it come, is more likely to supplement than to supplant the Kindle, which he calls Amazon’s “purpose-built e-reading device.” Bezos acknowledged the popularity of reading e-books (many of them sold by Amazon) on tablet computers such as the iPad. But he added that this popularity doesn’t spell the demise of the Kindle. “We will always be very mindful that we will want a dedicated reading device,” he said.
Amazon’s Android tablet is both the best and worst kept secret in the mobile industry. Everyone knows that Amazon is working on an Android device, but few know any of the specific details about its hardware or software. I recently took a break from blogging, but I had to come out of retirement for this post because it’s the most interesting Android topic that still remains a mystery. Read on after the jump to see what details I have dug up.
US tablet owners use the devices mainly for games, says a Google survey A survey of more than 1,400 tablet owners in the US by Google's AdMob subsidiary has found that gaming is the most popular use for these devices, considerably ahead of music, video and ebooks. According to the survey , 84% of tablet owners play games , ahead of even searching for information (78%), emailing (74%) and reading the news (61%). 56% of tablet owners use social networking services on their device, while 51% consume music and/or videos, and 46% read ebooks. AdMob does not break out which tablets were owned by the users, but the survey was conducted in March this year, at a point when Apple's iPad accounted for the lion's share of the tablet market in the US – although Samsung's Galaxy Tab had also been available for a few months. The survey found that 38% of respondents spend more than two hours a day using their tablets, while another 30% spend 1-2 hours.
Prior to the launch of the iPad, many magazine publishers hoped that the iPad might do for them what the iPod and iTunes did for digital music: provided a viable marketplace for them to sell their wares. Operative word: sell. Getting consumers to pay for content has, of course, proven challenging for many magazine publishers.
…it’s driven by the same old media love affair with distribution lock in. I’ve been on about this ever since I studied Google in 2001: Media traditionally has gained its profits by owning distribution. Cable carriage, network airwaves, newsstand distribution and printing presses: all very expensive, so once you employ enough capital to gain them, it’s damn hard to get knocked out. The web changed all that and promised that economics in the media business would be driven by content and intent: the best content will win, driven by the declared intent of consumers who find it and share it.
It shouldn't be any surprise that the HP Slate supports Flash, since it runs Windows 7, but we've seen so little of the device since Steve Ballmer first waved it around at CES that we're still totally intrigued by this video from Adobe showing it in action. Yep, there it is, playing video, running casual Flash games, and using AIR applications. We also get a quick shot of the on-screen keyboard, which looks like a mildly tweaked version of the standard Windows 7 keyboard. We can't say until we use it, but it certainly doesn't look like it'll be fun to type on.
The whokle problem of consummer research applied to tech innovation is at most new tech products never fill needs... They create them. Neither Twitter, nor Facebook, Google... or even the internet would have done well in intial studies. by May 14
A lot of tech commentators seem disappointed that the iPad feels more like an evolutionary step than a revolutionary step. For one group of technologists, though, the iPad is an opportunity for revolution, to take center stage in creating experiences users will want, and even want to buy. The iPad is all about consuming content, but most of the conversation about that content has seen it in traditional silos: Audio, through iTunes Video, also through iTunes iPhone apps (and now iPad apps), through the App Store Books, through iBooks The Web, the most open of these options. The last of those options, however, can incorporate all of the rest – even the iPhone applications.
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