Research in Motion has taken some considerable abuse in the last year over its highly anticipated and ultimately dismissed BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, but owners of the device can finally hold their heads high -- a version 2.0 update is now available which finally brings native email, Android app support and other features to the tablet.
How about that OS X Mountain Lion, huh? Apple skipped past the rumors and leaks and went straight to this morning’s surprise announcement, which just goes to show that ol’ Cupertino still has it in them to pull a rabbit out of the hat now and again. While OS X Mountain Lion is understandably the big news of the day, there were a few other things also going on, so let’s skip straight to the news for Thursday, February 16, 2012, shall we…?
Struggling to get through the day so you can do it all over again tomorrow, then indulge in some form of turkey product on Thursday? We feel your pain, and if you’re sick of sifting through all the early Black Friday promotions in search of some real news, then look no further -- here’s the bits and pieces that are shaking loose from the newswire for this Tuesday, November 22, 2011.
To paraphrase Robert Duvall in the 1979 classic Apocalypse Now: “We love the smell of Kindle Fire in the morning.” Yes, Amazon’s seven-inch tablet is real, and it’s cheaper than even the analysts had predicted -- and its arrival has further pushed down the price of the standard Kindle, which is now a mere $79.
As the world waits to see what Apple will offer with the next iPhone, rumors continue to build about another highly anticipated device: The Amazon tablet. Built around Google’s Android, many believe Amazon will be the first successful challenge to the iPad thanks to its famous brand and millions of account holders.
Let’s say you’re the chairman of a company who’s done quite well in the netbook business but just lost money for the first time ever. How would you convince your investors that your key product isn’t being damaged by the iPad? If you’re Acer, you just laugh and call it some kind of crazy new fad that will fade in time.
If you need further evidence that 2011 is the “Year of the iPad” and not the “Year of the Tablet,” take a gander at Best Buy, who reportedly ordered up 270,000 HP TouchPad tablets and has only found homes for 25,000 of them -- not good news for HP, who is announcing quarterly earnings on Wednesday.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs and his team have been quite insistent that the 7-inch form factor doesn’t make sense for a tablet, while other companies have been quite happy to give it a go. The latest is Acer, who unveiled its new Iconia Tab A100 on Friday morning, the first 7-inch to come with Android Honeycomb 3.2.
Remember that weekend sale we told you about last Friday that could nab you the HP TouchPad for a cool $100 off the retail price? Take your time, there’s no hurry -- HP has now made the price cut permanent in its race to make webOS the number two spot in the tablet market.
Apple rules the tablet roost with the iPad, but that isn’t stopping others from trying to shake its golden eggs from the nest. Case in point: HP is running a promotion this weekend only for its webOS-driven TouchPad, making this slick competitor a better value than the iPad -- if you act fast.