Saturday, June 23, 2018

Amazon Tablet is a game changer for Android.. and unfortunately for Google as well

The rumors have been running wild about the Amazon Kindle Tablet for what feels like forever, but now that someone has had a hands-on with this device, the reality of just how toxic this could be to Google and other Android tablets is sinking in.

TechCrunch’s MG Siegler has posted his thoughts on the device  and we have to agree that this will spell doom for many other Android Tablets, but more importantly it is going to spell doom for a whole bunch of other tablet makers.

Here are the supposed specs:

  • 7-inch full-color screen, no eInk (10-inch possibly coming in 2012)
  • Two-finger multi-touch support
  • Runs a version of Android that’s older than 2.2 but it’s been heavily customized
  • No camera
  • UI looks and feels like Amazon’s iOS Kindle app
  • 6GB of storage
  • $250 with a free year of Prime

Everyone was touting 199.00 as the price, but the effective price here is below that if it includes a year of prime (79.95) so that brings the price down to an effective $170.00

This is a major fork in the road for Android as the Kindle tablet is running a pre 2.2 version of Android that has been heavily customized to the point of not looking at all like Android. This fork is going to quickly end up with in our best estimation 60% of the tablet market share for Android so where does Google go from there as the work done on Honeycomb and Ice Cream Sandwich is going to be pretty useless at that point.

When you look at what tablets are used for and that is mostly content consumption you can bet that Amazon has it all over every other maker and that probably includes Apple at this point as Amazon has ebooks, a music service, cloud, video,, and software services from their own appstore that include games, maps, and pretty much anything you can need.

Kindle-droid should quickly become the defacto thing people will think of when they think of Android, and that is not a good thing for Google. Not at all.


Yahoo fires Carol Bartz by Telephone

Reports Tuesday night have Carol Bartz out as Yahoo’s CEO. The news ends a tumultuous 30-month reign for the former Autodesk CEO.

Bartz confirmed the news to her staff at 4:20 p.m. Tuesday: 

“To all, I am very sad to tell you that I’ve just been fired over the phone by Yahoo’s Chairman of the Board.  It has been my pleasure to work with all of you and I wish only the best going forward."


For more read complete story on NBC Bay Area


Do No Evil My Ass…. just How Evil is Google

Michael Larson

We have been saying for years that Google’s famous mantra of “Do No Evil” went out the door long ago when it started answering to shareholders. That is the job of a corporation, to make money for its stockholders so there is not necessarily anything wrong with that, but the PR mantra of “Do No Evil”  no longer applies.

It isn’t just the fact that they read your email to target advertising to you, but they are now starting to cop to some of the “evil” things they have been doing.

For a period of several years, Google allowed Canadian pharmacies to advertise their wares in the United States, despite laws prohibiting advertisements from non-U.S. pill-pushers. Google claimed it had no idea this was happening, and once it discovered the illegal ads, it put an end to the practice. However, in papers filed with the DOJ, the ad giant admits that it knew it was breaking the law all along, but pocketed the money just the same.

So they have been lying about this all along. Add to that the wi-fi spying practices, the persistent cookies for toolbar users even AFTER they opt out, collusion with typo squatters, supposed inability to stop copyright infringement on YouTube, and more.

Google started out doing no evil, but as of late, with it recent change in attitude toward Google labs, abandoning development of features for other platforms than it’s own, etc.. it has become as evil as Microsoft ever was. The world is just now starting to notice.


Steve Jobs resigns as CEO of Apple

In a sign that his health may be worsening, Steve Jobs resigned this afternoon as CEO of Apple. In an eight-sentence letter to the Apple board of directors and “the Apple community,” Jobs indicated that he “could no longer meet [his] duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO.”

We will have to see how the community reacts, but Tim Cook has always been a worthy if unexciting successor.

Here’s the full text of Jobs’s letter.

To the Apple Board of Directors and the Apple Community:

I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come.

I hereby resign as CEO of Apple. I would like to serve, if the Board sees fit, as Chairman of the Board, director and Apple employee.

As far as my successor goes, I strongly recommend that we execute our succession plan and name Tim Cook as CEO of Apple.

I believe Apple’s brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it. And I look forward to watching and contributing to its success in a new role.

I have made some of the best friends of my life at Apple, and I thank you all for the many years of being able to work alongside you.



Is this the end of the $500.00 tablet

After less than two months on sale, HP has pulled the plug on the TouchPad tablet and is so desperate to get rid of them that it is having a firesale, selling the 16GB TouchPad for $99 and the 32GB model for $149. But not only has HP killed the TouchPad, it has also single-handedly destroyed the entire non-iPad tablet market.

Consumers are snapping up the deals at an unprecedented level to include several of our staffers. It is obvious that there is a huge market out there for a competitively priced tablet, the question is and this deal still does not answer that as the effective price point is probably significantly higher than 99.00 but way less than 500.00 maybe around 250.00.

Soon Amazon will have its tablet out and we will see where it all shakes out, but it is apparent that the $500.00 price point is just too igh for the masses.


Microsoft Windows boss shares more hints on Windows 8 features

Microsoft has 35 different feature teams building Windows 8. The list provides some new official confirmation and additional clues on what to expect with the next Windows release.



When Facebook Gets Creepy

Facebook’s frequent policy changes and shifting site alliances can lead to user confusion, resulting in users sharing more information than they realize. We take a look at some of the social network’s more questionable features…

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Why consumers won’t buy tablets (unless they’re iPads)

Why can’t non-iPads sell? Because the consistent marketing experience from Apple is something that competitors simply cannot reproduce.



Review: Acer Iconia Tab is the Best Android Tablet

Turns out, by sticking to a 7-inch screen Acer has made a device that can actually take advantage of those 200,000 apps developers have written for Android phones. It isn’t perfect, but it is the best Android tablet we have seen so far.

Read entire review.


Amazon could sell tablet for as low as $249

Tech industry analyst Tim Bajarin says that Amazon could actually sell a tablet at a loss but make a profit through all the movies, songs, books, and other content.

Bajarin derived an estimated cost for the device of $300 based on information from various sources. Assuming Amazon then discounts the retail price, consumers could pay as little as $249, projects the analyst.

Assuming Amazon does go down this road, Bajarin sees a potential shakeup affecting other tablet makers that would have difficulty competing on price.

"When measuring by units shipped, this method could make Amazon the king of Android tablets very quickly," Bajarin wrote. "In fact, I would go as far as to say that it could ‘own’ the Android tablet market."

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