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Wednesday, February 22, 2017
 

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Google buys Motorola Mobility – jeopardizes relationships with manufacturing partners

In a defensive move against its smartphone rival Apple, Google has agreed to acquire Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion in cash – its biggest deal to date This gives Google access to Motorola’s k+ in patents, however you have to wonder how Samsung, Sony Ericsson, HTC and LG Electronics feel about this move. Although they are saying the right thing now, this could put a serious wrench into Google’s other android partners and could present some significant anti-trust problems for Google.

For now Larry Page says, “This acquisition will not change our commitment to run Android as an open platform. Motorola will remain a licensee of Android and Android will remain open. We will run Motorola as a separate business. Many hardware partners have contributed to Android’s success and we look forward to continuing to work with all of them to deliver outstanding user experiences.”

But if you look long term and Google prices Motorola products to compete with Apple, say a $299.00 Xoom tablet, what does this do to the other partners. This is one reason why Apple does not license its technology and Microsoft does not manufacture. To do both opens you up to some serious anti-trust problems.

The deal has been approved by Google and Motorola Mobility’s boards of directors, but is still subject to regulatory approval. In today’s lax regulatory environment it will probably be approved, although if regulators look ahead a little it may face an uphill battle and should.

 

Big Brother leads to arrests in London rioting

Working facial recognition is not just a pipe dream anymore. In something right out of 1984, the up-and-coming technology is now used by Scotland Yard to find looters and rioters. Officials admit that handing out photographs to the public is still cheaper. Regardless, the technology is also being considered for use at the upcoming London Olympics…read more on myway

 

HTC partners with Beats Electronics to bring better music to smartphones

HTC announced a strategic partnership with Beats Electronics to bring the Beats Audio experience to HTC smartphones, starting this fall.

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New Twitter features to focus on users and followers

The upcoming @username and Activity layers will help Twitter users better see what’s happening with their own tweets and also uncover new tweets from the people they follow.

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