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  • Kindle Fire: The reviews are in

    Reviews for Amazon's Kindle Fire tablet are trickling in. The US$200 "iPad Killer", unveiled on 28 September, is seven inches of Android-powered goodness combined with a responsive multi-touch display. Here's what a selection of the web’s most trusted sites have to say about the device: Engadget Tim Stevens praised the price of the Kindle Fire, calling it "an achievement at US$200". He notes that while it is a perfectly useable tablet, the so-called "power users" will become frustrated with the Kindle Fire. The tablet is slightly underpowered with 512MB of memory and an 8GB solid state drive. When the battery life...

  • ‘PlayBook death pure fiction’ — RIM

    Rumours that Blackberry was discontinuing its line of PlayBook tablets have been dismissed by Research in Motion (RIM). Research in Motion has assured its users that it remains committed to the production of the PlayBook. The rumours spread after analyst John Vhin stated that production on the tablets had halted. Vhin said, "We believe (RIM) has stopped production of its PlayBook and is actively considering exiting the tablet market. Additionally, our due diligence indicates that RIM has cancelled development of additional tablet projects." RIM said, "Any suggestion that the BlackBerry PlayBook is being discontinued is pure fiction, RIM remains highly...

  • Rumour mill: Amazon Android tablet soon

    It's a lot of "sources familiar with the matter" reporting, but both Wall Street Journal and New York Post are predicting that Amazon will step up from the hugley successful Kindle and release a full scale tablet within the next month or two, based on Android. This has got the analysts very excited, as until now threats to Apple's iPad hegemony have been feeble. Forrester Research analyst Sarah Rotman Epps, in a blog post accompanying a report released Monday, said Amazon taking on Apple is a "bit like David taking on Goliath." But Rotman Epps said Amazon's "willingness to...

  • Amazon selling more Kindle books than print books

    Online retail giant Amazon said Thursday that sales of digital books for the Kindle electronic reader have surpassed sales of print books. "Customers are now choosing Kindle books more often than print books," Amazon founder and chief executive Jeff Bezos said in a statement. "We had high hopes that this would happen eventually, but we never imagined it would happen this quickly," Bezos said. "We've been selling print books for 15 years and Kindle books for less than four years." The Seattle, Washington-based Amazon said that since April 1, it was selling 105 Kindle e-books for every 100 print books, hardcover and...

  • The tablet: A fringe gadget

    Tablets are fringe gadgets. Once we acknowledge this simple truth, Apple’s dominance with the iPad makes perfect sense. In 2011, we still tend to debate the necessity of a tablet computer in our lives. It’s an auxiliary device that we may choose to aspire to beyond the foundations of our basic gadget pyramid of needs: smartphone and laptop/desktop computer. What beggars belief then, is the fashion in which the world’s most powerful technology companies continue to approach tablet production. Unlike Apple that released a polished, if basic, product at launch, a sense of mass hysteria caused competitors to knee-jerk unfinished copycat...