Category: Tablets


This is an interesting article I came across. I’ve been really busy today, so sorry I couldn’t make many posts. Hopefully I’ll be able to post some more tomorrow. I still am looking for some ideas as to what else I can posts about, so if you have any suggestions, feel free to comment with them.

(Updates share prices in final paragraph.)

Jan. 11 (Bloomberg) — Verizon Wireless will sell a version of Apple Inc.’s iPad tablet computer that can connect directly to its network, posing another challenge to AT&T Inc. as the carrier’s exclusive hold on the iPhone draws to a close.

Verizon will get an embedded chip in the iPad for use on its network, Francis Shammo, chief financial officer of Verizon Communications Inc., the parent of the wireless unit, said today in an interview in New York. IPad users currently need an extra device to connect to Verizon’s network. Shammo declined to say when the change may happen.

Verizon Wireless, the biggest U.S. mobile-phone carrier, began selling the iPad in its stores in a package with its credit card-sized Wi-Fi device in October for $629.99 to $829.99. Apple, which introduced the iPad in April, offers versions of the tablet that connect directly to AT&T’s network.

Apple, based in Cupertino, California, sold about 7.5 million iPads through September and, according to Goldman Sachs Group Inc., may sell more than 37 million of the devices this year.

Verizon Wireless, based in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, said today it will begin selling the iPhone on its network to all customers on Feb. 10. AT&T, based in Dallas, had been the exclusive carrier of the smartphone since 2007.

Verizon Communications, which co-owns the wireless unit with Vodafone Group Plc, fell 56 cents to $35.36 at 4 p.m. in New York Stock Exchange composite trading. AT&T declined 43 cents to $27.91. Verizon has lost 1.2 percent this year and AT&T has declined 5 percent.

–With assistance from Amy Thomson in New York. Editors: Ville Heiskanen, Nick Turner

To contact the reporter on this story: Greg Bensinger in New York at gbensinger1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Peter Elstrom at pelstrom@bloomberg.net

via Verizon Will Sell IPad That Connects to Its Network – BusinessWeek.

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Next week, Steve Jobs will appear with News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch to introduce the Daily, which is going to be a digital newspaper for the iPad.

This announcement is planned for January 19 at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Reportedly, Apple is willing to invest $30 million in this newspaper!

Also, it is reported that Mr. Murdoch showed some attendees of CES the Daily.

Apple, News Corp. to Unveil the Daily Jan. 19 – WSJ.com.

Kevin Rose, the founder of Digg, posted in his blog saying, “I have it on good authority that Apple will be announcing the iPad 2 in the next 3-4 weeks, possibly Tuesday February 1st. The iPad 2 will feature a retina display and front/back camera. If you’re thinking of buying an iPad, hold off for now.”

There have been other rumors and mock-ups about the iPad two. Yesterday, I wrote about the most recent mock-up that arrived at CES. It met the specs disclosed by Kevin too.

More evidence that Apple is going to make a big product announcement is that they have held onto its “overstaffed holiday personnel at many retail stores.” Appleinsider said that Apple is limiting vacation time for its retail employees for a three-week period which starts towards the end of January. However, the company’s employees have no idea about what the big boys up top are planning.

Even so, I am excited for this news because I have been looking forward to being video chat on the iPad for a long time, and it seems that it is just around the corner.

I will provide more details as they come out.

Kevin Rose: iPad 2 Announced in ‘Next 3-4 Weeks’ | News & Opinion | PCMag.com.

End Of CES 2011

Sadly, all good things must come to an end. So, today was the end of CES 2011. We saw so many great new technological advances from tablets to photo frames. Here is a look at the most memorable gadgets unveiled at this year’s CES.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc: This was unveiled relatively early in this year’s CES, but has not left my mind yet. It is a sleek-looking smartphone that will run on Android’s Gingerbread. One of the best features is that Sony packed some great digital camera features into this smartphone. For example, there is the Exmor R sensor that allows people to take photos and video in low-light. To read more about this phone, click on the link above.

Motorola Xoom: My favorite tablet. It looks great, feels great, and in one word, it is GREAT.  This is the first tablet to run Android’s Honeycomb OS. The home screen is a wonder. The first time I saw it, I knew that I was going to love this tablet. From the row of favorite apps at the bottom to the futuristic clock sitting smack-dab in the center, I loved everything about it. Read more about this tablet worthy of the iPad by clicking on the above link.

HTC Thunderbolt: Verizon’s first 4G phone. This phone is sleek and beautiful with silver accents and a bit of gunmetal. To back up its looks, it has the hardware. It has the latest 1GHz Snapdragon processor and is capable of loading apps at lightning speed. To add to its fanciness, it has Dolby Surround Sound and the ability to make Skype calls from the phone. Read more about Verizon’s first 4G phone by clicking on the link.

Motorola Atrix 4G: This revolutionary (I use this word every time) phone doubles as a netbook. Even without taking into consideration the netbook shell, it has great hardware. It has a dual-core Tegra 2 processor which allows the user to load applications blazing fast. Now let’s get to why it’s “revolutionary.” It comes with a special netbook shell that the phone can be plugged into. This allows the user to access all of the Android’s apps and data, but in a desktop environment. This is truly revolutionary because of those who have done this before, this is the only one to have made it work. The netbook seems to run on some kind of Linux distribution, and can load some desktop applications, such as Firefox, in addition to the phone’s apps. This is one of my favorite products revealed at this year’s CES, and I hope I can be one of the first owners of this Android powered smartphone.

Ford Electric Focus: Ford unveiled its first of five electric vehicles that it hopes to produce in North America and Europe by 2013. This car runs only on battery, with no gas engine to back it up. It charges fully in 3 to 4 hours and can get 80 to 100 miles per charge. The maximum speed it can reach is 84 mph, which should not be too low for anyone. In addition to being electric, it comes with the usual Ford package.

There you have it, my summary of the best technology revealed at CES 2011. Hope you enjoyed it and please comment if you have any others to add!

 

Samsung is coming out with a Wifi version of its popular Samsung Galaxy Tab. They have said that it will be available for purchase some time in the first quarter of 2011.

It appears that other than the lack of 3G in this new model, the specs are unchanged. It still has a 7-inch TFT display with a resolution of 1024×600. It has 16GB of storage, a microSD slot supporting up to 32GB in expansion, a rear-facing 3MP camera and a front-facing 1.3MP camera which allows for users to video chat. The tablet was recently upgraded to Android 2.2 and supports Flash Player 10.1.

Samsung has not revealed a price for the Wifi tablet, but on Best Buy, it is posted as $499.99.

Wi-Fi Samsung Galaxy Tab Model Coming Soon.

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