II think it's a really great article from Walt Mossberg. Xoom launches today and iPad 2 is probably going to be unveiled at the Apple Event on March 2nd next week.
(Reproduced from the Wall Street Journal)
Motorola's Xoom Starts Tablet Wars With iPad
By WALTER S. MOSSBERG
After months of speculation, the tablet wars begin in earnest this week. Motorola is releasing its Xoom tablet on Feb. 24, and I consider it the first truly comparable competitor to Apple's hit iPad. That is partly because it is the first iPad challenger to run Honeycomb, an elegant new version of Google's Android operating system designed especially for tablets.
A review of the first full-screen competitor to the iPad, the 10" Motorola Xoom tablet, which is also the first of many coming tablets to run the special tablet version of Google's Android platform, Honeycomb.
Both Motorola's hardware and Google's new software are impressive and, after testing it for about a week, I believe the Xoom beats the first-generation iPad in certain respects, though it lags in others. Like the iPad, the Xoom has a roomy 10-inch screen, and it's about the same thickness and weight as the iPad, albeit narrower and longer. And, like the iPad's operating system, Honeycomb gives software the ability to make good use of that screen real estate, with apps that are more computer-like than those on a smartphone.
Ok so while everybody this week is smelling naphtaline in Barcelona, the important stuff is elsewhere !!!!
(reproduced from mashable)
By Charlie White, Mashable
February 14, 2011 10:32 a.m. EST
More clues point to iPhone nano debut
Sources say the new device is intended to be sold alongside the current line of iPhones. Wall Street Journal sources say people have seen prototype of smaller iPhone "N97" would be available to mobile carriers at half the price of iPhones. Apple's also considering making its MobileMe online storage service free
(Mashable) -- Is there a smaller, cheaper version of the iPhone on the way? Rumors abound, but now the Wall Street Journal has found "people familiar with the matter" who have actually laid hands and eyes upon it:
"One of the people, who saw a prototype of a new iPhone several months ago, said the new device is intended to be sold alongside the current line of iPhones and would be about half the size of the iPhone 4. The phone, one of its codenames is N97, would be available to mobile carriers at about half the price of Apple's main line of iPhones, the person said."
According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple's also considering making its MobileMe online storage service free, allowing users to store their data in the cloud rather than on a small device such as an iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad.
This move could facilitate a smaller iPhone, which could store most of its data elsewhere rather than within its tiny confines.
When will we see such a tiny iPhone, reportedly one-third smaller than its bigger brother, and costing $200 with no contract?
The WSJ sources are saying this summer, which is right in line with the usual time new iPhones are unveiled.
Can somebody tell them that the real thing to do is to compete with iStores (tunes, app and books). The "i" hardware devices are payment terminals. So. What can I buy with the motorola, HP, HTC, samsung hardware pads ? Uh ? Wake up people, or you may end up like Nokia.
(reproduced from WSJ)
H-P Plans TouchPad to Rival iPad
By SCOTT MORRISON
SAN FRANCISCO—Hewlett-Packard Co. on Wednesday unveiled two smartphones and a tablet computer built with its Palm mobile operating system, a move that thrusts the computer giant into a burgeoning market dominated by Apple Inc. and Google Inc.
H-P introduced a credit-card-sized phone dubbed Veer, a larger Pre3 phone for professionals and a 10-inch TouchPad tablet computer.
Hewlett-Packard today unveiled its answer to Apple's iPad, a tablet computer called the TouchPad. Stacey Delo had a chance to briefly try out the new device and joins us with details.
The three devices were built with H-P's webOS operating system, a key asset the company acquired when it bought handheld pioneer Palm last summer for $1.2 billion.
The Daily at $0.99 per week. That's better than the WSJ iPad subscription at $4.99 PER WEEK. Hopefully with the new subscription model, iPad newspaper reading will be reasonably priced. Reminds me the music industry 10 years ago ...
(reproduced from macworld)Posted on Feb 2, 2011 9:41 am by David Chartier, Macworld.com
The big story out of News Corp’s press event Wednesday morning was, of course, its new publication for the iPad, The Daily. But a less discussed feature potentially has much wider implications: Apple’s introduction of paid subscriptions.
So far, there has been no way to charge subscription fees in iOS apps. It’s a feature that developers and publishers have been requesting for some time, and only more vocally after Apple introduced the iPad.
Eddy Cue, Apple’s vice president of Internet services, came on stage to announce the The Daily’s subscription model. After its initial free trial period of two weeks (sponsored by another Apple partner, Verizon), the publication will cost $1 per week or $40 per year. Cue didn’t offer many more details at the event, however, but a change to the iTunes Store’s terms of service shed some light on the feature and Cue said an announcement about subscriptions for others would be coming soon.
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