According to a Bloomberg report, Sony is thinking about making a tablet to go up against Apple's iPad, but wants more proof that consumers would buy such a device.
"We have been taking a deep look at developing a tablet for a number of years, not just because of Apple but because it creates some interesting opportunities," Mike Abary, senior vice president of Sony's Information Technology Products units, said in an interview with Bloomberg.
Abary said his company needs to see more proof of consumer demand before forging ahead, though he didn't say what it would take to convince Sony to make the leap. In just over a month since its release, Apple has sold over 1 million iPads, and with the recent international launch, we wouldn't be surprised if that number doubled before long.
"The iPad has created a new opportunity," Abary said. "Now we can get a good judgment as to whether the market is truly accepting of it. [Sony is] not convinced there is a large enough market to justify bringing out a tablet."
According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, Verizon Wireless and search giant Google are working together on a handheld tablet to go up against Apple's iPad.
"We do we think the next big wave of opportunities are?" Lowel McAdam, Verizon's chief executive said in an email to the WSJ. "We're working on tablets together, for example. We're looking at all the things Google has in its archives that we could put on a tablet to make it a great experience."
McAdam didn't reveal too much else about the upcoming tablet, nor did he say specifically what Google's role in the development is. And though Google in the past has said it is working with hardware makers and carriers to create lightweight computers that run on its software, a Google spokesman wasn't willing to divulge what exactly is going on with Google and Verizon.
Whatever it is, Verizon knows it has some catching up to do with AT&T, which has sold over a million iPads already, a number it reached even before the recent international launch.
"They were able to get out of the box faster," McAdam said.
Despite the cancellation of the Verizon Nexus One, Big Red is looking like a very Android-friendly carrier as of late. This is especially true given the news that the nation's second largest carrier is working with Google to deliver an Android-powered tablet. This has been confirmed by Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam. Elaborating further McAdam said, " "We're working on tablets together, for example. We're looking at all the things Google has in its archives that we could put on a tablet to make it a great experience."
Verizon did not disclose any sort of timeline or details for the tablet. In an interview with Bloomberg, Verizon's VP of corporate communications said more information about the Android-based tablet will be disclosed later this week. Do you think an Android tablet can compete with the iPad?
Sources are reporting today that the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission are wrangling over which one of them should lead a preliminary antitrust investigation of Apple. The action was spurred by Apple's new developer agreement which forces app designers to use only Apple programming tools. The inquiry may be launched in a matter of days, and will seek to determine if the policy damages competition in the mobile app space.
Apple's claim has been that adding a layer of abstraction (i.e. a third-party compiler) results in poorer quality apps; thus requiring specific developer tools is a quality control mechanism. Those on the other side, however, claim that Apple is seeking to force developers to choose Apple's platform instead of porting their code to multiple platforms. The worry is that independent developers won't have the resources to rewrite code for multiple platforms, so they will choose Apple's larger and more lucrative app store be default.
The possible inquiry does not mean anything is about to change. The preliminary analysis will determine if a full investigation is required. Do you think Apple is a fault here? How much control should they be allowed to exercise over their platform?
Increasing its lead in the tablet market before the competition has yet to even release a competing model, Apple sold about 300,000 iPad 3Gs over the weekend, a number which includes 52 days of preorder sales, says Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster.
That puts the 3G model on par with what the Wi-Fi only model sold during its first day of availability, which included 22 days of preorders. By Sunday afternoon, Munster reports that most of the Apple stores surveyed were sold out of the 3G model, an impressive feat when you consider the pricing premium placed on 3G models compared to their Wi-Fi counterparts.
"As of 3:00PM ET on Sunday afternoon (5/2), 49 of 50 Apple stores we called were completely sold out of the iPad 3G (most were also sold out of Wi-Fi only models," Munster wrote in a Sunday note to clients. "While it is difficult to gauge, we believe this is due to both stronger than expected demand and lower than intended supply on the part of Apple. Near-term, this may put downward pressure on luanch day/weekend statistics, but long-term we see it as positive, as consumers are definitely interested in the iPad as a new category."
Combined with the more 600,000 Wi-Fi models sold at last count, Apple likely has sold over a million iPads in all.
It could be said that the ongoing battle between Adobe and Apple--the classic "friends turned enemies" grudge match--is like a giant digital version of an MMA fight. Or perhaps it's more appropriate to dub it a "boss battle."
Steve Jobs, Apple Overlord, has been tossing up jabs against the apparent disaster that is Adobe Flash for some time now, scattered across various quotes and interviews with the tech press. Various Adobe executive have stepped into the squared circle in an attempt to prove the sincerity (and usefulness) of Flash's existence, and it's been a relatively amusing, "you suck / no I don't / you suck / no I don't" back-and-forth.
That's nice and all, but whatever happened to... you know. Tested facts?
Microsoft is said to have scrapped its promising Courier project, which first met the public eye in September last year, when beleaguered tech blog Gizmodo broke the news of its existence. The tablet concept prompted many aspiring tablet owners, especially those looking past the iPad, to pin their hopes on its launch.
There was never any official word regarding the possibility of a commercial launch, however, a recently published New York Times report did have the dual-screen tablet shipping by the beginning of next year. But it has now emerged that Microsoft has chosen to bid adieu to the Courier at the end of the incubation period itself.
According to security firm BitDefender, there's an unsolicited email making the rounds that promises to keep iPad software updated "for best performance, newer features, and security." Follow the provided link, however, and all you'll get is a Backdoor.Bifrose.AADY infection.
The download page looks exactly like the real iTunes site, but rather than update your iTunes software, the malicious code instead injects itself into the explorer.exe process and opens up a backdoor for miscreants to enter your system and take control of your PC, BitDefender warns.
"Moreover, Backdoor.Biforse.AADY attempts to read the keys and serial numbers of the various software installed on the affected computer, while also logging the passwords to the victim's ICQ, Messenger, POP3 email accounts, and protected storage," BitDefender said.
We suspect this isn't the last time malware writers target iPad owners, given that Apple has sold over 600,000 tablets already.
While Apple has had to push back the iPad’s global launch, citing huge demand in the US, it is business as usual for Chinese bootleggers. In fact, they are wallowing in the iPad’s absence as this gives them more time to lure some potential iPad customers towards cheap knockoffs. iPad clones have just begun hitting the Chinese market.
A brace of journalists, working for the news agency Reuters, discovered one such clone in the Southern Chinese city of Shenzhen. Based on their account, the clone appears to be a corpulent version of the original. Also, unlike the original, the fake iPad runs Windows 7 and costs only 2,800 yuan ($410). A myriad of similar knockoffs can also be found on some of the most popular online marketplaces in China.
Reading a chapter or two before bed is a time honored tradition for most winding down at the end of the day, but if you ask a sleep expert, he'll probably tell you to put down the iPad and pick up a Kindle. According to those in the know, the iPad's bright LCD display could be reducing your body's ability to produce melatonin, an important compound that helps our bodies fall asleep.
"The take-home lesson is that insomnia and electronics gadgets emitting light should not [be] mixed before bedtime," UCLA Neurology Clinic Director Alon Avidan, also an associate professor at the university, wrote in an e-mail to the Los Angeles Times. However, "Kindle is better for your sleep." When it comes to straight up readability, a recent Wall Street Journal study concluded that it really comes down to personal preference. Neither technology technically damages the eye, or flickers the way an old fashioned TV does.
So when you're looking for your next e-book reader, the Kindle vs. iPad debate might just come down to when you like to read. If a good book is the way you like to close out your day, your in luck, there are literally hundreds of options that are getting more and more affordable everyday.
Any iPad insomniacs in the audience care to chime in on the debate? Grab a coffee and let us know what you think after the jump.