Google’s AdMob division collects a ton of data on the general public’s web surfing habits, but recently released statistics on tablet usage might actually surprise you. According to a recent survey more than 28 percent of all respondents said that a tablet is their primary computer. As technology enthusiasts that admission should send chills up your spine on the future of computing in general, and points out just how little of a computer’s full potential is utilized by the vast majority of users.
Talk about technology coming full circle. Earlier this week, Commodore USA announced it was reviving the Commodore 64 with a replica model updated with modern components, and now Atari has gone and dumped a collection of 100 classic Atari games into the iTunes Store. It includes 18 classic Atari arcade games, including the ever-popular Pong, as well as 92 Atari 2600 games.
Last week, a senior Dell executive dismissed the iPad’s chances of enterprise glory, citing concerns about its high price. But he seemed quite confident of his company’s “considered approach to tablets.” He touted Dell’s decision of giving people a lot of choices through a “multi-OS” (Android and Windows 7) tablet strategy. However, if a new rumor is to be believed, the Windows 7 component of that multi-OS strategy is unlikely to appear before fall. Hit the jump for more.
An upcoming firmware update promises to add more awesomeness to the Boxee Box platform. The update is slated for May 2011, or just one month after the previous firmware upgrade. After that, Boxee says it set a goal to release new firmware "every 3 months or so," with each one introducing "a healthy mix of new and improved functionality together with bug fixes."
It doesn't appear Apple is having any trouble moving iPad tablets. The recently released iPad 2 sold out almost as soon as it went on sale, and there's now a waiting period if you place an order with Apple. Be that as it may, a senior Dell executive says the iPad has no place in the enterprise because of its high price, at least when you toss in the necessary peripherals, and that Android will lead eventually lead the way.
Our condolences to anyone who purchased a first generation iPad shortly before Apple launched the iPad 2. Since the launch, Apple and its partners dropped the price of all iPad 1 models by $100, meaning you could purchase a 16GB Wi-Fi iPad for $399. That's a pretty good deal, but AT&T just took things to a whole new level by slashing the price of the flagship 3G 64GB iPad 1 by $300.
As a Web-only special, AT&T is selling the top-end device from last generation for $529, down from its original selling price of $829, and still $200 cheaper than what Apple is trying to unload first gen iPads for.
The one "gotcha" is that you're required to sign up for one of AT&T's DataConnect Personal Data plans, which are active for 30 days and then automatically renew every month unless you cancel service. That's the only obligation, however, as this isn't a subsidized price based on a 2-year service agreement.
Apple has long been considered the stock market darling of the tech industry, defying trends even through one of the worst recessions in recorded history. Marketing mojo seems to be capable of overcoming any manmade disaster, but this time they find themselves at the mercy of an even more powerful force, Mother Nature.
Find out why Apple might be in trouble after the jump.
Acer rode the netbook wave to coast past Dell in the global PC market in 2009, but its stay at the number two spot was brief as Dell came back in the second quarter of 2010 to retake that position. If one fad led to Acer’s sudden rise in 2009, another triggered its slide past Dell in 2010.
According market research firm iSuppli, Acer continues to slide in face of some stiff competition for its consumer-focused computer products from iPad and other media tablets, affording second-placed Dell an increasingly stronger sense of comfort. Hit the jump for Q4 2010 PC shipment numbers from iSuppli.
If the only thing holding you back from purchasing an iPad 2 this Friday is that you're worried about giving up the unlimited data plan you were lucky enough to sign up for with your first generation iPad through AT&T, then worry no more. Word on the Web is that AT&T is letting you take your unlimited data plan with you.
If you always wanted an iPad and could care less about the upgraded features of the iPad 2, you're in luck. Apple has gone and slashed $100 off the price of every original Pad model. That means you can pick up the 16GB for $399, 32GB for $499, and 64GB for $599, while the 3G models of the same capacities now run $529, $629, and $729, respectively.