Tablets have traditionally been a jinxed lot. Therefore, it should not surprise anybody when another bites, or threatens to bite, the dust. Anyways, Fusion Garage surely must have embarked on its thrilling journey to break this jinx with a lot of hope.
But its dream of making a real dent in the tablet market had only yielded 90 pre-orders until mid-February, according to financial information Paypal shared for the sake of the ongoing TechCrunch Lawsuit. FG began accepting pre-orders for the JooJoo on December 11, 2009. The document further reveals that 15 of those orders stand canceled and have been refunded.
The abysmal lack of response perfectly explains the many delays that plagued the device, which was supposed to debut late last month but kept getting delayed. It is still not clear whether those first to order it have begun receiving their JooJoo's or not – pre-orders were supposed to begin shipping Monday, March 29. No, we don't know where you can pre-order your favorite soon-to-be-bankrupt companies.
Apple has delayed the shipment dates of three iPad accessories, including the Keyboard Dock and the 10W USB power adapter. Both of them will not ship along with the iPad on April 3 but about a month later in May. The third accessory to be affected is the iPad case, which will arrive sometime during April. The regular dock and the dock connector to VGA adapter are the only accessories that will be available on launch day. There has been no official clarification on the reasons behind the delay. One can only speculate that pre-orders may have outstripped the company's expectations. It is also likely that only the affected accessories are in short supply.
As if there was a dearth of excuses to further divide an already compartmentalized planet of ours, the iPad has driven another wedge between Apple loyalists and the rest of the world. The iPad is arguably yet another milestone in the art of hyping products, if not a groundbreaking product. But the hype just might be on the wane. According to a self-styled Apple analyst from Venezuela, pre-orders for the iPad declined drastically over the weekend.
Daniel Tello (aka, Deagol) has an uncanny knack of making accurate financial predictions when it comes to Apple. Earlier, Deagol and some other members of the Investor Village's AAPL Sanity board had estimated that the number of of pre-orders on Friday – the day Apple began accepting them – was around 120,000, with an initial rate of around 25,000 orders per hour. Now, Deagol's latest estimates show that the rate has slowed down to 1,000 per hour. He expects Apple to receive approximately half a million pre-orders for the iPad in the lead up to its launch on April 3.
"My best guess, although very tentative given the early stage and few data we have so far, would be that they hit the 1 million unit milestone by the second week after it ships," Deagol told Fortune. "But this is a very speculative guesstimate based on just a weekend of pre-orders." All said, Deagol's formula may or may not be right this time.
Hate the blissful feeling that accompanies plucking a brand new game from the patch on launch day? Think digital distribution is just too convenient? Well then, you'll be one of the backward-thinking few who actually appreciate Ubisoft's Far Cry 2 pre-order deal. Simply stroll over to your nearest participating game store, place a few dollars in the cash register, and unlock "hours" worth of crucial gameplay! Have a looksie at what's on the other side of the hoops you'll soon be jumping through:
The Georgian: The Georgian informant has gone into hiding at the Fuel Depot in UFLL territory, find him and discover what your predecessor learned from him about the Jackal’s location.
The Bolivian: The Bolivian informant is on the run, trying to escape the country by stealing a plane from a small airfield in APR territory. Try to get to him before your predecessor does.
Special Delivery: Your employers have more information for you about your predecessor – learn the location of his new dead drop and raid it to find information about his secret meetings.
Le Francais: A French smuggler and arms dealer who may have been providing arms to the Jackal has been tipped off, and your predecessor is trying to stop him from crossing the border. Find out what Frenchman’s price is.
For those of you who don't pre-order, or who plan to (legally) download the title, we don't really know what to tell you. So far, the "bonus" seems to be limited to retail channels, but we'll contact Ubisoft for more info.
In the meantime, however, don't worry too much. We already pre-ordered the game months ago.