Archive for September, 2011

Kindle Fire: No big threat to the iPad, but should sell well

Sep. 28, ‘11: Amazon’s Kindle Fire is what everyone expected: A small tablet, mostly for consuming media, watching video, playing games, reading Kindle e-books, browsing the web, and goofing around in apps. It is also cheaper than expected, at $199 — less than … Continue reading →

Order Amazon’s new Kindles and support SplatF in the process

Sep. 28, ‘11: Kindle Fire: $199 Kindle Touch: $99 with special offers or $139 without Kindle Touch 3G: $149 with special offers $189 without Kindle: $79 with special offers or $109 without Thanks for your support! (SplatF is an Amazon affiliate.)

“Tizen” is Intel and Samsung’s answer to Android

Sep. 28, ‘11: Tizen is apparently the combination of MeeGo and LiMo — neither of which have any serious adoption — that I wrote about earlier. It looks like an Intel- and Samsung-led rival to Android — which is selling well, but has … Continue reading →

Glitch, the gorgeous new game from Flickr cofounder Stewart Butterfield, runs Flash

Sep. 27, ‘11: From the Glitch About page: What technology does it use? (Heh. Nerd.) The game client is Flash (though someday there will be other clients) and the server is built in a fairly new and different way for a game: the back … Continue reading →

Looks like T-Mobile won’t be selling the iPhone this year

Sep. 27, ‘11: T-Mobile USA chief marketing officer Cole Brodman: Please know that we think the iPhone is a great device and Apple knows that we’d like to add it to our line-up. Today, there are over a million T-Mobile customers using unlocked … Continue reading →

If MeeGo and LiMo merge, will anyone care?

Sep. 27, ‘11: On one hand, it’s potentially “Japanese heavyweights NEC and Panasonic … joining forces with Samsung from South Korea,” according to a MeeGoExperts report, citing FT Germany. This could represent an alternative to Android that handset makers are supposedly looking for. On the … Continue reading →

What will be the iPhone 5’s must-have accessory?

Sep. 27, ‘11: Apple has gotten really good at driving up how much its customers spend with accessories. The best recent example is the iPad 2 “smart” cover, which was designed in tandem with the tablet. It’s stylish, functional, and an Apple exclusive. … Continue reading →

Yes, “Let’s talk iPhone,” but what about…

Sep. 27, ‘11: iAd: Will Apple even utter the word? A new Apple TV box? The iPod? Any changes at all? (Apple has sent out invitations for a “Let’s talk iPhone” event, to be held next Tuesday, Oct. 4, at Apple HQ.) Related: 10 new … Continue reading →

Apple is quietly disintermediating Google in mobile search

Sep. 27, ‘11: Apple is not building a web search engine — yet, that I know of. But through its new, voice-controlled mobile “Assistant” feature in iOS 5, Apple could change the way people think of searching, building search-and-retrieve directly into the iOS user … Continue reading →

Netflix outbids HBO for DreamWorks deal

Sep. 26, ‘11: Netflix’s biggest real problem right now is that its streaming library isn’t as good as it needs to be, especially if it’s expecting to wean its customers off DVDs. The latest upgrade: Starting in 2013, Netflix will have access to … Continue reading →