Posts Tagged ‘tablet’

Full Steam Ahead for Controversial JooJoo

February 4, 2010

Despite the fact that a lawsuit from Michael Arrington’s TechCrunch is hovering into view, Singapore company, Fusion Garage has decided to jump into full production with the JooJoo tablet. Following a presentation in early December 2009 by Fusion Garage founder Chandrasekher Rathakrishnan, pre-orders for the product have been strong.

The tablet formerly known as the CrunchPad

However, soon after that presentation, a lawsuit arrived on Rathakrishnan’s desk from TechCrunch. For those of you who haven’t heard the potted history of the JooJoo, well it was once the CrunchPad, as Tech Crunch and Fusion Garage worked together to develop the tablet. However, in the run up to a 20 November release last year, the partnership soured and Fusion Garage wandered off into the sunset claiming they’d release the product under the JooJoo title minus any TechCrunch involvement. (more…)

Google Working on Tablet PC?

February 2, 2010

It seems that the tablet rumour-mill hasn’t quite given up the ghost with Apple’s announcement. The latest rumour, with some fairly strong evidence from Google’s own staff…

Well.. everything looks nice as concept art ;)

According to TechCrunch reports, it seems that some concept shots were posted to Google’s Chromium page, detailing a little of what we might expect to see from a Google tablet if and when the company decides to roll one out. While there have been plenty of people quick to point out that Google doesn’t actually own Chromium (since it’s all open sourced) it’s worth noting that the concept art was posted by Google’s Chrome designer, Glen Murphy.

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MSI to Hit Tablet Bandwagon

February 1, 2010

It seems that announcements of new tablet PCs are still coming in thick and fast, with MSI expected to release its tablet offering in the second half of this year.

It certainly looks nice, though that border is a bit wide...

Indeed, it seems that MSI’s device will be running Google’s Android OS, which is in keeping with Apple’s decision to run with its iPhone OS… so we could well be moving towards a world in which more tablets run mobile operating systems, rather than more resource-hungry desktop OSes. Indeed, Dell’s soon to be released Mini 5 tablet runs Google’s Android too. Still, there are plenty of Windows XP-based tablets out there.

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Microsoft Finds iPad “Humorous”

January 29, 2010

It seems that the folks at Microsoft aren’t at all worried about Apple’s upcoming tablet, the recently officially announced iPad, with the company’s official line on the device being that they find it to be “humorous.”

The recent tablet announcement from apple puts in a curious situation, when you take it all into account. Microsoft tried desperately around 2000-2002 to launch the tablet, notebook PC as a real option for the average user, though in those days tablets were clunkier things with stylus’ and usually full keyboards. Skip forward almost ten years, and Apple is launching its own tablet, while Microsoft shows some renewed interest in the area that it seemed to have long since given up as a niche with the new line of “slate” styled PCs.

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Michael Dell Shows off Tablet

January 29, 2010

It seems that Apple isn’t the only company detailing the release of its upcoming tablet this week, with Dell’s CEO giving a little more detail on the PC giant’s upcoming Mini 5.

We assume it'll also be available in not-pink :)

The folks over at TechCrunch had the chance to talk to the man himself while he was in Switzerland for the World Economic Forum, where he seemed relatively happy to talk about the upcoming tablet device, including the fact that he expects it to see a launch in the US in the coming months, the first indication of its launch yet given. Sadly, so far there’s no word on Europe, though hopefully that’ll change soon enough.

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Frantic Steve Jobs Stays Up All Night Designing Apple Tablet

January 27, 2010

Claiming that he completely forgot about the much-hyped electronic device until the last minute, a frantic Steve Jobs reportedly stayed up all Tuesday night in a desperate effort to design Apple’s new tablet computer. “Come on, Steve, just think—think, dammit—you’re running out of time,” the exhausted CEO said as he glued nine separate iPhones to the back of a plastic cafeteria tray. “Okay, yeah, this will work. This will definitely work. Just need to write ‘tablet’ on this little strip of masking tape here and I’m golden. Oh, come on, you piece of shit! Just stick already!”

Think dammit, think!

Middle-of-the-night sources reported that Jobs then began work on double-spacing his keynote presentation and increasing the font size to make it appear longer… Okay, this isn’t true obviously but actually some great work from the folks over at The Onion who have gotten a little tablet fever today just like the rest of us. We’ll have a run through the Apple tablet release in the morning, just so ya know.

Apple Minted

January 26, 2010

With the world and their mother chatting about Apple’s impending new tablet release tomorrow (Will it incorporate gaming? How much will it cost? Can it warm muffins and solve world hunger?), the California-based consumer favourites have announced some rather impressive figures for the last quarter of 2009.

Ahead of tomorrow’s tablet announcement, Steve Jobs celebrated huge sales for the last part of 2009.

Reports the BBC this morning, “Apple has announced a 50% increase in profits after seeing a bumper Christmas period, in which sales of iPhones doubled from a year ago. Net income rose to $3.38bn (£2.08bn) in the three months to 26 December, from the $2.26bn it made the previous year. Apple said it sold 8.7 million iPhones in the quarter. Sales of Macs also rose 33%, although iPod sales fell by 8%.”

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iTunes to Move into the Cloud?

January 21, 2010

The latest piece of speculation courtesy of the current press-obsession with Apple is that the company could move elements of its iTunes service into the ever-nebulous “cloud.” Still, there’s more to this one than most.

It seems as though Apple is on a bit of a roll at the moment, with the world and its mother speculating on just what it is, could be or might one day build or offer through its existing services. While most of the buzz has been around the upcoming tablet offering, there’s also a lot around the iPhone’s rumoured new OS, the latest from the Wall Street Journal indicates something of a shift in the established iTunes model.

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Apple Tablet to be Delayed for Six Months?

January 20, 2010

The bells and whistles of Apple’s tablet launch on 27 January may end up being somewhat muted after rumours began to surface today that the product may well be delayed from going on sale for six months due to concerns over battery life and durability.

We know Steve Jobs will wear black to the launch, but when will the public get their hands on the tablet?

Following a similar pattern to the launch of the iPhone – unveiled in January 2007 but not in the hands of consumers until the following June – the Daily Telegraph are reporting that according to a new note to investors, written by analyst Shaw Wu, from investment bank Kaufman Bros, the actual sale of the device could be delayed due to these “minor issues”.

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Apple to Announce New iPhone OS?

January 19, 2010

Now that Apple has properly confirmed that there’ll be an event happening on January 27th, the speculative floodgates have opened. Perhaps most interesting though, is the question of a new version of its iPhone OS.

Apple has been tight lipped about exactly what it is the event on January 27th is all about, teasing it with a fairly simple, “Come and see what we’ve been working on” styled message. According to the folks at TechCrunch, we could see a new iPhone OS unveiled at the event, which would certainly make sense, given the fact that many are expecting the long-rumoured Apple tablet to launch running some new flavour of Apple’s mobile OS.

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