RIM slashes PlayBook price >> Loop Insight
“The 16GB, 32GB and 64GB models of the device will sell for $199, $299 and $399”. It’s deja vu all over again. That’s a $200 price cut against the initial base price at which the PlayBook was introduced. These cuts must be costing RIM hundreds of dollars.
‘Occupy Flash’ movement wants Adobe’s plug-in dead >> Computerworld
“A small group of website and mobile app developers have kicked off an ‘Occupy Flash’ campaign to put a stake in the heart of Adobe’s popular browser plug-in.” Hang on, isn’t it the 99% who are meant to complain about the 1%? This is the wrong way round.
Banks bung hard-up Acer £315m loan on Channel Register
“Troubled Acer has penned a new financing deal to cover working capital requirements and pay off a previous loan it took out to acquire Gateway. “The firm has gone through a major reshuffle of management following a loss-making year in which sluggish consumer demand caught it by surprise and resulted in an inventory pile-up.” Just to point out that the Gateway acquisition cost £350m and completed in October 2007. Four years later it has to take a loan out to finish that? Sounds like an unsuccessful acquisition that hasn’t generated as much cash as expected.
The vision behind Klout: measuring online influence >> The Official Klout Blog
Tom Coates comments on the soothing words from Klout’s chief: “While superficially that seems reasonable, pretty much any of us who have been on the web a long time know what these scores result in. One way or another they’ll make us targets for marketing and advertising companies to try and sell their products through us. “And while you talk about the ways in which you try to give people a better platform to be recognized for their passions, what you’re actually doing (or at least this is how it seems) is to estimate which of us is financially worth the most, and then you’re selling access to us to advertisers.” That’s the real vision behind it, he thinks.
Walt Mossberg reviews Kindle Fire, Amazon’s colour tablet >> WSJ.com
“To be clear, the Kindle Fire is much less capable and versatile than the entry-level $499 iPad 2. It has a fraction of the apps, a smaller screen, much weaker battery life, a slower Web browser, half the internal storage and no cameras or microphone. It also has a rigid and somewhat frustrating user interface far less fluid than Apple’s. “But the Fire has some big things going for it. First, the $199 price, though the Fire’s seven-inch screen is less than half the surface area of the iPad’s display. Second, the Amazon and Kindle brands, already known and loved for e-readers and more. Third, Amazon is the only major tablet maker other than Apple with a large, famous, easy-to-use content ecosystem that sells music, video, books and periodicals. The Fire can be thought of as a hardware front end to all that cloud content.” Suspicion: the Kindle Fire will kill the 7in “official Android” market. Effect on the iPad: harder to measure.
Kindle Fire gets torn down – no surprises here >> TechCrunch
“iFixit, bless their hearts, have taken a Kindle Fire to pieces, though as it turns out, there aren’t too many pieces to begin with. The battery is one huge unit, and all the processing and I/O occurs on a single PCB at the bottom of the device. “Those expecting a carbon copy of the Playbook both outside and in will be disappointed: the layout, batteries, PCB, and all the components are different, making the form factor more or less the only real similarity between the two devices.” They share a processor. Basically, tablets are now a battery, screen, and a circuit board.
Coffee Time: Market Share vs Profit – journal >> minimally minimal
Compares the phone models Apple sells in the US with those that Samsung sells. One concludes that Samsung must have really good supply chain control, because that’s some SKU [stockkeeping unit, ie different piece of merchandise] challenge there.
Don’t Be Too Disappointed By Google Music’s Lackluster Debut >> TechCrunch
“There are two things the critics decline to acknowledge: that Google is providing a simple, free service, and that all Google products start out underwhelming and gradually expand. Android was a mess when it showed up. And it’s still a mess — a mess blowing up to the tune of half a million devices a day. We all know Google doesn’t ship complete products. So why do we waste our breath in day-one aspersion or praise when it’s going to be a new Music down the line?”