Daily Archives: March 11, 2012

Don’t Believe The eBook Anti-Anti-Trust Spin

Steve Jobs, Price Fixer?

Publishers wanted competition among e-readers instead of a Kindle monopoly and worried that the subsidized price established artificially low prices.

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

This article seems to be the opening offensive against the Department of Justice’s inquiry and accusation of Apple and the Big Six engaging in a price-fixing conspiracy.

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Japan: One Year Ago

Devastation In Japan

Japan: Atomic Bomb Scale Of Destruction

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Freedom Tower: One Year Progress

February 2011:

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Freedom Tower: March 12, 2012

All photos taken today Sunday March 11, 2012 sometime between 8:40-9:10AM EDST.

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Coby Lists 9.7″ Android 4.0 Tablet

Just today Coby started listing its new Android 4.0 9.7″ tablet. This likely means it will start appearing in stores soon.

Unlike similar 9.7″ tablets from both Arnova and ViewSonic in the same price range, it has Android 4.0, not 2.3. I have to think that immediately makes it a better value, aside from the fact it also has 1GB of RAM versus 512MB on the other two.

My one question is about the AllWinner 1GHz CPU. I’ve heard of tablets using Rockchip CPUs not being able to run all Android apps due to some sort of native coding issue. I don’t know if this will also apply to this unknown CPU.

Although Coby is dismissed as a low-end manufacturer, this model did make a bit of an impression on people at CES. And over the months I’ve watched plenty of YouTube videos from Coby owners who seem satisfied after rooting their other devices, particularly the original 7″ tablet that sold for $149 and dropped to $99 (and even sometimes $79).

After the break, some videos from CES showing this tablet.

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Another New Out-Of-Date Tablet Appears

Like yesterday with the Arnova tablet, I tripped across this new listing at J&R today.

It’s the ViewSonic ViewPad 10E.

Announced in January, it’s finally making its way to stores and is already obsolete, running Android 2.3 on an unknown 1GHz CPU. And also like the Arnova, it has a front camera only. Unlike the Arnova, it’s US$299, not US$279.

After the break, a video showing it off.

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