Monthly Archives: February 2013

Countdown To The Death Of The Nook Begins

Barnes & Noble Weighs Its E-Reader Investment

A person familiar with Barnes & Nobles’s strategy acknowledged that this quarter, which includes holiday sales, has caused executives to realize the company must move away from its program to engineer and build its own devices and focus more on licensing its content to other device makers.

“They are not completely getting out of the hardware business, but they are going to lean a lot more on the comprehensive digital catalog of content,” said this person, who asked not to be identified discussing corporate strategy.

On Thursday, the person said, the company will emphasize its commitment to intensify partnerships with other tablet producers like Microsoft and Samsung to make deals for content that it controls.

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

Just … wow.

So the Nook is basically going to become an app? What I said earlier?

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Gerry Anderson Tribute Video: Nosey Parker Is Go!

I heard about this years and years ago via P2P but it was never available.

Now it’s turned up on YouTube, legitimately!

One of the best Gerry Anderson homage-parodies I’ve ever seen.

All models. No CGI. That’s how it’s done.

Previously here:

Gerry Anderson Tribute Video: Dogfight Redux

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Samsung Is Just No Apple

As much as they want to be, they aren’t.

When Apple introduces a product, you know the models available, the date of availability, and their prices.

Samsung introduces the Galaxy Note 8.0 and plays coy on the models available, the date of availability, and their prices.

They pulled this same shit with the original Galaxy Tab 7 and the Galaxy Tab 7.7.

In fact, when they finally introduced a Wi-Fi-only Galaxy Tab 7, they downgraded the specs, simply ruining it.

And with the Galaxy Tab 7.7 — which was banned in Europe — in America they sold only a 4G version tied to Verizon’s network.

This is bullshit.

This is no way to get people to stay interested in your products.

A loose “end of second quarter” estimate for the Galaxy Note 8.0 all but guarantees it will get crushed by the rumored next Google Nexus tablet with a 7.7-inch screen. The S-Pen and multi-windowing aren’t that big a deal that people will forgo a plain vanilla Android tablet with Google branding.

Samsung needs to get its act together and realize it’s not fighting just Apple — but Google too.

Samsung: Do proper introductions or just don’t bother. We’re tired of being dicked around by you.


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1920: Mail Order Is Doomed

From a 1920 issue of American Stationer and Office Outfitter comes this unbelievable item:



Wikipedia: Richard Warren Sears

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eMatic Eight-Inch Tablet For $129

I came across a new listing at J&R this morning:

Click = big

Just US$129 (list US$149) for a dual-core eight-inch 1024 x 768 tablet?


The list price is US$20 less than the similarly-specced Archos 80 Titanium! The intro sale price makes it US$40 cheaper — and a whopping US$200 cheaper than an iPad Mini.

But dig it: This tablet is entering the price point of high-end eInk devices such as the Kindle Paperwhite and Nook GlowLight.

I don’t know how real the J&R specs are. At post time, not even eMatic lists this tablet on their own site.

If this tablet is real the specs are accurate, it’d have what the Archos 80 Titanium and Platinum tablets do not: Bluetooth. And Bluetooth matters for keyboards and external speakers.

Same-day update: Rakuten (formerly also lists it.

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Another Bit By Napoleon Hill Surfaces

From the same 1920 issue of Gas Industry noted earlier.

Google Book Search is an embarrassment and this should have surfaced in my earlier search.


Not all who wear little American flags in the lapel of their coats and take off their hats as the flag goes by, are loyal Americans.

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Second Samsung Galaxy S III Test

Previously: Samsung Galaxy S III Test

Neighbor had some problems with his phone. I updated it to the latest version of Android…


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Simply Stupid

Innovation Through Simplicity

The utter simplicity of the iOS home screen is Apple’s innovation. It’s the simplest, most obvious “system” ever designed.


Damn. It’s too bad no one else ever thought of a set of icons on a home screen like that.


Oh. Wait.

Sometimes people go too far in their cheerleading.

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The Android Cascade

I’ve noticed an increasing drumbeat of stories touting Android. This is both perplexing and interesting. It almost seems coordinated too.

At any rate, it shows that Android might be up to something that Apple should pay some attention to.

After the break, the cascade of recent press for Android.

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Nokia Android?

Nokia! If Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates calls Microsoft’s Smartphone Strategy ‘Clearly’ A Mistake and one that ‘Doesn’t allow us to get the leadership’ Why Do You Think It Is Working?

I think it is inevitable that Nokia (in whatever form it may exist) will abandon Windows Phone soon and then its obvious option is Android (would have been MeeGo).

That would basically wind up as a battle between Nokia and Samsung.

Nokia certainly has hardware engineering excellence.

But would they jump into Android without being a close partner with Google to the extent of producing a Google-blessed Nexus phone?

Nexus devices are vanilla Android, so that would exclude any software additions Nokia might want to slather over Android (as Samsung does with TouchWiz).

Moving to Android would be a huge embarrassment for Microsoft.

It would also remove the reason Nokia has had for keeping Elop too.

I’m putting this post here to start a countdown clock. Let’s see how long it takes for this to happen.


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