Daily Archives: March 7, 2014

Repeating: Google Against Dual-Boot Tablets

Via PadHz, here, February 23, 2014: Google Forbids Windows/Android Dual-Boot Tablets

CNet, February 25, 2014: No Nirvana? Is Asus rethinking Android-Windows 8.1 device?

CNet, March 7, 2014: Google cited as bothered by Android-Windows hybrid

I often get shit on Twitter for citing Chinese reports. I understand that sometimes they seem unbelievable — and add to that the ambiguity of Google Translate.

Yet many times I’ve found they have the real deal before anyone in America notices.

Anyway, I wouldn’t be surprised if dual-boot machines are killed by Google. All they really do is aid Microsoft. That’s not something Google wants.

I’m sure Asus will cite either “no market demand” or the catch-all “technical issues” when finally announcing the cancellation.

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Amazon Finally Wins In eBooks

Kobo objects to potentially “devastating” Competition Bureau agreement on agency pricing

By analogy, in the US, when Agency Lite was brought into existence, Kobo saw its net revenues steadily decline. Kobo has since stopped investing in marketing in the US, closed its office in Chicago and is focusing on other markets. Its market share and revenues are now negligible there.

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

Well, there it is. What I’ve thought was the case for at least the past year.

B&N’s Nook division goes into a death-spiral of losses.

Sony pulls out and sends it eBook customers to Kobo.

Now Kobo is saying it has basically written off the American market.

That leaves Amazon as undisputed winner.

Tell me again how ePub 3 is going to save everyone from Amazon…

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