So Huawei has announced its new HTC One-like eight-inch tablet, the MediaPad M1:
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People have already been complaining on the HP Support Forum that they can’t store apps on a microSD card with the Slate 8 Pro. The Support staff (mostly volunteers) have to keep repeating that it’s Android 4.x doing this, not HP.
And now this.
The entire point of my wanting an Android tablet over an iPad is the card slot.
This move by Google to dissuade hardware makers from including such a slot is just jaw-dropping.
It’s already bad enough that people who want to view multi-GB videos in HD are running up against 4GB file limits with card storage — and this is just pouring salt in the entire wound.
I hope the outcry will be loud enough to make Google change its thinking. Card storage is the ace card that makes many people choose Android over iOS devices.
Do NOT install Adobe Digital Editions 3.0. Some DRM ebook licenses will then be incompatible with mobile devices. As in can't be ever read.—
Micah (@micahsb) January 27, 2014
I believe in stripping DRM from the eBooks you’ve paid for. Not to then pass along those eBooks to others for free. People should pay writers for their work. But you have a right to be free of the potential harm that DRM can do. See above tweet!
Retailers got only about half the holiday traffic in 2013 as they did just three years earlier, according to ShopperTrak, which uses a network of 60,000 shopper-counting devices to track visits at malls and large retailers across the country. The data firm tracked declines of 28.2% in 2011, 16.3% in 2012 and 14.6% in 2013.
Boldfaced added by me.
And they’re blaming online shopping instead of their own suicidal shrinking selections.
Why bother to even visit a store when it’s becoming increasingly obvious they’re cutting back on what they carry?
When they introduced the original webOS-based TouchPad, HP bragged about the scale of their company.
Apparently that scale lacks anything resembling coordination and nimbleness.
I checked email today and it was only on December 16th — after it was already available on their own website for a month — that HP informed me that the Slate 8 Pro was available.
If you’re Microsoft and Samsung, you think, I used to have thousands of retail locations and now I’m down to Best Buy.
Jonathan Sandler, a spokesman for Best Buy, declined to make an executive available for an interview, but said the company’s “goal is always to try and stay one step ahead and anticipate the ever-evolving technology wants and needs of our customers.”
I see fifty billion Samsung tablets at Best Buy. No LG GPad 8.3 or HP’s new Android tablets.
Get your customer-anticipating asses in gear.
I clicked on a link for a website in Twitter and my session was hijacked by Time Warner Cable to present this:
That should never, ever happen.
Same-day update: This gets even worse…
With his “carefully crossed ankles” — deliberate, I’m sure, because his ass is still hurting from the buttfuck Random House gave him — snob agent Andrew Wylie frankly tells the world what he thinks of Kindle users and genre writers in an interview in The New Republic.
Kindle owners are “fools”:
I think we’d be fine if publishers just withdrew their product [from Amazon], frankly. If the terms are unsatisfactory, why continue to do business? You think you’re going to lose thirty percent of your business? Well, that’s OK, because you would have a thirty percent higher margin for seventy percent of your business. You have fewer fools reading your books and you get paid more by those who do. What’s wrong with that?
Boldfaced emphasis added by me.
Steven Troughton-Smith has got me to thinking about the Dell Venue 8 Pro tablet. And when I ruminate about something, I mentally replay all that I’ve seen and read in my head.
And what popped up with a flag in my replay was this:
That’s the Kindle app. Already on the Dell Venue 8 Pro.
And that led me to the incredibly stupid thing Amazon has been doing.