For the Consumer Electronics Show, set for early January, 2011 is shaping up to be the year of the tablet. Yet the most (some would say only) successful tablet to date is the one that won't be at CES. Apple sold 7.5 million iPads in the first six months and no doubt millions more this holiday season. Its shadow will hang over the show, forcing a wide range of companies--chipmakers; computer hardware and consumer-electronics companies; software developers and wireless carriers--to announce plans for tablets. Here's what we're expecting to see.
A new report says that HP will show its WebOS tablet at CES next month, called the PalmPad.
HP has been talking about the PalmPad almost since the company bought Palm and its WebOS operating system in the spring, though the company has repeatedly said the device won't actually be shipped until the end of the first quarter.
But a Fox News story today has some very curious details. The Fox reporter's source forwarded him a diagram that is purported to be the forthcoming PalmPad. It has few labels except for a note about an optional PalmPad dock. … Read more
Motorola is already trying to elevate its unannounced tablet above the iPad in a promotional video released Sunday.
Of course, it's easy to claim just about anything when promoting a product that hasn't been formally announced and subjected to the rigors--and possible slings and arrows--of independent reviews.
But that hasn't stopped Motorola from denigrating the iPad by calling it a "giant iPhone" in the ad (above). That statement implies that Motorola's tablet isn't just a giant Droid X. We'll see, when Motorola shows its cards at CES next month.
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When my boss asks me what tablets I expect to see at CES, I have to laugh a little. It's a nervous laugh. Maybe I'm overreacting, but with the iPad's breakout success this year, I'm expecting a tidal wave of tablets at CES 2011.
There are the obvious elephants in the room. RIM will surely be making a fuss about its PlayBook. HP should have a WebOS tablet to show off (or risk humiliation, at this point). And as for Microsoft, if we don't see a branded tablet we should at least see a convincing … Read more
The pieces seem to be falling into place for HP's first WebOS-based tablet.
Executives have confirmed several times that there will be a touch-screen tablet featuring Palm's mobile operating system released sometime between January and March, though little else is known about it. HP has trademarked "PalmPad" and an exec has even publicly referred to an upcoming tablet as such, but it's not clear that will be the product's actual name once it starts shipping to customers.
Research In Motion may be planning to release the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet as early as late February.
Edel Ebbs, RIM's vice president of investor relations, said yesterday in its fiscal third-quarter earnings call that "no PlayBook revenues [are] included in our Q4 guidance, and we expect the first revenue impact from PlayBook to be in RIM's first quarter." His quote comes from a call transcript published on SeekingAlpha.
Ebbs also noted that RIM's tablet will impact the company's operating expenses on "development, marketing, and launch preparation activities" in its fiscal fourth quarter.… Read more
Is an iPad a PC? Depends on who you ask.
It's true the way we use personal technology now is changing, making what we refer to as a "PC" a moving target. Recently, some market share studies have grouped tablets with traditional PCs to show how power in the laptop and desktop market is shifting in favor of, well, Apple, a longtime underdog in the PC world.
While CES isn't always a hotbed of computer news and product announcements, there's always enough new stuff to keep our attention, especially as the competition between traditional laptops and tablets heats up. These are some of the trends and stories we expect you'll be hearing much more about in January.
New laptop and desktop CPUs Unfortunately, some of the products we were most excited about from CES 2010 never actually saw the light of day, leading us to be a bit more skeptical about laptops that look too good to be true (we're looking at you, … Read more
Higher competition and lower consumer demand combined to bite into Best Buy's sales and earnings in the third quarter.
For the quarter ended November 27, the electronics retailer yesterday reported earnings of $217 million versus $227 million a year ago, while sales trickled down 1 percent to $11.9 billion from $12 billion last year. Both numbers were lower than analysts had anticipated, according to Bloomberg.
Why the downturn? The quarter was hurt by weaker-than-expected sales of TVs, computers, and entertainment software as Best Buy faces increased competition from online retailers such as Amazon and rival stores such as … Read more
Engadget posted a story today about the Nook Color titled, "Nook Color getting Android 2.2 and Market in January, current hacks could make it blow up." The title is certainly catchy (whenever you write about mobile products blowing up, the traffic tends to go through the roof), but we were a little concerned with some info in the post.
After talking about the potential hazards of hacking the Nook Color to run Android 2.2 and linking to PC World and nookdevs articles, the writer went on to say, "Thankfully, there is a much easier way … Read more