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Are tablets now disposable computing devices?
January 4, 2013 | 10:00 am

  By Kirk Hiner | for Technology Tell With the price of 7″ tablets now plumbing the sub-$200 level, should these entry-level units be considered disposable computing devices? ZNet’s Jason Perlow posed that question in a commentary last weekend, in which he relates an anecdote about his wife falling asleep in bed while using a Google Nexus 7 he’d recently passed on to her, dropping the tablet onto a tile floor, the impact of which shattered its glass screen. Perlow vetted out the cost of replacing the screen, discovering that ASUS charges about $170 to replace the digitizer/screen/glass assembly, and the parts for a DIY repair would cost about $140. The Nexus 7′s touch digitizer,...

TeleRead Calls Bullshit On All These Meaningless Publishing Industry Reports
December 29, 2012 | 3:39 pm

E-book reading is up, print reading is down, girl with e-reader, girl with e-books"One of the biggest mistakes we as a society in general, and industry in specific make is that we mistake medium for the message. Those who can keep their eye on the message—Amazon and Netflix for example—profit handsomely. On the flip-side you have Flickr." —Om Malik This particular time of year—the stretch between Christmas and, say, the first week or two of January—seems to always result in some sort of consumer-relevant trend story that is repeated over and over again in the media, ad nauseum, until most people simply begin thinking of the story as nothing less than pure...

B&N’s Nook Color and Nook Tablet both $20 cheaper, starting tomorrow
November 3, 2012 | 1:30 pm

Barnes & Noble Nook Color Angry BirdsAn item posted on ZDNet earlier today alerted us to the fact that come tomorrow, November 4, Barnes & Noble will be slashing USD$20 off the cost of both its Nook Color and Nook Tablet devices. "The tablet PC price wars continue to heat up," according to ZDNet, "as Barnes & Noble lowers the cost on its older slates in preparation for the release of its new Nook HD models." From the article, here are the pricing details: "Each of the 7-inch tablets will get $20 shaved off their former price tag. The Nook Color will now cost $139, while the 8GB Nook Tablet will now...

Gawker reporter, Steve Jobs exchange e-mails over flash and porn
May 17, 2010 | 9:23 am

Steve Jobs’s anti-porn and anti-Flash vendettas for the app store have been much in the news lately, and we’ve covered them here a time or two. One of the articles I came across last night brings them up again, in the form of an email exchange between a Gawker reporter and the normally-laconic Steve Jobs. (Gawker is the parent company of Gizmodo, which is much in the news lately concerning the hullaballoo over the “stolen” prototype iPhone.) Reporter Ryan Tate was so upset by the new iPad commercial’s rhetoric, calling the iPad a “revolution,” that, upon seeing it, he...

The iPad will NOT ‘kill’ e-books
March 19, 2010 | 6:15 am

Adrian Kingsley-Hughes at ZDnet chimes in with another one of those obnoxious “it’s the end of the e-book as we know it (and I feel fine)” posts that we’ve been seeing all too often these days. We all know the premise: since the iPad can do things that ordinary books, or even e-books, can’t, we have no more reason to be bound by the same tired old words-on-paper form factor. The iPad changes this. Why? Because rather than being a device that’s specifically designed as an ebook reader, it’s a handheld tablet that just happens...