Bill Gates is often credited for inventing the tablet and predicting its ubiquity 10 years before Apple released the iPad. That's why it's extremely saddening to finally find out that it was Gates himself that killed the amazing dual-screen Courier concept tablet that Microsoft was planning.
According to some anonymous sources inside Barnes & Noble, they're set to unveil the Nook Color 2 on November 7. And not a moment too soon, with Amazon's Kindle Fire set to be released later that month.
What a difference two months can make. After announcing it was deeply considering the idea of spinning off its PC division and getting out of the hardware game, HP's doing another 180, insisting it'll still make PCs and that it "needs to be in the tablet business."
We all dream of having the revolutionary idea that makes us successful. In fact, the number of patents filed each year almost doubles every ten years to almost half a million in 2010 alone. Unfortunately, being first to market with a new technology product, even a great product, doesn't necessarily guarantee success. For your enjoyment, we've compiled a list of "successful" technology firsts that weren't quite so successful in their original incarnation. Whether it was poor marketing, some supporting technology just wasn't "there" yet, or something unforeseen, you have to admire these brave first attempts. The lessons taught by these technological firsts is all the more apt on this, the day of the iPod's 10 birthday, considering the iPod itself followed in the footsteps of another, now forgotten MP3 player.
Dell's approach to combat the iPad and Android tablets has thus far been to sit back, watch, and wait. Looks like it's about done watching because pics of its 10.1-inch 'Peju' tablet running Windows 7 have already slipped out.
Photoshop is one of the most powerful and deep pieces of software available, a tool that professionals use to manipulate images in thousands of ways. Which makes Adobe's unveiling of Photoshop Touch for tablets very interesting.
The original Motorola Xoom tablet failed on every level because Android Honeycomb 3.0 didn't have enough apps the device itself was one bloated slab of plastic. The Xoom 2 doesn't seem to change much — it's still fat (and maybe uglier) compared to the iPad 2.
Various tech blogs have received invites from Amazon for a special press conference scheduled on September 28. Our natural instincts tell us Amazon's Kindle tablet will be officially unveiled to the public at that event. Barnes & Noble's Nook Color better brace itself.
How big is too big when it comes to a tablet? 12 inches, maybe? How about 23 inches? Because that's how big the Megapad is.
After getting squeezed out of the iPhone and iPad world, Adobe Flash is getting smacked in the face, again. Microsoft's declared that the Metro (read: tablet) version of Internet Explorer 10 on Windows 8 will be a "plug-in free" browser. Instead, Microsoft will back HTML5 for its browser. Sorry, Adobe.