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History Of The Tablet : a lot had been tried since 1987 and before Jobs "picked" the idea

History Of The Tablet : a lot had been tried since 1987 and before Jobs "picked" the idea | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Tablets have killed the netbook market and are fast transforming the traditional PC.

 

Apple's iPad gets most of the credit for that, but the tablet computer was not Steve Jobs' idea. Tablets actually began decades before the iPad was launched in 2010.

 

Look at all the previous attemps including the Newton, the Palm Pilot, ...

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Interesting history, that misses a few iconic devices such as IBM's Simon, Eo's Personal Communicator, or the General Magic / Sony's Magic Pad...

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Mary Francia's comment, June 3, 2013 1:02 PM
They also missed Philips Nino in 1999 and the home tablet and the medical tablet..... we certainly helped a lot on working out the bugs and getting the market read
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A look inside the world’s cheapest tablet computer, India’s $20 Aakash 2

A look inside the world’s cheapest tablet computer, India’s $20 Aakash 2 | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
Suneet Tuli, CEO of Datawind, maker of the world’s least expensive functional 7″ tablet computer, recently stopped by the offices of Quartz to show off the device. The Aakash 2, which we’ve covered at length, is the size of a Google Nexus 7 tablet and, surprisingly, almost as capable, despite costing just one fifth as much. (Datawind sells the tablets to the Indian government for around $40, and the government either gives them away or re-sells them to students for $20.)

“It’s a pretty stock, straightforward entry-level device,” Tuli said during our interview. “As far as the hardware goes, it’s nothing too extraordinary and it’s not intended to be. The key focus is breaking that price barrier.”
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A Year Without a Computer

A Year Without a Computer | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
Could you succeed in every aspect of your job using just a smartphone or tablet? One exec decided to try it for a year. Here's what he has learned.

Caveat: success depends a lot on the type of job, and in this particular case there is some strong bias
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Tablet Market Share By Platform Infographic Reveals Android Rise - Yet iPad Still Rules in Usage Share

Tablet Market Share By Platform Infographic Reveals Android Rise - Yet iPad Still Rules in Usage Share | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

The iPad family accounted for 81% of tablet use in the U.S. and Canada during April, up slightly from a few months ago. Kindle Fires accounted for the second largest share, followed by Samsung Galaxy tablets. In other words, even though Android took its first lead in global tablet market share last quarter (see chart, right), that's not showing up in North American usage patterns. It's likely that Android tablets are filling out the low-end of the tablet market in the emerging world.

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Usage reality field distorsion? looks also like Windows8 is catching up on Kindle...

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That 1984 New York Times Article About Windows Was Completely Right

That 1984 New York Times Article About Windows Was Completely Right | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
In 1984, the New York Times ran an article slamming the concept of windows-based operating systems.

Nicholas Carlson just pointed it out as an example of why you shouldn't listen to gadget reviewers. He's right about that as far as it goes: You shouldn't listen to gadget reviewers. It only leads to heartbreak.

But the New York Times article is actually amazingly prescient, if you think about the future of computing today.
What's magnificent about Apple's iPad and Microsoft's new Surface? They let you focus on a single task, by design.
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Larry's comment, November 24, 2012 2:56 PM
Ambiguous writing. We cannot do 2 things well simultaneously, but we have to switch between tasks and we prefer when it is fast and we don't lose our thoughts path.
Tiki® was invented for just that, on any screen size...
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Interest In Amazon's Kindle Fire Collapses

Interest In Amazon's Kindle Fire Collapses | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Apple has only had one tablet that could legitimately be considered a rival: The Kindle Fire.

When it launched, there was great buzz about the product and the price. Well, seven months later, the interest in the Fire is gone.

ChangeWave research released its most recent data on interest in the Kindle Fire, and as you can see, just 8% of people polled say they will buy one in the next three months. That's down from 22% when the Fire launched. The iPad, meanwhile, is at 73%.

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