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    Posted: 27 June 2012 11:41 PM #211

    Iterating a mobile OS apparently isn’t so easy, if that 4.1 designation is any indication.

    Of course, “4.1” makes the whole “less than 10% of active Android devices are on 4.0” look less bad.  For the time being.

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    Posted: 20 July 2012 08:12 PM #212

    Nexus 7 touchscreen defect

    Ever since my tablet showed up, I?ve been noticing some odd touchscreen behavior that would seem to indicate a defect.

    On occasion, the right side of the screen will stop picking up touch inputs. This has happened in a variety of situations, but I?ve found that one surefire way to trigger it is to play a Tegra game.

    http://www.geek.com/articles/gadgets/video-nexus-7-touchscreen-defect-20120720/

    It’s hard to tell how widespread some of these defects are after less than a week on the market, but it sure sounds like the return rate will be much higher than the iPad’s. Isn’t it funny how so many reviewers assumed Asus used high quality components?

    And where are all the headlines about these problems? You know, like the “iPad is Burning Hot” or “iPad WiFi Fail!”. Where’s Consumer Reports?

    ...Screen is blown-out gray with horrific ghosting as detailed here and I think the left side of the screen may be a little loose.

    ...The left side of my screen is easy to push into the frame of the device. It feels very springy compared to the screen everywhere else.

    ...left side screen rise problem (sponginess/noise was never going to not annoy me) and some pretty significant ghosting.

    ...a horizontal row of bad pixels.

    ...Mine has to go back because the speaker doesn’t function.

    ...constant freezing / restarting.

    http://forums.androidcentral.com/google-nexus-7-tablet-forum/191438-who-has-send-theirs-back-why.html

    Edit to call out Consumer Reports’ failure to report.

    [ Edited: 20 July 2012 08:17 PM by Drew Bear ]      
  • Posted: 20 July 2012 11:33 PM #213

    It’s not surprising.  ASUS doesn’t go from making pedestrian hardware to Apple-quality stuff just be slapping Google’s name on it. 

    I’ve not handled a Nexus 7, but it shows well on photos.  That doesn’t mean it will WORK as nice as it looks.  The devil is truly in the details.

    Note to CU:  Do your job.

         
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    Posted: 21 July 2012 12:07 AM #214

    You can only make a product so well at a certain price.

    You can make a product better at a certain price, but the barriers to doing so are enormous and typically overcome with years and years of iterative expertise and live-fire learning by doing funded by billions and billions in cost-curve expertise aided by billions and billions in leverage/buying power, though apparently you can keep visible R&D expenditures fairly low with a skilled enough design and fabrication crew.

    Of course, there’s only one going concern in the entire consumer tech world fanatical enough to have been going down that path for the past 15 years.  An advantage not easily leapfrogged.

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  • Posted: 06 August 2012 05:49 PM #215

    Stanford announced over the weekend that it will become the first college football team to outfit all of its players with iPad playbooks.

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    Only thing is, I think that Ohio State already announced the same thing.

    Whatever. With 12 of the NFL teams using iPads, expect to see all professional, college, high school and, eventually, amateur teams using the iPad in the very near future.

         
  • Posted: 07 August 2012 06:20 PM #216

    Yesterday Standford announced their football team was going all iPad. Today Duke.

    Tomorrow, the world….

         
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    Posted: 16 August 2012 04:03 PM #217

    U.S. State Department withdraws Kindle contract proposal

    The U.S. State Department, which was considering a $16.5-million no-bid contract with Amazon to provide Kindles, content and services for overseas language programs, has officially withdrawn its proposal, saying it ?intends to conduct additional market research and reexamine its requirements for this program.?

    http://paidcontent.org/2012/08/16/state-department-withdraws-its-amazon-kindle-deal/

         
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    Posted: 16 August 2012 04:13 PM #218

    Drew Bear - 16 August 2012 07:03 PM

    U.S. State Department withdraws Kindle contract proposal

    The U.S. State Department, which was considering a $16.5-million no-bid contract with Amazon to provide Kindles, content and services for overseas language programs, has officially withdrawn its proposal, saying it ?intends to conduct additional market research and reexamine its requirements for this program.?

    http://paidcontent.org/2012/08/16/state-department-withdraws-its-amazon-kindle-deal/

    Translation:  We can do that and a lot more with iPads.  smile

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  • Posted: 16 August 2012 05:16 PM #219

    Drew Bear - 16 August 2012 07:03 PM

    U.S. State Department withdraws Kindle contract proposal

    The U.S. State Department, which was considering a $16.5-million no-bid contract with Amazon to provide Kindles, content and services for overseas language programs, has officially withdrawn its proposal, saying it ?intends to conduct additional market research and reexamine its requirements for this program.?

    http://paidcontent.org/2012/08/16/state-department-withdraws-its-amazon-kindle-deal/

    I worked for the government when I first got out of law school. It was an experience, I assure you. I was in procurement so I have a lot of sympathy for what the the DOJ was doing. While we were always supposed to solicit competitive bids, it was much easier to justify going “sole source” (single vendor). The fact that it cost more or did less was irrelevant. The important thing was that it was a lot less work - for us.

    Now that may come across as a smarmy criticism, but it’s not meant to be.  Human beings do what they’re incented (Not a word, but I still like it) to do. Don’t blame the player for playing the game - change the rules of the game.

    From our perspective, it simply makes no sense for the DOJ to buy Kindles without taking competitive offers. Just from reading what they’re trying to do, the Kindle might, in fact, be the best device for the job. But it always makes sense to get at least three bids. It always makes sense, that is, unless unless it’s not your money that’s being spent.

         
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    Posted: 22 August 2012 06:21 AM #220

    Indirectly found via Gruber:

    This is for real.  This is for real!

    How can this be for real?

    Microsoft must be secretly grinning ear to ear.  Their build quality stands a CHANCE!

    And Apple should try to get this “it’s not an iPad” Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet into the jury room STAT.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V30t1S1nUbA

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-NB4JHRn8Tw

    And the review which spawned the videos:  http://www.androidpolice.com/2012/08/21/samsung-galaxy-note-10-1-review-an-embarrassing-lazy-arrogant-money-grab/

    And a bonus:  Scroll down to the end of the review for a look at the Galaxy Note 10.1’s, y’know, new Samsung tablet’s, charging cable…

    [ Edited: 22 August 2012 06:26 AM by Mav ]

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  • Posted: 22 August 2012 10:19 AM #221

    Mav - 22 August 2012 09:21 AM

    And a bonus:  Scroll down to the end of the review for a look at the Galaxy Note 10.1’s, y’know, new Samsung tablet’s, charging cable…

    Now you’re just being unfair. Anyone can see that Samsung have innovated by bringing black to the equation.  (is there a sarcasm tag?)

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  • Posted: 22 August 2012 10:40 AM #222

    Mav - 22 August 2012 09:21 AM

    Indirectly found via Gruber:

    This is for real.  This is for real!

    How can this be for real?

    Microsoft must be secretly grinning ear to ear.  Their build quality stands a CHANCE!

    And Apple should try to get this “it’s not an iPad” Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet into the jury room STAT.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V30t1S1nUbA

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-NB4JHRn8Tw

    And the review which spawned the videos:  http://www.androidpolice.com/2012/08/21/samsung-galaxy-note-10-1-review-an-embarrassing-lazy-arrogant-money-grab/

    And a bonus:  Scroll down to the end of the review for a look at the Galaxy Note 10.1’s, y’know, new Samsung tablet’s, charging cable…

    This is GOLD. Longest amount of time I’ve ever spent reading something about Android.

         
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    Posted: 23 August 2012 12:10 PM #223

    Announcing the new Microsoft logo.

    Click at your own risk. 

      AppleInsider

    I’ve seen those colors in Toy’sRUs.

         
  • Posted: 23 August 2012 02:07 PM #224

    Tetrachloride - 23 August 2012 03:10 PM

    Announcing the new Microsoft logo.

    Click at your own risk. 

      AppleInsider

    I’ve seen those colors in Toy’sRUs.

    This is what they’ve been using at Microsoft Retail for those who’ve sauntered in the store to see the Tier 2 notebooks and what have you.  LOL

         
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    Posted: 23 August 2012 05:21 PM #225

    Microsoft’s gone square.

    Love that white background.  Coincidence?  wink

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