CrunchPad Dead, Droid Collapsing?

November 30, 2009

The End Of The CrunchPad

The CrunchPad was a highly-anticipated device that even I was looking forward to. Now the shockingly amateurish story of its collapse and burn is revealed. I’m not sure I buy the entire tale, either. Arrington is an attorney — and this can happen to him?

Droid Doesn’t: It’s Not Ready For Prime Time
My Droid decision

Two tales that reaffirm my commitment to Never Buying First. After all the jillions of words of praise about the Motorola/Verizon Droid, two people have decided to ditch it based on software and hardware.

Previously here:

What One Big Change Would An Apple iTablet Bring?
The CrunchPad: For Home Only?
Will This Change The Entire eBook Market?


Stop The Nook Madness!

November 29, 2009

This just happened a few minutes ago on eBay:


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Look, stop throwing away your dignity and money like this!

It’s not something that will save your soul!

It’s crappy eInk with an LCD grafted to the bottom!

Save your money for next year! You’ll have your choice of the Apple iTablet or one of a ton of Android mini-tablets. Barnes & Noble’s eReader software will run on all of those. DRMed Adobe ePub will also make its way onto them too — because Adobe isn’t about to pass up that money!

If you must line up on December 7th, do it only if you want one for yourself or to give personally as a gift. If you try to sell it on eBay, you will get burned.

And you will deserve it too.


Android OS/Archos 5 Internet Tablet Notes For Saturday November 28, 2009

November 28, 2009

I didn’t think I’d be doing another one of these so soon!

Apparently while I was busy yesterday, Archos kicked out yet another firmware update: 1.4.09. Nothing having to do with that new YouTube issue, though.

Camangi published a new image of its WebStation. Look:


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A custom skin over the Android OS. Notice that eBook is in the bottom dock as a primary function.

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Two Android Mini-Tablets: Promising NEC But Avoid Smart Q5!

November 27, 2009

Earlier this month NEC showed off three models of a possible Android device, one of which is a take-along mini tablet.

I’m swiping one photo from the Akihibara News report because this is what some touch-enabled desktop computers will — foolishly — look like:

The wedge!

Go to the report to see photos of the grab-and-go mini-tablet mockup.

After the break, I have two videos.

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Android OS/Archos 5 Internet Tablet Notes For Friday November 27, 2009

November 27, 2009

It’s been a while since I did one of these.

Archos kicked out another firmware update yesterday. Apparently they are really serious about this product.

However, with changes comes breakage — and this one is awful.

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Happy Happy Turkey Day!

November 25, 2009

This blog will be closed tomorrow, Thanksgiving Day in America.

Not because I’ll be doing anything special — but all the rest of you will.

We cannot break bread with you. You have taken the land which is rightfully ours. Years from now, my people will be forced to live in mobile homes on reservations.Your people will wear cardigans and drink highballs. We will sell our bracelets by the roadsides. You will play golf and enjoy hot hors d’oeuvres. My people will have pain and degradation. Your people will have stick shifts. The gods of my tribe have spoken. They have said, “Do not trust the pilgrims.”


Syntron Android Mini-Tablet: 3G, 8.9″ Screen

November 25, 2009

Companies are beginning to use YouTube to pimp their products.

I haven’t seen this make news anywhere else (according to a Google search), so you’re seeing it here first.

Its the Mirror from Syntron. It boasts an 8.9″ screen, 3G, WiFi, and a multi-windowing modification of the Android OS.

What interests me is they’ve thought about eBooks. CoverFlow:

And Vook-like thinking:

See a video after the break.

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