September 11, 2012 |
Toys R Us Inc. is stepping into the heated tablet-computer wars with a $150 version for kids — including Wi-Fi connectivity, extensive parental control features and 50 pre-loaded apps that include popular games such as "Angry Birds" and "Fruit Ninja. " But will kids want it and parents buy it? "You can jam 50 apps into this and make it an overwhelming value," said toy industry analyst Sean McGowan. "But at the end of the day, kids may decide it's not cool and it's either Apple or nothing.
October 25, 2011 |
With roughly 25 million adults in America now owning an iPad or other tablet computer, a new survey shows that the early adopters are using the devices to follow the news even more than they use them for social networking, gaming, reading books or watching videos. That seems to be a positive development for the U.S. news industry, but it comes with a nettlesome corollary: The majority of tablet enthusiasts say they don't want to pay to get access to news and other information, according to research by the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism.
September 29, 2011 |
Amazon.com Inc. unveiled its first tablet computer with a host of functions and features that allow it to do nearly everything the iPad can do — but at less than half the cost. Called the Kindle Fire, the device may quickly become the strongest competitor yet to the iPad, analysts said. Barely 18 months after Apple Inc. released the first iPad, tablet computers are a nearly $30-billion industry, with the iPad accounting for almost 80% of the market. The Fire, introduced Wednesday by Amazon Chief Executive Jeff Bezos, is aimed at attracting consumers who want a tablet but can't afford the iPad and its other pricier competitors.
December 25, 2009 |
Santa arrived early for Apple Inc. shareholders: The stock surged $6.94, or 3.4%, on Thursday to close at a record high of $209.04. That topped the previous closing high of $207 on Nov. 17. The buzz continues to build about the company's widely anticipated -- albeit unconfirmed -- tablet computer. The Financial Times reported that Apple has rented a stage at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco in late January, most likely for a product announcement. An Apple tablet, which some speculate might be called the "iPad," is expected to be a cross between the iPhone, with its touch-sensitive screen and numerous useful applications, and the Amazon Kindle reading device, with its much larger screen.
October 5, 2012
Superintendent John Deasy wants to buy every teacher and student in Los Angeles Unified School District a tablet computer within a year or two - 700,000 of the electronic devices, he figures - and pay for it with bonds that were passed by voters to build, repair and update school facilities. Deasy isn't the only one eager to use bond money to buy tablets, though L.A. Unified's purchase would be uniquely ambitious in its size and reach. In fact, though the legality is somewhat sketchy, this is becoming as much a trend as starting up charter schools.
December 25, 2011 |
I have tried — really tried — to fall in love with the iPad. I've spent hours trying it out. Reading, browsing, gaming. Watching movies. I've trawled Apple's website for killer apps. Conferred with the blue-shirted geniuses at my local Apple store about the wonders of the tablet-enabled lifestyle. I've checked out the favorite apps of my iPad-equipped friends, and tried to conjure every way I might use the iPad for health, happiness and profit. But it's not happening.