Monthly Archives: September 2011

Chris Nuttall

The Kindle Fire looks to have the price, services and marketing muscle to take significant share of a US tablet market thus far dominated by the iPad.

Amazon, with its music, video and eBook services in the US can capitalise on the key usage of tablets as consumption devices, although its weaker offerings abroad would be one reason the Fire will have no international launch this year. Read more

Amazon CEO Bezos holds up the new Kindle Touch at news conference in New York

Amazon has launched a head-on challenge to the dominance of Apple’s iPad by unveiling a low-price tablet computer, in a move set to intensify competition over the way consumers enjoy books, music and video.

Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s founder and chief executive, launched a new series of Kindle products in New York on Wednesday, at a media gathering. He began his presentation with the launch of a new eReader -  the black-and-white Kindle Touch priced at $99, as well as a Kindle without a touch interface priced at $79. But the much-awaited direct competitor to the iPad was the $199 Kindle Fire.

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Tech news from around the web:

Social shopping group Groupon is poised to roll out a new product called Groupon Rewards that aims to give participating retailers a way to increase customer loyalty, according to TechCrunch. Under the scheme, a business offering a regular Groupon deal will be able to follow up with another reward that gets unlocked after the customer spends a certain amount of money. The scheme will be open to retailers this week with consumers starting to see the rewards in October.

With speculation mounting over the imminent launch of the iPhone5 on October 4, TUAW looks at the fate of two of Apple’s older products, the iPod Classic and Shuffle, warning that the models face the axe later on this year. Read more

Google announced on Wednesday that it is spending more than $200m to build its first proprietary data centres in Asia, a move that reflects the growth in demand for internet and cloud-based services in the region.

These are not, of course, Google’s first servers in Asia, though they are the first in the region where Google is publicly disclosing their locations. They will also be the first that Google will build from the ground up, from acquiring the land to designing the customised servers. Read more

Chris Nuttall

Toshiba has announced its first 7in tablet – an Android device that may give Samsung’s Galaxy Tab of that screen size a run for its money.

At a demonstration in San Francisco, I was impressed with the high-resolution screen, the rubberised grip and the lightness of the 7in Thrive, compared to the bulkier 10.1in version already available. Read more

Chris Nuttall

Stewart Butterfield’s move – from co-founder of photo-hosting site Flickr to co-creator of a new game called Glitch – suddenly makes sense when he reveals Flickr itself, in its earliest incarnation, was made up of spare parts from an abandoned game.

Glitch, which launched officially on Tuesday, is the kind of creation the entrepreneur could only dream of making back in 2002, when his Vancouver-based startup Ludicorp was formed to develop an online game. Read more

Chris Nuttall

Andrew Cuomo, the governor of New York, announced on Tuesday $4.4bn of investments involving chipmakers that would make his state “the epicentre for the next generation of computer chip technology”. Silicon Valley may be surprised to hear it has been dethroned and, cutting through the political point-scoring, the real significance here for semiconductors seems to be a readiness of the main players to cooperate on moving to the next-generation of silicon wafers. Read more

After dedicating the last couple years to building a secondary market system where employees at private companies like Facebook and Twitter can sell shares, New York-based SecondMarket put itself up for trade on its own exchange. Read more

Tim Bradshaw

As Robert Cookson and I reported today, Anonymous – the hacktivist group – has made a surprising change in tactics with the launch of Anonymous Analytics, a financial research group. Read more

Richard Waters

How important has Steve Jobs’ famous reality distortion field been to Apple’s ability to shape perceptions of its new products – and persuade avid buyers to line up round the block to get their hands on them?

With next week’s unveiling of the iPhone 5, which has just been confirmed, we will get the first chance to see what a big Apple product launch feels like without the company’s guiding spirit. Read more