Amazon’s starts the Fire

Amazon Kindle Fire

Amazon Kindle Fire

So, Amazon debuted it's the Kindle Fire on Wednesday. This marks Amazon's first real tablet venture. The initial specs sound pretty good: 7" touchscreen, protected by gorilla glass; dual core processor; Android and a $199 price tag

The Fire doesn't have much data storage, no card slots, no 3G and the only port is for charging. But it has content. So the question is, can the Fire compete with existing tablets that do more, based mainly on the strength of the Amazon content cloud? It'll be interesting to see and if I can find $200 laying around, I may find out first hand. Of course, if Amazon wants to loan me one to review, you know I will!

Are weak PC sales the result of the economy or Apple?

An article posted at yesterday begs the question: Are weak PC sales the result of the economy or Apple?

If you assembled all the things affecting PC sales at enterprise vendors into a word cloud it might look something like this: "Apple" would dominate in bold jumbo letters, and perhaps in similar-size letters would appear "economy," along with still-smaller names of the various Android tablets, and the names of vendors selling heavily discounted PCs.

The trend seems to be businesses increasing their spending on PCs, but home users are flocking to Apple.

I for one have several PCs and an iPad. I would love to get my hands on a new XOOM or an equivalent Android based tablet, but the economy is affecting my decision to purchase at this time.

Where is Windows in all of this? While they do have several Windows coming soon, I don't see them as gaining a major foothold in mobile tablet computing - just look at their lack of success in the smart phone market.

[via ComputerWorld]

Electrical Engineers Discover “Genius Moment” with Boogie Board Tablet

A Cleveland area company has a pretty cool new device that came out just before Christmas - the Boogie Board™. Kent Displays, Inc. created the Boogie Board™, which is a portable electronic scratch pad. The LCD display is flexible and only uses power to erase the image.

Engineers will find the Boogie Board tablet perfect for “back-of-the-envelop calculations that are sometimes the result of that ‘genius’ moment where you’re incubating ideas for seemingly unsolvable problems,” says EEWeb co-founder Joe Wolen.

The Boogie Board™s are available at Brookstone® stores, or online at - priced around $40.