Source: HP To Cut 30,000 Jobs
Source: HP To Cut 30,000 Jobs
Orome1 writes “In a major cybercrime turning point, scammers have begun shifting their focus away from Windows-based PCs to other operating systems and platforms, including smart phones, tablet computers, and mobile platforms in general, according to the a new Cisco report. The report also finds that 2010 was the first year in the history of the Internet that spam volume decreased, that cybercriminals are investing heavily in “money muling,” and that users continue to fall prey to myriad forms of trust exploitation.”
Last year, Apple created a new category of computing with the iPad. Now, every other PC manufacturer is rushing to revamp or bring out their own tablet computers. New tablets are expected to dominate at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
Forrester Research put out a new forecast this morning for the growth of tablet computers. It expects the number of tablets sold in the U.S. to go from 10.3 million last year to 24.1 million in 2011, and growing to 44 million in annual units sold by 2015.
At that point, by 2015 it projects that 82 million people in the U.S. will own some sort of tablet, or a full one third of the online population. Apple will still command a “lion’s share” of the market, at least through 2012.
I’m sure this forecast will change in six months time (just look at Forrester’s overly-conservative tablet forecast from six months ago), but I do agree that touch computing is with us to stay.
If you are a regular user of the Kindle app for the iPhone or iPad, you will be aware that the application is currently limited to books and that access to periodicals like newspapers and magazines are not available.
That could soon change. In an announcement on the Amazon Kindle forum, the company has informed their customers that they shall soon be able to read Kindle periodicals on the free Kindle app for the iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.
Amazon notes that this new update is in line with their vision to make it possible for their customers to buy once and be able to read from everywhere. The popular ecommerce giant is expected to launch the new functionality for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad in the coming weeks.
Amazon has also revealed yet another interesting functionality for Kindle users. The company will be introducing a new "lending for Kindle" functionality that will enable users to lend their Kindle books to friends and family members for a 14 day period. These users shall be able to access the borrowed books from either a Kindle device or from an app installed on their iPhone, iPad or other supported devices. The new feature will simulate a real book-borrowing experience whereby it will not be possible for the original buyer to read the book on their device for the period it has been lent. This feature is expected to be launched later this year. Amazon however points out that not all ebooks will be lendable and that it is up to the book publisher to decide whether or not to enable lending for their publications.
The two announcements come at an interesting time when Amazon has been facing tight competition from rival eReader manufacturers like Barnes & Noble. More importantly, the opening up of Kindle periodicals to free apps on the iPhone and iPad is likely to impact the sale of the Kindle eReader. The decision is thus a possible indication of the fact that more and more users are moving away from dedicated e-readers to more generic tablet computers like the iPad. This change in consumer preference is likely to have inspired Amazon's latest offering.
What do you think about the two new features?
[via Amazon Kindle Forums]
snydeq writes “Canonical is preparing a version of the Ubuntu OS for tablet computers as the company looks to extend its presence in the mobile space, InfoWorld reports. The OS will be a lightweight version of Linux with a simplified, touch-friendly user interface, and tablets with the Ubuntu OS could become available late in winter 2011. The focus will be on developing an OS with a simplified user interface that provides quick access to the most-used applications. Development efforts will also focus on adding on-screen keyboard features and compatibility for multitouch drivers.”
eldavojohn writes “Time Inc., News Corp., Conde Nast, Hearst Corp., and Meredith Corp. are teaming up to create a digital newsstand and somewhat open format that ‘can render our content beautifully on those devices that come to market’ instead of the gray inked Kindle’s energy conscious display. Devices are being made for the new format with the launch coming next year. The format will also target smart phones and tablet computers. Will this pose a threat at all to the Kindle?”