Oct 2, 2011

Amazon, RIM tablets look alike--that's where it ends | Nanotech - The Circuits Blog - CNET News

The Kindle Fire looks strikingly like the poor-selling liquidation-prone tablet from RIM. But that won't stop the Fire from flying out of Amazon's warehouses.

Analysts I talked to this week have a common forecast. Amazon will sell millions of the Kindle Fire tablet soon after it becomes available on November 15. Easily beating other Android tablet rivals in sales volume. And crushing its doppelganger, RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook.
In fact, the only thing possibly holding back Amazon from selling 4 million tablets (the high end of analysts' forecasts) in the months after the Fire becomes available is component supply bottlenecks. That's exactly the same kind of benign problem that Apple has and other Android players--and RIM--wish they had.
"It's...not demand constraint. Amazon is supply constrained near-term due to low yields on touch screens," Rodman & Renshaw analyst Ashok Kumar said in a phone interview Friday.
The $199 price, of course, is a big factor driving these expectations. "At that price point there's almost an insatiable demand. HP's TouchPad proves that," Kumar said.

Roubini: U.S. May Be Entering Another Recession

The U.S. may be entering another recession, according to Nouriel Roubini, co-founder and chairman of Roubini Global Economics LLC.
“The question is, will the recession be mild or severe?” Roubini said in a panel discussion today at the Bloomberg Dealmakers Summit in New York. “We are running out of policy bullets.”
The Conference Board today said that confidence among U.S. consumers stagnated in September near a two-year low as the share of households saying it was difficult to find a job climbed to the highest level in almost three decades. The reading signals hiring hasn’t improved after the world’s largest economy failed to create jobs in August and the unemployment rate held at 9.1 percent.
Roubini, a professor at New York University’s Stern School of Business, said the debt crisis in Europe could have consequences that are “worse” than the collapse of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. in 2008.

Microsoft Anti-Malware Tool Mistakenly Snuffs Google Chrome

Microsoft’s Security Essentials anti-malware tool has mistakenly identified Google Chrome as a password-pilfering trojan — and actually removed the browser from many users’ machines — but a fix for this rather amusing false positive is now available.

In an email sent to Wired, a Microsoft spokesperson said that on Friday, Chrome was inadvertently identified as a member of the Zeus malware family (aka “PWS:Win32:Zbot”). As a result, Security Essentials is blocking the Google browser and, in some cases, removing it. But earlier today, Microsoft released an updated signature that fixes the snafu. The company urges those using Microsoft Security Essentials to update the tool with the latest signatures, and it apologies for any inconvenience.
Google declined to comment on the matter Friday morning, but a company spokesperson has since pointed us to a blog post where the company says that over the next 24 hours, it will release an update that will automatically repair Chrome for those affected by Microsoft’s false positive.
“If you’re unable to launch Chrome or load new web pages, then you may be affected,” Google’s post reads.
The company also provides detailed instructions on how to fix problems without the update.
Chrome users began complaining about the problem early this morning in Google’s help forums. “I have been using Chrome on my office PC for over a year. This morning, after I started up the PC, a Windows Security box popped up and said I had a Security Problem that needed to be removed,” read the first complaint. “I clicked the Remove button and restarted my PC. Now I do not have Chrome.”

How the Kindle Fire Could Make 7-Inch Tablets Huge

Steve Jobs made it clear what he thought of 7-inch tablets in October 2010. They’re “too small,” and as good as “dead on arrival.” But the announcement of and anticipation surrounding Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablet may soon have Jobs eating his words.
If you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t heard the news, Amazon debuted its $200 7-inch tablet, the Kindle Fire, this week. Make no mistake: It’s no iPad. There’s no front-facing or rear-facing camera, and it’s only got 8 GB of storage.
But it’s not meant to be an iPad. It’s a completely different kind of tablet, designed for the pure consumer. That is, it’s designed for consumptive behavior: reading, listening to music, watching video content. The lack of local storage isn’t an issue, either; it’s meant to take advantage of the cloud with services like Amazon’s $80 yearly Prime service, as well as Amazon Cloud Drive. And the smaller form factor makes it extra portable, easy to whip out on the bus or the subway (much like a Kindle).
“With a 7-inch device, you can easily take your Kindle Fire with you and hold it in one hand for gaming and movie watching,” Amazon representative Kinley Campbell said via e-mail.
UX design consultant Greg Nudelman thinks that 7-inch tablets could become just as popular as larger 9.7 and 10.1-inch tablets, “but the types of applications and the context and length of use between might be very different.”