By now, you know I've left BYTE. I'll soon let you know my new post. But I do want to share the great coverage by Brian Burgess (who just left BYTE as its exec editor) on Steve Krause's groovyPost.com site.
Amazon Kindle Fire: The Tablet to Take on iPAD? BREAKING
New York: Amazon today announced its long awaited tablet and three new Kindle devices. As expected, Amazon led the charge with its down and dirty pricing — these devices are priced to sell quickly and obviously targeted at holiday shoppers.
The Kindle Fire tablet costs just $199 — far less than the $499 iPad from Apple — and is a dual-core, color tablet, 7-inch display. It’s available for preorder now at Amazon, and will ship Nov. 15, Bezos said.
Priced as a loss leader, Amazon will likely recoup the losses via sales of books, video and music downloads, which Bezos said the tablet will support via its Whispersync technology. The Fire is lighter, too.
Amazon execs say they will make more than 100,000 movies and TV shows via Amazon Instant Video available for streaming, purchase, download or rent. KindleFire comes along with a month-long free subscription to Amazon’s Prime service, normally about $80 a month. Analysts told groovyPost reporters they expect Amazon to sell millions of devices if Amazon could arrive under $300 price point. So the race is on.
The Kindle Fire as yet does not work with 3G technology or include a camera or mic, but groovyPost expects Amazon’s larger tablet due Q1 to remedy that.
Here are the specs as reported by Amazon. We’ll be following this breaking story and providing analysis via groovyCast podcasting later today and here on groovyPost. Our news analysis team will bring you perspective in coming hours and days.
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We know you can’t wait, so here are the specs Amazon has announced. The dual-core processor powering the Amazon Kindle Fire is notably missing from the spreadsheet. Our sources have told us NVidia Tegra2 was going to be at its heart, but Amazon says it has now opted for the 1GHz dual-core Texas Instruments OMAP processor. Watch our coverage of this breaking story. Are you going to buy one? Let us know.
Amazon Kindle Fire SPECS:
Price: Available now for pre-order at amazon.com
Display: Seven-inch color display uses in-plane switching technology, 1024 x 768 display, capable of showing 18 million colors.
Weight: 14.6 oz (for our international readers, that’s 413 grams)
No System Requirements: The Kindle Fire Tablet requires no computer.
Storage: Free cloud storage for any and all Amazon content, 8GB internal. The latter can fit about 10 movies or 800 songs or 6,000 books, execs say.
Wifi Connectivity: The Kindle Fire tablet supports 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11g, 802.11n or the 802.1x standards. Support for WEP, WPA and WPA2 security is available. No support for ad-hoc (p20) Wifi as I noted above.
Content supported: Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, MOBI (unprotected), native PRC, Audible (told you, Leo Laporte!), DOC, DOC X, GIF, PNG, BMP, non DRM AAC, MP3 of course, plus other music file standards: MIDI, OGG, WAVE, MP4, VP8.
A one-year limited warranty is available.
Check out this video from TheWorldNewz of an Amazon rep showing the Kindle Fire close up.
About the author
Based in Pelican Rapids, MN, Brian Burgess is executive editor at groovyPost. Got an idea for a How To? Email it to Brian at Brian@groovyPost.com.
Man, Facebook changes are dramatic. That timeline -- check out its privacy -- it'll be great for all kinds of users: CIA, cops, parole officers, stalkers, nosy people, nasty competitors at work. Just put the fodder of your life out there -- and google owns it, aggregates. Been talking to some folks high up at Facebook today and I'll explain why this is about to come up in US and EU FB investigations. Capturing of lives and recording and monetizing ... you don't care, maybe. But maybe you should. Thoughts?
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- The process of firing a CEO is always full of drama -- just ask Yahoo. But Hewlett-Packard's board has taken it to a new level.
It's all but certain that members of HP's (HPQ, Fortune 500) own board leaked the big news -- that they were planning to oust CEO Léo Apotheker -- to media outlets including Fortune on Wednesday. The leak hit before HP finally made an official announcement on Thursday, saying it had replaced Apotheker with former eBay (EBAY, Fortune 500) head Meg Whitman. The surreal spectacle raised the bar for boardroom dysfunction.
"These guys are a bunch of clowns, surpassed in incompetence only by Yahoo's board," Eric Jackson, managing member of Ironfire Capital, wrote in a Wednesday in a screed titled "HP's Board of Directors Is Pathetic."
Corporate governance specialist Richard Davis, partner at leadership consultancy firm RHR International, didn't disagree with that view.
"Just look at what's been going on the past several years at HP -- clearly, something is going on with this board," Davis said.
Apotheker's messy firing is a mirror of his messy hiring. HP came under fire last September for the surprising choice: Apotheker was ousted less than a year into his CEO gig at software giant SAP (SAP), which is struggling to hold its market share against onslaughts from Oracle (ORCL, Fortune 500) and IBM (IBM, Fortune 500). Apotheker had no experience in hardware, the business that drives most of HP's revenue.
A New York Times article posted Wednesday revealed that most HP board members didn't even meet Apotheker before hiring him.
"Apotheker is the worst CEO hire in the last decade," Jackson proclaimed.
HP's 13-member board then allowed its new CEO to reshape the group charged with overseeing him.Apotheker played a direct role in choosing five new HP board members earlier this year -- four of them with business connections to him. Dominique Senequier is the head of AXA Private Equity, and Apotheker previously sat on the AXA supervisory board. Three others -- Whitman, former Alcatel-Lucent CEO Patricia Russo and former General Electric CIO Gary Reiner -- did business with SAP while Apotheker was its CEO.
Institutional Shareholder Service, a corporate governance research firm, slammed HP board directors Lawrence Babbio, Sari Baldauf and Ken Thompson for letting Apotheker have a voice in the selections.
Davis, the RHR International partner, said HP's board is suffering from "a lack of identity for the company and lost confidence in the leadership."
That confusion is trickling down to the rest of the company -- and it needs to stop soon.
"It's time for the board directors to grow up, form a strategy and secure the kind of leadership you need for that strategy," he said. "There was a lot of holding Apotheker accountable for HP's troubles, which is fine. But the board is who has the keys. Who's holding them accountable?"