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Kindle Fire vs. iPad – Who will win?

Wow! It now really looks like the tablet wars are spicing up which is really exciting. Amazon will let loose the Kindle Fire their answer to the Apple iPad, in November this year.

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 Now what could be better on the Kindle Fire than on the iPad I hear you asking? Well… From what I can see, not much.

It has a smaller screen, less memory, less battery life (and just these three are making me think it may not actually be worth getting one). I do admit though, I don’t have any tablet device right now, although I have been looking over the last few months, but cannot justify getting one until it has something that I will actually use on a day to day basis that I can’t really do with ALL my other Apple devices such as iPhone’s, MacBook Pro’s, AppleTV’s etc… and the list goes on.

BUT, in saying all this, when I first looked at the Kindle Fire, it actually got my interest purely because it was cheap, looks pretty good, and I can get pretty much everything on it I can on a iPad. The Kindle Fire also backs up everything on it to the Amazon cloud automatically via WiFi so you don’t loose all your data. No need to plug that baby in to a computer like every other Apple device ;)

Mashable writer Lance Ulanoff does not think it will be very successful though.

“Will it beat the Apple iPad? Unlikely”, Mr Ulanoff said.

And you know what? I tend to agree with him. Apple sold over 28 million iPads from April 2010 to June 2011.

Yours in tablets (once again),
Lee.

MacBook is home safe thanks to social media

You’ve probably heard about the guy who had his MacBook stolen and used the Hidden application to take photos of his robber. Well his MacBook is home safe now and I thought we could all learn something about the power of social media from this story.

In a nutshell, here’s the timeline:

March 21 – Joshua Kaufman had his new Oakland apartment broken into and his laptop and few other items were stolen.

March 22 – Joshua activated the theft-tracking software (Hidden).

March 24 – Joshua started receiving photos taken by the computer’s built in camera from Hidden, which showed the unauthorised user. Among the photos was a screenshot of the man logging into his email account, which revealed the name of a taxi company. Joshua presumed this was the his workplace and took the information to the police… who were unwilling to help.

May 27 – Joshua decided to take action and set up the blog called This Guy Has My MacBook, including images of the thief, in an attempt to track him down.

May 31 – After not getting a huge response from the blog, Joshua hit up Twitter. Within a few hours, it had been retweeted and liked thousands of times.

Later that afternoon… The local police department was contacted by Good Morning America who had joined the MacBook reclaiming bandwagon. Joshua received a call from the police saying that they were following up the case immediately.

May 31 – The thief was arrested, based on evidence gathered buy Hidden.

June 1 – Joshua picked up his MacBook from the police station.

The bad guy gets locked up, the MacBook is reunited with his rightful owner and we all live happily ever after, thanks to our pal, social media.

Yours in success stories,
Anya

Apple MacBook Air’s Next Generation

Apple have now released the new generation of MacBook’s available in an 11 inch and 13 inch screen size. The MacBook Air.

This MacBook runs off a flash drive instead of a hard drive, which, if you already have an iPod, iTouch, iPhone etc… then you already have the experience of using such development. It’s quick and instant.

With a headphone socket, 2 USB connections, SD card slot, and a microphone, this 1.7cm thick computer, weighing 1kg in weight, is definitely one product from Apple I will be picking up in the next couple of weeks! Adding to my question previously about the iPad and Playbook post on what device to get, I now know I would not even bother with an iPad, and would go straight for the new MacBook Air. It runs the standard OSX, so it’s capable of so much more than the iPad and you can connect via Wi-Fi to a nearby computer to run a CD and install software (similar to how the original MacBook Air did). It even has Bluetooth as well!

Apple has stated that: Underneath all that thinness is a full-size, fully capable Mac that can do practically everything its larger siblings can do. Minus a kilogram or two.

Starting from $1,199AUD, and with optional upgrades of up to 4GB in memory and 256GB in flash storage, this will be a big seller. I can’t wait!

Yours in hailing Steve Jobs,
Lee.