Monthly Archives: August 2012

Apple Nabs 70 Percent Of Global Tablet Market

Samsung may be dominating the smartphone market, but Apple (NSDQ:AAPL) has been crowned the clear-cut winner in the tablet arena, nabbing nearly 70 percent of the global market in the second quarter.

According to a recent study from analyst firm IHS iSuppli, Apple “remains the king of all media tablets,” having shipped 17 million iPads during the second quarter, a hefty 44.1 percent jump from the 11.8 million it shipped during the previous quarter. The Cupertino, Calif., giant’s market share, as a result, jumped from 58 percent to 69.6 percent in just three months.

The last time Apple has held such a large portion of the tablet market was the first quarter of 2011, when it claimed a 70 percent share.

The Poisonous Price Tag Of $199 Damages Microsoft’s Surface RT

“Microsoft Surface to retail at $199!” The various headlines around the web  are going to cause problems for Microsoft.

I’ve no inside information on the launch price of the Surface RT, but let’s assume it’s true. Is Microsoft taking $80 out of that price to pay for the operating system? Probably not, so right there they’ve got an advantage of almost a third of the retail price over their hardware partners. The price is comparable to the Nexus 7, but the bill of materials is likely much higher.

Microsoft can price the Surface for $199 and make a profit. How?

Everyone has focussed on the headline price tag for Microsoft’s forthcoming tablet, and forgotten about the alternative ways that exist to get customers to pay for things they buy.

A Microsoft Surface for $199? Everyone is aghast. The news has leaked (perhaps intentionally) from a Microsoft event. Everyone is aghast, or agape. That’s the same sort

Lenovo dings Microsoft Surface: We’ll provide better hardware

Lenovo executives believe it can beat Microsoft on hardware and claims not to be worried about Microsoft’s Surface tablet.

During Lenovo’s first fiscal quarter 2013 earnings call, executives didn’t mince words in attacking Microsoft’s Surface strategy.

“Although we don’t like Microsoft providing hardware, for us, it just adds one more competitor,” Lenovo CEO Yang Yuanqing

Microsoft Surface for Windows RT tablet coming October 26th for $199?

We’ll admit to being a little blown away when Microsoft launched the Surface — it was an impressively polished tablet that we had heard barely a whisper of leading up to the mysterious launch event. But, there was one thing that we were still left wondering: how much would it cost? Now, with Acer getting all in a huff

iPad to Challenge Microsoft Surface Tablet With Smart Cover: Report

Apple could debut an iPad cover with touch-screen capability, according to a patent filing revealed in early August.

Apple is certainly no stranger to innovation, and with the expectations running higher than ever, the company may be gearing up to steal yet more thunder from the tablet market it already dominates. According to patent documents filed Aug. 2 with the

Microsoft’s Surface tablets: Why they make sense

A little over seven weeks ago, Microsoft announced their very own tablet, the ‘Surface’. Approximately 3 minutes and 28 seconds after the announcement, the web was overflowing with opinions from various pundits as to how the software giant was “entering unchartered territory”, “misjudging the market”, “starting unnecessary competition”, and somehow, “propelling its own demise”. And we think only one of that is

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