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You could still "buy" a free app from the App Store. Or it could be a mere $4.99, like the Developer tools.
Ummm.... the Republican idea of "reform" is preventing or even eliminating class action lawsuits, and capping damages. Take a peek at the following: "The Tennessee General Assembly approved HB 2008 that places a cap of $750,000 on non-economic damages such as pain and emotional suffering and a $500,000 cap on economic or punitive damages. The bill also places a $1 million cap on catastrophic cases, a cap that would apply in instances where a person became paralyzed,...
The problem is that, as the article notes, X2y Attenuators is an "intellectual property" company that produces nothing. Same with Lodsys. As such, their only reason for existence is "licensing" and/or suing other companies. There are thousands of them out there, hidden in the woodwork like cockroaches. Hell, Lodsys was created and staffed SOLELY to hunt down companies that "violate" their patent. The company is a shell. It has no assets. There's nothing to countersue. Try...
What magicj said. To date, almost no one has hit on functionality, style, size, and price. No one offers a superior experience, and almost every one suffers from some fatal flaw on the software side of the fence. (No email RIM? Really?) At best, their primary reason to buy seems to be: "Hey! We have a tablet too!" When that gets no response they then frantically play the Flash card, to which many people (including me) yawn and say, "Who cares?" I get along just fine...
They're a little confusing. It's not readily apparent that you can touch the little "feature" pictures on the device to bring up more information. No indication that the little "Core i7" photo is actually a button. And the iPad table is swamped with the things, one for each iPad. Hard to tell which one is the display, and which one is the product on display. (grin)
The patent abstract: "In an exemplary system, information is received at a central location from different units of a commodity. The information is generated from two-way local interactions between users of the different units of the commodity and a user interface in the different units of the commodity. The interactions elicit from respective users their perceptions of the commodity." Now, the patent itself throws in everything it can think of in nearly 70 claims, but...
Relevant portion from a recent article: Hi! We're Google and we're pretty not evil. "The point is, that other software, the open source software, that stuff should be open. It should be free and open for anyone to change and inspect and use how they wish. We need to trust our users to do the right thing. And our users need to be able to trust us. Manufacturers, however, are sneaky bastards, and can't be trusted at all. That's why we're withholding the Honeycomb...
All laudable goals. And, truth be told, probably needed. But the very idea of Android "standardization" could backfire. You can read my blog link for the breakdown, but with no significant differentiation, the majority of Android devices will end up being heavily discounted, or even given away as loss leaders by carriers and others attempting to lock subscribers into subscription plans. And the end of Android as a truly competitive...
Or simply that no one is buying and the current supply on hand is enough to last indefinitely...
Now that AT&T's rolling out WiFi hotspotting, the need for 3G/4G in the tablet itself is declining. I currently have an iPad 64GB WiFi 3G, but am seriously considering the WiFi-only model if I upgrade to the iPad 2. Use the phone's hotspot feature when I need it, and as soon as Apple releases a 4G iPhone, everything else upgrades automatically. But hey. If you like paying for a 4G data plan for your phone AND for your Xoom, go for it.
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