Product placement problems

From the Register:

Last month Microsoft announced a partnership with CNN for its mid-term election night coverage, with Redmond providing tech for the news anchors to use.

Unfortunately, the anchors used their shiny Surface tablet to prop up or hide their Apple iPads.

On the surface, it's Microsoft. But behind it lies an iPad.

On the surface, it’s Microsoft. But behind it lies an iPad. Source: The Register.

Check out the full story, here.

You can just imagine Microsoft executives watching the TV with their heads ready to explode, screaming at the screen “Put away those iPads!

I wonder if there will be a discussion about a refund or a lawsuit for breach of contract?

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The whole world in your hand

As a different perspective from that of Amazon, here’s a decent review from the Register of the new iPad Mini. It may be a little too enthusiastic for some of you, so the Register have also come up trumps with this timely look at ten iPad Mini alternatives.

Hint: if the Register is not on your list of favorite websites, you are missing out.

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How much is that iPad mini in your window?

Most technology commentators believe the newly launched iPad mini is a move against Amazon’s Kindle Fire. Judging by this extract from Amazon.com’s home page, Amazon are going to meet the challenge head on:

Amazon.com advert

The leading quote is from the Gizmodo site (unavailable just now because of Hurricane Sandy…) and adds salt to the wound of the direct comparison.

As this is an Amazon advert, it’s not exactly balanced. However, it will be interesting to see if Apple fight back using the strengths of their product or the power of their brand. In other words, will Apple be saying “Buy this, it’s a better piece of kit” or “Buy this, it’s an Apple”? The competition should be good for us consumers.

[A tip of the hat to the Register.]

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Nooks and crannies

From The Register:

20 August 2012

US-based literature retailer Barnes & Noble today announced plans to bring its popular Nook range of eReaders to the UK market.

The company has revealed intent to crack Blighty this October with the Nook Simple Touch and the Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight.

On top of the hardware, Barnes & Noble will launch the Nook store, bringing roughly 2.5m digital titles across the pond too.

Nook eBook readers have been a huge success in the US and are a major challenger for Amazon’s Kindle dominance.

Whether such impressive figures will be repeated here remains to be seen, but with prices said to be extremely competitive, the future for Nooky in Britannia shows much promise.

As a Kindle fan, this is unlikely to tempt me. However, it’s good to see some serious competition for Amazon, if only to keep them on their toes. It’s also interesting that, despite the iPad’s dominance in the tablet market, there appears to be a separate and distinct market for electronic book devices. Is that because the iPad is too large? Will this force Apple into launching a smaller iPad? Or does the reader friendly display of devices like the Kindle – which are not suitable for browsing the web, games and other iPad friendly areas – trump the fruity company’s trendy looking technology? Truly, we live in interesting times.

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