<IT WORLD> Asus, Nvidia add tablet oomph
By Martin J Young
HUA HIN, Thailand - Asus and Nvidia this week announced the world's first
quad-core tablet, with the two companies teaming up to create the 10-inch Eee
Pad Transformer Prime. The device will be powered by Nvidia's Tegra 3 ARM
processor running at 1.3GHz, and will have 1 gigabyte of memory and a 12 core
Geforce graphics processor, making it the most powerful tablet on the market.
Google's Android will run on the tablet, which comes with an 8 megapixel
camera, 32 or 64 gigabytes of storage, and an optional mobile dock and
keyboard. Battery life is expected to be around 12 hours, and the unit will
retail at US$500 for the 32Gb version and $600 for the 64.
The Transformer Prime enters a crowded market place dominated
by Apple's iPad 2 and Samsung's Galaxy, the difference being that these are
two-core devices; power users may start looking towards Asus now.
the Western world's holiday season approaches,
more gadgets will hit the shelves and competition
will intensify. Barnes and Noble is the latest to
enter the e-reader market, with the Nook tablet.
The device will go head-to-head with
Amazon's Kindle Fire and may even give the iPad 2 a run for its money as it
costs around half the price at $250.
The 7-inch touch screen device comes with a 1GHz processor, 1Gb of memory, 16Gb
of storage capacity, and 11.5 hours of e-reading battery life. Barnes and Noble
is embroiled in a legal dispute with Microsoft, which claims patent
infringement on its Android-based operating system.
Google has started to accept businesses on its social network, Google +. Senior
vice president Vic Gundotra stated "So far Google+ has focused on connecting
people with other people, but we want to make sure you can build relationships
with all the things you care about - from local businesses to global brands -
so today we're rolling out Google+ Pages worldwide."
the early stages of the project, Google removed
pages put up by businesses as it did not have the
policies in place to manage them. This week it was
ready and the platform took another swipe at rival
Facebook, which rolled out a guide for business
users in July.
Businesses can now use Google+ Pages to share
information about themselves, respond directly to customers by using the
Hangouts video conferencing functions, or ask questions seeking feedback.
Industry analysts predict that Google+ could grow to over 60 million users by
the end of the fourth quarter.
Microsoft, Yahoo and AOL said this week they will join forces to sell online
advertising. They aim to close the gap with Google, which dominates the market.
The non-exclusive partnership will give each company the right to sell excess
advertising space on each other's web properties. Separate sales teams will be
employed, as each company vows to retain its independence.
The tech triumvirate face a
tough task; since Google's acquisition of Double
Click in 2008 for $3.2 billion the company has
dominated the display advertising market and today
its text ads can be seen on an overwhelming number
Facebook is also snapping up
more of the market with its own advertising
platforms, which are viewed by its burgeroning
membership of over 800 million
Adobe Systems made a
major about-face this week in announcing it would
no longer be working on Flash for mobile devices.
Following Apple's highly
publicized refusal to allow Flash on its devices, Adobe said it would be
increasing development for HTML5 technologies that Apple, Google and Microsoft
The announcement came a day after Adobe warned of weaker revenues and moved to
cut 750 jobs. It will now focus its Flash development on gaming and video
Activision's super-hyped shoot-em-up franchise Call Of Duty blasted into the
stores this week with Modern Warfare 3, which could well make more than $1
billion in revenue and break records for the best-selling entertainment title
to date. Analysts and investors expect a five-day revenue of $750 million from
the eighth version of the game.
Call of Duty: Black Ops sold 5.6 million copies on its first day last year and
generated $650 million in worldwide sales in five days, according to
Activision. The annual franchise usually outsells everything else around it but
it has some stiff competition this year, including Electronic Arts' Battlefield
3, another first-person shooter.
Modern Warfare 3 is available on Xbox 360, PS3, Nintendo Wii, PC, and Nintendo
DS, and retails at $60. Activision stock rose 1.3% to $13.74 when the game was
released on Tuesday. It has gained 10% this year.
Martin J Young is an Asia Times Online correspondent based in Thailand.
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