Are there Any Chances for iPad Competitors

Does anyone stand a chance against the iPad?
The same that is happening in the world of smart phones is happening in the iPad world. Just as Apple has, the best iPhone and nobody can touch it, so it seems to be the case when looking at the competitors of the iPad. Samsung towards the end of 2010 released the Galaxy Tab and it did not fair to bad, but it still did not even come close to the iPad. HP publicly announced the release of their HP Touchpad, which will be launched in June 2011, but also made one big mistake. Their product will be launched after the debut of the competitions iPad 2, so if they stood any chance in getting a head start it surely is lost.
There are many other versions available later this year and we do have some information on some of them like the JooJoo from Fusion garage, which is currently the closest to shipping. It is also the most feature-barren of the iPad competitors and cost $500. It is an extremely simple tablet with a 12-inch screen and does not even have a SIM card slot for 3G.
Archos Tablet only has a 600 MHz processor and may be many peoples answer who does not want to pay $500 and upward. They will sell their tablet for only $179 and may have thought it will attract more interest when it is released in April, but we will have to wait and see.
Dell is also cooking up tablets of their own and the one they showed off is the Streak, but the size of it removes it from the iPads competition and relates more to the mobile Internet devices. Asus started the netbook craze and their 9-inch tablet, the Asus Eee is speculated as being able to run a Google mobile operating system.
Compal with their 7-inch Android 2.0 which runs with the Tegra 2 processor will be able to support video playback of 1080p and still maintain great battery life. According to Nvidia, they have several partners in the pipeline to design tablets with the Tegra 2 chip, so it can be expected to see more of this sort of tablet soon. Notion Ink also use the Tegra 2 chip and runs Android in their 10-inch tablet called Adam and use Pixel Qi screen technology that is great to use in direct sunlight.

Is it enough?
However, will all these features from some great companies be enough to remove the iPad from its throne? There is over 80 competitors and each try their best to come up with a new concept, whether it is size, hardware, or software to outshine the iPad. Not even lower prices and great applications can shift iPad from the throne, or so it seems currently and it is speculated that the iPad will definitely stay ahead of the pack through 2012 as well.

written by Andy G
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[News] Apple’s Mac App Store to Open on January 6

overview-callout-main.pngApple® today announced that the Mac® App Store? will open for business on Thursday, January 6. By bringing the revolutionary App Store experience to Mac OS® X, the Mac App Store makes discovering, installing and updating Mac apps easier than ever. The Mac App Store will be available in 90 countries at launch and will feature paid and free apps in categories like Education, Games, Graphics & Design, Lifestyle, Productivity and Utilities.

“The App Store revolutionized mobile apps,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “We hope to do the same for PC apps with the Mac App Store by making finding and buying PC apps easy and fun. We can’t wait to get started on January 6.”

The Mac App Store lets you browse new and noteworthy apps, find out what’s hot, view staff favorites, search categories and read customer ratings and reviews. Like on iPhone®, iPod touch® and iPad™, you can purchase, download and install apps in just one click and start using them immediately. Purchased apps can run on all of your personal Macs and updates are delivered directly through the Mac App Store so it’s easy to keep all of your apps up to date. The Mac App Store is available to Mac OS X Snow Leopard® users as a free download through Software Update.

Mac developers set the price for their apps, keep 70 percent of the sales revenue, are not charged for free apps and do not have to pay hosting, marketing or credit card fees. To find out more about developing for the Mac App Store visit

Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork, and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple is reinventing the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and has recently introduced its magical iPad which is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices.

Reeder for Mac(Beta) – Awesome RSS reader is Out

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Reeder is one of the famous iOS application, and for good reason: it makes Google Reader feel smooth and Mac-like. Now you can get a (really) early view at Reeder’s desktop version.

The developer of Reeder for Mac calls this release a “Draft 1,” and notes that some fairly core functions—search, feed management, download management—are missing, and that a lot more is likely missing, too. But Reeder’s core mission of running your feeds through a filter with good fonts, crisp alignment, and a generally iOS-like interface is being accomplished. The iPad-like “Send” button in the upper-right offers a whole lot of options for saving and sharing articles, and the layout is helpful for those who like to run through their feeds in groups.

It’s first Beta release so is not fully feature loaded. Authors points out few.

What’s still missing:

  • Feed management
  • Search
  • Downloads
  • Probably more…

But for a first Beta release it looks awesome

Reeder 1.0 Draft 1 is a free download for Mac systems only & can be downloaded from: