Ken Schoenberg

Technology Ecosystems – Good for Profits, Bad for Consumers

In 1992 Nintendo won a lawsuit against Atari and was able to lock-out third-party software vendors from providing games for its gaming systems unless they purchased a key (license). Since then the Holy Grail of gaming, smartphone and now computer system companies was to bring to market systems where they had control of every third-party …

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Post PC? It Looks More Like the Post TV Era

About a year and a half ago Steve Jobs introduced the iPad and declared that we were now in the “Post PC Era”. I purchased an iPad, then I bought an Asus eee Transformer (with dock) and finally bought an HP TouchPad. They all do about the same things with various strengths and weaknesses; overall …

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Magic-Pro ProMini BT-Joy Bluetooth Keyboard Review

I like keyboards; I like big, full-sized keyboards like my Logitech G15 on down to my one-handed Lenovo N5902 Multimedia Remote. I could barely play “Chopsticks” on the piano and when it comes to 0n-screen keyboards. I’m all thumbs…in the wrong way. We have three tablets in our home (Apple iPad, Asus Transformer and HP …

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Jawbone to Give Jambox Back Its Big Sound

Recently I updated the firmware of my Jawbone Jambox speaker to take advantage of a new feature called Live Audio. While I didn’t notice it sounding all that much better the volume output was significantly lower. Turning the new feature off didn’t correct the deficiency and what was once a booming little speaker had been …

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Fusion Garage Drops Price of Grid10 by $200

Well, it appears that someone in the tablet industry watched what happened last month with the HP TouchPad and may have taken notes. Engadget is reporting, and Fusion Garage has confirmed, that the Grid10’s previously announced prices of $499 for their 16-gigabyte WiFi model, and $599 for the 16-gigabyte 3G/WiFi models were reduced to $299 …

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Amazon’s New Kindle Tablet – An iPad for the Rest of Us?

The forthcoming Amazon tablet is now officially leaked thanks to MG Siegler’s (TechCrunch) hand’s-on look at the device. It’s going to be a 7-inch color touch-screen with no physical buttons running Android…well, sort of. Amazon has elected to use a version of Android prior to 2.2 (Most new Android-based tablets are running 3.2 or the …

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Samsung Galaxy Note – Boldly Going Where Tablets Were Meant To Go

Lately, most of the tablet talk has centered on HP and the TouchPad/webOS soap opera. The drama continued today when various tech news outlets reported that HP may be making as many as 1,000,000 more TouchPads to fulfill commitments with their supply-side vendors. At an estimated loss of almost $200 per unit I’ve got to …

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HP TouchPad Now Edits Office Docs and More Free Apps

About a week ago when I wrote a review of the HP TouchPad I mentioned that while HP had positioned the tablet as a “professional” device it lacked the capability to edit Microsoft Office documents. Well, that appears to have been corrected as HP announced an update to Quickoffice that will allow for the editing …

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Tired of tiny keyboards and thumb taps? Use an APEN

Whether it’s my mobile phone or tablet it seems I’m always looking for new ways to make text input easier and faster. I already own a slew of Bluetooth keyboards, different on-screen Android keyboards, voice input, and somewhere I have a weird stylus that feels like I’m writing with a Slim Jim. The folks at …

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HP Offering TouchPad Owners Six Free Apps

UPDATE: The HP App Catalog is reporting that the current inventory of free apps has been depleted. Hewlett-Packard is offering six free apps to owners of its recently discontinued HP TouchPad. If you were lucky enough to grab one of the heavily discounted tablets you can now download the following apps at no charge from …

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Netflix & Crackle Now Running on Asus Transfromer

Asus’ Honeycomb-enabled tablet the Eee Pad Transformer TF 101 received an over-the-air upgrade yesterday that enabled U.S. owners to watch Netflix “Instant Watch” content and Sony’s Crackle. The Transformer has been running the latest version of Android (3.2) for a couple of weeks but required an additional patch to enable the Netflix server to allow …

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HP’s TouchPad & webOS – Losing the Fight (A Review of Sorts)

As I finish this article I learned that Hewlett-Packard, Inc. has decided to discontinue operations for webOS devices specifically the TouchPad and webOS phones. What this means for current owners has yet to be announced. It’s a shame that yet another nice operating system is going to end up in the tech graveyard, but while …

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