Remains of the Day: Inadequacy, incorporated
Samsung takes a hard look at its iPad competitors and comes up short. Elsewhere, Apple is back at the bargaining table with music labels and, despite its best efforts, Microsoft is late to the tablet game. The remainders for Friday, March 4, 2011 are right on time.
At least one of Apple’s competitors has apparently taken Steve Jobs’s words to heart. Samsung executive Lee Don-Joo described the company’s forthcoming 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab as “inadequate” in light of the newly announced iPad 2. The company had planned to make the 10.1-inch version more expensive than the 7-inch model, which retails for $750. On the upside, at least the company hasn’t sold enough of Galaxy Tabs to have legions of disappointed customers.
Apparently, Apple’s in talks with music companies to allow iTunes users to download songs multiple times. If an agreement is reached, you’d be allowed to redownload songs on your devices, just as you can redownload apps you’ve already bought. Then again, such a feature might also reveal that your purchase of the latest Jonas Brothers single wasn’t a one-time fluke.
While HBO is apparently over taking advantage of Apple’s AirPlay technology, Netflix has no plans to implement the feature for its iOS apps when iOS 4.3 drops next week, pointing out that the Apple TV already has Netflix support. Surprising restraint for a company that allows streaming to everything from my Xbox 360 to my toaster.
Microsoft Said to Plan Windows Release for Tablets in 2012 (BusinessWeek)
The company that has tried to invigorate the tablet market more times than George Lucas has rereleased the Star Wars trilogy will be trying once again…in 2012. Yes, Microsoft is reportedly giving tablets another shot, aiming for back-to-school season next year. To be fair, they need at least a year to figure out how to smush the Surface into something that fits in a backpack.
If you’ve been waiting breathlessly for the next installment of Taiwanese-produced CGI versions of current events, wait no longer: the latest edition covers the in-app purchase foofaraw and includes an evil Steve Jobs stealing a house with a helicopter—a phrase I will no doubt never get to write ever again in my career.