Not too long ago, one could track the e-reader and tablet markets separately and have a legitimate reason to do so.
It was clear that the Kindle, for instance, was not the iPad, and the iPad was not the
But as technology evolves and hardware prices continue to fall, the differences
between e-readers and tablets is shrinking and it appears that both
markets are, for all intents and purposes, converging rapidly.
makes for an interesting battle between Apple and, well, everyone else.
Facebook's revenue growth over the past several years is almost as
impressive as its user growth. And with money pouring in, thanks in
large part to advertisers eager to reach consumers on the world's
largest social network, its profits are growing. How much?
According to Michael Arrington, Facebook generated nearly $800m in
operating income in the first six months of this year.
Arrington's sources said the company produced $1bn in operating income
in all of last year.
Apple may have disappointed Wall Street with its fourth quarter
earnings, but make no mistake about it: most companies would kill for a
quarter like it.
The company issued a strong guidance for the first
quarter of fiscal year 2012, and Apple's CEO Tim Cook is confident.
Case in point: when it comes to the nascent tablet market, Cook isn't at
all worried about possible competition from new devices like Amazon's
Investing millions to launch an iPad-only publication may prove to be one of the best ways of making a small fortune from a large fortune, but for traditional publishers that have been hawking their wares on the iPad, Kindle and NOOK, tablets are starting to have an impact.
That's according to two executives from Condé Nast and Hearst who took part in a panel at the American Magazine Conference.
Both indicated that their companies are close to achieving $10m in revenue from tablets.
The audience at the Kindle Fire press event yesterday erupted into a froth of mechanical action the instant Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos walked onstage.
Clicking, snapping, tapping; several hundred silent announcers began telegraphing details to the folks back home. A day later, and those details have been spread all over the mediasphere.
But what's happening from a broader industry perspective?
Amazon's Kindle e-reader may be one of the most popular e-readers, but the company's long-term position in the market is far from certain.
On one flank, the Kindle competes with the most popular tablet device, the iPad, and on the other, competitors like Barnes & Noble have built more sophisticated devices like the NOOK Color.
So Amazon is rumored to be responding later this week with a new version of the Kindle that's more like the iPad and NOOK Color.
Dubbed the Kindle Fire, it will reportedly feature a 7" backlit display, books (of course), plenty of magazine subscriptions, and apps to boot.