Monthly Archives: September 2011

Taking the cue from Apple and Microsoft, Google has decided to jump into the retail game by opening its first store in London. Google’s “Chromezone” store resides within Tottenham Court Road’s PC World.

Google’s 285 square foot store is seen as a “low-key experiment” that could prove to be the start of something much bigger for Google in the retail space. The Chromezone mainly serves to sell Google’s Chromebook laptop.

One of the most surprising things about Amazon’s new 7-inch Kindle Fire tablet is its price tag. Though the device doesn’t boast a super-fast processor, cameras, or even Bluetooth, it’s still a very capable device, and at $199 it’s an absolute bargain. However, it’s not such a great deal for Amazon, which loses $10 with every tablet it sells.

Yahoo has finally released an official Flickr app for Android. The app describes itself as a “shoot-and-share” application for Android users. Photos can be edited with retro, Instagram-like filters and then shared with a variety of social networks. 

Android fans are eagerly anticipating the release of Google’s upcoming Ice Cream Sandwich operating system, and thanks to this two-minute video, we get a sneak peek at what’s in store — including improvements to the camera app and changes to the user interface.

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The Swiss are known for their neutrality, so who better to try to negotiate a peace deal between Android and the iPhone? The result: this cute little video by the folks at Swiss broadcasting corp Swissinfo, which references movies as wide-ranging as Transformers, Braveheart, The Phantom Menace, Titanic, Ghost and The Bodyguard to urge the Android Army and the iPhone iPhalanx to put aside their silly differences and make love, not war.

What many analysts earlier presumed to be a shot across Apple’s bow, after Wednesday’s unveiling of Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablet, could actually torpedo the chances of inexpensive Android devices to challenge the iPad. Android tablets, unable to match the iPad’s features and design were hoping to undercut Apple’s pricing — that is until news of the Fire’s $199 price tag.

Amazon has just launched its first real tablet called the Amazon Kindle Fire — a 7-inch device that runs Google’s Android OS, selling for just $200. A torrent of speculation in the months prior to its unveiling suggested the device would be the first to really compete with the iPad, so how does it compare to Apple’s iPad 2?

We take an in-depth look at the specifications for the Amazon Kindle Fire vs. the iPad 2 to see whether Amazon’s new device really has what it takes to worry the iPad.

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