Can the Kindle compete with the iPad?

March 24, 2010
SanDisk flips out 32GB mobile phone card
The Register
Chris Mellor writes about SanDisk’s new flash memory card for mobile phones.

“SanDisk has announced a 32GB Micro SDHC Flash memory card for mobile phones. The company claims it’s the highest capacity available in the format and says it’s built using a 3-bit multi-layer cell flash technology based on a 32nm process. The Micro SDHC format measures 15 x 11 x 1mm, making a dud card a possible nail extension for complete mobile phone fashion victims. SanDisk didn’t reveal the speed of the card but class 6 or 8 seem possible, meaning 6MB/sec or 8MB/sec speeds.”

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Cisco, HP rift grows
Network World
Cisco Subnet writes about HP’s continued relationship with Polycom.

“HP has sided with Polycom in videoconferencing as the fissure with Cisco grows even wider. HP had relationships with both Polycom and Tandberg, which is being acquired by Cisco, but decided to move forward with Polycom only. Under the Polycom arrangement, HP will offer Polycom’s videoconferencing products in its unified communications portfolio as a low-end alternative to its own Halo telepresence systems. The two companies will also work to make their respective videoconferencing and telepresence products interoperable.”

Can the Kindle compete on the iPad?
The Loop

Jim Dalrymple writes about the Amazon Kindle and Apple’s iPad devices.

“Unlike the iPhone, Amazon will compete directly with Apple when the iPad comes out. One of the new features of the iPad will be iBooks, Apple’s own online e-book store. The application will be available free from the App Store when the iPad is released on April 3. This will inevitably cause some concern for Amazon. Apple tends to dominate many of the consumer markets it enters, and make no mistake, they will work very hard to dominate this one too. What Amazon has going for it is a strong, existing customer base. For the same reason Apple’s competitors find it hard to compete in the music and video space, Apple will find it hard to compete against Amazon. However, I don’t think that will last long. Apple has one of the best mobile delivery systems ever built in iTunes. That is going to be key to e-book distribution for Apple and they have a proven track record. They can get it done.”

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