The E-Ink Kindle is now only $79. Yeah…$79. That’s with “special offers.” For me, upgrading to the $100 version seems worth it because you can play mp3s and it has a touch screen.
And what about their new Android tablet?
The Kindle Fire 7″ tablet is $200. That’s right…a high functioning Android tablet for $200. That’s less than 50% of what the iPad costs. I was excited to get the Acer Iconia for $300 with a coupon earlier this summer. It seems like Amazon is going to basically give these things away knowing they can make it up on the back end by selling content through the stores that are tightly integrated with the device.
If I didn’t already have a tablet, I’d jump all over one of these. They are going to be great little media consumption devices. All the other things you can do with them are just going to be bonuses. I think Amazon is making a great bet here by leaving off the stuff most people don’t really care about for a tablet. I’ve never even considered using the camera on my tablet for instance.
iPad killer? No.
iPad competitor? I don’t think so.
I think Amazon just put this device out at a crazy low price with a strong brand behind it that will expand the market for tablet devices, and I think they are going to own the lion’s share of the new market growth.
Lost Finale Heads Into The Light – Newscoma writes some of the best Lost summaries/observations around. I’m going to read this…as soon as I get to watch the finale.
How to Tweet Your Way Out of a Job – Hilarious.
After Housing Bust, Builders Dust Off the Boom Machine – Demand is demand, even when it is manufactured out of thin air.
Build Your Own Backyard Fire Pit – Ain’t nothin’ better than your own backyard
Top Ten Reasons You Should Quit Facebook – Really only need one. I’m not convinced they are competent enough to protect people’s data even if they wanted to.
18 Week Olympic Distance Training Program – Intermediate –
Can Science Explain the Concept of Heaven? – I was really just looking for a yes or no.
Breast-feeding mother sues airlines – I'm relatively sure we would have been asked to get off several planes for causing a disturbance if breast feeding were not allowed.
Get Outta My Face With That Crazy Talk! – This guy is claiming, get this, that the earth's temperature is mostly affected by that huge ball of fire in the sky.
What it Feels Like to Be a Libertarian – I can relate to this all too well. Sometimes I just wish I could a gangsta instead. Damn it feels good to be a gangsta.
Criminalizing everyone – There should be laws against making all these stupid laws.
Rangel: “Why don’t you mind your goddamned business?” – It's great to live in a country that allows you to walk up to these guys and ask them tough questions. If they were held accountable it would be even greater.
UT’s Band Director on the Hot Seat? – UT can't really fire its football coach this year. Guess they need to go after someone else. I'll be tuning into BandTalk later to see what Small Mike thinks we should do.
When Companies Get It Right – Aside from companies getting it right, it's also nice to see people write about people getting it right!
Mystery Google – Pretty funny site. It's sort of like pot-luck Taco Bell. Only different.