Today’s Note briefly discusses the tablet market. “iPad Remains Dominant in 1Q’2012 While Kindle Fire Fizzles” on abiresearch.com discusses the current tablet market. Really, the title kind of says it all.
Apparently the Samsung units slid into second place in the market behind the iPad.
However, the post does tell us:
“A pattern similar to smartphones is also occurring in tablets,” says Jeff Orr, group director, consumer research. “Apple and Samsung have demonstrated staying power while other tablet vendors ebb and flow like the tide.” Only two leading branded tablet OEMs – RIM (233%) and Lenovo (107%) – bucked the downward first quarter shipment trends, while Taiwan’s ASUS remained flat sequentially from 4Q’2011. Several vendors, including Dell, HP, and LG are currently retooling tablet portfolios for mid-year launches of Android 4.0 along with the much anticipated Windows 8 slates debuting later in 2012.
[italics added by me to quotes from the post]
Keeping track of the latest developments in the tablet world isn’t easy. But this blog post does have some useful things to say. The article as published before the release of the well-concealed Microsoft product, though.
Today’s Quick Note discusses Timothy Lee’s article, “Megaupload claims it is beyond the reach of US criminal law,” on ArsTechnica.com.
Lee writes that “Megaupload, a corporation whose file-sharing business was effectively destroyed by a January indictment, has asked a Virginia judge to dismiss the case against it. It argues that because it is not based in the United States and has no offices there, it is not subject to US criminal law.” [all italics added by me to denote quotes from the article] Moreover, Megaupload seems to be pressing the case that they can’t be brought to court because it’s effectively impossible for them to be served summons in the United States. They are asking for the case against the company to be dismissed. The payoff for this is considerable: “Megaupload attorney Ira Rothken tells Ars he believes that if the case against Megaupload is dismissed, all orders against the company—including those freezing the firm’s assets—would be vacated.”
Lee goes on to discuss several other interesting elements of the legal case against the corporation. This article is well worth a quick read. Timothy Lee can be followed on twitter at @binarybits.
Today’s Quick Note refers to this Forbes Article, “Finnish Scientists Discover Vaccine To Eliminate Allergies,” which discusses a possible mechanism for nipping allergies in the bud. The article, by Forbes Author Jennifer Hicks, who reviews the science employed by Finnish researchers to shut down allergies at the molecular level, where the immune response starts. According to Hicks, “Patients will hypothetically develop a natural immunity against each allergy they have been vaccinated for in the same manner immunity is created against infectious diseases with vaccinations.” [all italics are added by me] Moreover, “The team, through the formation of a new bio-tech company called Desentum, hope to have the vaccine on the market within five to seven years.” In the meantime, you’ll have to keep buying tissues. Even so, it’s an interesting article and a neat concept. Give it a look.
Today’s Note is about an interesting Forbes.com article on Dan Rather. Jeff Bercovici discusses Rather’s new book in an interview with Rather. It’s an illuminating piece and can be found at “Dan Rather: Mark Cuban Has The Guts My CBS Bosses Lacked.”