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AT&T Says $1,000 Tablets Might Make Laptops Obsolete

AT&T Inc.’s emerging devices president, who oversees the carrier’s relationship with Apple Inc., said tablet computers costing as much as $1,000 might soon make many laptops obsolete.

“You’re going to see those 10-inch pieces of glass become full-on computers,” Glenn Lurie said in an interview this month in Atlanta. He said he expects there to be a variety of tablet computers costing $300 to $1,000 in the next five years. The Apple iPad ranges in price from $499 to $829.

AT&T may draw more revenue by compelling new and existing customers to buy tablet computers that will complement their smartphones. The carrier is the exclusive data-service provider for the iPad, which has sold more than 3 million units since its April 3 introduction.

Sales of tablet devices probably will grow to 23 percent of the U.S. computer market by 2015, from about 6 percent this year and less than 1 percent in 2009, said Sarah Rotman Epps, an analyst at Forrester Research Inc. in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

“Starting in 2012, tablets will outsell netbooks, and by 2014, more consumers will use tablets than will use netbooks,” Epps, referring to the smaller, less powerful laptop-style computers, said in a report this month.

Check out the rest of the article at Bloomberg.

August 26, 2010 at 8:51 am | News

Belkin Conserve Insight

Ever wonder how much power your TV, microwave, or cell charger uses, and how much that costs you? The Belkin Conserve Insight ($30) is a new, easy-to-use monitor that will tell you exactly that. The white and green adapter plugs in the wall between the gadget or appliance you want to track and the outlet itself, using a small screen on a tethered box to tell you how much energy the attached device is using, as well as the carbon and monetary costs. You might just find out that leaving your guitar amp or favorite lamp plugged in 24/7 isn’t as great an idea as you thought.

Belkin Conserve

Via Uncrate.

August 25, 2010 at 5:21 pm | News

Samsung Galaxy Tab gets official teaser video

Footage of Samsung’s 7″ competitor to the iPad has started circulating the Internet Tubes. Running Android 2.2 with Skype, HD Movie playback and GPS functionality, it’s the first of what’s sure to be a long line of Android, Windows and Web-OS based tablet devices.

Samsung Galaxy Tab

Hit the link for the teaser video. Via Engadget

August 25, 2010 at 8:48 am | News

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