Archive | November, 2011

Barnes & Noble’s Nook Tablet Going to War against Kindle Fire

18 Nov

After the release of Kindle Fire from, Barnes & Noble has joined the tablet race by presenting its very own slate called Nook Tablet. The Nook Tablet was released on the 17th at a price slightly higher than that of the Kindle Fire. General reviews of the Nook Tablet have been positive so far regarding its fast CPU and vibrant screen display. The obvious competition between Amazon’s ambitious Kindle Fire has already been the talk of the tech community.

Clearly the tablet- sized device market is expanding into a new haven for the eBook and e Journal industry. What was once a novelty is now becoming a alternative to the traditional paperback books and newspapers. Barnes & Noble has pulled through times of difficulty by adapting to the new online environment while its now gone competitor Borders had failed to do so. So will the Nook Tablet have any chance against Kindle Fire? Both operating systems are Android powered which sets the clear difference from the iPad. In terms of  technology, it is pretty similar in many aspects. Considering the enormous scope of reach that Amazon has, it seems like a hard battle ahead for Nook Tablet. Kindle Fire does have the price advantage on its side too but the competition has just started and we will soon find out which device will stand triumphant.


Facebook For Users first, Ads second

7 Nov

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg comment on an interview on PBS’s Charlie Rose about what they deems as the more important component of the popular social network. Zuckerberg quoted “A core part of what makes Facebook, Facebok, is that we really are focused on users first. We will have opportunities to sell advertising.”

Over the years Facebook has become one of the largest cyber environments for its users to post, link and share their thoughts and ideas. The rise of the social network has given new definition to the term citizen journalists. The fact that Facebook is willing to respect its users more so over advertisers came as a mild surprise to me, seeing as how most successful internet services tend to go down the obvious road of soulless corporate vampirism. It was interesting how Facebook can be used as a advertising tool, for example the “like” buttons, while at the same time it is a way of expression for users as well.   Whether Zuckerberg is speaking out of his heart or his business lobe of the brain it’s hard to say, but at least he had the decency of acknowledging his users as a primary consideration.