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Amazon will be down more than $10 before each new owner boots up their newly purchased Kindle Fire and begins purchasing digital content. That’s because the Fire, priced at just $199, costs about $210 to produce, according to IHS iSuppli. The research firm noted yesterday that Amazon’s bill of materials for their incoming tablet is $191.65, with additional manufacturing expenses bringing the total cost of production to $209.63. Amazon will make that money back and…

Amazon isn’t the only major corporation making tablet news today. Barnes and Noble is preparing to make two additions to their Nook tablet line, according to documents obtained by The Digital Reader. The leaked document lists three eReader devices as part of Barnes and Noble’s fourth quarter plans, including the $139 Nook Touch and two Nook Color variants – the $349 Acclaim and the $249 Encore. The Digital Reader mentioned that “Encore” is the internal product…

The Amazon AppStore, which offers thousands of both free and premium Android applications, is arguably better organized than the stock Android Market. Unfortunately when Amazon launched the Appstore earlier this year, it was only available to North American users. Now it looks like Amazon is looking to lift that restriction. Android users worldwide are now reporting that they have the ability to install the App Store on their mobile handsets and tablet devices. Most have…

Following in the footsteps of the United States Department of Justice, Sprint has announced a lawsuit that looks to block the proposed acquisition of T-Mobile by AT&T. Sprint, a longtime opponent of the buyout, believes the purchase of T-Mobile by AT&T would be bad for both the consumer and the United States wireless market. Sprint noted that the acquisition would harm retail and corporate consumers by slowing innovation and forcing higher prices. The company has…

Samsung announced a wide range of new products just last week. The Galaxy Tab 7.7 is a brand new tablet which joins a number of other high-end products competing against Apple, that include 4G smartphones like the Samsung Exhibit. The successor to the original Galaxy Tab, the device was slated to be shown during this year’s IFA Trade Show, however Samsung was forced to remove the Galaxy Tab 7.7. This came following a court order…

Google has launched an official assault on Apple today, with the announcement of the acquisition of Motorola’s Mobility division for $12 billion. The move is aimed to bolster the internet-giant’s hardware credentials, as well as strengthen the Android platform which is in direct competition with Apple’s iOS devices. Larry Page, CEO of Google, said, “Motorola Mobility’s total commitment to Android has created a natural fit for our two companies. Together, we will create amazing user…

Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha delivered a keynote speech early Tuesday morning at the Oppenheimer Annual Technology and Communications Conference, noting the company’s recent most releases and the lessons its learned going forward. Referencing the Xoom’s February 24 launch, Jha told attendees to expect Motorola tablets in the second half of the year to have “much more aggressive form factors”, along with innovative enterprise features. The CEO added that the company would be focusing more on…

Time Inc. confirmed their subscription agreement with Apple just three months ago. Today the publishing giant has announced that it will be bringing all of its 21 publications to the iPad and multiple other slate devices. Entertainment Weekly, InStyle, and Real Simple are among the 21 titles that will join the likes of Time, Sports Illustrated, and Fortune on tablets worldwide. Now is the time for us to make this bold commitment. In the coming…

Samsung, Motorola, and even Dell have given their all to compete with Apple and the iPad, yet everyone’s still trying to figure out why such competitors can’t even come close to iPad sales numbers. iSuppli analyst Wayne Lam claims that Apple’s tight control over iPad hardware and software gives the tablet certain “design efficiencies” that other manufacturers cannot match. “These efficiencies become obvious in areas like the memory and the battery, where Apple maintains advantages in cost,…

Android offers the top operating system while Apple is the top manufacturer when it comes to the North American smartphone market, according to Nielsen. In June alone, Google’s Android reached a 39 percent share of the United States consumer smartphone market with Apple iOS and RIM Blackberry trailing at 28 percent and 20 percent respectively. On the other end of the spectrum, HP WebOS and Symbian only account for 4% of the North American smartphone…

Everyone remembers the Locationgate scandal that surfaced back in April. Users went bananas when it was discovered that iPhones were taking samples of their locations and filing them away for later access. The first such lawsuit over the location tracking data has resulted in a seven figure monetary settlement. The lawsuit settled for around one million KRW, which translates to approximately $950 US. Apple has already made the $946 payment to Mirae Law, the law…

According to the Wall Street Journal, Amazon is currently preparing to launch a 9 inch Android tablet that would compete with the Apple iPad. Amazon.com Inc. plans to introduce a tablet computer before October, said people familiar with the matter, in a move that will heighten the online retailer’s rivalry with Apple Inc. The Seattle-based company will also release two updated versions of its popular Kindle electronic reader in the third quarter of the year,…

Smartphones have been wildly received here on Earth, so its not surprising NASA has found good use for the devices in its space program. Atlantis, which successfully launched yesterday, sports Android and iPhone smartphones onboard that look to make the leap into the final frontier. “The goal is to find out how we can use telerobotics to increase the efficiency of human explorers and ground controller,” NASA employee D. W. Wheeler explained during a press…