Charles Arthur 

The Technology newsbucket: iPad pricing, vanishing search, WP7 tablets?, and more

Plus antivirus for Mac, closer examination of smartphone share, Galaxy Tab pricing and more
  
  


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A quick burst of 7 links for you to chew over, as picked by the Technology team

Apple iPad's rivals can't hang on pricing >> ZDNet
It is worth considering that the reason why rivals can't beat Apple on pricing (even though they don't have any significant development costs on the software) is that Steve Jobs and especially Tim Cook have turned the company into one of the most efficient consumer electronics manufacturers in the world.

A Search Market Craters - Welcome to the App Diaspora
"Hadley Reynolds, a senior analyst at IDC, said in a presentation last week at Lucene Revolution that the enterprise "OEM" search market is expected to drop from more than $100 million in 2007 to $50 million by 2011. The market has traditionally included companies such as Autonomy and FAST, which was sold to Microsoft and is now integrated with Sharepoint.
"'We see the OEM search market as essentially cratering,' Reynolds said."
This seems concerning for Autonomy if it plays out over the longer term. (The link is from last month, but it has long-term implications.)

Microsoft steers OEMs away from putting Phone 7 on Tablets >> The Register
Having tried Windows 7 on a 10" tablet, and Windows Phone 7 on a large smartphone (the 4.3" HTC HD7), I can tell you that Microsoft is making a mistake. Windows Phone 7 would work a lot better on a large tablet than Windows 7 does.

Editorial: Why the Galaxy Tab's price makes sense >> Engadget
"At the end of the day I think the iPad will absolutely outsell the Galaxy Tab, probably in 3G models alone. The iPad UI, at least with multitasking, is much better optimized for a tablet, and the developer community has embraced the iPad like few products before it. In a vacuum I think the Galaxy Tab would be well received, but the Galaxy Tab won't exist in a vacuum, obviously."
Indeed not. It's going to have to fight tooth-and-nail on price with dozens (literally) of other tablets vying on price in one way or another. And while it's a lot of fun, you have to say - it has less than half the screen size of the iPad for almost the same price.

Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac Home Edition - SophosFreeTalk community >> Sophos.com
Some of the titles of the posts are quite telling in themselves: "Does this product contravene UK consumer protection laws" for example. Mac users, sceptical? Er, yes.

Free anti-virus for your Mac - And why you need it! >> ZDNet
I'm not sure that having Stuxnet on your Mac is exactly a threat.

iPhone's smartphone share continues to rise >> Asymco
Examining the Canalys press release which might suggest that Apple lost market share to Android: "Sequentially, Nokia lost 5.6% of share, Samsung gained 4.6%, RIM lost 3% and Apple gained 4%, Motorola, HTC and Other remained largely unchanged."

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