Posted by: Colin Steele
Amazon, BlackBerry PlayBook, Cisco Systems, Hewlett-Packard, Kindle Fire, mobile device security, Research in Motion, VMware, WebOS
The new Amazon Kindle Fire tablet got a lot of hype this week, but it might not make inroads among business users.
The Kindle Fire tablet boasts a 7-inch color touchscreen and promises strong integration with Amazon’s cloud services (everything from EC2, for speeding up Web browsing, to its streaming media library). Its $199 price tag is also alluring, especially when you consider the cheapest iPad costs $499.
Most of Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablet pitch, however, focuses on media and entertainment: watching movies and TV shows, reading books and magazines, playing Angry Birds, etc. Its only available connection is via Wi-Fi, and there’s no camera or microphone. Sure, you can check email and view documents, but the business user does not appear to be Amazon’s target audience for the Kindle Fire.
Amazon may be taking another approach in the enterprise market; VentureBeat reported Thursday night that the company is in talks to buy Hewlett-Packard’s WebOS operating system.
One day after the Amazon Kindle Fire tablet launch, BestBuy cut prices on the BlackBerry PlayBook.
As of Thursday, the 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB BlackBerry PlayBook tablets were available at BestBuy for $299, $399 and $499, respectively — a $200 cut. Earlier in the week, Office Depot and Staples had dropped PlayBook prices by $100.
Research in Motion also dismissed an analyst report that the company will exit the tablet market as “pure fiction,” according to Reuters.
Cisco talks consumerization risks
A Cisco Systems exec discussed consumerization’s effects on IT security at this week’s GigaOM Mobilize conference.
New security methods will have to focus more on data itself and less on where that data lives, said Tom Gillis, vice president and general manager of Cisco’s security unit, according to GigaOM. He also said it’s “almost absurd” for IT pros to say no to consumerization, because it’s going to happen anyway.
Also at Mobilize, VMware discussed its plans to put its mobile virtualization hypervisor in the Android kernel.