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When Marketing Goes Wrong: TabCo and Fusion Garage’s Grid

When Marketing Goes Wrong: TabCo and Fusion Garage’s Grid

This Monday we were treated to the final reveal of what the mysterious "TabCo" group was and what sort of tablet they'd be making that would, as they said several times, "reinvent the wheel." This presentation began with an absurd video filled with a collection of the worst possible set of actors that whoever is in charge of casting for TabCo was able to find - a line spoken in the video encapsulates the absurdity: "Okay, Bye, Hungry?" What was supposed to act as a revelation and a simple showing of a brand new way of going about working in the mobile market quickly descended into a renewed set of confusing points of order and a tablet which, in fact, wasn't going to be made or branded with the TabCo name at all - it was all a front!

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Fusion Garage Grid 10 drops TabCo disguise: 10-inch custom slate

Fusion Garage Grid 10 drops TabCo disguise: 10-inch custom slate

TabCo has come clean, and as expected the "brand behind the brand" is Fusion Garage. The CEO behind the underwhelming JooJoo, Chandra Rathakrishnan, is back with his team's second attempt at a tablet, along with the confession that "our initial [JooJoo] hype did not meet the performance of the product." Grid 10 is the slate he believes will change all that, based on the Android kernel but with "a stunning" interface on top.

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JooJoo revived as resellers swoop; 2nd-gen Android Fusion Garage slates due 1H 2011

JooJoo revived as resellers swoop; 2nd-gen Android Fusion Garage slates due 1H 2011

Fusion Garage might be looking to their second-gen tablets - expected to arrive in the first half of 2011 with Android and a custom UI - but rumors that the original JooJoo had been axed seem to have been premature. The company has announced a reseller agreement for the original tablet, which will see Japanese firm ASTEC bumping JooJoo's storage to 16GB and then doing what's necessary to "customize joojoo for business applications."

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JooJoo gets European launch; new software imminent to address early critique

JooJoo gets European launch; new software imminent to address early critique

Would-be JooJoo buyers in Europe can now order Fusion Garage's web-slate, with the company's online store being updated to offer international shipping.  The tablet - which is priced at $499 in the US - comes in at £319 ($486) in the UK and €359 ($474) in mainland Europe.  Meanwhile, according to the new Fusion Garage blog, sales have increased as the JooJoo proves it's not vaporware, while the company accepts that they've handled some things poorly and promises a fast-approaching software update.

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JooJoo tablet updates UI, fully-working Flash support

JooJoo tablet updates UI, fully-working Flash support

Fusion Garage may have delayed shipping its tablet for another entire month due to issues with its capacitive touchscreen, but the company has apparently made very good use of the extra time.  The JooJoo tablet has just been unveiled with a refreshed user interface, as well as fully-implemented Flash support that actually is "fully working".  Oh, and apparently the tablet has also undergone a physical color change, from a basic black to a "champagne-like" hue.

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TechCrunch file lawsuit over JooJoo

TechCrunch file lawsuit over JooJoo

As expected, Michael Arrington and TechCrunch have filed a federal lawsuit against Fusion Garage, over the hotly contested CrunchPad/JooJoo web-tablet project.  The lawsuit - which you can see here - accuses Fusion Garage of "violation of the Lanham Act, breach of fiduciary duty, misappropriation of business ideas, fraud and deceit, and unfair competition" and cites not only correspondence between the two organizations but content from Fusion Garage's now-deleted blog.  Arrington also runs through eight other points, including a passing spank to other blogs that "link to the [JooJoo] pre-sale site without disclosing [Fusion Garage's financial situation] to readers".

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JooJoo gets hands-on video

JooJoo gets hands-on video

Fusion Garage's Chandra Rathakrishnan did say he wanted to show off the new JooJoo webslate (formerly known as the CrunchPad and already mired in controversy) to as many people as possible in their webcast yesterday, and it seems CNET were first in the queue.  They're impressed by the hardware, certainly - the 1,366 x 768 12.1-inch capacitive touchscreen is described as "gorgeous", the form-factor "slim and pleasing to hold" - but they reckon the $499 price tag will end up strangling any chance of sales success.

Video demo after the cut

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