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JooJoo update goes OTA; tablet improved but still buggy

JooJoo update goes OTA; tablet improved but still buggy

Fusion Garage has confirmed that the promised JooJoo software update has been released OTA to existing owners.  Tipped to address UI problems and bring full-screen Flash video playback to the iPad-alternative, the new firmware has also been loaded onto demo JooJoo units Fusion Garage have been toting for their European roll-out; unfortunately, judging by some hands-on impressions with the updated unit, it's still not perfect.

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Fusion Garage’s JooJoo to Get 3G and Unlocked USB in the Coming Months

Fusion Garage’s JooJoo to Get 3G and Unlocked USB in the Coming Months

The good news just keeps on coming for the JooJoo. It's about time, too, considering early reviews aren't necessarily the brightest. And, while Fusion Garage's CEO, Chandra Rathakrishnan says that new software, along with a European launch, are on the way, this new bit of news from the company's head is definitely a little bit more worthwhile.

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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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Only 64 JooJoo tablets sold?

Only 64 JooJoo tablets sold?

Fusion Garage's JooJoo tablet wasn't exactly the storming success the company might have hoped for, and finally shipping only days in advance of the iPad going on sale certainly didn't help matters.  So just how many JooJoo tablets were sold?  Going by a shoddily constructed email that looks to have gone out to all of the company's customers, the total could be just 64.

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JooJoo arrives, is unboxed, is really real!

JooJoo arrives, is unboxed, is really real!

Conspiracy theorists start your engines: either the JooJoo really is shipping, or Fusion Garage have crafted a special unit just for Engadget to unbox and are sitting, sniggering behind their hands at our ongoing gullibility.  Mere days before the iPad is set to hit shelves, the contentious JooJoo has finally arrived and - going by the demo video which you can see after the cut - it even works, too.

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Fusion Garage’s JooJoo Still Out of Customer’s Hands

Fusion Garage’s JooJoo Still Out of Customer’s Hands

Did you pre-order the JooJoo? We're going to go on a limb and say: "We hope not." It doesn't look like Fusion Garage is having very good luck, and truth be told, it's probably not going to get any better for the company. After all, those who have pre-ordered the JooJoo, don't have them. And yes, we're talking about all 90 of them. What, that number seems low? We couldn't agree more.

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Fusion Garage’s Joo Joo Hits FCC, Reveals Plenty

Fusion Garage’s Joo Joo Hits FCC, Reveals Plenty

Remember the Joo Joo? Of course you do; we just covered it, after all. Letting you know that the future tablet from Fusion Garage got a bit of an upgrade in the User Interface department, before it's ultimate release later this month. But, you know what's better than knowing your latest gadget won't have a bland, boring desktop? Getting to look at its insides, thanks to some documents found in the FCC's databanks. And, believe it or not, the Joo Joo has some good things going for it.

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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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Joojoo shipping date to be delayed until March 25th

Joojoo shipping date to be delayed until March 25th

We had high hopes for the coming availability of the JooJoo tablet when we heard that the Fusion Garage was planning on shipping out at the end of this month, but we’ve just been told that due to a “manufacturing issue” shipping will be unfortunately delayed until March 25th.  PR note after the break.

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JooJoo tablet shipping this month, full Flash support and app store at launch

JooJoo tablet shipping this month, full Flash support and app store at launch

The iPad may have taken the media by storm, but the JooJoo, formerly known as the CrunchPad, is back, and hot on Apple’s heels.  The JooJoo’s starting off full production, that’s right and maker Fusion Garage has announced that the product is set to start shipping this month.

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Fusion Garage on Arrington suit: “sad rants of a person championing a losing cause”

Fusion Garage on Arrington suit: “sad rants of a person championing a losing cause”

The TechCrunch/Fusion Garage saga continues, and as predicted the lawsuit Michael Arrington brought against his former partners over the CrunchPad/JooJoo tablet is only the start of the mud-slinging.  Fusion Garage have released a public rebuttal to Arrington's comments, suggesting that they do, in fact, own the IP involved, that they have already received $3m in funding with another round imminent, and that the TechCrunch founder's complaints are naught but "the sad rants of a person championing a losing cause".

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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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