Fusion Garage

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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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 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 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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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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