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Tablets: A Prescription for Confusion

Tablets: A Prescription for Confusion

"It appears to be just a handful of credible entrants" said Apple CEO Steve Jobs on iPad rivals, "not exactly an avalanche." It's certainly been a shaky few weeks for tablets in general; while Apple's slate can apparently do little wrong, contributing nicely to another record financial quarter for the Cupertino company, the rest of the market is looking deeply troubled. Qualms over platforms, sizes, pricing and usability have all come to a head over the past seven days, leaving manufacturers looking almost as confused as the would-be consumers.

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RIM CEO blasts Apple: “people inside the distortion field will begin to resent being told half a story”

RIM CEO blasts Apple: “people inside the distortion field will begin to resent being told half a story”

RIM co-CEO Jim Balsillie has become the latest to speak out against Steve Jobs' tablet tirade, in which the Apple CEO dismissed 7-inch slates as unusable without first sandpapering your fingers down.  In an open statement on RIM's site, Balsillie says that "7-inch tablets will actually be a big portion of the market" and suggests that's common knowledge "for those of us who live outside of Apple's distortion field."  Meanwhile, he also suggests "many customers are getting tired of being told what to think by Apple."

Full statement after the cut

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Android no nightmare says TweetDeck CEO to Steve Jobs

Android no nightmare says TweetDeck CEO to Steve Jobs

Earlier today it was Andy Rubin challenging Steve Jobs' description of Android as fragmented rather than open; now it's TweetDeck CEO Iain Dodsworth who isn't happy with how the Apple CEO portrayed his company's experience of coding for the Google platform.  Jobs had said that TweetDeck "had to contend with more than a hundred different versions of Android" and that it was "a daunting challenge"; not so fast, says Dodsworth.

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Jobs: 7-inch Tablets DOA; Android is fragmented, not open

Jobs: 7-inch Tablets DOA; Android is fragmented, not open

Apple's solid financial performance for the past quarter got them headlines enough, but it's CEO Steve Jobs' no-holds-barred attack on rival "open" platforms and tablets trying to colonise the middle-ground between iPhone and iPad that will likely stick in most memories.  Making an unusual appearance on the financial results call, Jobs dismissed 7-inch slates - like Samsung's Galaxy Tab and including the ongoing rumors of a smaller iPad version - as "tweeners" falling in-between smartphone and iPad and likely to be dead on arrival, while also saving a few obituary words for RIM.

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John Sculley: “I blame myself” for Apple’s near-death experience

John Sculley: “I blame myself” for Apple’s near-death experience

Ex-Apple CEO John Sculley - the man who first worked alongside Steve Jobs and then replaced him - has spoken out for the first time since leaving the company in 1993 about Jobs and the secrets of his success.  Talking to Cult of Mac, Sculley outlines the main areas you'd probably think Jobs was obsessive over - elevating product design, driving for perfectionism and prioritizing the customer experiences - all illustrated with examples of how the notoriously controlling CEO manages those areas.

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iPhone 3G iOS 4 fix “coming soon” says purported Jobs email

iPhone 3G iOS 4 fix “coming soon” says purported Jobs email

We've learnt to be pretty skeptical about emails purported to be from Steve Jobs, but the prospect of an imminent fix for iPhone 3G owners with slow, glitchy and downright frustrating handsets after updating to iOS 4 is too good to be true.  Having heard that Apple were investigating the reports, a Mac Rumors reader emailed the CEO to ask if an official downgrade option was really in the works; according to Jobs' reply, there's a "software update coming soon."

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Lenovo chairman: Steve Jobs “doesn’t care about China”

Lenovo chairman: Steve Jobs “doesn’t care about China”

Lenovo chairman Liu Chuanzhi has described Steve Jobs as "a big pearl", and said that his company is "lucky that Steve Jobs has such a bad temper and doesn’t care about China. If Apple were to spend the same effort on the Chinese consumer as we do, we would be in trouble."  Apple products have the same halo effect in the Chinese market as elsewhere, but limited official availability has so-far minimized the impact smartphones like the iPhone 4 have had on rival devices.  That limitation has given Lenovo a pass on their limited app selection, Chuanzhi said.

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Recent Jobs iPhone 4 emails fake says Apple PR

Recent Jobs iPhone 4 emails fake says Apple PR

Apple PR's Steve Downling has denied to Fortune that yesterday's supposed email exchange between an irate customer and CEO Steve Jobs is authentic.  The conversation - in which Jobs was alleged to have told the iPhone 4 owner that Apple was "working" on a fix for the persistent antenna issue many users have reported - is now the subject of some controversy, with BGR (who initially reported the issue) posting screenshots of the email headers they were sent by their tipster.

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