About those $199 Android tablets…

Perhaps learning a thing or two from Amazon, Nvidia’s head honcho hints at more affordable Android tablets in the near future.

Actually, it sounds like Nvidia hasn’t learned anything from Amazon at all.

The Kindle Fire isn’t succeeding because it’s cheap.  It’s succeding because Amazon is making a serious effort to match the ecosystem Apple has created around iOS.  They don’t just sell you the hardware, they also offer the apps, movies, music and TV shows to fill your tablet.

Being cheaper than the iPad is nice, but it’s not enough.  Until these hardware vendors figure that out, we’ll see a lot more disasters like the Asus Transformer.

TV is Broken

TV Is Broken by Patrick Rhone

“What’s a commercial?”, she asks.

“It is like little shows where they tell you about other shows and toys and snacks.”, I explain.

“Why?”

“Well the TV people think you might like to know about this stuff.”

“This is boring! I want to watch Shrek.”

This echos what I see with my own kids. They have become so accustomed to the DVR and AppleTV that they think of Live Television as something foreign.

Even at 5 years old, my daughter still struggles to understand why I can’t just fast forward through all the commercials to get to the good stuff.

TV Broadcasters take note. The next generation has no patience for your 3 minute blocks of annoying commercials at ear-splitting volumes. Find a better solution now, or you’ll be relegated to the scrap pile like the newspaper and radio industries.