Microsoft to Upstage Apple
10:10 AM --
Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT)'s Steve Ballmer plans to introduce a tablet device during his keynote speech today at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, .
The New York Times reports
Introducing the device mere weeks ahead of when Apple will supposedly unveil its much-touted iSlate tablet device is "one of Steve Ballmer’s riskiest trade show moves in years," NYT says.
Microsoft's tablet, which is reportedly called the "Courier" and designed like a notebook, will be made by HP Inc. (NYSE: HPQ) and possibly available by mid 2010.
In other news:
Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN) is now offering global wireless for its $489 Kindle DX e-book reader. It began offering global wireless for the regular Kindle in October.
Meanwhile, a new trend is emerging in e-books: More and more authors are electing to cut out publishers and release their work themselves online, according to a study from TBI Research.
— Erin Barker, Digital Content Reporter, Cable Digital News