Prediction: Amazon Tablet Will Be Relevant

Earlier this week, Amazon claimed and registered the new domain names KindleScribe(s).com.¬† This brings speculations of a new tablet in the ever so competitive marketplace.¬† After witnessing how HP‚Äôs TouchPad tablet flew off the shelves at a $99 price point, this may have changed the tablet market for the future.¬† During a time of an unstable economy, consumers have watched how and on what they spend their money.¬†¬† These current events caused me to wonder if iPad could be vulnerable to a¬†strong competitor at the lower end of the tablet product pyramid.¬†An analysis from Retrevo would seem to also support this hypothesis.¬† And it appears that Google is probably ‚Äúthe man behind the curtain‚ÄĚ as Android on Galaxy tablets is getting beat up recently in the patent battles, especially outside the United States.

Rumors are traveling around the web about Amazon’s tablet which would include a stylus with note-taking attributes on its e-ink display.  This would make the product especially attractive to the student market that would be replacing their notebook computers and looking for a cost-effective alternative to buying traditional textbooks.  Amazon obviously already has the fulfillment arm to make a tablet computer a profitable reality for them.  Not to mention, the following they already have with their Kindle customer base.

A few years ago, I had the chance to meet with Dr.Werner Vogels, CTO of Amazon, and as a result better understand their practice of not discussing things they have not yet done.  But based on this series of conditions, it’s probably true and will no doubt be very interesting.

Baseball Memory: Jacob’s First Season in Review

June 2010Last week, Jacob’s first traveling baseball season came to an end at the league championship game. ¬†Unfortunately, the boys lost but it did not detract from a super season. ¬†The 12 boys started practicing in April, and while none of them had been through a traveling season, they managed an overall record of 29-13-1. ¬†That’s an impressive record.

The season had many highlights, but for me the best one came in June, when the boys completed a perfect weekend and won the Farmington tournament.  This happened in the midst of a 10 game winning streak, and enabled berths in two state tournaments. 2011 10A Farmington Tourney Champs

 

As an assistant coach, I had the pleasure of watching these kids grow from a skills perspective, a baseball IQ perspective and overall maturity as young men.  There were some that could not throw the ball from second base to first, but now can make that play routinely.  There were some who were afraid of getting hit by the ball, but now can hit inside pitches.  Playing 43 games and practicing more on top of that made the difference.

When I think of my own son, I think the biggest thing he got was the love for the game.  He was mostly sad last week about being done with the season.  He has decided to play on a fall team because he loves to play.