"The tablet device market is as busy as the Android phone market
these days, with new contenders entering daily. The latest
entrants? Freescale and the Hearst Corporation. Yes, a chip vendor
and a publisher.
"Freescale on Monday kicked off the new year with a new tablet
reference design. Hearst, publisher of 15 daily newspapers,
including the San Francisco Chronicle, plus 49 periodicals,
including Cosmopolitan, unveiled Skiff, an eReader that displays
print exactly as it would be seen when printed and laid out on
"Both enter an increasingly crowded market with a looming
monster from Cupertino casting the longest shadow of all. The Wall
Street Journal now reports that the Apple tablet – these days
rumored to be named iSlate – is on track for a March delivery
with Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) showcasing the device at an event on
January 27, one day later than reported earlier.
"But neither product will be a direct competitor to the
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