Amazon's upcoming 7-inch Kindle Fire 2 tablet needs these 10 things to take on the Google Nexus and other competitors.
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Your average cost-conscious tablet buyer shuns pricey cellular data plans, opting instead for a Wi-Fi-only slate with a significantly lower cost of ownership, according to a study by The NPD Group's Connected Intelligence service. So it's no surprise that the majority of low-end, 7-inch slates, including the Kindle Fire, Nexus 7, and Barnes & Noble tablet, don't offer a 3G/4G option.
Amazon, however, is in a very good position to break with tradition and offer a cellular-ready Kindle Fire with an optional data plan. The retailer already sells 3G-enabled versions of its Kindle e-readers (with no monthly fees). Given the large bucket of bits data that tablet owners use each month, however, a Fire model with free cellular data service is extremely unlikely.
Building A Mobile Business MindsetAmong 688 respondents, 46% have deployed mobile apps, with an additional 24% planning to in the next year. Soon all apps will look like mobile apps – and it's past time for those with no plans to get cracking.
Top IT Trends to Watch in Financial ServicesIT pros at banks, investment houses, insurance companies, and other financial services organizations are focused on a range of issues, from peer-to-peer lending to cybersecurity to performance, agility, and compliance. It all matters.
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