New Surface, New Kindle Fire, Record-Breaking iPhone Sales And More From The Final Week Of September
Tech companies were determined to cram as much as possible into this week.
Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN), for example, made an unexpected (and ultra-quiet) announcement regarding its new Kindle Fire tablets. Instead of holding a press conference, Amazon sent out a press release in the middle of the night.
Meanwhile, Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) followed through with its plans to unveil the next-generation line of Surface tablets.
Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) bragged about the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C, which sold nine million units during their first weekend at retail.
Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) didn't have any new products to announce, but that's okay -- the company was too busy fixing Gmail to think about new devices.
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On September 23, Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) announced the second-generation Surface RT and Surface Pro.
The former will be referred to as Surface 2, while the latter will be known as Surface Pro 2.
Surface 2 starts at $449, while Surface Pro 2 will retail for $899 and up.
Both tablets will be released on October 22.Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
The online retail giant announced two entirely new tablets: the seven-inch Kindle Fire HDX and the slightly larger Kindle Fire HDX 8.9".
Amazon also provided a slight upgrade to the Kindle Fire HD and dropped the price to $139.
All three tablets will be released over the next few weeks, starting with the Kindle Fire HD on October 2.Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) is known for its stability, usability and reliability.
Unfortunately, this week some users could not rely on Gmail.
The service was disrupted for some users, preventing emails from being sent and received on time.
Attachments were also hindered by the problems that Google experienced.Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
The company initially gained attention for creating a number of Internet radio products, such as the Grooveshark Car Kit. But it was likely the Connect API and Connect SDK that got Ford's attention.Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
Software pre-orders are 55 percent higher on PlayStation 4 than they are on Xbox One.
At the very least it means that new PlayStation 4 users are interested in buying more games than new Xbox One users.
It could also mean that PlayStation 4 console pre-orders have also outpaced Xbox One.Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
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