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Archive for February, 2012

Vote for InvisibleHand for Best Add-On!

Fantastic news – InvisibleHand has been nominated for Best Add-On in About.com’s Readers’ Choice Awards 2012!!

If you agree we’re the Best Add-On, then express this agreement in the form of a quick and easy vote here.

You only have until Wednesday 21st March to vote – so quick get those fingers clicking!

The winner will be announced Friday 30th March and will have been voted for by ‘the people’ (readers of About.com).

 

We’re keeping out fingers crossed here :-)

 

Tablets to overtake PCs and laptops?

Speaking at a conference recently, Apple’s chief executive Tim Cook said he expects tablets to soon be more popular than PCs and laptops - coincidentally just before the rumoured iPad 3 launch in March. It’s an understandably confident statement to make considering the success of the iPad and iPad 2, but with decades of laptop and desktop development behind them, it’s hard to see why they would want to disregard their previous enormous success so quickly.

Or maybe they know something that we don’t (not for long!)

Can you see yourself ditching your chunky desktop or slow laptop for a slick tablet anytime soon? Would you be comfortable having all your documents/music/personal files on such a small and delicate device?

The touch screen keyboards take a while to get used to, but with extra accessories available including a wireless keyboard – it seems as though the tablet can try it’s best to be the slick and contemporary younger model, but it’s still trying to get back to the simple functionalities a laptop offers. Using a tablet is a pleasant vacation from the slow starting, heavy laptops you’re accustomed too, but once you’ve loaded all you need onto your tablet surely this will be the same slow paced device only on a smaller and more breakable screen.

We can see tablets becoming much more popular, especially if smaller lower priced models are introduced, but it’s hard to see them overtaking PCs and laptops in households as well as in the market.

But what do you think? Have you been leaning towards the tempting tablets? Or are they only something you’ll try if you can find a low priced one to trial?

Let us know what you think on here, email, Facebook or Twitter!

 

 

Industry News – Amazon to venture offline

We saw the launch of the Kindle Fire in the US last year, with similarities to Apple’s iPad, but now Amazon has gone one very large step further. Amazon has announced they plan to open a shop in Seattle, selling Kindles and Amazon-published books. But is this incredibly successful online retailer going backwards?

They plan to stock books which they usually stock online, and can’t be found in any other US bookstore. This will be a plus for convenience, quick transactions and reaching a different (potentially older) market – but what do you think?

Will you still be checking online for the best price? If other low price trusted retailers decided to go back to the high street and malls, would you turn your back on your laptop in favour of the shops? Perhaps there is a revival of the high street in the horizon, or perhaps it’s a case of ‘works for some’.

We think it’s an exciting development but we like to find the best price online, shopping in lots of places at the same time by sitting in one place!

 

InvisibleHand comes to Opera!

We’ve received many many emails over the past year from users who are waiting for InvisibleHand to come to Opera – well today is your lucky day!

InvisibleHand is delighted to announce our extensions is officially available to Opera!

Just feast your eyes on this beautiful picture below…

IH for Opera!

Enjoy and don’t forget to let us know what you think via email, Facebook or Twitter :-)