Mobile with Mario: Tablet Price Wars, Google Docs Makeover, 4G BlackBerry Torch + More – August 10

Welcome to our weekly Mobile with Mario column.

Each week we bring you articles from Small Biz Go Mobile’s Mario Armstrong – tech expert, commentator and digital lifestyle expert – featuring hot topics, products and trends in mobility and small business.

Are Tablet Price Wars Brewing?

With Apple continuing to dominate the tablet market, it was probably only a matter of time before other manufacturers began to slash their tablet prices in an effort to increase market share. While this would be the logical response to the iPad’s category-crushing success, other tablet manufacturers have thus far refrained from engaging in price wars with Apple, likely because the iPad’s success has driven up tablet component costs for everyone else in the industry. Manufacturers have been jumping into the tablet game in large part because they want to emulate Apple’s 25% profit margin on the iPad, but since they’re paying higher component prices than Apple, cutting retail prices would thwart the very reason they got into the tablet game in the first place. Read more.

Google Docs Gets a Major Makeover – More Than 100 New Features to Help You Be More Productive on the Go

Good News – Google Docs recently got a great new facelift, adding dozens of new features and functionality. They’re improved absolutely everything, from searching your documents, to new uploading features. Essential features I’ve been waiting for years for them to add are finally here as well, like page breaks, extra fonts, drag-and-drop image insertion and revision history. In Speadsheets, Google’s version of Microsoft’s Excel, finally adds pivot tables, which consultants and business people on the go will love using to quickly analyze their data. Overall, this is a huge upgrade for Google’s online document suite of products, which had definitely begun to show their age. For the full list of features Google is adding and to learn how to activate the latest version of Google Docs, click on through to our full coverage. Read more…

Keep Your Mobile Devices Germ-Free with Fuse

Tablets are the future. We all know that, these things are doing everything for everyone, from construction workers to my wife, tablets can do it all. More and more they are replacing other interfaces in our businesses and schools. A tablet makes more sense than a textbook, and in most cases it makes more sense for a terminal where a customer interacts with an automated experience. But is all the touching putting us at risk for sickness? Read more…

AT&T Announces 4G BlackBerry Torch 9810

AT&T has been rolling out new 4G phones and devices all summer, and today they’re announcing the next evolution in BlackBerry phones, with their first 4G BlackBerry offering: the Torch 9810. While there’s only an announcement today and no release date set, we do have some details to share with you about the large touchscreen + full QWERTY keyboard phone. The most exciting spec though, is that this Blackberry is going to boast amazing internet speeds with 4G connectivity. We can’t wait! Here’s what’s new…

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