Remains of the Day: A tablet for all seasons

Amazon teases its tablet intentions, the House of Representatives puts the iPad to a vote, and the real reason publishers are all over subscriptions like marmalade on toast. (I have it on good authority that that's funny if you're British.) The remainders for Thursday, May 12, 2011 await you just through that door.

(Consumer Reports)

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos sat down with Consumer Reports, and the Beez's knees--as he's known in the industry--hinted that the Internet retailer may enter the tablet field. "Stay tuned," Bezos said, when asked about the possibility of a multipurpose tablet. Isn't the Kindle a multipurpose device, though? It already reads e-books, disrupts the publishing industry, props up your uneven kitchen table. What more could you want from a tablet, really?


Counting is hard. I can only get about as high as 10--20 if I've got my shoes off. Fortunately, for those cases where you need to go higher than that, the iPad's here to save the day. Take politicians voting, for example: Representative Steny Hoyer, the House Democratic Whip, can now receive results on his iPad as they come in, all the while playing in the background.