Peter Kafka

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Want a Cheaper Tablet? Just Wait.

Rock-solid, take-it-to-the-bank prediction for consumer technology: It gets better, and costs less, over time.

Today’s reminder comes via the analyst team at J.P. Morgan, who predict that the average retail price for a tablet will drop 15.7 percent next year — from $529 to $446.

It’s also worth noting that 20 percent downward lurch for the current quarter. That’s due primarily to Amazon’s entry with the $200 Kindle Fire, which at the very least seems to be moving a lot of units. Apple’s lowest-priced iPad, for reference, starts at $500.


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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work