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Xoom – Motorola announces new tablet, iPad killer?



At the Consumer Electronics Show today, Motorola officially launched the XOOM tablet to be available for purchase this quarter with 3G and next quarter in 4G. No pricing has been announced yet, but the device is already on the Motorola website. This iPad challenger is the first table to run Google Android 3.0 Honeycomb (also officially announced today at CES).

The Xoom was demoed last month by Google VP Andy Rubin (a 2010 Genius 30 Award winner) and Motorola began tease marketing the Xoom, mocking the iPad for being “like a giant iPhone.” The carrier for the Xoom will be Verizon which I’m not personally very pleased about, but it’s worth considering.

The specs on the XOOM are nothing short of impressive… not only does it run on the Android OS (which we are extremely enthusiastic about), Motorola claims that with one charge, the Xoom will get up to 10 hours of video playback, has a front and rear facing camera, a 10.1″ display with 1280×800 resolution, adaptive lighting, accelerometer and more:

What do you think, is it an iPad killer with all of these features? Was this Motorola announcement worth the long wait? Would you consider buying the Xoom when released to market?

Lani is the Chief Operating Officer at The American Genius - she has co-authored a book, co-founded BASHH and Austin Digital Jobs, and is a seasoned business writer and editorialist with a penchant for the irreverent.

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  1. Fred Romano

    January 6, 2011 at 8:23 am

    I am so glad I have not purchased an iPad yet! I was waiting for the new Android tablets and this one from Motorola looks amazing. I love the stand in the photo, I hope its also a charger… Thanks for sharing Lani.

    • Pat Hallesy

      January 6, 2011 at 6:51 pm

      The stand in the photo IS also a charger!

  2. Real Estate Coaching and Marketing Tools

    January 8, 2011 at 11:45 am

    I have an iPad and a Droid phone so I feel like I’m cheating on someone in this relationship. I would love an iPhone, but not on the AT&T network. I can be suaded to sell my iPad for this device if I can log into my MLS which is not safari compatible. Plus, there’s so much flash content on the web that I can’t see on my iPad which would be another difference and reason to jump on to the Xoom ship. iPad has an app for browsing flash content but reviewers of the app skyfire are not raving fans.

    The iPad was a novelty when it first came out and made a lot of money, but in being first to market and with competitors with big budgets, they should have expected healthy competition. As a consumer, I rather enjoy seeing new gadgets. There’s always eBay and a way to trade up or down.

  3. JB

    January 15, 2011 at 1:46 am

    Apple fanboys will never admit there is a lot better tech offered out there (phones, tablets, notebooks), admitting it will make them regret paying so much money for overprice products so instead they will defend their supreme lord and commander S.Jobs

    Its a good thing that Google is going against Apple since Microsoft is too busy generically making money to correctly innovate. We will see a result of better products offered to the public regardless of which side you are on.

    So far Apple relies way too much in their marketing team telling their loyal zombies what to buy. They slap the same software (IOS is still relatively the same) in a prettier sparkling hardware (like OMG! look at the Retina display) with one key addition to over promote ( facetime camera, thinness) and sell it for whatever price they want. Its genius!, they will never bow down to offer discounts in their products even for Black Friday. but this has given them disadvantage because this bossy attitude only worked against windows.

    As far as Android, it was nonexistent until powerhouses: Google, Verizon, and Motorola put it in the face of the earth through 2010. It hasn’t existed for long and its already taking 26% of smartphones market ( surpassed Apple Iphone) The OS is refreshing (fast, live wallpapers, notebook like experience in the palm of your hand and professional) So far everybody in the tech market has jumped in the bandwagon and offered hardware wired with Google OS, including markets in US, Asia and Europe. It has been innovative but it lacks history and thus a higher support of applications and a way to go against Apple’s successful Itunes.

    I personally don’t care what brand i carry in my pocket as long as it is truly innovative and surpasses the others offered.

    I’d simply would like to point some issue I had with Apple being too good to give us a discount for tech that is offered cheaper and better from other sources. This is what Android is doing, and more importantly I would like for Apple to actually come up with something better than Android, then in return Android come up with something better than Apple. This is how we keep a healthy level of competition going that benefits us in the end.

    The Introduction of Android will make sure Apple is in its toes and will require Google to actually finish this product before they move on to the next “Big thing” if they want a successful product.

    So far Apple is just pretty but that’s about it, it is starting to look like Apple is the new Windows falling behind Google’s new Apple-like software done right and without sprinkles and childish rubbish in it.

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Austin tops the list of best places to buy a home

When looking to buy a home, taking the long view is important before making such a huge investment – where are the best places to make that commitment?



Looking at the bigger picture

(REALUOSO.COM) – Let us first express that although we are completely biased about Texas (we’re headquartered here, I personally grew up here), the data is not – Texas is the best. That’s a scientific fact. There’s a running joke in Austin that if there is a list of “best places to [anything],” we’re on it, and the joke causes eye rolls instead of humility (we’re sore winners and sore losers in this town).

That said, dug into the data and determined that the top 12 places to buy a home are currently Texas and North Carolina (and Portland, I guess you’re okay too or whatever).

They examined the nerdiest of numbers from the compound annual growth rate in inflation-adjusted GDP to cost premium, affordability, taxes, job growth, and housing availability.

“Buying a house is a big decision and a big commitment,” the company notes. “Although U.S. home prices have risen in the long term, the last decade has shown that path is sometimes full of twists, turns, dizzying heights and steep, abrupt falls. Today, home prices are stabilizing and increasing in most areas of the U.S.”

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Average age of houses on the rise, so is it now better or worse to buy new?

With aging housing in America, are first-time buyers better off buying new or existing homes? The average age of a home is rising, as is the price of new housing, so a shift could be upon us.



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The average home age is higher than ever

(REALUOSO.COM) – In a survey from the Department of Housing and Urban Development American Housing Survey (AHS), the median age of homes in the United States was 35 years old. In Texas, homes are a bit younger with the median age between 19 – 29 years. The northeast has the oldest homes, with the median age between 50 – 61 years. In 1985, the median age of a home was only 23 years.

With more houses around 40 years old, the National Association of Realtors asserts that homeowners will have to undertake remodeling and renovation projects before selling unless the home is sold as-is, in which case the buyer will be responsible to update their new residence. Even homeowners who aren’t selling will need to consider remodeling for structural and aesthetic reasons.

Prices of new homes on the rise

Newer homes cost more than they used to. The price differential between new homes and older homes has increased from 10 percent traditionally to around 37 percent in 2014. This is due to rising construction costs, scarcity of lots, and a low inventory of new homes that doesn’t meet the demand.

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Are Realtors the real loser in the fight between Zillow Group and Move, Inc.?

The last year has been one of dramatic and rapid change in the real estate tech sector, but Realtors are vulnerable, and we’re worried.



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Why Realtors are vulnerable to these rapid changes

(REALUOSO.COM) – Corporate warfare demands headlines in every industry, but in the real estate tech sector, a storm has been brewing for years, which in the last year has come to a head. Zillow Group and Move, Inc. (which is owned by News Corp. and operates ListHub,, TopProducer, and other brands) have been competing for a decade now, and the race has appeared to be an aggressive yet polite boxing match. Last year, the gloves came off, and now, they’ve drawn swords and appear to want blood.

Note: We’ll let you decide which company plays which role in the image above.

So how then, does any of this make Realtors the victims of this sword fight? Let’s get everyone up to speed, and then we’ll discuss.

1. Zillow poaches top talent, Move/NAR sues

It all started last year when the gloves came off – Move’s Chief Strategy Officer (who was also’s President), Errol Samuelson jumped ship and joined Zillow on the same day he phoned in his resignation without notice. He left under questionable circumstances, which has led to a lengthy legal battle (wherein Move and NAR have sued Zillow and Samuelson over allegations of breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, and misappropriation of trade secrets), with the most recent motion being for contempt, which a judge granted to Move/NAR after the mysterious “Samuelson Memo” surfaced.

Salt was added to the wound when Move awarded Samuelson’s job to Move veteran, Curt Beardsley, who days after Samuelson left, also defected to Zillow. This too led to a lawsuit, with allegations including breach of contract, violation of corporations code, illegal dumping of stocks, and Move has sought restitution. These charges are extremely serious, but demanded slightly less attention than the ongoing lawsuit against Samuelson.

2. Two major media brands emerge

Last fall, the News Corp. acquisition of Move, Inc. was given the green light by the feds, and this month, Zillow finalized their acquisition of Trulia.

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