The legal battle has officially begun over the Joo Joo, formerly known as the CrunchPad. TechCrunch owner Michael Arrington announced on Thursday that he had filed a lawsuit against former business partner Chandra Rathakrishnan, CEO of Fusion Garage. The suit alleges many wrongdoings on Fusion Garage’s part, including a number of charges that include the theft of money and property owned by TechCrunch. Rathakrishnan is not backing down, claiming that Arrignton’s allegations are false, and that her company owes absolutely nothing to TechCrunch.
The Joo Joo tablet notebook is priced at $500 and will be available for purchase at midnight tonight on the company’s website. If you want in, I’d suggest acting quickly, in case the lawyers get ahold of this thing before you can.
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So while the CrunchPad table netbook is history, the JooJoo web tablet project is full steam ahead, according to FusionGarage CEO Chandra Rathakrishnan. FusionGarage is moving forward with the project, as it is the sole owner of the IP and claims that it did all the work in the creation of such a tablet.
The JooJoo’s OS is Unix-based and the web tablet will come with a 4 GB solid state drive and Wi-Fi capabilities. There is also supposedly “enough graphic power” for full high-def. video playback and the online time for wireless browsing is expected to be roughly five hours.
“JooJoo” is an African term for “magical,” but for $500, a web-based tablet with only Wi-Fi capabilities doesn’t sound so magical to me.
Various rumors have been flying around about the CrunchPad tablet netbook, but here’s some shocking news.
TechCrunch founder, Michael Arrington, had been working together with a small group on creating a tablet netbook device nicknamed the CrunchPad. It was a device that was designed mainly to surf the web and have little local storage space. It was even starting to look more and more like a netbook the further it got into production.
Unfortunately, the company that Arrington partnered with to produce the CrunchPad tablet netbook got into a quarrel with Arrington. The latest word on the street is that Arrington said the company planned on kicking him off the CrunchPad project and selling the device under a different name. And so that put an end to the partnership.
No details are set in stone yet, but we’ll keep you posted on any developments we hear about.
Yep, that’s right. The sleek prototype of a tablet/netbook device is experiencing higher-than-expected production costs and repeated delays, which are rumored to lead to its demise. Earlier, this year, Michael Arrington had said the CrunchPad tablet netbook would be ready for sure by the end of this year, but sadly, the device’s release deadlines have already been passed multiple times. Last we heard, it was supposed to be available in late July or early August.
The proposed price of the CrunchPad tablet netbook had originally been rumored to range from $200 to $400, but seems like the feasibility of the product is coming to an end. Perhaps there’ll be more luck with Apple’s rumored tablet netbook device. Either way, it doesn’t keep the CrunchPad from being named to Popular Mechanics’ 10 most brilliant products of 2009 list.
We recently mentioned that the CrunchPad tablet would be released soon, but didn’t mention exactly when. Details have emerged in the past couple of days that this tablet would be on the market by this upcoming November. The new estimate for its price tag is $399, roughly $100 more than the previously estimated price.
This device will feature a 1.6 GHz Intel Atom processor and have 1 GB of RAM. It will also have integrated Wi-Fi and 3G. Earlier reports about this new tablet did not include the details about the availability of 3G functionality with this tablet.
The CrunchPad tablet also has a USB port and a “port for mobile broadband.” It’s uncertain whether this latter port is actually the same as the first port though, but hopefully, we’ll find out by November.
For lovers of touchscreen devices, your wait for the newest touchscreen toy won’t be for much longer. The recently mentioned CrunchPad smartphone-netbook-in-between will rumoredly go on sale for less than $300 soon.
Unlike a netbook, this device won’t have a keyboard or hard drive and will boot directly into a web browser. The operating system for this in-between will be Linux-based and the browser will be WebKit-based.
This tablet will have a decent screen size of roughly 12 inches and be powered by the Intel Atom processor. The device will be roughly 16 millimeters thick and include an aluminum case which can come in various colors.