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U.S. Air Force Buys 18,000 iPads For Pilots

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

The U.S. Air Force awarded a $9.36 million contract to buy as many as 18,000 Apple (AAPL) iPad in one of the military’s largest orders of computer tablets, reports Bloomberg.

The Air Force is taking a cue from commercial airlines, United Continental has announced that it is buying 11,000 Apple iPads to replace in-flight operating manuals for pilots. Presently, pilots carry about 40 pounds of flight manuals per pilot on each flight.

“Aircrews fly nonstop worldwide missions and require access to flight publications both on and off the aircraft, throughout all phases of flight,” said Captain Kathleen Ferrero, a military spokeswoman via e-mail. The so-called electronic flight bags will help crews operate more effectively and safely, and support the Pentagon’s efficiency goals, she said.

Air Mobility Command announced the award today to Executive Technology Inc., a Phoenix-based computer services company, Captain Kathleen Ferrero, a military spokeswoman, said in a telephone interview.

The type of iPad the command is buying retails for $599, Ferrero said. The Air Force would buy it at a discount for about $520 a device, she said. The product comes with wireless connectivity and 32 gigabytes of memory, she said.

“It was open to everybody,” said Ferraro, referring to the vendor bid, and the decided to go with the best.

RIMM: Only Thing Going Up Inventory Of Unsold Playbooks

Monday, December 5th, 2011

When you do the math, the PlayBook writeoff of $485 million is actually worst than it appears. The Playbook initiative has burned $1.5 billion in cash and the only thing going up is the inventory of unsold Playbooks.

RIMM had hoped to sell the Playbook, a seven inch tablet for $799 but thought $699 would sound better. Later it dropped the price to $599. When sales did not materialize, RIMM dropped the price to $399. Subsequently, the price has been dropped to $299 and Best Buy is selling them for $199. The company even had a buy one get two free special.

Reuters reports that special, turned into a stampede in Indonesia, and RIMM’s Indonesia CEO, will be charged with negligence police said. More>>