Your next tablet computer will be circular

Summary:TabCo sent ZDNet HQ a pizza in anticipation of a new circular tablet computing device. What does it mean?

Just when I think I've seen everything as a jaded tech reporter, someone goes and sends us a pizza as a press release.

The company: TabCo.

The pizza: pepperoni.

TabCo chief executive "Ian Quincy" -- in quotes because he's not on LinkedIn, and that's fishy for a CEO -- sent me (and I presume many other New York-based tech reporters) a little note yesterday explaining that his "tablet company" will be launching "some very new products this summer."

"Pizza is a New York City staple," he writes, "and I personally love the circular shape!"

The hints aren't lost on me. The pizza has arrived, with pepperoni arranged in a date (8-15-11) and a note taped to the top of the cardboard box notes that TabCo is "reinventing the wheel."

A few details about the note:

  • Partners are named: Twitter, Flickr, Yahoo, IMDB, Bing, Facebook, MSN
  • A circular menu is illustrated, with search, copy, cut, paste, apps and "select all" commands.
  • The Wikipedia entry for the film Inception is reprinted, along with a presumable peek at the tablet's menu bar, which includes the time, Wi-Fi, inbox unread count, volume and battery life meters.

With all of this manufactured mystery, I'm just going to have to call this the Lady Gaga of tablets. (DGui has a nice roundup of all the hints we know about this device so far; it could be Nokia.)

Who might this be? (The WhoIs entry for the company is thin.) And what's coming? I don't know, but I sure am hungry.

Topics: Hardware, Laptops, Mobility, Tablets

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Andrew Nusca is a former writer-editor for ZDNet and contributor to CNET. He is also the former editor of SmartPlanet, ZDNet's sister site about innovation. He writes about business, technology and design now but used to cover finance, fashion and culture. He was an intern at Money, Men's Vogue, Popular Mechanics and the New York Daily Ne... Full Bio

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