Posts Tagged ‘iPad’

More Ebook Prices Rise

February 5, 2010

It seems that Amazon’s ability to offer ebooks at a lower price than Apple’s announced iBook shop is being eroded more quickly than even dire predictions had supposed it might.

Looks like physical books could turn out to be cheaper...

Word comes from Gizmodo that more of Amazon’s “big six” publishers have been pushing prices up to the higher price point for “hardcover bestsellers,” which is an interesting term to use in an entirely data environment. After MacMillan’s move on Monday to see prices bumped to the $15 mark on certain titles, it seems that other publishers have come pouring in with similar requests to make of Amazon’s Kindle Store.

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3G Skype to Hit iPhone

February 4, 2010

It seems that Skype will soon be offering its iPhone users the ability to call one another using the service across 3G data connections.

At the moment, there is already a Skype app available for the iPhone through Apple’s App Store, but it only allows for calls being made over Wi-Fi connections, which, as well you might imagine, somewhat neuters the device when it comes to practical day-to-day use. Now though, it seems that the folks at Skype will be sorting out any lingering issues and offering a version that should allow a little more mobility.

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Acquisition to Spark Kindle Reboot?

February 4, 2010

Kindle users will be interested to read that Amazon is set to tackle the challenge of the iPad head on with their rumoured acquisition of Touchco, a start-up based in New York that specialises in touch-screen technology. Upgrading the Kindle will the main objective as they merge Touchco’s technology and staff members into its Kindle hardware division, Lab126, based in California.

The New York Times is pretty certain Amazon is in reach of taking over Touchco.

The interest of Amazon was said to be piqued by a technology Touchco uses called interpolating force-sensitive resistance, which it puts into displays that can be completely transparent and could cost as little as $10 (€7.20) a square foot. According to a New York Times article, “The capacitive touch screens used in the iPad and iPhone are considerably more expensive. Unlike those screens, the Touchco screens can also detect an unlimited number of simultaneous touch points.

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Google Working on Tablet PC?

February 2, 2010

It seems that the tablet rumour-mill hasn’t quite given up the ghost with Apple’s announcement. The latest rumour, with some fairly strong evidence from Google’s own staff…

Well.. everything looks nice as concept art ;)

According to TechCrunch reports, it seems that some concept shots were posted to Google’s Chromium page, detailing a little of what we might expect to see from a Google tablet if and when the company decides to roll one out. While there have been plenty of people quick to point out that Google doesn’t actually own Chromium (since it’s all open sourced) it’s worth noting that the concept art was posted by Google’s Chrome designer, Glen Murphy.

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Jobs has Harsh Words for Google, Adobe

February 2, 2010

It seems that Steve Jobs has had some fairly harsh criticisms for both Google and Adobe, both of whose products have seen some unfavourable comparisons made with Apple’s own.

Indeed, the issue between Apple and Adobe is a long running one, and it’s only deepened in recent months since Adobe announced that it was willing on putting some work into developing a version of Flash for Apple’s iPhone OS, which runs both the iPhone and iPod Touch, and now the tablet-styled iPad. Indeed, it seems that Apple wasn’t quite as receptive to the idea as Adobe would have likes, so it seems that the project is on hold. Jobs words for Adobe were harshest, with Wired reporting him as having said that,

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iPad to Hit Ireland in March

February 1, 2010

Apple’s iPad has been given something of a more solid release date for both the UK and Ireland, and it must be said that it’s a little ahead of Steve Jobs estimated June/July timeframe.

iPad, youPad, hePads, shePads, wePad, you(plural)Pad, theyPad :)

Indeed, Apple has updated it’s store page for those looking to pick up the touch-screen device, confirming pre-announcement rumours that Apple would start shipping the device in March. Of course, when those rumours first hit there was no indication yet that we’d see two different flavours of the device (one 3G capable and the other not). The update to Apple’s page simply reads,

“Wi-Fi models shipping in late March.
3G models shippin in April.
Local pricing to be announced.”

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MSI to Hit Tablet Bandwagon

February 1, 2010

It seems that announcements of new tablet PCs are still coming in thick and fast, with MSI expected to release its tablet offering in the second half of this year.

It certainly looks nice, though that border is a bit wide...

Indeed, it seems that MSI’s device will be running Google’s Android OS, which is in keeping with Apple’s decision to run with its iPhone OS… so we could well be moving towards a world in which more tablets run mobile operating systems, rather than more resource-hungry desktop OSes. Indeed, Dell’s soon to be released Mini 5 tablet runs Google’s Android too. Still, there are plenty of Windows XP-based tablets out there.

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Michael Dell Shows off Tablet

January 29, 2010

It seems that Apple isn’t the only company detailing the release of its upcoming tablet this week, with Dell’s CEO giving a little more detail on the PC giant’s upcoming Mini 5.

We assume it'll also be available in not-pink :)

The folks over at TechCrunch had the chance to talk to the man himself while he was in Switzerland for the World Economic Forum, where he seemed relatively happy to talk about the upcoming tablet device, including the fact that he expects it to see a launch in the US in the coming months, the first indication of its launch yet given. Sadly, so far there’s no word on Europe, though hopefully that’ll change soon enough.

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Belkin Jump on iPad Bandwagon

January 28, 2010

The quick off the mark award for today goes to Belkin, as its new line of sleeves for the iPad was launched this morning. We’ve got the Vue, Max, and Grip designs to choose from as we all decide how to keep that shiny new iPad safe and sound.

One of the new Belkin sleeves on offer, the Vue.

The media blurb tells how “These 10-inch sleeves are designed with reinforced panels to fully protect your device’s touch screen from scratches, while still offering storage for other media devices such as an iPhone, media reader, or earbuds”.

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iPad Reaction

January 28, 2010

After all the build up, all the weeks of waiting Apple played things out in their usual style. Steve Jobs, a mic, a chair, a new product. It’s earned them billions so far so you can see why it would get good feedback but if all of the above was familiar about the launch of the iPad yesterday, the other familiar thing was tech experts saying that they might just waiting for the second version of the product before investing.

There's been a mixed response to the iPad today.

The main gripe thus far is that while it seems to do everything (anything your laptop or almost anything your smartphone can do is pretty much covered), it can only do anything once at a time with no real chance of multitasking. The lack of an SD card slot is also highlighted by several outlets.

As TrechCrunch put it, “The thing is beautiful and fast. Really fast. If you’ll excuse my hyperbole, it felt like I was holding the future. But is it a must-have? That’s a complicated question.” Beautiful it certainly is though, and along with a big screen (with a resolution is 1024×768 the iPhone/iPod is 480×320), it’s sporting a 1-Ghz custom Apple chip.

Meanwhile, one Crunchgear expert sums up the frustrations of many by saying, “It looks really cool, aesthetically, but the battery life and screen can’t replace my Kindle, the lack of USB ports and expandable storage can’t replace my netbook, and I already have an iPhone 3GS. So it’d basically be $500+ for a bigger screen, a slightly faster CPU, and an external keyboard that I’d never carry around with me. I might buy one in a year or two once they’ve gone through a couple revisions.” (more…)


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