Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Today's Headlines

Free iPad App Uses Twitter to Personalize News Sites
USA Today
With half of all iPad owners using their devices to read magazines or newspapers, the race is on to develop apps that cater to this burgeoning market. Zite, a new app that debuts today, personalizes news stories based on the user's Twitter activity. 

Steve Colbert Really, Really Wants iPad 2 (or maybe iPad 3)
Comedy Central
He wants it so badly that he can taste it (and he says it tastes like apples and Steve Jobs's beard). As for iPad 3:  "I heard it's going to have a built-in time-machine, so you can immediately travel ahead a year and buy the iPad 4."

Samsung Galaxy Tab Big Brother Set for March  22 Release
This version will be slightly larger at 8.9 inches. 

RIM's Playbook Tablet to Come Pre-Installed with Huge Music Store (not iTunes)
Blackberry-maker Research In Motion will release its long-awaited PlayBook tablet computer with Britain's 7digital music store.The music store of 7digital, half-owned by HMV, which has some 13 million tracks, will be pre-installed on the tablet at its launch in the United States and Canada, with further international roll out in 2011.

Barclay's Lowers RIM's Profit Projections
International Business Times
An aging lineup of products is hurting the company.  The unveiling of the Playbook this quarter is expected to have only a modest impact.

Review of the Advent Vega Tablet
After 30 minutes, the reviewer felt a strong urge to fling the device across the office. 

Why I'm Returning My Motorola Xoom
Gotta Be Mobile
Critic Xavier Lanier writes, "The number one reason I’m returning the device is because I’m simply not using it as much as I had expected to.  The user experience still some rough edges and  I just don’t have the patience to wait for the Honeycomb ecosystem to evolve"

Avon Launches Digital Imprint for Romance Titles
PC Magazine
According to the publishing giant:  According to Avon, "The growth of e-readers and e-books have created a new opportunity that allows us to begin increasing the number and diversity of our romance list for the first time in 10 years."

Zinio Digital Newsstand, Down Four Days, Now Operational Again
The problems raise question about subscription liabilities. The solutions may impact emerging newsstands from Apple and Google.

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