Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Today's Headlines

Look Out iTunes:  HP Developing App Store
The Register
HP's cloud and its app store will be based on - and will deliver software based on - technology that it has both acquired and built, in addition to software from partners.  The s company said on Monday that it plans an Amazon-like public cloud and Apple-like app store that serves apps to consumers and business users on smart devices.

Google Should Run App Store More Like Apple's iTunes
Business Insider
 In an interview with Business Insider, MLB.com's Bob Bowman says Google should do a better job curating its app store. Android owners seem less interested in paying for apps than iPhone owners -- perhaps in some part because of the way Google runs its store. Bowman estimates app sales are 5-to-1 in favor of Apple over Google, despite the fact that there are more Android subscribers in the U.S. than iPhone subscribers.
Why Thinner Isn't Always Better:  Reflections on iPad 2
Here's the problem that this writer sees:  "Lighter, faster and more confident as it seems — as a lot of us seem when we get thinner — it also gets much hotter in your lap, feels slightly cheaper, and its upgrade process is significantly flawed."

10 Reasons Consumers Snapped Up iPad 2 Last Weekend
Reasons number 1 and 5:  The cameras matter and the color white.

4 Reasons Not to Get a White iPad 2
Reasons number 3 and 4:  Grime will be visible around the white home button and a possible lower resale value.

New WiFi Tablets:  Too Little, Too Late?
Unlike Apple's iPad2, new tablets from Samsung, RIM and Motorola are essentially unproven and offer far fewer apps.  

"Angry Birds Rio" Debuting Via Amazon App Store
PC Magazine
The new version of the popular game, which ties into the feature film "Rio," will debut exclusively on the Android App Store. Amazon did not say when its App Store will launch, but Rovio, the manufacturer of the game, said Angry Birds Rio will be available on March 22

Publishers Mull Expiration Date for Library E-Books
The New  York Times
For years, public libraries building their e-book collections have typically done so with the agreement from publishers that once a library buys an e-book, it can lend it out, one reader at a time, an unlimited number of times.  Now, with the popular advent of tablets, publishers are reconsidering those arrangements. Already, Harper Collins is enforcing restrictions that allows one of its e-books to be checked out only 26 times.

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