Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Today's Headlines

Google Making Android Phone Apps Look Better on Bigger Screens
Google announced plans to improve the appearance of phone apps with the next version of Honeycomb. Specifically, Google plans to offer two options to tablet owners looking to display apps that have not been optimized for Honeycomb — either stretching the app to fit the larger screen or zooming in.

Google E-Reader Set to Hit Stores July 17
Official Google Blog
On July 17, the iriver Story HD e-reader will be available for sale in Target stores nationwide. The iriver Story HD is the first e-reader integrated with the open Google eBooks platform  through which users can buy and read Google eBooks over Wi-Fi.

Apple's Estimated App Store Profit:  Only $292 Million
Business Insider
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster estimates that since the App Store launched, Apple has earned a net profit of $538 million on paid it 15 billion app sales. It has spent an additional $246 million on storing and delivering free apps, says Munster, suggesting that Apple's true profit is just $292 million. 

Philly Papers Sell Androids with Their Content
Bloomberg BusinessWeek
The owner of the city's two major newspapers planned to announce Monday that it will begin selling Android tablet computers preloaded with their content in a digital venture.  The pilot project slated to be launched in late August will distribute about 2,000 tablets to customers who buy subscriptions to The Philadelphia Inquirer or Philadelphia Daily News, according to Mark Block, spokesman for Philadelphia Media Network.

New Report Details iPad Usage
The Los Angeles Times
Most owners (51%) spent more quality with their Apple iPads in the comfort of a couch or easy chair than in their office (only 6%), at work (7%), in the bedroom (17%) or in the kitchen (6%), according to a recent survey of 561 iPad owners conducted by the Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri.

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