Thursday, November 10, 2011

Today's Headlines

Swipe vs.Scroll for Tablets:  Let the Debate Continue
Cenevoldsen (blog from Next Issue Media's marketing manager)
For publishers attempting to create an “edition based” experience similar to print, swiping from page to page gives readers a sense of familiarity. Vertical scrolling tends to feel infinite. The page just keeps going. It’s not necessarily a bad thing; it depends on what you want to achieve with your app.

Amazon Ramps Up Kindle Fire Production to Keep Up with Demand
Amazon has recently increased its Kindle Fire orders to more than five million units before the end of 2011 as pre-orders for the machine remain strong, according to sources from upstream component suppliers.

RIM's PlayBook to Sell for $199 on Black Friday
Thanksgiving might still be weeks off,  but the ads for Black Friday have already started leaking. The ad for Staples has been posted online and the BlackBerry Playbook will be sold for $199 on Friday, November 25.  That's half the current retail price.

Netflix Will Be Available on Kindle Fire
San Jose Mercury News
Amazon's Kindle Fire tablet will offer a Netflix app among thousands of applications that will be available when the tablet debuts next week.Amazon and Netflix have battled for streaming-video content for the past several months, with Amazon attempting to beef up its Amazon Prime streaming service.

What Is the Value of a Tablet Anyway?
First Arkansas News
Both the Kindle Fire and the NOOK Tablet boast impressive specs at close to impulse buy prices and have generated a lot of press. However, the question that pops up with these devices is whether someone carrying a smartphone needs one of the things.

Mini Tablets Will Shake Market in Major Ways
The Washington Post
The Kindle Fire and NOOK Tablet accomplish about 80 percent of what you can do with an iPad, are backed by companies consumers know and trust and cost roughly half of Apple’s base model. "And I think they’re going to make a huge impact on the market," writes journalist Joshua Topolsky.  

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