Jul 29, 2010 - 11:10 AM - by Maura
Amazon has today announced new versions of its Kindle e-Reader, including a Wi-Fi-only model which is priced at a highly competitive $139.00. The new Kindle can be pre-ordered in advance of its August 27th launch date, when it will be available to purchase in 140 countries and 30 territories.
Commentators can't seem to make up their minds as to what this new Kindle means exactly for the iPad. Is Amazon hoping it will hold off the iPad threat a little longer with the cheaper, lighter device, or is it repositioning the Kindle as a reader that can be used alongside the iPad?
SeekingAlpha.com comes up with a reasonable argument for its theory that Amazon is hoping to get iPad owners to buy the new Kindle, simply because, as it uses e-ink technology rather than the iPad's backlit screen, it's much, much easier to use in direct sunlight than the iPad. SeekingAlpha says that iPad owners may well be tempted by such a device, especially if they're already familiar with, and a fan of, Amazon's Kindle iPad app.
Source: Amazon, SeekingAlpha.com
Jul 29, 2010 - 10:29 AM - by Maura
Macworld is reporting that the DSG International retail group has come to the end of its 60-day iPad exclusivity deal, with the result that as of July 28th, Comet and John Lewis have joined DSG's Currys, Dixons Travel and PC World stores in stocking the iPad, as well as Apple's own stores, of course. John Lewis also has a selection of iPad accessories in stock, including cases and covers from the likes of Apple, Belkin, Griffin and Gear4. Macworld notes that not all Comet stores are stocking the iPad, so best to check before you make a special trip to get one and find out they don't have it at that particular store.
In an update to this story, Pocket-lint is reporting that John Lewis appears to be almost sold out of its first batch of iPads, going by the retailer's website, which only has the two 64GB models available, with everything else marked as out of stock.
Source: Macworld, Pocket-lint
Jul 28, 2010 - 2:15 PM - by Maura
AppleInsider is reporting today that publishers who want to offer subscriptions to digital versions of their magazines on the iPad are finding that Apple is allegedly rejecting their subscriptions from the app store, without telling them why.
According to AppleInsider, last month Time Inc. had the subscription version of its Sports Illustrated iPad app rejected by Apple, with the result that Sports Illustrated can currently only sell single issues of the magazine via iPad. Not only does this upset the publishers of course, but it's also causing a lot of ill-feeling among customers, who feel that $4.99-per-issue is too expensive, and are expressing their displeasure via negative reviews on the App Store.
Sources at Time Inc., speaking to Peter Kafka of MediaMemo, who broke the story, said that they have been "going nuts" trying to get Apple to approve their subscription plans. Kafka reports that Time Inc. execs were particularly surprised at the rejection considering that Apple and Steve Jobs had expressly reached out to them and to other publishers prior to the iPad's launch, leading them to believe that Apple would be amenable to subscription plans.
Kafka concludes by saying that no one at Time Inc. has any idea what is going on, as Apple, as usual, is not talking.
Source: AppleInsider, MediaMemo
Jul 27, 2010 - 5:08 PM - by Maura
A pretty decent free sports iPad app has been released by Score Media for all the sports fans out there. It's called theScore iPad Edition, and it offers the latest stats, news, scores and standings from every major sports league, while integrating the best content from The Score's multiplatform properties - The Score Television Network, theScore.com, Hardcore Sports Radio (HSR) and ScoreMobile - all on one app. TheScore iPad Edition also offers original video and audio content from The Score Television Network and HSR. It also gives you unlimited and immediate access to up-to-the-minute stats and entertaining content, including:
Source: Score Media
- Real-time scores, breaking news and updates
- Original digital video segments exclusively for iPad users, such as The Score's hit web show, The Break and The Footy Show
- Integrated social tools for sharing articles, blog posts and videos
- Unique interviews with top athletes, as well as iPad exclusives from The Score's reporter Cabral "Cabbie" Richards, plus the irreverent NBA web show, The Basketball Jones
- A slick interface designed specifically for the iPad with an intuitive and clean navigation structure
Jul 27, 2010 - 3:47 PM - by Maura
I don't know if you, like me, happened to notice recently some rather, um, adult titles appearing in the iBooks Top Charts on your iPad and/or iPhone? Well it looks like Apple did, as they've all vanished from the chart in one fell swoop, leading to accusations of censorship. In a report today, the Telegraph notes that four books with slightly titillating titles were all ranked in the Top Ten of the Top Paid Books chart, but they all suddenly disappeared off the chart together yesterday, to be replaced by what the Telegraph calls "less risque" titles. Book chart analysts approached by the Telegraph said it was very unusual for all four of the books in question to vanish from the chart at the same time, unless they had been removed on purpose, of course. The Telegraph recalls that in April Steve Jobs said that he wanted the iPad to be porn-free, and also reminds us all of the "great porn purge" of apps on the iPhone App Store back in February, as if we could forget!
Apple has made no comment on the sudden disappearance of the books from the chart, of course!
Source: The Telegraph
Jul 27, 2010 - 2:19 PM - by Maura
Bloomberg is reporting today that Apple has been sued over a possible overheating issue. It says that the complaint revolves around claims that the iPad overheats and doesn’t work properly in hot conditions. The complaint was filed on July 23rd in federal court in Oakland, California, and seeks unspecified damages and class action, or group, status, according to Bloomberg. The complaint argues that the iPad “does not live up to the reasonable consumer’s expectations created by Apple” due to the fact that, according to the complaint, it “overheats so quickly under common weather conditions.” The complaint further alleges that the iPad turns itself off after just a few minutes of use in direct sunlight. The case is Baltazar v. Apple Inc., 10-03231, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California (Oakland).
Apple has yet to comment on the matter as of today, which will be of no surprise to anyone!
Jul 26, 2010 - 6:18 PM - by Maura
Wired gives the heads-up on a fascinating survey on MyType Blog that looks at the personality types of iPad owners and their critics, coming to the conclusion that the whole pro- and anti- iPad debate can be summed up as a clash of very different personalities.
Between March and May 2010, MyType questioned over 20,000 people about the iPad, with the aim of discovering if they had any particular character traits depending on their opinion. You can read all the details in depth on the MyType blog, but to cut a long story short, MyType said that it found that iPad owners are “selfish elites” meaning that people that are interested in business and finance are more likely to be iPad owners than people interested in entertainment and leisure activities such as watching movies, playing video games or shopping, for example. “iPad owners are an elite bunch”, says MyType - they are wealthy, highly educated and sophisticated, and they think more highly of power and achievement than other people do. That’s the good news! On the down side, MyType says that iPad owners tend to be selfish, with low kindness and altruism scores.
As for the iPad critics, MyType says that they tend to be “independent geeks” who value self-determination and abhor conformity, and are big consumers of video games, computers, electronics, science and the internet. MyType says that one of the strongest indicators of the iPad critic is being a big Linux fan in preference to Windows or Macintosh. MyType goes on to say that iPad critics are usually young men with no kids and no particular interest in family.
To find out much more about these two groups and why they feel as they do, check out the MyType Blog. It makes a fascinating read, whether or not you agree with the findings.
Source: MyType Blog via Wired
Jul 26, 2010 - 5:24 PM - by Maura
Website Erictric is reporting a strong rumour that it says comes from a trusted source within Apple who wishes to remain anonymous, that Apple will be offering customers the chance to get their new iPads engraved for free, just in time for the holiday season, as has previously been the case with iPods in the past. Erictric says that according to their source, it’s actually pure coincidence that the engraving option won’t be available until the holidays – Apple actually wanted to offer the service to new iPad customers as soon as possible, but with the ongoing high demand for the iPad around the world, it was concerned that the engraving process might cause a slowdown in production, and therefore suspended the idea until later in the year. I’m not sure if I’d actually want my lovely iPad engraved all over, but each to his/her own!
Jul 26, 2010 - 4:40 PM - by wuyanks
When you thought "inexpensive" and "tablet" don't belong in the same sentence, K-Mart is about to prove you wrong. The Augen GenTouch Android tablet is hitting K-Mart shelves this weekend, according to its latest circular, for the low price of $149. You will be getting a 7" 800x480 TFT LCD screen, 800Mhz CPU, 256MB RAM, 2GB storage, WiFi connectivity, SD/MMC slot (up to 16GB) and Android 2.1 with Market capability. The rest of the specs are unknown at this time, but for $149 I would expect the CPU to be an older ARM6 or ARM11. And if that wasn't enough, the Augen GenTouch comes with a leather carrying case and AC Adapter. The GenTouch may not be as spiffy as the German WeTab or the Dell Streak, but for the price, you certainly can't go wrong! We believe this to be the first readily-available-in-the-US Android 2.1 tablet, and are extremely excited to get our paws on one soon.
Check out a video user review of the Auger GenTouch Tablet (cheers MrJn7)
Anyone planning on snagging a GenTouch this weekend? Let us know. Also head on over to our dedicated Augen GenTouch Forum
Jul 26, 2010 - 2:53 PM - by Maura
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I was very interested to see this announcement from Anuman Interactive today that they have released Chapters 2 and 3 of the HD iPad version of adventure game, Dracula: The Path of the Dragon. I have to say that Chapter 1 (released on June 25<sup>th</sup>) completely passed me by, for some reason, but what made me sit up and take notice of the announcement today is the fact that the game comes under the Microids brand name, the games studio that Anuman Interactive acquired at the end of 2009, and that is responsible for the excellent Syberia series of PC adventure games. Beautiful looking games with great puzzles and stories, and by the looks of it Dracula: The Path of the Dragon, is more of the same, and well worth investigating on iPad if you like adventure or “point-and-click” games, although apparently it is a little on the short side, so be warned of that before you consider buying.
The company’s press release, dated July 26<sup>th</sup>, actually says that to celebrate the launch of Chapters 2 and 3, both of which cost $5.99, Chapter 1 will be reduced to $0.99 for 72 hours, but from what I can see it’s still on the US store at the usual price of $5.99 , so not quite sure what’s going on there. <o>
</o> The first-person adventure and investigation game is set in 1920s Transylvania, with the player taking on the role of Father ArnoMoriani, and I’m guessing that it has something to do with Dracula as well, at some point, just a hunch! The HD version has been reworked to adapt to the iPad’s strengths, with enhanced graphics and a playing experience that is much closer to the PC version.<o>
</o> Apparently Anuman will be bringing a lot more Microids games to the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, with the likes of Return to Mysterious Island definitely on its way to iPad, and Syberia III currently in development , which can only be great news for adventure game fans.
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