Archive for July, 2010
Not interested in paying $4.99 for an issue of a magazine on your iPad? Well, Time Inc. execs don’t seem to be too keen on the idea either. As Peter Kafka of All Things Digital reports, Time was planning to launch a subscription version of its Sports Illustrated iPad app last month in which you’d pay Time directly, but Apple apparently rejected the app at the last minute and left Time with no other choice than to sell issues one at a time for the usual $4.99. What’s more, some Time Inc. execs have reportedly “been going nuts” over the situation, which is complicated even further by the fact that some companies like The Wall Street Journal do have a different arrangement for billing customers directly. As for Apple, it simply notes that it supports two platforms for publishers: the “open” HTML5, and the “curated” App Store, while Time insists that it will offer in-app subscriptions sometime “later this year.”
Time Inc. execs said to be frustrated over lack of iPad magazine subcriptions originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 28 Jul 2010 13:06:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
One of the threats to Microsoft’s Windows dominance is the idea that companies will increasingly give employees the option to buy Macs — especially now that more business software is web-based and will work just as well on a Mac as on a Windows PC.
Apple obviously hasn’t taken over the enterprise. But the enterprise is warming up to the Mac, according to a survey of IT managers conducted by research firm ITIC and Sunbelt Software.
Some 79% of respondents said their firms were likely to allow more users to deploy Macs as their enterprise desktops in 2010-2011, versus 19% who said they were not likely to allow more Macs.
Why did they say no? Click here to see those answers and more charts from this report.
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On Jan. 9, 2007 — the day Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone at Macworld — Nokia was the biggest cellphone company in the world. It still is today, but a lot has changed since then.
While Nokia still sells more mobile phones than any of its competitors, it has lost most of its mindshare — specifically in smartphones, where the likes of Apple, Google, HTC, and others have taken off. That’s why it’s looking for a new CEO.
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The company says the loss was due to Yahoo reimbursement costs, greater online traffic acquisition costs, and research and development costs.
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LG might soon be on the receiving end of angry emails from Steve Jobs, thanks to company chief exec Kwon Young-soo telling the media he can’t meet demand for the flat panels Apple keeps ordering for its rampant iPad.
Rather worryingly for potential iPad buyers—and manufacturers of rival tablets hoping to launch this year and next with LG panels inside—Young-soo says LG won’t be able to completely hit targets until Q2 of 2011. Here are his humble words:
“Apple is ordering more and more displays but it isn’t something we can be able to respond quickly … I am not sure whether we can be able to meet orders from other companies for similar products, but we will be able to supply the displays without fail… by the second quarter of next year”
LG isn’t the sole provider of the iPad’s LED screen tech for Apple, but is believed to be the main supplier of the bunch. [WSJ]
Physical and digital distribution sales for games nearly equal, GameStop CEO thinks people like boxes
There are two ways to look at physical media. Some see it as needless clutter; useless relics taking up shelf space and collecting the airborne remnants of your dearly departed skin cells. Others, however, see rows and rows of boxes and books with a sense of pride — proof that they have incredibly good taste when it comes to spending free time. According to the NPD, those two parties are rapidly becoming equal when it comes to gaming, with 21.3 million “full-game” PC titles downloaded (legally) in 2009 and 23.5 million boxed copies sold. That’s awfully close, and ignores all the PSN and XBLA titles that are currently making our console hard drives cry for mercy. Should brick and mortar software stores be nervous? Not according to GameStop CEO J. Paul Raines, whose franchises are decidedly ceramic and paste-based: “The world won’t be all digital tomorrow… In this business, users still want physical content.” And he’s right, you know. We’d say it’ll be more like 18 – 24 months.
Physical and digital distribution sales for games nearly equal, GameStop CEO thinks people like boxes originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 23 Jul 2010 00:56:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Apple’s iPad is already huge. In fact, after just its first quarter of sales, it’s already the company’s third-biggest business segment.
That’s more than Apple’s iPod business generated last quarter — $1.5 billion. (Though the cheaper iPod obviously had larger unit sales.) And it’s almost half as big as Apple’s 26-year-old Mac business, which put in its best quarter ever at $4.4 billion.
Very impressive. And the fact that the iPad and Mac can apparently coexist is especially good news for Apple.
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Google has updated its Developer-focused breakdown of the Android user base, generating a lovely green pie chart showing which versions of the mobile OS its users are on. Not that most people have a choice about it, of course.
The stats show that Android 2.1 is way in the lead, occupying the ROM space of 55.5% of all Android phones—with the very latest 2.2 update only sitting on 3.3% of handsets (that’ll be the Nexus One owners) that connected to the Android Market in the two-week period ending July 15.
Android 1.5 is still going strong, too, thanks to the slow pace of updates around the world and a few phones left in permanent limbo by their uncaring makers. [Android Developers]
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