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February 28, 2012

Early report: CNBC says the iPad 3’s getting launched next week.

Waiting for further confirmation, but one thing that’s interesting about this announcement is that it’s pretty rare for them to have a product launch in NYC. It’s kind of a major change for the company if that’s true.

EDIT: Hearing two things; first, the quad-core thing might be bunk, and second, CNBC may be wrong about the NYC thing. Both of those appear to be somewhat speculative, though. We’re waiting for more solid ground on this.

10:56 // 2 years ago
February 22, 2012

“Whether you’re at a conference or at home … you now have storytelling at your fingertips.” Storify co-founder & CEO Xavier Damman’s totally psyched about bringing his popular online story-telling tool to the iPad. While Storify, which pulls content from a variety of social networks, does not contain all the functionality of it’s Internet-based counterpart, the team at Storify is confident that they’ve successfully migrated the core Storify experience to iOS. The team also added an additional function not found on the Storify website: The ability to tweet, inside the app, while creating a story. Have you tried it yet? source

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16:17 // 2 years ago
February 10, 2012

Three rumors currently circulating Apple’s third-generation iPad

  • release The next version of the iPad is expected to be released in March; the iPad 2 was released around roughly the same time last year.
  • features The device is expected to have a screen similar to the iPhone 4’s “Retina Display,” along with better cameras and a memory boost.
  • speed The device would be 4G LTE capable and have a quad-core processor, making it much faster than the iPad 2 in more ways than one. source
9:40 // 2 years ago
February 1, 2012
I think it is the future of print,” said Josh Martin, group director of media strategy at ID Media. “I think their model of a free trial, followed by a paid model is a good bet. They have a strong product. I don’t think other publications in the marketplace — branded pubs with high-end premium audiences — have money to build a field ahead of the audience.
From my Digiday article about The Daily’s inaugural year. Click here to read the rest of the piece. (via joshsternberg)

Great piece by Josh pondering The Daily, one year later. An interesting model, no matter how much Lana Del Rey they cover. (Disclosure: Our writer Seth Millstein is a writer and reporter for The Daily. Also, we subscribe.) 
10:32 // 2 years ago
January 18, 2012
This young girl witnessed a heinous crime, yet she was able to provide great insight into that fateful day. She may be young, but she’s extremely bright, articulate and courageous.
Fresno, Calif. Police Department Deputy Chief Keith Foster • Regarding a child who escaped a triple murder-suicide. The 7-year-old was able to leave the scene of this bloody crime unharmed. She had stayed the night at the house of her neighbor, Aide Mendez, the woman police say was behind the murder-suicide. The young girl witnessed at least one of the murders; Mendez allegedly shot her two children and also killed her cousin before killing herself. She also shot and stabbed her husband, but he survived the attack and is recovering in a local hospital. What could have caused Mendez to go through with all of that? While we may not know the complete truth, investigators discovered an iPad video recording of Mendez and her cousin smoking methamphetamine hours before the deadly incident. source (viafollow)
8:53 // 2 years ago
January 2, 2012

That’s what you call Facetime: In which a boy learns that his brother is not to be messed with when he’s holding an iPad. Ow.

23:26 // 2 years ago
December 29, 2011

iPad workaround of the day: A while back, Michele Bachmann made a pledge not to use teleprompters when making speeches if she were president, a somewhat questionable criticism of Obama, who makes a lot of speeches. However, this morning, she found an alternate route to reading something: The iPad. In this clip, the presidential candidate reads off an iPad, which might as well be a portable teleprompter. Sigh …

EDIT: Deleted a phrase because the grammar police is out tonight, for all intents and purposes.

21:34 // 2 years ago
December 5, 2011
Not leaving the market anytime soon: The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. Despite an assertive legal campaign that’s been successful elsewhere, Apple was unable to prevent its sale in the U.S. by claiming it ripped off Apple’s patents. The Galaxy Tab is banned in 30 European countries for now, and it’ll remain banned in Australia until Friday, when the ban will be lifted until the companies go to Australian court in March. As for the American patent battle, the companies will face one another in court in July.

Not leaving the market anytime soon: The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. Despite an assertive legal campaign that’s been successful elsewhere, Apple was unable to prevent its sale in the U.S. by claiming it ripped off Apple’s patents. The Galaxy Tab is banned in 30 European countries for now, and it’ll remain banned in Australia until Friday, when the ban will be lifted until the companies go to Australian court in March. As for the American patent battle, the companies will face one another in court in July.

20:41 // 2 years ago
December 2, 2011

RIM’s BlackBerry PlayBook is in total flop, hurt-the-bottom-line mode

  • 150,000 tablets number of BlackBerry PlayBooks RIM sold in the third quarter; to compare, RIM sold 14.1 million smartphones
  • $450 million size of the financial hit RIM took in the third quarter, partly as a result of lackluster PlayBook sales source

» Why is the PlayBook flopping? If you asked RIM, you’d get an answer that sounds pretty jargon-y: “Recent shifts in the competitive dynamics of the tablet market and a delay in the release of the PlayBook OS 2.0 software.” Here’s the English version of that answer: “The iPad, the Nook Tablet and the Kindle Fire.” But that’s just us talking. Meanwhile, RIM has been trimming the price of the PlayBook from an absurd $500 to as low as $199 — in part to clear inventory for the next version of the device, though we’re guessing the fact that other seven-inch tablets are selling for roughly that price doesn’t help.

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12:55 // 2 years ago