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Poynter's Damon Kiesow has decided that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was right to comment that the iPad was "not mobile." Using his recent interaction with the 60 Minutes iPad app as an example, Kiesow explained why the experience was leisurely, but definitely not mobile.

"If you were so inclined, it would be easy to spend an hour just browsing through old interviews with a current or former president," Kiesow said. The content you find on the iPad app would not work on a smart phone, he believes, but "is a much better fit" with the "more relaxed pace of a tablet session."

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Emma Goodman

Date

2010-11-25 11:01

Research in Motion Ltd. will sell its BlackBerry PlayBook tablet for under US$500, said co-chief executive officer Jim Balsillie. The touch screen tablet will be launched in the United States in the first quarter of 2011, The Wall Street Journal reported today.

"There's a lot of demand and we are seeing a lot of interest from international retailers," Balsillie said, adding that the Asian market, especially South Korea and Japan will be key.

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According to the Christian Science Monitor, the price set by RIM puts the PlayBook "in direct competition with the Apple iPad," which is currently being at a initial price of $499.

The PlayBook is smaller than the iPad as it has a 7-inch display while Apple's tablet is 9.7 inches, the Agence France Press reported. Furthermore, it will used Adobe Flash video software and will connect to the Internet through Wi-Fi or Bluetooth.

Author

Clara Mart

Date

2010-11-11 01:13

Tech manufacturer LG Electronics is planning to launch a tablet computer in the first quarter of 2011, The Inquirer wrote yesterday. The device will be powered by Google's upcoming Android Honeycomb 3.0 operating system.

The device, christened as LG Optimus Pad, will have an 8.9 inch touchscreen and will cater both to domestic and international markets, according to a senior official from the South Korean company, TechTree and Info Sync reported.

Image via Tablet Crunch

Author

Alisa Zykova

Date

2010-11-05 17:05

U.S. publisher Southwest Newspapers has launched iMarketplace.mn Mobile, an application and text service intended to assist businesses in the southwest suburbs of Minneapolis in devising a text-message subscriber list, Pitch Engine revealed today.

"The service is a great way to connect with mobile users," said Jennifer Sorenson, Southwest's advertising sales director. "By building a text-message subscriber base, businesses build a bigger customer base."

Businesses will be able to issue weekly offers and deals on iMarketplace.mn. The publisher will then proceed to include them in all 10 of its print titles, build advertising material for companies to attract users towards the mobile feature and finally, to market the app for smart phones across the publisher's websites.

The venture was devised in collaboration with Zip2save.com, a national enterprise that provides coupons, weekly circulars, Internet shopping deals, travel promotions and other deals.

Author

Alisa Zykova

Date

2010-11-05 00:32

As publishers continue to look for new revenue streams, 27 percent of American and Canadian publishers "expect mobile to significantly impact their revenue in just two years," according to an online survey conducted by the Audit Bureau of Circulations, Poynter.org reported today.

Twenty-eight percent said they believe sponsorships will bring advertising revenue, followed by search (22 percent), video (21 percent), banner ads (19 percent) and pop-ups (19 percent), paidContent.org revealed. But publishers said they would not rely only on advertisements and plan to charge subscription fees to the applications.

"Many magazines and newspapers are already implementing their plans and tweaking their offerings while others are following close behind," ABC president and managing director Michael Lavery stated in a press release.

Although 78 percent of those surveyed disagree with the idea that print publications will eliminate their print issues, 63 percent said e-readers "would become vital distribution channels for their publication." For instance, 60 percent of newspapers publishers plan to develop an iPad application in the next six to twelve months.

Author

Clara Mart

Date

2010-11-04 21:45

Despite the global economic downturn that has slowed or reversed growth across media industries since 2008, technologies and digital sectors continue to advance and grow, and new media platforms gain market share across the board. Meanwhile, traditional media are seeing limited growth or decreasing shares overall, according to the report, World Digital Media Trends 2010, released by the Shaping the Future of the Newspaper project and the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers.

According to IDATE, the number of mobile customers worldwide has grown from 2.16 billion in 2005 to a projected 5.2 billion in 2012, with the number of Chinese customers far surpassing any other country, with an estimated 915 million customers in 2012. The Asia Pacific region on the whole will grow from 820 million to 2.54 billion customers from 2005 to 2012.

Following China in growth are India, expanding tenfold from 76 million to 704 million, and Japan, from 90 million to 126 million, in the six-year period.

Meanwhile the No. 2 continent, Europe, will expand its customer base from 692 million to 1.04 billion, led by Russia, Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom.

Author

Erina Lin

Date

2010-10-28 21:16

Barnes & Noble is expected to launch its new Nook Color reader next Tuesday, CNet reported yesterday. According to The New York Times, the book retailer also teamed up with U.S.-based department store chain Wal-Mart for the sale of previous models across 2,500 stores of its outlets, starting October 24.

The 7-inch touch screen e-reader will reportedly be powered by Google's Android operating system, according to a "reliable" anonymous source, CNet informed. Wired News explained that it might not have "quite as much functionality as the iPad or full Android tablet," which is hinted by Nook Color's relatively cheaper US$249 cost.

Image of previous Nook reader from gizmag

Author

Alisa Zykova

Date

2010-10-22 19:45

Yahoo plans to unveil a new feature called 'Y Connect' this autumn, emulating the Facebook Connect strategy to allow media publishers, Web developers and other websites to integrate elements of their services with Yahoo, the Wall Street Journal reported.

This move by Yahoo is aimed at helping Internet companies track user engagement and better target advertising offers, while increasing traffic to its site - a strategy already used by Facebook, the WSJ pointed out.

With the Internet service company struggling of late to increase traffic on its site and having recently revamped its search feature, "additional traffic is critical at this juncture," Mashable.com reported. The company has also been rumoured to be fighting off an acquisition attempt by AOL.

Through this Y Connect feature, users can register and log into media sites simply by clicking a Yahoo button and sharing their activity on media sites with other contacts on Yahoo. Content on non-Yahoo sites would be shared via Yahoo Pulse, a hub connected to Yahoo Mail accounts, according to the WSJ.

Author

Savita Sauvin

Date

2010-10-19 20:12

Samsung's Galaxy Tab device entered the Russian market on October 15, KM.ru reported. According to Mobime, the Tab was already available in Germany and will go on sale in the United Kingdom on November 1.

The South Korean tech giant expected to sell 10 million Tabs by the end of the year, Mobile Arsenal noted. However, that might only be possible if it expands across even more countries.

The Tab weighs only 380 grams and has a 7-inch display with a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels, World News Magazine informed. Other features include a 3 megapixel camera, a 1 GHz processor and Google's Android 2.2 (Froyo) operating system. It also contains Reader Hub, an application that allows users to read books and newspapers.

The tablet device has a price tag of RUB36,990 (€872 or US$1217) in Russia and is currently available through retailer Svyaznoi. By November, other stores are predicted to sell the Galaxy Tab.

Author

Alisa Zykova

Date

2010-10-18 17:38

The United Arab Emirates announced that it would not be banning BlackBerry services in the country on October 11, following the resolution of a disagreement with the device's maker, Canada-based Research In Motion (RIM), The New York Times reported today. According to Reuters, Blackberry services will now be following the UAE's state guidelines, the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) said.

The manufacturer faced issues across other countries in the Gulf (such as Saudi Arabia), after governments explained that they wanted control over encrypted messages, e-mails and possibly, browsing. Previously, the information sent between BlackBerry phones was handled by servers outside the UAE.

Image: The Guardian

However, what was important is how to upkeep the security of servers powering corporate e-mails, called BlackBerry Enterprise Servers. Dubai-based Security Analyst Thodore Karasik outlined that if the TRA fixed the issue, then that might mean that a local server was put in place or possibly a government-monitored storage facility.

Author

Alisa Zykova

Date

2010-10-08 17:10

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