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Apple may not be profiting as greatly off the sale of each new iPad. Market research firm iSuppli Corp. took apart the third-generation tablet and it appears Apple is making it with more expensive parts, but it vends for the same $499 price tag the iPad 2 had at launch.

Posted Mar 20, 2012

Building off of a lawsuit by nine different authors that began developing in early January, Apple is now facing legal action from 22 Chinese writers. The writers claim that Apple has been selling unauthorized copies of their works through the App Store.

Posted Mar 19, 2012

MindTree Ltd., a global IT and product engineering services company, has partnered with Netbiscuits, a cloud platform provider for web apps. The companies will develop and deliver reusable solutions, templates, and development methodologies.

Posted Mar 19, 2012

An erotic novel (with BD/SM and a whole lot of sex) titled Fifty Shades of Grey, by E.L. James, is sweeping the suburbs, the cities, red and blue states alike just like Peyton Place and The Story of O did 60 years ago. On the Amazon paid Kindle bestseller lists, as of the first week of March, Fifty Shades of Grey is No. 1 in both Erotica and Romance and No. 5 overall. Not bad for a self-published book by a first-time author. The TODAY Show estimated that over 120,000 copies have been sold, most of them ebooks. (Amazon is being characteristically tight-lipped on copies actually sold, so only Amazon and Ms. James really know for sure.) A paperback is available by print-on-demand but the ebook version is what's really flying off the e-shelves.

Posted Mar 15, 2012

From relevant mobile marketing and communications that reach us on every step of the consumer journey to mobile money services that enable us to conduct financial transactions to the advance of cloud-based services that give us easy access to our files and networks anywhere, anytime, mobile is finally taking its cues from people, not just what technology makes possible.

Posted Mar 13, 2012

Burbn, Inc.'s iOS photo-sharing app, Instagram, reported that it now has 27 million registered users. Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom said the app is seeing "Facebook-level engagement" and 67% of users accessed the app "yesterday."

Posted Mar 12, 2012

Apple has sold out of initial supplies of the new iPad in every country where the tablet is slated to launch Friday. New orders will not ship for up to 3 weeks, the company told buyers. In the U.S. and Canada, pre-orders placed through Apple will ship March 19.

Posted Mar 12, 2012

Unless you have been on a 3 month leave of absence searching for inner peace at a temple in Tibet, you have probably been overwhelmed with information fabout Apple's latest press event. The announcement of the new iPad, new Apple TV, and a handful of software upgrades were not huge surprises. Thanks to our 24/7 tech news sleuths and a constant flow of tweets, photos, and videos, even monks halfway around the world knew we would see a new iPad with refreshed processor, stunning Retina display and a better camera. But the most interesting thing about this recent news is not either of the devices, but the ramifications that these latest post-PC gadgets bring.

Posted Mar 08, 2012

Google rebranded its app store, formerly the Android Market, now Google Play. The reported rationale behind this move is to make consumers perceive the marketplace as a go-to ecosystem -- the way the Apple App Store is regarded.

Posted Mar 08, 2012

As is Apple's MO, the company made big waves today with the announcement of its latest iteration of the iPad. The new iPad features a faster processor and a higher resolution screen. On the outside, however, the new tablet will be virtually identical to the iPad 2.

Posted Mar 07, 2012

Mobile media company Zumobi, Inc. launched what it's calling an advertising advancement: The Zumobi Brand Integration (ZBi) platform melds advertising with content in mobile apps in a way that the company ensures is both interactive and relevant.

Posted Mar 07, 2012

The marketing of books has evolved dramatically over the past 10 years. Less money is being set aside for marketing, and the bells and whistles are generally saved for the biggest books of the year. For example, these days most authors will never go on a book tour; they're much more likely to go on a blog tour.Much of the marketing is now focused on the internet, and that's doubly true for ebooks. After all, if your target customer has an e-reader, chances are the internet is where they'll be.

Posted Mar 06, 2012

Accumulate AB launched a mobile payment app for small merchants and trading events. The app is based on Pera Mobile and functions as a standalone point of sale terminal. Accumulate reports that the purchases are made as a money transfer.

Posted Feb 28, 2012

From People magazine's "Sexiest Man Alive" to Esquire magazine's "Sexiest Woman Alive," readers sure do love them some lists! It's a well-documented fact. If you throw a numbered list into your publication or onto your website, it's like catnip for your audience. (It doesn't hurt if you also throw a shirtless Bradley Cooper on the cover either.) As a result, editors like myself have to produce these things.

Posted Feb 28, 2012

California Attorney General Kamala Harris ruled that any program downloaded from major app stores should present a privacy policy that details what user information the software will have access to and how that data will be used.

Posted Feb 23, 2012

Smartphone apps created with appsbar, Inc.'s platform can now be shared and used on any site supported by HTML5, including Facebook. Additionally, appsbar has provided three more means to enhance users' apps' discoverability.

Posted Feb 22, 2012

TechBargains.com conducted a survey to gauge the market's purchase intent of the iPad 3, and the results indicate that 48% of respondents intend to buy Apple's latest tablet. The survey also found that 53% of Kindle Fire owners plan to invest in an iPad 3.

Posted Feb 21, 2012

Barnes&Noble unveiled the Nook Tablet - 8 GB, which is selling at $199 a pop and now competing even more directly with Amazon's tablet in terms of storage, processor RAM, and price. The bookseller also released its 3Q 2012 earnings report.

Posted Feb 21, 2012

After a developer discovered mobile social network Path had been uploading his contacts' data to its servers, Apple announced it will implement requirements for iOS apps that will seek explicit user approval before accessing address book data.

Posted Feb 16, 2012

In wake of Apple's admission that mobile iOS apps have had access to users' contact data without permission, Google announced it's impossible for apps on an Android phone to share personal data with a developer unless users acquiesce.

Posted Feb 16, 2012

Kids make up a large portion of the ebook audience. Very often when a parent buys a new device-whether a tablet, smartphone, or ereader-the previous device gets turned over to the kids. As a result, the amount of electronic children's offerings available is growing, both revamped classics as well as new titles designed as ebooks from the start.

Posted Feb 16, 2012

Rumors are swirling that Apple will announce the iPad 3 in early March. The Wall Street Journal reported that both AT&T and Verizon will stock 4G LTE-enabled editions. Both carriers sell the iPad 2 with 3G connectivity as well as a Wi-Fi-only edition.

Posted Feb 14, 2012

The U.S. Department of Justice and the European Commission have approved Google's $12.5 billion offer to acquire Motorola. Both the Justice Department and the Commission did not deem the deal to be a threat to competition.

Posted Feb 14, 2012

Amazon's Kindle e-reader is rumored to be launching in Japan and Brazil later this year, with Japan billed for as early as April and Brazil by June. Amazon launched Kindle stores in Spain, Italy, France, and Germany last year.

Posted Feb 13, 2012

Google updated its YouTube app for Google TV with smoother navigation and several new features. Google says that the new version is faster than before and provides a better overall experience. The updated app is available via the Android Market.

Posted Feb 13, 2012

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