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Siri rival? Amazon buys voice recognition firm Yap ahead of Kindle tablet launch

Amazon looks set to include its own version of iPhone’s Siri voice recognition in its forthcoming Kindle Fire tablet, buying voice recognition startup Yap. The deal has not been confirmed, but a US Securities and Exchange commission filing found by CLT Blog revealed Yap was purchased by a company called Dion Acquisition Sub. The address for the new merged business, however, is a Seattle building belonging to Amazon.

11/11/2011

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Facebook finally debuts iPad app after music spat

Facebook has launched its first app dedicated to Apple’s increasingly popular iPad tablet, following delays over clashes with Apple’s own music services. The new free download, available from Apple's App Store, was described on the company’s blog as more “immersive” than its previous offerings, and offers an improved interface for touchscreens. Previous attempts by Facebook to launch an iPad app had become mired in negotiations with Apple, which has its own music social network called Ping.

12/10/2011

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World's cheapest tablet: India debuts £40 tablet for students

India has launched what it says is the world's cheapest touch-screen tablet computer, priced at just 3,000 rupees (approx £40). Aimed at the country's student population, the subsidised Aakash (meaning sky) supports web browsing and video conferencing, has a three-hour battery life and two USB ports. However, questions remain over how it will perform.

07/10/2011  |  Full story...

Apple co-founder Steve Jobs dies at 56

Steve Jobs, co-founder and former chief executive of US technology giant Apple, has died at the age of 56, after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Jobs will be remembered as a true digital pioneer, who had a knack for taking niche technologies- such as the mouse and the graphical window-based interface - and making them popular with the masses.

06/10/2011

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Amazon unveils £199 Kindle Fire tablet: Is it an iPad killer?

Amazon has unveiled the Kindle Fire tablet, which at less than half the price, could be the biggest challenger to Apple's dominant iPad yet. The Kindle Fire will have a 7-inch display and sell for $199 (£130), compared with $499 for Apple’s cheapest iPad. The device, will expand the Kindle’s functions from a traditional e-book reader to a multifunctional digital media tool, will run on Google’s Android software.

29/09/2011

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Amazon’s iPad rival ‘Kindle Fire’ to be unveiled today?

Amazon’s much-anticipated new colour Kindle tablet device will be called the Fire, according to widespread internet rumours. The device, which is set to launch at an event today in New York, will begin to ship in early November, and run a version of Google’s Android operating system, according to reports. The device, which will expand the Kindle from a traditional e-book reader to a multifunctional digital media tool, is rumoured to sell for just $250, including a subscription to the firm’s loyalty discount scheme ‘Amazon Prime’.

28/09/2011

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Amazon to sell Kindle tablet for $250?

Amazon is expected to launch its much-anticpated color Kindle tablet on Wednesday, offering a cheaper rival to Apple’s iPad, according to new reports. The device, which will expand the Kindle from a traditional e-book reader to a multifunctional digital media tool, is rumoured to sell for just $250, including a subscription to the firm’s loyalty discount scheme ‘Amazon Prime’.

27/09/2011

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BBC leap to tablet content delivery strategy

Interesting announcements from the BBC about digital platforms. Future media director Ralph Rivera says tablets are at the centre of the way they’re redesigning their sites – but is this a case of being too far ahead of the consumer today, or smartly building the foundations for tomorrow. In a world where it’s easy to get the digital channel mix wrong, decide for yourself, here…

23/09/2011

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Sony unifies online services, launches tablets

Sony has unified its online services for music, video and games under the umbrella brand of the Sony Entertainment Network. The news comes as Sony launched two new tablet models, the Sony Tablet S and Sony Tablet P. Both models are powered by Android, with front and rear-facing cameras. But it’s the design that’s sure to catch the eye of some consumers. It features two screens that can fold together for easy portability.

02/09/2011

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Amazon to launch $300 tablet in October?

Amazon is reportedly set to launch an Android-based tablet in October, rumoured to undercut the price of the iPad and other devices by ‘hundreds less’. The New York Post reports that the Amazon Android tablet will drastically undercut the price of the iPad. Given that the base iPad model costs $500, "'hundreds less" would mean that Amazon's tablet could be $300 or less.

01/09/2011

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4oD app coming to iPhone as C4 takes on iPlayer

Channel 4 is launching an iPhone version of its 4OD application, as the broadcaster ramps up its online and mobile services. The app, which has been available on the iPad since April, will be released for the iPhone and iPod touch in September to mark the launch of a revamped 4OD service. Users will have 30-day access to Channel 4 broadcasts, as well as archived episodes from shows such as The Inbetweeners and The IT Crowd.

31/08/2011

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BBC iPlayer for iPad debuts in Europe for €6.99 a month

BBC Worldwide, the BBC’s commercial arm, is launching a global BBC iPlayer app in Europe, with a global roll out planned later in the year. This video on demand subscription service, launching first in Western Europe, will deliver BBC shows to viewers in 11 markets.

For €6.99 a month (or €49.99 for an annual subscription), the app will initially be available in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, The Republic of Ireland, The Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and Switzerland.

08/08/2011

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iPad ‘now the sixth most popular mobile device in Europe’

Apple is now the largest mobile handset maker in Europe in terms of ad impressions, with the iPad tablet now the sixth most used device, according to new research. The data, from mobile ad network InMobi, shares the firm’s monthly network data insights, based on data from InMobi’s network, which serves over 5.7 billion monthly mobile advertising impressions across the globe including 3.8 billion in Europe.

06/07/2011

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Top 13 countries for tablet and mobile internet use

Canada is the top country for iPad use, Japan has most iPhone users and the US prefers Android phones, according to new data from comScore. comScore has launched Device Essentials, a new service reporting on digital traffic by device, which includes computers and other devices, defined as mobile phones, tablets, music players, e-readers, gaming devices, and other web-enabled devices.

24/06/2011  |  Full story...

Top 20 UK apps: Google maps tops list

Google owns three out of the five top ranked apps, with mapping, the weather and Facebook proving the most popular mobile tools for Brits on the go, according to new research from comScore and GSMA. The study also showed that Apple’s iOS accounted for 65% of apps being used, more than double its closest rival Android with application usage at 31 percent.

23/06/2011  |  Full story...

Blackberry mobile use set to fall – Revenues and profits tumbling

It’s been a miserable year at Blackberry. Revenues are down, profits are down, and now RIM (the corporate operating company behind the brand) is planning job cuts to plug the gap. This isn’t a short term problem; failure to continue device innovation gives Blackberry a massive gap to fill vs Android, iPhone and newly energised Nokia. Markets reacting badly already – but worse is yet to come…

21/06/2011

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Sky rebrands mobile and web services as ‘Sky Go’

Broadcaster Sky is rebranding all of its mobile and on-line offerings into a single package called Sky Go. The service, which is free to existing subscribers, brings Sky Player and Sky Mobile TV to multiple platforms including Windows PCs and Apple's iOS and OSX operating systems allowing users to watch 'live' Sky programmes in line with their subscriptions.

14/06/2011

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Apple takes on Google One Pass with ‘digital newsstand’

Apple has launched its Newsstand service, allowing users to set up online subscriptions to magazines and newspapers. Set to launch later this year, the app was unveiled this week at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference.

Under its current subscription model products are only available as individual apps within the iTunes store, and this is the first time they have been brought together into a single service where users can browse publications on a virtual newsstand.

09/06/2011

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Mobile emails up 81% on last year

There has been an 81% growth in email activity on mobile, with viewership also increasing on tablets such as the iPad, according to new research. The findings, from Return Path’s “Email on the Move: The Future of Mobile Messaging” study, examines where, when and how email is most often read across webmail, desktop and mobile platforms. 20/05/2011

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Guardian website tops UK newspaper usability table

The Guardian has been named most user-friendly news provider, surpassing other popular UK news providers including The Sun, Daily Mail and Daily Telegraph, according to a new study.

18/05/2011  |  Full story...

Top 100 global brands: Apple overtakes Google

Apple has overtaken Google as the 'world's most valuable brand', bringing an end to four years of dominance by the search giant, according to new research. The annual 'BrandZ' report from WPP-owned research agency Millward Brown, calculated brand power using a combination of quantitative customer research and financial analysis. According to the report, the value of Apple's brand grew to $153.5bnn while Google's brand slipped 2% to $111.4bn.

09/05/2011  |  Full story...

Are tablets cannibalising laptop sales? YouGov data says 'Yes'

Approximately one in twelve Tablet owners (8%) purchased a tablet instead of, or to replace a desktop computer, laptop or other computer, with 11% of Samsung Galaxy Tab and 7% of iPad owners doing so, according to new data. The research released from YouGov’s latest TabletTrack study reveals that over three quarters of tablet owners (76%) purchased a tablet in addition to a computer.

However, YouGov believes the proportion of consumers choosing to purchase tablets substituting for laptops, desktop computers and netbooks is expected. The launch of newer, cheaper tablets throughout 2011 will further boost this increase.

20/04/2011

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Bing launches iPad search app

Microsoft has tailored a version of Internet search service Bing for Apple iPad tablet computer. The free Bing program for iPads available at Apple's online App Store was designed "from the ground up" for touch controls so tablet users can browse online offerings with finger taps or swipes. The tool also let users search the Internet with spoken queries.

12/04/2011

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Android and Windows 7 to overtake Blackberry and iPhone by 2012- Gartner

Nearly half of the world's smartphones will be using Google's Android operating system by the end of 2012, according to the research firm Gartner. Google will lead the race with Apple, BlackBerry maker Research In Motion (RIM) and Microsoft by the end of this year and take 49.2% of the market in 2012, according to the research firm’s forecast.

The report also went on to predict that Nokia's tie-up with Microsoft's new Windows Phone 7 operating system would also be a success, with a 19.5% share of the smartphone market by 2015 – leapfrogging its rivals to the number two spot. Worldwide smartphone sales are expected to reach 468m units in 2011 – a 57.7% increase on 2010.

08/04/2011

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Apple sues Amazon over ‘AppStore’ name

Amazon is positioning as a key player in the Apps Wars as a new partnership with Android sees the online retail giant expand firmly into the Apps stores market. As the role of apps marketing increases, and the platforms mature, there are big implications for Apple, Nokia, Windows and Symbian – as well as Android. Apple has already launched a trademark lawsuit over the new name. Here’s the latest…

23/03/2011

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