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Tablets taking over from PCs?

The big change is happening. Latest Gartner data revises downwards the shipment volumes for PCs. Plugging the gap, the explosive growth of tablets. But have they got it right?

07/03/2011

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Orange and T-mobile to sell iPad 2 in UK this month

Apple has launched the second generation of its iPad at an event in San Francisco, with Orange and T-Mobile to sell the tablet computer in the UK from 25th March. Apple has billed the iPad 2 as slimmer, lighter and faster than its predecessor. The machine features a faster processor, improved graphics, and front and rear cameras.

The new device features the company's latest dual core A5 processor, which, it is claimed, delivers twice the processing power of the original iPad. iPad 2 will go on sale in the US on 11 March, followed by 26 other countries, including the UK, on 25 March.

04/03/2011

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Google takes on Apple with ‘One Pass’ system for paid content online

Google has launched One Pass, a one-stop destination where users can pay for publications online, taking a 10% commission fee from all transactions. One Pass will work on tablets and smartphones, as well as Google-related websites. The service will launch initially in the UK, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Spain.

Google One Pass will use Google's own Checkout payment solution, thereby reducing the cost of transaction. Users will be able to use the same login and password as their Gmail account to pay for any transaction meaning that the whole process can be carried out using a single sign-on.

18/02/2011

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Apple’s iPad 2 ‘already in production’

Apple is reportedly in the production phase for its next-generation iPad 2, following the success of the tablet computer last year. Writing in the Wall Street Journal, reporters Yukari Iwatani Kane and Shayndi Raice reveal that Apple is already manufacturing a new edition of the iPad, which will "debut in the next couple of months at a similar price range as the current iPad." The device will initially go on sale in the US, according to the WSJ, and will cost somewhere in the $500 to $800 range, depending on whether users want 3G or just Wi-Fi capability.

11/02/2011

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BBC launches free iPlayer app for iPad and Android

The BBC has released free, standalone iPlayer apps for iPad and Android, with plans to launch a subscription-based version in the US in April. The iPad edition features a more suitable, tablet-sized layout than its web-app predecessor.

The app includes panels for featured and most popular shows, a "For You" page that finds programmes the viewer might like based on previous viewings, channel or station guide layout, a vast array of categories and a search bar.

11/02/2011

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Apple blocks Sony’s e-reader from iPhone

Apple has blocked Sony's e-reader iPhone app as it allows people to read books bought through Sony's store, rather than Apple's "in-app purchase" payment system. Sony's app, which is linked to Sony's e-book reader, would have allowed people to read books bought through Sony's store. Sony accused Apple of changing the way it enforces its rules.
In response, a Sony spokesperson said: "We opened a dialogue with Apple to see if we can come up with an equitable resolution for both companies as well as our consumers, but reached an impasse at this time."

04/02/2011

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Apple CEO Steve Jobs confirms medical leave

Apple CEO and co-founder Steve Jobs is going on a medical leave, the company has announced. "At my request, the board of directors has granted me a medical leave of absence so I can focus on my health," Jobs said in an email to Apple employees. "I will continue as CEO and be involved in major strategic decisions for the company." Apple COO Tim Cook will lead the company's day-to-day operations, as he did when Jobs took a medical leave two years ago.

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BBC to launch paid-for iPlayer iPad app in US

The BBC is working on a version of its iPlayer to be launched in the US, in the form of a paid-for iPad application, according to a new report. The FT.com reports that the 'Global iPlayer', which is in pilot form until it passes scrutiny by the BBC Trust, will only be available outside the UK, where the broadcaster is allowed to charge for access to its content.

BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the publicly-funded broadcaster, said that it would make the iPlayer available to iPad owners in certain target markets in the middle of next year. Luke Bradley-Jones, managing director of BBC.com, said there would be a monthly subscription and that the US would be among the first markets to get access to the iPlayer app, with a decision on where the iPlayer app would launch first to be made in the new year.

06/12/2010

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Blackberry unveils iPad rival ‘Playbook’

Blackberry maker Research In Motion unveiled its much anticipated tablet computer that it hopes will challenge Apple's iPad . The tablet, named BlackBerry PlayBook, has a seven-inch screen and dual facing cameras.

The device also has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth but needs to link with a BlackBerry smart phone to access the mobile network. "It's ultra-mobile and it's ultra-thin," co-chief executive Mike Lazaridis told the developers, who responded with intermittent applause. "PlayBook delivers a no-compromises web experience," he said.

01/10/2010

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eBooks survey: Kindle beats iPad… but paperbacks remain popular

A survey of over 1000 US and UK users found the Kindle scored strongly over the iPad as an e-reader. The survey also found demand remains for the trusty paperback, although many consumers are now going digital for their holiday reads.

The survey, from ebook store OneNewsPage, found its users admitted the iPad was “more compelling” than the Kindle because of the iPad’s multi-functionality, if it came to a straight head-to-head choice between e-readers, almost two thirds (64%) preferred Amazon’s Kindle to Apple’s iPad.

07/08/2010

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Samsung debuts iPad rival Galaxy Tab

Samsung has unveiled its rival to the iPad with the Samsung Galaxy Tab, a new tablet PC using Google’s Android operating system. The tablet features a 7-inch LCD display and will run the latest Google Android 2.2 operating system, Froyo, at launch. It will be able to store up to 16 gigabytes of data internally and has a microSD slot that allows for an additional 32 gigabyte SD card.

06/09/2010

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BBC iPlayer receives 7m mobile requests during June

The number of mobile requests for the BBC's iPlayer service grew by 1m in June, reaching a new high of 7m monthly requests.

Mobile traffic was boosted by iPlayer access on the Apple iPad, which already accounts for 10% of all requests from portable devices.

22/07/2010

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Apple sells 2 million iPads in just two months

Apple has sold more than two million iPads since its launch almost two months ago. After becoming available in the US on April 3, the much-hyped tablet device took just 28 days to pass 1m sales, which was around half the time it took the iPhone. The firm began its Asia and Europe launch of the much-hyped tablet computer last Friday. It will be made available in nine more countries in July, with additional markets to be added later in the year.

There had already been a month's delay in the launch in the UK after supplies were diverted to the U.S. to meet unprecedented demand there. "Customers around the world are experiencing the magic of iPad, and seem to be loving it as much as we do," said Apple chief executive Steve Jobs. Thousands of people queued overnight on May 27 at Apple's flagship London store on Regent Street to be the first to purchase the iPad on Friday morning.

01/06/2010

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Google developing iPad rival- report

Google is working on a tablet computer to rival Apple's iPad, according to press reports. The Wall Street Journal reports that the web giant is collaborating with Verizon wireless, the largest US wireless carrier. Verizon Wireless chief executive Lowell McAdam told the Wall Street Journal that tablet computers are part of the "next big wave of opportunities." He told the paper that the tablet computer project is part of a deepening relationship between Verizon and Google, whose Android operating system is used by a number of mobile handset makers.

13/05/2010

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iPad set for late April UK launch

Apple is to start selling its iPad tablet PC from the 3rd April in the US, although it is yet to confirm the launch date for its international rollout.

The US launch date comes slightly later than originally announced. Unveiling the touchscreen multi-media device on January 27, the California company behind the iPod, iPhone and Macintosh computer had said the iPad would be "available in late March worldwide." Apple said it would be accepting pre-orders from US customers at its online store from March 12 for the iPad, which allows users to watch video, listen to music, play games, surf the Web or read electronic books.

08/03/2010

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Ebook readers: Kindle for Blackberry as fight with iPad heats up

Following from the launch of the PC e-book reader application, and iPhone e-book reader application, Amazon has now made their free Kindle application available on the BlackBerry platform. The free ‘Kindle for BlackBerry’ app will be accessible in the US for customers of networks including AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint, offering most titles for less than $9.99.

Amazon Kindle vice president Ian Freed said: “Since the launch of our popular Kindle for [Apple’s] iPhone app last year, customers have been asking us to bring a similar experience to the BlackBerry." The new BlackBerry Kindle application is designed to let readers view more than four hundred thousand books on their BlackBerry.

19/02/2010

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Apple’s iPad set for June UK launch?

Apple has unveiled its much anticipated new tablet device the iPad, with a likely UK launch this summer.Steve Jobs, Apple's chief executive unveiled the touchscreen device at an event in San Francisco, describing the tablet, which will cost between $499 and $829 in the US, as a "third category" between smartphones and laptops.

The device, which looks like a large iPhone, can be used to watch films, play games and browse the web. The firm has also secured a deal with publishers including Penguin, Macmillan and Harper Collins to allow e-books to be downloaded directly to the device through a new iBook Store.

01/02/2010

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