Tuesday, February 23, 2010


Nook vs. iPad
The following table compares Barnes & Noble’s nook with Apple’s iPad on several different metrics and measurements, such as screen size, weight, dimensions, and other features, but it is important to note that while the iPad can be an e-book reader, the nook cannot (yet) be a mobile media PC
Source: Nook*share

Should Apple TV Switch to the iPhone OS?
The set-top box market is nebulous at best, but Apple chose to engage it — much as it has the equally nebulous tablet market with the iPad, so we wonder if they wouldn’t do better engaging it on the same terms — with the iPhone OS and its 150,000 apps.
There would be problems to be sure. Right away the Apple TV’s 1280×720 screen resolution is much greater than the iPhone’s 480×320, and wider if shorter than the iPad’s 1024×768. Ideally, the Apple TV should go to 1920×1080 to match other, modern display resolutions as well. 
Yes! Or do something. Apple needs to do something to the AppleTV before it is completely lost and forgotten.
Source: TiPb.com

Alan Kay: With the Tablet, Apple Will Rule the World
“When the Mac first came out, Newsweek asked me what I [thought] of it. I said: Well, it’s the first personal computer worth criticizing. So at the end of the presentation, Steve came up to me and said: Is the iPhone worth criticizing? And I said: Make the screen five inches by eight inches, and you’ll rule the world.”
Kay practically invented modern computers; it's amazing to me he never patented anything. Particularly annoying when you see all the nuisance patents for ideas that really seem like small logical additions to what already exists rather than major steps forward.
Source: Gigaom.com

Reports: 5,000 'overtly sexual' iPhone apps purged
Chillifresh claimed in a Saturday post that a discussion with Apple revealed that more than 5,000 apps have been affected by its new App Store content policy. Apple said the change was triggered by numerous customer complaints, according to Chillifresh. 
Makes you wonder what Apple will do in it's iBookstore. I don't understand why Apple hasn't figured out how to segment the content it's selling through the iTunes store. This is an issue that they are going to have to deal with more and more...
Source: CNET.com

Macmillan intros editable e-textbooks, plans iPad versions
Macmillan today unveiled a new format for digital textbooks that it hopes will become the mainstream. DynamicBooks aim to give control over a textbook to college and university professors by giving them Wiki-style editing: they can shuffle the order of material as well as edit it themselves.
Macmillan adds that it will talk with Apple about producing iPad-sized versions to take advantage of its seemingly ideal screen. As the iBookstore only allows ePub books so far, however, the publisher will likely have to turn to a custom DynamicBooks app instead
Source: Electronista.com

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