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In a push by both technology developers and the print industry, Google is positioning itself to compete against the magazine and newspaper apps available from Apple’s iTunes store with the possible release of the Android Newsstand product. Long languishing to almost the point of death, the periodical and print news industry got a major shot in the arm from Apple. The company sells periodical issues through its iTunes Store at 99 cents per issue for most brands. The original push by Apple gave new life to some publications, with some brands selling more online than it ever did in print. However, there has been a slow but sustained decline in the amount of downloads.
The mayor of Newark, Cory Booker, was able to use Twitter to rescue individuals trapped in the snow storm that dumped 20 inches on the Northeast. Newark residents sent Mayor Booker all their concerns non-stop, complaining about streets still not plowed or rude government workers and the like, with Booker being able to respond in real time that he would address each issue. One man even went as far as to tweet that the Mayor’s fast, efficient handling of the situation was robbing him of a weather-related day off from work, to which the Mayor tweeted, “Lol, That’s my goal!”
If you read the tech news this morning, you‘ll find a recurrent theme that is underwriting all of 2010’s successes: people don’t want to have to exist for one minute without having access to the Web anymore. Two major trends that have been around for a while took off this year: gains in the smart phone market and in the tablet market.
The Kindle 3 is now officially Amazon’s ALL TIME BESTSELLER, outranking sales of even the last Harry Potter book, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”. For years the publishing industry has bemoaned the decline of reading among the public. That fact, in combination with depression era business practices that allows booksellers to return any product that doesn’t sell—no questions asked—has led many to fear the demise of the whole book publishing industry (and the demise of Western civilization along with it).
You will no longer have to own a Kindle to be able to purchase or download entire e-books. Through the use of the Kindle App, you can do this on your laptop, desktop or any other device. Amazon is seeing the writing on the wall when it comes to e-books, and they aren’t the only ones. Barnes and Noble, Amazon and Google are seeing the future of e-books destined to be an open web market that advertisers can get a piece of.
I must confess, I do not have a Nintendo DS, but I have friends who do and I must admit it’s a cool little product. With the integration of gaming, Wi-Fi connectivity, and a camera, the only thing this device was missing was eBook functionality. Being released later on this month is the Nintendo DSi XL, with a built-in library of 100 Classic Books.
Apple created a huge buzz and a sense of mystery and anticipation for the iPad, but it ultimately fell victim to mixed reviews. Most headlines about the iPad pinned the product against the Kindle by Amazon. I was one of those consumers that were not very motivated by the new product, but then I saw the new application released by Wired Magazine and I quickly saw how this product will play a big role in being a game changer in the print industry.
Days ago Apple unveiled the Apple iPad and in a prior post I mentioned how Apple’s partnerships with print media and textbook companies will peg the iPad as a possible threat to the Amazon’s Kindle. Kindle is trying to think ahead, and Kindle enthusiasts say that the iPad will not be a direct threat.
As I previously wrote in my article “Looking back at the last Decade,” the last ten years have brought us many new technologies that change the way we live today. This blog post will focus on some of the things that I think will be useful to us in the next year.