AT&T wireless customers should really be thanking Apple and Verizon these days. Not only did the telco cough up 1,000 bonus rollover minutes to loyal iPhone customers just for sending a text message, they’ve now gone and doubled their 2GB tethering package at no extra cost.
When Steve Jobs talked up iBooks earlier this year, it sounded like it had the potential to put reigning e-book champions such as Barnes & Noble and Amazon on the ropes.
However, after six months of offering up downloadable text content to capable iOS devices, it appears that the once seemingly mighty contender hasn't been able to do much more than land a few rabbit punches. Despite the iPad's rabid popularity, neither major publishers, nor the book buying public have embraced iBooks.
After more than half a year online, Apple's iBook Store is still only offering up approximately 60,000 titles. When held up against the 700,000 titles offered by Amazon for their Kindle reader software and hardware solutions, Cupertino's library looks pretty weak. Did we mention that about half of the titles available as iBooks are also available from Project Gutenberg? C'mon Steve, this is embarrassing.
With Netflix raking in the dough, and fan favorites Apple and Hulu both pondering pay-per-use models for streaming video content, it comes as no surprise that Google also wants a slice of that sweet, sweet pay-per-view video cake. If the folks at Fast Times have it right, the company is considering how they could implement pay-per-use services on YouTube.
Everyone is trying to compete with Apple, but can you blame them? Apple's manufacturing hand is like Midas' gold touch. But of course, competition is good, and now LG is trying to get into the game with a tablet that will supposedly beat the iPad.
LG's first tablet, the Optimus, will run Android OS, and its marketing will focus on the ability to create content, rather than display it. Chang Ma, vice president of marketing for LG's mobile devices, says "Our tablet will be better than the iPad."
There's always some new phone on the market trying to beat the iPhone, and today's offering is the BlackBerry Torch - RIM's latest attempt at compete with both Apple and the Android market. The phone, like the iPhone, will be tied to AT&T--but can it hold down the fort when AT&T's exclusive iPhone contract ends?
Could it be true? Has Apple slain the iPad's competition before they even get a chance to launch an assault on Cupertino's market-leading tablet? A reliable pundit thinks so, and he's based his views on--get ready for it--the facts on hand!