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Samsung Sees Tizen as a Hedge Against the Post-Google, Post-Android Era

April 22nd, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · Android, Samsung, Tizen → No Comments

Having announced plans to use Samsung-Galaxy-Gear-smart-watch[1]Tizen, Android Wear, and Android on a variety of mobile devices, Samsung has confused many bloggers over the past 6 months as we try to figure out their strategy.

The Korean gadget maker is planning to use both Tizen and Android on smartphones and Android Wear and Tizen on smartwatches, and today they explained why.
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Amazon Sales Take a Hit in States With Online Tax, and Other Predictable Outcomes

April 22nd, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · Online, Taxes → 4 Comments

A newly amazon-logo3published paper has confirmed the age old truism that people shop around for the best price buy less as prices increase.

A team of researchers at Ohio State University have been studying the effects of online sales tax on consumer behavior, and they noted that consumers in states where online sales taxes are collected tended to spend less at Amazon than consumers in states where no online sales tax was due.
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Universal Studios Opens Harry Potter Theme Park in Japan

April 22nd, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · Harry Potter → 2 Comments

If the w01Pottermore website isn’t enough of a Harry Potter fix for you (and you have thousands of dollars to spare for airfare), I have some good news for you today. Universal Studios nnounced last week that they will be opening a new “Wizarding World of Harry Potter” attraction at the Universal Studios park in Japan.
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New Details Leak About the Amazon Smartphone

April 22nd, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · Amazon, Android, Smartphone → 1 Comment

We bgr-a-phone-1still don’t know what Amazon’s smartphone is going to cost or what it’s name will be when it launches later this year (or even if it will launch), but new details leaked today about how it’s going to work.

Boy Genius Report is back again today with new info from their source inside Amazon. They don’t have any new photos, but they do have a better description of how the smartphone will function.
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Apple Celebrates Earth Day with Full Page Advert in Newspapers Around the World

April 22nd, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · Apple → 10 Comments

Apple apple newspaper ad eco-friendlyhas long been making a big deal about pursuing eco-friendly policies like renewable energy sources, but they undid much of their work today with their latest ad campaign.

22 April is Earth Day, and Apple decided that the best way to honor this day is to take out full page ads in major newspapers. There’s no word yet on just how many newspapers carried the ad, but I do know that it has shown up in at least NYC and a newspaper in Australia. (I would be willing to bet that the ad was placed in every city where Apple has a retail store.)
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Android eBook App Aldiko Hits 20 Million Downloads

April 22nd, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · Aldiko, Android → 6 Comments

aldiko 20 million downloadsAldiko is coming up on its 5th anniversary in June, and the developers will have something to celebrate. They just announced that the app had reached a new milestone.
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The Morning Coffee – 22 April 2014

April 22nd, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · Morning Coffee → 2 Comments

Noteworthy articles for this Tuesday morning include a look at the publishing industry’s last major format shift – paperbacks (link), the possible demise of the Oxford English Dictionary’s print edition (link), an outsider’s view of the London Book Fair (link), and more.
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Unread RSS Reader Updated – Now Supports Fever, NewsBlur

April 21st, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · ipad app, iPhone app, News Reader → 1 Comment

A noteunread rss reader ios7 came across my desk this evening that Unread, a news reader app for iPad and iPhone, got a major update today. In addition to a long list of bug fixes, Unread v1.2 also adds support for 2 new news reader platforms, new support for image, font, an text options, and more.

Unread now supports Fever and NewsBlur (along with FeedWrangler, Feedbin, and Feedly). Unread now offers even more options for readers to pair the app with their preferred service.
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Sony’s Waterproof Tablet Ships Next Month, Will Cost $499

April 21st, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · Android, hardware news → 1 Comment

Sony sony experia z2 tabletannounced today that the Xperia Z2 Android tablet (not to be confused with the Z2 smartphone) is now up for pre-order in the US. This 10″ tablets is a thinner, lighter, waterproof replacement for the Xperia Z1 tablet, and it is shipping in a couple weeks from Sony’s online store.
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Slate Launches Slate Plus Membership Club

April 21st, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · paywall, Subscriptions → No Comments

Ask anySlate_Macro_1[1] news website and they’ll tell you that ad revenues simply aren’t enough.There are too many places for a reader to spend their time, and this has lead to dropping ad revenues as advertisers split their funds between more and more sites. The funding/traffic problem has lead some sites to erect paywalls (NYTimes, Gannett, etc), while others restrict their RSS feed in the hopes of increasing traffic on their websites.
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