Much of the discussion about iPad apps lately has focused on publishers' tussles with Apple over conditions tied to offering subscriptions on the popular tablet. Now that companies like Time, Hearst and Conde Nast have worked out subscription deals with Apple, maybe it's time they focused on making the apps more user-friendly.
Facebook can't be accused of adding to the hype surrounding mobile advertising and marketing. Speaking at a mobile conference in London Wednesday, Fergal Walker, the company's EMEA head of mobile partnerships told the audience, "We are not focused on advertising on mobile at all."
Market research firm NPD released findings today indicating the spread of smartphones has helped expand the mobile music audience. The number of active mobile music listeners increased by almost nine million last year, growing from 12% to 17% of Web users in the process.
Amazon may be far ahead of rivals in the e-reader market, but Barnes & Noble is putting the heat on with recent moves in the space. The latest is today's unveiling of a new Nook device
that uses the same E-Ink technology found in the Kindle, combined with a touchscreen that does away with the control buttons of earlier models. Selling for $139, it also matches the price of the standard Kindle device.
Whatever new features Microsoft unveils tomorrow at its event announcing the updated version of Windows Phone 7, it's hard to imagine they'll have a major impact on sales. After all, Windows Phone 7 itself was supposed to be the big improvement on the Windows Mobile platform. And so far it's been a dud.
Apple's trademark case against Amazon over the term "app store" appears to be growing more absurd as it goes along. In its latest filing, Apple rejects Amazon's claim that "app store" is a generic term for a store that sells application programs.
Tablets own the living room, e-readers rule the bedroom. That's the upshot of new research released today by Nielsen. Seven out of 10 of tablet owners and 68% of smartphone owners, said they use their devices while watching television, compared to only 35% of e-reader owners.
New ratings released today show smaller, prepaid services like Leap Wireless, TracFone and U.S. Cellular scored highest among wireless carriers in customer satisfaction. These companies earned an aggregate score of 77 on a 100-point scale, according to a survey by American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI), created by the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business.
The tagline in Research in Motion's recent ads for the PlayBook -- "Amateur hour is over" -- looks especially silly in light of reports today about the company recalling 1,000 of its tablets because of software problems.
According to the IntoMobile blog, AT&T could launch its 4G LTE service in New York City at the end of June and in Los Angeles a few weeks later. If accurate, that could be welcome news for iPhone users in New York in particular, who've long complained of dropped calls and spotty service on AT&T's network.