Monthly Archives: March 2010

iPhone Sales Will Hit 500k In Korea This Week As Google Search Grip Slows

In a sign of what’s to come as regulators tighten their grip on the search and browser markets, Apple in Korea has been asked to allow Koreans to use their own choice of search engine on the iPhone.

At present, Google is the default search engine on the iPhone, as it is on most Android-based phones. Apple does also offer Yahoo search as an option within the Safari Settings menu on the iPhone. There has also been recent talk of a move to offer Microsoft’s Bing search engine, perhaps as the default engine as the battle between Apple and Google grows.

Korean telecoms regulators want this choice of search engine extended, with the Korea Communications Commission (KCC), looking into whether the practice restrict consumer choice. Continue reading

Sliding Nudes Add iTunes App Store Polish

Weekend chatter suggests Apple is preparing to introduce an Adult Content store within iTunes, now a second report suggests the company may be becoming more refined in its attitude toward nudity.

Stuart Dredge observes a Polish developer’s introduction of three iPhone naked puzzle games, declaring, “but it’s OK: they’re art”.

Polish developer Pawel Bragoszewski has introduced three sliding puzzle games inspired by works of art: Modigliani Nudes Puzzle, Bathing Nudes Paintings Puzzle, Fabulous Nude Paintings Puzzle and Classic Nude Paintings Puzzle. Continue reading

Digg iPhone App Sees iPad Twitter Jamboree

The all-new Digg app for the iPhone or iPod touch has finally debuted with Digg offering free iPads for two weeks to celebrate the release.

The new app lets Digg users view top stories, read comments, save stories for reading later. “It’s all the stuff you care about on the internet, now elegantly presented in mobile form,” the company says.

To celebrate the Digg for iPhone launch, Diggpartnered up with ColorWare to give away 14 highly-coveted, limited edition custom iPads. Continue reading

Spotify iPhone App Upgrade Brings, Facebook And More

iPhone users are already looking forward to the next-generation of the Spotify app for the Apple smartphone, which promises loads of new features.

Spotify handed the new version over to Apple’s approvals team earlier on today. The app includes numerous fixes but also new features including:

  • scrobbling.
  • The ability to open and play Spotify links e.g. straight from your Facebook app or browser.
  • Save time and space by using tracks already stored on your iPod in your playlists – there’s no need to sync those track anymore.
  • Save and find your favourite tracks and albums with the Starred playlist and Star buttons (also coming to the desktop version soon!).
  • Support for listening at 96 kb/s for more efficient streaming on slow connections.

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The Times Takes Paywall Gamble – Will It Succeed or Fail (Most Fail)

News International has revealed its plans to turn Times Online into a paid-only website, charging £1 a day or £2 for a week’s subscription to both sites.

News International’s announcement…

London, 26 March 2010 – News International today announces that The Times and The Sunday Times will start charging for access to their digital journalism in June using a pricing model that is simple and affordable.
Both titles will launch new websites in early May, separating their digital presence for the first time and replacing the existing, combined site, Times Online. The two new sites will be available for a free trial period to registered customers. Continue reading

Apple Analyst Raises AAPL, iPad sales predictions

Here we go: Wall Street’s beginning to change its sales projections as word on the street finally decides Apple’s got an iPad-shaped hit on its hands.

BMO Capital analyst Keith Bachman this morning released a note to clients in which he raised his target on AAPL stock to $265 from $250 and increased his 2011 iPad sales estimates by 30.09 per cent.

The analyst had expected 2.5 million iPad sales for fiscal 2010 (frankly that’s seriously low, Apple’s already taken 1.2 million pre-orders, and everyone else wants to touch one before they buy – and that’s just the US market).

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