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September 21, 2012 | By Jeff Gelles, Inquirer Columnist
The new Kindle Fire HD may not stir you to pass along your old iPad as a hand-me-down. But if you own an earlier small tablet running on Android or another operating system, or even last year's original Kindle Fire, you'll want to take a close look. The Fire HD isn't for everyone. Like its predecessor, it still draws potshots for seeming, as one critic put it, "like a shop window onto the world's biggest content department store. " Yet Amazon has refined an already impressive $199 device, while foreshadowing what it promises before Thanksgiving: an 8.9-inch Fire HD, including a 4G wireless version, that will compete more directly with Apple's 9.7-inch iPad.
BUSINESS
September 8, 2012 | By Ryan Nakashima, Associated Press
SANTA MONICA, Calif. - Amazon.com Inc. unveiled four new Kindle Fire models on Thursday, including ones with larger screens, as the online retailer steps up competition with Apple Inc. ahead of the holiday shopping season. Amazon unveiled the larger Kindle Fire amid expectations of a smaller iPad from Apple. The larger Fires will have screens that measure 8.6 inches diagonally, compared with 9.7 inches for the iPad. The original Fire had 7-inch screens. The speculation on the mini iPad is that it'll have a 7.85-inch screen.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 29, 2012
THESE kids today! All they want to do is play with your iPhone or iPad. So why stop them? If you're smart about it, you can safely start educating the little ones in their strollers with one of those smarty devices or a dedicated children's tablet. M-Edge Supershell cases for the iPhone 4 & 4S, iPod Touch and iPad 2 (and newer) tablets offer an ultraprotective foam surround that absorbs shocks. "Go ahead drop it on the concrete, repeatedly," dared a demonstrator. Priced from $25 to $35, Supershells come in lots of bright colors.
BUSINESS
August 21, 2012 | By Adam Satariano, Bloomberg News
Apple Inc. set a U.S. record for market value, surpassing the high mark reached by Microsoft Corp. during the Internet heyday, on optimism that the next version of the iPhone will meet high demand. The shares of Cupertino, Calif.-based Apple rose 2.6 percent to $665.15 at the close in New York, for a market value of $623.5 billion. That overtook Microsoft's $616.3 billion closing market capitalization on Dec. 27, 1999, according to data compiled by S&P Dow Jones Indices. Apple is preparing to introduce the next version of the iPhone on Sept.
NEWS
August 19, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
PALO ALTO, CALIF. - An iPad stolen from the home of the late Steve Jobs ended up in the hands of a professional clown who said Friday that he had no idea it was pilfered from the Apple co-founder's house. Kenneth Kahn, also known as Kenny the Clown, said he unwittingly received the stolen tablet from a friend who was later arrested for breaking into the Jobs residence in Palo Alto, the San Jose Mercury News reported Friday. "It would be like getting a football from Joe Montana that was stolen out of his house," Kahn said.
TRAVEL
August 5, 2012
A mobile trip itinerary planner popular with business travelers. Name: WorldMate Available for: Android, BlackBerry, iPhone, iPad, and Windows Phone. What it does: WorldMate helps you plan, book, and manage your trips. You'll be notified of delays and cancellations; you get a currency converter, a tip calculator, weather reports, and info on local restaurants, businesses, and more; and you can connect with your LinkedIn friends. Cost: Free / $9.99 (upgrade to Gold)
BUSINESS
August 3, 2012 | By Jeff Gelles, Inquirer Columnist
Is it a honkin' phone? Is it an itty-bitty tablet? Is it something in between – say, a "phablet"? After a few days of testing T-Mobile's new version of the Samsung Galaxy Note, the biggest question I have is a different one: Does it represent a niche that many will embrace, or is it destined to become the tech world's fabled missing link? The Note's biggest plus – its 5.3-inch screen – will, for some people, measure up to a minus. For now, I'm torn about where I land. You'll have to decide for yourself, but perhaps a few details beyond the obvious will help you get started.
NEWS
July 29, 2012
Here's a do-it-yourself travel-guide app and website that have promise. But will the operators hurry up and develop more cities and itineraries? Name: http://www.tripomatic.com Available for: iPhone, iPodtouch and iPad What it does: Helps you plan a day-by-day trip itinerary Cost: Free What's hot: I love the idea of making a day-by-day itinerary and then downloading it as a PDF when I'm done, as well...
ENTERTAINMENT
June 14, 2012 | Jon Takiff
THE FIRST DAY of classes at the Philadelphia Performing Arts Charter School last fall had "kind of an Oprah moment," recalled Jason Corosanite. All 250 of the school's sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders were gathered at its Broad and Oregon location. Each was presented with an iPad to use throughout the school year. "You could hear the shrieks for blocks," said Corosanite. Clearly, it's not every student who gets to start (as opposed to end) the school term with the chant "no more books.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 10, 2012 | Jon Takiff
MOMS LOVE GIZMOS. They have a kitchen full of them—and several floating in their purse and plopped on the night table. And if you're looking to add to their pleasure (and, OK, the clutter), Gizmo Guy has some good last-minute suggestions for gifting this Mother's Day. Pad that tab A thoroughly modern mom is never without her tablet computer. If yours is toting the new, third generation iPad, she could happily wrap it in the Belkin Keyboard Folio. Unusually slim, light and versatile, this protective polyurethane cover can either flip behind the screen or form a stand on which the iPad can rest at different viewing angles.
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