The Arab Spring was one of the most tweeted events of 2011, according to Twitter’s list of 2011 hot topics, released today. But the list is interesting for what it doesn't mention than for as much as it does.
With the launch of the Pottermore website Rowling has brought app store economics to ‘niche’, that is to say single subject, markets. This is not only a dramatic change for book publishers but will certainly change online economics for other established franchises. Film, video games, and music retailers will be paying close attention to Rowling’s Harry Potter App Store as they attempt to replicate her economic model for themselves.
Team COCO have published a short and humorous video [1:04] that takes a satirical look at the iPad 2, and Apple fans' enigmatic loyalty to the brand. Last week the iPad 2 was officially announced by Steve Jobs, although the response so far by many has been muted.
Apple is expected to debut the iPad’s successor, dubbed the iPad 2, next week, Wednesday March 2, at an event in San Francisco according to All Things Digital. Although no official invites have been sent out yet, it’s rumoured that the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts will be the likely venue.
The White House have released this iconic image of US President Barack Obama’s dinner with technology business leaders last night in Woodside California. The aim of the gathering is said to promote technological innovation as a means to increase employment and boost the US economy.
Apple have today announced the introduction of a long-awaited in-app subscription service available to content-based apps in the App Store. With the new service Apple receives a 30% share of new app subscriptions, but interestingly, when a publisher brings an existing or new subscriber to the app, the publisher retains 100% of earnings.
Apple and News Corp. have announced that the subscription based ”The Daily” iPad news app will be released on February 2nd in the US. They also confirmed that the app’s subscription model will cost 99 cent a week.
In an email to company employees, Apple CEO, Steve Jobs, has stated that he is taking a leave of absence from the company on medical grounds. Tim Cook will take over the day-to-day running of the company with Jobs remaining as CEO during his absence.
Rubert Murdoch and Steve Jobs are expected to appear together on stage later this month to launch Murdoch’s new iPad-only publication known as The Daily. According to Forbes journalist Jeff Bercovici this launch date could be January 19th, 2011.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled several new products at the “Back to the Mac” special event in California yesterday. We've summarised all the main announcements, including the new MacBook Air, iLife '11, Mac OS X Lion, and FaceTime for Mac.
Mozilla, the makers of Firefox, have released specifications for an open app store standard in the hopes to combat Apple’s domination of the lucrative apps market. Their release follows Opera’s calls on Monday for an open browser addon standard.