You could hear the rumors in the hallways as people passed by “what will it look like?”, “what will it do?”, “when can I get my hands on it?” I’m talking about the much-anticipated Apple Tablet. I was recently in the Apple store to correct a little problem with my Mac (I say little problem but I was without my laptop for a week… can you can WITHDRAWAL) and let me tell you, if there is a recession, it does NOT exist in the Apple store. They were jam packed and selling like crazy. But in the Apple store, at my office and among my geeky friends… we all want to know… when are they releasing the Apple Tablet already?
Here’s what The New York Times is saying:
APlayland for Apps in a Tablet WorldPublished: January 24, 2010
Apple’s move to open up the iPhone to outside programmers in 2008 started a software-writing frenzy. Giant companies and bedroom tinkerers alike rushed to get their applications into the App Store and onto the phone’s 3.5-inch touch screen.
Now those developers are about to get a bigger stage — or at least a bigger screen.
The tablet computer that Apple is widely expected to introduce on Wednesday will run applications designed for the iPhone, judging from data that an app-tracking company is picking up from devices in use around Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino, Calif.
But the larger screen — most likely 10 inches diagonally — and other features of the tablet could inspire developers to create new twists on apps
Oh, and enjoy the article above while you can because The New York Times Co. recently announced that the newspaper will start charging visitors to its popular Web site at the beginning of 2011. Let’s see how that works out for them. They tried to charge before and it didn’t work. I know the publishing industry is failing but don’t make those of us who live online pay for it! Here are the details of this new “potential” revenue generating stream for The New York Times.
The Times Co. offered few details of the proposal other than that it will be a metered plan, meaning viewers will be allowed to look at a number of articles free each month before having to pay to see more. It is a model the Financial Times has employed since 2007 and one that appears to be gaining traction in the industry.
The announcement by the Times — which for years has given away online content — marks a major shift in online publishing strategy by the biggest newspaper on the Web. Publishers have feared that if they began charging for online content, readers would simply go to another paper’s Web site. Further, projections for online advertising spending up until about 2007 were nothing but a straight line up.
I’m not sure I’ll be paying to view The New York Times online. But then again, I said I’d never pay to watch television. That reminds me.. I gotta go… I need to pay my Comcast bill right now!