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Toshiba grew its Excite tablet line in both directions on Tuesday with three new models to cover every possible category. The Excite 7.7 (which we've tried), Excite 10, and Excite 13 (AT770) all carry a quad-core Tegra 3 chip along with a completely stock version of Android 4.0 bundled with apps like Netflix and Zinio's reader. They keep the slimmer builds of past Excite models but with a more rounded, polished design.
Zinio has reportedly confirmed that it is set to bring its magazine reader app to RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook platform within the next few weeks. In a Twitter post, the company noted that the PlayBook app is set for a mid-March release.
A new McPheters & Company study has shown that publishers are just as likely to publish tablet magazines through the Nook store and Zinio reader app as they do through the iPad. Apple's tablet was almost exactly as likely to have a magazine publisher support it as its two rivals, with 46 percent signing on and just a one point difference with Barnes & Noble and Zinio. The iPhone was also equal, showing that the smaller screen wasn't necessarily a deterrent.
Hearst on Tuesday said it had passed getting 300,000 paid mobile magazine downloads per month. The growth is a rapid acceleration from past months and comes purely from those buying through an iPad, Nook Color, or the Zinio Reader app on multiple platforms. It didn't say how many of these were subscriptions versus single-issue sales.
Magazine service Zinio says it is preparing an updated iPad app, marking a transition to v2.0. Significantly the upgrade will support in-app purchases, including not just single or back issues, but also products in magazines, and most importantly subscriptions. Most magazines with in-app subscription options are offered as separate downloads on the App Store; Zinio hosts over 4,500 publications, such as Harpers and The Economist.
Zinio reached out to Android in earnest on Friday by expanding its magazine aggegator app (free, Android Market) to phones. Anyone with an Android 2.2 or 2.3 device, including pseudo-tablets like the original Galaxy Tab, can browse the full collection of publishers and read magazines in a format optimized for the smaller screen. The design still brings audio and video and can show more of the native format when tilted into landscape mode.
Digital publisher Zinio has announced that it has brought 24 popular magazines to the Android Market. The digital releases span a wide range of genres and subjects, with titles such as Rolling Stone, Road & Track, ESPN The Magazine, Harvard Business Review, Men's Fitness, and Robb Report, Popular Mechanics, Outside, Motor Trend, and Home Theater, among others.
Rolling Stone co-creator Jann Wenner in a discussion late Monday dismissed the idea of tablet magazines in the near term. The Wenner Media founder didn't rule out a digital transition but called the influx of tablet magazines, mostly on the iPad, "sheer insanity" driven by a reflexive action. Companies had to be ready to switch over, but they were confusing a short-term drop with a need to act immediately, he told AdAge.
ViewSonic may not have been showing off all of its tablets at its booth at CES, as CarryPad reported spotting a new one at the Zinio booth. The tablet was being used to show off Zinio's new text reflowing feature that makes it easier to use. The seven-inch, Android-powered tablet had very few details and only a few photos.
Acer's live event today brought with it plans to emulate Apple's app and media stores but also introduce a new media sharing feature for PCs. The store, nicknamed Alive, will give computers and mobile devices a "real-time" reaction. As users buy or download titles of any kind, the store will use a Genius-like recommendation system to suggest content and refine results.
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Lunch with Cook auction nets $515K
The Charitybuzz auction that offered lunch with Apple CEO Tim Cook at Apple HQ and a pair of passes to a future Apple event (winner's pick) has ended with a high bid of $515,000, the highest amount the annual auction has fetched since 2013. Proceeds of the auction will benefit Cook's preferred charity, the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights organization, where Cook was recently named to the board of directors. The winner, who was unnamed, will be responsible for their own transportation and accommodation, and Cook has up to a year to schedule the meeting -- making it possible that the winner will be among the first to dine with Cook in the new Campus 2 cafeteria, which is set to open along with the rest of the new facility early next year. http://bit.ly/236Wf9N
Free Windows 10 upgrade program ends July 29
Ending speculation, Microsoft has officially announced that it will end free Windows 10 upgrades on July 29, the one-year anniversary of the rollout of the OS. Following the 29th, Microsoft's ubiquitous OS will retail for $119 and up. http://bit.ly/1O0a7kA
US tech giants to candidates: support TPP
Tech giants including Apple, Facebook, Amazon and Uber are among thirteen major US corporations who have written an open letter to Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton urging them to support the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal, reports Reuters. Although not yet made public, the letter also asks the candidates to make it easier for the companies to hire tech workers from overseas. Both are not happy with the TPP deal, although Trump is sterner in his opposition to any kind of trade deals between countries. Trump has not rejected outright the idea of importing high-tech talent from overseas, while Clinton has already voiced her support for the idea. http://reut.rs/1Wb0Zwq
Apple mandates June 1 app IPv6 support
Apple has set the deadline for IPv6 support for App Store-supplied software. On June 1, apps thast use a custom networking stack and that are submitted to the app store must support IPv6-only networks. The rule, announced last year as coming soon, will only affect a small portion of submitted applications that do not use the NSURLSession and CFNetwork APIs. http://apple.co/24yBTIY
YouTube Unplugged OTT service coming 2017?
As part of the continuing YouTube evolution, the video streaming service is reportedly considering a paid subscription service that would provide users "over the top" cable TV service. According to sources familiar with the matter, the service has been in the works since 2012, has already made changes to accommodate the live video feeds, and could debut the offering as soon as 2017. http://bloom.bg/1rvx8BW
Kohls Apple Pay integration with loyalty program
Kohl's customers are now able to pay for their purchases with Kohl's Charge and simultaneously earn loyalty program Yes2You Rewards in conjunction with Apple Pay. The service is currently available in approximately 250 Kohl's stores and is expected to be in all Kohl's stores nationwide later this month, making Kohl's the first retailer to deliver a one-tap checkout that integrates both its private credit card as a form of payment and a loyalty program with Apple Pay. http://yhoo.it/21wEUI6
AirMap iOS app for drone operators
Provider of airspace information and services for unmanned aircraft AirMap announced today the release of the AirMap app for iOS and Apple Watch. Operators can now access low-altitude airspace advisories, create flights, file digital flight notices to over 80 airports, and manage unmanned aircraft. Building on the success of AirMap's Digital Notice and Awareness System (D-NAS), the AirMap app brings to iOS devices a fully integrated airspace management solution for recreational and commercial drone operators. The app is free. http://apple.co/21wCadD