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[1 May 2011 | No Comment | 2,738 views]

Amazon recently announced that it will sell an advertising supported Kindle for 114 USDs. Thats a price cut of 25 dollars, and Amazon gets to show ads on the Kindle home screen and some screensavers. Whats the mathematics behind this move?
Lets see. We’ll use 2011 projected numbers of 8 Million Kindles, and assume that Amazon will sell some 6 Million Ad-supported Kindles in 2011. Or, ignoring holiday effects etc. 1.5 Million Kindles every quarter.
Although we have no user surveys to support this, we shall assume that an average user sees …

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[15 Apr 2011 | No Comment | 5,699 views]

In our opinion, the reason is right there in the news –
” Then, on Tuesday, Cisco announced that it’s shutting down the whole division and laying off 550 people.”
Its the 550 people that they could lay off – and the change in margins that it would bring – is the real reason flip is gone.

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[30 Mar 2011 | No Comment | 3,137 views]
Amazon Cloud Player: Music Labels Who?

If it is a deliberate move (which it seems to be) – Amazon just dropped a bomb on the music industry. When everyone in the world including Apple have hit a wall when it comes to music licensing, Amazon’s announcement of the Cloud Player is nothing less than a thunderbolt. Read : Apple TV, iTunes and the Cloud
“Cloud Player is an application that lets customers manage and play their own music. It’s like any number of existing media management applications. We do not need a license to make Cloud Player …

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[3 Sep 2010 | 2 Comments | 1,942 views]
iPad as Apple TV: Why not?

We have written about how Apple manages Product cannibalization before. There is a terrific business blueprint behind Apple’s Product designs, obviously.
Any new product announcement from Apple raises the following question – “Will it not eat into the market for …”. For instance, people asked that when the iPhone was released – “Will it not eat into the market for iPods?”. They asked that when the iPod Touch was released – “Will it not eat into the market for iPods and the iPhone?” – Now since the iPad has been announced, …

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[12 Apr 2010 | No Comment | 1,535 views]

Apple’s controversial change of Section 3.3.1 of the iPhone Developer Program License Agreement to forbid the use of  “applications that link to Documented APIs through an intermediary translation or compatibility layer,” has resulted in lot of criticism on Apple’s approach, with many folks depicting this as an Apple Vs Adobe thing. They say its not open, and hence, not good for mankind.
But we think this is the smartest thing Apple, or for that matter, any platform owner, has done in many, many years.
The title of this post more or less summarizes …

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[31 Mar 2010 | No Comment | 2,452 views]
The Battle Of The App Marketplaces

This was going to happen, only we did not realize it would happen so soon. As app marketplaces compete to attract developers and users to build a sustainable ecossytem, we as a digital generation get to witness the most significant thing in our connected lives this decade – the battle of the app marketplaces.
So we know they can be device driven (iPhone/Droid/iPad) or platform/network driven (Twitter/Facebook) – and we did some crystal ball gazing here at iptiam some time back – (Read OneForty and iTunes App Store: Do They Intersect? …

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[29 Mar 2010 | No Comment | 1,673 views]

DigitalBeat is reporting that smashwords could have a potentially big deal in store, with the launch of the iPad:
Smashwords, a site where writers can publish their own e-books, said today it has signed a distribution deal with Apple to put its books into the iPad iBookstore. Mark Coker, chief executive of Smashwords, said in an email to authors that his company has been working on the deal ever since the iPad was announced. And, yes, this means that unpublished authors can sell their work on the Apple iPad at virtually no …

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[23 Mar 2010 | No Comment | 1,514 views]

We have written about Amazon’s challenges due to the iPad – Read The Real Question Facing Amazon. More specifically, we had asked the question – What happens to the Kindle Reader App now?. We now have the answer.
In what can be termed as a strangely significant event, Amazon showed off its Kindle Reader App for the iPad – a better experience to capitalise on the benefits of the hardware, page-turning visual effects, books in color and all that – but we agree with the article - the most important piece was how …

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[18 Mar 2010 | No Comment | 1,419 views]

“Content is King” – Steve Jobs gave a live demo of this when he got the whole iTunes ecosystem up and running – the pricing and the approach there was pure genius. But now, he has a different challenge – with eBooks, Jeff Bezos landed there first. But you can bet he’ll handle this one with the same genius touch. (Pls read: Why Apple treats Books and Music differently).
Apple Inc. is still working to secure content for the iPad with just weeks to go before the tablet computer’s release, said …

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[18 Mar 2010 | 2 Comments | 5,077 views]

We already know the iPad’s fate would be decided by apps. But we also believe that the real killer app is not out in the open now – given the form factor, the price point and the software, there must be a killer app that would end up fueling the iPad revolution. We thought it might be the classroom – read iPad enters the classroom. Well, it could be gaming – read Is gaming iPad’s ‘killer app’?, or, is it healthcare? – Voalte: Healthcare communication using iPad
The answer is, we …