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[31 Mar 2010 | No Comment | 919 views]
“It Feels Like You Are Touching The Future”: KPCB doubles iPad Fund

Techcrunch is reporting that Kleiner Perkins has doubled the funds available for iFund, the dedicated venture fund  it had formed to support apps for the iPhone (and now, the iPad).  The iFund now has $200 million.
This Saturday the iPad arrives, we believe it’s going to rule the world. I’ve held it, caressed it. It feels like you’re touching the future.  We’re going into a brave new world. From the old world of Windows interfaces to touch. The swoosh of liquidity. The iPad is direct, it’s natural. WYTIWis — what you …

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[31 Mar 2010 | No Comment | 2,318 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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[31 Mar 2010 | No Comment | 713 views]
BBC: iPad apps to cost more

The additional features would come, well, with additional costs. Thats what most iPad developers think, says the BBC.
Applications for the iPad will generally cost more than ones for the iPhone or iPod touch developers have said.
They blame the extra work involved in designing for the iPad and the risk factor of not yet knowing how many customers will buy the device.
The number of units that Apple manages to sell in the initial couple of months would have a big impact on the App ecosystem. Given the significant development costs, people …

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[30 Mar 2010 | No Comment | 721 views]
iTunes App store on Facebook

We have always been curious on how the various app marketplaces would co-exist – read OneForty and iTunes App Store: Do They Intersect? – we have one piece of the puzzle solved now.
Interacting with the iTunes App Store just got easier, thanks to the new App Store Facebook page.Developed and powered by Vitrue, the new page puts the App Store inside Facebook — making it easy to search for apps, share them with friends, find out which apps are hot right now and which are deemed “essential” by the iTunes …

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[29 Mar 2010 | No Comment | 1,549 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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[28 Mar 2010 | No Comment | 901 views]
iPad First Week Inventory Sold Out

Planet iPad is reporting that Apple might have sold out the initial inventory – if you pre-order now, you will have to wait till April 12.
That’s good news for Apple I suppose – it could mean that they’ve sold out their initial inventory. Of course, we don’t know how many that is, but for them, I suppose it is good. I’m sure they’d like to have enough inventory for someone to walk into the store on April 3rd and pick one up (that didn’t pre-order) but it appears that the …

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[26 Mar 2010 | No Comment | 4,009 views]
Approved iPad Apps Leaked

Using the term HD in the name as an iPad app indicator, padgadget has figured out a list of approved apps for the iPad from the iTunes store.

Ammoin HD
Azkend HD
Flight Control HD
Grind HD
HD Recovery
Labyrinth 2 HD
NBA Hotshot HD
Numba HD
Plants vs. Zombie HD
Sparkle HD
Worms HD

The apps are ready ….

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[25 Mar 2010 | No Comment | 887 views]
Magazines selling iPad advertising slots like hot cakes

WSJ is reporting that among publishers and advertisers, the iPad fever has begun big time.
Time magazine has signed up Unilever, Toyota Motor , Fidelity Investments and at least three others for marketing agreements priced at about $200,000 apiece for a single ad spot in each of the first eight issues of the magazine’s iPad edition, according to people familiar with the matter.
We should remember that the iPad in itself had nothing special for the magazines:
Magazines largely are planning downloadable iPad applications that are near-replicas of the stories in the print versions, …

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[24 Mar 2010 | No Comment | 4,570 views]
Just In: iPad iBooks to cost $9.99

Appadvice has an exclusive that confirms the pricing of iBooks on the iPad to be $9.99. This was one of the numbers that a whole industry was looking forward to – Will Apple ever match the price of an eBook on a Kindle Store? Looks like we have the answer now – ‘Yes’.
I had the chance this week to be presented a not-so-NDA-complying preview of it and it looks like Steve is not to be doubted.  This is not a rumor, as I have seen the iBook store and its …

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[24 Mar 2010 | No Comment | 775 views]
Instapaper on iPad starting Day 1

Instapaper, the bookmarking tool from Tumblr developer Marco Arment, will most probably have a version out for the iPad on release day. Marco announced this today on the Instapaper blog. We found this to be the most significant point:
Third: Instapaper Pro will be a universal iPhone/iPad application. That means that you only have to buy Instapaper Pro once to have it on both devices, and the iPad edition will be available to all Pro purchasers at no additional charge when it’s released.
Also this: ” But then I saw the pixel-doubled version …