Somewhere along the way someone decided they like to dance and move their bodies, but they couldn’t be away from Facebook. After all, if you’re out doing some great you want everyone to know about it in your status. Pulling out your phone and typing in a status can be a drag. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could just move your body to update your Facebook status? Well you guessed it—a new technology known as the LikeBelt makes this possible. No, I’m not joking.
The belt was created by design and development company Deeplocal. The way it works is this: If you’re walking down the road and see something that you like and you want to Facebook “like” it, all you have to do is thrust your hips into the direction of what you like. This thrust will then register with your android smartphone and let all of your Facebook friends know what you “like” at the very moment you have decided you like it. You can see a photo of the LikeBelt taken from Deeplocal up above.
While Facebook is busy preparing its own virtual currency, Facebook Credits, Offerpal Media went ahead and rolled out its own virtual currency system complete with its own website – Gamepoints.com.
Basically, what Gamepoints lets you do is to Â accumulate Gamepoints credit as much as you want to. You can then exchange these gamepoints for Â virtual currency which you can spend on Facebook games.
To earn game points, you can do the following Â activities:
- Watch a short video
- Buy music MP3s from iTunes or tickets to popular movies in theaters today
- Shop online at your favorite stores, including great deals with discount coupons
- Trade-in used electronics or unused gift cards
- Complete a survey
- Subscribe to magazines
After earning enough game points, you can then use them on Facebook games as virtual currency Â on various social networking sites such as – FarmVille, Zynga Poker, Mafia Wars, Cafe Worl and more.
If you don’t have the time to do the ways by which you can earn game points, Gamepoints.com also lets you directly buy those game points so that you can use them immediately on your favorite social networking site which support virtual currencies.
The list of social games where you can use GamePoints include Zyngaâ€™s FarmVille, YoVille, Zynga Poker, Mafia Wars, CafÃ© World, PetVille, FishVille, Vampire Wars and others; Playdomâ€™s Mobsters, Sorority Life, Social City, Tiki Resort and others; Digital Chocolateâ€™s MMA Pro Fighter; HitGrabâ€™s Mousehunt; TheBrothâ€™s Barn Buddy; Tall Tree Gameâ€™s Fish World; K-Factor Mediaâ€™s Castle Age; Tree Roomâ€™s My Town; Apps-O-Ramaâ€™s Car Madness; Offbeat Creationsâ€™ Be a Tycoon; BitRhymesâ€™ The Warlords; Five Minutesâ€™ Happy Farm; and many others.
Whether we like it or not, we have to give Apple some credit for releasing its magical iPad tablet. Despite its shortcomings and minor flaws the iPad has managed to stir up the otherwise sleeping tablet computer industry and the e-reader market. Several brands are now in a rush to come up with something better than than the iPad.
For Barnes and Noble it’s much easier to do this because Nook is already out even before the iPad hit the market. So, what B&N can do right now is update Nook’s features and make it a better e-reader than the iPad. And it is doing this right now as it announces some new features for Nook such as Read In Store and the addition of some games that Nook owners can play on their device. These were made possible via a software update to v1.3.
The beta Read in Store feature allows Nook owners you to read ebooks while your inside a Barnes & Noble store. You Nook will automatically connect to the Nook online bookstore and let you read titles from the B&N online bookstore even if the books are physically out of stock. While inside the store, you can read ebooks up an hour per day. B&N also plans to make some current edition newspapers and magazines available for in-store reading soon.
â€œOur digital customers will feel at home in our stores with Read In Store, which puts a digital spin on the popular Barnes & Noble bookstore experience that millions of our customers enjoy each day. At no cost, NOOK customers can browse through our robust collection of digital content while enjoying their favorite beverage in our cafÃ©,â€ said Tony Astarita, Vice President, Digital Products, Barnes & Noble.com.
In addition to these, Barnes & Noble has also included new games and other entertainment features to Nook including Chess and Soduku.
While the Nook v1.3 software update includes the following new features and enhancements:
- improved page turn speed, enhanced color touch screen navigation, faster access to previously opened eBooks Â and more
- high-speed connectivity to more hotspots
- built-in web browser
- updated homescreen
Nook v1.3 is available to download from www.nook.com/update or you may want to wait for automatic update in the coming weeks.
Believe it or not, the Apple iPad is selling like hotcakes in some Asian countries despite the fact that it is not yet officially available in those countries. PC World, via Yahoo News is reporting that the iPad appears to be selling well in Asia despite the fact that Apple’s official release won’t be happening until end of May.
The report also mentioned about two stores near Taipei’s main electronic Bazaar which are both selling iPad units. And guess what, the two stores are not even competing with each other so much so that one doesn’t even need to lower the iPad’s price. Â No matter how pricey the mark up they put on the iPad, it will still sell – like hotcakes. In fact, the store owners want to buy some more because demand is becoming too much as against the supply.
Any idea how much these two stores in Taipei are selling the iPad? Hold your breath folks because the 16GB iPad WiFi sells for around $800, $925 for the 32GB WiFi and $1,020 for the 64GB. In Apple Store U.S. , the prices of these iPads are only $499, $599 and $699.
Interestingly, despite the unavailability of official distributorship, estimates of iPads sold outside the U.S. are already around tens of thousands.
What’s even more surprising is the fact that Asians still buy the iPad despite some possible setbacks of having an unofficially released iPad. Â For one thing, there will be no available technician and in case they encounter problems with their iPad, they have no choice but to send it back to Apple.
Aside from Taipei? Where else could the iPad has possibly arrived? In the country where I am right now, there are probably less than 500 owners of the iPad right now.
Again, it’s all about Apple and the iPad. Probably realizing that they need to push both their e-readers near to consumers some more, especially now that the iPad was proven to be a good competitor in the e-reader nice, Amazon and Nook are reportedly pushing their devices to brick and mortar stores.
And so the Kindle which is currently available only through Amazon.com will soon be making its way to Target.com. Engadget managed to score a shot of Target’s inventory handheld showing the Kindle device. Â In addition, Target.com might start selling the e-book reader starting on April 25. Why it took Amazon this long to make its Kindle available on brick and mortar stores is not important anymore. What’s important is that casual buyers who chance upon it on Target’s store shelves might actually make an unplanned purchase of the Kindle.
As for Barnes & Noble’s Nook e-reader, another reliable source revealed that the Nook will be available on Best Buy brick-and-mortar stores. Curently, you can only score a Nook through Barnes & Noble online store or from Barnes & Noble outlets. Â The proof was once again revelead by an inventory system, this time from Best Buy showing that B&N’s Nook will be available on Best Buy stores starting April 18.
What remains to be seen now is whether this will lead to an increase in both the sales figures of Nook and Kindle. Â What we don’t know right now is how much these devices will be sold on stores. Will they be priced lower than their selling price online?
Nokia holds the record of being a major mobile industry player who came late into the netbook wars. Although its first netbook venture, the Booklet 3G was not even close to popularity of other manufacturers’ netbooks, there’s not doubt that the Booklet 3G is a pretty powerful and well designed netbook. The problem with Nokia’s Booklet 3G was not so much about what it can do but more because of the fact it came in a little too late.
So, now with the current trend in the computer industry on mobility through tablet PC, Nokia is not going to waste time in joining the tablet wars. Reports by the street.com is indicating that Nokia will soon release its own Nokia Tablet PC.
Actually, it’s quite ironic that Nokia has not yet released its own branded Â tablet pc wherein fact it was one of the pioneers in the industry. In case you’ve forgotten already, Nokia pioneered in the tablet market with its old N77 handheld Internet device. Incidentally the N77 got nothing much to offer for us mobile nomads.
The question now is that will Nokia be able to penetrate the tablet market? Â Will it be more successful than the Booklet 3G?
Right now if you take a look at Techmeme.com, half of the news aggregators page is occupied by news items about the iPad, most specifically about iPad applications. Even Internet giants such as Google is announcing something about their mobile services for the iPad.
For us here in 901am, one of the apps that caught our interest since we used to cover news items about it is – Netflix which also released its own native app for the iPad. Available now from the iTunes iPad App Store, Netflix for iPad lets you instantly watch an unlimited number of TV episodes and moviews streamed directly from Netflix to iPad. Streaming is free of charge for Netflix members on plans starting at $8.99/mo.
The Netflix App for iPad will deliver high-quality viewing experience of a broad array of movie and TV choices through a clean and intuitive interface. TV episodes and movies are organized into a various categories based on personal preferences, popular genres, new arrivals and members’ invidivual instant Queues.
Netflix co-founder and CEO Reed Hastings said that his company is very excited about the Netflix app for iPad.
“The innovation and consumer appeal of iPad make it a perfect device for instantly watching TV episodes and movies streamed from Netflix,” said Reed Hastings.
If you’re a Netflix member and you bought the iPad, you may want to download the Netflix App for iPad from the iTunes iPad App Store. But wait since you don’t have your iPad yet, just take note of this app. Â It’s a free app by the way.
If you’re like me who have been monitoring Techmeme and other tech news aggregator, you’d probably noticed that iPad news and rumors starting propagating on the Internet starting last Saturday. Well, what do you expect? It’s one week before the iPads reach the doors of those those so called “idiots”, that includes me who pre-ordered Apple’s magical device since two weeks ago.
Let’s see, Apple has sold out the first wave of its iPad stocks, prompting the iPad Store to indicate that new orders of iPads won’t ship until April 12. Then there are various leaked screenshots of the iPad stores and the cool applications that will be released on launch day. Some of these apps are games, while some are useful productivity tools. These are just some of the iPad-related headlines that went out last weekend.
And today, exactly five days before the iPad arrives to those who pre-ordered it, the hype is even building up some more.
First, according to an official PR, the iPad will be available in Best Buy on April 3. Now, there’s a catch however. Reports say that only 15 units of iPad will arrive on each of the hundreds of Best Buy brick and mortar stores.
What’s interesting is the fact that Apple is no longer accepting on-store pick-up for new orders of the iPad and prefers to ship them out instead.
Oh, in case you’ve pre-ordered your iPad, you should have received a notification on your email stating that Apple has started shipping your Â iPad. Just in time for the promised April 3 delivery date. Isn’t that exciting?
So, how are you psyching up yourself for the arrival of your iPad? What apps are you planning to purchase from the iPad Apps Store?
When the issue on the e-books pricing of those who will be in the iPad’s iBookstore started spreading, many are saying that it will be to Amazon’s advantage. Â The Kindle Store’s average price for an e-book is pegged at $9.99 and Amazon is even sacrificing some sales just to maintain this pricing even at a loss for them.
Analysts are saying that the iBookstore will not be able to compete against this pricing and that e-books to be sold will be priced higher than the e-books sold in the Kindle Store.
That may not be necessarily true at all. Â The blog AppAdvice got hold of a preview that shows otherwise. It seems that most e-books that will be sold in the iBookstore Â are also priced at $9.99. In fact, out of the 32 e-books that were on the New York Time’s Bestsellers, 27 titles have $9.99 price tag.
In fact 4 of Â the top 5 bestsellers will be sold in the iBookstore for $9.99.
If the iBookstore will be able maintain this price ceilings for most of the books that will be made available once the iPad is launched, Amazon is definitely facing a stiff challenge to their well established and widely accepted e-book business. Â Indeed Amazon has all the reason to be worried and should start working on various enhancements to the Kindle store as well possibly on the Kindle device as well. Â But except for the lack of color display and other computing functionalities, I think Amazon may have already exhausted all possible features that it could probably include in the Kindle.
So, will you be buying the iPad and use it as an e-book reader and purchase your e-books from the iBookstore? Or will you use the Kindle App for Tablets which will also run in the iPad and purchase your e-books from the Amazon Kindle Store still?
If you were Steve Jobs running Apple which is about to release a magical and revolutionary product that has one of its features going up against the Amazon Kindle, will you allow the Kindle application on the iPad apps store? I mean knowing pretty well that this will compete with the iPads iBooks application?
Well, it seems Amazon is hoping that Apple will not mind this at all. After all, the Kindle for iPhone and recently Kindle for Mac were approved. But the thing is the iPad iBooks is not yet fully operational and full operation will commence only as soon as the iPad is released to consumers. Â Publishers are expected to get into the iPad frenzy, making sure that their e-book catalogs make it through the iBooks app store.
Still, there’s no harm in trying. After all Amazon was clever enough to market its upcoming Kindle app Â not as specific to the iPad but for other tablets as well. Hence calling its Kindle Apps for Tablet.
Kindle Apps for Tablet will have the same features as the other iteration of the Kindle app. Be it for the iPhone, BlackBerry, PC or Mac. Specific for Tablets are some enhancement in the user interface including:
- Tailored to the size, look, and feel of your tablet computer
- Customize background color and font size to ease eye strain
- Adjust screen brightness from within the app to make reading easier
- Page turn animation replicates the look of turning a page in a book. Or choose Basic Reading Mode for a simpler and unadorned reading experience
So there, will you be getting your e-books from the Kindle Store once you get your iPad or will you stick to the plan and get it from the iBooks app store instead?