Pearltrees Releases iPhone App

 Pearltrees Releases iPhone App One of the more interesting productivity apps that has come out recently is Pearltrees. It’s an app that helps a user in collecting and organizing their interests and related information.

Pearltrees does something that is also addressed by other apps but it does it differently by presenting the information in a unique, but very effective way. A few months ago, it released a web app and then released an iPad app. Now, Pearltrees is coming to the iPhone.  [Read more...]

Apple iPad 2 now only $399

ipad2 300x117 Apple iPad 2 now only $399Now that the new iPad has been announced, all of the attention of gadget lovers will be on this newest of Apple’s offerings, anticipating when it will finally be made available for sale. But while all of the attention is on the new kid on the block, the iPad 2 is still very much alive and at a new price point that may actually turn more than a few heads.

Apple has announced that it is not totally discontinuing the iPad 2 but will instead offer it a budget price. The iPad 2 will now only come in two variants the 16GB WiFi only version and the 16GB WiFi/3G version. The former will cost $399 and the latter will sell for $529. [Read more...]

NYC Taxis in Square Mobile Payment System Pilot Program

Square mobile payment 279x300 NYC Taxis in Square Mobile Payment System Pilot ProgramThe Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) of New York City has given the go-ahead for Square Mobile Payment system to conduct a pilot program.

The approved pilot program will involve 30 NYC taxicabs (the city has a total of 13,237 taxis) and will run for one whole year. The taxis under the program will be installed with iPads in the backseat, replacing the Creative Mobile and Verifone Taxi TVs. Aside from the iPad, the drivers will also access an iPhone that is installed within their easy reach. The iPhone will help in processing credit cards, looking at traffic data and other types of information. [Read more...]

Traffic from Hand-held Devices Increasing

tablet user 300x199 Traffic from Hand held Devices IncreasingHere’s news that won’t really surprise you. A study conducted by comScore, majority of the non-computer traffic in the United States has increased by almost seven percent over the month of August this year. The increase in traffic has been largely attributes the use of smartphones, tablets and other portable devices. Smartphone usage has been identified as making up 64 percent of the non-computer traffic in the US, tablets occupy 28 percent.

In another predictable finding of the report, Apple’s various iOS devices dominated the smartphone and tablet categories. In terms of the tablet segment, the iPad made up 97 percent, while iOS smartphones (the various generations of the iPhone) owned 58.5 percent of the smartphone traffic. [Read more...]

Sharp Scraps Two of Three Tablets

galapagos 300x199 Sharp Scraps Two of Three TabletsTo say that Apple’s iPad has been dominating the tablet market is a gross understatement. It is practically bulldozing its way through its competition that most competitors are already saying “uncle” even before their respective products get a chance to stay long in store shelves.

A great example of this domination is what happened to Hewlett-Packard. The well-known tech company waved the flag when its HP TouchPad tablet sold dismally in the market. RIM’s own Playbook tablet is also exhibiting anemic sales and Samsung – arguably Apple’s biggest tablet competitor – has reported very weak sales for its 7-inch Galaxy Tab. Now you can add Sharp to the list of also-rans. The Japanese company has announced that it is going to discontinue two of the three Galapagos tablets it has released to the market less than twelve months ago. [Read more...]

Will iPad Apps Overtake Android Apps?

ipad vs android tablet 490x197 Will iPad Apps Overtake Android Apps?

Today at WWDC, Apple unveiled slew of new products and features ranging from iCloud to Twitter integration (which explains why Twitter was eager to partner with Photobucket for image hosting).

While Apple did reveal that it boasted over 425,000 iOS apps, the mobile giant also disclosed how many of those were designed to work with the iPad. [Read more...]

Can Anyone Challenge iPad 2?

ipad2 490x192 Can Anyone Challenge iPad 2?

You would think that the combined minds of Motorola, Google, Samsung, RIM and HP would be able to release a tablet that would put the iPad 2 to shame.

On the contrary it looks like Steve Jobs “magical” device has already claimed their first victim, as Motorola’s Xoom has predictably failed in the market, with only 100,000 units sold to consumers since the tablet made its debut. [Read more...]

Why webOS–Not Android–Is iPad’s Biggest Threat

palmtopaztablet 490x490 Why webOS  Not Android  Is iPads Biggest Threat

When it comes to the long awaited iPad killer, there apparently have been a long list of candidates to have emerged over the years ranging from the Blackberry Playbook to Google’s rumored Chromepad to even various Android tablets.

While the latter does have the potential to match iOS, most of the Android tablets (like Samsung’s Galaxy Tab) sport a much smaller size than the iPad, despite being priced about the same as Steve Jobs magical device.

Unless a competitor can match the iPad’s size and price, Apple will continue to dominate the tablet arena leaving everyone else to fight for second place.

While I have yet to see a real challenger emerge, HP could be the company to make Apple nervous regarding their latest tablet revelation. [Read more...]

Would You Buy A Buttonless iPhone Or iPad?

iPhone iPad home button 490x375 Would You Buy A Buttonless iPhone Or iPad?

Despite Apple rocking the mobile universe with the iPhone and iPad (both which are now on Verizon), both the iPhone and the iPad have always had one distinct feature: the physical button near the bottom.

However the upcoming iPhone and iPad (iPad 2.0 and iPhone 5) will reportedly drop the physical home button in order to bring a near complete touchscreen experience.

We just got some pretty wild information from one of our Apple sources and while it’s hard to believe at first, it does make sense. We have exclusively been told that the reason Apple just added multitouch gestures for the iPad in the latest iOS 4.3 beta is because the iPad will be losing the home button. Yes, we are told that Apple, at some point in time, will remove the home button from the iPad’s design. Instead of button taps, you will use new multitouch gestures to navigate to the home screen and also to launch the app switcher.

That’s not all, however. In addition to the home button disappearing from the iPad, we’re told that this change will make its way over to the iPhone as well. (via BGR)

Despite being a huge fan of touch screens in general (in fact I’m still waiting for Apple to develop a Macbook Air with a touch screen keyboard), ditching the physical home button could convince users switching from other devices (like the Blackberry) that the iPhone is not the device for them.

If the iPhone ever freezes or becomes unresponsive to touch, users (especially new comers) will end up panicking and may conclude that the device is not for them.

While the physical home button is as useless as Google’s “I’m feeling lucky” button, it does however reassure users that if all else fails they can hit the home button (along with the switch near the top) and do a hard reset.

Although I would still buy the iPhone 5 and iPad 2.0 button free, I’m sure that many of my friends will end up choosing Android as they have yet to place their entire faith in touch screens like yours truly.

Apple’s iPad Vs RIM’s Playbook: Which Is Better?

After Steve Jobs publicly dissed the Blackbery smartphones, RIM has not surprisingly gone after the iPad in an attempt to prove to companies and consumers that their Playbook is indeed superior to Apple’s “magical” device.

I know many of you are eager to see more of the BlackBerry® PlayBook™ in action. I’m excited to share the above video with you that we filmed with Matthew from the web browser group here at RIM, which demonstrates how the web browsing experience is coming together on the PlayBook.

On the video, Matthew quickly runs through a series of comparison tests with a PlayBook and iPad (running iOS 3.2.2), which demonstrate three things: the speed of the PlayBook Browser, its support for rich Adobe® Flash® content, and the performance of open web standards like HTML 5 on the PlayBook. (Inside Blackberry)

As you can see in the video above, the very fact that RIM supports flash is probably enough to convince a few individuals the superiority of the Playbook (which is rumored to be priced at $500).

However RIM’s open war against the iPad might be a mistake for a few reasons, one which their own video demonstrates above. [Read more...]