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The Daily and iTunes Subscriptions Coming In December?

news-corp-logo_0We brought it to you yesterday about something being in the air as far as a potential collaboration between News Corp and Apple in regard to an iPad news app.  This seems to be gaining some traction as a new report has the app set to be revealed on December 9.

According to John Gruber, both Rupert Murdoch and Steve Jobs would be in attendance at the possible event.  “This is not going to be a quiet launch,” Gruber notes, saying that it would be iPad-only at first.

Apple has oft been talked about to be developing an actual dedicated newsstand app for the iPad, but the Daily would still start off as your traditional third-party app.  Where does Apple play in this?  Their contribution would revolve around a billing change to be able to allow subscriptions in iTunes.  The structure of it isn’t known just yet, but it would be built into iOS, not just the accounting system.

As Electronista points out, how this would work without an update to iOS isn’t known just yet either, but perhaps Apple would allow News Corp some early access to APIs or even a temporary free publication until the plan would go into effect.  As mentioned yesterday, the possible pricing plan is said to be 99 cents per week.

Most know that publishers have been knocking on Cupertino’s door asking for them to adapt its business model for magazines, newspapers as well as other periodicals because they believe the current pricing structure just isn’t cutting it. 

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Rumor: "iNewspaper" Coming?

murdochWord came about today that Rupert Murdoch, the head of News Corp, and Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO, will reportedly reveal a new digital “newspaper” to be named the Daily at the end of the month.  Murdoch feels that the joint project has the potential to be a “game changer.”

According to The Guardian, the project has been secretly under development in New York for awhile, and is said to be the world’s first “newspaper” which would be designed exclusively for tablet-style computers like the iPad.  The launch for the project is being planned for early next year.

The intent of the project is to combine “a tabloid sensibility with a broadsheet intelligence,” revealing Murdoch’s aim to get the newspaper world beyond the print realm.

Various reports say that there will be no “print edition” or “web edition”; the innovation would be developed with help from Apple engineers, and it would be able to dispatch the “paper” out automatically to an iPad or any other comparable devices.

As there would be no printing or distribution costs, the primarily US-focused publication would cost about 99 cents a week.

The “newspaper” would be run out of the 26th floor of the News Corp offices in New York, where reportedly 100 journalists have been already hired, such as Pete Picton, an online editor from the Sun, as one of the three managing editors.  The editor hasn’t yet been announced, but prognosticators are pointing to Jesse Angelo, the current managing editor of the New York Post.

Murdoch supposedly thought of the project idea after having studied a survey which suggested that readers were spending more of their time on their iPads than say, being on the internet, where usually unfocused surfing is more prevalent.

“Obviously, Steve Jobs sees this as a significant revenue stream for Apple in the future,” said Roger Fidler, head of digital publishing at the Donald W Reynolds Journalism Institute.

Jobs apparently has some love for Murdoch too according to Women’s Wear Daily.  “When the project is announced, don’t be surprised if you see Steve Jobs onstage with Rupert Murdoch, welcoming the Daily to the app world.”

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Sunday Sides: iPad Coming To Northern Europe and Free MobileMe?

mobilemeWho says that all the news has to happen during the week?  Today we have a couple of tidbits in that following up on the iPad’s continued global dominance, it looks like Northern Europe shall soon see a rollout of the device.  And then in other news, could we at long last see free MobileMe? 

According to the Wall Street Journal, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark should soon see that magical device headed their way.  In conjunction with the launch, European carriers Tre, TeliaSonera AB and Tele2 AB announced on Friday that they will offer up data subscriptions for iPad users, but unfortunately details were not readily available as to when the plans would launch and what the prices would be for the data plans.

However, TeliaSonera confirmed that it wouldn’t be selling the actual iPad.  “As things look right now, we will only offer subscription packages for the iPad,” according to Bengt Olsson, TeliaSonera’s head of communications.  “The iPad launch is imminent and we plan to release our subscription offer in Sweden, Norway, Finland and Denmark simultaneously,” he notes.

In other news, as we anxiously await the features of iOS 4.2, scuttlebutt is afoot that perhaps part of Apple’s mysterious data center could be devoted to free MobileMe services.

MacRumors had discovered in the most recent iOS 4.2 betas a “new private framework” that contained error messages that referenced free MobileMe accounts.  Some of those errors included: “The maximum number of free accounts have been activated on this iPhone” and “This iPad is not qualified for free MobileMe service.”

As AppleInsider points out, while Apple does offer up a 60-day free trial for its currently a year MobileMe service, it’s sort of sketchy as to how exactly an iOS unit would “qualify” for free service.

Regardless, as we’re nearing the end of November, which is when Apple had said that iOS 4.2 would be out, keep an eye on your iOS update during your holiday preparations this week!

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Godzilla is Coming! Japan Gets Apple TV and iTunes Movies

Apple’s introduction of the Apple TV and iTunes movie rentals continues its global invasion, this time landing in the Land of the Rising Sun. The only question now is, will it be big in Japan?

MacRumors is reporting that the Apple TV and iTunes movie rentals (and sales) have invaded Japan at last, according to an announcement on Wednesday by Apple. The iTunes Store features more than 1,000 movies at launch, both from American studios as well as “top Japanese studios.”

“Apple today announced that movies are now available on the iTunes Store in Japan giving customers an incredible way to enjoy movies on their iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac or PC, or with the new Apple TV on their HD TV,” Cupertino’s press release stated. “Starting today, there are over 1,000 movies to rent or buy in high definition and standard definition from major international film studios including 20th Century Fox, Paramount Pictures, The Walt Disney Studios, Warner Bros. Pictures, Universal Pictures and top Japanese studios including Asmik Ace Entertainment Inc., Fuji TV, Kadakowa Pictures, Nikkatsu, Shochiku Company Limited and Toei Company Limited.”

As usual, iTunes Store renters have 30 days to start watching their content, and once it’s started, they’ll have 48 hours to complete it before Apple makes it go bye-bye like those cardboard cities in the old Godzilla movies.

Of course, with movie rentals and purchases in Japan comes the second-generation Apple TV, which also began shipping in the country this week. Japanese Apple fans will finally have a way to get that iTunes content onto their big screens — sans Netflix, since the streaming service is sadly not available anywhere but the U.S. and Canada for now.

iPad Gaming Coming to a TV Near You

There’s a whole lotta ruckus surrounding the fabulous iPad/iPhone game The Incident of late. With the recent release of the of Version 1.2 of the The Incident, The game’s developer Matt Comi gave giddy players the ability to control all of the action on their iPad screen by using their iPhone or iPod touch. If that wasn’t enough awesome sauce for you, then you’ll be thrilled to hear about the second generous helping he has planned: With the release of Version 1.3 of the application, gamers will be able to get their pew-pew fix on an even larger scale as the incident will be playable on TVs and monitors via a direct iPad connection.

Yeah, we’re kinda excited.

While Comi doesn’t reveal exactly how he’s managed to get his game up and running on an HDTV at the same time as he controls it with another iOS device, it all bodes well for the future of iOS gaming. With so much talk of late surrounding whether or not the latest iteration of Apple TV could act as another portal to the constantly growing world of iOS applications in conjunction with what we’re seeing from The Incident, it may only be a matter of time before we see any number of popular applications make the jump from our iOS powered devices to the big screens of living rooms everywhere.

Hey Nintendo: Remember back when you mentioned that Apple was the “enemy of the future“? Yeah, Cupertino’s coming for you. Big time.


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Rumor: Updates A Plenty Coming This Week?


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Tuesdays can be kind of bland during the workweek.  Monday just happened, and we’re not quite to Wednesday yet.  So if your Tuesday was a little on the “so-so” side, hopefully the newest rumor will perk you up a bit.  Word is that Apple could be releasing Mac OS X 10.6.5 AND iTunes 10.1 via Software Update tomorrow!  Feeling a little bit better, but still need more?  How about iOS 4.2 coming out on Friday?  That’s more like it!

But always erring on the side of caution, the report is coming from a “source working close with AT&T,” and carrier reps aren’t always the greatest source for tidbits of information, so take it how you want:

According to our source, 10.6.5 completed the certification stage a few hours ago and iTunes was ready 3 weeks ago – likely after the release of beta 2 to developers.

Most know that the golden master version of iOS 4.2 was handed out to developers last week, but apparently a public release has had to go on hold for Apple to put the finishing touches to Mac OS X 10.6.5, which is needed to be able to give support to certain functions of AirPrint on iOS 4.2.  iTunes 10.1 is also needed to support AirPlay streaming capabilities.  With that, logic would point to Mac OS X 10.6.5 and iTunes 10.1 making their appearance just about before or along with iOS 4.2.

Just in case said rumors do come to fruition, we’ll certainly keep you posted!

via MacRumors

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Boxee Box Coming Out Next Week, Taking Pre-orders

It’s here–finally. The Boxee Box, manufactured by D-link, is on its way into your home (should you want to fork over the money for it). It’s more expensive than its main competitors, the Apple TV and Google TV, but it still brings your favorite television shows and movies from the internet or your hard drive onto your television, without the computer as a mediator.

We played with this thing at CES, and it was fab back then. The Boxee Box comes with HDMI, optical and RCA stereo audio, WiFi (802.11n), Ethernet, two USB ports, an SD card slot and an RF remote that flips over to reveal a QWERTY keyboard. You can pre-order the device on Amazon for 9.99.

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NHL GameCenter Live Coming Soon To an iPad Near You


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Granted the sporting world may be focused on the start of the upcoming World Series, or an NFL season that’s in full swing, but the NHL season is also underway. With that, iPad puck fans can look forward in the near future to being able to watch live games on their devices.  The NHL had also been one of the first pro sports leagues to optimize their site for the iPad.

Perry Cooper, senior VP of digital media for the NHL spoke with Multichannel News saying that the league’s young, affluent fanbase are poised to take full advantage of its mobile web offerings.  According to Scarborough Research, NHL fans are more likely to own smartphones than fans of any other major professional sport.

“It really serves every aspect and segment of our fan and it allows us the opportunity to upgrade and matriculate people to a more robust experience,” Cooper said.

The league currently maintains three NHL GameCenter apps – which can vary anywhere from free options to subscriptions – and can allow fans the chance to stream live games, view in-game highlights and get access to other NHL content on devices like the BlackBerry, iPhone/iPod touch and Nokia handsets, and the iPad.

The free portion provides live scores; live in-game stats for each team and player; a full-season schedule; standings, player profiles, archived results and stats for the current season, searchable content and a personalized experience.

If you’re thirsting for something a bit more, NHL GameCenter Premium is available on the iPad for .95, which offers up video highlights, condensed games and live game audio in addition to everything found in the free edition.  Unfortunately, NHL GameCenter Live is only available in the U.S. for Verizon Wireless users, due to contractual obligations that the league has.  That version allows users to stream live video of games.  Perhaps iPhone users won’t be out in the cold if we ever see that Verizon version, hmmm?

But just the same, according to league officials, GameCenter Live is going to be due out later this year for the iPad!  Presumably it will come at a cost, but if you live out of the state of your favorite team, it could certainly be worth it!

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Concurrent Data and Voice Rumors for CDMA Suggest iPhone is Coming to Verizon

As the hourglass turns, so do the days of our lives–and the influx of iPhone on Verizon rumors that flood the internet. We’re hearing reports that the forthcoming CDMA wireless standard could help encourage smartphone manufacturers, like Apple, to make handsets that work on simultaneous voice and data transmissions.

Currently, Apple is already touting this feature on the AT&T network. The possibilities excite those of us still dealing with the seemingly substandard CDMA network, but where the speculation suggests that Apple is considering bringing the iPhone to Verizon is beyond us, as this news mostly sounds like it’s something existing Verizon customers should look forward to, and not those that are merely waiting for a reason to switch. Sure, this is another reason Apple should consider Verizon to host the iPhone, but it’s not at all an indicator that it’s going to happen.

And on that note, whatever happened to the rumors about the white iPhone 4 landing in Apple Stores? Did we forget about that one, too?

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Game Center Badges Coming to iOS 4.2

Figuring out which games are available for Game Center can be tough. Fortunately, Game Center compatbility-badges are coming to the App Store in iOS 4.2, so you’ll know exactly which games offer Game Center achievements while you’re shopping around.

Well, this will certainly make things a bit easier.

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