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Was unable to sleep for some reason tonight and came up with the Quote above and screenshot from my iPhone Note app 😊

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Microsoft Windows President Steven Sinofsky said at the launch event. “It’s not just a tablet, but it’s the best tablet I’ve ever used It’s not just a laptop, but it’s the best laptop I’ve ever used.”

So what is it? Is it a tablet? Is it a laptop? For now lets call it “TabLap” ;-p Fair enough?

Surface is something between tablet and a laptop. “Surface is a different vision of computing than we’ve seen from Apple,” Gartner analyst Michael Gartenberg said. “Surface is a new category of device. It’s Microsoft’s vision of computing evolved.”

 

Microsoft will ship it in two version, check out the specs below

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You can Pre-Order one at http://www.microsoft.com/Surface/en-US

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Hey fellas! So what do you think? I’m pretty excited about the Adobe announcement of the Creative Cloud along with the CS6 launch. Adobe has made the right move turning the business strategy towards the cloud as everyone does and therefore more accessibility for creative people all around the world.

So what is Creative Cloud?

Adobe® Creative Cloud™ is the digital hub that lets you download and install every Adobe Creative Suite® 6 application; access online services for file sharing, collaboration, and publishing; and benefit from new apps and features as soon as they’re released — giving you the freedom to create anything you can imagine. For more details, I suggest you visit Adobe’ website http://www.adobe.com/

 

CS6 FAQ’s:  http://www.adobe.com/products/creativesuite/designstandard/faq.html

Creative Cloud FAQ’s: http://www.adobe.com/products/creativecloud/faq.html

 

Current Creative Suite users – Save $20/month for the first year on Adobe Creative Cloud. Offer available to all registered users with CS3 or later. Click the link below to avail the offer.

Special introductory pricing for existing customers

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The Apple iPad 3 or just simply iPad, as it is officially called by Apple, is Apple’s latest gadget released just few days ago, the same gadget line which started about two years ago. Although the third-generation iPad remains the same on the outside, it does bring a lot of improvements on the inside. First, it has a new screen resolution of 2048×1536 pixels, delivering an amazing for a tablet pixel density of 264 ppi. Meaning the iPad 3 feature the incredible Retina display like the iPhone 4S. The quality of picture you see will be stunning and of course watching videos and playing games. Another major improvement is the processor of the device, which is now A5X – still a dual-core processor, but with a new quad-core GPU for outstanding graphics. Ideal for gaming and of course to support the Retina display that comes with the new iPad 3. The camera has also been given a boost and is now much more capable in terms of both photo- and video-taking. The back camera now has a 5 mega pixel which will take stunning pictures as compared to the older iPad which is fuzzy and gross. You can shoot video at HD 1080dpi and has a anti-shake feature. Finally, the new iPad 3 has been blessed with the next generation wireless LTE connectivity. Since different carriers use different bands for LTE, the iPad 3 will come in a number of versions, designed for the different carriers’ LTE networks. In the U.S., the iPad 4G will come in AT&T and Verizon flavors. Additionally, all 4G iPads will also have global 3G capabilities, so you should be able to use 3G on most carriers around the world. There’s always the Wi-Fi-only version, which won’t offer connectivity to mobile networks, but will be more affordable, as usual.

Want to watch a complete review video coverage? Go here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_s2vmClV2Y

 

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Adobe® Digital Publishing Suite:

Adobe® Digital Publishing Suite is a complete solution for individual designers, traditional media publishers, ad agencies, and companies of all sizes that want to create, distribute, monetize, and optimize engaging content and publications for tablet devices.

Adobe Digital Publishing Suite, Single Edition

Single Edition provides small to midsize design studios and freelance designers an intuitive and affordable way to deliver iPad apps such as brochures, portfolios, and highly visual books without writing code or relying on developers. Use familiar Adobe InDesign® CS5.5 skills to explore your creativity and develop content that inspires and engages.

Adobe Digital Publishing Suite, Professional Edition

Professional Edition is the off-the-shelf tablet digital publishing software solution for traditional midsize media companies, membership organizations, and ad agencies. Rapidly create highly designed, immersive content and publish it across leading marketplaces and devices to drive growth through digital publishing.

Adobe Digital Publishing Suite, Enterprise Edition

Enterprise Edition offers a customizable solution for enterprise publishers, global corporations, and worldwide ad agencies that want to transform their digital business through lucrative new revenue streams, deeper customer relationships, and cost-efficient tablet publishing.

For more details on how to use the product and download the tools, go here: 

Windows: http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/collection.jsp?collID=4&platform=Windows

Mac: http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/collection.jsp?collID=4&platform=Macintosh

Video Tutorials: http://tv.adobe.com/show/digital-publishing/

 

Apple iBooks:

Be well read with iBooks. Download the iBooks app from the App Store. Then fill your iPad library with books — including a whole new kind of textbook — from the iBookstore. Take them to more places than you’d ever take a regular book. And from the moment you pull one out on your iPad, you’ll be pulled in.

The iBookstore is just the beginning.

Start with the bookshelf. With a tap, it flips around to reveal the iBookstore, where you’ll find over 700,000 books and counting — many of them free. View what’s featured on the iBookstore and the New York Timesbest-seller lists, or browse by title, author, or genre. Find a book you like and tap to see more details, peruse reviews, even read a free sample. With iCloud, you can have the new books you buy on your iPad automatically download to your iPhone and iPod touch, too.* So they appear on your bookshelf, everywhere you want them.

It’s a really great read.

Reading on iPad is just like reading a book. But once you tap to turn the first page, you’ll see it’s nothing like a book. Read one page at a time, or turn iPad on its side and view two pages at once. Tap to read everything full screen, with no distractions, or read in white-on-black nighttime mode. Even alter the look of most books by changing their text size and font.

Now there’s nothing textbook about the textbook.

Experience the most amazing textbooks you’ve ever read. Textbooks that take advantage of everything iPad can do with Multi-Touch, audio, video, and more. Textbooks that capture the imagination and take learning to a whole new level. With iBooks textbooks, you can flip through a book by sliding a finger along thumbnail images of each page. Now you’re no longer limited to the flat images in a paper textbook: flick through an entire photo gallery instead. Use a finger to rotate a 3D object. Or have the right answer spring to life in a chapter review. It’s like nothing you’ve ever experienced. And it’s something you won’t want to put down.

All the highlights. And the notes. And the definitions.

With iBooks, all the tools you need are quite literally at your fingertips. Run your finger over a line of text and it’s highlighted. Tap a highlighted section and a palette appears. Change colors, switch to underlining, or add a note. Then switch to Notes view to see all your notes and highlights instantly organized in one place — with tappable links to the relevant passages. Weird word? Look it up in the built-in dictionary, on Wikipedia, or on the web. You can also search inside a book. And since iBooks works with VoiceOver, the screen reader in iPad, it can read you the contents of any page.

Your books and PDFs All arranged in one place.

Organize your bookshelf however you like. Create collections by genre, for example. And keep PDFs — user guides, business proposals, project plans — on your bookshelf, too. When someone emails you a PDF, or if you find one on the web, you can choose to open it in iBooks. Or sync the PDFs on your Mac or PC to your iPad in iTunes. Then go to your bookshelf and tap to open one.

More details and download link, Go here: http://www.apple.com/ipad/built-in-apps/ibooks.html

Learn more here: http://www.apple.com/ibooks-author/

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With the shift from print books to digital books come a few nasty side effects. Sure, it’s much easier to acquire and read books when you don’t even have to get out of your chair, but those digital copies can be cracked and disseminated for free with only a little more effort.

As ebook sales expand, so does ebook piracy, so I have to wonder if Apple’s concerted efforts in creating a new kind of iBook experience will open them up to unwanted attention from digital pirates.

Apple certainly wouldn’t be alone in the fight. “Most publishers have to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on their anti-piracy efforts,” Tom Allen, President and CEO of the American Publishers Association told me. “They take time, money, and personnel away from nurturing creative talent.”

Of course, it’s not just the big-name publishers and the best-selling authors who have to deal with this. I spoke briefly with Rick Tannenbaum, who operates a small publishing firm called Hen House Press in upstate New York. They publish around a dozen books per year, and although they’ve attempted to use DRM to prevent illicit copies from making the rounds, nothing seemed to work.

“I guess if I were a large corporation I’d have the resources to do something about it, but I’m not,” Tannenbaum told me.

Apple has taken steps to simplify the iBook creation experience with the introduction of their iBook Author application, which allows users to create rich interactive experiences (if they want to) without too much needless fiddling. With tools like that available (and a little luck) we may soon see some impressive new works coming from authors of all stripes.

Could those richer media experiences become the next target for the web’s scores of ebook pirates? Very possibly, if only because it presents an interesting new obstacle for them to surmount. There are already tools available that can transfer Apple’s existing iBooks from the iDevice in question to a computer, which isn’t much of a problem considering they’re all stored in the common ePub format. I fully expect something similar to pop up in the coming weeks and months that allows less-than-scrupulous users dump these new iBooks and share them with others.

As they say, where there’s a will, there’s a way.

But would that really be such a bad thing? The iTextbooks in particular present a unique case here — when I was in college, some students would split the cost of a textbook and make photocopies of chapters and assignments as needed. As long as they had enough dimes on hand, each student got away with an education of sorts and still only paid a fraction of the cost of a single textbook. That sharing mentality exists outside of the scholastic realm for sure, and if more people learn by being exposed to a shared iBook, isn’t the end result a net benefit?

It depends on who’s asking. As my colleague Matt notes, Apple and their partners aren’t in the business of educating people — they’re here to make money. A smarter, entertained audience is a just a handy side-effect of selling more books, be they digital or not. Someone like Tim O’Reilly sees it a little differently. His company removed the DRM from all of their books’ digital editions last year, and noted that they were “delighted when people who can’t afford our books don’t pay us for them, if they go out and do something useful with that information.”

In the end, there will be very little Apple can do to stop piracy. Look at the long history of iOS jailbreaks and unlocks — while not piracy per se, they illustrate rather nicely that there will always be people willing and able to throw Terms and Conditions to the wind to get what they want. The same applies to Apple’s iBooks — just as there will always be people who would pay to enjoy thefrictionless purchase of a book, there will always be people who enjoy the thrill of getting things for free too much to resist.

 

Note: Re-posted from TechCrunch.com, not my writings

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Wuh oh, Samsung — better watch your tail. While Apple might not be seeing any impact (be it positive or negative) on iPad sales from the launch of the Kindle Fire, Samsung’s Galaxy Tab ought to be feeling the heat.

Tapping into the data provided by their app analytics platform (which they estimate has found its way onto around 90% of the Android devices out there), Flurry highlights a few surprising numbers.

App Sessions:

This one’s pretty interesting, as it measures how many people are actually using their respective Android tablets (as opposed to how many bought them and let them sit on a shelf somewhere). It measures “User Application Sessions”, which is defined as a user opening an application and using it for at least 10 seconds before closing it.

After launching in November, the Kindle Fire accounted for just 3% of application sessions. Just three months later…

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Sometimes you have to see things to truly appreciate their magnitude. Apple’s latest quarter was so massive that MG had to write two posts about it: $46 billion in revenues, 37 million iPhones sold, 15 million iPads. The chart above, which comes from Francesco Schwarz, using data from Apple and Asymco (see a fully interactive version here), shows how unusual this quarter was for Apple.

The quarter was driven by iPhone and iPad sales. And you can see that by looking at the blue and red lines, which show unit sales of each. iPhone sales went from 17 million the quarter before to 37 million. They more than doubled in a single quarter.

But look closely at the iPad line. What I just noticed for the first time is that Apple sold almost as many iPads last quarter as it sold iPhones in the previous quarter. And now it…

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Editor’s note: Jordan Kurzweil ran AOL’s original programming and video group from 2004-2007, and before that built and Fox Entertainment’s first digital studio (1999-2002). He now runs Independent Content, an agency that helps media companies launch new digital products and businesses.

Apple should not use its $100 billion in cash to buy, or buy into Hollywood. While it would most assuredly (ahem, cough) disrupt the system, it would not spur the kind of creative chaos and innovation that would lead to the Emerald City of any show, on demand, for free, to rent, or buy, or subscribe, and organized by taste or popularity, or you! In fact, Apple buying into Hollywood, would actually kill Hollywood. Here’s why:

Time and again, tech companies have proven a keen disability when it comes to marketing and promotion. It is an amazing blind spot, likely born out of tech culture’s macro focus…

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