Dispatches from the Digital Revolution
By JEN BRAY
Highlight of the week: Battle of the Words
With the announcement of the Nook Tablet on Monday (which marked the official start of a tablet war with Amazon’s Kindle Fire), the media was all about the puns, some calling the Nook Tablet a “fire eater” or “fire extinguisher” or that the tablet would “fight fire with fire.” Also quite notable, B&N’s Lynch called the Kindle Fire “a vending machine for Amazon services.”
Other notable headlines from Monday:
“Amazon’s Kindle Fire is Barnes & Noble’s Nookopalypse”
“Nook Tablet vs. Kindle Fire: This is War”
“Barnes and Noble launches Nook Tablet, lights a fire under Amazon”
“With Barnes and Noble’s Nook Tablet, David Takes on Two Goliaths”
What’s on the horizon for Apple, Amazon, and Google? Most likely due to the release of B&N’s Nook Tablet, the rumor mill for publishing news was fairly quiet this week:
Although in the shadow of the newest tablet to hit the market, technology bloggers have reported that Amazon is changing plans for the Kindle Fire 2. Although the company previously planned to follow up the 7-inch Fire with a 10-inch model, there are rumors that Amazon may introduce an 8.9-inch model instead. (Remember, Apple’s iPad is a 9.7-inch display so Amazon’s proposed model would be about an inch smaller.)
Tech forecasters are predicting a Kindle smartphone sooner rather than later, in order to compete with Apple, as the Fire aims to compete with the iPad.
Reports say that the Apple Store iOS app will be introduced on Thursday. This could definitely change people’s shopping habits in Apple’s brick-and-mortar stores.
Apparently, Apple claims it wasn’t their fault that the Amazon Cloud Player app aMusic from the App Store. Amazon is said to have removed the request…
Be on the lookout for Google’s new native Gmail app for iOS. Gmail users will be overjoyed to use a more user-friendly, gmail-like app rather than Apple’s limiting built-in email.
Move over Comcast and Verizon Fios. Google is currently developing a paid cable TV service and may be working with Time Warner, Walt Disney, and Discovery Communications.