Monthly Archives: February 2011

Adobe – Digital Publishing Suite Supports Apple and Google Subscription Models

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End-to-End Solution for Digital Publishing Will Include Support for Apple Subscriptions and Google One Pass

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Feb. 25, 2011 — Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced that Adobe® Digital Publishing Suite will support both Apple App Store Subscriptions and Google One Pass for magazine and newspaper publishers. Currently available as pre-release technology, Adobe Digital Publishing Suite is already being used by leading global publishers to create and distribute their iconic titles on tablet devices.

With 130 Adobe produced titles available for purchase and download today, the addition of subscription capabilities increases the business opportunity for publishers – including more than 3,000 publishers and content authors currently participating in the pre-release program for Adobe Digital Publishing Suite.

“The publishing industry has been eager to deliver subscription editions of their magazines and newspapers – and our Digital Publishing Suite will support both Apple subscriptions and the Google One Pass service,” said David Wadhwani, senior vice president, Creative and Interactive Solutions, Adobe. “We think Google One Pass will open up the market for publishers and that healthy competition between technology providers will ensure a vibrant future for digital publications. Whatever device readers choose, they can now expect a lot of great digital editions heading their way.”

“We’re excited to be offering new ways for consumers to enjoy our content on multiple digital devices,” said Ross Burridge, head of Emerging Platforms, Dennis Publishing and editor-in-chief, iGIZMO. “Providing a seamless experience is core to digital magazines, and Adobe has been a fantastic partner in bringing familiar tools and models to production methods and readers alike.”


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Fujitsu – STYLISTIC Q550 Tablet

Tokyo, February 24, 2011 — Fujitsu today announced the global launch of the STYLISTIC Q550, a business-class slate PC designed for the high-security requirements of mobile enterprise computing, starting in early April 2011.

Building on Fujitsu’s long heritage of creating tablet PCs for professional and business users, the Fujitsu STYLISTIC Q550 slate PC builds in security from the ground up, so that it meets the most stringent ICT security requirements of governments and businesses. The Fujitsu STYLISTIC Q550 is developed to meet enterprise mobile computing demands and integrate seamlessly into existing ICT infrastructures.

As enterprises struggle to keep consumer smartphones and tablets off their corporate networks to avoid security breaches, Fujitsu is taking an alternative approach with the introduction of a companion device designed for maximum interoperability with business environments. Seamless integration is provided thanks to use of the Microsoft Windows® 7 operating system. Additional licensing and rollout costs are capped since the slate PC uses the same software already deployed in enterprise infrastructures.

Usability features also help set the Fujitsu slate PC apart from other mobile devices. The STYLISTIC Q550 is distinguished by elements such as full work day battery runtime and a brilliant anti-glare 10.1-inch screen that allows for use both indoors and outdoors. Seamless connectivity comes through the inclusion of WLAN, Bluetooth and optional mobile broadband 3G/UMTS, enabling collaboration such as the sharing of documents while on the move.

Along with excellent ergonomics, Fujitsu makes mobile data entry easier by combining a multiple touch interface with precise and pressure-sensitive pen input. The STYLISTIC Q550 automatically recognizes when users are working with a pen, allowing them to rest their hand on the screen when writing. Built-in handwriting recognition software converts input to text. When the pen is not in use, the slate PC automatically readjusts to a touch interface.

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Adobe Digital Publishing Suite Android Bound

Adobe is announcing at Mobile World Congress that its digital publishing suite, which allows content publishers to craft magazine-like content for tablet computers, is now going to be available for Android in addition to iOS. Already, the Adobe software has been used to create over 100 publications that run on iOS devices, including big names like Wired, The New Yorker and Empire.

With the introduction of the Content Viewer for Android, the resulting publications will run as Adobe AIR applications on Android-based tablets.

Adobe says that its software will support Android 3.0, Honeycomb, and higher. It will offer the same options as found in the iOS suite, including the analytics feature which tracks the app’s usage and how end users move through the magazine’s pages. And it will include support for HTML5, navigational elements, visualizations, and overlays, just like the iOS version.

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Apple New iPad Production Started …


Apple Inc. has started manufacturing a new version of its iPad tablet computer with a built-in camera and faster processor, said people familiar with the matter.

Apple has started manufacturing a new version of its iPad tablet computer with a built-in camera and faster processor. WSJ’s Yukari Kane joins Stacey Delo to discuss.

The new iPad will be thinner and lighter than the first model, these people said. It will have at least one camera on the front of the device for features like video-conferencing, but the resolution of the display will be similar to the first iPad, these people said. It will also have more memory and a more powerful graphics processor, they said.

The new iPad will initially be available through Verizon Wireless and AT&T Inc., but not Sprint Nextel Corp. or T-Mobile USA in the U.S., according to some of the people familiar with the matter.

A spokeswoman for Apple, Cupertino, Calif., declined to comment.

The production of the new iPad shows how Apple is moving forward in the wake of Chief Executive Steve Jobs’s disclosure last month that he was taking a medical leave for an unspecified ailment. The iPad, which debuted last April, has opened a new market and is critical to Apple’s success.

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Apple Rejects Sony Reader App …

Here’s one that will have the Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) watchers puzzling for the next day: Apple has reportedly rejected Sony’s Reader app from its App Store because it sells content within the app, and lets users access content that they purchased outside Apple’s own App Store. The news comes one day before Apple is supposed to take the stage with News Corp (NSDQ: NWS). to debut the new digital magazine The Daily.

According to The New York Times, which first reported the Sony (NYSE: SNE) story, Apple has told Sony that from now on all in-app purchases have to go through Apple.


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The Sony Reader Store is designed to work both with Sony Reader devices and third-party hardware. Installed on other devices, such as an iPad, the Sony Reader app acts as a digital locker and lets users access their e-books, magazines and newspapers, as well as purchase more content.

The move throws into question what might happen with similar digital reading apps, such as the popular Amazon’s Kindle store. Like Sony Reader, the Kindle store is designed both to use with Amazon’s Kindle devices as well as third-party products for which the Kindle app is available. Up to now, users have been able to use the Kindle app to read already-downloaded/purchased content; as well as buy new publications.

There has been a lot of speculation over what Apple is planning to do in its next iteration of the app store, and this might be giving us a hint at what direction it hopes to go. Last month, when reports surfaced that Google was gearing up to develop its own “digital newsstand” for Android devices, there was also talk of Apple looking to revamp how it lets app publishers charge for content as well.

Up to now, there seems to have been a very mixed—and frankly confusing—in-app charging policy:

Not only does the Kindle app already allow what the Sony Reader app was trying to put in place, but when it comes to individual publications, there is no consistency (unlike old-fashioned paper mags which have very obvious and consisten purchasing channels). Some apps such as Newsweek‘s and the Economist‘s do offer subscriptions, but the norm seems to be paying for single issues, which means users have to keep returning to the iTunes store to keep reading.

But what is clear is that Apple has wanted to be the lynchpin when it comes to transactions in apps, routing all purchases through users’ iTunes accounts. It may well be that Apple plans to put more purchasing power and flexibility into its own system, and will be asking third parties like Sony to fall in line.

Or it could be, as it was with Google (NSDQ: GOOG) Voice in the past, just one of those examples of a rejection later overturned for reasons we can only guess.


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