Publishers usually have the last word, but eleventh-hour negotiations with Apple disclosed by the WSJ say that Apple is urging for bestselling books to be sold for $12.99 or $14.99 (some maybe even at $9.99), and like the developer agreement on iPhone apps, Apple will take a estimated 30 percent cut.
It seems like hugely anticipated product announcements are always nailed down by a slip of tongue from an unassuming third party – this time, the Apple tablet by McGraw Hill’s CEO Harold McGraw III.
As you may have noticed, the world has gone slightly Apple iPad tablet crazy these past few weeks, and we're building up to an event that potentially overshadows the original iPhone launch. SlashGear will be attending Apple's "Come see our latest creation" press event tomorrow, Wednesday January 27th, and we'll be running our usual liveblog to bring you all the news as it's announced.
The event is due to begin at 10am PST on January 27th; that's 1pm EST and 6pm GMT. We'll be using our homegrown liveblog system over at http://live.slashgear.com/, complete with automatic page refreshes so that you can sit back, relax and enjoy the stream of news.
If Google can't get Google Voice onto the iPhone via the App Store, then they're just going to go the long way instead and get in there via the browser. The search giant has just announced a new, web-based version of Google Voice that allows users to access the VoIP service via their smartphone browser. Coded with the magic of HTML5, the nippy app works with the iPhone and webOS devices like the Palm Pre, and supports calling, voicemail access and SMS.
Video demo after the cut
HTC Hero owners have been eagerly anticipating the promised Android 2.x update for their handsets, but according to the latest information it seems there's a little while longer to go yet. According to a comment from a member of Irish carrier Meteor's support team, HTC don't expect an Android 2.0 firmware update to be released until March 2010.
The rumor of a Zune phone just won’t die. The fight between Apple and Microsoft typically leads to similar products being offered from both companies. It's been surprising that with the roaring success of the iPhone Microsoft has not yet offered its own phone.
Nokia launched the first X6 phone back in November of 2009 with 32GB of storage and it includes the comes with music service. The asking price of about $676 probably turned more than one interested buyer away from the device though. Nokia has today announced the launch of the X6 16GB handset.
Asus has already pulled the cover off a cool new eReader this year called the DR-950 that was tipped for launch in the second half of 2009. The new eReader has a 1024 x 768 resolution display and supports HTML and most eBook file types. Asus is reportedly set to launch two eReaders this year including the DR-950.
When you say board games we all immediately think of games with cardboard and lots of little pieces like Monopoly that have been around for decades. In the future board games might not be what many of us know them as with a new OLED technology that has been developed.