Consumers don't like to be hardwired to their tech, and so the smart money is on mobile services. That's coming from Pyramid Research, who says that by 2010, the U.S. will pony up more buckazoids for mobile than on all fixed-line communications, Yahoo News reports.
If we omit leased lines and other high-end business services, U.S. citizens will spend $410.2 billion on communications services in 2015, up from $362 billion in 2010.
As it stands right now, a little more than half (54 percent) of that money goes towards wireline services, like DSL, cable Internet and TV, satellite, and the like, while 46 is spent on mobile. In 2015, the two will have swapped spaces, with mobile spending accounting for 51 percent, and 49 percent on wired connections.
If you browse a lot of text on the Web--and who doesn't, given one's typical commuting habits and/or easy access to 3G USB dongles--then you probably find yourself scrolling over huge pages of copy without any real way to make notes on what it is that you're reading. This might not be the biggest deal for the casual surfer, but there's always a time when it would be nice to just have some way to mark an especially pertinent passage for use later.
You can save pages via bookmarks, but you can't really do much with the information contained within these pages unless you copy and paste it over to your word processing app of choice and go to town. A Firefox add-on looks to change this up a bit, and it delivers a very simple feature that's surprisingly omitted from, well, every browser there is.
Condé Nast produces upper-end publications, such as Wired, GQ, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, and Glamour, which sit right in the wheelhouse of Apple’s suspected target audience. Condé Nast already produces an iPhone version of GQ, of which it sold 15,000 copies of the January issue.
Condé Nast is stepping into the unknown with this venture. According to Thomas J. Wallace, Condé Nast’s editorial director, “We need to know a little bit more about what kind of a product we can make, how consumers will respond to it, what the distribution system will be.” One issue will be the look and feel of advertising. Sarah Chubb, president of Condé Nast Digital says the goal with ads is to “optimize the experience for the consumer, to “romance it a little bit more.”
Other than Wired the digital versions will be developed internally and made available through iTunes. Wired will come in iTunes and non-iTunes versions, with the latter based on a reader project currently being developed with Adobe.
Condé Nast expects GQ to be iPad ready by April, with Wired and Vanity Fair ready in June. Glamour and The New Yorker will appear sometime this summer.
Wired’s Brian Chen was smacked with a cease-and-desist not long ago for his video depicting how to turn your netbook into a hackintosh.
The video, which gave an exact step-by-step tutorial about how to put OS X onto a netbook, (with trips to The Pirate Bay included) has since been taken down off of Wired’s Tech Lab. However, you can still check it out over at Gizmodo, who’s sticking it to the man hasn’t run them into any evident danger as of yet.
Apple’s exact complaint about the video hasn’t been printed anywhere, so that is something that we might not ever get to find out, but what we do know is that the video is mighty thorough! And it only clocks in at about four minutes, so why not watch it?