News Corp.’s celebrated tablet newspaper The Daily will lay off 50 of its 170 employees and slash costs by creating all digital pages in the newspaper in vertical format only, rather than designing pages in both vertical and horizontal formats, among other things, reports All Things Digital: Employees who produce the paper’s editorial page and sports coverage will be heavily hit by the layoffs, and the Daily will run skeletal versions of those sections from now on. But the cuts will affect other parts of the Daily, including its design and production staff. […] But people familiar with the paper’s plans say it isn’t changing other parts of its strategy, including a recent move to produce a weekend edition.Earlier this month, it was reported that The Daily had been put “on watch” and that the iPad newspaper was losing tens of millions of dollars a year. Pricing for the iPad version of The Daily is currently set at $0.99 per week or $39.99 per year via In App Subscription, with the iPhone version being offered at roughly half-price on monthly and yearly subscriptions
One common assumption about iPads in business is that employees and executives are insisting on using their personal iPads at work or are demanding that the company provide them while CIOs and IT departments are fighting tooth and nail against the iPad. While that assumption certainly makes for good headlines and soundbites, it isn’t actually Related StoriesThe Top 10 Worst Apple Ads Of All Time [Feature]FreedomPop’s New Case Brings 4G Data To The iPod TouchCharge-Up Two iPhones On-The-Go With Verbatim’s Dual USB Power Bank [Review]Seven Rules Can Deliver iPhone Marketing SuccessGmail for iOS 1.3 Gets Faster Scrolling, Animations & Attachment Saving
At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas, the only thing I was hunting down more than free drinks and after-parties, was power outlets. Yes sir, I love my purdy white iPhone 4S, but on days of heavy use, I find I need to charge it two times or more before the day is through. Related StoriesNew Gorgeous Checkers Game For iPad Blends Analog Gameplay With Digital CharmJony Ive Says Apple Nearly Axed iPhone Due To Flaws With DialingApple’s Walled Garden Is Infested With ZombiesThis Monstrous Mech Suit Is The Coolest iPhone Accessory You’ll Never OwnSeven Rules Can Deliver iPhone Marketing Success
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In OS X Mountain Lion, Apple has added extra protection around the address book and restricted apps from gaining access to the contents without a user’s permission. This added security is beneficial for users, but it poses a communication problem for developers who need to access the address book for feedback or crash reports, says Daniel Jalkut in a post on his Red Sweater blog. Developers who generate a bug report or feedback request within their app must deal with the foreboding dialog shown above when they try to populate the fields of a contact form using data contained in the “Me” card.
A week after Apple posted its third-quarter earnings for 2012, Bernstein Research analyst A.M. “Toni” Sacconaghi speculates that the time is right for Apple to split its stock if it wants a future spot as an indexed member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average. The Dow is woefully underpopulated with technology companies, Sacconaghi argues, and IBM and Microsoft were added during a time when the PC market was far less mature than the smartphone market is now. But if Apple was to join the DJIA, the price of the stock would have to come down from the current $607 that it’s trading at as of this morning
When it comes to book-like folio cases for iPad, San Francisco-based DODOcase was the leader in creating a design that used traditional book-binding techniques and a wooden tray to protect the tablet in a classy way. The company has just announced a new interior tray design that adds significant strength to DODOcases. According to a press release from the company, The new tray is 330% stronger than the previous version and about 2x the strength on average of the competitive products we tested against. This redesign reflects our desire to make and provide the best product possible and allows the DODOcase to withstand increased drop impact.
I’ve looked at Magic Window a couple of times, first for the iPad and then in its OS X incarnation. The Mac version of the app has been updated today and now includes a total of 60 stunning scenes to spruce up your desktop or to use as a screensaver. The app is also on sale for $2.99 to celebrate the release of Mountain Lion.