Microsoft to Announce Tablet, iPhone Finally Coming to Verizon This Summer?
Highlights from this morning's other big tech headlines....
- E-readers have been a hot topic of tech discussion recently, with the media primarily focusing on rumors of the Apple iSlate's supposed, upcoming unveiling. Microsoft, though, will apparently be stealing some of Apple's thunder, as CEO Steve Ballmer will reportedly introduce the company's own mysterious e-reader tonight at CES. [From: The New York Times]
- Smartphone owners, and prospective owners, have been waiting for Apple to allow some carrier diversity for its iPhone (particularly those in New York and San Francisco). That competition could actually arrive as soon as this summer, as long as Apple and Verizon can agree on pricing and rates. [From: Ars Technica]
- Amazon introduced its Kindle DX e-reader last spring, and the company will now begin shipping the device worldwide on January 19th. The gadget, which retails for $489, has a significantly larger screen than its Kindle predecessor, in order to ease newspaper and textbook reading. [From: Reuters]
- The Pew Research Center has released the data from its latest Internet survey, and it has determined that approximately 75-percent of the U.S. citizenry surfs the Web, while more than half of the U.S. population connects via wireless access. The study also gives credence to the White House assertion that the nation needs expanded, free wireless service as the usage numbers plummet for low income groups. [From: Pew Research]
- While scam artists began capitalizing on Michael Jackson's death immediately following his passing, major corporations had to recognize an unofficial grace period before shilling wares in the name of the King of the Pop. Apparently, six months was long enough. Sony has begun offering limited edition PlayStation 3 'This is It' Jacko bundles in Japan. [From: Engadget]
- Skype has helped revolutionize how we maintain contact with one another, particularly the intercontinental conversers among us. The company is apparently initiating a significant upgrade by offering a new beta service that allows for 720p webcams, so that distant family members can point out and ridicule every minute facial flaw and wrinkle in glorious HD. [From: DVICE]
- Apple head-honcho Steve Jobs offered a statement about the success of the iTunes App Store yesterday, and while the App Store's popularity definitely isn't surprising, the astronomical statistics might be. According to Jobs, people have downloaded over 3 billion apps in just 18 months. [From: Apple]