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iPad: The most open e-readerApple's iBookstore is matching prices with Amazon; the App Store cuts PSP gaming in half; and we write an e-mail to Steve Jobs.
[ Music ] ^M00:00:06 What's up? Brian Tong here and welcome to the Apple Byte. It's all the good and bad inside the world of Apple, so let's get to the show. Now looks like Apple's iBook store for the iPad will be matching Amazon's 9.99 price point for most of its best sellers. According to App Advice, they had a chance to take a sneak peek and found that 27 of the 32 books featured in the New York Times best sellers list were priced at 9.99. Apple is believed to be offering the same pricing model for publishers that they use for their App Store by taking a 30% cut, and many thought that would push the price of eBooks into the 12.99 and 14.99 price range to help out publishers. Now at the moment, it doesn't look that way and having pricing that is in line with the Amazon Kendall store only helps the iPad. Plus, the recent announcement the Kendall Reader App will be available for the iPad and the inclusion of other eBook Reader Apps like Stanza, Barnes and Noble and ScrollMotion; this could be the most open eReader on the market. Apple and the word open typically don't go together unless it's used in a sentence like: Apple will make you open your wallet, but this is good news all around for eBook fans. Now according to Financial Times, Random House, the world's largest book publisher, has yet to sign onto the iBook Store because of fears that Apple's pricing model will erode publisher profits. Its five big rivals are on board, but this would be a bit of a blow if a deal isn't signed before the iPad launches. A deal still could be made, but Random House is still thinking it over. Now shifting gears to gaming. Apple now owns 19% of affordable gaming business. Flore analytics data show that over the last year App Store games have grown from 5% to 19% of the entire portable gaming market. Apple's growth cut Nintendo's market share by revenue by 5% and essentially chopped Sony's in half, which is even more impressive when most App store games range from a dollar to as high as ten bucks and then you have PSP and Nintendo games that are thirty to forty bucks. Sony's John Kohler said that in January that the iPad will drive more users towards purchasing a PSP, but look at the software revenues, Apple just cuts you in half and the iPad isn't even here yet. Nintendo recently announced their next Gen handheld which they're calling the Nintendo 3DS at the moment. They're tounting it as the first 3D handheld gaming device. We don't know what it will look like, it will require no 3D glasses, and I won't be buying it. All right let's check out a quick tip that you guys can thank me for later. ^M00:02:29 [Music] ^M00:02:32 Brian Tong here with CNET.com and we are all doing so many things with our computers with multiple windows everywhere. Wouldn't it be nice if we could just keep a specific window like our chat or Hulu on top, no matter what? Well, that's why I'm here, and we'll show you free solutions for both your MAC and PC. Now for the MAC, check out this utility from Infinite Labs called Afloat. Once it's installed you will see new window management options available to you with this cloud icon. I'm in iChat right now and I am constantly getting IM's while I'm working, but I hate switching between Apps to get to them. Go to Window in the menu bar and select Keep Afloat. Now no matter what App I'm working in, it stays on top. And for all you hotkey kings, press control-command and A to use this feature. You can also make the windows translucent and then turn opaque when you are using it, so that a pretty cool feature. For my PC peeps, check out the DeskPins utilities from Elias Fontinis. Once installed, you can access it by clicking its icon on the notifications area of your task bar. You will see a little thumbtack and if I want to make sure I can see this entire episode from Hulu without anything getting in the way, I'll click on it to pin it, and it stays on top of any other App I'm using. And if you want to be a hotkey freak, control and F11 brings up the pin and control and F12 remove it. So there's your how to tip for keeping the windows you want on top of everything else, use it wisely. ^M00:03:54 [Music] ^M00:03:58 Oh yeah. You're welcome. Now here's some quick vice, Opera has submitted their opera browser for the iPhone and is this thing really going to get accepted. It's hands down faster than Safari because of how it compresses data. It handles tab browsing better than Safari and you can search for terms within a page. The countdown begins; let's just hope that it's not on the same timetable as the Google Voice App. Now Adobe has announced that the latest version of its trade of [Inaudible] CS5 will drop on April 12th. The best part about this is that the flash-based App will be able to be exported into the IPA format, that's iPhone OS compatible and if you've seen the wired magazine demo, then you know why I'm juiced about this. And is Steve Jobs leaking information out on his own terms? SJ has have been pretty active with his email responses to customers lately. He is known to do this and the unofficial weblog reported a customer asked SJ if the iPhone will ever have a universal mailbox like mail on his Mac. Jobs responded, "Yes". Now a MAC rumors reader wrote, "I recognize the need for secrecy, but I'm really losing heart in the lack of vision for the MacBook Pro and Mac Pros." And then he said he was basically really sad that he had to write the email. Jobs' response simply said, "Not to worry." So does that mean that MacBook Pro's are coming soon, or could he just be offering life advice? I'm still waiting on Jobs to respond to my email. Dear Steve, Do you put your pants on one leg at a time, or just hop into them like a cute little bunny rabbit. Ahhh... Dude...get some help, you are sick, sick, sick. All right that is going to do it for this week's show. Next week the iPad launches so send me your emails to firstname.lastname@example.org. I'm Brian Tong, and thanks for watching and come back next time for another byte of the apple. ^M00:05:41 [Music]