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Archives: September 2011

Google Releases Updated AirFare Shopping App For Android


In July, 2010 Google announced that they were acquiring ITA Software, which was a flight information software company. When first announced, the deal was controversial in that travel search companies like Kayak and TripAdvisor saw it as a threat to their business, but the deal closed in April, 2011 after review by the Department of Justice. Today Google announced the availability of OnTheFly 1.2 for Android.
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Love Evernote? Check Out The HTC Flyer


The big news in mobile this past week has been the Amazon Kindle Fire announcement. There has been debate about whether the Fire will impact iPad sales, and while it will be some time before we will know the answer to that question, we are already seeing an impact on the price of 7 inch tablets. Today we learned that Best Buy is dropping the price on the HTC Flyer to $299 starting on October 1.
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Kindle Fire & iPhone Writing Apps: Top eBook Headlines of the Week

For your weekend reading pleasure, here are the most popular eBook headlines of the week–ranging from the Kindle Fire to Nook rumors to eBook conversion.

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1. Amazon Unveils $199 Kindle Fire Tablet & $99 Kindle Touch
2. Top 10 Most Misused Words in the English Language
3. Free eBooks of the Week
4. How to Convert EPub Books for use on Kindle
5. How to Read eBooks on the HP TouchPad
6. Barnes & Noble Likely To Launch A New Nook Color
7. Best iPhone Apps for Writing
8. How to Read Library eBooks on Your Kindle
9. Most Expensive Kindle eBook Now on Sale – 20% Off
10. How To Convert PDFs to ePub or Kindle Files

iPhone 5 Prototype Revealed

Yesterday I brought you a video of a fake iPhone 5. The video was made by someone who clearly felt deeply about the iPhone, so much so that he put the time and effort into faking a video. Today I will show you something even more surprising.

The video above was made by a team of bloggers who were so obsessed with the new iPhone that they coughed up the funds to make a design prototype. This isn’t the new iPhone, and given that they don’t have the plans it’s possibly not even close to looking like the real thing. But this prototype is their best guess of what the new iPhone will look like when it is unveiled next week. If you like, you can read their post on what the prototype feels like. I won’t; I prefer to stay away from the crazy people.

Kindle Fire Costs $210 To Produce

Despite the fact that Amazon has a new array of devices, the company seems to care more about being in the business of selling content and not devices. This is how they push ahead with competitive pricing. They don’t seem to care too much about making a profit on the device at all.

According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, the $199 tablet is not likely to make Amazon much at all. Here is more from The WSJ: “A preliminary estimate conducted by IHS pegs the total cost to produce the Kindle Fire at $209.63. Adding in expected sales of digital content per device, IHS estimates Amazon is likely to generate a marginal profit of $10 on each Kindle Fire sold.”

The company led the way with bargain basement pricing for Kindles back in the days of eReader price wars and are largely responsible for the cost of entry being so low on eReaders today. With a $79 eInk device now available and a $199 tablet, Amazon is proving that they want to own the content business.

This Week on the mediabistro.com Job Board: Daily Candy, Magnet Media, VideoHelper

This week, Daily Candy is looking for a director of product management for its web and social product lines, while Magnet Media is on the hunt for a new social marketing manager. VideoHelper is hiring a copywriter & social media marketing specialist, and Lebanese American University is seeking a social media coordinator. Get the details on these jobs and more below, and find additional gigs on mediabistro.com.

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Not Your Typical Survey Tool: What a New Online Survey Tool Means for the DIY Survey Market


Research plays a fundamental part in enabling businesses to make better decisions. Amidst a recession and continued budget cuts, small and medium sized businesses may no longer be able to afford outsourcing their research needs. Enter DIY surveys, do-it-your-self surveys that can afford businesses the research data they need without the help of a professional or third-party company.

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