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Samsung sees iPad 2 thinness, price as challenge
Seoul (AFP) March 4, 2011 - South Korean giant Samsung Electronics on Friday admitted it faced a tough challenge to compete with Apple's new slimmer and cheaper iPad, saying "inadequate" parts had to be improved. The iPad 2 unveiled this week was described by Apple chief executive officer Steve Jobs as "dramatically thinner" than the previous model. The tablet is one-third the thickness of its predecessor at 8.8 millimetres (about one-third of an inch) and also thinner than Samsung's latest 10.9-millimetre Galaxy gadget announced last month.

"We will have to improve the parts that are inadequate," Lee Don-Joo, executive vice president of the Korean firm's mobile division, told Yonhap news agency. "Apple made it very thin." Apple is also winning on price so far. Samsung's original seven-inch screen Galaxy Tab was priced at nearly $900 if bought without a two-year contract from mobile operators, while the cheapest iPad 2 costs $499.

Samsung has not announced pricing for its new 10.1-inch tablet. "The 10-inch (tablet) was to be priced higher than the seven-inch but we will have to think that over," Lee told Yonhap. Samsung has sold two million Galaxy Tabs since October 2010 while Apple sold 15 million iPads in April-December. Rival manufacturers have been scrambling to bring their own tablet computers to market since Apple introduced the iPad last year. Overall sales of tablets, which can be used to surf the Web, read electronic books, watch videos and more, are forecast to hit 55 million this year.
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New York (AFP) March 3, 2011
The Daily, the digital newspaper created for Apple's iPad by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp., has tallied hundreds of thousands of downloads since its launch a month ago, its publisher said Thursday.

"It's going great," Greg Clayman said at the paidContent 2011 conference in New York. "We're not disclosing the exact numbers (of downloads) but it's in the hundreds of thousands."

Although The Daily has extended a free trial period until March 21, Clayman said a number of readers had already opened their wallets to pay the subscription fee of 99 cents a week.

He declined to say exactly how many paid subscribers The Daily has signed up, joking only that it's "more than one and less than a billion."

Clayman said News Corp. had agreed to the same revenue-sharing that Apple is offering to other publishers with the California-based gadget-maker taking a 30 percent cut of each subscription.

"We get the same revenue share that everybody else does," he said.

Clayman said News Corp. was not "locked into" a single platform for The Daily, which is currently only available on the iPad, and it would eventually be offered on tablet computers running Google's Android software.

"We want to be where the consumers are," he said.

Apple is the tablet market leader with sales of more than 15 million iPads, Clayman noted, but "we do expect the Android tablet market will grow."

Describing The Daily, which News Corp. launched on February 2 at an event in New York attended by the 79-year-old Murdoch, the publisher said "it really is something new."

"It's not a magazine," he said. "It's not a newspaper and yet it is because it publishes news every day. It's not a website and yet we're connected to the Internet.

"What the iPad does is it allows you to create something brand new."

Clayman said The Daily, which was developed at a cost of around $30 million, was distinct from other News Corp. properties, which include newspapers in Australia, Britain and the United States and the Fox television networks.

"The key is we're building a brand," he said. "We do work with other News Corp. entities... (but) we're not an aggregator aggregating content throughout News Corp."

The Daily, which has hired a staff of about 100 people from the New Yorker, Forbes, the New York Post and other publications, arrives on a subscriber's iPad every morning.

The digital publication is Murdoch's latest attempt to find a way to charge readers for content online in an era of shrinking newspaper circulation and eroding print advertising revenue.

Speaking at the launch event a month ago, Murdoch said he would consider it a success "when we sell millions."








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Washington (AFP) March 3, 2011
Apple's iPad and other Internet-connected media tablets are draining demand for laptops and notebook computers, research firm Gartner said Thursday, sharply lowering its worldwide PC forecast this year. Consumers are diversifying their computing across a raft of new mobile devices, ending five years of strong growth in demand for the portable PCs, Gartner said. Worldwide PC shipments are ... read more

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