Google Prepares For iPad With Five Services/Apps

The iPad’s become almost inescapable – really, it’s hard to imagine that anyone with a TV or Internet connection hasn’t heard of the device by now – and to those people who actually buy one, Google would like to be similarly omnipresent.  The search giant discussed five iPad-specific tweaks and apps this afternoon.

The New York Times Rolls Out iPad App

The New York Times has introduced its free app for the iPad called "The Editors’ Choice app."

The Editors’ Choice app offers two pages of content from the top eight to ten articles in news, business, technology, opinion and feature sections from The Times along with videos and slideshows.

Yahoo Entertainment For The iPad Debuts

If the iPad lives up to the hype (as you may know, Apple’s actually termed the device "a magical and revolutionary product"), it’ll provide companies an important way of connecting with millions of consumers.  And Yahoo may be one of those companies, since it launched Yahoo Entertainment for the iPad this morning.

Disney Offers Host Of Apps For iPad

Disney has announced it will offer applications from all of its businesses on Apple’s new iPad, including an ABC Player app.

The new ABC Player app will allow iPad users to watch free, ad-supported episodes of 20 ABC programs via a Wi-Fi connection. iPad users will also be able to buy downloads of episodes through the iTunes store.

Goober Thinks It Has the Better iPhone VoIP/IM Apps

Goober announced the availability of a new VoIP app and an IM app for the iPhone and iPod Touch this week. The company shared a few details with WebProNews about what makes its apps stand out from the competition.

"Goober, besides Skype, is the only company offering versatile and flexible flatrates," a Goober representative tells WebProNews. "The flatrate prices are about the same as Skype’s while the per minute rates are drastically lower."

Touch Screen Mobile Phones Lead To Higher Satisfaction

Overall satisfaction among smartphone and traditional handset owners whose phones feature touch screens is significantly higher than owners that don’t have touch screens, according to a new report from J.D. Power and Associates.

Among smartphone owners that have a touch screen, satisfaction averages 771 on a 1,000-point scale, nearly 40 points higher than among those whose smartphone features other input methods.  Currently just over half of owners indicate their smartphone has a touch screen for navigation.

Incentives Keep Broadband Customers Loyal

Offering loyalty incentives, such as discounts on monthly fees, service upgrades and other benefits, provides a significant boost in customer satisfaction with fixed and mobile broadband Internet service providers (ISPs) in the UK, according to a new report by J.D. Power and Associates.

Around 15 percent of fixed broadband customers and 16 percent of mobile broadband customers report having received incentives from their ISP to reward their continued loyalty.

Panasonic Turns Down Android Due To Costs

One of Android’s biggest selling points (so to speak) is that it’s free; Google doesn’t charge anybody a dime to use the operating system it would like to see powering phones, netbooks, and all other sorts of devices.  Unfortunately for Google, a major electronics manufacturer has concluded that using Android is still an expensive proposition.

UK Leads Europe In Smartphone Adoption

Smartphone adoption in the EU5 (U.K., France, Germany, Spain, Italy) has grown 32 percent compared to a year ago to 51.6 million subscribers, according to a new report from comScore.

Growth can bee seen across the range of monthly subscription fees, but the mid to low tier is growing faster that high tier subscriptions in each of the EU5 markets.

Asus To Take On iPad With Google OS

Google and Apple have clashed a number of times in recent months, and a Taiwanese hardware manufacturer is poised to ensure that the two companies butt heads yet again.  Asus has indicated that it will challenge the iPad with a tablet PC powered by either Android or Chrome OS.