Apple To Launch Subscription News Service For Texture

By 2019, tech giant Apple Inc. has something new to offer to its customers. The Cupertino-based company is planning to offer a subscription-based news service for Texture, Bloomberg reported this week.


Apple will soon roll-out a news subscription service


However, the tech giant has reportedly declined to issue a statement in reaction to Bloomberg report. According to Bloomberg, Apple’s subscription-based news service will be part of Texture.



Texture is actually a digital magazine app, and it would be integrated into the company’s Apple News app. The company’s news app would be available for both iPhone and iPad. To date, this remains pending as an agreement between the company and Apple should be produced before its approval.


“We are committed to quality journalism from trusted sources and allowing magazines to keep producing beautifully designed and engaging stories for users,” Apple’s services chief Eddy Cue said, detailing Apple’s plan on acquiring Texture.



The digital magazine app has provided unlimited access to more than 200 digital magazines. The subscription fee is pegged at $9.99 a month. In Texture, you can read various magazine titles such as People, Vogue, Rolling Stone, and National Geographic.



Included also were GQ, Sports Illustrated, Wired, Maxim, Men’s Health, GQ, Bloomberg Businessweek, ESPN The Magazine, as well Entertainment Weekly. Regarding business model, Apple’s news service would likely be similar to Apple Music.


While Apple Music offers unlimited music streaming service for $9.99 a month, Texture would be both for news and magazines.

New York turns phone booths to WiFi hotspots

Payphones have now become a space muncher ever since the world was introduced to affordable mobile phones. What used to be the primary means of communication whilst you were out, now seems like a big obstacle in the streets.

But in New York, the mode of communication in yesteryears has now become a new and much beloved ally for commuters and pedestrians.

Last Wednesday, New York City’s Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications unveiled their very first payphone that serves as a WiFi hotspot. So those big and seemingly useless contraptions now serve a purpose and that is to provide New Yorkers FREE Internet!

About 10 payphones were converted into this technology as part of their pilot program. Other WiFi payphones will be rolled out sometime in the future. New York has 12,360 payphones all over the City.

New York promised through a statement that “no personal information will be gathered and no advertising will be presented as part of the pilot program.”

This means that you are secured for the remainder of the testing phase of Wifi. What about when they finally give it the go signal?

Chief Information and Innovation Officer Rahul N. Merchant said, “Expanding public access to broadband technology across the five boroughs, be it wired or wireless, is at the heart of the Bloomberg Administration’s efforts to promote greater digital inclusion for New Yorkers.”

Do you like the conversion of the phone booth into a Wifi spot then?

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iPad Mini to be released before 2012 ends?

The rumor that an iPad Mini is coming soon has been spreading like wildfire in cyberspace may have a little truth after all.

The speculated iPad Mini, which individuals say is a game changer, could be coming out before the year ends.

According to reports coming from Bloomberg and the Wall Street Journal, the much anticipated iPad device is coming this year.

Bloomberg says that a source, which remains unnamed, that the next iPad device sports a ‘7 to 8 inch screen diagonally and will be released before the clock 2012 closes.

Analysts have said that the impending release of the iPad Mini could be Apple’s answer to the influx of tablets coming out from other platforms this year. Namely: the Google Nexus 7, Microsoft Surface and the ever popular Amazon Kindle Fire.

Wall Street Journal on the other hand says that an Asian supplier of Apple is prepping up to produce the smaller version of the iPad.

Wall Street Journal says that a trusted source have said that production will start this September.

This tablet could be pegged cheaper than the previous iteration’s of the device. This could be Apple’s venture to the mass market and not the mid-high class segment.

You ready for the iPad Mini revolution?

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Blackberry looses sole hold of US agency GSA

Research in Motion’s former CEO’s Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie might have escaped the problems of the company by stepping down their positions a month ago. What could they be thinking after reading news articles of their baby? Would they be infuriated or sad?

According to a report from Bloomberg, the US government’s General Services Administration or GSA will begin issuing iPhones to their employees. Their employees now have two phones, the BlackBerry and the iPhone.

According to Deborah Ruiz, spokesperson of GSA, anybody from their office can choose from an Apple device or an Android whichever they think would be more beneficial to them.

According to RIM, they still have about a million government clients, though CEO Thorsten Heins will be concerned considering the latest development.

Just a week ago, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration decided that beginning May they will be issuing iPhones to their employees in lieu of the BlackBerry.

Halliburton on the other hand also made a decision to shift from BlackBerry to other handsets. Other companies like Credit Suisse, Barclays Capital and Standard Chartered have also made similar decisions.

Sales of BlackBerry smart phones are surprisingly doing well in other markets. But their sales have significantly dropped in North America particularly in the US.

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