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Apple Officially Announces the 128GB iPad (Mashable)
Apple is launching a 128GB iPad. The new device is practically identical to the current, fourth-generation iPad, only with more storage memory. So far, iPad has been available with 16GB, 32GB or 64GB of memory. Wired The launch of the 128GB iPad follows Microsoft’s announcing the pricing and availability of the Surface Pro tablet. Apple’s high-capacity model will begin shipping Feb. 5, four days before Surface Pro goes on sale. CNBC Users will have to pay a pretty penny for the latest issue: the Wi-Fi model will cost $799, while the cellular model will cost $929. Apple watchers, however, note that an upgraded fourth generation iPad — which first came to market last fall — is a shot across the bow at traditional computer makers. MIT Technology Review Many observers are calling this a run at Microsoft, whose Surface tablet has marketed itself as the device that will most effectively switch hit between a passive-tablet mode, and an active-laptop mode. If you’re really dedicated to making your tablet feel like a laptop, your best bet is still probably with the Surface or with the upcoming Surface Pro, which runs a full version of Windows 8 Pro, effectively mimicking a desktop environment in a mobile form factor. Forbes By increasing the top level of storage on the iPad, it will drive public perception toward “tablets should have 128GB of storage.” That 128GB has been seen as a psychological target by many people looking at iOS devices, and now it’s here (and is following the standard Apple model of doubling storage for $100 more). Many will say it was obvious.
YouTube to Launch Paywall for Select Premium Channels This Spring (SocialTimes)
Would you be willing to pay to watch content on YouTube? According to Jason Del Rey of AdAge, the video site is preparing to introduce paid subscriptions on select channels as early as the second quarter of 2013. AdAge YouTube has reached out to a small group of channel producers and asked them to submit applications to create channels that users would have to pay to access. As of now it appears that the first paid channels will cost somewhere between $1 and $5 a month, two of these people said. CNET The whole idea is to offer viewers an alternative to traditional TV and bring in increased ad revenue as well. Providers would be able to place ads in their paid channels.
Foursquare’s New App is Open for Business (AllThingsD)
Foursquare launched a new app on Tuesday morning, the company’s second standalone application, and the first aimed squarely at the business side of the market. The app is an extension of Foursquare’s additions to its merchant tools updates from mid-2012, which allowed business owners to better control special offers to nearby customers using a more robust desktop dashboard.
Facebook Prompts Users to Invite Guests When They RSVP to Events (AllFacebook)
Much like Facebook recently prompted users to like similar pages when they clicked like on pages’ timelines, it appears that the site is suggesting guests to bring along once users click that they are attending events on the events’ pages. In February 2012, Facebook added suggested guests to events as a sidebar module, but it appears that the site has taken it a step further by automatically prompting users to invite suggested guests once they RSVP.
EU Committee Proposes Internet-Wide ‘Mark as Terrorism’ Button (The Daily Dot)
The Clean IT project offers several ideas for users to click “mark as terrorism”: either embed it as a clickable option in social media sites, or make it a general feature of Web browsers. The report doesn’t mention the dark side of existing “mark as spam” mechanisms, which would likely also apply to a terrorism button: They make it extremely easy to falsely accuse innocent people.
7 Twitter Tips for Photographers (AllTwitter)
Twitter is one of the best technology tools for modern photographers to up their game, build a community and generally be more awesome. We’ve compiled seven handy Twitter tips for photographers.
Video Curation Tool Magnify Gets Backing from Former Facebooker Chris Kelly (VentureBeat)
Magnify, a New York startup, is betting online publishers will want to help viewers find the “best” videos, and it has built a tool to let them do that. It lets publishers curate videos, using their own judgment about how to order videos — giving them ways to profile certain videos by tagging and other variables and letting them bury others.
What’s JMart Tweeting? (FishbowlDC)
Twitter is a weird place. While we can appreciate the creativity that it breeds by putting a 140-character restriction on users, it can yield some very bizarre creations. Perhaps no one struggles with that limit more than Politico’s Jonathan Martin. We’ve documented JMart’s ongoing struggle with Twitter before, but it’s worse than ever.
Four Kickstarter-Backed Sundance Films Have Already Gotten Deals (BetaBeat)
With one day left in January, there’s still time for the annual media ritual: celebrating Kickstarter’s crowdfunded contributions to world cinema. NPR has already noted that 10 percent of this year’s Sundance selections raised money through Startupland’s answer to Harvey Weinstein. That’s the same percentage of the Sundance slate Kickstarter helped back in 2012.