Apple began selling the iPad in the United States on April 3. In just two months, Apple has already sold 2 million of the tablet devices. Apple has stated that they intend to launch the iPad in nine additional countries before July and will continue to release the tablet in other countries around the globe as the year progresses. The company also stated that 12 million iPad apps and 1.5 million eBooks were purchased from the iTunes store since the tablet’s release.
The success which the Apple iPad has gained has brought multiple competitors to release their own version of the iPad. Asus announced the release of their Asus Eee Pad, a device which will complete against eBook Readers and the Apple iPad. The device runs Windows 7 with an Intel Core 2 Duo processor and 10-inch or 12-inch touch-sensitive capacitive screen. The device has the power to play video, function as a eBook Reader, surf the Internet and even connect to a keyboard docking station to function as a typical computer. Asus has not announced the product’s release date.
An updated version of Skype has been released for the iPhone, allowing users to make Skype calls over 3G. Skype 2.0 for iPhone is a much needed upgrade to the popular VoIP application, removing the restriction to WiFi only calling. Skype-to-Skype calls over AT&T’s 3G network are free until September. Skype has stated that they will begin charging users for these calls beginning in September, in addition to the current fees users pay for their calling and data plan with AT&T. It is unknown if this fee is a requirement of the network operators or Skype’s own decision as additional information has yet to be released to the public. Skype-to-Skype calls over WiFi connections will continue to be free. Verizon smartphone users who have Skype installed on their device will not be affected due to the partnership between Skype and Verizon in February.
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