Apple has shown its usual disdain for other events and companies’ plans in choosing to launch its second-generation iPad at the same time and next door to where Nintendo could make its own big announcement next Wednesday. It is not inconceivable that a Wii 2 could be unveiled at the same time as an iPad 2, with Satoru Iwata, Nintendo chief executive, delivering the main keynote speech at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. Read more
Tech news from around the web:
- Apple is lowering its minimum spend from advertisers on its iAds advertising platform from $1m to $500,000, says AllThingsDigital. The move, which follows the first run of iAd campaigns, is designed to appeal to smaller-scale advertisers who originally couldn’t afford the platform.
Apple is returning to its favourite venue for product launches on March 2, hosting an event at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts where it is expected to unveil the iPad 2, according to people familiar with the plans.
The company has reserved the main stage at the multifunction venue for next Wednesday, marking a return to the site where it last year launched the original iPad and the iPhone 4. Read more
Hours after Lenovo announced new business laptops with up to 30 hours of battery life, HP has unveiled its latest range and claimed 32 hours of frugal living on one battery charge.
Lenovo announced six new ThinkPad notebooks while HP unveiled the first major update of its designs for its business laptops in two years, with 10 new models announced in its EliteBook and ProBook series. Read more
Square is zeroing in on the dog walkers and piano teachers of the small business world by removing another price obstacle from credit card processing: transaction fees.
The mobile payments company previously charged merchants 2.75 per cent of each purchase, plus a 15-cent flat transaction fee every time they used the tiny smartphone credit card reader. As of today, the company has dropped the extra flat fee. Read more