jacAPPS to develop mobile apps for Amazon's Kindle Fire

Thursday, March 1, 2012 - 11:30am

Mobile app developer jacAPPS, creator of more than 500 iPhone and Android apps for radio (and other) clients, will now develop applications for Amazon's Kindle Fire.

You probably know the Kindle Fire is Amazon's latest iteration of their popular e-book reader/tablet computer. It has a multi-touch color display, it can stream video and audio, and supports various apps for increased functionality. Consumers snapped up more than 4 million Kindle Fires in Q4 2011.

Paul Jacobs is VP/GM of jacAPPS (which itself is a division of media consultancy Jacobs Media). He said, "While iPads dominate the tablet market, the Kindle Fire represents a surge in high-functioning devices that combine accessing reading material with the app experience... we want our mobile clients to be able to connect with these consumers on these hot new devices."

The jacAPPS client list includes public radio’s "Car Talk," C-SPAN Radio, the Taste Of Atlanta, WEEI/Boston, and many others.


Developer mounts Nook e-book reader to dashboard for entertainment and diagnostics

Monday, December 5, 2011 - 11:15am

Nook in Jeep dashboardWe've seen people attach an iPad to their car's dashboard for an easy-to-access mobile web interface, but a Nook (the Barnes & Noble e-book reader -- their counterpart to Amazon's Kindle)? 

Lifehacker reports that XDA Developers forum member "craigbru" has done it, and has a how-to guide for installing and mounting a Nook Color in the car, for both entertainment and to monitor the engine (and hopefully not for reading!). For the diagnostics, he's using a device called a Bluetooth OBD-II reader and an Android app called Torque. And, you can see he's loaded up Slacker for music (the Nook is an Android-based tablet platform).

Read more in Lifehacker, and the XDA Developers forum.

Barnes & Noble out Nook Tablet with Pandora, MOG, Rhapsody, Grooveshark

Monday, November 7, 2011 - 12:00pm

Nook TabletTo compete with Amazon's recently-announced Kindle Fire tablet, Barnes & Noble today unveiled the Nook Tablet. The device features a 7" color touchscreen plus apps from Pandora, MOG, Rhapsody, Grooveshark, Netflix and Hulu. It arrives next week for $250.

Engadget has more coverage here and here.

(Pandora is actually no stranger to Nooks. It's offered on the Nook Color and can be hacked onto the original black-and-white Nook eReader.)

Kindle gains streaming abilities with new tablet

Thursday, September 29, 2011 - 9:00am

Amazon's new Kindle Fire will support third-party apps, reportedly including one from PandoraAmazon yesterday unveiled a new line of Kindles including an Android-powered tablet which includes streaming abilities. Called the Kindle Fire, it will run third-party apps -- reportedly including offerings from Pandora and Netflix. It will also include access to Amazon's cloud music service

The Kindle Fire lands in November for $200. That relatively low price tag in particular means that potentially millions of consumers will soon be carrying around a device (designed for other purposes) that will enable them to wirelessly connect to online radio. The Chicago Sun-Times has more coverage here.

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