New Media Roundup and Amazon Kindle Fire

Getting directions is one of the most popular features on Google Maps, whether it be for driving, walking, biking or transit. Today, we are launching a new feature that allows you to bring your upcoming trip to life, by allowing you to preview your route in 3D. read more here.

Jeff Bezos‘ unveiling of Amazon’s new tablets has sparked a close examination of their impact on technology companies like Apple and Google. But we can’t overlook the boost these new gadgets will have on media companies — they stand to cash in on the new platform to read and watch everything from magazines to movies. Read more on the Fire.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Google is getting ready to launch as many as a dozen TV-like channels with scheduled content to lure viewers away from their TV screens. It is said to have been shopping the ideas around US media firms for several months. read more here.

Pity the humble QR code. Like a presidential hopeful getting flayed by a pack of power-mad Iowa farmers long before the election, the QR code is suffering the slings and arrows of marketing punditry before a majority of consumers have had a chance to waggle a smartphone over one. read more.

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