Gartner: Android makes modest headway against iPad juggernaut

Despite a spate of new product releases from its Android rivals, Apple’s iPad will account for nearly 75% of 2011 tablet sales, Gartner predicts. The research firm said the sluggish sales of Android tablets led it to lower estimates of global sales this year by more than 5 million units, to 63.6 million, compared with 17.6 million in 2010. Some industry observers say Amazon’s new Kindle tablet, expected to ship by late November, could prove to be the biggest threat to the iPad.

Roscoe’s House of Chicken ‘n Waffles: L.A.’s best Fried Chicken

Roscoe’s House of Chicken ‘n Waffles is an L.A. institution, where people from every corner of SoCal munch on fried chicken and the awesome waffles. Whether you prefer the breast, or the wings, or order your chicken smothered in gravy, it really is our favorite fried chicken place recommendation. For the adventuresome, try the fried chicken livers or giblets with grits, eggs and a fluffy hot biscuit. I recommend the Half a chicken with two waffles, $15.30.

Locations:

· 1514 N. Gower St., Los Angeles, (323) 466-7453;

· 5006 West Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, (323) 934-4405;

· 106 Manchester Blvd., Los Angeles, (323) 752-6211;

· 730 E. Broadway, Long Beach, (562) 437-8355;

· 830 N. Lake Ave., Pasadena, (626) 791-4890.

Visa, MasterCard fee increase “will kill the economics for small-ticket debit purchases”

In a move that could discourage some retailers from accepting debit cards for small transactions, Visa Inc. and MasterCard Inc. are raising the fees merchants pay for small-ticket debit purchases, according to Thomas McCrohan, an analyst with Janney Montgomery Scott. He said the credit card companies plan to increase the fees, which ultimately are paid to banks, not MasterCard or Visa, to 23 cents per transaction, reported MarketWatch. Currently a retailer pays about eight cents for a $2 cup of coffee purchased with a debit card, said McCrohan, who believes that the increase “will kill the economics for small-ticket debit purchases.”