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Morning Links: Death of music sales. Lost your reading mojo?
January 28, 2015 | 9:00 am

death of music salesHarry Potter eBooks Now Available on Oyster (GoodeReader) Today, the company is proud to announce that they have reached an agreement with JK Rowling, to have the entire Harry Potter saga available. *** The Death of Music Sales (The Atlantic) If CDs are "dead," so is iTunes. *** Apple Reduces the Amount of Storage iOS Updates Require (GigaOM) In a more specific note, Apple said that this update reduces the amount of storage required to perform a software update. *** Have You Ever Lost Your Reading Mojo? (Dear Author) I received this email and I thought a lot of readers might feel this way. With Roma’s permission, I’ve republished...

Size matters, as tablet makers go for the big time
January 24, 2015 | 12:25 pm

hp-pro-slate-12-800x420News has emerged of several tablet manufacturers targeting the mega-device space, with HP announcing an Android Pro Slate design with a 12.3-inch screen. According to the original HP announcement, the HP Pro Slate 12 and its little brother the HP Pro Slate 8 are: high-definition (HD) commercial-grade Android tablets. Available in 8-inch or 12-inch diagonal displays respectively, the tablets are powered by a Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 800 series processor, and support a 4:3 aspect ratio to easily view business documents and access business applications. Less than 8 mm thin, these lightweight tablets offer powerful computing and business-day battery life with enterprise-grade security and...

Qualcomm goes bats with ultrasound digital pen technology
January 23, 2015 | 6:25 pm

The recent HP announcement of the debut of its HP Pro Slate Android tablets included the detail that they would come bundled with the HP Duet Pen, "the first to use Qualcomm Snapdragon digital pen technology on both a tablet and regular paper." For a stylus buff like me, any news about new digital pen technologies is interesting, and this Qualcomm innovation looks to be one of the more striking wheezes to break cover lately. According to Qualcomm's technology partner on the new device, GlobalLogici, the Qualcomm Snapdragon Digital Pen "represents the next generation of the stylus popular with tablet devices. With the size...

Morning Links: No DRM-free app for EFF. Should you spy on your readers?
January 12, 2015 | 8:53 am

drm-freeApple Won't Let EFF Release a DRM-Free App (Boing Boing) EFF has released its mobile app to help people join in important, timely struggles, but you can't get it for your Iphone or Ipad, because Apple insists that EFF use DRM, and this is contrary to everything it stands for. *** Should Authors and Publishers Spy on Readers? (Digital Book World) Okay—that title is slightly provocative. But it’s not an unreasonable question to ask. *** Apple Raises Minimum App Prices in Europe, UK and Canada (GigaOM) As Apple promised earlier this week, minimum prices in the iOS app store have increased in Canada, the U.K. and European...

Latest Xiaomi sales figures push Apple even further behind
January 5, 2015 | 10:25 am

Redmi 2 The recent sales numbers from Huawei which suggested that Apple is in fact facing far tougher competitive pressures in pushing out the iPhone 6 and its ilk than others have implied have been further reinforced by Xiaomi's latest official full-year figures on sales. Hugo Barra, Xiaomi's Vice President of International, tweeted that the company had 61.1 million phones sold, an 135 per cent year-on-year increase, and nearly $12 billion in revenue in 2014. That surpasses the Chinese smartphone maker's own 60 million target and indicates that its growth plans are well on track. They also look very convincing when set against the...

Reuters Huawei sales report chimes badly with Apple victory march
January 2, 2015 | 6:25 pm

HuaweiThe already rather surprising report from analytics firm Flurry that implied mobile device market leadership for Apple at end 2014 received fresh contradiction with a year-end news item from Reuters, based on a leaked internal memo, which indicated that Chinese telecoms major Huawei shipped 75 million smartphones in 2014, an over 40 percent y-o-y increase. This compares with an analyst estimate, also quoted by Reuters, which indicates that Apple may have enjoyed 20 percent sales growth after launching the iPhone 6. Xiaomi, meanwhile, has a  sales target of 60 million for the full year of 2014, three times its 2013 sales of 18.7 million....

Apple stylus patent tries to do a Wacom with prior art
January 2, 2015 | 2:25 pm

Apple stylusApple has been granted a renewal on a 2010 patent for: "a stylus comprising: a body with a first end and a second end; a tip located at a first end of the body; one or more position sensors disposed on the body, wherein the position sensor is in communication with the tip; and a transmitter operative to transmit position data generated by the one or more position sensors to a remote computing device." The fairly detailed outline goes on to spec out more fully a design that involves accelerometers and other motion sensors to implement a stylus that can transmit...

Did Apple dominate Christmas?
December 31, 2014 | 6:25 pm

Quite a few stories have been doing the rounds lately of how Apple dominated mobile device activations, app purchases, and starts this Christmas, most of them traceable to a report from analytics firm Flurry, entitled "Apple and Apps Dominated Christmas 2014." And while I don't necessarily doubt its stats, I do wonder about its conclusions. For one thing, Flurry's review period that provided the basis for the key claim, that 51.3 percent of device activations worldwide for the Christmas period were Apple machines, was December 19th-25th. Now, of course that is going to cover Christmas Day itself, but is that really...

Morning Links: Things I relearned in 2014 (Rusch). Self-publishing services blossomed in 2014
December 31, 2014 | 8:55 am

RuschIndian Government Orders 32 Websites Blocked (Techdirt) According to a developing story in the Times of India, some users in India are unable to access major international Web sites, including GitHub, Pastebin and DailyMotion: *** How Self-Publishing Services Blossomed in 2014 (Media Shift) In 2014 it seems that both publishers and authors accepted the fact that self-publishing and traditional publishing are not mutually exclusive. *** Apple Designs a New Stylus That Digitizes Notes Drawn on Paper (GoodeReader) Apple has designed and patented a new stylus that will digitize drawings and notes drawn on physical paper. This will appeal to authors who prefer to write their novels or...

To gain more e-book marketshare, Apple should make iBooks for Android
December 22, 2014 | 2:25 pm

appledroidCan a company give Amazon a run in 2015 when it comes to ebooks? Maybe, but the company with the best footing is Apple. Anecdotally, several authors have mentioned the successes they have had through Apple’s iBooks. This is a good new for authors who are looking for other avenues to sell their books. But keeping iBooks strictly for Apple products may not do it. iBooks has been around since 2010 when it was launched with the iPad. In 2013, iBooks became an integrated app on iOS 8. Since that time, iBooks seems to be taking more of the market share. In October,...

Linshof and the problem of Android vaporware
December 21, 2014 | 12:25 pm

gsmarena_001 A German startup that had announced new Android devices has just shut up shop - before even opening. Linshof, the German company in question, states on its own website that: Linshof is closed. We understood that it would be a difficult project and we are grateful for having the opportunity to work on it. Unfortunately, our investors decided to close the project due to their own internal reasons. Thank you all for your wonderful support. Note: We have never accepted any kind of pre-orders, donations, or third party investments. All our liabilities and obligations were paid in full. Previously, Linshof announced a smartphone, the i8, with...

Appeals court judges ask probing questions in Apple e-book anti-trial case
December 16, 2014 | 7:56 pm

Yesterday, the appeals court heard testimony from Apple and the Department of Justice relating to the e-book anti-trust trial appeal. To my surprise, two of the three judges seemed amenable toward Apple’s point of view. They expressed concern over why the publisher collusion was such a bad thing when it was for the sake of stopping monopolist Amazon, and hinted that Judge Cote might have erred when she ruled that Apple’s behavior constituted a pro se anti-trust violation—a violation so obvious that it doesn’t need the “rule of reason” test applied to it. Apple attorney Theodore Boutros asked for...