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Have we hit Peak Tablet? IDC says maybe
November 26, 2014 | 6:25 pm

IDC_logoA new study from International Data Corporation (IDC) minces no words about its prognosis for the global tablet market, predicting "a massive deceleration in 2014 with year-over-year growth slowing to 7.2%, down from 52.5% in 2013." The forecast also highlights "the expectation that 2014 will represent the first full year of decline in Apple iPad shipments." The conceptual nugget at the heart of this statistical breakdown is that: "in the early stages of the tablet market, device lifecycles were expected to resemble those of smartphones, with replacement occurring every 2-3 years," as Ryan Reith, Program Director with IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Mobile...

Jolla gets moolah with $1.2 million and counting for alternative tablet
November 24, 2014 | 2:22 pm

Finnish startup Jolla apparently tapped into a source of serious demand when it launched an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign for its Jolla Tablet, a 7.85" display device running the Linux-based Sailfish OS 2.0. The crowdfunding campaign blew past its $380,000 target within a couple of days of its November 19th launch, and as of the time of writing, has secured over $1.2 million in pledges, or 318 percent of the target, with 16 days still to go. What could be the secret of Jolla's success? It might be the Sailfish OS, "mobile-optimized with the flexibility, ubiquity and stability of the Linux core and...

Notes on iPhone/iPad
November 18, 2014 | 4:25 pm

notes on iphoneIn today's Morning Links, there was an interesting piece from Mark Crump at GigaOM on his work process for iPad/iPhone note-taking. This is an interesting subject for me as I have at various times tried to run my workflow in this way, and have been unable to. I have never seen an article---Crump's included---that discussed only one product, so that tells me that the field of digital note-taking still has a ways to go. So, what are some of the deficiencies in what is currently available? 1) Most of them require ancillary tools to work at their best. Crump discusses the...

Morning Links: NYC to offer free public WiFi by 2015. Taking notes on the iPad
November 18, 2014 | 9:00 am

public wifiIf Publishers Are Going to Harness Data, We Need One Language (Media Shift) Publishers now have the ability to capitalize on audience interests and behaviors (i.e., types of content preferred, which links are clicked or shared, etc.) with various types of analytic tools. *** Amazon Fire HD Kids Edition Review (GoodeReader) Amazon has put together their first true true tablet aimed at children with the Fire HD Kids Edition. *** NYC To Offer Free Public Wifi by 2015 (The Digital Reader) NYC unveiled a new plan today to adapt some 10,000 pay phone locations to fill  a new need as public Wifi hotspots. *** How to...

iOS 8 initial impressions
October 10, 2014 | 10:28 am

ios 8I've been using iOS 8 for several weeks now, long enough to get an impression. My overall reaction is that it's a perfectly good operating system, but it's not revolutionary. Also, many of the more interesting features (responding to messages from the lock screen) are more useful on the iPhone. So keep in mind that I'm only using it on an iPad. If you remember the upgrade to iOS 7, it was a huge change. Everything looked different. Not so with iOS 8. Upgrading looks virtually the same until you start to dig in and start to turn things on. I...

Weekend Links: Sony Reader is gone. Building a better Amazon
August 3, 2014 | 11:00 am

sony readerIt's Official---The Sony Reader is Kaput (The Digital Reader) Sony has confirmed today that they will not be making another ebook reader – not even for their sole remaining market in Japan. *** For the Author's Guild & Other Legacy Publishing Pundits (Joe Konrath) I tweeted to CJ, who is the Guild's executive Council, that she could email me and I'd give her my Guild wish list. (CJ is on the road, but she just kindly responded in the comments.) It got me thinking what an actual name-representative Authors Guild would do for authors. *** Building a Better Amazon (PW) So, over two days last week, I...

Why people aren’t buying iPads anymore
July 30, 2014 | 2:25 pm

ipad mini vs ipad airHuffington Post has this little write-up on the iPad situation. In short: sales of iPads are flat, why can this be? They list the usual reasons---other brands are cheaper, Apple won't budge on price and so on---but also offer a new one that's true for me: people simply don't upgrade their tablets as often. Perhaps it's because they prioritize upgrading their phones, which they carry with them daily, so there is no money left for a frill like a tablet. Perhaps it's because there has not been as much innovation in the tablet sector recently---my iPad 2 is still going strong after...

The Morning Roundup: ‘Media Shield’ Amendment and more
June 2, 2014 | 9:08 am

sls_offline_collection Confused by eBooks? Welcome to the Crowd (Author U) Is Amazon for eBooks the only game in town? -- Classroom into Newsroom: 9 Steps to a Multimedia Class Project (Media Shift) Like many of you, I embrace the guide-on-the-side model for teaching vs. the sage-on-the-stage version. -- House Approves 'Media Shield' Amendment, as Reporter Reveals 2011 Subpoena Fight (Boing Boing) The House of Representatives today voted 225-183 to approve an appropriations bill amendment that bars the Justice Department from forcing reporters to testify about their confidential sources. -- My...

Weekend Links: Holding on to what you read and keeping your kids learning.
May 25, 2014 | 11:45 am

reading print vs screenHow Do You Hold On to What you Read? (Book Riot) I remember that I loved the book and even continue to recommend it to other people, but what was specific about it and what nobody but those who read it could understand is quickly lost to me. -- Guess Who is Hachette's Leading Source of Book Market Forecasts? (The Digital Reader) Everyone knows that Amazon is one of the main booksellers in the US, but they’re not just a source of revenue for the major publishers. -- How Parents Can Use the iPad to Keep Their Kids Learning this Summer (GigaOm) The quality and number of...

Review: SwiftKey Note for iOS
May 15, 2014 | 12:31 pm

swiftkey note for iOSOne of the things I love most about the Android platform is the ability to use third-party keyboards, like SwiftKey, which has an uncanny predictive ability. Unfortunately, iOS doesn't allow third-party keyboards. The stock keyboard is okay, but it doesn't have crazy good prediction. The folks at SwiftKey have coded a work around called SwiftKey Note for iOS. It's a separate app, so you can't use it systemwide, but if you can live with the limitations of only using it in the dedicated app, it has utility. The app syncs seamlessly with Evernote, so if you use it, SwiftKey Note might meet...

Morning Roundup: Split-screen multitasking in iOS 8? Baked-in DRM on next Firefox
May 15, 2014 | 9:00 am

ios 8Founder of Just-Launched Authors Alliance Talks to PW (Publishers Weekly) PW contributing editor Peter Brantley recently caught up with Pamela Samuelson to talk more about the Authors Alliance. *** Mozilla to Bake-In DRM in Next Version of Firefox (The Digital Reader) Earlier today Mozilla acquiesced to a market reality which ebook retailers have known for years. *** Apple reportedly planning to add split-screen iPad multitasking in iOS 8 (GigaOM) Apple will include a split-screen multitasking feature in the upcoming version of iOS, according to a new report. *** Fewer Kids are Reading for Fun (GalleyCat) Fewer American children are reading for pleasure than they have in the past, according to...

App Review: Lego Friends Story Maker (iOS)
February 21, 2014 | 3:37 pm

Lego Friends Story MakerA very sweet valentine gift from the Beloved has ignited a new obsession with me. I have become a Lego fan! So when I saw this neat-looking app from the Lego people, I was all over it and downloaded it for our school iPads. Lego and literacy skills building all in one app? What a great idea. The app is simple in concept and execution, but cleverly conceived. It allows kids to write their own little ebooks and illustrate them using characters and settings from the Lego Friends series. Once you have the project set up, all you have to do...