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Why I went for a Lenovo A7-10 instead of a Kindle Fire HD 6
June 24, 2015 | 4:16 pm

IMG_20150623_202217For some time now, I'd been toying with moving on from my Google Nexus 7 2012 edition. Partly it was the weight: at 340 grams, the Nexus 7 is a pretty porky beast for its size. Also, I wanted a cheap and cheerful tablet that I could sling in my pocket and not worry about, ready for use when I wanted to write something. The Nexus 7 was just a trifle too unwieldy for that, and too costly to be casual about. For a long time, I toyed with getting a Kindle Fire HD 6. Price was a big point in...

Morning Links: When good friends write bad books, Amazon food, and more
June 3, 2015 | 9:04 am

What To Do When Someone You Know Writes a Bad Book (Book Riot) Writing a book is a great accomplishment. It can take years of meditating, creating, editing, querying, marketing, and tweaking to get it published. It’s an effort that absolutely deserves praise. But what are we supposed to do when someone we personally know, even care about, writes a bad one? The Teleread Take: The last person I know who showed me their book surprised me: it was better than I thought it would be. But many of us in this age of self-publishing have been there! Book Riot has some...

Samsung may reposition its big handsets
May 13, 2015 | 4:25 pm

samsung-galaxy-s6-1 Chances are that if you read ebooks at all on an Android smartphone, you're very likely doing it on a Samsung. And yet, according to an article in the Wall Street Journal, the Korean giant may be rethinking its game plan and cutting back on that market dominance after its founding father, Lee Kun-hee, was incapacitated by a heart attack. The issue is that, even though Samsung still stays ahead of Apple in the sheer number of smartphones sold, its mobile division's operating-profit margins fell to 7 percent in 3Q2014, from 18 percent in the same quarter a year ago,...

LG G Stylo offers new Samsung Note competition for a song
April 23, 2015 | 6:25 pm

LG Electronics in Korea has announced a new budget smartphone/phablet, the LG G Stylo, with size, specs, and pen input implementation to challenge the Samsung Galaxy Note, at a considerably lower price point. For some readers - me included - this could be the portable writing and productivity platform of their bargain-basement dreams. The new device offers a 5.7 inch HD IPS display, with Android 5.0 Lollipop as the OS, and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 CPU. Spokesperson Cho Jun-Ho, president of LG Electronics, stressed that "for consumers who prefer a large screen smartphone the G Stylo is focused on providing affordability...

comScore report shows Android still in US OS smartphone platform lead
April 14, 2015 | 12:25 pm

comScore-IncU.S. analytics firm comScore has just released its report on smartphone subscriber market share in the U.S. covering February 2015. And the figures show that "Apple ranked as the top smartphone manufacturer with 41.7 percent OEM market share, while Google Android led as the #1 smartphone platform with 52.8 percent platform market share. Facebook ranked as the top individual smartphone app." According to comScore, the U.S. smartphone snowball just keeps on rolling downhill, gathering momentum: "186.3 million people in the U.S. owned smartphones (76.6 percent mobile market penetration) during the three months ending in February, up 5 percent since November." Manufacturers bringing...

Samsung gets innovation envy at iPad’s superior 4:3ness?
February 4, 2015 | 4:25 pm

ipad_mini4Trigger warning: Snark. Anti-Apple snark. For those sensitive souls out there whose delicate intellectual faculties are upset by double meanings or anything more than good simple honest say-what-you-mean cracker-barrel truisms, be warned: This article will engage in irony. Sarcasm. Satire. Burlesque. Word play. Invective. Double entendre (yes, and maybe even Frenchness too). Yes, it seems poor underdog Samsung may be feeling the tablet heat for not having enough 4:3ishness. That magic Apple special sauce (special Apple sauce?), like the extra .9 inch on the iPad Mini, that is so obviously the secret of the iPad's success. And needed such innovation smarts...

Latest comScore rankings show Android has U.S. smartphone market in its pocket
November 7, 2014 | 2:30 pm

comScore_IncThe latest U.S. smartphone market rankings report from mobile comms metrics outfit comScore, Inc., covering September 2014, shows Android in the lead as the dominant smartphone platform "with 52.1 percent platform market share." Apple, meanwhile, remained "the top smartphone manufacturer with 41.7 percent OEM market share." This is off a base of 174 million people in the U.S. owning smartphones, or 72 percent total mobile market penetration, over the July-September 2014 period. Android's market share has if anything very slightly increased since comScore's last set of numbers, from June 2014, rising 0.2 percent from 51.9 percent. it. Apple's OEM market share meanwhile, is...

Samsung squares off against Microsoft in the smartphone wars
November 3, 2014 | 6:25 pm

SamsungGalaxyTab_thumb.jpgSamsung's attempts to dominate the global smartphone market have taken a new turn as a result of Microsoft's own efforts to promote its Windows Phone OS. The two giants' collaborations have now ended in an exchange of lawsuits, with Microsoft claiming that Samsung owes $6.9 million in interest on over $1 billion of delayed patent royalties in a case filed in the southern District of New York. Samsung is now counter-claiming that the original agreement is void, since Microsoft is now a hardware competitor since its purchase of Nokia. Samsung's original royalty agreements with Microsoft covers parts of the Android OS...

(Brief) Hands on with the new Samsung Galaxy Tab Nook
August 20, 2014 | 2:14 pm

Samsung Galaxy Tab NookI wandered over to my local Barnes & Noble to play with the Samsung Galaxy Tab Nook and see what I thought. Nate at The Digital Reader actually bought one, so if you have questions or want to see what he has to say, pop over to his post. I'll start with the good. It's a nice looking device, and the screen is better than I expected. The pixel density is supposed to be lower than the Nood HD, but in a side-by-side comparison, I didn't notice a difference. The screen brightness is impressive. The store's Nook was set at less than...

Barnes & Noble to split off Nook division
June 25, 2014 | 10:21 am

nook logoAccording to the Wall Street Journal, Barnes & Noble is going to split off Nook into a separate division. Barnes & Noble Inc. said it would pursue a split of its retail and Nook e-reader businesses into two separate public companies, the next chapter in its bid to shore up its foundering business as readers' book-buying habits evolve. The bookseller said it plans to complete the separation by the end of the first quarter of the next calendar year. This hardly comes as a surprise. If you've been following B&N news at all, you've seen that they've had several bad years in a row, and...

comScore U.S. rankings give Android OS lead, Apple still leading devices
June 5, 2014 | 3:11 pm

The latest numbers from comScore, Inc., "a global leader in digital measurement and analytics," showing U.S. mobile phone market share for April 2014, reveal that Android is now well entrenched as the Number One smartphone OS, with 52.5 percent of market share by platform, followed by Apple with 41.4 percent. Apple, however, continues to hold the lead in market share by device manufacturer, with 41.4 percent of the market, while Samsung comes in second at 27.7 percent....

Morning Roundup: Customers resist Samsung bloatware. An indie author manifesto and more
April 24, 2014 | 9:00 am

samsung bloatwareMark Coker's Indie Author Manifesto (Smashwords Blog) We indie authors believe all writers are created equal, that all writers are endowed with natural creative potential, and that writers have an unalienable right to exercise, explore, and realize their potential through the freedom of publication. *** Letter from a Literary Agent (Joe Konrath) But how about agents, like the one who sent me the above email, who want to work with authors but can't invest money in cover art and formatting? *** Customers Resist Samsung Bloatware (GoodeReader) Samsung uses their dominant Android market share position to have the highest concentration of bloatware out of any Android vendor. *** UK Filters...

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