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Fire HD 6 Tablet: First Impressions
May 6, 2015 | 1:07 pm

fire hd 6 tabletI received a Fire HD 6 tablet last week as a gift, and I've been happily using it for several days now. I plan a series of articles about my new device as I use it over the next few weeks, but I wanted to start with some initial impressions. Considering its size and the limitations of the Amazon app store, I doubt it will replace my iPad as my work device, but as an entertainment device, it has lots going for it. I intend to take it with me to meetings for the next few weeks instead of my iPad...

Morning Links: Changing tablet story. Kindle iOS draining batteries
May 6, 2015 | 9:00 am

kindle iosThe Tablet Story Isn't Over---But It's Changing (Re/Code) It’s hard to argue with the narrative — larger phones are impacting tablet sales. This absolutely seems to be the case. *** Publishers Weekly Will Digitize Entire Archives (GalleyCat) Publishers Weekly, which reviews about 9,000 titles a year, is making its entire archive available to read digitally. *** Amazon Kindle for iOS is Draining Your Battery (GoodeReader) The Kindle app was updated April 15th 2015 with the quintessential “performance and stability improvements”. This last update was the culprit... *** On Taxing eBooks as Print Books: Why Are Books Taxed at a Lower Rate? (Ink, Bits & Pixels) Several EU countries lowered the...

Acer’s new Iconia tablets make your pencil your stylus
April 28, 2015 | 10:25 am

            Acer has announced two new Android tablets, the Acer Iconia 8 and 10, that it claims offer "the most accurate touch experience, ever ... you can even use thin-tipped objects like pencils to make notes!" Other specifications for both models are fairly standard, with Intel quad-core CPUs and both running Android 5.0 Lollipop, but it's the screen technology that sets them apart, if it lives up to the hype. Acer Precision Plus, as detailed in a video here, involves fitting the tablets with a greater density of touch sensors. "When using your fingertips, you can select with greater accuracy and experience fewer...

Weekend Links: Book market contracting? Lessons from a day unplugged
March 22, 2015 | 12:44 pm

book market contractingIs the Book Market Contracting? (Dear Author) In the past few months, three of the big five traditional publishers have posted a downturn in sales: Hachette, Simon & Schuster, Reading these reports has felt alarming to me. *** Reading on a Tablet is Bad for Your Neck (GoodeReader) A recent study of 33 university students who use tablets 50+% of their time. Users were tested in a variety of usage positions and whilst reading and typing for 2-5 minutes. *** What I Learned from a Day Unplugged (Apartment Therapy) I don't consider myself addicted to my phone, but recently I've noticed some bad habits lately...

HP Stream 7: A mediocre tablet but a great micro-laptop
March 7, 2015 | 6:29 pm

IMG_20150305_180333372_HDRI’ve had this HP Stream 7 tablet for a couple of days, and my first impression is that it’s fairly mediocre from a tablet standpoint, but it seems like a terrific micro-laptop. With one major caveat I’m still inclined to look upon it as a great bargain at $79—especially since it included a one-year subscription to Microsoft Office 365 (a $69 value) and a $25 Windows Store gift card. It’s like they’re paying you to take the tablet off their hands. I have come across one showstopper bug that colors my whole experience: its Wi-Fi adapter seems notably finicky....

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...

Jolla offers backers another swig of the Kool-Aid
February 1, 2015 | 12:23 pm

Finnish startup Jolla, creators of the Jolla Tablet, which garnered such great recognition - and funding - on Indiegogo a short while ago, has returned for another round of crowd funding, this time offering a 64GB version of the device and a larger battery. "After the successful first phase of our Indiegogo campaign in Nov-Dec last year, we’re now moved to the next phase, and continuing our campaign on Indiegogo at least until the end of February 2015," declares the official Jolla blog. "You now have the opportunity to contribute for the Jolla Tablet and secure your place among the first...

Kobo steps in with Tesco for Blinkbox Books
January 30, 2015 | 4:25 pm

IMG_20150128_085403 After the lamentable news that UK supermarket chain Tesco was about to simply shutter its Blinkbox Books ebook platform, with no buyer or alternative operator in sight, Kobo has stepped up to take over the Blinbox titles, and customers. According to the reports, Kobo did not offer any money to Tesco for the service, but the two companies are working together on a transition nonetheless, with a Kobo app for the Tesco Hudl tablet in the offing that will allow existing Blinkbox Books customers to transfer their libraries easily. Those with unused Blinkbox credit, however, are apparently not having this transferred...

Tesco bails on Blinkbox, bids bye to Blinkbox Books
January 27, 2015 | 6:25 pm

blinkboxTesco has followed through on widespread predictions, and followed the sale of its Blinkbox video service and telecoms provider platform with the disposal of its other Blinkbox-branded online media ventures, including Blinkbox books. Tesco has sold its streaming music service, Blinkbox Music, to Australian streaming platform Guvera, as detailed in an announcement, which states that: "The acquisition of blinkbox Music will help significantly accelerate the growth of Guvera’s business.  Leveraging blinkbox Music’s deep technical, product, marketing and content expertise will allow Guvera to expand into Western Europe faster." The Bookseller, meanwhile, quoted a Tesco spokesperson saying that the Blinkbox Books service would...

TalkTalk picks up Blinkbox from Tesco: Hudl tablet safe for now
January 9, 2015 | 10:25 am

tescologoUK ISP and media player TalkTalk Group has announced the acquisition of "the blinkbox Movies business and the Tesco broadband and fixed line voice base from Tesco Plc." And UK supermarket major Tesco, as many will remember, has won recognition for its own Hudl tablet brand, now expanded with its successor the Hudl 2. Mid-2014 Tesco also launched the Blinkbox Books ebook platform, which is not mentioned in the TalkTalk press release, but further statements by TalkTalk to The Bookseller indicate that Blinkbox Books, as well as the allied music service, remain ... ahem ... on Tesco's books. Tesco also confirmed...

Dell claimed world’s thinnest slice of tablet out at Best Buy
January 6, 2015 | 10:25 am

Something of a latecomer to the tablet market, despite its innovative mobile devices like the Dell Streak, Dell looks to be aiming for the innovation high ground again, with the debut of the Venue 8 7840, which it claims to be the world's thinnest tablet, at 6.4mm (0.24 inches) thick. And this device is already on sale at Best Buy for $399.00. This does actually put the Venue 8 in the same league as the iPad Air 2, which also weighs in at 0.24 inches thick according to headline numbers, albeit 0.3mm better off at 0.61mm. So although the thinnest tablet...

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...

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