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Best Buy CEO says tablet sales are ‘crashing’
August 4, 2014 | 12:38 pm

Re/code has an interview with Best Buy CEO Hubert Joly in which he talks about a few things like fighting showrooming with pricematching, why people might want to buy gadgets in Best Buy rather than Amazon, and perhaps most interestingly, the sales rates for tablets. We’ve mentioned before how the tablet seems to be replacing the laptop in terms of most ordinary consumers’ needs, but according to Joly sales have been starting to fall off. He believes this might suggest the market has just about reached saturation—all the people who wanted a tablet have gotten one, and they don’t...

Weekend Roundup: Trad publishing not in authors’ interests. Amazon the friendly giant
July 13, 2014 | 2:59 pm

amazonAmazon, A Friendly Giant As Long as It's Fed (NYT) A few years ago he was reduced to returning bottles and cans for grocery money. Now his Amazon earnings pay for lengthy stays in Italy and Paris, as well as expeditions to the real Amazon. *** UK Society of Authors: Traditional Publishing No Longer in Author's Best Interests (GoodeReader) But one organization in the UK, the Society of Authors, has stated in an interview with its head Nicola Solomon that the validity of the traditional publishers is questionable and goes so far as to state the traditional publishing as a whole is no longer...

Infographic: How Americans spend their tablet time
July 13, 2014 | 2:47 pm

tabletA cute interactive infographic  came my way this weekend from the folks at Kensington, exploring how Americans use their tablet devices. There was nothing earth-shaking here, but a few fun facts, including who is most likely to use their tablet in the bathroom (men), who is more likely to prefer a television (senior citizens) and who are the biggest early birds (18-24 year olds). If you are a trivia junkie, you might enjoy this! ...

Tesco launches Harper Lee promo to draw Blinkbox Books customers
July 11, 2014 | 12:27 pm

UK supermarket chain Tesco has launched a free ebook giveaway promotion for the Blinbox Books platform that accompanies its Tesco Hudl tablet, launched last year, and its other Blinkbox online content offerings. The title in question is Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird, and Blinkbox Books will give away 1000 copies to downloaders on a first-come-first-served basis. "The novel has been translated into more than 40 languages and has sold over 30 million copies worldwide, and counting," runs Blinkbox Books' introduction. "You know you want to be number 30,000,001." To Kill a Mockingbird now occupies the prime slot on Blinkbox Books' website,...

Ars Technica exhaustively documents all Android versions
June 16, 2014 | 2:37 am

its-been-quite-a-journey1-980x439In the interest of documenting it for the historical record, Ars Technica has just posted an immense 40,000-word retrospective on all versions of Android to date, with as many screen shots and as much information as they can gather. It’s possibly the biggest article I’ve seen on their site, at 26 separate pages; Ars Technica premier subscribers can view it in single page form on the site or download a PDF. Those folks who don’t pay for a subscription may want to use an aggregator like Instapaper to view it in a more manageable form. It might even...

$50 tablets are now a thing
June 8, 2014 | 5:42 am

DigiLand-DL-71These are the days of miracle and wonder… A few months ago, I wrote that the $100 laptop was now the $100 tablet. It turns out that now, it’s the $50 tablet. First they were on sale for that at Office Depot. Since, I’ve seen them around the same price in Fry’s. Now Nate reports on The Digital Reader that Best Buy has a $50 dual-core Android 4.4 tablet, and I just got a Wal-Mart sales circular email advertising Ematic 7” tablets for $55 and $60. It also features a number of other tablets in the $70 to $100...

Morning Links: Surface Pro only okay tablet, and it’s fine. Faking cultural literacy and more
May 26, 2014 | 10:00 am

Surface ProSurface Pro 3 Isn't a Superb Tablet (But That May be OK) (GigaOM) I’d never argue that Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 should be your first choice if you’re looking for a pure tablet. If you have limited tablet needs, though, the slate functions are a nice bonus from the ultrabook-like laptop computer. *** Faking Cultural Literacy (NY Times) Every few weeks, my wife mentions the latest book her book club is reading, and no matter what it is, whether I’ve read it or not, I offer an opinion of the work, based entirely on ... what, exactly? *** How Can We Make the Publishing Process More...

Morning Roundup: Surface Pro 3? Photographer targeting Google over copyright infringement and more
May 14, 2014 | 9:00 am

Surface Pro 3Oops! Microsoft hints at a Surface Pro 3 (GigaOM) An official Microsoft support page spotted by The Verge references the Surface Pro 3, a device that doesn’t yet exist. *** Keeping It Real — Are Our Technology Expectations Out of Whack? (The Scholarly Kitchen) Of course, these complaints are rife with contradictions. We want unlimited horsepower at low prices; we want more platform provider options but a “one-stop shop”; and we want them to be both unlimited in their scope and simple to work with. *** Photographer Who Settled With Twitter Over Copyright Infringement Allegations Now Targeting Google (Techdirt) As Mike opined during Boffoli's initial infringement lawsuit,...

You can use a Bluetooth mouse with your Android tablet!
March 20, 2014 | 9:49 am

20140320_072854_HDRAlso, the sky is blue, water is wet, and the sun is warm. That’s probably what some of you are thinking upon reading that headline. But I’m pretty sure there must be plenty of people out there who aren’t aware of this yet, just because it’s not what you would assume a (non-Windows) tablet is made for. So this is a reminder to people who like to use their Android tablets for productivity purposes: there’s an easier way than tapping on the screen when you need to highlight things or move the cursor. I had known about this ability...

Using an N2A card for KitKat on Nook HD
February 23, 2014 | 12:17 pm

n2a card for kitkat on nook hdLast year, when Barnes & Noble announced that Google Play would be available on the Nook HD and HD+, I ran out to buy an HD. I'd loved the form factor and screen resolution, but the lack of a proper app store had been a problem. Almost a year later, especially after upgrading my Nexus 7 to KitKat, I've realized how long in the tooth is Ice Cream Sandwich. I had toyed with flashing my HD to run KitKat, but I hesitated to lose the stock reader. Then I saw that N2A supported KitKat. I'd had an N2A card on my...

Polaroid mini-tablet offers Android iPod Touch alternative…though not a very good one
January 23, 2014 | 9:28 pm

polaroidtabI have mentioned more than once that Android lacks a real equivalent to the iPod Touch. Sure, there are plenty of smartphones, and there are more than a few mini-tablets, but the mini-tablets generally seem to be running version 2 of Android, which means they have no (legitimate) access to the Play Store. Since I’ve ended up switching to an Android smartphone that fills my music-playing needs, I haven’t needed one as much, but I’ve still been curious whether one might become available. I was interested the other day when Nate mentioned on The Digital Reader that Sony was...

Morning Roundup: Licensed Brands Drive Discovery for Kids, Take Copyright Back!
January 14, 2014 | 9:00 am

licensed brands drive discoveryLicensed Brands Drive Discovery and Sales for Kids Apps (Digital Book World) “When kids search for your books, they’re not searching for the books, they’re searching for the licensed characters and titles,” said Huang. “Licensing drives search and sales.” *** McDonald's Expands Free eBook Program Into Germany (The Digital Reader) The new literacy/advertising program will be running for the next couple months, and it will feature ebooks on the subjects of natural wonders as well as stars and planets. *** Copyright Week: Take Copyright Back (Boing Boing) This week is Copyright Week, and every day this week, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and its allies in the fight...