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Morning Links: HTC sorry for poor performance. Apple to reduce vig to 15%?
June 8, 2015 | 8:29 am

htcHTC says sorry to shareholders for poor performance (Android Community) HTC may be busy introducing new phones left and right but truth is, the company is losing money. Revenue the past months went down by 40 percent but HTC is still hopeful that sales will improve especially after the new models are launched. TeleRead Take: Considering my growing dissatisfaction with my HTC phone, I'm neither surprised nor disappointed. *** Apple Reportedly Planning to Reduce Vig to 15% – Will It Impact eBooks? (Ink, Bits & Pixels) For the past four and a half years Apple has been strangling its ebook competitors by requiring a 30%...

Morning Links: No Google Tablet in 2015. Twitter to Acquire Flipboard?
May 27, 2015 | 9:00 am

Google tabletGoogle to launch two Nexus phones but no tablet this 2015 (Android Community) We've been saying that Google might release two new Nexus phones simultaneously but we're silent about the next Nexus tablet. Truth is, we haven't heard any information yet and looks like we know the reason why: there will be no Nexus tablet this year. *** Twitter Has Held Talks to Acquire Flipboard (re/code) Twitter has been engaged in an ongoing series of talks to acquire Flipboard, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the situation, in an all-stock deal that would value the company at over $1 billion. *** Everything Google is rumored...

Morning Links: Handling the Pinterest problem. Holes in security on cheap kid’s tablets
February 26, 2015 | 9:00 am

PinterestHere's How One Marketing Firm is Handling the Pinterest Problem (GigaOM) Making the most of the site’s reach takes more than just a promoted pin — brands need a marketing strategy that taps into all of Pinterest’s qualities. *** The Security on Cheap Kid's Tablets Has More Holes Than Swiss Cheese (Ink, Bits & Pixels) Bluebox shocked no one last November when they revealed that cheap Android tablets came with bonus security problems, and this security firm is back again this week with a report which shows that cheap kid's tablets are just as ridden with security issues. *** Reading Authors Not Like Me (John Scalzi) I’ve...

Morning Links: Kindle Unlimited illegal in France. Tablets aren’t rotting kid’s brains
February 20, 2015 | 9:00 am

kindle unlimitedKindle Unlimited Ruled Illegal in France (Ink, Bits & Pixels) In a move that surprises no one, the government of France announced today that subscription ebook services, including Kindle Unlimited, violated France's fixed price book laws. *** No, Tablets Aren't Necessarily Rotting Kid's Brains (Lifehacker) There's a lot of research out there about kids and screen time, and I also turned to Clare Smith, an early language development researcher who is also a speech and language therapist, to get to the bottom of things. Here's what you need to know. *** Kobo Unveils Digital Writing Contest (GoodeReader) Kobo has just unveiled a new literary prize to celebrate...

Corning’s Project Phire ready to phire up your screen?
February 9, 2015 | 6:25 pm

Broken_glass_300Corning, whose Gorilla Glass is the default standard for many touchscreen tablet and smartphone devices, has been seeding the media with hints about its new Project Phire lately, which apparently approaches the scratch resistance of pure sapphire when used for screens. As yet, there's no confirmation on the Corning website, but the original report on CNET quotes a speech at an investor presentation by James Clappin, president of Corning Glass Technologies, stating that the new project will combine the shatterproof and drop resistance durability of its existing Gorilla Glass with sapphire's scratch resistance. Exactly why Corning is so eager to follow in...

Latest IDC numbers: Another tablet upset?
February 3, 2015 | 4:25 pm

The latest International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker has brought joy to the hearts of Luddites everywhere with the news that: "worldwide tablet shipments recorded a year-over-year decline for the first time since the market's inception in 2010. Overall shipments for tablets and 2-in-1 devices reached 76.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2014 (4Q14) for -3.2 percent growth." This follows from the last quarter's IDC predictions which already forecast that the global market had hit peak tablet. All the same, "although the fourth quarter witnessed a decline in the global market, shipments for the full year 2014 increased 4.4%, totaling 229.6...

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...

Gentlemen take Polaroids
January 10, 2015 | 4:37 pm

The Polaroid brand has been enjoying a sort of second life for a while now as a budget Android tablet line, with Chris Meadows reporting on a mini-tablet from them roughly a year ago. With this year's CES, the legacy brand managers Southern Telecom have come out with two new Android tablets that may rebuild its cachet further, as both ship with Lollipop 5.0, the latest version of the Android OS, making them some of the first budget devices to do so. As announced by Polaroid, the Polaroid L Series "is comprised of the L7 (7” tablet), and L10 (10.1” tablet). Both sizes...

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...

eReading while cruising
December 19, 2014 | 10:27 am

ereadingWhen I mentioned to Chris Meadows that I was leaving for my first ever cruise, he suggested I write something about ereading while cruising. I wasn't sure how I'd approach that, until I'd been on the ship for a couple of days. It was interesting to walk around the decks and see what devices people were using. Here's what I saw. The first day, Nooks outnumbered Kindles, but that turned out to be a fluke. After that first day, I saw only one other Nook. Kindles abounded, although most of them were the eInk versions. I saw lots of Paperwhites, one Touch,...

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...

Morning Links: Amazon bundling KU with Kindles. Global tablet market slowing
November 26, 2014 | 9:00 am

global tablet marketAmazon Now Bundling Kindle Unlimited with New Kindles, Fire Tablets (The Digital Reader) If you’ve been waiting to pick up a Kindle on Black Friday then I have some good news for you: a better deal has come along. *** The Global Tablet Market is Slowing Down, Says IDC (GigaOM) It’s been clear for a while that iPads and other tablets follow a much longer upgrade cycle than smartphones. A new report from IDC backs up this anecdotal trend with sales estimates. *** Dear Library Forgive Me (Book Riot) This is not a love letter. This is an apology. Remember when we used to see...

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...

Morning Links: Do you still use your tablet. Should Facebook offer “Pay for Privacy?”
November 14, 2014 | 9:00 am

tabletWhy It's Time for Facebook to Offer a 'Pay for Privacy' Feature (GigaOM) Facebook’s privacy policies are back in the news again, and they reflect a major improvement — to the company’s PR strategy. Otherwise, it’s just the same old deal in which Facebook users agree to hand over more personal information in exchange for the right to use the service for free. *** Can Reading Local Cure my Amazon Addiction? (Book Riot) Here’s my confession. I buy 90% of my books from Amazon (gulp!), even as I diligently link to Indiebound.org on my blog to spur readers to shop indie. *** Do You Still Use...

Morning Links: Debut novelist wins Canada lit prize. Non-fiction formatting terrible on tablets?
November 12, 2014 | 9:00 am

formattingDebut Novelist Wins Canada's Biggest Lit Prize (PW) When the winner of the C$100,000 Scotiabank Giller Prize was announced at a gala in Toronto Monday night, the spotlight was on a new writer, Sean Michaels, and his debut novel Us Conductors, published by Random House Canada. *** Ending Reader Comments is a Mistake, Even if You Are Reuters (GigaOM) In a post about the decision, Reuters Digital executive editor Dan Colarusso describes it as a necessary evolution, brought about by changes in reader behavior. *** Is Nonfiction eBook Formatting Still Terrible on Tablets? (The Digital Reader) One might think that ebook formatting would be nearly perfect...

HP Stream series could herald new era for Windows 8 tablets?
November 10, 2014 | 12:25 pm

Windows 8 tablets have not exactly fared well in the market share wars so far, with Microsoft Windows tablets holding only 1.6 percent of the North American market, according to the latest Chikita Insights numbers. One of the factors could be price, although that hardly seems to have held the iPad back. If so, HP appears to be aiming for a solution, with the debut of the low end of its HP Stream series of devices, offering Windows 8 tablet power for just $100. The HP Stream 7, bottom of the range, offers a 1280 x 800 7" screen, as well as an...

Chikita Insights numbers show iPad still dominates North American tablet usage
November 10, 2014 | 10:27 am

ipad mini vs ipad airThe Fourth Quarter 2014 Tablet Update from research firm Chikita Insights shows a sustained and apparently unassailable lead for Apple in the North American tablet market. "iPad users generated 79.9% of North American tablet-based Web traffic over the month of September 2014 - a share down from the 81% figure observed one year ago, but a gain of 1.9 percentage points since July 2014," says Chikita. "Meanwhile, Amazon and Samsung tablets are, respectively, still the second- and third-largest sources of tablet Web usage in the U.S. and Canada." The figures are based, acccording to Chikita, on samples of "tens of millions of...

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