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Tales of Amazon’s Dominance of the UK Online Retail Market may have been Greatly Exaggerated

April 23rd, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · DeBunking → No Comments

Theamazoncoms-secret-retail-empire[1] BBC is reporting this week that Amazon has half of Britain’s online retail market, but I’m not so sure that there are enough facts to back up the claim.

On Sunday the BBC broadcast and published a documentary that examined Amazon’s dominance of UK retail. The text version of the piece led with a startling claim:
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Project Naptha Chrome Plugin Lets You Edit, Translate Text in Images

April 23rd, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · Plugin → No Comments

Google project napthaand many other companies have long used OCR technology to convert words in an image to text. This used to require a lot of computing power and expensive scanners, but now you can pull off the same trick using nothing more than Chrome web browser and a plugin.
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iThing Users Can Now Get up to 100GB Cloud Storage for $1 per Year

April 23rd, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · Cloud Storage, iDrive → No Comments

Only two idriveweeks after making a similar offer to Android users, cloud storage provider iDrive announced on Wednesday that they are offering iPad and iPhone users 100GB of combined backup and sync cloud storage for just $1 per year.

The offer includes 50GB of data storage and another 50GB for backing up a devices data, including contacts, calendar events, photos, videos, SMS, call logs, and apps.
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Japan Display Debuts a New 10″ Screen With 438 ppi Resolution

April 23rd, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · Japan Display, Screen Tech → No Comments

Samsung20140423_b has a reputation for making the highest resolution and best quality tablet and smartphone screens, but it looks like they have some serious competition.

Japan Display unveiled a new 10″ panel today, and it puts both Samsung’s and Apple’s best displays to shame.
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Amazon Expands Prime Instant Video With HBO Shows – But Not Game of Thrones

April 23rd, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · Amazon → 2 Comments

AmazonWebHero-HBOCollection-Multi_ComingSoon_460x208._V337939359_SX460_[1] sweetened the Prime membership offer this morning with a new deal with HBO.

Amazon Prime subscribers can now enjoy select seasons of select HBO shows, including The Sopranos, Six Feet Under, The Wire, Big Love, Deadwood, Eastbound & Down, Family Tree, Enlightened, Treme, early seasons of Boardwalk Empire and True Blood, as well as mini-series like Band of Brothers, John Adams and more.
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New 7″ Samsung Phablet Shows up at China’s FCC

April 23rd, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · Android, hardware news, Phablet, Samsung, Smartphone, Tablet → 1 Comment

Ansamsung 7 inch phone china 1 unnamed Samsung device has appeared on the website of Tenaa, China’s Telecommunications Equipment Certification Center.

The SM-2558 doesn’t quite look like any of Samsung’s existing smartphones or tablets, but it does have aspects of either category.
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Kindle for iPad, iPhone Updated

April 23rd, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · Amazon, ipad app, iPhone app, Kindle → 2 Comments

kindle itunes logoAmazon rolled out a minor update today for the Kindle app for iOS, adding a couple minor tweaks which readers will appreciate.

Neither of the improvements today are a major change, and they won’t be available for all ebooks, but it will still be nice to have them.
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The Morning Coffee – 23 April 2014

April 23rd, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · Morning Coffee → 3 Comments

Here’s a short list to read this morning.

  • 99 Book Nerd Problems (B&N Blog)
  • Amazon takes half of UK’s online retail spend (The Bookseller)
  • Authors create product, readers consume product—those in between must provide long-term value (Write on the River)
  • Book, Magazine Sales Fell 9% at BAM (The Passive Voice)
  • The various types of readers (Studio Tendra)
  • Visual storytelling site Storybird adds longform option for the school-age set (GigaOm)
  • What does it mean to ‘amazon’ something? (MobyLives)

New Browser Plugin Figuratively Kills the Word Literally

April 22nd, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · Figuratively, Literally → No Comments

unnamedThe war between those who use the word literally in its correct historical meaning and those who cannot stand to see the word used for exaggeration will likely never end, but thanks to a new browser plugin it’s now possible to call a truce.
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Sony’s $1,100 Digital Paper Has Found a New Home: in HR

April 22nd, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · hardware news, sony → 1 Comment

When sony-digitalpaper-dpt-s1Sony’s expensive Digital Paper writing slate launched in the US last month I knew that its $1,100 price tag and limited feature set would make it hard to find buyers, but it looks like Sony DPT-S1 has found a home where money is rarely a problem: Hollywood.

Sony put out a press release today, announcing a new deal with Ease Entertainment. This firm handles accounting and payroll for studios and other entertainment companies, and they think the Sony Digital Paper is a great idea.
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