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Could Miniature Kindle and iPad Tablets Save the Newspaper Industry? Probably Not

September 6th, 2012 · iPad, newspaper

ipadsAs we approach upcoming launch events for both Amazon and Apple, speculation is rife about what the things they’re launching could mean for the reading industry. For example, the Guardian ponders what it might mean to have new 7” tablets available for both Amazon and Apple.

The article seems to me to lose a few points for asking in the headline if such tablets can “revive the news industry” but not really making a good argument in the actual article that it really could. A lot more people read books with ereaders than read newspapers or magazines with tablets. The Guardian even admits this, noting that iPad-only paper The Daily just laid off a third of its staff of 150. But wait—we haven’t had a 7” Apple tablet yet!

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Apple Wins Pyrrhic Victory in South Korea, Huge Victory in US in Samsung Patent Lawsuits

August 24th, 2012 · Apple, lawsuit

Two decisions in two different countries about the same patent issue in a single day. How’s that for coincidence? An Apple vs. Samsung fight over a couple of user-interface patents has been decided independently in both South Korea and the US today.

The South Korean decision, which was issued first, was more balanced toward both sides: Samsung violated Apple’s patents on the “bounce-back” effect and slide-to-unlock, but didn’t copy Apple’s designs; Apple violated a couple of Samsung’s wireless patents. They each owe each other five-digit damage sums (Apple owes Samsung about 50% more than Samsung owes Apple), and sales of Apple iPhone and iPad and Samsung Galaxy products are temporarily banned in South Korea. [Read more →]

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Kickstarter Project Seeks to Turn Choose Your Own Adventure Book into iOS Multimedia Experience

August 20th, 2012 · apps, apps & games, iPad, ipad app, iPhone app

underground-kingdomThose of us of a certain age are sure to hold warm recollections of Choose Your Own Adventure stories—those fun little interactive tales from the 1980s filled with instructions to turn to certain pages if you made particular choices in the narrative. For a while, they were all the rage, and there were dozens of them published. They kind of faded out, but nonetheless they’re still probably the most commercially successful example of hypertext fiction.

These books have been available as e-books for a while, but a start-up called Visual Baker wants to bring one of them to the iPad and iPhone in a major way. It’s running a Kickstarter project, working with series creator Edward Packard to bring one of his books to the iPad in an interactive, illustrated, animated, and socially-enabled version. The project has a quite modest goal of $12,000, and it has already reached $2,500 in pledges with 24 days to go. (Found via AppleTell.)

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New York Times Usage and Tablets’ New E-Reading Paradigm

August 3rd, 2012 · iPad, newspaper

Poynter has a post looking at some Nielsen figures on New York Times use over the last few years, finding that time spent with the website from desktops and laptops has been decreasing since 2010, when the iPad first came out.

We asked for the figures to see if the paywall had affected how much time users spend on the site — discouraging drive-by traffic and encouraging more loyal, paying customers to visit. Instead, the figures appear to show how mobile devices are chipping away at the amount of time that users spend on their desktop and laptop computers, the Times says.

It’s funny to think the iPad has only been with us for about 2 and 1/4 years. How has it been changing our reading habits? Maybe not so much for e-books—the device is pretty heavy, and a lot of people still find e-ink easier on the eyes. But studies have shown people are reading a lot more shorter content, such as newspaper or magazine articles, on tablets. And if they’re reading more on tablets, it stands to reason they’re going to read them less on computer screens.

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The Wired iPad app could use some work

April 18th, 2011 · software reviews

So Wired are giving away the May issue of their iPad edition for free, and I finally have an iPad. I immediately downloaded it – well, “immediately” is a bit of a stretch; it was 380MB and took 20 minutes to download.

I’ve had a number of requests on twitter that I review this app, so I wrote the following post for an audience in digital publishing. It is fairly nit-picky, and the average user might not notice these details or even care. But I ‘d still like to know what you think.

There are quite a few lessons to be learned from this app, and I don’t think I can find them all in a single issue.

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iPad Lessons Learned After One Year

April 11th, 2011 · Uncategorized

Was it really a year ago that I got up at the crack of dawn, stood in line at the local Apple store and left with my new favorite gadget, a 32G wifi-only iPad?  The last 12 months have been an interesting period and I thought it would be fun to share the iPad lessons I’ve learned in that time:

iPad is great for consuming short-form content… – In fact, it’s unbeatable when it comes to browsing websites, reading articles, etc.  When I think back to the “old days” when I used to subscribe to The New York Times on my Kindle I shudder in horror.  I can’t believe I was paying $14/month for that Kindle service.  It was awful and remains awful, for that matter.

…but it’s not the best for long-form content — I’ve definitely rethought my original assumption of my iPad replacing my Kindle.  For almost 12 months I ditched my Kindle and did all my long-form reading on my iPad.  The result: OK, but not exceptional.  I still do a lot of long-form reading on my iPad but I also recently bought a new Kindle and use it as an accessory for my iPad.  The combination is a terrific solution, or at least till Apple does something with their proposed patent on a hybrid eInk/LCD display.

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I’m not taking my iPad or Android tablet to the conference

April 3rd, 2011 · opinion

I’m traveling top NYC  this afternoon for a conference and I finally decided on what gadgets I’m going to bring.

Due to weight (and the fact that I don’t want to leave electronics in my hotel room), I had to pick between a Win7 tablet convertible or (as a pair) my iPad and Viewsonic gTablet. I’m taking the Inspiron Duo.

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I was right: The funds for a 1:1 iPad program don’t exist

March 27th, 2011 · opinion

I’ve written posts before objecting to public schools starting iPad pilot programs. My main argument was that they don’t have the funds to follow through and give every student an iPad. Well, yesterday I came across a school district outside of Minneapolis that just proved me right.

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Funniest iPad 2 video yet

March 17th, 2011 · humor

This video is a clip from a late night British tv show called 10 O’Clock Live. The host is Charlie Brooker, and he is an exceptionally sarcastic comedian.

Trust me, this is worth 4 minutes of your time.

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Will the iPad 2 blend? Yes it will! (video)

March 16th, 2011 · humor, video

It was only a matter of time before this was posted. The guys at Will It Blend have released their next video, and this time the iPad 2 is their victim. Gah, what a waste of money.

But I do think the effort they put into shooting actually makes it halfway funny.

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