Google Introduces AMP Lite For Slow Networks, Low-Ram Devices

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Google has introduced a new version of Accelerated Mobile Pages it calls AMP Lite. The new Web page format will take up to 45% fewer bytes than the standard AMP page to support slowernetwork connections.

AMP Lite, which compresses images and image data, will roll out globally for “bandwidth-constrained users” in countries such as Vietnam and Malaysia and for those with lowram devices. The changes may modify fine details of some images, but do not affect other parts of the page including ads, according to Software Engineers Huibao Lin and Eyal Peled.

The changewill optimize external fonts by using the amp-font tag, setting the font loading timeout to 0 seconds so thatpages display immediately regardless of whether the external font was previously cached or not, Google’s engineers wrote in a post.

Google also made improvement to image optimizations by AMP Cache. Changes made for AMP tooptimize image delivery range from removing invisible or difficult to view data, reducing color and quality of images without affecting visuals, and converting images to WebP format, which leadsto a 25% reduction in bytes and no loss in quality. A few other more techie changes are described by Lin and Peled.

Source: Google Introduces AMP Lite For Slow Networks, Low-Ram Devices 01/13/2017

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Samsung foldable phone could become reality this year, finally

Samsung seems to have worked out the wrinkles on its much-rumored foldable phone and could unveil such a handset later this year, according to a report from Korea.

The electronics giant is working on a phone with a flexible display that folds open into a 7-inch tablet, the Korea Herald reported Wednesday. It is expected to ship more than 100,000 units during the third quarter, sources described as familiar with the matter told the newspaper.

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Korea-based Samsung had initially focused on a fold-in phone but abandoned the plan out of concern that people would find it inconvenient to unfold the phone every time they wanted to use it, the Herald reported.Samsung did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Source: Samsung foldable phone could become reality this year, finally

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E Ink’s latest ePaper module debuts in 42-inch digital whiteboard

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E Ink has revealed what it’s calling the world’s largest commercially available active matrix ePaper module at CES 2017. QuirkLogic’s eWriter connected writer system has been combined with E Ink’s 42-inch ePaper display technology for the Quilla whiteboard.

Source: E Ink’s latest ePaper module debuts in 42-inch digital whiteboard

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TV trends to expect at CES 2017

Plenty of hype and pretty pictures, and a few cool surprises I’ve been going to CES since the days when press kits were made of actual paper (and you needed a Toshiba rolly bag to carry them all home). Over the years there’s one trend that’s becoming more and more apparent: Don’t expect many real details at the show. Prices? Availability? Yeah, right. Models beyond flagships and concept displays? Good luck. Information that’s not subject to change when the TV actually hits the market? HA! Heck, last year Samsung only showed one model of TV at CES, saving the real meat for mid-April. LG OLED TV rolls up like a piece of paper The mind-blowing 18-inch concept display rolls up a piece of the TV future. by David Katzmaier 1:12 Close LG OLED TV rolls up like a piece of paper

Source: 7 TV trends to expect at CES 2017

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Bendable Phone’s ….

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Google – AMP

AMP is a way to build web pages for static content that render fast. AMP in action consists of three different parts:

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Hulu Launch New TV Streaming Service, Fox And Disney Sign On

Hulu has added new network deals for its new live TV streaming service from 21st Century Fox and Walt Disney. The new service is set to launch in early 2017.

The new service will look tocomplement Hulu’s existing on-demand programming services, with limited commercials for $7.99 per month or commercial-free for $11.99 per month.The deal includes live and on-demandprogramming from Disney/ABC Television Group networks and ESPN as well as Fox, Fox Sports, Fox News, FX Networks, Fox Regional Sports Networks, National Geographic.

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Apple News is sending publishers traffic, but not revenue

A number of publishers say Apple News is sending them a significant traffic boost in the past month, but it’s doing little to help them monetize it.

Publishers say traffic has boomed since the mobile news aggregation app was refreshed as part of an iOS 10 update in mid-September. As part of that update, the app was designed to be bolder and include breaking news notifications and better organization of the main “For You” section.

Several news publisher clients reported they’re getting more audience from Apple News than from Google AMP, the search giant’s fast-loading mobile article initiative, according to Polar, a native ad platform, which is testing branded content promotion in Apple News with a small number of publishers.

Source: Apple News is sending publishers traffic, but not revenue

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PUBLISHER PAYWALLS: Variations & examples of the pay-for-content model – Business Insider

Digital paywalls have helped news publishers like The New York Times and Financial Times stabilize their businesses and mitigate revenue losses in the wake of print’s collapse.

Now a new breed of digital-native publishers — like BuzzFeed, Vox, and Huffington Post — is considering whether to follow suit in a bid to decrease their reliance on the volatile ad market.

Both the incumbents and the disruptors in the online news business must face the same challenge: Millennials are hesitant to pay for their content. Only 25% of US millennials pay for some sort of digital news service (newspapers, magazines, or news apps), according to a 2015 survey from the American Press Institute. Meanwhile, 55% of them pay for entertainment content.

This aversion is encouraging change in the pay-for-content model. Legacy publishers are being forced to reevaluate their existing paywalls and subscription offerings in an effort to drive up new subscribers. Likewise, digital-native publishers that have historically shied away from paywalls are now considering alternative pay-for-content models like micro payments, user-data exchanges, and membership programs that could attract millennials.

Source: PUBLISHER PAYWALLS: Variations & examples of the pay-for-content model – Business Insider

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