Vinyl Making a Comeback ….

VINYL SALES IN THE UNITED STATES

For the 11th time since its conception in 2008, the world will celebrate Record Store Day this Saturday in honor of independently-owned record stores around the globe. Time for us to look at a format that is closely tied to record store culture and has made a surprise comeback in the United States and internationally: the vinyl LP. In 2017, 14 million LPs were sold in the United States, up more than 1,000 percent from 10 years earlier. But how big is vinyl’s comeback really? Should we all dust off our old record players to prepare for the future of music?

Not really. According to Nielsen’s 2017 year-end music report, LPs accounted for no more (but also no less) than 8.5 percent of album sales in the United States. When accounting for streaming and downloads of single tracks, that number drops to 2.5 percent of total music consumption – not exactly the lion’s share.

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Smaller Sony E-Paper

Smaller DPT-CP1

Sony is one of the few companies persisting in E Ink stylus devices, despite the fact that they’re way less practical than a tablet and surprisingly expensive. It has just unveiled a new model, the DPT-CP1 that helps (a bit) on the latter count. It’s much the same as the A4 (13.3-inch diagonal) DPT-RP1 released a year ago, but has a smaller, 10.3-inch diagonal (A5) sized screen instead.

The benefits of Sony’s Digital Paper E Ink tablets are clear with the DPT-CP1. It has an excellent, highly readable 1,404 x 1,872 black and white screen, but is just 5.9 mm thick, weighs about 8 ounces and can go a month on a single charge. It also has a certain x-factor, thanks to the stylus and ability to let you read, jot, sketch and work in longhand on a more paper-like screen than other products.

https://www.engadget.com/2018/04/16/sony-digital-paper-e-ink-dpt-cp1/

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Review: 4 Android Tablets

Tablets from Archos, Samsung and ViewSonic are among the first to challenge the iPad

The Androids are coming — finally

By next year, there could be as many as 15 different Android slates available, according to Anna Hunt, principal analyst at IMS Research. She forecasts sales of 36 million Android tablets by 2015, accounting for roughly 28% of the market. “With a variety of Android slates on the way,” she says, “this market will grow and grow. This is just the start.”

 

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Sony Digital Paper

Digital Paper combines the simplicity of reading and writing on real paper with the convenience of digital features, including easy sharing across devices, searchable documents, and secure document encryption.

 

Writing and drawing feel as natural as on real paper, with the added benefits of highlighting and erasing with a flick of the pen, and turning the page without having to worry about keeping track of multiple sheets. The paper-like screen is glare-free, even in sunlight, and its high resolution displays clear, sharp text

Source: https://www.sony.com/electronics/digital-paper-notepads/dpt-rp1

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Multi-Print Erasable Paper

A team of researchers with Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications, Nanjing Tech University and Northwestern Polytechnical University, all in China, has developed a new type of paper that can be erased and printed on multiple times. In their paper published in the journal Nature Communications, the group explains how they made their paper, how well it works and the ways they are looking to improve it.

Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2018-01-special-paper-erased-multiple.html#jCp

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Google AMP Beats Facebook Instant Articles

 

Facebook launched its fast-loading Instant Articles format in the spring of 2015, and Google followed with its version, Accelerated Mobile Pages, in early 2016. Both were an attempt to make webpages load faster. But while Instant Articles’ use has stagnated, AMP has only grown in importance to publishers.

Google launched the open-source AMP with news publishers, giving them a stripped-down way to formulate their pages so they’d load lightning fast and help them get surfaced in Google search results. Since then, AMP has been extended to all publishers. Their AMP pages now power other parts of Google’s ecosystem, including its mobile news app Newsstand and content suggestions in Google Chrome. Helped by Google’s lobbying power, AMP has been adopted by Reddit, Twitter, LinkedIn and even Flipboard.

Instant Articles, meanwhile, has fallen out of the conversation as Facebook increasingly prioritizes video over text articles in its news feed. Several prominent publishers, including The New York Times and the Guardian, have stopped using Instant Articles altogether.

Read More: https://digiday.com/media/how-google-amp-won-over-facebook/

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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.

https://www.cnet.com/videos/share/its-inevitable-samsung-will-build-a-phone-with-a-foldable-display/

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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