More than half say they’ll use tablet to read e-books and newspapers.
More than one in five Americans either currently own or plan to purchase a tablet within the next three years, according to an online survey conducted by Harris Interactive and sponsored by app designer Fuze Box. Nine million Americans currently own tablets, the survey says.
Both personal and business reasons will drive the tablet purchases, with 53 percent of respondents saying they plan to read e-books and newspapers on the device (that actually eclipsed gaming, which just 33 percent of respondents say they’ll be doing on tablets).
While men are more likely to say they own or plan to buy a tablet than women in the next three years (26 percent versus 18 percent), women are more likely to say they’ll use tablets for social networking (60 percent versus 43 percent, respectively).
Original post: http://www.foliomag.com/2010/survey-one-five-american-adults-own-tablet-2014
They’ve defied my expectations, however, and are actually beginning to ship to their first pre-order customers (though many are having to wait until mid-January, and are canceling their orders). The version I got to play with was pretty much final, though I haven’t had the pleasure of hefting the (in)famous dual-display version, which I expect will turn out to be an albatross around the company’s neck.
Some relevant final specs from the specs page:
- One or two 14.1″ 1440×900 touchscreens (pen and finger input)
- Nvidia Tegra T200 CPU (dual-core ARM Cortex A9)
- 512MB RAM
- 16GB or 32GB onboard storage
- Micro USB, microphone, and 3.5mm audio ports
- 2.6lb (single-screen), 5.6lb (dual-screen)
Original post: http://www.crunchgear.com/2010/12/20/the-kno-starts-shipping-tomorrow/
Want to get a gander at “the Daily,” Rupert Murdoch’s much-discussed but still sorta-secret iPad newspaper? Wait a month.
News Corp. plans to launch the publication the week of January 17, multiple sources tell me.
The caveat here is that launch plans have moved around a couple of times in the past few months; until recently, lots of folks expected to see this thing in December. But this latest date looks like a much safer bet. (News Corp. also owns this Web site.)
Given that News Corp. has hired dozens of blabby journalists for the Daily, and interviewed many more, lots of other details about the app/service have leaked out already: It will come out daily, it will sell for 99 cents a week, it will use lots of video and it will have cool multimedia bells and whistles, including some kind of 3-D effect that lots of people are very excited about. And Apple CEO Steve Jobs may or may not participate in a launch event.
Most important for other media companies: The Daily is supposed to use a new “push” subscription feature from Apple, where iTunes automatically bills customers on a weekly or monthly basis, and a new edition shows up on customers’ iPads every morning.
Original post: http://mediamemo.allthingsd.com/20101217/rupert-murdochs-daily-ipad-newspaper-set-for-january-launch/
Apple is reportedly gearing up its supply chain for the production of six million iPad devices per month, beginning early next year, according to sources cited by DigiTimes on Thursday. The iPad maker has added two additional touch-panel manufacturers to its list of suppliers, industry sources told the Taiwan-based newspaper.
Some industry observers see the unconfirmed report as a sign that Apple may introduce a new iPad model as soon as January or February. However, six million units per month would be more than three times Piper Jaffray’s forecast of 5.5 million iPad shipments in the entire fourth quarter of 2010.
Piper Jaffray forecasts that Apple will sell 13 million iPads in all of 2010 and estimates 79 percent year-over-year growth to 23.3 million units in 2011. Though Apple sells products such as Mac computers and iPods in more than 160 countries worldwide, the iPad is currently only available in 30, they noted. "We believe that Apple will eventually sell at least the Wi-Fi-only iPad in all 160+ countries," Munster, Olson and Murphy wrote.
Original post: http://www.newsfactor.com/story.xhtml?story_id=10100ACM7R9C&nl=2&full_skip=1
Tablet computers are poised to transform the marketplace for personal computers and consumer electronics, according to eMarketer, which sees cumulative worldwide sales of tablet computers exceeding 140 million units by the end of 2012. That’s a combined total of 15.7 million devices sold in 2010, plus a projected 43.6 million in 2011 and another 81.3 million in 2012.
The Apple iPad will dominate this burgeoning market, with a total 13.3 million units sold in 2010, followed by 33.1 million in 2011, and 56.1 million in 2012, for cumulative sales of 102.5 million by the end of that year.
The 2012 sales figure represents about 69% of the total market forecast for that year, down from an 85% share this year. U.S. iPad sales are expected to increase from 8.5 million this year to 19.4 million in 2011 and 30.1 million in 2012.
If accurate, the 2011-2012 projections extend a remarkable sales record for the iPad following its debut in April. By the beginning of May, total iPad sales had passed 1 million, climbing to 2 million by the beginning of June and 5 million by the beginning of August.
The 7-inch device comes with Android 2.2 Froyo. It is one of the only 7-inch tablet devices with Android Google Mobile Services (GMS) and can handle 3.5G of data, according to ViewSonic. It has 512 MB of RAM, 512 MB of flash memory, and an 800 x 480 pixel capacitive screen for viewing more than 100,000 apps and games. It also provides access to Gmail, YouTube, and other social networking apps, as well as Google Marketplace.
The ViewPad 7 retails for $429 on Amazon, however the Web site says the device is temporarily out of stock. It is also out of stock on ViewSonic’s Web site, which lists the tablet for $599.
The NYT, citing sources, says in a report today, that Ballmer will show off “a number” of tablets running the operating system, presumably during his keynote address on Jan. 5. At one point last summer, Microsoft said it had 21 partners who would release slates running Windows 7 “within the year.” The NYT confirms two: Dell and Samsung. No word, however, on when any of these may come to market.
If this sounds like a bit of deja vu, that’s because Ballmer actually showed off three different slate PCs running Windows 7 during his keynote a year ago.
Only one of those, the HP (NYSE: HPQ) Slate 500, which is geared toward “professionals,” has come to market so far. These latest devices will also apparently be aimed at business users, with the NYT citing its source as saying that Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) “believes there is a huge market for business people who want to enjoy a slate for reading newspapers and magazines and then work on Microsoft Word, Excel or PowerPoint while doing work.”
Sony Corp exhibited a 13.3-inch flexible electronic paper (e-paper) device at Eco-Products 2010, a trade show on green technologies, which is taking place from Dec 9 to 11, 2010, in Tokyo.
This is the first time that the e-paper device has been disclosed to the public, the company said.
Sony declined to comment on the details of the e-paper device including its pixel count and backplane, saying it was exhibited just to show the concept of replacing paper. It is equipped with E Ink Corp’s e-paper using microcapsules.
In the past, Sony prototyped a 4.8-inch e-paper device with organic TFTs (thin-film transistors) that use the "PXX," an organic semiconductor material stable to oxygen, moisture and light. Its pixel count was 640 x 480. But the company did not reveal whether the new 13.3-inch e-paper device uses the same technology.
If you’re in the Digital Publishing Suite prerelease program, you’ve probably noticed an update to the Digital Publishing Suite authoring tools this week. The latest version – Drop 8 – includes additions of frequently requested features and product improvements. Check out some of the main features below.
New Overlay Creator Panel. A new Overlay Creator panel for InDesign CS5 replaces the standalone Interactive Overlay Creator app. This change means that you can now create all overlays directly within InDesign as part of a more streamlined workflow. After installing the Overlay Creator panel, you can access it through the Window > Extensions > Overlay Creator menu.
Content Viewer for Desktop. The first iteration of the Content Viewer for Desktop is now available for testing content. Because it doesn’t yet support all the features of its cousin, the Content Viewer for iPad, you should use it only as a basic testing tool (although we’re working feverishly on this). It is our first step in creating viewers for multiple devices besides the iPad (including for Android and BlackBerry OS in the future).
eCommerce Subscription Services. Publishers can now utilize subscription models that allows readers to subscribe to a magazine and receive regular updates of content. This is part of our vision to allow publishers a broad range of selling options through the eCommerce Service of the Digital Publishing Suite – including through mobile marketplaces or directly to consumers. In Drop 8, customers can also specify content that should remain downloaded on a tablet device – a feature especially useful for news magazines.
In addition, the update also includes support for a grid view in the Content Viewer library, support for 3G downloading of folio files on the iPad, and a renaming of the “.issue” file format to “.folio”, among other improvements.
If you’re not yet part of the Digital Publishing Suite prerelease program, register for free access at www.adobe.com/beta and select “Adobe Digital Publishing Suite.” You can also download the Digital Publishing Feature Summary and History (PDF, 1.0 MB) for a complete look at the Drop 8 features – as well as the feature history of the product since the beginning.
Original Post: http://blogs.adobe.com/digitalpublishing/2010/12/prerelease-update.html