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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.

Infographic: The Surprising Comeback of Vinyl Records | Statista You will find more infographics at Statista

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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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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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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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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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Flexible material puts full-color e-paper on display

ecolopaperE-ink displays may be easier on the eyes and less power-hungry than backlit LCDs used in most tablets and phones, but in the color department they’re still playing catch-up. However, this could change thanks to a new type of material developed at Chalmers University of Technology that is flexible, ultrathin and can produce the full color range of an LED-backlit LCD, but requires ten times less energy than a Kindle’s e-ink display.

Like a conventional e-reader screen, the material functions as a reflective display, so instead of being backlit like an LCD, the surface reflects the external light that hits it. Electrically conductive polymers covering the surface change how that light is absorbed and reflected, which allows it to recreate high resolution images and text. The end result is a material that’s less than one micron thick, flexible and extremely energy efficient.

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“The ‘paper’ is similar to the Kindle tablet,” says Andreas Dahlin, lead author of the study. “It isn’t lit up like a standard display, but rather reflects the external light which illuminates it. Therefore it works very well where there is bright light, such as out in the sun, in contrast to standard LED displays that work best in darkness. At the same time it needs only a tenth of the energy that a Kindle tablet uses, which itself uses much less energy than a tablet LED display.”

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