Aug 16, 2016
Earlier this month, I read a great article in The New York Times about the benefits of reading real books to your children. I’ve been an avid reader all of my life and a mom for nearly three years, so this article piqued my interest. It also got me thinking about how my own reading habits have changed over time.
As a child, I grew up using physical books. Pretty much everything that I read for education or enjoyment was some form of ink on paper. I also grew up using screens—my family had a home computer and TVs, but e-Readers were a long way off at that point. The books that I read were “book books.”
I bought my first iPad about 5 years ago, and my personal reading habits began to change. Although I still have shelves of physical books, most of the books that I purchase these days are in electronic form. My iPad became my library, and although there was still something appealing about ink-and-paper books, I became fully entrenched in electronic reading. I didn’t think I’d ever go back.
Then I became a mom.
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Oct 9, 2015
We live in exciting times with a constant stream of innovations. With recent announcements from DxO and Light, the imaging world is about to experience a new revolution in photography.
The DxO One camera
DxO (headquartered in Paris and San Francisco) is best known for its advanced image processing technologies. The company is making its first foray into the camera hardware market with the new DxO One, which launched in September. We see the DxO One as the next evolution of the lens camera segment, which Sony initiated in 2013 with its QX series.
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Jun 4, 2014
On June 2nd, Apple announced that iOS 8 will become available later this year to download for iPhones, iPads, and iPods. This new version of iOS promises to be a major upgrade on the current iteration, iOS 7.
Below is a summary of the photo related announcements that Apple made on Monday. I am excited about the changes that Apple is making, not just because I am the owner of Apple products myself, but because I can see the benefits for consumers in general.
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Dec 18, 2013
In June, Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) announced their plan to initially roll out 32GB 4th-generation Apple iPads to every student in 47 campuses in a deal worth $30 million. The district has 640,000 students at 1,087 schools, so over the next few years the school board has committed to spend hundreds of millions of dollars with Apple. The district’s plan is to equip every student with a device by 2014. Apple is selling the iPads, preloaded with education software for $678 each with a three-year warranty. Retail price for the 32GB iPad is $599. The board unanimously voted on Apple because the iPad rated the best in quality, was the least expensive and received the highest scoring by the review panel (made up of students and teachers). Other devices that could have been considered include Chromebooks, which can be argued to offer more value for just $249 retail price, netbooks, and also Windows-based laptops, which are potentially more versatile than a tablet starting at $400 retail.
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Jan 2, 2013
Today I purchased the e-version of the last print issue of Newsweek magazine. Oxymoronic? Or just moronic?
As tablet computers proliferate, and we are Nooked and Kindled and iPadded and even Andrioded to death, the ease and convenience of acquiring content touches more and more people. As someone who passes through train and bus stations a lot, I see tablets everywhere. I assume that they are also at airports. A few diehards have laptops but tablets are omnipresent.
And it is not generational. From kids to seniors, e-gadgets are age-independent. Read more »
Oct 16, 2012
In April of this year, InfoTrends surveyed more than 1,300 U.S. adult consumers about their use of smartphones, tablets, and Internet-connected television. We found that about 31% of them were using a tablet — more than double the percentage from a similar survey just ten months earlier. We expect the growth of tablets to continue for quite some time, fueled in part by the flood of lower-cost devices recently announced (and rumored to be announced) before the holiday season. In fact, nearly 36% of those not already using a tablet indicated that they thought they would purchase one in less than a year. Read more »
Aug 14, 2012
As a father of four children, I often get insights about the meaning of life and the future of the printing industry from seemingly innocuous experiences and items that cross my desk. (Sorry, I’m an analyst. I can’t help myself.) This week it was an update on International Paper’s Franklin Mill and a letter from the principal of my son’s middle school (don’t worry, he’s not in trouble) that I believe are prescient on the direction of much of the paper and printing industry.
Less Freesheet, More Fluff Pulp
Back in October 2009, during the depth of the economic recession, International Paper (IP) made the difficult decision to close its Franklin, VA mill that produced over 600,000 tons of uncoated freesheet paper used for printing and copying (nearly 20% of IP’s capacity)Â and 140,000 tons of coated paperboard used for book covers, greeting cards, direct mail advertising and other products (7% of IP’s capacity). The closure resulted in over 1,100 job terminations and was extremely painful for the community of Franklin (population 8,600) who’s history was inextricably linked to the Camp family and Union Camp paper mill.
Diane Mathews, Daily PressÂ / October 5, 2010
International Paper Franklin Mill
IP’s chief executive John Faraci recently commented to the Wall Street Journal that during the recession, copy paper demand in North America “stopped overnight”. “We had no choice,” he said. “We didn’t have any orders.”
I believe many CEOs in the printing, office equipment, and paper industries were having a similar experience at that time.
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Jul 16, 2012
In June, Screen USA invited a group of industry analysts and trade press editors to its U.S. headquarters in Rolling Meadows, Illinois, not far from Chicago, for a briefing that they called “A Closer Look.” The title is apt, because if you are like me, you may not have understood the full breadth of Screen’s graphic arts offerings.
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May 17, 2012
Magazine publishers have been experimenting with digital editions for quite some time, typically through the use of PDF replicas of the print edition including varying degrees of interactive enhancement. Before the launch of the iPad and subsequent tablets, reading digital editions was largely relegated to the laptop. For road warriors always on-the-go who wanted to keep with their magazine subscriptions, this model worked well. For most other consumers, the experience wasn’t ideal, and digital edition adoption was limited to a niche audience. Post-iPad launch, however, tablet adoption soared, and publishers started experimenting with delivering their magazines in a format optimized for the native capabilities of tablets, including touch interfaces, powerful processors, and web connectivity.
Time Magazine,Â Wired, and many others came out with interactive digital publications on the iPad during or closely after its launch. These interactive apps featured print content tailored to fit within the screen resolution of the iPad and other tablets, as well as optimized navigation for touch gestures and the inclusion of rich media and animated components in editorial and advertising content. Even though these types of interactive apps have only been in existence since spring 2010, these features are the gold standard for tablet digital editions, and hundreds of publishers have taken the plunge to make their magazines more interactive. Adobe provides key enabling technology for publishers to generate digital editions with its Digital Publishing Suite (DPS). Read more »
Mar 21, 2012
Updated — March 21st
HP has today confirmed the reports in the Wall Street Journal andÂ Reuters. The Imaging and Printing Group (IPG) and the Personal Systems Group (PSG) will be combined into a new business unit, namely the Printing and Personal Systems Group, to be led by Todd Bradley.Â Vyomesh Joshi (VJ), the current executive vice president of IPG, is to retire from HP after a 31-year career with the company. This is an interesting, if not entirely unexpected development. Both areas of the business are under pressure; PSG from the rise of mobile computing, IPG from the rise of mobile computing. But that is where the similarity ends.
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