Oct 3, 2014
According to the Consumer Electronics Association’s (CEA) 21st Annual CE Holiday Purchase Patterns Study, the average amount spent on CE gifts by U.S. adults this year will be $286, an increase of 15% from last year. The tech products that consumers most want to receive as gifts this holiday season are tablets (13%), notebook/laptop computers (11%), TVs (8%), smartphones (7%), and video game consoles (7%). At the bottom of the wish list are digital cameras, e-readers, Blu-ray players, and MP3 players (at 2% each), and desktop PCs (1%).
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Aug 15, 2013
One of the big dilemmas for today’s smartphones and tablets is limited memory. With more vendors including only internal memory and no built-in microSD card slot for extended memory options, mobile device users are left with nowhere to go if they run out of internal memory for their collection of music, photos, and videos.
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Christine Dunne Dunne
Jun 24, 2013
Over the last year there have been countless announcements related to new mobile phones, tablets, and apps for personal and business use alike.
While the majority of these announcements have nothing to do with printing, there have still been a fair number of developments in the mobile printing realm (mobile printing is defined as sending or initiating a print job using a mobile device, such as a smartphone or tablet).
Those paying attention (myself included) will have noticed that new features have been added to mobile printing apps, including support for more printer models, file types, and print settings, and that more mobile operating systems are now compatible with these apps.
Both the Android and iOS versions of Epson’s iPrint app, for instance, now support the printing of Microsoft Office documents.
Epson iPrint App Interface
These are certainly positive developments in terms of making mobile printing accessible to more users, as well as more practical.
That being said, the need for a dedicated print app to print from a mobile device is not ideal. Read more »
Oct 18, 2012
Newsweek, the venerableÂ 79-year-old weekly magazine announced it will discontinue its print edition to become digital-only by the end of the year. The publication has been struggling for years with circulation dropping from over 4 million in 2003 to around 1.5 million in 2012. By my estimate the decision will eliminate approximately 5 billion 8.5×11 equivalent pages from the printing industry and 79 million pieces of mail per year.
Tina Brown, Newsweek’s editor-in-chief, broke the news on The Daily Beast which is also controlled byÂ IAC/InterActiveCorp.Â Ms. Brown, in explaining why the publication is going digital-only stated,Â “This decision is not about the quality of the brand or the journalism–that is as powerful as ever. It is about the challenging economics of print publishing and distribution.”
Ahhh, how quickly people change their views. Less than two years ago when IAC/InterActiveCorp CEO Barry Diller was finalizing negotiations Read more »
Mar 22, 2012
As society becomes untethered from print-based information and advertising models, publishers continue through a wrenching transformation. The excitement and angst of the industry was felt throughout the Publishing Business Conference and Expo at the New York City Marriott Marquis earlier this week.
The event included an “A-list” of speakers, over 70 innovative technology vendor and service provider exhibitors, and hundreds of attendees from across the magazine, book and media industry. The conference program included over 50 sessions and 120 speakers that provided a valuable combination of strategic insights and practical in-depth advice. Here are a few of the many insights and comments I came away with from the event.
Should We Love You or Fear You?
Josh Tyrangiel, Editor Bloomberg Businessweek, gave an outstanding opening keynote pointing out that the human attention span is a zero sum game. You get one look from your customers. His advice? Make something great and then broadcast it. Read more »
Mar 1, 2012
A couple items caught my eye this morning as I read the Boston Globe … on my iPad. I still subscribe to the paper edition of the Globe. I have enjoyed reading it over breakfast ever since I was a paper delivery boy back in the 1970’s. But it was raining quite hard this morning and I was running a few minutes late, so instead of going down to get the paper I pulled out my iPad and perused a variety of sites.
At the site The Atlantic was a blog titled “The Collapse of Print Advertising in 1 Graph“. After looking at the chart my reaction was -Â Holy Schlitz!
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Feb 2, 2012
Apps have taken the IT industry by storm, quickly moving into businesses and onto MFPs. Many MFP apps are meant to save businesses time and money while improving efficiency. Although many of these apps allow users to scan documents to a cloud repository, send alerts to staff, or find cartridge refill stores with the touch of a button (or app?), there are many others that aren’t quite as efficient or economical.
For the most part, vendors have created printer apps to enhance office productivity. Some vendors even provide app categories tailored to certain verticals, like healthcare or legal. But even when looking at these types of apps, they all pretty much have one thing in common — printing. And in such an eco-friendly, “think-before-you-print” environment, are these apps truly meant to increase efficiency and save businesses money if it’s costing more in ink, toner, and paper? Instead, there are apps to print out stationary, Sudoku puzzles, news feeds, maps, and more. Now I see why there is a “cartridge finder” app. Read more »
Jul 6, 2011
Students in South Korea will have a much lighter backpack in the next four years. According to a South Korean online news site, all of South Korea’s educational materials will be delivered via electronic devices by 2015. The South Korean government aims to convert all paper textbooks into digital versions, and increase online classes so students can continue their studies outside of school. South Korea’s Education Ministry plans to use smart phones, tablet PCs, and smart televisions to deliver the entire school curriculum though a cloud-based system, which will allow students to download textbooks on their tablets. Read more »
Jun 24, 2011
Consumerization of IT is one of the major forces shifting the way office workers and organizations operate. Although still in its infancy, we can already see the effects of consumers bringing in personal devices and using personal online services within the workplace. And thanks to tech-savvy Generation Y’ers and Z’ers (born with iPod-in-hand), the consumerization-of-IT trend is only going to grow, and rapidly at that.
Because PCs have been the standard computing device for quite some time, an organization’s IT department is able to easily administer access and information between a desktop computer and a company network. Today, the line differentiating work devices and personal devices is rather fuzzy, and the line between how those devices are used is even fuzzier. An organization’s IT department now has to juggle multiple mobile devices where the majority of them are not company-owned. Read more »
Apr 21, 2011
Last summer I wrote a blog suggesting the publishing industry may soon reach a tipping point – a point at which the industry accelerates towards a digital business model and away from a print-based model. Recent financial results from Amazon.com, Gannett, The New York Times, and Apple provide further evidence that the industry is closer to that point.
You probably recall last summerÂ Amazon.com announced for the first time it was sellingÂ more Kindle and e-books than hardcover books. In its full year 2010 financial results Amazon.com disclosed some other amazing statistics: Read more »