Posts tagged: Tablet

Apple’s billion dollar deal with L.A. Schools

Allison Correia
 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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Mobile-Centric Printers: A New Crop of Peripherals

Christine Dunne Dunne
 Aug 27, 2013

About a year and a half ago, we wrote a blog post about an adorable miniature printer from a London-based design firm called the “Little Printer.” The printer, which is now available for purchase, connects to the “cloud” and can print personalized mini “newspapers” at the press of a button or on a schedule.

The Little Printer

The post focused on the novelty of the product, as well as some questions we had related to pricing, the environment, and the types of feeds the printer can subscribe to. Now, after some internal discussions a year and a half later, we are starting to look at the product in a slightly new light (although those initial concerns haven’t necessarily been resolved). A number of recent product launches have prompted us to consider that the Little Printer might have been the first printer product in a new category of “mobile device-centric printers.” Read more »

Frankly Speaking: Bi-textual

Frank Romano
 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 »

“Change is coming.”

Ed Lee
 Dec 12, 2012

A major theme for 2013 is “Change is coming.” This was discussed at InfoTrends’ Digital Imaging Conference in Tokyo Japan on December 5th. The challenge posed to conference attendees and the imaging industry was “Are you prepared?”

A new era in imaging is emerging. As a result, InfoTrends expects that there will be tremendous changes in the coming years in how consumers interact with and use their photos and videos. These changes will affect all aspects of the market, including products, consumer behaviors, services, and the vendors.

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Who’s Getting a Tablet for Christmas?

Alan Bullock
 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 »

Connectivity and Intelligence Are the Keys to the Future

Ed Lee
 Sep 12, 2012

Excerpt from Photo Industry Reporter’s State of the Industry 2012

The imaging industry has entered the Connected Era where consumer behavior and expectations are primarily driven by smart devices and online services. Consumer spending is being diverted from traditional digital cameras and photo prints to smartphones, tablets, apps, and social media. To stay relevant, traditional camera companies and photo print service providers need to align themselves with the forces of mobility, social media, apps, and cloud services.

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Connectivity Will Drive Digital Camera Use

Alan Bullock
 Jul 20, 2012

Kodak launched the EasyShare One Wi-Fi digital camera in 2005. Since then, most manufacturers have dipped an occasional toe in the connectivity water, with random introductions of models in which Wi-Fi seemed like an afterthought in an otherwise rather ordinary camera. Their best cameras were left to rely on third-party solutions such as Eye-Fi for connectivity.

Recently, wireless connectivity has found its way into more cameras from more vendors. Read more »

Pre-Screening the Future: Display Week 2012

Alan Bullock
 Jun 11, 2012

The Society for Information Display held its annual Display Week trade show June 5-7 in Boston, MA. InfoTrends attended the show to learn about new technologies that may soon make their way into devices that will be used for viewing and sharing consumers’ photos and videos. Here are a few of the more interesting things that we saw: Read more »

Adobe Aims to Enable More Efficient Interactive Publication Workflows

Other Posts
 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, 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 »

Apple’s New iPad – It’s All Good or It’s All Bad

Jeff Hayes
 Mar 8, 2012

Now that the speculation frenzy has been relieved with Apple’s introduction of the new iPad yesterday, I’ll give my perspective on what it means for the market. The short answer is that if you are a publisher, content producer, advertiser, marketing services provider or Google, it’s all good. If you are a printing company or equipment supplier with no presence in digital media, it’s all bad.

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