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Four short links: 26 December 2012

By Nat Torkington
December 26, 2012

Arduino IR Remote Control — control your Arduino project via your TV’s remote control. (via Arduino) holler — WTFPL-licensed Javascript library for real-time in-app notifications via the commandline (uses node). (via Javascript Weekly) First Tweets — numbers of “first tweet …

Why I haven't caught ereader fever

By Jenn Webb
May 18, 2012

Ereaders may have their place now, but shifts toward the web and HTML5 make the iPad a wiser and more enduring choice for digital reading.

Why I haven't caught ereader fever

Why I haven't caught ereader fever
By Jenn Webb
May 18, 2012

Ereaders may have their place now, but shifts toward the web and HTML5 make the iPad a wiser and more enduring choice for digital reading.

Kindle Fire: Three pros, five cons

By Joe Wikert
January 20, 2012

Joe Wikert says the Kindle Fire gets good marks for form factor and meeting basic consumer needs, but its lock in, auto updates and lack of a killer app are detriments.

Kindle Fire: Three pros, five cons

Kindle Fire: Three pros, five cons
By Joe Wikert
January 20, 2012

Joe Wikert says the Kindle Fire gets good marks for form factor and meeting basic consumer needs, but its lock in, auto updates and lack of a killer app are detriments.

Commerce Weekly: Report criticizes "feeble" mobile strategies of posh retailers

Commerce Weekly: Report criticizes
By David Sims
January 12, 2012

A survey finds high-end brands are neglecting their mobile strategies. Also, Sprint rolls out two new Google Wallet phones, and PayPal's mobile volume beats its own guesses. (Commerce Weekly is produced as part of a partnership between O'Reilly and PayPal.)

Four short links: 23 November 2011

By Nat Torkington
November 23, 2011

Massive Wikimedia Donation -- I missed it when it happened, but the State Library of Queensland made the 4th largest ever donation of high-resolution out-of-copyright images to the Wikimedia Foundation. The image metadata are available through Wikimedia under liberal licensing terms, too. This is what your national and state libraries should be doing! Clea.nr -- strip all the crap...

Mobile analytics unlock the what and the when

By Jenn Webb
October 26, 2011

Flurry's CTO Sean Byrnes discusses app life cycles, the specifics of user engagement, and the difference between smartphone apps and tablet apps.

Mobile analytics unlock the what and the when

Mobile analytics unlock the what and the when
By Jenn Webb
October 26, 2011

Flurry's CTO Sean Byrnes discusses app life cycles, the specifics of user engagement, and the difference between smartphone apps and tablet apps.

Open Question: What needs to happen for tablets to replace laptops?

Open Question: What needs to happen for tablets to replace laptops?
By Mac Slocum
October 17, 2011

What will it take for tablets to equal — or surpass — their laptop cousins? See specific wish lists and weigh in with your own thoughts.

iPad vs. Kindle Fire: Early impressions and a few predictions

By Peter Meyers
October 4, 2011

Few have actually held the Kindle Fire, let alone put it through its paces, so Pete Meyers chose a novel analytical approach: Examine his own iPad habits and look for spots where the Fire can find a foothold.

iPad vs. Kindle Fire: Early impressions and a few predictions

iPad vs. Kindle Fire: Early impressions and a few predictions
By Peter Meyers
October 4, 2011

Few have actually held the Kindle Fire, let alone put it through its paces, so Pete Meyers chose a novel analytical approach: Examine his own iPad habits and look for spots where the Fire can find a foothold.

Four short links: 30 August 2011

By Nat Torkington
August 30, 2011

Data Monday: From PC to Tablet (Luke Wroblewski) -- some great stats here. Sales of Apple's iPad pulled in 30% more than all of Dell's consumer PC business in just the first half of the year. Munki -- munki is a set of tools that, used together with a webserver-based repository of packages and package metadata, can be used...

To page or to scroll?

To page or to scroll?
By Peter Meyers
August 26, 2011

We all got comfortable scrolling through web pages a long time ago, but ereader and tablet design added a new quirk with the introduction of page flips. Here, Pete Meyers considers the applications of scrolling and flipping across reading environments.

To page or to scroll?

By Peter Meyers
August 26, 2011

We all got comfortable scrolling through web pages a long time ago, but ereader and tablet design added a new quirk with the introduction of page flips. Here, Pete Meyers considers the applications of scrolling and flipping across reading environments.

What's Wrong With the Most Important Android App?

What's Wrong With the Most Important Android App?
By Zigurd Mednieks
August 22, 2011

YouTube, GMail and Maps have brilliant tablet-specific implementations that are building the foundation of a similar success for Android tablets. But there is a key application that has fallen short of adding to application-based success for Android: Google+.

Honeycomb and the Android tablet tipping point

Honeycomb and the Android tablet tipping point
By Howard Wen
August 15, 2011

"Programming Honeycomb" author Marko Gargenta discusses the state of Android 3.x, the technical hurdles of Honeycomb, and why the slow adoption pattern of Android tablets may soon change.

Publishing News: Newspapers finally test tablet-content bundle

By Jenn Webb
July 15, 2011

In the latest Publishing News: Sister newspapers in Philadelphia announced a tablet program, Iriver launched an ereading device with the Google eBookstore on board, and Peter Meyers says digital can fix footnotes.

Publishing News: Newspapers finally test tablet-content bundle

Publishing News: Newspapers finally test tablet-content bundle
By Jenn Webb
July 15, 2011

In the latest Publishing News: Sister newspapers in Philadelphia announced a tablet program, Iriver launched an ereading device with the Google eBookstore on board, and Peter Meyers says digital can fix footnotes.

Is the enterprise dead as a tablet strategy?

Is the enterprise dead as a tablet strategy?
By Mark Sigal
July 12, 2011

A confluence of factors, most notably the crash of the dotcom bubble and the rise of Apple, led to the consumerization of IT. But Mark Sigal says tablet makers are missing a golden opportunity by ignoring the enterprise.

Running up the score: Thoughts on iPad 2 announcement

Running up the score: Thoughts on iPad 2 announcement
By Mark Sigal
March 4, 2011

While it's tempting to see the battle between iOS-powered iPads and Android-powered tablets as close, Mark Sigal says the iPad 2 launch showed that Apple is blowing out the competition.

Inside the E-Wars: Apple's iPad 2 Unveiled

By William Stanek
March 2, 2011

Apple officially unveiled the iPad 2 today, and I did pretty good on my feature/change predictions. The iPad 2 is indeed thinner (by 33%) and lighter (by 15%) than the iPad 1 with a depth of .34" and weight...

Inside the E Wars: Apple's iPad 2

By William Stanek
February 28, 2011

Last year I blogged quite a bit about Apple's iPad. I introduced iPad, explored it's features, and examined a networking problem iPad users were experiencing. Though it was a tongue-in-cheek title of the blog exploring iPad's features, I didn't...

Ereading Update: Ebooks, tablets, and app confusion

By Kevin Shockey
February 4, 2011

In this Ereading Update: Ebook demand is fueling a highly contested battle for tablet market share. Plus, a brief look at new tablets from LG and Brainchild.

Ereading Update: Ebooks, tablets, and app confusion

By Kevin Shockey
February 4, 2011

In this Ereading Update: Ebook demand is fueling a highly contested battle for tablet market share. Plus, a brief look at new tablets from LG and Brainchild.

Tablets & Mobile Devices - What do I use for development?

By Andrew Trice
January 21, 2011

It's no surprise that tablet computing devices are the rage... They're portable, they powerful, they're intuitive, and everybody is talking about them. It seems like every day another tablet or tablet OS is annouced (most recently the HP WebOS tablet). In software development it is not uncommon to get requirements that are vague and lofty, with ideals that it should be written once and run well on everything (including platforms or devices that haven't even been dreamed of yet).

2011 - The year of the tablets?

By Andrew Trice
January 11, 2011

Many dubbed 2010 as "the year of devices", with internet capable devices popping up everywhere... from the iPad, to Android, to internet on your tv. 2011 will bring us even more devices, and competitors in the tablet space are springing up like weeds.

AIR For Android On Tablets

By Jesse Freeman
December 14, 2010

This was a big year for Flash on Mobile devices. Not only has Flash finally made its way onto Android, Android itself is taking over the mobile space in a big way. It is clear that Adobe has a vested...

Device Update: New companies enter the ereader market

By Kevin Shockey
October 21, 2010

In this edition of Device Update: New manufacturers enter the ereader market in time for the holidays; shifting perspectives on the breadth of ebook piracy.

Device Update: New companies enter the ereader market

Device Update: New companies enter the ereader market
By Kevin Shockey
October 21, 2010

In this edition of Device Update: New manufacturers enter the ereader market in time for the holidays; shifting perspectives on the breadth of ebook piracy.

The War For the Tablet Device

By Andrew Trice
September 29, 2010

A while back I wrote a post questioning the future of the iPad, or more generally the tablet as the wave of the future. Well, the questioning is over. Now that I've spent significant time with the iPad, I find the device to be incredibly compelling. Apparently, I'm not the only one either. There have been numerous tablet-related announcements lately, including the "PlayBook" tablet by blackberry, the Android-powered Samsung Galaxy Tab, and numerous windows 7-powered tablets.

Four short links: 9 August 2010

By Nat Torkington
August 9, 2010

Maslow's Hierarchy of Robot Needs -- born to be a t-shirt. (via waxy) paper.li -- read Twitter as a daily newspaper. An odd mashup of the hot new tech and the failing old. Will newspapers live on with modern meanings, like "records" and "cab"? Eureqa -- software tool for detecting equations and hidden mathematical relationships in your data. Appears...

Four short links: 13 July 2010

By Nat Torkington
July 13, 2010

Super Me -- a game structure to give you happiness in life. Brilliant idea, and nice execution from a team that includes British tech stars Alice Taylor and Phil Gyford. (via crystaltips on Twitter) Android Tablet -- the PanDigital Novel is a wifi-enabled book-reader that's easily modded to run Android and thus a pile of other software. Not available...

Who is the iPad for?

By Jason Grigsby
April 8, 2010

Jason Grigsby says that despite claims by many techies that the iPad is targeted at those who need a simpler computer, Apple itself has never made that argument.

Four short links: 24 March 2010

By Nat Torkington
March 24, 2010

The Great Hargeisa Goat Bubble -- hilarious economics parable. The ZenPad -- look for more Android-powered tablets. (via azaaza on Twitter) Diigo -- browser plugin to archive, highlight, and annotate web pages, then share and collaborate on those augmentations. (via an annotation of Zittrain's Future of the Internet and How to Stop It) So Long, And No Thanks for...


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