Welcome to Printing Industry News Digest (PIND) issue 103, providing a summary of major news items from the printing, publishing, packaging, digital, and communications technology sectors. PIND incorporates brief summaries and links to the week’s key news stories so that you can look up that all important detail, digging deeper behind the headline.
Printed electronics comes back to the top of the shop this week, with Andy Thomas, editor of Labels & Labeling magazine, taking a look at developments at The Centre for Process Innovation, where more or less standard narrow web kit is being used to achieve exciting results. In a related feature, L&L also looks at the latest in smart label design.
With the dust settling on Drupa, our Australian chums at Print21 offer up their detailed Benny Landa interview. Worth a read if you want a deeper understanding of nanographic presses, and their potential to change the market. You can also see the full Landa Drupa presentation here: surely the most talked about event at the show!
Meanwhile, the final financial details of the Manroland GB sheetfed and web operations were announced this week by the administrators. Even with the dramatic reduction in the size of this press manufacturer, there are still too many suppliers chasing too few orders. One almost has to ask, who will be the next to go?
The publishing of e-books is easy right? Well, not quite so. Publishing – in whatever format – still has to cross a number of rivers and climb various mountains. Andrew Zack takes us on a publishing journey.
However, such moves from Google have re-ignited rumours that Apple will get going this year with product in the 7-inch space. Could be interesting. PIND has never championed the smaller format tablet: you have a phone for portable work, and you would need an additional data contract if you want almost-anywhere internet. The format is still going to be popular this year though – it is the affordable point of entry (here are a few other pluses too!) into the tablet market that makes the big difference. Can we resist the pre-order page above . . . [big struggle ensues!]
Monday Update: as an interesting addition to the above Apple mention, this feature from Monday’s Guardian on a possible iPad Mini is very relevant, as well as being an entertaining read.
Existing Galaxy tabs, in the meantime, are strongly rumoured to being close to an ICS upgrade. We will confirm when we actually see this in real life! By the way: what is Samsung doing right, as profits surge 79% in its second quarter.
ZDNet has been asking questions regarding Microsoft in the form of: Why Microsoft is Building a Tablet, but Won’t Build Smartphones. Whole different distribution / partner system me thinks. In almost the same breath, we are advised that Amazon is planning a smartphone.
Talking of Microsoft, as we do very occasionally, are they taking yet another leaf from the Apple book? A Windows 8 upgrade for Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7 will be available for download for just $39.99. That should help take a lot of people on the new journey (eventually!). Experience may well tell us, don’t jump too soon. Let everybody else iron out the bumps first.
Skype fans should be aware of both PC and Mac updates aimed at further improving stability.
An interesting read for software geeks, and not-so-geeks too: the best Google features that you probably don’t use. And this can be more of an eye opener than you are expecting, such as a whole bundle of apps that work with a combination of Chrome and Google Drive. My money is on you finding something here that you didn’t already know, will cost you nothing, and will prove really useful!
Almost finally, one question all parents should be asking: do smart devices make smart kids? The BBC poses the question and attempts some answers.
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Issue 101: Microsoft Surface
Issue 100: newspaper news
Issue 99: PIND Drupa wrap-up