Welcome to Printing Industry News Digest (PIND) issue 118, 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.
A bad week for print? Certainly it had an unpleasant shape to it with Newsweek, the US weekly news magazine, confirming that it would be switching to an all-digital output from the very start of 2013. The last piece of print will be published December 31: a collectors’ edition? TechCrunch questions the paywall ambitions of any magazine, including those of Newsweek.
In newspaper world, the Telegraph broke news re the possibility that the Guardian was seriously contemplating an all-digital approach. With reported losses in excess of £40 million a year, a digital only version would certainly reduce the outgoings considerably.
Those with sufficient spare cash might even want to follow up on these two stories with a visit to Mashable’s forthcoming Media Summit taking place in New York, November 2. We will report back on the details.
The big show debate has started to take shape, with Drupa announcing a proposal to move to a three-year schedule from 2015, changing the Düsseldorf events current four-year, which currently links with a similar gap for Ipex. The suggestion, in our opinion, cannot be good for the industry, and, according to reports and private discussions, is not winning many friends. Final decision expected November 2.
Moving slightly sideways, and possibly upwards, just how big is cloud storage? Latest reports suggest that 375 million users of paid-for and free products are sticking their precious files up there somewhere! Swift and continual expansion expected to take that number up to 500 million before year-end (over 60 million new users a month!).
In Tablet Talk: further to our in-depth review of two leading 7-inchers last week, more have jumped on that mini bandwagon. Acer reported this week that its Android 4.1 was to arrive in US and Canada before month end, and at $230 or £145 or so, it is in the same ballpark as those units reviewed. Sharp also has entered this sector in Japan, whilst, as rumoured last week, a 32Gb version of Google Nexus 7 has indeed arrived according to Engadget.
Meanwhile, Microsoft, whilst suffering a 24% drop in profits, marches on towards the tablet market fight with Windows 8 and Surface. Pricing for the Microsoft tablet surfaced this week, with a basic 32Gb entry point of £310 / $499. Adding a cover / keyboard / more memory moves the pricing up through the ranks to £435 / $699 for the full 64Gb with keyboard / cover included. Shipment dates have apparently moved to early November for now. Check back for first real user reports.
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Issue 116: August shows
Issue 115: newspaper turmoil
Issue 114: Digital packaging printing