Welcome to Printing Industry News Digest (PIND) issue 119, 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.
There simply had to be a tablet focus this week with both the iPad Mini and the Microsoft Surface hitting the headlines in the last few days. Early verdicts seem to vote in favour of the Mini, whilst many questions remain re the Windows 8 gang.
Early thoughts on Windows 8, Surface, and iPad Mini are certainly worth reading; are you backing Windows 8 early, and are you sticking your hard-earned in the Surface direction?: let us know at PIND.email@example.com
Interesting numbers on tablet shipments for Q3 2012 illustrate that the latest crop of Android product really did make a difference in real numbers. A direct comparison with last year shows some 10.2 million worldwide shipments compared to just 5 million for the same quarter last year. Apple continues to dominate of course.
Well worth noting in the how-big-is-your-business stakes: Apple now has $121.3 million in cash, which, by comparison, is more than Amazon’s current market capitalisation ($100.77 billion).
Further to last week’s worrying headlines re publications that are migrating from print to digital, The Big Issue in the North is now launching a digital edition! Your street vendor will be able to sell you a QR code and one-time access code in order for readers to be able to download the edition to their smartphone or tablet.
Just one of those really handy postings: 10 things you didn’t know Dropbox could do. As can often be the case, Mashable’s claim is excessive, but there could certainly be three or four things to excite you.
And finally, Just for us older print lovers that remember the term letterpress: it now appears as a word game! Letterpress is a free multi-player game for iPhone and iPad via the Game Center: a perfect blend of fun and strategy (says its inventor!).
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Issue 117: Seven-inch tablets
Issue 116: August shows
Issue 115: newspaper turmoil