Welcome to Printing Industry News Digest (PIND) issue 91, 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. Do also take a look at our automated Twitter-based GenesisNews #Print Daily publication; why not take out a free subscription for a daily digital delivery!
Something you don’t see every day is a tech web site heralding ink and paper above a device. That is exactly what we have, to some degree at least, from the good folk of TechCrunch. This view of e-reader technology concludes that paper is great stuff, but that the devices still have some development ahead of them. A great read. Your thoughts on e-readers are more than welcomed: PIND.firstname.lastname@example.org
The mists are gradually clearing with regard to Manroland GB, with news on Wednesday morning that a deal had finally been reached with Langley Holdings for the remaining 37 personnel and other sheetfed assets. This has led to the creation of Manroland Sheetfed (GB), which we assume will continue to operate from its Mitcham HQ. The web operation, meanwhile, will be known as Manroland Web Systems (UK) Ltd and will be based at Maidenhead.
One interesting read on the topic of newspapers and paywalls comes courtesy of Gigaom, where reference to Warren Buffet and his acquisition of the Omaha World-Herald comes under the spotlight. Some good alternatives to the paywall are discussed.
In terms of tech, the big breaking story of the week was the release of iPad 3. Many are suggesting a bit of a limp set of enhanced features for this latest version of the market leading tablet. Take a look at what has changed.
To celebrate 25 billion app store downloads, Apple has released a list of the most popular iPhone and iPad apps of all time.
The overall question of whether tablets could eventually replace the PC has been given more air time, and this BBC short video examines some of the issues. Is this what Apple means when it talks about “post-PC”?
Bitten by the Windows 8 bug yet? Mashable claims to have brought together everything that you need to know about the latest Microsoft operating system. Need more? Get the Consumer Preview and install it.
The Raspberry Pi computer has received a great many plaudits during the last couple of weeks. The £22 basic computer solution had reached the dizzy heights of 700 orders per second at one point. The target is school children, and getting them excited about programming. We hope to report further success for this breakthrough solution in the coming months.
For those kitted out with Android tablets, you definitely want to check out GO Launcher HD – a software that allows for a personalised screen layout, including an effective launch bar solution. It allows for the simple and effective creation of folders too, which provides a great grouping mechanism for apps.
If like many you are using multiple machines during your working day, this solution from Lifehacker might be of great interest. Syncing your desktop between machines could provide a seamless way of working for many. Dropbox is the key to this neat workround.
Dropbox also features in this third party automation solution. Drop your files into a specific Dropbox folder and this cloud based solution will provide automatic conversion routines. You might want to convert Word files to PDF for example, or take PDF’s and make text files. This intriguing solution could even convert and deliver documents to your Kindle ready for reading.
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Issue 89: Print is Dead! discussion
Issue 88: The Sun on Sunday to launch
Issue 87: More info on Manroland Sheetfed
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