Welcome to Printing Industry News Digest (PIND) issue 101, 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.
Those 100th edition celebrations took it out of the PIND team! But we are back now for edition 101; the start of our next 100 editions I guess you could say! And what a week it has been in the tech world: Microsoft release hardware that they have made! The Microsoft Surface tablet has got some way to go to catch up with the iPad of course. Starting from zero that is a heck of a catch up they need to consider! It would be great to see that product in real life to start comparisons, but some of our on-line friends offer you their opinions for starters. Date and accurate pricing? Well, not yet, sorry!
Google has already named the day for its tablet release. Well, OK, month then: and we are nearly in it! July will bloom with 7-inches worth of Nexus, a product jointly developed by Google and Asus. It will be fan-fared June 27 at Google I/O we are told. Expect a $199 price tag, which would come in at about £128 in real money. That’s competitive.
Competitive with a Kindle Fire we mean of course! TechCrunch says that we are getting closer to the Kindle slate coming to the rest of the world because an international portal for the Appstore has opened up. It’s a start.
On the subject of e-books we saw another one of those “e-books are winning” stories in the Guardian this week. The numbers show that in the US e-books are now outselling hardbacks for the first time. Really? I thought we had this headline last year (and the year before?). How many books are released in hardback these days?
Elsewhere in digital land, HP appears to have scrubbed its stand for IPEX 2014. What does this say about HP, and what does this say about IPEX? Comments via e-mail to PIND.Editor@gmail.com would be more than welcome.
Our own Tech&Comms blog site recently highlighted changes taking place in Australia with the Sydney Morning Herald changing shape (last of the broadsheets trimming down to tabloid!). Interesting post-script: a Wall Street Journal article this week quotes a Deutsche Bank analyst saying that there is still a nil value given the metro print business. Interesting.
Business Insider tells us that there is a demographic that gets excited by QR codes. We knew there would be somewhere one day! More will surely follow.
We mentioned recently the price of memory sticks falling through the floor: the Guardian concurs with its focus on solid state drives (SSD’s) this week. SD cards too a getting more competitive for bigger space.
At PIND we are now fully Apple focused: we didn’t realise however that Macs still don’t have the ability to cut and paste folders and files in the Finder (until we read this posting from the good people of Lifehacker!). The good news is that you can now, and Cut with Drag & Drop is free too!
On the subject of Macs, Drobo has debuted two new Thunderbolt drives. Techies can read the delicious detail here.
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