Sony preps a new e-ink reader that targets university students who love to read but don’t like to lug bulky e-readers.
Sony isn’t new to the e-paper slate industry so we’re not surprised when it unveiled its latest e-reader called ”Digital Paper”. The first thing you’ll notice is the huge 13.3-inch capacitive touchscreen display which has 1,200 x 1600 resolution. The e-reader is equipped with a stylus pen allowing students to jot down notes and navigate through its menus aside from their fingertips. Of course, the chassis is slim enough to be slipped into school bags with only 6.8mm thick and weighs just 385g.
Other specs include a 4GB onboard storage (which is expandable via a micrSD slot), WiFi and a rechargeable battery that could last up to three weeks. As a refresher, E ink (or “electrophoretic ink”) is a specific electronic paper that has been widely used in e-reader devices due to its ultra-low power consumption. It is common for these slates to come with grayscale panels.
Meanwhile, it is noteworthy to say that Sony’s prototype e-reader might not be financially sound. If you could remember, Amazon’s Kindle DX didn’t do well in terms sales; so don’t be surprised if Sony’s 13.3-inch Digital Paper won’t make it, as well.
Sony’s prototype e-reader will debut on Japanese universities before launching to the market before the end of this year. Stay tuned.
Toshiba has been relatively silent in the tablet industry compared to other manufacturers. From the less-than-stellar performance of its previous tablet releases, the Japanese tech company wants to surprise everyone with its first-ever Tegra 4 powered tablet, the AT10LE.
We first witnessed Toshiba’s AT10LE slab via leaked benchmark results carrying a 1.8 GHz Tegra 4 ARM Cortex-A15 quad-core processor, which seems promising. More details have been divulged online since the leaked AnTuTu benchmark including pictures and technical specifications.
The AT10LE carries the most updated Android 4.2.1 OS version with a 10.1-inch display, microSD card slot support, mini HDMI output, stereo speakers, WiFi, Bluetooth and other set of ports. Aside from these technical assets, the slate also comes with a docking station with a full-sized QWERTY keyboard, dedicated Android function keys but without the touchpad. It is also good to note that the complementary dock attachment can be used to cover the tablet when not in use. However, we’re not sure if the docking station has an on-board battery unit that can extend the tablet’s battery life.
Price, release dates and other specs will be announced in the days to come. Will the AT10LE be enough to uplift Toshiba’s image in the tablet industry? Stay tuned.
Hearst Magazines has hit its goal of one million subscribers to the digital editions of its publications on tablets like the Apple iPad, Samsung, Galaxy Tab, and the Amazon Kindle Fire.
Hearst had planned to hit the million subscriber milestone by the end of 2012, but the publisher missed its goal by 90 days, Hearst chief David Carey told AllThingsD. Carey expects that the magazine will have about three million digital subscribers by 2016, about 10 percent of Hearst’s entire base.
Hearst publishes titles that include O, Food Network Magazine, Popular Mechanics, and Cosmopolitan.
Apps like Apple’s Newsstand, which acts as a collection spot for a reader’s digital periodicals, have provided an excellent platform for magazines to be presented in the digital age.
Revenues from digital sales have yet to approach that of physical magazines. However, it is estimated that iPad users spend over $ 70,000 a day on Newsstand content. An encouraging number for publishers looking to enter the digital publication arena.
BlackBerry could regain its position in the mobile industry in 5 years time but not thinking on releasing a new PlayBook anytime soon, according to its CEO Thorsten Heins.
The Canadian tech company, previously known as Research In Motion (RIM), has steadily lost its share in the smartphone and tablet industry to Apple and Samsung. The CEO, however, remains optimistic about the company’s future saying that in 5 years time, BlackBerry will become “the absolute leader in mobile computing”.
Heins added that during the same period, he doesn’t think “there’ll be a reason to have a tablet anymore”. The tablets, according to him, are “not a good business model”. In the future, large displays will only be used by people at work or for personal use; but not tablets.
The company had released its PlayBook tablet back in 2011 but was criticized for lack of software features compared to the iPad and Galaxy Tab. BlackBerry’s supposedly flagship tablet suffered a lukewarm reception from consumers, and thus preventing the company from releasing a newer model. Heins said that BlackBerry needs to rethink its strategy in the tablet market and should see potential for profits before jumping back.
The company has recently released its newest BlackBerry 10 (BB10) platform along with flagship devices, the Z10 and Q10. Both smartphones are equipped with the BB10 platform. BlackBerry has reiterated that it’s currently focusing on building devices around its BB10 platform but still evaluating its tablet business. While the PlayBook saga isn’t completely over, it might take several years before we hear a new chapter about it. Stay tuned.
In an apparent attempt to make their own failed PlayBook tablet seem less embarrassing, BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins recently commented that he believes tablets will be a dead market in just 5 years, noting that they are “not a good business model.”
“In five years I don’t think there’ll be a reason to have a tablet anymore,” Heins said in an interview yesterday at the Milken Institute conference in Los Angeles. “Maybe a big screen in your workspace, but not a tablet as such. Tablets themselves are not a good business model.”
Just because the BlackBerry PlayBook wasn’t a good model (in fact, an abysmal failure in terms of sales and critical response) doesn’t mean ALL tablets are a failure. I’d love to see Mr. Heins tell Tim Cook to his face that the iPad isn’t a good model.
Nice try, Mr. Heins – but your failure does not equate to a failure of the entire tablet market. But you keep on telling yourself whatever makes you feel better at night.