Weekend Links: Sony Reader is gone. Building a better Amazon

By Joanna Cabot
August 3, 2014 // 1 Comment

It’s Official—The Sony Reader is Kaput (The Digital Reader) Sony has confirmed today that they will not be making another ebook reader – not even for their sole remaining market in Japan. *** For the Author’s Guild & Other Legacy Publishing Pundits (Joe Konrath) I tweeted to [...]

Morning Roundup: Still need publishers, First look at new iPhone screen?

By Joanna Cabot
July 8, 2014 // 0 Comments

Why We Still Need Publishers (Book Riot) I was surprised to get this response, because I’ve always been vocal about the fact that, yes, we need publishers. I want to clear up the idea that I’m egging people onto the anti-publishing bandwagon. *** 2014 Smashwords Survey Reveals New Opportunities [...]

comScore U.S. rankings give Android OS lead, Apple still leading devices

By Paul St John Mackintosh
June 5, 2014 // 0 Comments

The latest numbers from comScore, Inc., "a global leader in digital measurement and analytics," showing U.S. mobile phone market share for April 2014, reveal that Android is now well entrenched as the Number One smartphone OS, with 52.5 percent of market share by platform, followed by Apple with 41.4 percent. Apple, however, continues to hold the lead in market share by device manufacturer, with 41.4 percent of the market, while Samsung comes in second at 27.7 percent. [...]

Latest Kantar data shows smartphone big boys struggling in Europe

By Paul St John Mackintosh
May 27, 2014 // 0 Comments

The latest smartphone sales data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, covering the three months until April 2014, shows that international leading brands, from Apple to Samsung, are facing attrition from smaller newcomers who are picking away at their market share. Alongside comeback stories from the [...]

Morning Roundup: iPhone 6 probably will be bigger. O Henry Prize winners and more

By Joanna Cabot
May 6, 2014 // 2 Comments

HarperCollins Buys Olive Tree Bible Study (GoodeReader) Olive Tree is a Christian company, best known for their Bible Study app for Android. *** Wondering Whether Printed Books Will Outlast Money or Football (Mike Shatzkin) When you’re trying to figure out what will happen in the book publishing [...]

Will it help Apple to be big in Japan?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 30, 2014 // 1 Comment

Kantar Worldpanel ComTech has just released its worldwide smartphone sales figures for the first quarter of 2014, with some (moderately) encouraging news for Apple, especially in the light of the not-so-encouraging breakdown in their figures for the previous quarter, as well as some similarly [...]

Accessory Review: Snugg iPhone pouch case

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
April 12, 2014 // 0 Comments

My husband says if I had my way, I’d change cases and covers for my devices like other people change clothes. He’s probably right. Good thing I occasionally get review copies for free, like this one: [easyazon-link asin=”B0091T1HQ2″ locale=”us”]Snugg iPhone 4 / [...]

Weekend Roundup: Readmill shutting down. Moving from iPhone to Android and more

By Joanna Cabot
April 6, 2014 // 0 Comments

Nook Android Update Lets Everyone Sample (GoodeReader) According to the Google Play store, Nook has been updated to fix bugs, allow users to browse and sample books without an account and to get deal and book notifications. *** How I Made the Move from iPhone to Android with Few Regrets (Dear [...]

How much would you pay for a phone installed with Flappy Bird?

By Susan Lulgjuraj
February 10, 2014 // 0 Comments

Too much of a good thing can be tough to handle. Dong Nguyen the creator of the viral game Flappy Bird couldn’t handle the quick rise of popularity of his game – even though he was supposedly making a lot of money off ads – so he took it down. This has caused people to find alternative [...]

Kantar data emphasizes Android lead, Apple slide in smartphone sales

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 30, 2014 // 0 Comments

New 4Q 2013 data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech backs up earlier IDC figures for 2013 smartphone sales that suggest Android is continuing to extend its lead across global markets, especially outside the U.S. According to the Kantar analysis, “the three-month period ending December 2013, shows [...]

Latest IDC data spotlights a billion smartphones shipped in 2013

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 28, 2014 // 0 Comments

The latest data report from International Data Corporation (IDC) in its Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker series has highlighted the record-breaking figure of just over 1 billion smartphones shipped worldwide in 2013, “up 38.4 percent from the 725.3 million units in 2012.” Also [...]

WSJ rumor mill highlights what people want, expect from Apple

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 24, 2014 // 2 Comments

A recent and widely quoted report from the Wall Street Journal makes a couple of interesting calls about Apple iPhone developments supposedly in the works, quoting the customary “people familiar with the situation.” (Those people sure get familiar with a lot of situations.) And [...]

Blackberry files suit over Ryan Seacrest-backed Typo keyboard case

By Chris Meadows
January 3, 2014 // 3 Comments

Remember that “Typo” Bluetooth iPhone keyboard case backed by Hollywood’s Ryan Seacrest? It essentially grafts a BlackBerry style keyboard onto an iPhone. Well, it turns out that BlackBerry is not amused that the Typo is effectively a rip-off of the iconic keyboard design from their [...]

Review: Dogfight: How Apple and Google Went to War and Started a Revolution

By libertyc
December 22, 2013 // 1 Comment

I finished reading Fred Vogelstein’s book Dogfight: How Apple and Google Went to War and Started a Revolution, which I mentioned in my post yesterday. I quite enjoyed it. Even though I read the news reports of the events it describes as they happened, you don’t get the big picture until you [...]

The iPhone made Google rethink Android

By libertyc
December 21, 2013 // 2 Comments

The Atlantic is carrying an excerpt from Fred Vogelstein’s book Dogfight: How Apple and Google Went to War and Started a Revolution. I found it interesting enough that I actually bought the book and have been reading through it, and will probably have more to say on that in a day or so. This [...]

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