David Carey, the president of Hearst Magazines, talking to WSJ about their success (and challenges) in magazines going fully digital.
It’s pretty interesting that the move to tablets has allowed the magazine publishers to actually raise prices — and customers aren’t revolting. It’s still a fraction of the overall numbers, but it’s a good sign for those publishers because newsflash: the ad revenue isn’t coming back.
Now if only they could make their magazine apps not suck donkey balls…
Asked by Anonymous
Disk management? Recovery partition? That’s the sound of a million consumers’ hearts fluttering.
God, I hope you really have to defrag your Surface Pro from time to time. That would be just so perfect.
Yeah but, I wonder how much storage space will this thing will have after iOS 6 is installed…
…oh, about 120GB.
So, I can buy an ENTRY LEVEL Microsoft Surface Pro ($899) with a Type Cover or Touch Cover ($130 or $120) for $1029, or, I can save $30 and get a MacBook Air instead? Does Microsoft even care anymore?
Asked by legalwave
Yeah, I really don’t understand that pricing. Not sure anyone does.
PaperTab: Revolutionary paper tablet reveals future tablets to be thin and flexible as paper. (by Plastic Logic humanmedialab)
Fascinating to see bending the paper used to scroll, and touching papers to exchange information.
We’re getting closer to the Harry Potter animated newspaper.
Student of many. Master of none.
I think laptops can benefit from touch screens, but that doesn’t mean we should consider them tablets. Laptops, phones, and tablets all play different parts in my work or play. And, for me, they each need to be no compromise machines.
It’s very interesting to see Microsoft (becasue those are Microsoft even though it is an HP machine) and Samsung advertising with the word “best” in reference to a device they’re trying to say does two things.
And you can eat the cake too, right?
Mike Shatzkin, the founder and chief executive of Idea Logical, on Barnes & Noble’s most recent quarter.
I have fond memories of going to Barnes & Noble as a kid; I fear that’s all they’ll be soon: memories.
Also, what’s up with this part of the story by Leslie Kaufman of The New York Times:
Other companies do not break out sales of their digital tablets, but Amazon has been saying sales of its Kindle Fire were strong. Analysts say Apple’s iPads also appear to be doing well.
Um, sure, Amazon is cagey with their numbers, but Apple always tells us exactly how many tablets they sold in a quarter — no mild prognostications from “analysts” necessary.
Tom Warren for The Verge:
We’re told that the large majority of Nokia’s focus with its tablet is on a battery-equipped cover. Nokia will release a special cover for the tablet that envelops it like a book. Clicking into place, the cover provides a keyboard and a kickstand for the tablet. Nokia has also built a battery into the cover that can be used to power the tablet once it runs low on energy. Two USB ports on the case will also provide additional connectivity.
Sounds like a creative idea, especially that it acts as an additional battery. But this cover is the “large majority” of Nokia’s focus? Shouldn’t it be, you know, on the tablet itself?
Horace Dediu, noting that Microsoft’s major problem going forward isn’t necessarily that Windows 8 is a dog, it’s that the entire economic structure of the computing market is changing:
The economics of tablets imply a “commoditization” of system and application software. So what’s Microsoft to do?
The answer is Surface where the software margin is captured in hardware. This explains the pricing of Surface. The price isn’t significantly below what Apple charges because Microsoft wants to capture a comparable (30%+) margin. On a $500 product that amounts to $150. After subtracting hardware operating and distribution costs we can get pretty close to the $120 it currently obtains from a PC.
I bought a Microsoft Surface yesterday. Long story, don’t ask why, it wasn’t for me.
This is the story of the purchase.
It started with a phone call to the Microsoft Pop-Up store at the Shops at Columbus Circle…
Evan: “Hi, do you have any Surface tablets in stock”
Sales Rep: “Yes, plenty!”
Evan Gotlib’s experience was slightly worse than mine.