In 2011, it’s hard sometimes to remember there was life before Facebook or iPhones. It’s hard to remember that one had to sit down at a computer and log into an email account rather than having the messages delivered to a smartphone in a pocket. It’s hard to remember the once-coveted music compact discs and their portable players, and it’s nearly impossible to remember music was once played by a moving stylus on a plastic disk with grooves. And although new names make headlines every day, a look at the past decade’s nearly frenzied embrace of technology shows the influence, the reach of Steve Jobs.
Although I had used Apples and Macs at school and work for years, Apple gave me my first real taste of truly personal tech in 2001. Shortly after 9/11, the news service where I worked received two supercool-looking gadgets from Apple they wanted us to test drive and write about. It was called an iPod, and its 5GB hard drive held “1,000 songs in your pocket.” (A 1,000 songs?!! Really?!!) I got to take one home and play with it — and I played with it for hours, which turned into days. After my test drive, I was able to pre-order one. I was one of the first people in America to own an iPod. It’s probably my greatest achievement.
The percentage of U.S. adults with e-readers doubled between November and May, from 6% to 12%, according to a new study from the Pew Internet & American Life Project. Interestingly, tablet usage among adult users isn’t growing as fast.
A Q1 survey by the Nielsen Company looks at where — and when — users are using their mobile devices. Of note: 25% of respondents said they take their tablets to the bathroom, while 28% of smartphone users do. Ereaders maintain a bit more dignity, with only 17% taking their device to the can.
Yay for mobility.
I meant to post this a few days ago, but life interrupted. Better late than never.
- PCWorld‘s piece cites the HSN’s claim that the April patch will include Flash support.
- ZDNet calls NOOK Color “a serious Android opponent” of the iPad.
- CNET shares a Digitimes report that speculates NOOK Color sales at 3 million.
The NOOK Color at a glance:
- Height: 8.1 inches
Width: 5.0 inches
Depth: 0.48 inches
Weight: 15.8 ounces
Also of interest in the wake of the Wi-Fi-only Xoom release: A February article from Tech Republic on how to hack the NOOK Color into a full Android tablet. As the story responsibly notes,
if you do this, you will void the warranty. Proceed with caution.
EARLIER: A roundup of e-textbook developments and forecasts, as well as a student’s two cents on the shift in the industry.
EVEN EARLIER: The Wall Street Journal reported the publishing powerhouses were going to expand their e-textbook offerings.
Yahoo News looks at some of USA TODAY’s recent efforts to reinvent itself in as a digital destination, which includes a rollout of mobile applications for devices such as the Apple iPad and the new Motorola Xoom, which is powered by Android 3.0 Honeycomb.
From the story:
USA Today’s applications for mobile devices have been downloaded more than 6 million times, including 1.25 million designed for Apple Inc.’s hot-selling iPad. Mobile applications of The New York Times, another national newspaper that’s trying to gain more readers and make more money on the Web, have been downloaded more than 9 million times.