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The Morning Coffee – 24 April 2014

April 24th, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · Morning Coffee → 1 Comment

Top stories this Thursday morning include criticism of BEA’s reader-focused BookCOn (link), editing (link), DRM as a transmission tax (link), and more.
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Amazon Launches Prime Pantry – a $6 Shipping Charge Aimed Across the Bow of Target

April 23rd, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · Amazon → 1 Comment

However muchpdp_header_all[1] the average Amazon Prime member is spending on groceries at Amazon, it’s clearly not enough for the retailer.

A new program was quietly launched today on Amazon.com. It’s called Amazon Prime Pantry, and it is basically a challenge to see how many groceries an Amazon customer can fit into a box.
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Apple Reports iPhone Sales Up, iPad Sales Down Last Quarter

April 23rd, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · Apple, hardware news → 2 Comments

Apple12_9_ipad_ipad_4_mini_light-800x450[1] released their quarterly financial statement today, and now I think we know why they re-released the iPad 4 late last month.

The smartphone maker reported that they sold 43.7 million iPhones in Q2 2014, while iPad sales reached 16.4 million. Smartphone sales increase 17% over last year, but iPad sales dropped 13%. iPod sales and revenue dropped by more than half, to 2.8 million units.
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Tales of Amazon’s Dominance of UK Online Retail Were Greatly Exaggerated

April 23rd, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · DeBunking → 7 Comments

Theamazoncoms-secret-retail-empire[1] BBC is reporting this week that Amazon has half of Britain’s online retail market, but I’m not so sure that there are enough facts to back up the claim.

On Sunday the BBC broadcast and published a documentary that examined Amazon’s dominance of UK retail. The text version of the piece led with a startling claim:
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Project Naptha Chrome Plugin Lets You Edit, Translate Text in Images

April 23rd, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · Plugin → No Comments

Google project napthaand many other companies have long used OCR technology to convert words in an image to text. This used to require a lot of computing power and expensive scanners, but now you can pull off the same trick using nothing more than Chrome web browser and a plugin.
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iThing Users Can Now Get up to 100GB Cloud Storage for $1 per Year

April 23rd, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · Cloud Storage, iDrive → No Comments

Only two idriveweeks after making a similar offer to Android users, cloud storage provider iDrive announced on Wednesday that they are offering iPad and iPhone users 100GB of combined backup and sync cloud storage for just $1 per year.

The offer includes 50GB of data storage and another 50GB for backing up a device’s data, including contacts, calendar events, photos, videos, SMS, call logs, and apps.
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Japan Display Debuts a New 10″ Screen With 438 ppi Resolution

April 23rd, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · Japan Display, Screen Tech → No Comments

Samsung20140423_b has a reputation for making the highest resolution and best quality tablet and smartphone screens, but now it looks like they have some serious competition.

Japan Display unveiled a new 10″ panel today, and it puts both Samsung’s and Apple’s best displays to shame.
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Amazon Expands Prime Instant Video With HBO Shows – But Not Game of Thrones

April 23rd, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · Amazon → 2 Comments

AmazonWebHero-HBOCollection-Multi_ComingSoon_460x208._V337939359_SX460_[1] sweetened their Prime membership offer this morning with a new deal with HBO.

Amazon Prime subscribers can now enjoy select seasons of select HBO shows, including The Sopranos, Six Feet Under, The Wire, Big Love, Deadwood, Eastbound & Down, Family Tree, Enlightened, Treme, early seasons of Boardwalk Empire and True Blood, as well as mini-series like Band of Brothers, John Adams and more.
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New 7″ Samsung Phablet Shows up at China’s FCC

April 23rd, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · Android, hardware news, Phablet, Samsung, Smartphone, Tablet → 1 Comment

Ansamsung 7 inch phone china 1 unnamed Samsung device has appeared on the website of Tenaa, China’s Telecommunications Equipment Certification Center.

The SM-2558 doesn’t quite look like any of Samsung’s existing smartphones or tablets, but it does have aspects of either category.
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Kindle for iPad, iPhone Updated

April 23rd, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · Amazon, ipad app, iPhone app, Kindle → 4 Comments

kindle itunes logoAmazon rolled out a minor update today for the Kindle app for iOS, adding a couple minor tweaks which readers will appreciate.

Neither of the improvements today are a major change, and they won’t be available for all ebooks, but it will still be nice to have them.
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