You can expect OS X to look much more like iPhone OS beginning later this year. The current face of it isn’t fingertip-friendly nor amenable to the grammar of touch.
Apple’s learned lots from the iPhone OS. They’ll incorporate that as well as add many new features not possible on a smaller display. Some of the new interface on the upcoming iSlate will provide hints of that.
Asus, the Taiwanese manufacturer that pioneered the netbook concept, has given InGear exclusive details of its DR-570 reader, to be released by the end of the year. Asus says it has developed a 6in, high-brightness, OLED colour screen that should run for a whopping 122 hours on one battery charge — and that’s not just when displaying text but under real-world conditions, such as running Flash video over its built-in wi-fi or 3G. If that claim stands up, it would make this game-changing device nearly as energy-efficient as today’s monochrome readers.
If that is true — including the bit about running Flash — this would be very, very interesting.
There are many other magazine sites that are powered by Flash too.
Also, since this is color and will allegedly run Flash, it puts yet another nail into the coffin of the eCrap Axis of E: eInk, ePub, eBook — in favor of digital books.
“The right place for the e-book is after the hardcover but before the paperback,” said Carolyn Reidy, CEO of Simon & Schuster, which is owned by CBS Corp. “We believe some people will be disappointed. But with new [electronic] readers coming and sales booming, we need to do this now, before the installed base of e-book reading devices gets to a size where doing it would be impossible.“
Boldfaced emphasis added by me.
Carolyn Reidy, is it difficult to be this clueless?
Let’s see … not a single Harry Potter book has been released in electronic format.
Yet is every Harry Potter book available in every electronic format?
All you’re doing with this delay is saying: “Hey, kids! Rev up your scanners and bleed our writers to death!”
What Vook’s running into here is precisely why the iTablet is going to be a monstrous hit — even beyond the monstrous hit of the iPhone. I won’t explain that statement right now. I’m saving that for a future post.
The post I did earlier today reminded me I should do this follow-up.
The Breakaway Japanese Kitchen vook is a revolutionary new way to follow the inspiring recipes of chef Eric Gower. You can now read Eric’s recipes, watch videos of Eric cooking the dishes or shopping for ingredients, and connect to Eric and the cooking community through social media.
In addition to What Would Google Do? the book, the ebook, the Kindle book, the audio book, the video, and the PowerPoint, we were planning to release a so-called V-book with videos interspersed throughout the digital text. Never happened.
Jeff Jarvis is the author of the book What Would Google Do?