Siri may be many things — cool feature, Google killer, source of amusement — but it is perhaps the ultimate expression of the semantic Web. And it’s still in beta.
The Google Era isn’t over by a long shot, but initiatives from Apple and Amazon reveal that the search giant is open to disintermediation by some clever and large-scale commercial tactics.
It seems Apple underpredicted the future they’d make. Facetime, Siri, iCloud, iPhone, and other innovations have made this prediction of the future seem almost old-fashioned.
“Historians may look back on September 28, 2011, as the day the book lost its bookishness.” – Nicholas Carr. When you throw in a smaller feature on the more disruptive basic Kindle — X-Ray — Carr is probably right.
Looking back, it’s clear Apple’s development of iOS and its device strategy has taken them down paths they didn’t expect — a true sign of agility.
Thinner, lighter, faster, better — this time, I think we’ll keep it.
A new app for textbooks on the iPad has a lot of backers, and there’s a lot at stake.
The recent brouhaha about HarperCollins’ policy of restricting ebook circulation in libraries misses the larger point that libraries and publishers can work toward satisfying their respective interests.
Online news increases in popularity, online advertising grows, and an iPad newspaper pure-play exists — why does this all seem like bad news?
The tablet wars are on, with special significance for STM publishers.
Apple’s apparent abuse of its platform dominance may signal a basic incompatibility between providers and platforms.
Books take the shape of their containers, and the containers in turn shape the kinds of books we create. The new ebook containers have different affordances, which must be studied to develop a successful ebook program.
Four days with the iPad became 8 months with it. Meanwhile, friends like the Android tablets joined in.
A major publisher finds users like the iPad, spend more time with it, but don’t carry it around and encounter usability problems.
Publishers still have to sell iPad content via single-issue apps. When will a subscription app finally be allowed?