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14Feb/110

Are you a Never-Better, Better-Never, or an Ever-Waser? Adam Gopnik on the Internet

Is the Internet half empty or half full?

Reviewing a slate of new what-should-we-think-about-the-Internet books in The New Yorker, Adam Gopnik humorously divides the experts into three camps:

The Never-Betters believe that we’re on the brink of a new utopia, where information will be free and democratic, news will be made from the bottom up, love will reign, and cookies will bake themselves. The Better-Nevers think that we would have been better off if the whole thing had never happened, that the world that is coming to an end is superior to the one that is taking its place, and that, at a minimum, books and magazines create private space for minds in ways that twenty-second bursts of information don’t. The Ever-Wasers insist that at any moment in modernity something like this is going on, and that a new way of organizing data and connecting users is always thrilling to some and chilling to others—that something like this is going on is exactly what makes it a modern moment.

Gopnik has some fine cautionary words for each camp. He sees the Never-Betters blithe belief in technology as a bit myopic:

Never-Betterism has its excitements, but the history it uses seems to have been taken from the back of a cereal box. The idea, for instance, that the printing press rapidly gave birth to a new order of information, democratic and bottom-up, is a cruel cartoon of the truth. If the printing press did propel the Reformation, one of the biggest ideas it propelled was Luther’s newly invented absolutist anti-Semitism. And what followed the Reformation wasn’t the Enlightenment, a new era of openness and freely disseminated knowledge. What followed the Reformation was, actually, the Counter-Reformation, which used the same means—i.e., printed books—to spread ideas about what jerks the reformers were, and unleashed a hundred years of religious warfare.

Gopnik has sympathy for the Better-Nevers, but finally finds their nostalgia as problematic as the Never-Betters’ optimism:

The books by the Better-Nevers are more moving than those by the Never-Betters for the same reason that Thomas Gray was at his best in that graveyard: loss is always the great poetic subject….But if reading a lot of novels gave you exceptional empathy university English departments should be filled with the most compassionate and generous-minded of souls, and, so far, they are not.

Finally, Gopnik seems to come down on the site of the Ever-Wasers:

There is, for instance, a simple, spooky sense in which the Internet is just a loud and unlimited library in which we now live—as if one went to sleep every night in the college stacks, surrounded by pamphlets and polemics and possibilities. There is the sociology section, the science section, old sheet music and menus, and you can go to the periodicals room anytime and read old issues of the New Statesman. (And you can whisper loudly to a friend in the next carrel to get the hockey scores.) To see that that is so is at least to drain some of the melodrama from the subject. It is odd and new to be living in the library; but there isn’t anything odd and new about the library.

There is, of course, a lot more subtlety and complexity to Gopniks argument and you should read the article in its entirety here. However if you were forced to answer, using whatever subjective personal criteria you desire, how would you respond to the following question: Has the internet improved, diminished, or not dramatically affected your quality of life and/or the quality of the culture as a whole? (And, if you insist on subtlety and complexity, please discuss in the comments.)


11Feb/110

On making digital subscriptions work, by Adam Hodgkin

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All Things Digital has an interesting essay by John Squires: “Apple, Google and the Publishers: Here’s How to Make Subscriptions Work”. Squires used to be a senior executive at Time Inc and is founder of Next Issue Media a company that is stealthily developing a new approach to marketing and selling digital magazines on tablet platforms.

Squires echoes cries of anguish that have been coming from his peers in the consumer magazine industry:


In recent weeks, we’ve heard growing concern from magazine and newspaper publishers regarding the challenge of providing content for mobile media while preserving their print franchises. The concern is nothing new, but it’s apparent that content providers are at risk of losing track of their customers like toddlers in a shopping mall. Squires All Things D

Its news to me that magazine publishers care for their subscribers the way parents look after toddlers in a shopping mall. Squires goes on to say:

Devices like the iPad offer consumers a rich reading experience and offer publishers even more targeted advertising, but the revenue tradeoff as publishers navigate the path from print to this new world is lopsided–and not in a good way.

The problem for Squires is that he can’t see the old business model working for publishers with the new digital magazines. Publishers are not going to be ‘allowed’ to track their toddlers in the ways in which they have been accustomed to do. Furthermore Squires doesn’t think that subscriptions are going to work for digital publishers:

Isn’t selling your magazine through an app store and receiving 70 percent of the revenues a great deal? After all, magazine subscription agents and newsstands don’t return anywhere near that amount to publishers. But this is argument misses an important point. In iTunes and the Android Marketplace, there’s virtually no merchandising of magazine products. A magazine app must swim to the top of several hundred thousand other applications. And even in the context of a dedicated magazine store, the publisher won’t control featuring.The value of the brand must pull the consumer through to the purchase. And brands are expensive to build and nurture….Squires All Things D

So the litany of complaints continues. Despite the potential for a ‘rich reading experience’ life is going to be very hard for digital magazine publishers, they will have to (1) create the rich reading experience (2) support devices on various platforms (3) market their wares (4) do some ‘feature control’ of their own so that their magazines come to the top of the heap (5) build their brands and (6) figure out how this fiercely competitive and rapidly evolving world is going to work. Perhaps Mr Squires should look to the example of Rupert Murdoch and go and build a publication which will meet those challenges head on.

Squires’s proposed solution for this difficult quandary in which the magazine finds itself is to propose some industry wide standard solutions (perhaps it will appeal to the likes of Google, Apple, and Microsoft because) “there’s a significant long-term advantage for the software industry to make friends with 150 million magazine consumers.” As though these technology titans are going to reach agreement on standard procedures so that the magazine publishers existing business model can be replicated in the digital framework?

Make what you can of John Squires’ specific proposals. The second one astonished me: (the software industry should) “Create simple APIs that connect the handful of major print fulfillment houses to application storefronts so existing print accounts can be harmonized with digital access.” Exact Editions has been doing almost exactly this for many of the publishers with whom we work. But note, such a solution has to work potentially for hundreds of print fulfillment houses (surely it is a sign of some Time-induced complacency to suppose that only the ‘handful’ of ‘major’ fulfillment houses count). It has to be general and generalisable. Furthermore the trick is to work with the APIs of the print fulfillment houses (not of the e-commerce store fronts), so the discussions have to take place between the publishers and the fulfillment houses and their IT houses and app developers. This sort of business has to be under the control and to the account of publishers for it to work the way they want it to. You do not attach conventional print subscriptions to digital subs — which is what Squires on a strict interpretation is suggesting as the desired solution. You attach digital or app solutions to print subscriptions. That way the publishers (via their fulfillment houses) stay in control of the crucial customer relationship. There is no point asking Google or Apple to build your digital back-end. They are not going to do that, and furthermore the magazine industry really does not want them to do so. Which is where we started, with Mr Squires bleating that Apple controls too much data and will not provide access to the iTunes accounts of Apple’s customers who subscribe to digital magazines. Why on earth should they? An iTunes customer who buys a magazine app from iTunes is an iTunes customer before she is a customer of the magazine app. The position is rather different with a subscriber who is already a customer of the magazine and the publishers can insist that their customers are treated with the respect and reciprocity that they deserve. They are already a subscriber to the (print) magazine and so should be offered free access via the app. The Economist got this right by providing free app access to all its existing print subscribers. Time Inc and the other big American consumer publishers is getting it so wrong by refusing to do this

Work around it, and start publishing digital solutions that customers want…..

Via Adam Hodgkin’s Exact Editions blog

10Feb/110

Notion Ink Adam available again

Notion Ink has started accepting orders again for the Adam tablet PCs though its an ‘invitation only’ affair this time. The company has been sending out e-mail to a select group of individuals inviting them to place orders for the six versions of the Adam – three each of the LCD and the LCD + Pixel Qi version. A good thing here is that prices remain unchanged in that the lowest speced LCD Wi-Fi version of the Adam will cost 5.33 while the top of the line model with Pizel Qi Wi-Fi + 3G will set one back by 9.99.


So while everything else remains the same, it will be interesting to see if the response to the Adam is as overwhelming as it was during the first round of ordering. The first lot of Adam’s shipped out didn’t exactly come out with flying colors and reaction has been mixed. While, Adam’s that formed the first lot are still being shipped out, there has been several issues pertaining the tablet. Like one of the biggest disappointments has been the display which suffered from serious glare issues with the matt surface coating doing little to remedy the situation. Its performance out in the sun is way better than standard LCD displays but leaves something more to be desired.

Then there has also been a few issues with the touchscreen in that it fails to respond on many an occasion while software bugs too did not make things anything better. That said, Notion Ink has been quick in their damage control efforts and have made available a patch that did take care of a lot of software issues. Company sources have also informed they are on it and will come up with further upgrades soon to take care of all issues. In fact, they have also stated they have already started with the process of integrating Android 3.0 Honeycomb into Adam. This sure will put the Adam in a better stand to compete with many of the high profile Honeycomb laced tablets that going to be launched in the next few months.

An inherent good quality of the Adam is that the majority of its drawbacks are related to the software and hence, nearly all of them can be taken good care of. So those who have already purchased the device or are planning to do so can be rest assured of a quality product in the form of the Adam.

Notion Ink

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  3. Notion Ink Adam Pre-Order Status Checker
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  5. Notion ink Adam Pricing Information – Shipping news and Pre-Orders
  6. The Notion Ink Adam will be available in some stores

10Feb/110

Notion Ink Adam available again

Notion Ink has started accepting orders again for the Adam tablet PCs though its an ‘invitation only’ affair this time. The company has been sending out e-mail to a select group of individuals inviting them to place orders for the six versions of the Adam – three each of the LCD and the LCD + Pixel Qi version. A good thing here is that prices remain unchanged in that the lowest speced LCD Wi-Fi version of the Adam will cost 5.33 while the top of the line model with Pizel Qi Wi-Fi + 3G will set one back by 9.99.

So while everything else remains the same, it will be interesting to see if the response to the Adam is as overwhelming as it was during the first round of ordering. The first lot of Adam’s shipped out didn’t exactly come out with flying colors and reaction has been mixed. While, Adam’s that formed the first lot are still being shipped out, there has been several issues pertaining the tablet. Like one of the biggest disappointments has been the display which suffered from serious glare issues with the matt surface coating doing little to remedy the situation. Its performance out in the sun is way better than standard LCD displays but leaves something more to be desired.

Then there has also been a few issues with the touchscreen in that it fails to respond on many an occasion while software bugs too did not make things anything better. That said, Notion Ink has been quick in their damage control efforts and have made available a patch that did take care of a lot of software issues. Company sources have also informed they are on it and will come up with further upgrades soon to take care of all issues. In fact, they have also stated they have already started with the process of integrating Android 3.0 Honeycomb into Adam. This sure will put the Adam in a better stand to compete with many of the high profile Honeycomb laced tablets that going to be launched in the next few months.

An inherent good quality of the Adam is that the majority of its drawbacks are related to the software and hence, nearly all of them can be taken good care of. So those who have already purchased the device or are planning to do so can be rest assured of a quality product in the form of the Adam.

Notion Ink

Related posts:

  1. Notion Ink Adam Ships today!
  2. Notion Ink Adam USA shipping is delayed due to FCC
  3. Notion Ink Adam Pre-Order Status Checker
  4. Notion Ink Adam PC news. Watch out for some surprises on Dec 6
  5. Notion ink Adam Pricing Information – Shipping news and Pre-Orders
  6. The Notion Ink Adam will be available in some stores

9Feb/110

Notion Ink Adam Tablet vs Kindle & an LCD tablet in sunlight. Kindle for webOS.

NOTION INK'S ADAM, WITH PIXEL QI, VS KINDLE AND PANDIGITAL NOVEL IN DIRECT SUNLIGHT

The long awaited Adam Tablet by Notion Ink has a combo display of LCD switchable with an E-Paper display, with backlighting Off.

Good E-Reader Blog has a report and VIDEO and I've linked you to the larger YouTube one.


Here's an image-link to another, separate video, by Charbax, that also shows the e-paper display with backlight off.  When the backlight is On, the display is a sort of light blue-gray in the videos.  Nevertheless, both videos show reflections from the glass from the lighting above.

The first video gives you an idea of how the Adam looks in direct sunlight and how it compares with the e-ink and LCD displays.

They were disappointed to see that the dual layer of glass that it uses was "highly reflective in the sun, and even the matted screen protector is pretty useless."

' Our first comparison is with the Amazon Kindle and the Notion Ink Adam in Pixel QI mode.  We give you a great visual example of how the Adam ranks against one of the premier e-ink based electronic readers.  We have to give the advantage in this test to the Amazon Kindle.

The next comparison we show is how the Notion Ink Adam ranks with the Pandigital Novel 9 inch edition.   This test is mainly ... to show how Pixel QI in the Adam compares to the standard LCD based tablet and e-reader combination found in most competing devices.  We have to decide this contest in favor of the Adam, as the LCD was unreadable in direct sunlight. '

AMAZON ANNOUNCES KINDLE FOR PALM's webOS IS COMING
This is in connection with HP's Palm webOS press conference today.
  Of special interest was the last part of the following statement:

' "We're working with Amazon to bring HP customers the free Kindle app and, along with it, the largest selection of the most popular books," said Jon Oakes, director, TouchPad Product Marketing, HP. "TouchPad's beautiful, fully featured Kindle app supports the Kindle features users already know and love, and it's one of the first Kindle applications to support the latest Kindle features like Collections." '

Collections.  That last is key and I hope it shows up soon in the Kindle for PC and for Mac etc.

Kindle 3's   (UK: Kindle 3's),   DX Graphite


Check often: Temporarily-free late-listed non-classics or recently published ones
  Guide to finding Free Kindle books and Sources.  Top 100 free bestsellers.
UK-Only: recently published non-classics, bestsellers, or highest-rated ones
    Also, UK customers should see the UK store's Top 100 free bestsellers.

9Feb/110

Notion Ink Adam Tablet vs Kindle and an LCD tablet in sunlight; Kindle for webOS

NOTION INK’S ADAM, WITH PIXEL QI, VS KINDLE AND PANDIGITAL NOVEL IN DIRECT SUNLIGHT

The long awaited Adam Tablet by Notion Ink has a combo display of LCD switchable with an E-Paper display, with backlighting Off.

Good E-Reader Blog has a report and VIDEO and I’ve linked you to the larger YouTube one.

Here’s an image-link to another, separate video, by Charbax, that also shows the e-paper display with backlight off. When the backlight is On, the display is a sort of light blue-gray in the videos. Nevertheless, both videos show reflections from the glass from the lighting above.

The first video gives you an idea of how the Adam looks in direct sunlight and how it compares with the e-ink and LCD displays.

They were disappointed to see that the dual layer of glass that it uses was “highly reflective in the sun, and even the matted screen protector is pretty useless.”

‘ Our first comparison is with the Amazon Kindle and the Notion Ink Adam in Pixel QI mode. We give you a great visual example of how the Adam ranks against one of the premier e-ink based electronic readers. We have to give the advantage in this test to the Amazon Kindle.

The next comparison we show is how the Notion Ink Adam ranks with the Pandigital Novel 9 inch edition. This test is mainly … to show how Pixel QI in the Adam compares to the standard LCD based tablet and e-reader combination found in most competing devices. We have to decide this contest in favor of the Adam, as the LCD was unreadable in direct sunlight. ‘

AMAZON ANNOUNCES KINDLE FOR PALM’s webOS IS COMING
This is in connection with HP’s Palm webOS press conference today.
Of special interest was the last part of the following statement:

‘ “We’re working with Amazon to bring HP customers the free Kindle app and, along with it, the largest selection of the most popular books,” said Jon Oakes, director, TouchPad Product Marketing, HP. “TouchPad’s beautiful, fully featured Kindle app supports the Kindle features users already know and love, and it’s one of the first Kindle applications to support the latest Kindle features like Collections.” ‘


Collections. That last is key and I hope it shows up soon in the Kindle for PC and for Mac etc.

Via Andrys Basten’s A Kindle World blog

9Feb/110

Notion Ink Adam compared to the Kindle and Pandigital Novel in Direct Sunlight

Feb

09

By Markus

notion ink adam

Welcome to another Good e-Reader Video! In this video we compare the Notion Ink Adam in Pixel QI mode vs the Amazon Kindle and the Pandigital Novel 9 inch. We show you how it looks in direct sunlight and how the Adam stacks up against e-ink and LCD.

One of the biggest factors in the Notion Ink Adams version of Pixel QI screen technology is how it employs the dual layer of glass that it uses. It makes the Adam highly reflective in the sun, and even the matted screen protector is pretty useless.

Our first comparison is with the Amazon Kindle and the Notion Ink Adam in Pixel QI mode. We give you a great visual example of how the Adam ranks against one of the premier e-ink based electronic readers. We have to give the advantage in this test to the Amazon Kindle.

The next comparison we show is how the Notion Ink Adam ranks with the Pandigital Novel 9 inch edition. This test is mainly pitted to show how Pixel QI in the Adam compares to the standard LCD based tablet and e-reader combination found in most competing devices. We have to decide this contest in favor of the Adam, as the LCD was unreadable in direct sunlight.

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  1. Notion Ink Adam vs the Apple iPad and Amazon Kindle
  2. Notion Ink Adam Pre-Orders to begin December 9 2010
  3. Hands on Review of the Notion Ink Adam – Part 2
  4. Notion Ink Adam Ships today!
  5. Notion Ink Adam USA shipping is delayed due to FCC
  6. Notion Ink gets Production Samples of their Adam Tablet

Categories : Good E-Reader Videos, Tablet-Slates, Technology

5Feb/110

Notion Ink issues update patch for the Adam Tablet

Feb

05

By Michael

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Today Notion Ink has released a new update fix for their Adam Tablet PC that addresses a number of key issues that have been plaguing users! We can now find solace in the fact that the GPS now knows we are not in China but in our real world location and lots more!

Ever since the Adam was released it was plagued by many small bugs which we covered extensively in our hands on reviews of the tablet. Some noticeable fixes included; fixing the crashing that would occur when you plugged in a USB keyboard, as well as overall application enhancements. Key Programs have got some fixes that the Adam was bundled with such as Canvas, Media Player, Sniffer, Mail and Calculator.

You can find a full change-log of all of the fixes that went into the new update HERE.

We are also pleased to offer exclusive downloads for your variant model of the Notion Ink Adam. Below are the links that you need to download based on your model and installation instructions found in the new Manual.

LCD Adam on Windows
LCD Adam on Linux

PixelQi Adam on Windows
PixelQi Adam on Linux

You can download the manual with all of the update steps here.

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Categories : Tablet-Slates, Technology

31Jan/110

Notion Ink CEO Rohan Shravan speaks out about the Adam Tablet

notion ink adam

Recently CEO of Notion Ink Rohan Shravan conducted an interview with Notion Ink Addicts on some important details regarding what Adam owners can expect from the official services that NI will be providing, as well as some future tidbits.

It looks like for content starved people looking for applications, books, movies and music will be launched around the middle of February. Otherwise he implores the users to download content from other websites. Although this may be a tall order for average users who do not know where to download applications other then the official Google Android Market. The Adam of course does not have access to the market yet, but if you ROOT your device, you can download to your hearts content.

The Adam does come with a rather lackluster music player, that also should be coming down the pipe with an update soon, the CEO reports. One of the benefits of the current Adam music player is that it automatically downloads cover art.

Rohan also mentioned on the official WordPress blog recently that the final orders for the first round of pre-orders will be shipped out in the next few days and emails are being sent to the people who have ordered them. The Reason of the delay was due to “one of our shipments for the touch screens got damaged while transportation which is going to effect a fraction of our customers. To make things worse, its New Year in China and every manufacturing plant is closed. But our touch-screen partners, Sinotek (also known as Sintek), will stay open for the Chinese New Year and re-manufacture all the remaining touch screens to deliver. I am making this special note, because we are really overwhelm at their response and want to thank all the employees at their firm who are going to miss their New Year celebrations and home visits.”

One burning question that has not been addresses and has met with some ire from a ton of customers, is the return policy. There is a current 7 day return policy with an Adam purchase, but many users are finding reaching the company is next to impossible and lots of emails are going unanswered. Hopefully this will be sorted out, if returning is not an option check out selling on eBay.

Be sure to check out our review on the Notion Ink Adam.

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  6. Notion Ink gets Production Samples of their Adam Tablet

30Jan/110

Notion ink Adam Tips and Tricks

notion ink adam

Many people who are early adapters of the Notion Ink Adam have been sending us emails, commenting on various forums and petitioning on our Youtube channel for many answers to common questions. We will endeavor in this article to explain some of the most common problems you will have and solutions to them.

Why is my Picture Quality not so good on the Adam Camera?

Many people who have purchased the Notion Ink Adam are wondering why their pictures they have taken with the device looks grainy and pixelated. This is due to the fact that the Adam camera has a very small plastic layer on the camera to protect it in shipping. When you dig your fingernail under the Adam, the picture quality will be greatly enhanced and you get better picture quality with the 3.1 MP camera it comes with.

Why does my Adam Crash or Programs not look right?

This is due to the fact of not loading in the update that Notion Ink provided its users to unbrick their device with the buggy over the air update that was issued, and then quickly pulled down. In the update that unbricks your unit contains new files for your device that will greatly enhance your overall experience with the Adam. It will not fix every issue we have reported on thus far, but will help. You can download the files and read the installation guide HERE.

I want to read eBooks! What do I do?

The production model of the Adam we have did not come with any eBook readers or any programs that are meant to read popular ebook formats. There are many Android applications available from many popular stores such as Amazon, Sony, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Borders and others. Recently we wrote an article on Google Android Market Alternatives, you can find direct downloads to all of those applications. Its as simple as copying the APK files you downloaded to your  USB drive or MicroSD card and then launching the files with the Sniffer File application that comes with your Adam.

If you want to load in your own eBooks there are a few Android Programs you might want to get if you find yourself downloading ebooks from various websites on the internet. If you are looking to read MOBI ebook formats you want to get FBREADER that will read those formats via MicroSD card. If EPUB formats are your thing you can download an application named Cool Reader and copy the ePub books to  your Micro SD Card. If you want to read PDF files and do not want to deal with the Quick Office version of PDF Reader which is proven to be a bit buggy you want to download Adobe PDF Reader.

If you have followed our tutorial on how to Root Your Notion Ink Adam you can instantly download any of these applications directly to your device, without having to manually load in APK files from the internet.

There is a black bar, blocking the top of the text on many apps

This is a very common problem where the top half of any field of text near the top of the screen will be cut off by the black Google Android Bar. This is the bar that contains your WIFI information, time and applications you might have downloaded. You might notice there is a blinking green light. You want to tap on this light and it will draw the bar into it and give you an acurate display of how much battery life is left.

Quick Office does not load properly!

It seems with the current version of Quick Office and the Adam is that it does not create new documents, spreadsheets or project files for you to go about instantly creating.

There are two things you need to do in order to get these applications working correctly. First of all, when you load the programs it gives you list of directories and files and say its scanning an MicroSD card. In effect it is not scanning those drives but the devices own internal memory.

To be able to start creating or editing a document you need to copy a document in .doc format and copy it to your portable USB drive or your MicroSD card. The Quick Office version of Word does not scan these two drives to open files. Instead you need to load the Sniffer application and navigate to these drives. If you click on a .doc file it will tell you that this format is associated with Quickoffice, when you click on the application the file is associated with it will open the document using the program. Your other option to open documents is to open the docs in the Adams own internal memory by hooking it up to your PC via Mini USB cable.

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