Daily Archives: October 30, 2015

Nook Glowlight Plus: Google Books PDF Simulation

Photos taken with the 7-inch Nook tablet. Blurtastic because I couldn’t stretch the security tether to get closer.

This joint:

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The Trouble With Android Tablets

Anyone else frustrated with the mediocre tablet market in the Android world?

With phones, people get excited, and they’re weighing the pros and cons of one flagship vs another. I can’t even remember the last time I saw someone look forward to the release of an Android tablet.

The Nexus 9 seemed like it was going to be killer, but it was plagued with poor build-quality and performance issues. The Nexus 7 line was inexplicably killed after being the most successful Nexus device ever.

And then you’ve got Samsung with an absurdly large variety of release-them-and-forget-about-them Galaxy Tabs.

Are we going to see a resurgence of tablets in Android? I know the Pixel C is on the horizon, but that device seems too large and niche to really appeal to an average tablet user.

For me, I think I basically just want to see a refreshed Nexus 9 without all the issues.

Interesting replies at that reddit thread.

Makes me think there will be iPad as the sole remaining tablet.

Not that that isn’t happening right now anyway.

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Nook Glowlight Plus Rooting Notes #7

Repeating the steps, this time via The Digital ReaderHow to Find the Hidden Browser on the Nook Glowlight Plus — which published a photo (see link for uncropped large version):

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Android Stacks: UI/UX Idea

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… as mobile platforms are used more and more as our primary personal device, our challenge becomes to add the functionality necessary to allow them to become more powerful tools in multitasking, while remaining to be easy to use.

With this in mind I set out to create a concept of how multitasking — on a modern mobile operating system like Android — could evolve.

This is rather clever and brings back to life the old webOS idea of stacking Cards.

Each illustration is an animation, so hit that Play arrow to see the demonstrations.

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Big Samsung Layoffs Coming

Samsung to layoff workforce to cut costs

Industry watchers said Samsung Electronics is expected to fire up to 30 percent of its workers as it cuts back on the role of those who work in finance, human resources and marketing.

Ambiguous sentence structure. Thirty percent of all workers, or thirty percent in just those three areas?

I’ll repeat what I’ve said previously: With tablet sales declining, I think the current round of Galaxy Tab S2 are the last to come out of Samsung.

We’ll see well-known brand names abandon the Android tablet market and leave it all to the bottom-feeders who import generic crap from China and slap a brand name on them. That will further poison the iPad market too.

Last year I would have seen this as an opportunity for China brands to break into the American market. But if a giant corporation like Hisense won’t sell their Sero 8 Pro here, you can forget microscopic “cottage” companies like Teclast, Onda, CUBE, or Chuwi ever getting here.

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The Blacklist: Season Three, Episode Five

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Why, after the past four abysmal episodes, am I doing another post?

Warning: Some spoilers ahead.

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Limitless: Episode Six

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First up: Still no credit for creator Alan Glynn. WTF.

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