Tag Archives: Smartphone

Proof: The iPad Is Affecting Consumer PC Sales


In my recent post, The iPad is becoming The Only ‘PC’ That Matters, I postulated that the computers that we have used since 1978 are becoming less and less relevant, due to the introduction of smaller form-factor computers that we have today.  These new devices, Smartphone’s, tablets and the like, are really cutting into traditional computer sales and use.

In a recent article in Business Insider, Proof The iPad Is Affecting Consumer PC Sales , my prediction appears to be validated.

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When will you add a tablet to your digital inventory?  I know that I can effectively write stories and chapters on my iPhone 3GS.  I have read entire books on my phone.  They are viable and a starting to become pervasive.

Yes, I still own a laptop and a home PC.   They still have their place but they don’t integrate well into my current lifestyle.  ‘Choices’ aren’t they wonderful!

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What’s behind ATT Purchase of T-Mobile


Bandwidth-hungry customers line up outside an AT&T store

Today’s post is short but very interesting, particularly to those of us who own and use iPhones and iPads.  Yesterday, in an excellent article titled “AT&T Admits It Can’t Handle The iPhone” by Matt Rosoff, in one of my favorite publications, Business Insider, he uncovered the real reason behind the T-Mobile acquisition.

In a new filing explaining why it wants to buy T-Mobile, AT&T essentially admits that its network wasn’t ready for the iPhone, and won’t be able to handle new Smartphone’s and tablets as they come on board.

The filing says:

A Smartphone generates 24 times the mobile data traffic of a conventional wireless phone, and the explosively popular iPad and similar tablet devices can generate traffic comparable to or even greater than a Smartphone. AT&T’s mobile data volumes surged by a staggering 8,000% from 2007 to 2010, and as a result, AT&T faces network capacity constraints more severe than those of any other wireless provider.

Please read the full post HERE.

A handy beginner’s guide to e-book formats, apps and devices


Originally Posted by: Piotr Kowalczyk

Date January 23, 2011

With credit to Piotr Kowalczyk, the first poster of this chart, originally presented by BookBee.net, and to Joanna Penn of The Creative Penn for reposting this essential guide for all eBook authors,.  When you have time, please take a look at Joanna’s soon-to-be-released novel, Pentecost, available on February 7, 2011.  I have read all of her excerpts so far and the book is just Brilliant!

As I started down the journey of writing Views from Sandhausen, I knew in my gut that I wanted it to be released as soon as possible in eBook format.  My depth of knowledge about eBook formats was essentially the same as yours, nil.  Once I started work with my book’s designer, Walt at Five Rainbows Services, I soon started to see that this evolving standard was both complex and much in a state of flux.  Therefore, this chart is a snapshot in time, the status of eBook formats on this date.  Formats will come and go but all authors, and indeed customers that read on their shiny new eReaders, need this information.

The next Big Thing is Enhanced eBooks.  These books will be sold as applications for your Smartphone, or as eBooks that you either download to your computer/phone, or “lease”, as you do in the Kindle model.  I’m not as big fan of ‘leasing’ my books but it is the only way that company’s like Amazon and Kindle can guarantee that, “If you buy it once, you can read it on any of your devices”.  This can be compelling when you read part of the eBook on the bus or train, during your commute.  Then you can pick up your tablet or PC, and be at the exact same place in your book as you were when you closed your Smartphone on the way home.

Enhanced eBooks.  This is a whole topic in itself and will be the subject of a future post.

Lastly, Views from Sandhausen is receiving GREAT reviews and yesterday we saw the greatest audience that we have seen to date.  Thank you kind readers and I will be focusing on additional topics, in addition to my little project.

Stay warm, and Go Steelers!!!!

Cliff

Views from Sandhausen Purchase Outlets


My Dear Friends and Family

After countless hours and a significant financial commitment, Views from Sandhausen: Experiences from a Foreign Service Assignment is finally available.  It can (first) be found on Amazon.com formatted for the family of Kindle eReaders.  Buy the eBook for Kindle here.  You can also leave your review of what you thought of our efforts, at the same location!

I am in the process of putting it up on Barnes and Noble for their Nook eReader, as well as other outlets. 

Within the next week I anticipate that it will be available for all current and future devices.  Of course, my favorite, the iPad, will be fully supported (including iPad 2’s enhanced features).  From the wings I can hear, “…but Cliff, I don’t have a Kindle eReader or a Nook, color or otherwise”.  Not to worry, Amazon and Barnes & Noble, and others, have applications that are free and can be loaded on any PC or Mac, as well as most Smartphone’s out in the wild.  The nice thing about Kindle is that you buy the book once, and it is available on all Kindle devices, no matter the computer underneath.  It will even tell your various devices exactly where you were in the book when you last stopped reading.  Readers for various systems can be found here:

Amazon Kindle for all devices

Nook (B&N) for all devices

I have put up a page on http://FlaAuthor.WordPress.com that I will keep updating as new versions are available – as well as keep you posted (pun intended) on the two print books availability.  I anticipate that you will be able to hold a Hard or Soft cover book by the end of this quarter.

Views from Sandhausen

978-0-9831283-0-4 Hardcover   Available Soon
978-0-9831283-1-1 Paperback   Available Soon
978-0-9831283-2-8 ePub           Available Soon 
978-0-9831283-3-5 Kindle          Available 1/19/11

I would like to thank you all for your endless support, as well as for several reviews that have been sent to me or posted.  Should you purchase an electronic copy, not only are your photographs in full color, but the various web links are ‘live’.  This means that as you come across a link in the electronic book, you can simply click on the link and be taken to the website mentioned.

Lastly (for now) I am toying with the idea of making a ‘Bundle’ option available for a discounted price, only on my http://www.ViewsfromSandhausen.com website.  That is the preferred point of purchase as my margins are better there.  It will be up just as soon as is possible. Those investments will come as soon as funds allow me to make it happen.

Thank you all and your co-authors, Cliff and Lynn, that you again!

Love Cliff