Today’s Top Tablet News
The New York Times
Pick up a new iPad and load a Web site, and you’ll often see crisp, clear text next to not-so-sharp photos. That’s because most Web developers are still considering whether they want to upgrade their sites to deliver higher-resolution images and videos for the new iPad, which has a 2,048-by-1,536-pixel display.
The new iPad can run significantly hotter than the earlier iPad 2 model when running an action game, Consumer Reports testers have found. When unplugged, the back of the new iPad reached temperatures as high as 113 degrees Fahrenheit. It was only when plugged in that it hit 116 degrees. The hottest areas weren’t evenly distributed throughout the iPad’s back, but were concentrated near one corner of the display as shown in the images taken from the rear of the device above.
More controversy for the new iPad: PCWorld Labs testing and follow-up hands-on tests indicate that the latest version of Apple’s tablet charges only minimally when it is in use. This performance flaw is particularly problematic because the new iPad battery is slow to recharge. Of 43 tablets that PCWorld has tested, the third-gen iPad takes the longest to recharge its battery fully–almost six hours.
Tablet computers such as Apple’s iPad are transforming how people interact with brands and content, with their owners spending more money online and consuming a greater amount of media than those using just laptops and mobile phones, according to research by Total Media.
In its latest report Juniper examines games on tablets, suggesting that the total end-user game revenues will reach $3.1 billion by 2014, up from $491 million in 2011. The research company argues that the large screen size and excellent graphics capabilities of tablets will encourage users to purchase games and in-game items.
Nina Link, president and CEO of MPA – The Association of Magazine Media, kicked off the MPA’s “Swipe” conference on Tuesday with her take on the “vast potential” of digital magazines on tablets. Link said the emergence of the tablet represents “one of the most transformative and exciting periods in the history of media.”
Editor Rob O’Regan: “…(T)he publications I reviewed were highly engaging. This is partly attributable to the novelty of exploring a new medium. But the digital enhancements really do bring a reader more deeply into an article or an entire publication. ‘Lean back’ clichés aside, reading a digital magazine on a tablet is a far different – and far more enjoyable – experience than browsing a website or flipping through the pages of a print magazine.”