Should ebooks be cheaper or paper books more expensive?

With a levelling of taxes and recognition of the low cost of ebook production, prices will find their own level. It is patently obvious that physical books must eventually cost more than ebooks. If people wish to live in the past and surround themselves with books instead of a Kindle full of digital files then they must be prepared to pay for their preference.

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Battery Life: Clear and present irritation

With a levelling of taxes and recognition of the low cost of ebook production, prices will find their own level. It is patently obvious that physical books must eventually cost more than ebooks. If people wish to live in the past and surround themselves with books instead of a Kindle full of digital files then they must be prepared to pay for their preference.

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Kids react to typewriters: Feel sad for people who had to use them

I feel old. Having spent most of my life bashing away on typewriters, I now find modern kids don't even know what they are. As you see from this Kids React video, they feel sorry for those of us who had to use the infernal machines. "They couldn't even do FaceTime or send messages. How bad is that?" or, "I just hope there is a copy and paste button". 

And it isn't just on typewriters kids have some sensible views that could put their elders to shame. Watch them talk about gay marriage....

Opinion Surveys: Getting the right results

Today, I read, the washing machine is the third most important invention in the history of man. Only the third? Yes, it comes behind the internet and broadband which, in most lay eyes are one and the same thing. So in reality, the humble washing machine is almost the most important, the most life changing, the most scintillating of inventions in the history of man.

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Surprise, surprise: Porn filters aren't popular

How many among the millions actually do want a default "family friendly" filtering service? Not many, it seems. BT reports a 5% take up, at Sky it is 8% and only 4% of Virgin users are at all concerned about internet content. Only over at Talk-Talk, for some unfathomable reason, do 36% of customers think censorship is a good idea. Perhaps this says more about TalkTalk's customers than about the nation as a whole.

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iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, that is the question

Apple has obviously considered all the implications, from the splitting of the iPhone market to the impact this could have on iPad (in particularly iPad mini) sales. We are entering a period of convergence, just as the iPhone itself was a convergence of many different stand-alone technology products, and I suspect the distinction between call-enabled devices and the now-familiar tablet will become blurred.

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How Steve Jobs finished the Finnish jobs market

Finnish Prime Minister Alexander Stubb has accused the late Steve Jobs of ruining the country's employment market by selling innovations that caught Finland's companies off guard. Two industries? Yes, Apple's sneaky iPhone crushed the mighty Nokia and the disruptive iPad knocked out the forestry industry. We're not using as much paper, you see.

Please shed your tears for Finland. 

Via The Australian

Dropbox: Overpriced and over here

Dropbox is to open an office in the UK So it is now a case of over priced and over here, to borrow a second-World War metaphor. Come on Dropbox UK, let's have some pricing action.  If you still want to woo me with your American charm, better reduce the cost of the nylons and the chewing gum.

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Another good quarter for Apple

Apple has just announced another good set of results for the second quarter of the calendar year, with a sharply increased gross profit margin just short of 40%, compared with 37% a year ago, and substantial increases in sales of iPhones (up 13%)  and Macs (up 16%). iPads are down by 9% and iPods, predictably, show a further decline of 36%. 

Macstories has put together a series of graphs which explain the quarter's figures in more detail.