Tag Archive for ‘PCWorld’

PCWorld to End Print Edition, Focus on Online ➝

Harry McCracken:

If I have to explain why, you haven’t been paying attention to the media business for the past decade or so. The web has been awfully hard on magazines, and no category has suffered more than computer publications. Both readers and advertisers have largely moved online. Many of them did so years ago — especially the sort of tech-savvy people who once read PC magazines. At the end, PCWorld was about a quarter the size it once was in terms of pages and had lost two-thirds of its readership. I don’t even want to think about what had happened to its profits.

It’s amazing that any computer magazine has been able to hold on this long. Computer enthusiasts were the most likely to have, earlier than most, cancelled magazine subscriptions in favor of reading their news online. I’m surprised that PCWorld still had enough subscribers to make it this far. It’s a sign of the times, and it’s going to be happening more and more. If magazines don’t adapt, they’ll fail.

Potential Changes Ahead for Hulu ➝

Ian Paul regarding an internal Hulu memo obtained by Variety:

In September, Hulu’s owners including Comcast, News Corp., and The Walt Disney Co. are expected to buy out their fourth partner, the investment firm Providence Equity Partners. If that happens, the networks will have full control over the site’s content deals, which could significantly affect what shows up on Hulu.

Changes will likely bring more ads and end of videos appearing exclusively on Hulu before appearing on other video sites.

It’s almost as if these networks are determined to shoot themselves in the foot during this transition to digital — doing everything they can to keep more people watching traditional television for as long as they can. Didn’t they learn anything from the music industry?

Mac App Store is Good for Developers ➝

Ian Paul:

Despite the small number of available titles, the average Mac app is generating half the sales revenue of iPad software among the top 300 apps for both stores, according to Distimo.

webOS Tablets ➝

Mark Sullivan:

Palm Chief Executive Jon Rubinstein told the Web 2.0 Conference that his company lost some momentum after it was acquired by Hewlett-Packard in April. But Palm will get its mojo back, he says, thanks in part to a host of WebOS devices including smartphones, tablets, and devices he “can’t talk about yet.”

I’ve always been fond of webOS. I do wish that Palm would have been able to release another couple of handsets by now, but unfortunately that wasn’t in the cards. The folks at Palm have been hard at work developing the recently released webOS 2.0 and are actively working on new devices.

I’m happy that they are working on new handsets and other unmentioned gadgets, but I’m actually more excited about the prospect of a webOS tablet. Simply because there isn’t really any good competition for the iPad. There’s the Samsung Galaxy Tab, but as Gizmodo’s Matt Buchanan put it, it’s “a pocketable train wreck.”

Palm and HP could have a winner with webOS on a tablet. They’ll be late to market when compared to many Android tablets, but webOS has something that Android doesn’t, a short list of devices for developers to target. It’s kind of sad to think that the availability of a large number of handsets could be it’s biggest fault.

AT&T to Be ‘Premier’ Windows Phone 7 Vendor ➝

An AT&T spokeswomen speaking with PCWorld:

We’ll be the premier carrier for Windows Phone 7.

If true, I’m curious to see how AT&T’s marketing might change once Windows Phone 7 devices start hitting stores. I also wonder whether AT&T retail employees will start pushing Windows Phone 7 devices like they do iPhones.