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I Like The New Print Magazine From CNet …But

CnetMag-sWhen I heard that CNet was to begin publishing a new print edition, I was both excited and dumbfounded. Excited because I was a big fan of computer magazines 10-15 years ago; most of those publications are no more. Dumbfounded because no one was dared to bring out a new computer magazine in years.

I bought the first issue and was immediately impressed that the magazine has much of the look and feel of Wired magazine (one of the few magazines I still receive). After reading the magazine, I was happy that the magazine was more technology/gadget focused than Wired. The new CNet magazine is a¬†technology/gadget publication, not a computer magazine. Desktops are nowhere to be seen and laptops receive only scant mention. As it is 2014, phones get the bulk of coverage. There is also coverage of high tech motorcycles, smart homes, and battery technology to round things out. It is $6 at the news stand and will be published 4 times per year. Overall, I’m pleased with the magazine, and plan to subscribe, however, that brings me to the but.

… But

Who will support this publication? Sure, an old fart, like me, will pay $6 for a print copy, but how many younger folks will buy a magazine when they¬†do their reading on their phones or tablets. CNet apparently is well aware of this, as the only subscription option I could find is for 2 issues. Yes, 2 issues – the current one and the next one. Way to instill confidence in your product! I guess I’ll just enjoy it while it exists.

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End Of An Era – Last Typewriter Factory Closes

The Atlantic reports –

With only about 200 machines left — and most of those in Arabic languages — Godrej and Boyce shut down its plant in Mumbai, India, today. “Although typewriters became obsolete years ago in the west, they were still common in India — until recently,” according to the Daily Mail, which ran a special story this morning about the typewriters demise. “Demand for the machines has sunk in the last ten years as consumers switch to computers.” Secretaries, rejoice. “We are not getting many orders now,” Milind Dukle, Godrej and Boyce’s general manager, told the paper. “From the early 2000s onwards, computers started dominating. All the manufacturers of office typewriters stopped production, except us. ‘Till 2009, we used to produce 10,000 to 12,000 machines a year. But this might be the last chance for typewriter lovers. Now, our primary market is among the defence agencies, courts and government offices.”

Read more HERE.


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