Items tagged with paper

If you can believe it, Facebook turns 10 years old tomorrow. That seems completely wrong until you realize that February 4th, 2004 was indeed 10 years ago, even though for anyone over 30 or so the year 2004 seems more like 10 minutes ago. Facebook’s influence on the world is undeniable, with its 1.2 billion users and inspiration of a new generation of social media sites and services that have become the new way people young and old communicate and stay in touch. But things are changing in the ever-fickle tech world, and Facebook is in danger. Regardless of what the numbers may or may not... Read more...
Facebook is launching an app called “Paper” that appears to be an effort to bring you all the best news features of Facebook without actually being on Facebook. “Paper makes storytelling more beautiful with an immersive design and fullscreen, distraction-free layouts. We’ve also made it easier to craft and share beautiful stories of your own,” reads the blog post announcing Paper. In other words, Paper makes it easier and more enjoyable to catch up on news from your friends as well as the news from various outlets. In addition to your NewsFeed, which is the default... Read more...
It's easy to view the overall decline in the print newspaper business, coupled with the surge in e-reader and tablet ownership, as a death knell for paper books. After all, the printed word has been around for so long, that surely it must be on its way out -- right? Well, perhaps in some instances, but not in others. A new Rasmussen Report suggests that three in four U.S.-based readers "still prefer a traditional book over an electronic book-reading device and continue to reads books that way." The report is based on a telephone survey, and it found that 75% of American Adults would rather read... Read more...
Indie Game: The Movie helped a lot of people realize just how intensive the process of creating a video game really is. But imagine if you had to swap coding for hand-drawing. The golden age of cartoons are remarked on frequently, but the art of drawing animations by hand has dwindled a bit in the breakneck industry of gaming. Paper Sorcerer is trying to bring some of that flair back to life, with the title being described as an entire RPG created on paper. Jesse Gallagher established Ultra Runaway Games in order to expound upon his art education and freelancing background in the gaming industry.... Read more...
According to John Williams, CEO and president of Domtar (self-billing as "The Sustainable Paper Company,") the major problem with kids today isn't drinking, sex, bad manners, or the rampant use of txtspeak—it's their printing habits. More accurately, it's their lack of printing habits, which Domtar blames on those darn tree-loving eco hippies and their crazy propaganda. According to Williams, anti-printing claims or concerns about the environment are "just bull," and there's no need to "think before you print." Take that hippies!"There is an appropriate use for paper. You should feel comfortable... Read more...
It was only a matter of time, right? With digital becoming the new black, we knew that those hugely thick, underutilized user guides that shipped with automobiles would one day fade from existence, and it looks as if the fading has begun. Chrysler has just announced that it will become the first automaker to ditch the paperback and go digital with the guides that accompany its fleet of vehicles.The paperless approach is designed to save over 930 tons of paper, or around 20,000 trees annually, and we can imagine that it'll also save the company some serious dough. The deal covers Chrysler, Jeep... Read more...
Iron Man?  Feh.  How about Paper Man?  A new process can create paper with tensile strength 1.6x that of iron.The new technology, developed by researchers at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, takes ordinary cellulose and puts it through special processing.  The end result is a paper, made out of normal wood pulp that has an incredible tensile strength of 1.6 times that of iron.  The paper sports 214 MPa of tensile strength, easily trumping iron (130 MPa) and heavy duty paper (103 MPa).  Tensile strength helps to measure how resistant a material is to... Read more...
As if on cue after Amazon tested the limits of just how inelegant an electronic paper display could be, Seiko Epson has delivered their prototype e-paper display terminal. It's so thin and elegant it gives the booth babe model holding it in the pictures the dreaded "man-hands" look. The terminal measures 180 x 120mm, which is about the size of a notebook (B6 size). Featuring a design with portability in mind, it is only 3mm thick and only weighs 57g. It is equipped with an USB port for USB-based data exchange. The commercialization schedule of the product has yet to be decided, the company said.The... Read more...
The paperless office was forecast years ago - and never happened.  But the global airlines body IATA has set the stage for the paperless air transit system, by placing what it called the last order for paper tickets, ever. "In just 278 more days, the paper ticket will become a collector's item," said Giovanni Bisignani, director general of the International Air Transport Association. The changeover from paper would not only cut airlines' costs by $9 for every traveller but would also mean the industry -- criticized by environmentalists for its part in global... Read more...
Among the many forms of highly desired but currently unavailable technology breakthroughs, workable e-paper ranks at the top of the list. Last year LG Phillps announced their development of A4 sized flexible electronic paper. This year, it's got a workable version in color. The 14.1-inch flexible color e-paper uses electronic ink from E Ink to produce a maximum of 4,096 colors. It can be viewed from a full 180 degrees, so that images always appear crisp, even when the display is bent, according to the LG.Philips. Like the black... Read more...
Yahoo's been struggling to stake out internet territory that Google doesn't already inhabit for a while now.Yesterday they announced they'd  entered into  a partnership with over 250 newspapers to give those papers a larger online exposure while  giving Yahoo some precious, precious, advertising revenue. Sacramento-based McClatchy joined the Yahoo alliance after turning down a chance to participate in another online advertising network being cobbled together by the nation's two largest newspaper publishers, Gannett Co. and Tribune Co. The three publishers are already joint owners of CareerBuilder,... Read more...
Kevin Kelly's Cool Tool review of Wacom's Cintq monitor/tablet is full of complaints. It's too expensive. It's too heavy. Too Bulky. But after drawing right on the screen, like a pen and ink photoshop, the Cintq gets the ultimate good review: I should have bought one years ago. Based on comics master Scott McCloud's recommendation (below), I bought a Cintiq. It does something I've always wanted to do since I first saw a computer. This thing is a pen-based tablet that doubles as a monitor. In other words you draw directly on... Read more...