Today the new iPad Air hits the stores. The iPad Mini with Retina will be released later in the month. Are you upgrading? Why? or Why not?
Earth, the Sequel: Finding our Planetary Twin – Earth has a space doppelgänger says two different scientific groups. According to a pair of papers in the journal Nature, planet Kepler 78b is close to Earth in size and nearly exactly the same density. Researchers conclude that it is made of primarily rock and iron (which I guess is the main components of Earth). I saw Neil deGrasse Tyson speak this week and it was wildly entertaining. He only hates the movie Gravity THISMUCH and tried to warn us about the asteroid Apophis’ path to intercept earth in 2029. When asked if we are alone in the universe, Tyson said that it would be the height of hubris to believe that is true and that more likely advanced intergalactic travelers have observed us and decided we are too stupid to conquer. TIME.com
Amazon ran the technical analysis of whether we have to shut down Kindles on planes – While no one actually wants to fly as plane seats get smaller and smaller, we will be able to read during take off and landing on our Kindles. This is due to the FAA commissioned panel who will recommend a reversal of the ban against using electronic devices during take off and landing. Who is on this panel? Well, Paul Misener, Amazon’s head of global public policy, chaired the subcommittee of the panel that advised the commission. Washington Post
Now Available: Report Two of Consumer Attitudes Toward E-Book Reading, Volume 4 – According to BISG, nearly half of consumers are interested in bundling of print and digital books which coincides nicely with Amazon’s Matchbook service. “Consumers do not distinguish between e-books published by traditional houses and independently published options when making buying decisions. While the numbers are relatively small, there is an increase in the number of people who buy print and digital versions of a book interchangeably and a slow decline in the number of people who exclusively buy e-books.” I think for independently published books, having a print option makes you look more professional.
According to a report from the Guttmacher Institute, more than half of the unintended pregnancies in the US occur among the 10.7% of women who use no contraceptive method at all (and no, downloading Period Tracker does not count as a contraceptive method). This finding comes only a few months after a study carried out by the amazingly named Dr Annie Dude at Duke University. Dr Dude’s findings revealed that 31% of young women in America aged between 15 and 24 had relied on the pull-out method at least once. Unsurprisingly, these women were 7.5% more likely to rely on emergency contraception than others and, even less surprisingly, of those who relied on the pull-out method, 21% had become pregnant.
Part of the problem is that women resent being the one in charge of contraception and they don’t like the negative side effects of the birth control. (But why no condom? Well, because the men don’t like them).
» ‘Change is hard’: Consumer Reports restructures to survive in the digital era – Consumer Reports is a declining magazine and website and part of that is due to its dying readership. The average CR subscriber is over 60. Younger consumers spend time reading reviews at Amazon (even if they don’t buy from there) than CR. The majority of the article is journalism related, particularly focused on the people who are running CR. JIMROMENESKO.COM
Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty.
You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com