Daily Archives: July 22, 2011

Tablet makers are reintroducing the pen in digital form in their attempts to gain an advantage over Apple and its iPad. Lenovo’s ThinkPad Tablet, unveiled on Wednesday, offers an optional pen that allows on-screen handwriting to be converted to text, among other applications. This week’s Personal Technology column in the FT’s Business Life section looks at this and other pen options including the HTC Flyer, Penultimate for the iPad and the Livescribe Echo. Read more

Tech news from around the web:

Apple is considering making a bid for the Hulu online video service, Bloomberg reports. The service would give Apple a new subscription service and present a possible challenge to Netflix, Bloomberg says.

Investigators probing the recent hacking attacks on International Monetary Fund computers have concluded they were carried out by cyber spies connected to China, according to Bloomberg. Computer specialists have spent several weeks piecing together information about the attack, which the IMF disclosed on June 8. Read more

The US publishing business is in turmoil, driven by the rise of e-books and the decline of print. It has now reached a turning point with e-book revenues overtaking those of adult hardbacks.

The hardback is under severe pressure globally – UK publishers increasingly publish “trade paperbacks” initially rather than hardbacks. The hardback survives in the US but its future as a mass product looks dim.

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If worldwide shipments of PCs rose only 2.3 per cent in the last quarter, according to the Gartner research firm, what accounted for Turkey and Indonesia’s comparatively stratospheric growth of more than 70 per cent?

Paul Otellini, Intel chief executive, ran through the impressive figures from emerging markets during the chipmaker’s earnings call on Wednesday and Stu Pann, a vice president in sales and marketing, added some extra colour on Thursday. Read more