Airlines are not banning the use of laptops, tablets, phones or any other electronic device during the whole flight. They only ask passengers to switch off the electronic devices some minutes before, during and after take off and landing to avoid frequency interference.
Many airlines offer WiFi connection in their flights for passengers' electronic devices in business class.
In my opinion, it is matter of time that we will start using devices like ipad or kindle or galaxy tab instead of printed material. In higher studies (especially law, business, engineering), it is a necessity to have a laptop. Not many people submit hand written report. And with the soft copy of the text book readily available, student will find it easier to study and ultimately will get use to reading from electronic devices.
i agree with you, Eldredge, that books are more comfortable to read and as we are more used to them so they are natural choice. But recently, i am practicing to read articles and newitems on the web rather than printing them on paper. It is taking time but i am getting more comfortable. As i do not own ipad or any other device, i am not experienced. I use my macbook to read. Apart from battery life, i find reading during the day or in bright sunlight nearly impossible.
Yes I'm doing some work with a Chinese pad manufacturer, so I get to take apart a number of different products.
My biggest problems so far is battery life, followed by reliability of both hardware and software.
Even with a full charge you are looking at about a maximum of 4 hours, but then again that depends on ambient light levels, (Interestingly it is REVERSE, if ambient is high, then the back lights need to be on full, if you are reading at night the batteries last longer.)
Counter intuitive, but since the screens rely on a reverse backlight you are fighting against ambient light and reflection.
On the software front, under the Android operating system , the number of 'exploits' and information stealing applications running in the background really is quite significant, especially on China sourced product.
People 'slag' Apple off , but at least when you purchase a device from Apple, it is 'clean'
The real 'doosey' to all this technology is, there are rumblings in the news of airlines banning the likes of pad devices from being switched on, because they now find that electronic devices do cause problems.
So there goes any opportunity to 'read a book' during a long flight, or even a short flight for that matter.
Many people complain about destruction an iPad can bring to a classroom with email, web browser etc. This is the only place to prepare a new generation to work efficiently in design teams, with opposite sex and with computers. Work place brings computers to every profession and with it all destructions including corporate email etc. The schools should give a glimpse of real life and teach how to focus being surrounded by destructions.
Hardcore--those are really good points, especially about the battery life! You can always read a book by cnadlelight or firelight if all else fails. That might be one of the basics people over look in the drive toward technological convenience. Has anyone tried recently to use a payphone when their cell battery dies? I have--it ain't pretty.
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Thailand Stages a Comeback Join EBN contributor Jennifer Baljko on Thursday August 23, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. EST for a live chat on how electronic manufacturers in Thailand have shored up their supply chain to reduce the impact of future natural disasters.
Microsoft Surface: Potential Winners & Losers What are the implications for the electronics industry supply chain of Microsoft Corp.'s decision to launch its own tablet PC? Join industry veteran and EE Times' systems and OEM expert Rick Merritt on Tuesday, July 3, at 12:00 pm EDT for a Live Chat on this subject.
Join EBN contributor Jennifer Baljko on Thursday August 23, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. EST for a live chat on how electronic manufacturers in Thailand have shored up their supply chain to reduce the impact of future natural disasters.
Peter Drucker famously said "Trying to predict the future is like trying to drive down a country road at night with no lights while looking out the back window." Yet in the razor's-edge world of electronics—with a lean supply chain and just-in-time demands—the need to know the future is vital.
While no one really can accurately predict the future, we can take guidance from another Drucker saying which is the best way to predict the future is to create it.
You've heard the saying "the No. 1 supply chain risk is your people." That hasn't always been the case. But today's complex global supply chain requires a new type of multitalented employee. It's one who understands, finance, marketing, economics, is savvy with technology, graceful with relationships and can think analytically.
Where are these people? Are universities properly preparing the next generation supply chain professionals? How do train your existing workforce for these new, demanding positions?
Brian Fuller, editor-in-chief of EBN, will lead a 60-minute Avnet Velocity panel discussion that will ask and answer these and other questions swirling around today's supply-chain talent challenges.