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Welcome to Technology for Publishing’s roundup of news and tips for media industry pros! This week, we’re sharing stories about so-called ultra tablets and whether they point to the future of computing, new features in the just released iOS 9, how serif typefaces are falling out of favor as publishers optimize for the mobile Web, why some publishers’ business and content models emphasize depth over scale, and more.

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  • “The conventional wisdom about tablet computers—that as a category, they’re no longer all that compelling, and might even be dying out—is wrong.” That’s from Wall Street Journal columnist Christopher Mims, who, despite current data indicating otherwise, predicts tablets with keyboards are the future of computing. With last week’s rollout of the iPad Pro, which includes a keyboard cover, a high-power processor, and an ultra-high-resolution screen, and the overall trend toward lighter and thinner notebooks with detachable keyboards, like Microsoft’s popular Surface, Mims argues we’ll see a reversal in current thinking as these “ultra tablets” become increasingly viable for “real work.”
  • On a related note, check out TechCrunch’s review of the just released iOS 9, an update it says delivers “a powerful” iPad experience. Along with iPad-exclusive multitasking features, it details a range of other improvements, including Proactive Assistance, a feature geared toward “making your smartphone smarter,” as well as new search, content blocking, and maps functionality. Other highlights include the launch of Apple’s much-anticipated News app, updated Apple Pay features, performance enhancements, and more. Elsewhere, Gigaom offered its analysis of the new operating system, saying, “iOS 9 is the fullest realization yet of Apple’s intention to reduce all of the Internet to just one more app.”
  • As publishers rush to optimize for mobile—with the name of the game being speed—serif fonts are falling out of favor, Digiday reports, highlighting Google’s recent decision to change its logo to a simpler sans-serif typeface. The problem with print-era serif fonts is that they are heavier, more complex, and therefore larger than sans-serif alternatives, which makes copy more difficult to display on mobile devices and slows load times. “There was a debate around it for a while, but we seem to agree that in the digital environment, sans-serif is generally better for reading,” John Newman, creative director at Imulus, says. What’s more, the aesthetic is cleaner and more modern, which also plays well in the digital world, the article notes.
  • When it comes to growth, what’s better: breadth or depth? For publishers, the answer isn’t always clear, points out Folio. The thought often is, simply, the more traffic you drive, the more you can charge for ads—meaning in theory audience size matters most. But that’s not always true, say two media CEOs who have found that “selective audience development” and immersive, high-quality content closely tailored to targeted audiences brings more value to their advertisers. In an interview with Folio, John Lerner of Breaking Media and Katherine Nicholls of Niche Media share their insights on why cultivating a close, engaged audience nets their businesses more advantages than sheer scale.

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Posted by: Monica Sambataro

Monica Sambataro is a contributing editor and copyeditor for Technology for Publishing. Her publishing background includes work for leading technology- and business-related magazines and websites.