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Accessory Review: Standing Protective Case for Fire HD 6
May 22, 2015 | 3:17 pm

Standing Protective Case for Fire HD 6A new device means purchasing a new cover or case, and I decided to go for the official Amazon Standing Protective Case for Fire HD 6. I had looked at an M-Edge case in Best Buy, and I usually like their products. It was about $5 cheaper, but I ended up going with the Amazon case. Why? Because it had a magnet for auto sleep/wake and the M-Edge case didn't. I put up with a non-magnet case for my iPad because I can turn it on with the home button. On a device without a home button, I learned a...

Accessory Review: cheero Power Plus 3
May 21, 2015 | 4:21 pm

cheero power plus 3Because we just can't have too many external batteries, right? Of course not, so when cheero asked if I wanted a sample of the cheero Power Plus 3, I said, sure! This has turned into my favorite external battery. With 13400 mAh of power, it'll charge a phone multiple times. On one charge, it took my phone from about 50% to full three times and still had enough juice to charge my Fire HD from about half to full. There was probably still enough to get a bit more life out of my phone, if I'd needed it. It's got a bit...

Accessory Review: Inateck 10W Stereo Bluetooth Speaker
April 24, 2015 | 12:25 pm

Inateck 10W Stereo Bluetooth SpeakerI love Inateck products. The Kindle case they sent me last year is still the one I'm using, and it's holding up nicely over time. I'm confident they have products which work well and will last. So when they offered to send me a sample of the [easyazon-link asin="B00JO6GQLS" locale="us"]Inateck Dual-Driver Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker[/easyazon-link], I was all over it. When I saw the picture, I fell in love with the idea of a combination stand/speaker which didn't involve a dock, so it can be used for any device, regardless of manufacturer. I'm using it as I write this to play music...

The Pen Cap Stylus – a step forward in pen-ile versatility
April 20, 2015 | 12:25 pm

In my endless quest for the perfect touchscreen stylus, I recently chanced upon a new product that broadened my range of choices at one stroke - the Kikkerland Pen Cap Stylus. This handy little accessory comes in packs of two, and in a range of colors, and can, according to the blurb, transform any pen or pencil of appropriate size into a perfectly capable touchscreen stylus. Naturally, I bought the thing to give it a whirl. Despite its resemblance to a certain popular item for intimate protection, I can testify that the Kikkerland Pen Cap Stylus does its job more than...

Where’s Cthulhu Kickstarter campaign brings madness to your mobile, weirdness to your wall, fear to your fridge
April 17, 2015 | 4:25 pm

Bucking hard for the cutest piece of horror around - even more than a Cthulhu plushy - is the current Kickstarter campaign for "Where's Cthulhu? Arkham Parade" - brought to you by the brave insanity-battlers of the Cthulhu Project. Lovecraftian cultists of all kinds and denominations (or should that be demoni-nations?) can enjoy the spectacle of Arkham's carnival floats (and crawls, and slithers) creeping over their wall, or - thanks to a handy mobile tech tweak - over the screens of their mobile phones. "We are building Arkham in retro style, pixel by pixel," explains the campaign blurb. "Everybody is around the...

Styling your stylus? Wild & Wolf thinks you should be
February 19, 2015 | 2:25 pm

Spotted on shelves in branches of Waterstones but also found in many other locations and outlets across the UK, Wild & Wolf's new range of highly styled styluses might well be looking to inspire some on-the-hoof highly mobile travel writing - or ticket bookings - if the designs are anything to go by. Wild & Wolf is "a British, design-led gift company specialising in a range of licensed and in-house designed gift collections," and each stylus has a separate destination theme - from Venice and Paris to London and New York. "Whether you like to jot in a notebook or whip...

One more thing transformed by digital technology: Gloves
January 19, 2015 | 6:25 pm

GlovesThe chill of a Hungarian winter brought home to me how gloves are being transformed by ubiquitous smartphones and tablets. Because where else are you likely to use your mobile phone than when ... well, mobile? Let alone if you try to check Google Maps on it while walking, or if you try to read an ebook on your touchscreen device while out and about. I had to do this several times this winter before I invested in a pair of touchscreen gloves, and the result was a mess of needless fumbling. And despite my ebook addiction, I know I...

Want some stylus style? Try these fashion brands
January 19, 2015 | 2:25 pm

Readers may remember that a while ago I bemoaned the absence of premium pen brands from the stylus market. No longer. Now it seems that even haute couture brands are getting in on the stylus act, merging tech accessories with the kind of accessories that only Clueless's Cher would know how to accessorize. French fashion brand Cacharel has now released a series of styluses in its Colombes range of accessories with various flavors of lacquer finish and styling. Concurrently, Nina Ricci has rolled out a range of stylus pens, mostly offered in matching sets with leather iPhone cases. Prices aren't always premium,...

Christmas gift ideas for your ereading habit: Wind-up device chargers
December 16, 2014 | 12:25 pm

IMG_20141207_154354Here's another stocking filler Christmas gift idea for the ebook nut in your life - including yourself, if no one else has the wit to buy you one. With a wind-up charger like this you need never be dependent on a wall socket or even a battery for emergency power again. And it even doubles as an emergency torch. Given that most modern tablets now charge on the same rating with the same sockets as cell phones, any portable digital device can probably be charged by the same wind-up mini-generator. And although their use on camping trips and for outdoors in...

LG G Pen trademark points to future of stylus writing via watch?
December 11, 2014 | 10:34 pm

An interesting trademark application under the heading "G Scrawl," together with another one reported under the heading "LG G Pen," suggest that LG could be taking the Anoto route and going for standalone stylus solutions that work not on a phone or tablet screen but independently, and that may well be designed to sync with the new Android Wear LG G Watch and other wearable devices. Writers of the future might actually be scrawling close to their wrists if this does work out. The application's "For" section kicks off with "Smart watches; Watches; Wrist watches; Watches with the function of measurement/analysis/storage/transfer of the...

Moleskine’s latest digital convergence venture: Voyageur
December 11, 2014 | 12:00 pm

IMG_20141207_154021As already reported in Teleread, notebook and stationery brand Moleskine has been looking at digital integration of its pen-and-paper offerings, with Evernote and others. Its latest offering in digital convergence is the Voyageur series, "a new sized notebook for Moleskine in a portable format designed to store printed emails, itineraries and maps. The essential travelling companion that keeps track of your observations and explorations on the road, so you can concentrate on posting your pics for the folks back home." As you can see from the picture below, the Voyageur notebook offers the option to hashtag and share travel photos, and...

Review: Inateck Kindle Paperwhite Case
November 20, 2014 | 4:25 pm

inateck kindle paperwhite caseIt's getting to be that time of year when people will be deciding on gifts to give for the holiday. With the Kindle Paperwhite now being marketed as the mid-range offering in Amazon's eInk reader line up, I'm betting there will be a number of them wrapped in colorful paper soon. However, if you've owned such a device in the past, you know that it's not enough to buy the reader. You also want to protect the reader, and the folks at Inateck recently sent me a case to review. Gotta say, I love it. The [easyazon-link asin="B00JP7R7DC" locale="us"]Inateck Compact Kindle...

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