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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...

Can Flio save your reading angle?
November 18, 2014 | 6:25 pm

One of the types of tablet, ereader, or smartphone accessory that tends to become the focus of endless experimentation, trial and error, and questing for further improvement - at least for me - is stands. The perfect balance of portability, stability, viewing angle, is the kind of topic that tech geeks and OCD sufferers of all kinds - like me - can spend hours on. And now a new Kickstarter project, Flio, has come along that could offer the answer to at least some of my prayers. Flio, launched by Vlad Butucariu of Rotterdam in the Netherlands, promises to be "a collapsible laptop...

Accessory Review: Tablift Tablet Stand
August 11, 2014 | 2:25 pm

tablift tablet standOkay, yes, I admit the first time I saw this, my reaction was something like: weird steampunky fusion of tablet and mechanical spider. I don't know which of us started singing "Spider Thing" to the tune of "Spider Pig" from the Simpsons, but both my husband and I have had the theme running through our heads for days. Obligatory editorializing over, on to the review. As is obvious from the picture, the Tablift Tablet Stand is a  hands-free tablet stand, and it does work pretty much as advertised. I tested it with my iPad 4 in landscape orientation and my Nook HD...

Accessory Review: Fintie Kindle Paperwhite case
April 22, 2014 | 2:38 pm

fintie kindle paperwhite caseAfter my last experience with trying to purchase a case for my Kindle Paperwhite, I took a few weeks to figure out what I wanted in a case, and I went to KBoards for a recommendation. They came through with a great little case: the [easyazon-link asin="B009S2CXJC" locale="us"]Fintie Kindle Paperwhite[/easyazon-link] folio case. When I purchased my first case, I thought I wanted one that didn't cover the bezel, and I still do like that style of case. However, after I returned the first one, I discovered that I enjoy sometimes reading my device "naked," and I decided I wanted something that was...

Sock it to me for complete ereader privacy with Compuglove
November 13, 2013 | 3:11 pm

privacyA perfect geekcessory for the absolutely committed onscreen reader, the Laptop Compubody Sock guarantees you "privacy, warmth, and concentration in public spaces." No fear of interruption or of others peering over your shoulder with this total immersion solution from Sternlab. But this silly accessory alludes to a serious point, or two. For one thing, all the debate about the damaging effect of digital devices on concentration is rather thrown into perspective by an object that dramatizes just how focused on their devices some users can be. Obviously no danger of distraction from his or her ebook for the bold Compubody Sock wearer....

PocketBook E Ink cover for Samsung Galaxy S4 — another dream phone e-book solution?
September 9, 2013 | 12:55 pm

Just when I think I've found the perfect solution for e-book reading on a phone with the Alcatel One Touch Hero and its detachable E Ink cover display, along comes another prospect to steal its thunder—in the shape of the PocketBook CoverReader for the Samsung Galaxy S4, just announced at IFA in Berlin. "A thin and light flip cover for smartphone Samsung Galaxy S4 with an integrated E Ink screen," as the PocketBook official alert states, the new solution is 4.8 inches in size, and apparently integrates with the phone well enough to scroll through "documents, e-mails or web-articles," as well...

Accessory Review: Snugg iPad 4 Executive Case Cover and Flip Stand
July 29, 2013 | 7:29 pm

[easyazon-image align="right" asin="B007BZOGLG" locale="us" height="160" src="http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/513p2QfXaYL._SL160_.jpg" width="160"] Snugg contacted me last week about sending me one of their cases to review, and I just received it today. It's not the type of case I prefer (I don't like cases that cover the bevel), so I won't be using it, but I think my husband will like it just fine. I tested it on an iPad 4, but it should fit the iPad 2 and 3 just fine as well. The product description claims the case is leather, but it's really synthetic leather, which isn't a surprise considering the price. However, it feels...