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Review: AmazonBasics Bluetooth Keyboard
January 25, 2013 | 2:31 pm

AmazonBasics Bluetooth Keyboard reviewI admit it: I’m cheap. And while I love technology, I don’t want to spend more money than I have to on it. When I decided I needed a Bluetooth keyboard for my iPad, I shopped around. The price range is huge. Naturally, I considered the Apple keyboard, but it’s expensive. Then I found the AmazonBasics Bluetooth keyboard. The reviews were good, and the price was right. (Note that Amazon's supply is currently out of stock, but the price is $29.99. At the time of writing, 24 new and used keyboards were available from third-party sellers.) Also notice that since I bought...

SkyMall E-Reading Gadgets
January 20, 2013 | 11:19 am

So I was sitting on the worst part of the plane flight, right after they told me to shut off all electronic devices. Being a good traveler, I stowed my Kindle and looked around for something to do. Ah! SkyMall magazine. Always a good way to waste a few minutes. In and around the usual silliness, I found a couple of items that would actually be useful to an e-book reader. What do you think of these? 1. iPad Power Case ($129.95) iPad batteries are good, but they can't stand up to marathon reading sessions. This one sports a 9000mAh battery, which should give...

An Appeal to Tablet and E-Reader Manufacturers: Standardize your power cords, already!
January 16, 2013 | 2:00 pm

Some things I collect avidly and with great pleasure, like detective stories. Others I accumulate reluctantly and with increasing distaste, like power supplies. As with most twenty-first century households, we have an ever-growing collection of power supplies for various devices which have broken, been stolen or simply retired from old age. ‘I’ll keep the power supply!’ I think. ‘It may work for something else!’ But it seldom does. Each new manufacturer feels duty-bound to require some new combination of voltage and jack size which renders every previous power supply totally useless. I recently acquired a new ten-inch Android tablet as part of...

Review: AmazonBasics Netbook Sleeve with Handle
January 16, 2013 | 12:00 pm

AmazonBasics Netbook Sleeve with HandleSome people like to carry their iPads around in their hands. I’m not one of them, because I’m always afraid I’m going to drop it. A messenger bag is good, but sometimes it’s overkill. For those times, I like the AmazonBasics Netbook Sleeve with Handle. Like all AmazonBasics products, it comes in frustration-free packaging, and they mean it. Rip one tab, and you’re in. Made of neoprene, it’s light and sturdy. The padding goes all the way around, even on the bottom, so your tablet is completely protected. The handle is padded and makes it easy to carry. It has a little side pocket, which sets...

REVIEW: Rikomagic MK802 III – How To Turn Your TV Into An Android Tablet
December 27, 2012 | 1:00 am

Rikomagic MK802 III review I was lucky enough to be gifted with an Android PC on a USB stick this Christmas: the Rikomagic MK802 III model, latest in a series from one of the originators of this category, although there are plenty of other makers and models now. And though it's obviously not something you can carry around to read e-books off, like a tablet or phone, it has surprising potential as an e-reading device, most of all for the educational market. As the Rikomagic website explains, once this super-tiny, pocket-sized PC is up and running, "it's a bit like turning your TV into a...

The TeleRead Holiday Gift Guide
November 25, 2012 | 11:01 am

Kobo ArcBy Joanna Cabot and Chris Meadows Our friends over at Good E-Reader have come out with their holiday shopping recommendations for the e-book fan. We here at TeleRead have some holiday shopping suggestions for you as well. What's the best e-book gadget for the reader on your list? Check out our recommendations below.  * * * For the aspiring tablet owner  Kobo Arc This is like a budget version of the Google Nexus---cheaper, but about on par in terms of weight and size, and with access to the Google Play store (unlike the Kindle Fire). Early reviews are favourable, with people nothing smooth operation and a...

Cruzerlite “Androidified Clone Army” cases now available for the Nexus 7 tablet
August 25, 2012 | 5:42 pm

By Robert Nelson, for the Technology Tell network       If you're still looking for a case/cover for your Nexus 7 tablet, you may want to consider the latest from Cruzerlite. They have recently released their “Androidified Clone Army” design for the tablet. These cases, aside from having the cool-looking Android logo plastered all over it, are available in a wide variety of colors—eleven colors in total. Cruzerlite has these priced at $19.90, and they are gel cases that are said to be “made from shock absorbent and scratch resistant thermoplastic polyurethane.” These cases are form fitting and with cut-outs for the buttons and ports. The...

Accessorizing Your Tablet Through eBay: A buying guide
August 20, 2012 | 11:42 pm

By Jon Jermey Q) What $1.50 accessory from eBay can just about double the usefulness of your iPad, e-reader or Android tablet? A) A non-slip sticky pad. You can see these in import shops now, too: They’re made of the same gooey material as stretchy kids’ toys, with one side flat and the other ribbed by raised dots. The standard size is around 8 x 14 centimetres, and they come in opaque black and a variety of translucent colours. You may already have one to keep things from sliding off your car dashboard. The reason they go so nicely with tablet devices is because...

Tech in the Tub: An E-Reading Field Study
August 14, 2012 | 5:01 pm

My Beloved often extols the restorative powers of a good bath. Following a night which could have been better, a morning of tedious errands in grey, wet weather and a bus ride home shared with a gaggle of noisy children on their way to the bowling alley, I needed some restoring. I was already wet anyway from the stormy weather, decided to test out this bath business ... and to take some techy toys along with me for the ride. I've heard that a simple Ziploc bag is all I would need to keep my e-book readers safe, dry and happy....

EBook Reader Cases: A Roundup
August 9, 2012 | 10:42 am

Dan posted yesterday about Out of Print, a company that's trying to put classic book cover art onto ebook reader cases. It seems the options keep growing for fashion-conscious readers! Here is a round-up of some other options for the case/sleeve shopper. 1) YOUR LOCAL CHAIN In Canada, where I'm located, it's Chapters/Indigo. I can't speak for the options at Barnes & Noble or Borders on the American side, but Indigo stocks a wide variety of Kobo accessories at pretty reasonable prices. My boyfriend has the canvas bookstyle in brown which fits his Kobo Touch perfectly. I tested it with my Kindle Touch and...

Are waterproof electronic protectors worth the money?
August 8, 2012 | 9:14 pm

Life’s a beach, but your electronics probably wouldn’t agree. Because a carefree beach day can turn to tragedy when water and sand wreck our smartphones, tablets and MP3 players. So what’s the best way to protect our gadgets at the ocean? Consumer Reports recently tested five special electronic protectors (some pricey, some affordable), all of which claim to offer significantly better protection for your mobile electronics than plastic zipper or slider sandwich bags. (One would hope!) The five protectors were: • DryCASE, $29 • DryCASE Tablet, $38 • Lavod LMB-011, $19 • Seattle Sports Dry Doc, $16 • Trendy Digital WaterGuard, $16 While Consumer Reports found that the pricier, special bags kept their contents dry when dunked briefly...

E-Reader jackets featuring classic lit cover art!
August 8, 2012 | 11:27 am

I've been in the market for an e-reader jacket that'll fit my base-level Kindle for probably six months now, and yet the best options I've seen to date are all DIY covers that various crafting enthusiasts have been showing off on how-to blogs lately. Of course, I'm incredibly picky: I want a cover that's both stylish and affordable. Oddly enough, the majority of the e-reader cases and jackets I've been seeing are both surprisingly ugly and unbelievably pricey. The horror! These great jackets from Out of Print (whose mission involves "celebrating great stories through fashion"), however, definitely caught my eye. At USD 40.00, I'd...