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Kindle Fire Surpasses iPad for Children’s Reading
August 29, 2013 | 9:31 pm

According to a new report by Digital Book World and Play Collective (love that name!), kids who read digitally now do so more on Kindle Fires than iPads: 27 percent on the Fire vs. 20 percent on an iPad. That's a switch from eight months ago when it was 20 percent Fire, 22 percent iPad. Not surprisingly, there's also been an increase in the number of children who have access to tablets. About 84 percent of children who read digitally have access to a tablet, up from 72 percent in January. All figures are for the U.S. only. My kid is way beyond this...

Latest IDC tablet figures cast doubt on iPad future
August 6, 2013 | 10:36 am

It may be a little early to start writing off Apple as the next fading titan a la Microsoft or Nokia, but the latest tablet sales report from the International Data Corporation confirm the impression that it's not all sunshine and apple blossom right now in Cupertino. The latest issue of IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker shows the first recent quarter-on-quarter decline in worldwide tablet shipments, "as total volumes fell -9.7% from 1Q13. However, the 45.1 million units shipped in the second quarter was up 59.6% from the same quarter in 2012, when tablet vendors shipped 28.3 million devices." That three-monthly decline...

Which iPad Mini Rumor To Believe? Maybe Both
August 1, 2013 | 9:38 pm

iPad MiniI love watching dueling rumors. We’ll see an iPad mini with Retina display before the end of the year. No, we’ll see one more mini with the normal display, but a faster processor. Actually, what’s interesting about these two articles is that, if you dig a bit deeper and pay attention, they might actually be saying the same thing. While the headline for The Next Web piece says, “Apple will reportedly use retina display from Samsung for its next iPad Mini to be launched in Q4,” let’s do that digging I mentioned. First quote from the Next Web Article: "Apple suppliers in Asia are working on...

YouVersion puts the Bible on your smartphone or tablet
July 28, 2013 | 10:43 am

you-Version-BiblesSunday morning seems like an appropriate time to mention this story. The New York Times has taken notice of YouVersion, a free social-networking-enabled e-Bible application for mobile devices. Built by evangelical megachurch LifeChurch.tv, the application is a non-denominational electronic Bible with access to hundreds of translations in hundreds of languages, including the NIV. The article covers a lot of themes we’ve talked about in relation to other e-book initiatives. For example, the value of free: “We have a generation of people that can’t fathom paying 99 cents for a song that they love,” [YouVersion...

Review: iPad Case – The Ridge by Devicewear
July 19, 2013 | 11:34 am

iPad CaseHaving taken advantage of the recent Best Buy trade-in program and securing myself a shiny new iPad, I found myself in need of a case. My old iPad 2 case didn’t quite fit the fourth generation model. I like slim cases that don’t cover the bezel, and I decided to try the Ridge model by Devicewear. While it’s a decent case, it didn’t 'wow' me. First, we’ll start with the good stuff. It is slim and doesn’t add much bulk or weight to the iPad. It’s a bit bulkier than the Apple-branded Smart Case (which is what I ended up using instead),...

Apple, Amazon bury hatchet over ‘App Store’ trademark
July 9, 2013 | 10:17 pm

In a rare case of a corporations actually coming to their senses, Apple and Amazon have agreed to settle their 2011 lawsuit over whether Amazon could use the term “app store.” Both Apple and Amazon will continue to be able to use the name for their stores where applications for their respective tablets may be purchased. Did Apple decide the suit was pointless with the DoJ breathing down their neck about bigger issues? Or just realize that the ship had sailed and the term was already in generic use at this point? Who knows? The important thing is, both...

Close encounters of the tablet neophyte kind
June 25, 2013 | 11:25 am

GEDC0955The other day, while I was sitting in the darkened movie theater, my MiFi plugged into a wall socket nearby and fiddling with my iPad while I waited the hour and a half for my movie to start, an elderly lady seated in front of me asked, “What kind of computer is that?” She was astonished that such things were available, and apparently had never actually heard of an iPad. Today on the bus, as I was fiddling with my el-cheapo little $80 Zeepad, the guy seated behind me asked, “Is that a Kindle?” I explained what it was...

My Answers Expert Articles: E-Readers, iOS
June 21, 2013 | 6:33 am

faceshotOne of the reasons I haven’t been writing as much lately here is that I have another part-time writing gig now that takes up much of my attention. I’m the “PC Expert” for Answers.com’s Experts program, contributing 500- to 600-word articles on subjects pertaining to computers, tablets, and related issues. It’s a very different sort of writing than I do for TeleRead, as those articles have to be neutral in tone and informative or instructional, rather than editorial. Along the way, I have managed to fit in a number of posts relating to topics relevant to TeleRead. A number of them...

A round-up of iPad rumors
June 18, 2013 | 11:45 am

iPad rumorsIt's that time of year again. Apple's WWDC went by with no new iPad or iPad mini announcement, so the tech blogosphere goes wild. Because apparently they have nothing better to do with their time than report on iPad rumors (or second-gen Nexus 7 rumors or Nokia phablet rumors, or ... well you get the idea). I thought you might appreciate (or be amused by) a quick roundup, with commentary, on the rumors I've found. Earlier this year, at least one "inside source" reported that the next generation iPad would be released in March of this year. Oops. Scratch that one. How about...

The Ultimate Evernote Guide, Part 3: Exploring the iPad App
April 18, 2013 | 12:42 pm

EvernoteThe Ultimate Evernote Guide: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 Welcome to Part 3 of our Evernote series! We've been sticking mostly to the desktop so far because it's the most full-featured. But there are advantages to using the mobile apps as well. For example, if you have content you want to save to Evernote from within another iPad app, it's useful to be able to load them directly into your Evernote notebooks. Let's say, for instance, that you are a Zinio user and you have an article you want to clip from one of your magazines. I...

LifeProof Offers Optional Water Protection Insurance for iPhone
April 6, 2013 | 12:22 pm

LifeproofLifeProof announced this past Tuesday that they're offering a Total Water Protection Program for the Apple iPhone and iPad to anyone who purchases a LifeProof case from their website. This optional program takes the protection of these devices to an entirely new level by offering a one-time repair or replacement of the device if it sustains accidental water damage while in one of their cases. LifeProof cases are advertised as being waterproof, submerged down to 6.6 feet deep, as well as being dirt proof, snow proof and shock proof. The Total Water Protection Program will offer consumers even greater peace of mind. Available as of Tuesday,...

Redesigned Full-Sized Apple iPad 5 To Be Unveiled This Month?
April 4, 2013 | 4:45 pm

iPad 5It’s been awhile since we last heard a quasi-believable next-gen iPad story, but it shouldn’t be long now until we get something conclusive. That’s because several sources claim a new full-sized iPad is closing in on its release, with the official unveiling rumored to happen by the end of this month. But is that possible? We’d be inclined to say no, because, again, there have been far too few iPad 5 rumors lately and Apple is usually very skilled at building hype months before an actual release. Then again, with the third-gen iPad released in March 2012 and the fourth-generation back in...