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Where are you spending your tech dollars this holiday season?
November 5, 2012 | 12:15 pm

Back in early October, I wrote about the coin jar my Beloved and I keep, which we cash in at the end of the year to buy ourselves a holiday present. Well, now the end of the year is approaching, and I have the fun task of deciding where to spend my share. He estimates we'll have $300—$400 each to spend on the gadgets of our choosing. Here's what my thoughts are about where to spend mine. (And by the way, I welcome your comments on any of my choices—or suggestions for stuff I haven't considered. And I'd love to hear what...

News Roundup: Stories You May Have Missed
September 3, 2012 | 1:48 pm

¶ Hachette Looks Ahead After 8% Drop in Sales {Good E-Reader} ¶ Ownership in the Digital Age, Part 1 {Dear Author} ¶ Print Version of Nintendo Gamer Folds {Nintendo World Report} ¶ Amazon, Online Retailers Start Collecting Pa. Sales Tax {NewsWorks} ¶ UK's Boxette Wants to Put E-Books on Bookshelves {DBW}  ...

Handheld game console manufacturers considering adding 3G, Japanese carrier says
July 7, 2010 | 7:20 pm

The Wall Street Journal reports that Japanese wireless carrier NTT DoCoMo has said it is in talks with video game console manufacturers about adding 3G connectivity to future generations of handheld consoles. Though NTT DoCoMo declined to identify which companies it was talking to, there are really not that many possibilities. The handheld console market is effectively split between Nintendo’s Gameboy DS (and soon, 3DS) and Sony’s PlayStation Portable. Neither of these companies would comment, either, however. Both the DS and PSP use WiFi, and Nintendo has said its 3DS will include advanced connectivity features. Nintendo’s...

Nintendo e-book plans for 3DS handheld
June 21, 2010 | 10:15 am

nintendo-3ds51-150x150 We’ve written a fair amount on various different apps and carts that can turn the Nintendo DS into an e-book reader. Now Electric Pig has an article about Nintendo’s president Satoru Iwata talking about possible e-book plans for the new Nintendo 3DS, at the Nintendo E3 keynote. Said Satoru, “We’re thinking about functionality where it will automatically acquire newspaper and magazine articles.” Of course, as the article points out, it’s not clear whether this feature will be seen outside of Japan. Some might complain about the small size of the screens. However, they’re in the same ballpark...

Next-generation Nintendo DS to feature high resolution, accelerometer—great for e-book reading?
March 15, 2010 | 4:33 pm

New information has come to light about the next generation of Nintendo hand-held game console, to be unveiled at E3 in June. Most interestingly for e-book readers, the screens are going to have much higher resolution than the current generation and will be essentially contiguous, with no space in-between, so that they can be used as a single display when the device is fully open. The device will also feature an accelerometer. The new resolution is not stated, though prior rumors have suggested a change from its current 256x192 to 1024x768, which would make for a...

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