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Furor over Amazon review policy probably signifies nothing
July 4, 2015 | 11:58 am

I love the smell of manufactured outrage in the morning. As posted on her blog and recounted in a Gizmodo story, writer and blogger Imy Santiago bought an independent novel, read it, and tried to post a review of it to Amazon. But Amazon rejected her review, and held firm on the rejection through two rounds of appeals. Amazon said that they had looked at Santiago’s account activity and from it determined Santiago actually personally knew the author of the novel she was trying to review. Hence, Amazon rejected the review on the grounds that there could be a...

Gizmodo ranks 55 Android smartphones from best to worst
December 19, 2013 | 2:31 pm

If you’re considering investing in an Android smartphone as an e-reading and Internetting device, there are a confusing number of choices. In doing your research, you could do worse than consult this Gizmodo article ranking 55 such phones from best to what-the-heck-is-that-thing. While some of their choices are subjective, it at least gives you a general idea of where a particular phone falls on the spectrum of cool-to-unusable. Not surprisingly, the first-place phone on the list is Google’s Nexus 5. My own phone, a LG Optimus F3, comes in at #41 on the list, under “Unsurvivable Budget Phones (Phones...

The First Bookless Public Library is Coming to San Antonio
January 13, 2013 | 4:26 pm

We knew it would come this ... eventually. Did we not? Honestly, I figured we had a good five years ahead of us before libraries began opening their doors with nary a physical book in sight. Shows what I know. From Gizmodo this afternoon comes the half shocking, half predictable news that the Bexar County satellite office, which sits about seven miles south of the Alamo, will soon become one of the nation's first bookless libraries. A Bexar County judge by the name of Nelson Wolff is the self-described book lover who came up with the idea, which isn't actually limited to just...

UPS Guy Steals an iPad Mini That FedEx Had Just Delivered
December 21, 2012 | 10:53 am

Just to be 100 percent clear from the jump, the infuriating bit of news in this post doesn't directly have anything at all to do with e-books or e-reading. But I'd guess that the majority of us here have ordered expensive electronic devices online in the past—devices that have to be shipped via FedEx or UPS or DHL. And considering that the holiday season is now in full swing, who isn't coming home from work each day to find a small mountain of brown cardboard boxes waiting on the stoop? (No one actually does their holiday shopping in stores anymore, right?) But I digress....

Original iPod prediction: descendants might ‘replace the PC’
October 4, 2011 | 11:11 am

first_generation_classic_iTen years ago, the original iPod came out, changing Apple inexorably from a snooty little computer company whose best days were seemingly long behind it to one of the greatest powerhouses of the consumer electronics industry. Today it seems likely Apple is going to kill off the last vestige of that original hard-drive-and-music-player-only device. Yesterday Gizmodo took a look at some of the complaints and erroneous predictions of low sales surrounding the original device, and pointed out a CNet review by Elliot Van Buskirk predicting that descendants of the iPod might replace the PC. The funny thing is,...

Netflix may have bet too heavily on digital media, discounted DVD staying power
July 17, 2011 | 3:18 pm

image54[1]Netflix recently caused a stir when it decided to split its formerly-all-inclusive, DVD-rental-plus-streaming subscription fee into two separate subscriptions, effectively nearly doubling the price to those who wished to continue both streaming and receiving DVDs. A number of Netflix subscribers have been up in arms over this change. Gizmodo points out that this shows demand for DVDs is still tenacious—perhaps more so than Netflix expected when it bet so heavily on the streaming future. It costs Netflix as much as 75 cents each time it rents a DVD through the mail, while it may only cost 5 to 10...

You will NOT lose your Kindle back issues when you cancel a subscription: Gizmodo is wrong!
April 19, 2011 | 3:19 pm

ImagesI keep seeing the Gizmodo article picked up around the web - that is the one that incorrectly says that you will lose your Kindle back issues of a magazine if you cancel your subscription. This is just wrong and is an example of one of the downsides of the web - it perpetuates and spreads misinformation. Andrys Basten commented on our article on this subject and, therein, explains the facts. Her original comment is here. In light of the continuing spread of misinformation I thought I should publish this edited version on our front page: ... BEFORE,...

Quick Notes: Adobe Reader for Android, iPhone news, and more
May 26, 2010 | 8:15 am

The Adobe Reader PDF viewer is now available for Android (requires version 2.1 or higher). I don’t use Android so I don’t know how well this reader works versus whatever PDF viewing capabilities already existed for the platform, but if any reader wants to send in a review we would be happy to run it! Speaking of Android, apparently a Verizon employee left a next-generation Motorola Droid Shadow in a corporate gym. Gizmodo has the details and some tech specs (though they didn’t get to buy and disassemble this one). With a 4.3” screen and 16GB...

The iPad: Viewpoints pro and con
May 20, 2010 | 1:31 pm

It’s no secret that Paul Biba and I are both enjoying our iPads. I find it makes a great machine for e-book reading, web browsing, and Twitter, even if it is a little heavy. Even so, it wouldn’t replace my laptop for serious mobile computing needs, even if I had a Bluetooth keyboard to use with it. But that’s not what Gizmodo’s Joel Johnson says. He finds the iPad makes such a fantastic travel computer that he is going to sell his MacBook Pro laptop. Of course, as Johnson admits, the only two things he really needs to...

Gawker reporter, Steve Jobs exchange e-mails over flash and porn
May 17, 2010 | 9:23 am

Steve Jobs’s anti-porn and anti-Flash vendettas for the app store have been much in the news lately, and we’ve covered them here a time or two. One of the articles I came across last night brings them up again, in the form of an email exchange between a Gawker reporter and the normally-laconic Steve Jobs. (Gawker is the parent company of Gizmodo, which is much in the news lately concerning the hullaballoo over the “stolen” prototype iPhone.) Reporter Ryan Tate was so upset by the new iPad commercial’s rhetoric, calling the iPad a “revolution,” that, upon seeing it, he...

Dan Gillmor still worried by Apple’s implications for journalism
May 5, 2010 | 1:33 pm

The Gizmodo “4G” iPhone prototype story continues to get play in the blogosphere. Dan Gillmor posts a look at Apple’s behavior—apparently prompting a police raid on Gizmodo editor Jason Chen’s house—and New York Times columnist David Carr’s editorial about it. Gillmor quotes Carr casting the raid as only the latest of a number of hostile actions by Apple toward journalists, then Gillmor asks the same questions he did in another column I covered a month ago: When I read that, I thought, Aha, now he’s going to address his own organization’s flagrant questions of...

Burst: E-book as word guessing game
April 29, 2010 | 5:40 pm

burstgame Gizmodo has a piece on an author who is trying an interesting e-book promotional gimmick. Albert-László Barabási has put his new book Bursts: The Hidden Pattern Behind Everything We Do on-line—as a hidden-word guessing game. Unfortunately, thanks to the mention on Gizmodo and other websites, the Burst game seems to be overloaded and not working entirely right at the moment, so I wasn’t really able to try it out to its full extent. But the theory is that you “adopt” a word, and then you guess words to gain points, which you can use to reveal or...

Apple Quick Notes: Wireless sync, iPad data plans, wifi spoofing, Gizmodo’s 4G, and more
April 28, 2010 | 4:30 pm

Would you like to be able to move e-books from your computer to your iPhone wirelessly? Of course, if you use the Calibre Stanza server and/or the Calibre/Dropbox method, you already can, at least with Stanza, but what about iBooks which loads by hotsync? If developer Greg Hughes has his way, you’ll be able to do just that. He’s submitting a wireless sync app to Apple for approval, which would let you sync your iDevice via wifi just as you can over USB. Of course, as TechCrunch points out, if Apple wanted you to be able to...

Quick Notes: Fundraising for Jeanne Robinson, charging (or not) for on-line content, Amazon in Canada, and more on Gizmodo’s iPhone scoop
April 22, 2010 | 2:32 pm

BoingBoing reports on a benefit to raise funds for Jeanne Robinson, wife of Baen SF writer Spider Robinson, who is battling cancer and needs assistance with medical funds. A number of renowned artists are donating works to an eBay charity auction held by SF podcast Sci-Fi Saturday Night. Journalist Alan D. Mutter, whose “Reflections of a Newsosaur” blog we’ve mentioned a few times before, has a post in which he talks about the best model for newspapers to charge for on-line content, as opposed to the models newspapers are currently trying: The only way...

The further adventures of the Gizmodo ‘4G’ iPhone prototype
April 21, 2010 | 1:06 pm

As I mentioned in a Quick Notes post the other day, Gizmodo lately acquired and posted photos of what turned out to be a prototype of this summer’s coming 4th-generation iPhone. But they did not stop there. Subsequently, Gizmodo actually revealed the identity of the poor schmuck who lost it—an Apple software engineer out on the town celebrating his birthday. Then Gizmodo posted yesterday that they had received a request from the Apple legal department to return the phone, and would be complying (in as smarmy a manner as possible). Gizmodo also explained why Apple couldn’t simply...

Apple Quick Notes: 3G iPad gets ship date, Sprint gets ‘4G iPad’, 4G iPhone gets exposed
April 19, 2010 | 1:24 pm

TechCrunch reports that the 3G iPad will be shipping as of May 7th. This is the model that costs $130 more than the equivalent wifi-only version and includes the no-contract-required ability to buy 3G access from AT&T on a monthly basis. That will certainly be good for downloading e-book when wifi is not available. Meanwhile, our sister site Gadgetell reports that Sprint has come up with a clever way to make a “4G iPad”—an iPad case with a built-in pocket for Sprint’s “Overdrive” mobile wifi access point. Like the MiFi I’ve discussed as a way to “retrofit 3G”...

Build your own digital camera-based book scanner for $20
April 9, 2010 | 9:15 am

20scanner Remember that $300 do-it-yourself rapid e-book scanner I mentioned in my post the other day about ethics and legality? Instructables has gone that scanner one better, with instructions for building a $20 photographic-scanning rig. The entry describes creating a roughly pyramidal framework out of hardware including tie rods, angle brackets, and shelf tracks. Into the framework one mounts a digital camera, which is then used to take photos of the book between turning the pages. While not as sophisticated as the $300 model, the simplicity and economy of this approach is nonetheless remarkable and may still very...

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