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Interesting facts about Apple (Infographic)
April 1, 2015 | 12:25 pm

37 Interesting Stats & Facts about Apple – Infographic - An Infographic from ShopOnLessHere's a fun infographic, oddly appropriate to publish on April 1, since that was the day in 1976 that Apple Inc. was founded. I have been off and on using Apple products since the Macintosh 128K. I still remember my mom being told to get a Commodore 64 because "we'd never need more than 64K of memory." However, even as a long-time Apple user, there were plenty of items in this infographic which I never knew. I guess I should have known that the Macintosh is an actual variety of apple, but since they aren't my favorite fruit, that was new...

Amazon AutoRip: better than I expected
March 19, 2015 | 2:41 pm

amazon autoripLast week, I got the hankering to buy [easyazon-link asin="B0029LHW68" locale="us"]This Is War[/easyazon-link] by 30 Seconds to Mars, and I hopped over to Amazon to check pricing. I'd previously purchased one track off the album, and I was expecting I'd get a tiny discount to "complete the album." However, I noticed the CD was on sale for $4.99, which was about half the price of the digital album, and the CD was AutoRip eligible. Cool! I'd known about Amazon AutoRip, but because I seldom purchase CDs, I hadn't given it much thought. When the started the service, I think I ended up...

New Post-Apocalyptic Humble Bundle
March 18, 2015 | 3:44 pm

humble bundleDo you enjoy post-apocalyptic books, like Wool by Hugh Howey? Or Damnation Alley by Roger Zelazney? How about a bundle which includes audiobooks, comics and a game? Humble Bundle has outdone themselves with their latest offering. There's something for everyone, with both classic sci-fi works and more recent ones. Comics and even a couple of issues of Lightspeed Magazine, one of which includes a story by George R.R. Martin. Here's the complete list, from the release: Customers can name their price for Lightspeed Magazine, July 2010; Lightspeed Magazine; March 2013; A Gift Upon the Shore; Wasteland Vol. 1: Cities In Dust; After the End: Recent Apocalypses; Gather, Darkness!; Wool -...

Great Guide/Roundup on Fanfiction
March 16, 2015 | 10:30 am

fanfictionVulture.com just posted an awesome roundup of fanfiction, what it is, why we write it and some basic history. Did you know that the most popular fandom isn't a movie or TV show? It's the band One Direction. Obviously I'm in the wrong demographic because I've never heard anything by them (that I'm aware of). The band makes the most popular tv/movie fandoms look like wastelands. Here's some interesting comparisons (most data taken from Wattpad): Number of stories uploaded: One Direction-over 500,000. Supernatural (the only non-band fandom mentioned in the chart): 75,000 (or so--it was hard to read the graph). No need...

Still not impressed with the Apple Watch
March 10, 2015 | 1:24 pm

apple watchI remember not being impressed by the first round of "announcing the Apple Watch" last fall. I wasn't any more impressed by yesterday's event. Yesterday, a few hours before the event, CNET published an article about how the watch may benefit from big-screen smartphones. Their point was that it's easier to look at a notification on your wrist than lugging out your large phone. Seriously? Now I begin to see Apple's master plan. They released the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus as a way to drum up demand for the watch! Umm. No, I still don't see it. And don't even get...

How to take a screenshot on Kindle Paperwhite
March 9, 2015 | 12:25 pm

screenshot on kindleEver wondered how to take a screenshot on Kindle Paperwhite, like the one I used in my earlier article on reading news on my Kindle? It's actually really easy. 1. Find the page you want. 2. Touch the top left and bottom right of the screen (or top right and bottom left). 3. Wait for the flash. 4. Plug your Kindle into a computer. The images will be on the root directory. It's that easy. As far as I know, it only works on the Paperwhite and Voyage, not on the older Kindle Touches. My Kindle is a bit finicky, and it doesn't always work. My...

News on Kindle and Kindle Apps
March 9, 2015 | 9:58 am

news on kindleWhile I'm well-informed on developments in the tech industry and social media, I've been feeling woefully uninformed about other news, and I decided it was time to start reading a paper. Although I tend to prefer the writing and journalism of The New York Times, I decided to start a 14 day trial of The Washington Post on Kindle. I chose the Post for two reasons. 1. It's the paper where I live and where I set my fiction, and I'm hoping to find ideas for stories. 2. It was $8 a month cheaper. That's almost the cost of a...

Accessory Review: yurbuds Inspire 300 for Women
March 6, 2015 | 2:25 pm

yurbuds inspire 300A couple of months ago, I accidentally washed my last set of Apple earbuds. I was pretty sure I had one more pair in the house, but I guess my son took them back to college after Christmas--he's notorious for walking off with any earbuds that aren't tied down. I'd been dreading this day because the Apple earbuds fit my ears so well, and the sound quality, while not great, was good enough. When I started my hunt on Amazon, I discovered that most earbuds with an in-line microphone (required since my earbuds are also my phone headset) are now the...

Book Review: Sand of Bone by Blair MacGregor
February 25, 2015 | 12:25 pm

sand of boneI purchased this book as part of the recent Indie Fantasy Story Bundle (now complete). Having been disappointed with the first two books I tried from the bundle, I was starting to think I'd wasted my money with this one. Then I started [easyazon-link asin="B00MRCCG9M" locale="us"]Sand of Bone[/easyazon-link] and knew that this book alone was worth the price of admission. I mean, just start with that cover. And feel free to judge this one by the cover. The inside is just as impressive. For those who still believe that indie books are rife with typos and bad writing, let me assure you...

Accessory Review: Case Studio customizable iPad case
February 25, 2015 | 10:25 am

case studio customizable ipad caseI've never been a big one for customizable swag, but when the folks at Case Studio offered me a coupon code to create my own iPad case, I admit I was intrigued. There's so many options that no two cases would ever look alike. From uploading a custom photo to selecting one of many designs and adding a short message or monogram, the options are endless. I spent close to half an hour on my case. While I was tempted by uploading a gorgeous piece of Dean Winchester fan art (completely safe for work, in case you were wondering), I finally decided...

App Review: Sunrise Calendar
February 20, 2015 | 2:25 pm

sunrise calendarSomeone I follow on Twitter routinely shares roundup posts of productivity apps and after I'd seen Sunrise Calendar on so many posts, I decided it was time to try it out. I'm glad I did because it has become my new go-to calendar app. It's available on Android, iOS, and there's a browser-based version for a computer. To borrow a phrase, it's everywhere you'd want it to be. I love the interface on my Android phone, with a scrolling display of upcoming events and quick weather forecast items right there on the calendar. The display on the iPhone may be similar,...

Comic books experience on Scribd
February 18, 2015 | 2:25 pm

comic booksOh the sacrifices I had to make to write this post. I had to actually read comic books. The pain and horror! Someone asked me recently if I'm a big comic book fan. The honest answer is, "no." I'd like to be a big fan, but I'm not willing to spend the money to support a comic habit. Which is why I was thrilled by last week's announcement that Scribd now has comic books. There are several series I've been wanting to read or re-read, but when it comes to entertainment dollars, books are usually a better value for me. Scribd takes that...