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Bryan Cranston of Breaking Bad and Other Celebs Read Classic U.S. Novels for Tom Hanks’ Production Company and Audible
October 22, 2013 | 12:17 pm

audibleThat guy from Breaking Bad is all the rage these days. Aside from being a brilliant meth chef/dealer on television, Bryan Cranston has got a dynamite speaking voice — though you probably already knew that. It’s not surprising then, to hear that the folks over at Playtone (powered by Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman) asked him to voice the story of The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien. As part of a partnership with Amazon company Audible, a special ‘Playtone Presents’ series of audiobooks, “The American Story as You’ve Never Heard It,” enrolls the help of other notable voices as well;...

Starbucks to ’86’ AT&T for Google Wi-Fi in All U.S. Locations Over the Next 18 Months
July 31, 2013 | 3:52 pm

StarbucksThe news was announced on Wednesday that coffee behemoth Starbucks is dropping its complimentary AT&T Wi-Fi Internet service in all its U.S. locations. Instead, a new partnership with Google, which is working with Level 3 Communications, will provide employees and sit-in customers with superior wireless Internet access, featuring speeds up to 10 times faster than Starbucks' current AT&T Wi-Fi service. Starbucks has stated that the transition will begin throughout the month of July, with new cafe locations seeing the higher-speed service first, and the company's 7,000 remaining U.S. stores receiving the service after that. They expect the project to reach fruition,...

Google’s Second Gen Nexus 7 16GB Tablet May Go For $229
June 15, 2013 | 4:22 pm

Nexus 7The second generation of Google’s flagship seven-inch tablet, the Nexus 7, was announced at last month’s I/O developer’s conference for a release of sometime this year. Then, there were rumors of the slate going for a sweet price of $150. On Friday, a story from DigiTimes speculated that the Nexus 7 will see a proper release sometime in July, with two variants: an 8 GB and a 16 GB model, which may go for $199 and $229 respectively. This puts the cheaper priced new generation tablet rumor to bed, as the current generation Nexus 7 starts at $199 as well. This summer, Google’s Nexus 7...

Feedly wants Google Reader’s throne; can it be RSS king?
June 9, 2013 | 11:00 am

FeedlyIt’s unfortunate news, but it’s inevitable—and worthless to sulk about any longer. Let’s face it: Google Reader will be no more in less than a month from now—on July 1, to be exact. Will this effect you too? I’ve used and continue to regularly use Reader for years, so for me this is the ‘not good’ kind of change. Starting while I was in college, Google’s RSS feed app was the first and only service of its kind that mattered to me. I loved what it did for me, helping to redefine how I handled research academically and, of course, leisurely. So,...

ASUS announces MeMO Pad HD7, a nicely priced 16GB Android tablet for $149
June 3, 2013 | 2:43 pm

ASUS MeMO PadThe tablet gods seem happy with us today. Aside from the obvious news of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3-, 8-, and 10-inchers, Taiwanese company ASUS has also rolled out their latest mobile slate computer on Monday. This time, they’ve updated their MeMO PAD, consciously keeping its overall affordability and target audience. For the most part, the MeMO Pad HD7 takes on where its predecessor left off, remaining a budget-friendly tablet with modest features, perfectly suitable for an average user. The 7-inch tablet introduces HD resolution to the MeMO family with a 1280×800 IPS display and came down a bit in size...

Sony and E Ink are Making a Digital Paper Notepad and it Looks Awesome (Video)
May 17, 2013 | 12:15 pm

I’m an all-day note-taker—my day's or week’s itinerary, messages to give to someone else, story ideas, ramblings, etc. Unfortunately I’m also a bit of a messy ... well, unorganized person, I admit. And as you may guess, those two personality traits usually add up, for me, to lots of unorganized, folded pieces of paper in my pockets or around my house and office, and also a library of notebooks of compiled thoughts and ideas with real order. So needless to say, I’m anticipating Sony’s A4-sized (8.3-inches x 11.7-inches) digital paper slate to be rather beneficial in my life. Unveiled last week,...

The Longest Word in the English Language Takes 3.5 Hours to Pronounce
May 10, 2013 | 2:47 pm

Longest Word in the English LanguageYes, this is a few months old, but nevertheless, a kindly tip o' the hat goes out to GadgeTell editor Matthew Marchesano, who just alerted me to the bizarre YouTube video we've embedded for you below. The video features Dmitry Golubovskiy (the CEO of Esquire Russia, interestingly enough) reciting the chemical name of Titin. Apparently, it's either the longest word in the English language or the longest world in any language; it's made up of a mind-bending 189,819 letters and takes 213 minutes to pronounce. As some YouTube commenters have pointed out, Golubovskiy begins the 3.5-hour-long video with a respectably clean-shaven look; by the video's end,...

Acer Unveils Iconia A1 Tablet, an Excellent iPad mini Alternate
May 4, 2013 | 6:00 pm

Iconia A1 TabletA few days ago we caught a few leaked images of Acer’s updated mini tablet, the Iconia A1. A next-generation of Acer's Iconia B1, the “One-Handed” device features a brilliant 7.9-inch IPS display, arguably better specs, and clearly a better price-point than Apple’s latest iPad mini. If you’re in the market for an ultra-portable slate, this should be on your list of items to scout, especially now with official pricing and availability information announced. Specs-wise, our report from the other day was majorly on-point. Acer‘s Iconia A1 (A1-810) will pack a quad-core 1.7GHz MediaTek processor, an advertised seven-hour battery life, micro-HDMI input, a microSD card...

Google Play is Giving Away Top Apps for Communicating
April 4, 2013 | 11:31 am

Google PlayHow do you stay connected with friends and loved ones in distant places? We all know how convenient our mobile devices are when it comes to that, though sometimes it’s hard to know which avenue is best. Google Play announced on Thursday that every top communication app is available for free download. What’s crazy is that we’re talking almost 500 apps to chose from—twenty pages worth! Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Google Voice, Skype ... and the list goes on. The selection also includes various different types of Web browsers, Wi-Fi boosters, SMS text apps, e-mail and talk services, group chat and contact organizers, among...

A Commercial Message from the First ‘Honest’ Cable Company (NSFW Video)
March 29, 2013 | 3:35 pm

It’s probably safe to say that we’ve all dealt with our fair share of ridiculousness, bestowed complimentary-style from our local Internet service providers. Hidden fees, promotions that are too good to be true, bad or weak Internet connections, frustrating customer service reps, forced up-selling, etc., etc., and the list goes on… A comedy troupe that makes short YouTube videos and refers to itself as Extremely Decent Films published the following video earlier in the week. Although it’s an obvious exaggeration of the truth, at the same time it really isn’t. What’s alarming, in fact, is just how much of the content in this video is real...

Rumor: Amazon’s First Smartphone to Have 4.7-Inch Display
March 27, 2013 | 4:30 pm

AmazonIt’s been really only a matter of time before Amazon begins branding their own smartphone line. Although the project is still unconfirmed from the source, a DigiTimes report came out on Wednesday that believes the company’s introduction to the phone world will come in the form of a 4.7-inch display high-ender. At first, Amazon was allegedly leaning towards a phone with a 4.3-inch display but with other top-tier smartphones entering the market, the company may opt for the larger screen. (The competition being: HTC’s One will have a 4.7-inch screen, Apple’s iPhone 5 has a 4-inch screen, Samsung’s Galaxy S4 will have a...

Amazon Introduces “Send to Kindle” Button on Websites for Offline Reading on the Go
March 20, 2013 | 12:35 pm

AmazonWe’ve discussed ‘read later’ apps before. Personally, I like the simplicity of Pocket, as Evernote is so overly-capable that it seems daunting to dive into head-first. Perhaps in due time, I suppose. Another nice option I’ve used is Google’s ‘Read it Later’ feature on its Reader service, but well, yeah, we all know where that’s headed. Anyway, Amazon has been on the offline reading tip for quite some time now. And their latest Kindle update makes it even easier to store Web content for later perusing. Introducing a “Send to Kindle” button to several popular media websites and blogs on Wednesday, Kindle users can now easily and...

Audiobooks.com Now Offering a Free Week-Long Trial
January 14, 2013 | 4:30 pm

Few things can make for more of a fun personal experience than hitting the open road and bringing along some books-on-tape. Of course, the modern embodiment of books-on-tape, audiobooks, are the easiest means of devouring a long tome when your eyes are busy with more important tasks than reading lines on paper. Understandably, audiobooks are not for all people. Personally, I too prefer good ol' paper-and-ink. But for those times when it’s impossible to curl up with a fat paperback, Audiobooks.com is now providing deals that are worth being seriously excited about. On Monday, the company announced that—coinciding with its one-year anniversary—it's now...

TeleRead Goes to Vegas
January 12, 2013 | 11:48 pm

Those of you who read TeleRead regularly probably noticed that our coverage was a little bit thin last week ... but not to worry! I've got an alibi: I was in Las Vegas since last Sunday, covering the 2013 International CES for NAPCO—my employer, and TeleRead's parent company. This was my first-ever trip to CES, and while it was a huge milestone in my still-burgeoning consumer technology career, here's the God's honest truth: The experience totally and completely smacked the life out of me, both physically and psychologically. I walked for miles and miles, literally, every day. In fact, I walked so much—while at the same time straining...

Arthur C. Clarke Novels Now Available in E-Book Form
December 20, 2012 | 4:46 pm

  By Matthew Marchesano | for Technology Tell One of the most significant figures in the world of science fiction, writer Arthur C. Clarke, has been digitized. Thirty-five titles by Clarke, including the 2001: A Space Odyssey, will be released in digital format for the first time in the U.S. The availability comes with an announcement made by independent e-book company RosettaBooks. You can now browse and purchase Clarke’s available e-books at Amazon, the Nook store and Kobo for $8.99 per title. Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey was famously adapted into the classic Stanley Kubrick film of the same name. The book’s sequel, 2010: Odyssey Two, was also...

E-Book consumers to receive refund of $0.25 – $1.32 per title in price-fixing settlement
September 1, 2012 | 10:32 pm

Over the past few days, a wealth of information has surfaced regarding the $69 million settlement three of the so-called 'Agency Five' publishers will be paying to 54 states and U.S. territories for the alleged price-fixing of e-books. Still, information regarding what we consider to be two of the case's more immediately fascinating aspects—the cash refunds due to consumers, and the supposed changes this settlement (and the DOJ case in general) will ultimately have on the e-book industry—are still proving a bit tough to come by. For instance, in regards to the refunds that some consumers will be receiving: How much money, exactly, will they receive? How and when will they...

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