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Morning Roundup: Budget Tablets to Launch at CES, Using Nook HD Outside the USA and more
January 3, 2014 | 9:00 am

budget tabletsPolaroid, E-Fun to Launch Tablets at CES 2014 (The Digital Reader) CES 2014 is only 4 days away and it’s pretty clear that there will be a bounty of budget tablets on display. *** How to Use Your Nook HD or HD+ Outside the USA (GoodeReader) If you live outside of those two countries you will have a fairly difficult time getting yourself up and running. Today, we look at what you need to do to use the Nook HD and HD+ outside the USA or overseas. *** McSweeney’s & The Paris Review Offer Joint Subscription Deal (GalleyCat) McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern and The Paris Review have teamed...

Holiday Searches That Led to TeleRead
December 26, 2013 | 4:26 pm

holiday searchesI admit it. I'm a geek, and I love using my Google Analytics app on my Nexus 7. I often check it multiple times a day to see how the site is doing and which stories are performing well. We didn't post many stories yesterday, but our site numbers were pretty good. I was curious to see which stories performed well. I thought it would be an interesting insight into what people were reading on Christmas Day. By the way, it wasn't the stories we posted yesterday. Those performed miserably. There were the (for us) usual suspects. The Streaming Amazon Instant Video...

Morning Roundup: Favourite Fiction Debuts of 2013, Strict Parental Controls for Tablets?
December 26, 2013 | 9:00 am

parental controls for tabletsMy Favourite Fiction Debuts of 2013 (Boing Boing) 2013 was a great year for my encounters with debut novels -- first novels from new authors, and first-time excursions into young adult fiction from established adult fic authors, and even an editorial debut. *** A Paradigm Shift (Kristine Kathryn Rusch) When you start thinking of your writing as an asset which will, if you do things right, appreciate in value over time, then you realize that applying marketing methods based on widgets that will spoil does your asset no good at all. *** Experts Warn Strict Parental Controls Needed for Kids Tablet Usage (GoodeReader) However, notwithstanding...

Christmas Roundup: Getting Started With Your New Electronics
December 25, 2013 | 9:00 am

Getting Started With Your New ElectronicsI thought we'd do something different for today's Morning Roundup post. Many of you have either opened a shiny new gadget or you have purchased one for a family member. How about a roundup of helpful articles for getting started with your new electronics? Tips for getting started with your new mobile gadget (CNN) If you are one of the lucky many to have received a new tablet or smartphone over the holidays, congratulations! You'll want to rip open the box and start playing right away. But before you do something potentially distracting like downloading Dots, here are some starter tips to make...

Morning Roundup: Bad Tech Habits To Break, Is Anyone Reading Your Tweets and more
December 24, 2013 | 9:00 am

bad tech habits14 Bad Tech Habits To Break In 2014 (Forbes) Thanks to smartphones, cloud technology and social networks, we can take the Internet with us everywhere these days. The down side–we can take the Internet with us everywhere these days. *** (Almost) No One Is Reading Your Tweets (All Things D) Do you like to post things on Twitter? That’s cool. As long you’re cool with the idea that almost no one will read what you type. *** Tablets Are Becoming More Important Than Smartphones For Online Shopping, But Retailers Aren't Ready (Business Insider) This year will mark a major milestone for tablets and their influence on Internet...

Morning Roundup: Amazon Pulls Access to Purchased Christmas Movies, Tablet Magazine Ship Sinking
December 16, 2013 | 9:00 am

amazonAmazon Takes Away Access to Purchased Christmas Movie During Christmas (Boing Boing) Yes, Disney is stupid and evil for doing this. But when Amazon decided that it would offer studios the right to revoke access to purchased videos, they set the stage for this. *** Using YouTube to Educate...and Test (Teachers with Apps) What if your college professor told you that your take home exam was on YouTube? The popular video site may currently be one of the biggest distractions students try to avoid during midterms and finals, but it may not stay that way. *** The Tablet Magazine Ship is Sinking Fast (GigaOM) What’s even worse...

Morning Roundup: Kindle FreeTime Updated, 70% of Readers Will Not Abandon Print Books and more
December 10, 2013 | 9:00 am

kindle freetimeAmazon Updates Kindle FreeTime with New Educational and Parental Controls (Digital Book World) Parents can now use Kindle FreeTime to set educational goals for their kids, and make sure their kids have met their goals before switching to cartoons and games. *** Almost 70% of Readers Will Not Abandon Print Books: Ricoh Study (GalleyCat) Nearly 70 percent of consumers feel it is unlikely that they’ll give up on printed books by 2016, according to a new report from Ricoh and analyst firm IT Strategies with the University of Colorado at Boulder. *** How Not to Deal with Plagiarism (Techdirt) We've had a few posts about plagiarism here...

Weekend Roundup: 22 Rules of Storytelling, Reading Literary Fiction Improves Empathy and more
December 8, 2013 | 11:14 am

rules of storytellingThe 22 rules of storytelling, according to Pixar (io9) On Twitter, Pixar storyboard artist Emma Coats has compiled nuggets of narrative wisdom she's received working for the animation studio over the years. *** Reading Literary Fiction Improves Empathy (GalleyCat) Reading literary fiction can improve empathy, according to a new report from researchers at The New School in New York City. *** What I learned from seeking out a single tablet / laptop solution (again) (GigaOM) Microsoft introduced its 2-in-1 products nearly 14 months ago. The device type didn’t fit my needs then but I recently took another look, buying an Asus Transformer T100. It’s still hard to...

Latest IDC tablet numbers show signs of saturation
December 5, 2013 | 10:30 am

Following the release of its decidedly upbeat latest report on global smartphone shipments, the  the International Data Corporation (IDC) has just issued a more moderate edition of its Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker, which records slightly less than the forecast growth figures, and raises the possibility of market saturation, especially in certain niches in North America. And pressure on sales of smaller tablets from larger smartphones and phablets is one of the constraints cited by IDC. "In some markets, consumers are already making the choice to buy a large smartphone rather than buying a small tablet, and as a result we've lowered our long-term...

iPads in Schools: A Case Study That’s Working, So Far. Part 3 of 3
November 29, 2013 | 2:27 pm

ipads in schoolsPart 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 When we last left off my iPads in schools saga, we had just been gifted with half a dozen more iPad 2 machines by the PTA, bringing our total up to 16 iPads---enough for a class set, with a few leftovers for usage with specialty teachers and other purposes. Here was where things started looking complicated---I was sinking way too much time into ordering apps, updating them and maintaining the machines, and I had some worries that we would run up against an Apple device limit and it would stop letting us register...

eReader Holiday Gift Guide
November 26, 2013 | 4:30 pm

holiday gift guideI've been thinking about this one for a while now. I think the original list was close to ten items, which made it awkward as a practical holiday gift guide. I've finally narrowed it down to just five, some of which have some good Black Friday sales going on. So here goes. You want to buy someone an ereader for the holidays. Which one should you get? eInk Reader Holiday Gift Guide We'll start with the dedicated ereaders. eInk for many is easier on the eyes, and they are less expensive than the tablet options. So what are my recommendations? Well, I have to...

iPads in Schools: A Case Study That’s Working, So Far. Part 2 of 3
November 25, 2013 | 2:39 pm

ipads in schoolsEditor's Note: This continues our three part series about iPads in Schools. This time we look at growing pains. Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 In the previous article, I explained how iPads came to my school---not as an administrative command-from-on-high but as an organic one-step-at-a-time process. In some ways, getting in early was a blessing, from a simplicity standpoint---there were at the time no competitors to consider, and from an IT standpoint (we have no onsite IT people) no debate about rollout. When I left things off in Part 1, the school had three iPads, plus my personal one,...