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Morning Links: Myth of consumer tech globalization. Canadians selling ebooks direct
May 13, 2015 | 9:00 am

ebooksThe Myth of Globalization in Consumer Tech (Re/Code) As he recounted this story, what stood out to him was not that these young Chinese tourists didn’t use Facebook or Instagram, but that they clearly had no idea what they were. *** Companies Join Forces to Provide Free eBooks in Airport (GoodeReader) Most travelers don’t count the airport as the best part of their trip, but thanks to a joint effort by BookShout, HarperCollins, and American Express Canada, the wait time might be a little more pleasant. *** Most Canadian Publishers Now Selling eBooks Direct (DBW) 66% of Canadian publishers are now selling ebooks directly to consumers, according...

Your new literary competitor: IBM Watson
April 21, 2015 | 12:25 pm

As if competition from the giant online slushpile wasn't enough, seriously writerly folk now have an even more alarming threat: computer-generated works. And if you're a cookery writer, this is now a genuine and serious prospect. Because IBM's artificial intelligence/cognitive computing system IBM Skynet ... oops, I mean IBM Watson ... has now been set to work on human gastronomy, in partnership with the Institute of Culinary Education (ICE), and has whipped up "a new book...introduced on April 14, 2015 – Cognitive Cooking with Chef Watson. It features more than 65 original recipes exploding with irresistible new flavors developed by Watson...

Raspberry Pi E-Paper display blows past Kickstarter goal
April 17, 2015 | 10:25 am

Heroically avoiding any puns about blowing ... raspberries, I'm delighted to report that a Kickstarter campaign to create an e-paper display for the Raspberry Pi has succeeded past all expectations, and looks on track to exceed its target by at least 50 percent, with 24 days still to go at the time of writing. The Raspberry Pi, as many will know, is a family of single-board computers, usually running a Linux-based OS, originally started as a teaching aid for schools, but now with an increasingly wide and fervent fan following among hackers, geeks and general users. And now one enthusiast has...

Morning Links: The year in technology. Where to donate books
December 23, 2014 | 9:00 am

year in technologyThe Year in Tech: Net Neutrality, IoT Grows up, Uber Turns Heads (GigaOM) As 2014 draws to a close, the technology world seems a little weary. *** Where to Donate Your Books (Book Riot) The best book people problem is just having too many books. *** Simon & Schuster Expands Library eBook Loans to the UK (The Digital Reader) At long last, Simon & Schuster entered the UK library ebook market today. They've put out a press release announcing that UK libraries can now buy and lend S&S's full catalog of nearly 14,000 ebook titles, effective immediately. *** Celebrity Memoirs Are Losing Steam (GalleyCat) Celebrity memoirs are past their prime,...

Christmas gift ideas for your ereading habit: The Surge II Charged Backpack
December 11, 2014 | 12:03 pm

For anyone looking for gift ideas for an ereading addict or allround geek, and especially one with the wanderlust, here's one: The North Face Surge II Charged Backpack, designed to both protect and charge your devices while on the move. Around in the market for a while, "the classic 32-liter Surge II is now hooked up for 2014 with a large capacity Joey™ T55 power supply to recharge your electronic devices," according to North Face....

Technology Innovation for Smart Publishing comes too late?
July 30, 2014 | 11:25 am

According to an announcement made on the London Book Fair website some months after the latter's closure, "The TISP network (Technology Innovation for Smart Publishing), the European project coordinated by the Italian Publishers Association which gathers 25 organizations from 12 European countries, has released a set of policy recommendations, giving the publishing and technology sectors a common base at European level to foster and sustain innovation for the first time." The open question is whether this will have any actual influence on the development of e-publishing in Europe. TISP brings together "the two European representative bodies of the publishing and ICT industries,...

Why don’t you write with that old book?
July 26, 2014 | 2:29 pm

Here's a novel (no pun intended) use for that old unwanted book or printout - why not turn its paper into a writing instrument? That takes the whole concept of recycling one step further - and sure enough, this innovation is at concept stage only. But it appears very slick, as well as interesting. From IPPINKA, the Niagara Falls, NY-based company that "wants you to consume less," the P2P intends to "turn paper into pencils." According to the designers, "the machine takes used memos and other recyclable pieces of paper and transforms them into usable pencils ... Simply feed the waste paper...

Popular Electronic Devices In 2013 (Infographic)
January 8, 2014 | 12:15 pm

Top Gadgets & Tech Of 2013: Blackberry Z10, Microsoft Surface, Google Chromebook, OUYA and MoreHere's an interesting infographic about popular electronic devices in 2013. I like how they broke it out into different categories: Winners Clunkers Game Changers Contenders Provided by www.financesonline.com | Author: Robin Renford | See our Twitter While on the one hand I wish they had added an "eReader" category, I can't fault them for skipping it. It wasn't a particularly exciting year for eReaders. I basically agreed with most of their conclusions, especially in the Tablet area. While I didn't upgrade to an iPad Air, I have to acknowledge that it's a nice device. They scored the 2013 Nexus 7 as a Contender and the Microsoft...

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...

Op-Ed: Too Much Tech To Keep Up
September 1, 2013 | 1:42 pm

techI had an amusing phone chat with a client earlier this week. He called to tell me he was losing his YouTube virginity. (Really? Doesn’t he know that sort of thing tends to go viral?) Ahem. Anyway, the video in question wouldn’t upload from his phone, and he couldn’t figure out how to get it on his computer to upload from there. I walked him through hooking his phone to his computer via USB cable, and when I finished my explanation, he said, “Dang! That was so simple. Please don’t tell anyone I had to call you.” Why? Because he used to...

A First Look at Indigo Tech!
August 29, 2013 | 2:14 pm

Indigo Tech Indigo Tech is open for business! I snapped these pics today at my local store, and it's about what I expected: a fancier Kobo kiosk, iPads and more! The various wall displays have headphones, speakers, health products such as the Fitbit, iPad creative accessories like a Crayola effects pad, and cases and accessories. The dedicated staff person moved back and forth between the main display and the separate Kobo area. I already have an iPad, and none of the displayed accessories caught my eye. But there are more Indigo stores than Apple stores, so maybe they're hoping to use that to bring...

Disconnecting Completely For the First Time In Years
August 26, 2013 | 3:33 pm

Everyone loves to write about disconnecting while on vacation, and about whether it's a good idea or a bad one. (Uh, yes, I do put myself in the category of loving to write about it.) Anyway, my husband and I just got back from a week-long camping trip where we disconnected completely. I'd like to say it was for some profound moral or spiritual reason, but it was actually because we were camping in a park that had no cell signal and no Wi-Fi. Can you believe it? In 2013? And we didn't leave the country. Heck, we didn't even leave...

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