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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...

How to Roll Out Laptops in Schools
July 29, 2013 | 4:45 pm

laptopsMediaShift has an interesting write-up about a school district in Massachusetts that's grappling with how to best roll out laptops in its schools. The article talks about the program in Natick, Mass., which involved issuing Macbooks to all students in grades eight through 12. The results have been great for students—they've spent their time "doing everything from conversing with peers in Costa Rica through Twitter in a history class, to designing and producing their own online magazines." But it hasn't been so great for the IT department employees, who've spent their time trying to reinstall content filters after students worked very...

Technology: No Big Deal Anymore?
July 16, 2013 | 3:30 pm

technologyI posted earlier about the computer shopping that's been going on in my family lately. Well, gadget lusts strikes again—the Beloved's mother showed me a 900-page doorstopper of a historical fiction novel she plans to take on an airplane with her, and I commented that it would be so much easier to just take an -ebook reader with her. There proceeded a 20-minute debate about whether she reads enough to 'justify' the purchase, and if so, what sort of purchase she should make. Privately, the Beloved and I concluded that, just as my own parents do with tech purchases, she is vastly...

Infographic: E-Reader vs. Octopus Tech Battle! Which is Better?
July 5, 2013 | 1:00 pm

E-readerNo, honest, that's not a linkbait title. Or, well ... not too much of one. My husband found this absolutely awesome infographic on Livescience. Source: LiveScience Check out the image of the cephalopod skin vs. an e-reader display. Kind of creepy how close they are? (And why doesn't WordPress' spell-check recognize cephalopod as a valid word? That's discrimination against lack of a backbone, I'd say!) Wouldn't it be cool if our e-readers could crinkle their displays? Or manufacture their own power? Talk about awesome battery life. Anyway, just enjoy. The infographic kind of says it all....

Could you really and truly go completely paperless?
July 3, 2013 | 7:05 pm

paper-free In a recent post, GigaOM presented this intriguing question: Can you really go paper-free? This is a timely article for me: The article's author, Eliza Kern, found the occasional need for a printer to be the bugbear in her quest to go paperless, and as it happens, I just spent two days giving tech support to my parents for their new computer, only to find that they are keeping the old one, after all. Their new computer, it turns out, is not compatible with the otherwise perfectly fine printer they've had for a decade, and when I replied with, "So what?" my stepfather...