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Amazon Prime Streaming Music is terrific for Prime subscribers
June 17, 2014 | 3:41 pm

Juli gave her review of Amazon Prime Music yesterday. Now I’ll have my say. First of all, as Slate and the Verge point out in their reviews, Amazon Prime Streaming Music is not a Pandora or Spotify killer, and it’s not meant to be. It really isn’t even a new service at all, so much as an extension of an old one. Amazon has offered cloud music storage since 2011, after all. You can already upload music to Amazon’s cloud and stream it, or stream mp3s you buy from Amazon’s mp3 store. Prime Streaming Music just lets you stream...

Morning Roundup: Apple iTunes U expands, Instapaper launches weekly digest and more
January 22, 2014 | 9:00 am

apple itunes uApple iTunes U Expands Into 50 New Countries (GoodeReader) Apple iTunes U is the outfit responsible for thousands of interactive eTextbooks that are aimed at the educational sphere and learning inclined. *** China Tightens Control Over Online Video, Book Publishing (Variety) Chinese authorities have announced new controls on the posting of content to online video sites. Separately, there is to be additional scrutiny of Chinese-language book publishing. *** Now That Publishing and Circulation Are Free, What Can Media Companies Do to Create Scarcity? (Forbes) Since the introduction of the Gutenberg Printing Press, circulation and printing technology have determined the business models that succeed in print media. *** Instapaper Launches...

Have you ever been ‘vidnapped’? A new term defines our times
January 14, 2014 | 6:32 pm

vidnappedIn criminal law, a ''kidnapping'' is, of course, the taking away or transportation of a person against that person's will, usually to hold the person in false imprisonment -- and sometimes to demand a ransom. But in the online world of viral videos, a new term has surfaced, and been officially sanctioned by the folks at Urban Dictionary -- "vidnapping." So what's a vidnapping, you ask? It's when a person is videotaped or digitally videoed against his or her will, and without his or her consent or permission, usually in public space such as a city park or football stadium. In most...

Blockbuster closes its last stores – is this the future for Barnes & Noble?
November 6, 2013 | 6:46 pm

Big news all over the net today: Blockbuster Video (now a sub-brand of Dish Network) is closing its last 300 corporate-owned stores, and shutting down its DVD-rental-by-mail program. 50 franchised stores will remain open for the time being, but the writing is probably on the wall for them too. Blockbuster’s @Home and On Demand services for streaming or downloaded video will also continue. While this might not seem relevant to e-books directly, it’s worth bearing in mind that the business pressures that brought this turn of events about are basically the same pressures that did in Borders and are facing Barnes...

Morning Roundup: E-Books and print bundling; the copyright monopoly; more
September 16, 2013 | 9:03 am

Video Isn't Breaking the Internet, the Industry Giants Are (GigaOM) Video isn’t breaking the web, the way that the web’s biggest players are trying to optimize their costs at the expense of the best consumer experience is. *** At What Point Will the Next Generation Kill the Copyright Monopoly Altogether? (TorrentFreak) For teenagers today, the copyright monopoly is something that the establishment uses to punish them for enjoying culture and science, to censor their protests and voices, and to prevent their art from reaching an audience. As these people grow older and come into policymaking positions, at what point will they just kill the...

Is The Main Street Trading Company Scotland’s best bookshop?
August 24, 2013 | 3:02 pm

bookshopDeep in the heart of Walter Scott country, between his own-built architectural fantasy at Abbotsford House, his favorite vantage point at Scott’s View, and his last resting place at Dryburgh Abbey, I chanced across The Main Street Trading Company—voted Independent Bookseller of the Year 2012 in The Bookseller’s 2012 Industry Awards; it was also winner of the Best Bookshop category in The Daily Telegraph's Best Small Shops Awards 2012. With accolades like that, and even against some very stiff competition, The Main Street Trading Company deserves its tag as Scotland’s best bookshop. Nestling in the lee of Eildon Hill, where King Arthur and...

Bill Gates, Nathan Myhrvold seek patent to convert text to video
August 18, 2013 | 12:14 pm

text to videoNeed an imagination? There's an app for that. Or soon will be. Among the wackier wheezes worked up lately to improve on plain old Mark One printed text is a patent application filed by Bill Gates, Nathan Myhrvold, and a bunch of other Washington State dreamers to autoconvert text to video. The application covers: "A system for converting user-selected printed text to a synthesized image sequence, comprising: processing electronics configured to receive an image of text over a network, to translate the text of the image of text into a machine readable format, and, in response to receiving the image, to generate model information...

Netflix Finally Adding Profiles
August 1, 2013 | 12:54 pm

AmazonOh happy day! We've been cord cutters relying on Netflix for years, and yes, our son in college is one of those "digital moochers" that Joanna wrote about earlier this year. Unfortunately, my son, husband and I all have different tastes in movies, and Netflix offers me up some interesting suggestions. (No, I don't want to watch Chinese martial arts movies. Or depressing art flicks.) At least there aren't any youngsters in the house, so I don't have to deal with animated pony recommendations. Netflix has been talking about adding profiles for most of a year now, and it looks like they...

Accessory Review: Snugg iPad 4 Executive Case Cover and Flip Stand
July 29, 2013 | 7:29 pm

[easyazon-image align="right" asin="B007BZOGLG" locale="us" height="160" src="http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/513p2QfXaYL._SL160_.jpg" width="160"] Snugg contacted me last week about sending me one of their cases to review, and I just received it today. It's not the type of case I prefer (I don't like cases that cover the bevel), so I won't be using it, but I think my husband will like it just fine. I tested it on an iPad 4, but it should fit the iPad 2 and 3 just fine as well. The product description claims the case is leather, but it's really synthetic leather, which isn't a surprise considering the price. However, it feels...

Google’s New Nexus 7 Tab Will Get You Some Tail (Video)
July 24, 2013 | 4:47 pm

Google Nexus 7Say it with me: Tech is sexy. Feels a bit weird, right? But hey, I’m not the first to say it—I even felt a bit squeamish when I first heard a friend’s reaction to the form factor of a certain mobile device as such. You see this with car enthusiasts, treating their prized ‘whips’ like the true loves of their lives. I have no comment other than, Well, I guess there are far more odd things to be into. So, taking that notion a bit further, I’d like to pose a question for all y’all: Can having cool tech items get you some —...

Video: How To Turn Off Popular Highlights on Kindle
July 23, 2013 | 6:51 pm

It's a common question from a new Kindle owner. "What are all these underlines, and how do I get rid of them?" Well, let's start with what they are. Amazon keeps track of words and phrases that are commonly highlighted and displays them, if you choose to view them. If you're like me and preferred to buy your text books new, the "feature" probably drives you crazy. Fortunately, it's easy enough to get rid of them, as I'll show you in the video. Please note that I'm demonstrating on a Kindle Touch. Your screen may look slightly different, depending on your model. ...

How to stream Amazon Instant Videos on a Nexus 7 or other Android Tablet (video)
July 8, 2013 | 9:30 am

AmazonDan commented on my post last week about the Kindle Fire sale, asking if there really was no way to watch an Amazon Instant Video on an Android tablet (specifically a Nexus 7). I said "nope," but someone (Bree) reminded us that alternate browsers, like Dolphin, support Flash. So I went hunting. Good news: It can be done! The bare bones instructions are here, and you'll want to follow that link because it'll take you to the all-important Flash .apk file, which you'll need to download. So follow along, and I'll give you more details. Note that this method will not work with a Nook...