iPad success secret: Building on the iPhone, and replacing laptops

By libertyc
November 5, 2013 // 1 Comment

Wired is running an excerpt from a forthcoming book by Fred Vogelstein, looking at how Steve Jobs made the iPad successful when no other tablet ever had been. There’s an interesting parallel with e-readers in this story. No dedicated e-reader had ever been successful before Jeff Bezos pushed the [...]

iPad Air: First Impressions

By libertyc
November 4, 2013 // 0 Comments

I got my hands on an iPad Air for the first time this weekend! What were my first impressions? Well…a mixed bag. Is it possible to be both impressed and underwhelmed? First, the ‘impressed’ part: the Air is impressively slim and light. The Beloved did an impromptu weight test and [...]

Enjoying tablets and smartphones? Thank e-books!

By libertyc
October 31, 2013 // 5 Comments

The world has been changing a lot. In the 98 years my grandmother has been alive, we’ve gone from cars as rickety novelties on dirt-track roads to polished metal eggs on highways that span the globe; the Wright Brothers’ first flight to putting people on the moon and machinery on Mars. [...]

How to get the most out of library ebooks via the right gadget, text to speech, and otherwise

By libertyc
October 18, 2013 // 1 Comment

Want to hear text to speech from free library ebooks on your 50-mile commute? Even if you own an Android machine and the usual OverDrive app can’t do “read-aloud” unless audiobooks count? Also, what if you haven’t even bought an e-reading gizmo for library use, but want to? Which model to [...]

Apple allows old iOS devices to install ‘last compatible version’ of newer apps

By libertyc
October 6, 2013 // 2 Comments

This is a slightly old story, but I thought it was worth following up on when I had the chance. A few weeks ago, Apple quietly added a new feature to its iOS app store. It used to be that when you had hardware too old to run the latest version of an app, and you lost the version of it you had, you [...]

LA stops letting high schoolers take school-issued iPads home after they easily bypass Internet lockdown

By libertyc
September 26, 2013 // 3 Comments

Turns out the problem with issuing iPads to high school students, as LA is doing in a $1 billion program for its public schools, is…they actually want to use them for stuff other than school work. So finds the LA Times, which notes that it only took about a week for students to figure out how to [...]

Run Windows and Mac apps on your iPad with Parallels Access

By Kirk Hiner
September 1, 2013 // 5 Comments

Parallels has long made it easy for Mac users to run PC programs (and more) within OS X. Now, they’re letting you run Windows and Mac apps within iOS via the newly announced Parallels Access for iPad. With Parallels Access, you can remotely access your Mac and PC and run the programs as if they [...]

Kindle Fire Surpasses iPad for Children's Reading

By libertyc
August 29, 2013 // 6 Comments

According to a new report by Digital Book World and Play Collective (love that name!), kids who read digitally now do so more on Kindle Fires than iPads: 27 percent on the Fire vs. 20 percent on an iPad. That’s a switch from eight months ago when it was 20 percent Fire, 22 percent iPad. Not [...]

Latest IDC tablet figures cast doubt on iPad future

By libertyc
August 6, 2013 // 1 Comment

It may be a little early to start writing off Apple as the next fading titan a la Microsoft or Nokia, but the latest tablet sales report from the International Data Corporation confirm the impression that it’s not all sunshine and apple blossom right now in Cupertino. The latest issue of [...]

Which iPad Mini Rumor To Believe? Maybe Both

By libertyc
August 1, 2013 // 0 Comments

I love watching dueling rumors. We’ll see an iPad mini with Retina display before the end of the year. No, we’ll see one more mini with the normal display, but a faster processor. Actually, what’s interesting about these two articles is that, if you dig a bit deeper and pay attention, they [...]

YouVersion puts the Bible on your smartphone or tablet

By libertyc
July 28, 2013 // 14 Comments

Sunday morning seems like an appropriate time to mention this story. The New York Times has taken notice of YouVersion, a free social-networking-enabled e-Bible application for mobile devices. Built by evangelical megachurch LifeChurch.tv, the application is a non-denominational electronic Bible [...]

Review: iPad Case – The Ridge by Devicewear

By libertyc
July 19, 2013 // 2 Comments

Having taken advantage of the recent Best Buy trade-in program and securing myself a shiny new iPad, I found myself in need of a case. My old iPad 2 case didn’t quite fit the fourth generation model. I like slim cases that don’t cover the bezel, and I decided to try the Ridge model by [...]

Apple, Amazon bury hatchet over ‘App Store’ trademark

By libertyc
July 9, 2013 // 0 Comments

In a rare case of a corporations actually coming to their senses, Apple and Amazon have agreed to settle their 2011 lawsuit over whether Amazon could use the term “app store.” Both Apple and Amazon will continue to be able to use the name for their stores where applications for their respective [...]

Close encounters of the tablet neophyte kind

By libertyc
June 25, 2013 // 2 Comments

The other day, while I was sitting in the darkened movie theater, my MiFi plugged into a wall socket nearby and fiddling with my iPad while I waited the hour and a half for my movie to start, an elderly lady seated in front of me asked, “What kind of computer is that?” She was astonished that [...]

My Answers Expert Articles: E-Readers, iOS

By libertyc
June 21, 2013 // 0 Comments

One of the reasons I haven’t been writing as much lately here is that I have another part-time writing gig now that takes up much of my attention. I’m the “PC Expert” for Answers.com’s Experts program, contributing 500- to 600-word articles on subjects pertaining to computers, tablets, [...]

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