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Pocket-sized screens are in again: The rise of smartphone e-reading

By Chris Meadows
August 13, 2015 // 1 Comment

Everything old is new again. Jennifer Maloney at the Wall Street Journal has just noticed that more and more people seem to like reading on little tiny pocket-sized devices. Of course, those devices [...]

Requiem for the iPod Touch

By Chris Meadows
July 17, 2015 // 4 Comments

It’s funny how viewpoints change over time. Apple just introduced a new version of the iPod Touch the other day, with a faster CPU and better camera hardware. The price stays about the same, [...]

Why own media when you can rent the library?

By Chris Meadows
April 30, 2015 // 3 Comments

Is ownership of media passé? Over the last few years, I’ve noticed an interesting trend develop. It started with music, as “all-you-can-eat” services like Pandora and Spotify popped up to [...]

Apple music DRM case wraps up with final witness

By Chris Meadows
December 14, 2014 // 2 Comments

The Apple iTunes DRM case proceeds apace. After finding a replacement plaintiff to supplant those who were found not to have bought iPods during the required time period, the case moved forward, [...]

Apple iPod DRM case heats up, but might still fizzle

By Chris Meadows
December 7, 2014 // 1 Comment

The wheels of justice grind slowly, and sometimes a bit of grit gets stuck in the gears. This seems to be the case with the ten-year-old lawsuit against Apple over the DRM policies it used to enforce [...]

Polaroid mini-tablet offers Android iPod Touch alternative…though not a very good one

By Chris Meadows
January 23, 2014 // 2 Comments

I have mentioned more than once that Android lacks a real equivalent to the iPod Touch. Sure, there are plenty of smartphones, and there are more than a few mini-tablets, but the mini-tablets [...]

Thirty years of time shifting: The Supreme Court decision legalizing the VCR

By Chris Meadows
January 18, 2014 // 1 Comment

Today marks an important anniversary for our digital media era—an era that couldn’t have been foreseen thirty years ago, but nonetheless relies to a very great extent on a legal decision exactly [...]

13-year-old bemusedly tries old Sony Walkman for a week

By libertyc
December 24, 2013 // 3 Comments

Kids these days, eh? The BBC’s Magazine section has a story on a 13-year-old kid’s experience over the course of a week using one of the original Walkman tape players, which came out 30 years ago [...]

Voice Dream reader app can now play audiobooks

By libertyc
December 8, 2013 // 1 Comment

The new version of the Voice Dream reader app, a superb iOS text-to-speech app for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, can now play audiobooks, too. Even at $10, costlier than the typical app, Voice [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

Android still lacks iPod Touch alternative

By libertyc
September 12, 2013 // 11 Comments

Why is there still no good Android alternative to the iPod Touch? I last posed this question over two years ago, when Apple’s imposition of the 30% fee policies to apps with stores first caused me [...]

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 [...]

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