My Answers Expert Articles: E-Readers, iOS

By Chris Meadows
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, [...]

Apple apparently opens refurbished outlet on eBay

By Chris Meadows
November 19, 2012 // 2 Comments

It’s not clear whether Apple is doing this or it’s just someone who’s cut a deal with them (both 9to5Mac and CNet asked Apple for clarification, but the company apparently hasn’t responded yet), but an eBay store entitled “refurbished outlet” has opened up, selling factory-refurbished [...]

Refurbished 4th generation iPod Touch on bargain sale

By Chris Meadows
November 8, 2012 // 2 Comments

If you’re looking for a handily pocketable e-reader and wouldn’t feel dirty giving money to Apple, CNet points out that Apple is running a pretty good deal on refurbished 4th-generation (the model from two years ago) iPod Touch units. The 8 GB version is available for $129 shipped (it costs [...]

The 7-inch iPad may not be a value product after all

By a TeleRead Contributor
September 15, 2012 // 4 Comments

By Jeremy Hill | for Gadgetell Apple spent its entire media event this past Wednesday showing off the iPhone 5, the fifth generation iPod Touch, the iPod Nano and updated software for iOS and iTunes. We didn’t hear a peep about the fabled 7-inch iPad, so it’s fair to assume that’s being [...]

4” iPhone, iPod Touch, 8” iPad Mini possibly expected in September

By Chris Meadows
July 25, 2012 // 2 Comments

As the new hardware refresh comes ever closer, the Apple iDevice rumors grow ever thicker. Here’s a couple of choice ones with e-reading implications. MacRumors has a report suggesting that the iPod Touch will get an update to a new 4” design right along with the iPhone. (The picture at left is [...]

Music piracy and the eight GigaDollar iPod Classic

By Chris Meadows
June 12, 2012 // 0 Comments

Novelist and music-industry expert Rob Reid has written an amusing satirical look at the high price of (being found guilty of) copyright violation on Ars Technica. When damages are set at $150,000 a song—more than the price of a five-bedroom home—it can start to seem a little ridiculous. This [...]

iOS Instapaper app available free for visiting a Starbucks

By Chris Meadows
June 5, 2012 // 0 Comments

Interested in the read-it-later iOS app Instapaper but don’t feel like shelling out $5 for it? Our sister blog Gadgetell reports that Starbucks is offering Instapaper as its “Free App of the Week”. To get it, you have to go to a Starbucks location and pick up a card with a code to redeem for [...]

4th-generation iPod Touch sees refurbishment discount

By Chris Meadows
April 17, 2012 // 1 Comment

CNet has a piece about what a good deal the newly-discounted refurbished 4th-gen iPod Touches available at the Apple Store currently are: 8 gig discounted $30 to $169, 32 gig discounted $50 to $249, and 64-gig discounted $60 to $339. These are the models that have the double-resolution Retina [...]

E-reader accessory review: Flygrip one-handed device grip

By Chris Meadows
April 15, 2012 // 9 Comments

A few days ago, I was contacted by Chih-Chin Sun of Flygrip, an iPhone/e-reader handgrip accessory made by a company that began selling its products in February of this year. Ms. Sun had read my post about seeking a one-handed e-reading solution for my mother, who had her right arm amputated on New [...]

Scribd fails to sell news aggregation app to Yahoo

By Chris Meadows
March 20, 2012 // 0 Comments

TechCrunch has a piece on Scribd, the document-sharing platform with 100 million registered users and 90 million monthly active users. The piece focuses on the iOS news aggregation app, Float, that Scribd developed and almost sold to Yahoo for between $2 and $8 million before Yahoo decided to walk [...]

Mass Effect 3 and interactivity in storytelling

By Chris Meadows
March 15, 2012 // 1 Comment

Last week, Mass Effect 3 came out. And it’s been eating into my doing-other-stuff time ever since. But Mass Effect 3 isn’t just interesting as a video game, and as the conclusion to a trilogy of stories I’ve been following for years. I find it interesting in its overall implications for [...]

Readability launches iOS app March 1

By Chris Meadows
February 24, 2012 // 1 Comment

Readability’s latest attempt to stay relevant hits the iPad and iPhone on March 1. That’s when a free Readability iOS app launches. As with its predecessors Instapaper and Read-It-Later, the app promises to allow users to tag articles they would like to reformat in a web browser, then sync them [...]

Nosy Crow Cinderella app wins innovation award

By Chris Meadows
January 28, 2012 // 0 Comments

AppCraver is carrying a press release from app publisher Nosy Crow, announcing that its Cinderella iOS appbook has won Digital Book World’s Publishing Innovation Award for Best Juvenile App: “The Cinderella story isn’t new, but Nosy Crow’s developers use the app platform in new ways to make [...]

Whited00r backports later features to old iOS hardware

By Chris Meadows
January 19, 2012 // 0 Comments

TechCrunch has an article looking at an iOS hacking project that has the potential to be rather interesting. Whited00r is a custom version of OS 3.1.3, hacked to include features such as app folders and multitasking from later versions of the OS. It’s meant for older-generation iPhones and iPod [...]

Review: TruConnect prepaid 3G MiFi 3300

By Chris Meadows
January 15, 2012 // 32 Comments

A while ago, I wrote about the idea of using a MiFi to retrofit 3G mobile web access to wifi-capable devices (such as e-readers), and I also mentioned the TruConnect MiFi pay-as-you-go service that allows bite-sized prepaid-3G-wifi usage with no contract required. It has been a couple of weeks [...]

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