Microsoft Display Dock: A desktop future for your mobile reading?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
October 7, 2015 // 1 Comment

One of the highlights of Microsoft’s Windows 10 devices event, just completed in New York, was the reveal of the Microsoft Display Dock. This slightly-less-than-hockey-puck-sized device gives you the ability to connect your Windows 10 phone to a monitor and use it like a desktop PC. If [...]

The Intangibility of Books: The Digital Bibliophile

By Eric Burns-White
October 7, 2015 // 9 Comments

Hadley Gibson is one of the newest bloggers at Cambridge Editors’ Blog, a house organ and mouthpiece for Cambridge Editors, which perhaps not shockingly is an editorial service for hire. 1 They offer line editing, critiquing, proofreading — in short, all the services that a writer might [...]

What to expect from Android Marshmallow

By Chris Meadows
October 6, 2015 // 0 Comments

It’s that time again. Marshmallow is starting to roll out. OS images for those Nexus devices still being supported are already available, for those who don’t mind wiping their devices to install the new operating system. Those who want to keep their setup the way it is will have to wait for the [...]

Type Machine will let you rescue typed text from app crashes

By Chris Meadows
October 5, 2015 // 1 Comment

Have you ever spent long minutes painstakingly tapping or swyping out a message in an app on your Android phone only to lose it all when the app crashes, or you accidentally tap the wrong thing and go back to your home screen only to find your hard work gone when you get back? Or maybe you just [...]

‘Reporta’ reporter safety app is reportedly insecure

By Chris Meadows
October 5, 2015 // 0 Comments

You know what they say about the road to hell and good intentions? The latest example can be found in the form of “Reporta,” an app developed by digital marketing agency RevSquare on behalf of the International Women’s Media Federation. The app is intended to provide additional safety tools [...]

Fairphone: Your ethical choice for smartphone ereading?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
October 2, 2015 // 0 Comments

TeleRead readers may have seen reports about the Fairphone, a new smartphone concept created to support “better ways of doing business that aim to inspire the entire industry.” From design through raw materials to manufacture, “from conflict-free minerals to fair factory wages, [...]

Vodafone Smart Speed 6: The ideal cheapo ereading smartphone for Europe?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
October 1, 2015 // 0 Comments

Vodafone has a track record of producing cheap, well-specced phones and even tablets that can be ideal first choices for users. And many British and European users will be tempted by the Vodafone Smart Speed 6, just announced with an impressively low price tag. In the UK, it’s on offer for [...]

Stave off long-trip boredom with your smartphone or tablet

By Chris Meadows
September 25, 2015 // 0 Comments

What can you do if you’re about to take a long air trip and don’t want to suffer the pangs of boredom but don’t want to buy overpriced airline Wi-Fi either? Gizmodo has some great advice, but I think they’re thinking too narrowly. The advice they give for smartphones in air travel could [...]

Karma puts 4G data on sale again

By Chris Meadows
September 24, 2015 // 0 Comments

I’ve been getting a lot of use out of my Karma Go 4G Wi-Fi hotspot over the last couple of months. It’s rapidly become one of my favorite devices from my gadget bag. Among other things, I’ve set my smartphone to connect to it automatically and always take the Karma along with me, so that [...]

Mobile phones could relieve poverty for unwired billions

By Paul St John Mackintosh
September 24, 2015 // 1 Comment

Two closely related items have appeared online that underline how important mobile comms can be to emerging and frontier economies – and how deep the digital divide still is. In a post in The Register, Tim Worstall claims that “Mobile phones are the greatest poverty-reducing tech [...]

Could your next smartphone be a Windows Phone?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
September 23, 2015 // 2 Comments

Moves in the Windows Phone ecosystem have been making Windows Phones ever more attractive choices as smartphones and mobile ebook reading platforms for a while now. And now, courtesy of a leak initially aired by Russian site Onetile and later picked up by WMPoweruser, it looks like we have a very [...]

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