smartphones

In India, cheap smartphones could be a key to bridging language gaps

By Chris Meadows
August 27, 2015 // 1 Comment

India is an interesting emerging digital market. A number of American news outlets such as the Huffington Post and Business Insider are setting up India-specific versions of their sites in the hope [...]

Galaxy Note 5 users, be careful with that S-Pen

By Chris Meadows
August 26, 2015 // 0 Comments

Over the last few days, Android Police discovered a potential design flaw in Samsung’s Galaxy Note 5 phone. I’m a little ambivalent about the impact of this error, but at the least it sounds like [...]

Vysor Chrome extension mirrors your Android device to PC

By Chris Meadows
August 25, 2015 // 0 Comments

Ever wanted to use Android apps on your desktop? Here’s another way. TechCrunch reports on the beta release of a Chrome extension called Vysor that will let you mirror your Android phone or tablet [...]

Mike Shatzkin discusses smartphone reading, German ‘soft’ DRM move

By Chris Meadows
August 24, 2015 // 0 Comments

Mike Shatzkin has posted his latest thoughts on the state of the publishing industry. This time he notices the trends toward increased smartphone e-reading and German conglomerates removing [...]

Are smartphone makers going to start serving ads?

By Chris Meadows
August 22, 2015 // 2 Comments

Is the next mobile advertising frontier pop-up notifications? Earlier this month, Slashgear reported that HTC served its users an ad for the (abysmal) Fantastic Four movie as an ostensible phone [...]

On deep linking to bring departed app users back

By Chris Meadows
August 15, 2015 // 2 Comments

It’s funny how an article intended to be informative and instructive to one audience can be downright disturbing to another, can’t it? That’s the thought I had when I ran across this article on [...]

An estimated cost breakdown for Google’s $50 smartphone

By Chris Meadows
August 15, 2015 // 0 Comments

Google has plans for a $50 Android One smartphone for the developing world, but how would such a phone be built? How much would they spend on each component? Engadget takes some guesses at the [...]

Start-ups in Europe look for new ways to give books digital life

By Chris Meadows
August 15, 2015 // 0 Comments

The BBC has an article looking at different ways that books (mostly e-books, but with a print example or two) can be made more attractive in the information age. One way has to do with digitally [...]

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 [...]

Matte finish, glossy displays, Mirasol, Pixel Qi, and laptops in the sun

By Chris Meadows
August 8, 2015 // 1 Comment

The quest for a daylight-readable laptop continues apace. At least, that’s what Wired says in an article about the state of laptop displays and why nobody makes a matte-finish screen anymore. [...]

Codigo Cube QR code dice: An idea whose time came and went

By Chris Meadows
August 3, 2015 // 4 Comments

When new technology and old technology meet, it can sometimes cause a big headache. At Gen Con this weekend, I saw some interesting-looking gizmos at a game shop’s stall in the dealer room, and [...]

TeleRead Links: Amazon sales increase, update moves nVidia Shield features, phones that please their owners, and more

By Chris Meadows
July 25, 2015 // 1 Comment

Amazon Reports 20% Increase in Net Sales (GalleyCat) Net sales at Amazon increased 20 percent to $23.18 billion during the company’s financial the second quarter, as compared to $19.34 billion in [...]

TeleRead Links: Talking View-Master, Google Play Books gains note sync, and more

By Chris Meadows
July 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

The Electronic Talking View-Master Was the Original Oculus Rift (Gizmodo) Seen here in an ad dating back to February of 1983, the Electronic Talking View-Master used the same slideshow discs as [...]

TeleRead Links: Lower book sales, lost-phone retrieval, smartwatch success, and more

By Chris Meadows
July 19, 2015 // 0 Comments

Book Sales Down 6.5% in Q1: AAP (GalleyCat) Though sales in Trade Books for the quarter were $1.53 billion, down only 2.2 percent from the same quarter in 2014. Adult book sales helped the category, [...]

TeleRead Links: Phone battery tips, Microsoft goals, $30 Android PC, blog wisdom for authors, and more

By Chris Meadows
July 17, 2015 // 1 Comment

How to Make Your Phone Battery Last Longer (Reviewed.com) Though there’s a limit to how far any phone can stretch, battery life isn’t written in stone. How you use your phone and how you [...]

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