Magic mushrooms to power your mobile future?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
October 6, 2015 // 0 Comments

Current battery technology presents big environmental and sustainability challenges for the future. However, a team of engineers at the  University of California, Riverside, claim to have hit upon a solution. Their mobile power source of the future is fueled by portabella mushrooms. According to [...]

Android Wear as your wrist solution for audiobooks – and ereading?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
October 5, 2015 // 0 Comments

The latest generation of Android Wear smartwatches are about to hit the market, with brands like Fossil and Tag Heuer now apparently boarding the platform. Some developments also suggest this could be a time to look more seriously at Android Wear’s capabilities for audiobooks – and [...]

Evernote shares paperless tips – but how many can help you?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
October 5, 2015 // 0 Comments

Evernote is keen to lock users ever deeper into its ecosystem. Especially if it can upsell them its premium services. And this weekend they emailed me a list of “8 paperless tips for Evernote” – mostly focused on Evernote’s image, scanning, and camera functionality. But how [...]

Noteslate Shiro now on pre-order – but should you?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
October 4, 2015 // 1 Comment

Noteslate has just released information for pre-ordering its unique Shiro tablet, or rather, slate. Under the tagline “Pencil and Paper. Redefined,” Noteslate seeks “to bring handwriting back to humankind” with the Shiro, whose “monochrome handwriting interface” [...]

What to do with an old tablet?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
October 4, 2015 // 3 Comments

With the news that Android M Marshmallow won’t be released for the aging Nexus 7 2012 tablet, my own Nexus is now staring obsolescence in the face. It’s been semi-retired for a while anyway, ever since I invested in my smaller, lighter, faster Lenovo A7-10. And in any case, it kind of [...]

What tablet ereading solution in your kitchen?

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

When even Ikea gets in on the act, you know you’re witnessing a big shift in consumer behavior. And in the Rimforsa design series in its “Kitchen & appliances” department, alongside the knife holders and chopping boards, we now have the Rimforsa tablet stand, in sturdy bamboo, [...]

Do you really want to run Windows 10 on your Raspberry Pi?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
September 29, 2015 // 1 Comment

Hardware geek cornucopia Adafruit has just rolled out the Microsoft Internet of Things Pack for Raspberry Pi 2, a full hardware developer kit for any electronics-savvy whizzkid aching “to get started using Windows 10 and your Raspberry Pi as an IoT enabled device. A collaboration between [...]

How to set up an ideal Raspberry productivity platform with Ubuntu MATE

By Paul St John Mackintosh
September 28, 2015 // 0 Comments

After my long struggles to set up the Raspberry Pi 2 Model B as a Linux-based productivity solution and backup to my desktop PC, I finally hit on a recipe that meets my needs – which are, to run Google Docs and Evernote, with some Google Drive access, as well as LibreOffice and basic email. [...]

How to use SHAREit for superfast file transfer

By Paul St John Mackintosh
September 25, 2015 // 1 Comment

Courtesy of a bundled install on my Lenovo A7-10 tablet, I’ve discovered the wonders of SHAREit – the cross-platform file sharing app that claims to be “200 times faster than bluetooth” and, surprisingly, works without a WiFi or mobile data network. Readers of my other posts [...]

How to use Facebook as your ultimate online scratchpad

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

This is a follow-up to my earlier piece on “How to make Facebook the file transfer solution of your dreams,” because that kicked my own habits into gear and reminded me just how useful Facebook can be as a jotter, link swapper, web clipper, and general all-round universal online [...]

How to make Facebook the file transfer solution of your dreams

By Paul St John Mackintosh
September 22, 2015 // 1 Comment

“Facebook?” I hear you say? Why would you want to use a social media platform for file transfer? File sharing with friends, maybe, and posting pictures online, but file transfer? Well, think about it. Most every file transfer solution requires you to either plug in a cable or fire up an [...]

What does Windows 10 mean for Chromebooks?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
August 11, 2015 // 3 Comments

Few can have missed the enticing offers for Chromebooks at back-to-school discounts, with the Google Store offering up to $30 off already dirt-cheap devices, or as little as $159.99 for Acer’s 10-inch Chromebook. Few can have missed as well the news that Windows 10, long anticipated and much [...]

TeleRead Links: Amazonopoly, AlphaSmart, libraries and the Internet, and more

By Chris Meadows
July 26, 2015 // 6 Comments

Why Amazon monopoly accusations deserve a closer look (Fortune) As with other one-time high-tech leaders (IBM, Microsoft, Google) Amazon’s dominant market share suddenly seems too much. In letters to the Justice Department, the authors’ and retailers’ groups claim that Amazon is squeezing [...]

Why I went for a Lenovo A7-10 instead of a Kindle Fire HD 6

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

For some time now, I’d been toying with moving on from my Google Nexus 7 2012 edition. Partly it was the weight: at 340 grams, the Nexus 7 is a pretty porky beast for its size. Also, I wanted a cheap and cheerful tablet that I could sling in my pocket and not worry about, ready for use when I [...]

Cloud or external storage for your backups?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
June 10, 2015 // 4 Comments

Moved by the plight of a writer buddy who complained on Facebook about two external hard drives crapping out on him, and his laptop locking him out, I felt moved to raise the issue of what backup option works best. After all, a writer can lose reams of critically important work as a result of a [...]

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