tech

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Camping Without Power: How Did It Go?

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
June 9, 2015 // 1 Comment

Can you tell we’ve drunk all the REI Kool-Aid? We are back from our camping trip, and while we weren’t entirely happy campers, that was because of the daily rain, not the power situation. [...]

The race to juice up the Raspberry Pi with Windows

By Paul St John Mackintosh
May 31, 2015 // 1 Comment

The little Raspberry Pi is one of the best loved hobbyist basic PCs and programming kits, running cut-down versions of Linux on a board around the same size as a credit card – and at an [...]

Getting Ready to Camp Without Power (sort of)

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
May 28, 2015 // 7 Comments

Like our new tent? I know. First world problem. Camping is supposed to be getting back to nature and unplugging, so why is camping without power even something to write about? Because my husband and [...]

Might subscriptions be the best option for tech news?

By Chris Meadows
May 28, 2015 // 0 Comments

Not long after I posted my essay about how hard it is to make any money blogging, Bloomberg View has an article showing that even the major tech industry blogs face the same problem. Noting that Kara [...]

Has your writing got rhythm? Find out with Typedrummer

By Paul St John Mackintosh
May 14, 2015 // 1 Comment

Writers: concerned about the rhythms and cadences in your sentences? Try plugging them into Typedrummer, an unique online wheeze that’s basically a drum machine for text. Each letter is [...]

Grim Fandango brings back one of gaming’s greatest stories

By Paul St John Mackintosh
May 12, 2015 // 0 Comments

  I realize that Teleread isn’t a gaming site, but this once, it’s worth making an exception for one of the greatest stories in computer gaming history. Set in the world of Mexican [...]

The $9 computer is a thing with CHIP

By Paul St John Mackintosh
May 11, 2015 // 0 Comments

As a Scot, I’m periodically going to celebrate my parsimonious tendencies – and a new Kickstarter campaign has given me the chance to do just that. The CHIP project aims to put a full [...]

Universal Stylus Initiative pushes new standard for onscreen writing

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 27, 2015 // 1 Comment

The Universal Stylus Initiative (USI) has been launched by a consortium of tech players “to develop and promote an industry specification for an active stylus.” This seeks to establish [...]

Android Wear update offers Wi-fi, new capabilities

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 22, 2015 // 0 Comments

An announcement on the Google Official Blog has signaled the arrival of an update to Google’s Android Wear smartwatch platform, which addresses some notable shortcomings of the series, [...]

Your new literary competitor: IBM Watson

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 21, 2015 // 3 Comments

As if competition from the giant online slushpile wasn’t enough, seriously writerly folk now have an even more alarming threat: computer-generated works. And if you’re a cookery writer, [...]

Templates on way for Google Docs editing

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 21, 2015 // 0 Comments

Google Docs may not be the first choice of writing and editing software for all authors, especially compared to venerable Microsoft Word, but Google’s free text productivity solution has a lot [...]

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