The gift of the lower-end device

By Joanna Cabot
October 8, 2015 // 2 Comments

The new Amazon tablets fascinate me. I paid a little more for my new Android device, but if those $50 tablets were available in Canada, I would have bought one in a heartbeat. That might seem like an odd declaration. My iPad is much more powerful than Amazon’s tablet. Every time they release [...]

Is E gradually killing off standalone books? Are we too series-crazed now?

By David Rothman
September 29, 2015 // 4 Comments

Would Moby-Dick or The Great Gatsby work out as a series? Well, to an extent, I can see possibilities. A book as long as Moby-Dick, some 206,000 words, could supply a bounty of plots and subplots for a series. And Gatsby? It’s short, just 47,000 words, but oh the characters! I can [...]

The TracFone Guy from Hell: Tech support rep gives Comcast a run for its money

By David Rothman
September 27, 2015 // 0 Comments

E-books and cell phones are, yes, like peanut butter and jelly. But suppose the jelly at times is full of bacteria. That’s what I’m thinking in the wake of my encounter with The TracFone Guy from Hell. Several other TracFone reps couldn’t solve my problems. All I wanted to do was to fully [...]

Want longer battery life for e-reading on your iPad? Upgrade to iOS 9

By David Rothman
September 26, 2015 // 0 Comments

iOS upgrades are free and can help you thwart black-hat hackers. But owners of the iPad may have a special reason for upgrading—longer battery life. As reported in ITPro, “There were notable increases in battery… When running iOS 8, our iPhone 6 Plus lasted seven hours and 41 minutes [...]

Online opinion polls and the digital divide: Smart commentary from Nate

By David Rothman
September 25, 2015 // 0 Comments

“Why can’t the media understand the digital divide—especially the Associated Press?” I asked earlier this month on the TeleRead and LibraryCity sites. AP just didn’t get it. The divide isn’t merely about gadget counts. It’s about a mix of computers, connectivity, other access [...]

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