Android

Why Android Lollipop on my Lenovo beats the crap out of the Nexus 7

By Paul St John Mackintosh
August 31, 2015 // 0 Comments

As some readers may remember, I recently invested in a Lenovo A7-10 tablet. One minor reason was the frustration of dealing with Android 5.0 Lollipop on my existing Nexus 7. Eventually, this did become enough of a drag to make a change in machine worth considering, and the Lenovo came with Android [...]

Obi Worldphones take high-end Android specs to new markets?

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

News has broken that Obi Worldphone, the smartphone company whose chief claim to fame to date has been that it was co-founded by John Sculley, “former head of Apple and Pepsi-Cola and an international investor in consumer technology companies,” has launched a pair of [...]

Best bargain phones for frugal e-book lovers? UMI eMAX a buy? $165. 441-PPI 5.5 inch screen

By David Rothman
August 24, 2015 // 2 Comments

What are the best cell phone bargain out there right now for frugal e-book lovers? That topic came to mind when I wrote about Chinese vs. brand-name phones. Among Chinese phones, one standout just might be the very model shown in the video I linked to over the weekend—the UMI eMAX, a 5.5 inch [...]

Google drops Google Play Books, Newsstand, other apps from Android OEM requirements

By Chris Meadows
August 21, 2015 // 1 Comment

Android Central reports that Google has made a change to its requirements for Android OEMs that want to be able to bundle Google services such as Gmail or Google Maps with their Android phones. Google has a laundry list of apps that have to be installed along with those services for them to be [...]

Does Apple Music for Android portend an Android iBooks?

By Chris Meadows
August 10, 2015 // 1 Comment

Might iBooks come to Android? The obvious answer is something involving porcine aviation, but maybe it just got a little less unlikely. Prompted by a 9to5Mac article about a job posting by Apple looking for Android developers, the Motley Fool reports that Apple is developing an Apple Music app for [...]

Modern operating systems are gradually eroding user privacy

By Chris Meadows
August 10, 2015 // 2 Comments

If you value your privacy, you may not be too pleased with recent developments in computer and mobile device technology. Computers and smartphones have gotten smarter and smarter, but this has come at the cost of having communicate more and more data about you, including potentially personal data, [...]

How to enjoy Moon+ Reader Pro and other Android goodies on your Windows 10 computer

By David Rothman
August 7, 2015 // 0 Comments

TeleRead regulars already know of my love of Moon+ Reader Pro (now on sale for $2.49, 50 percent off). The question of the day was, Could I enjoy this Android app on my Intel NUC Kit NUC5i7RYH computer after a Windows 10 upgrade? Happily the answer was, “Yes.” Earlier I was running the Blue [...]

Finding the best EPUB reader solution

By Paul St John Mackintosh
August 5, 2015 // 4 Comments

As some readers may remember, I recently plumped for a Lenovo A7-10 as my preferred ereading/writing platform. And since this has a microSD card slot for storage expansion, it made huge sense to store my library of EPUB books in the external memory. However, combined with the issue of finding EPUB [...]

The easiest way to break in your new tablet—for work, fun or mixes of the two

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
August 3, 2015 // 0 Comments

So you’ve bought that shiny new tablet and fired it up. Now what? You’ve got a bunch of app icons, and you know it should be a great tool. But how do you learn to use it? This article assumes you’re new to the tablet world. If you’ve changed operating systems, like moving from an iPad to an [...]

TeleRead Links: UK e-book piracy, loosening e-book licensing terms, digitizing fanzines, and more

By Chris Meadows
July 27, 2015 // 1 Comment

eBook Piracy Virtually Nonexistent in the UK (GoodEReader) The Intellectual Property Office conducted a three month study into the extent of online copyright infringement in the UK. It found that  1% of UK internet users aged 12 and over read “at least some” ebooks illegally. This is a stark [...]

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 treat it determine not only much time you get on a charge, but also how long the battery itself [...]

Requiem for the iPod Touch

By Chris Meadows
July 17, 2015 // 4 Comments

It’s funny how viewpoints change over time. Apple just introduced a new version of the iPod Touch the other day, with a faster CPU and better camera hardware. The price stays about the same, starting at $199 for 16 GB and topping out with a new $399 for 128 GB option. But the screen size remains [...]

Making the Switch from Laptop to Tablet

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
July 15, 2015 // 8 Comments

I was meeting with a client recently, and she was admiring my iPad + Bluetooth keyboard combination. She pulled a massive laptop out of her bag and said she’d been meaning to make the switch from her laptop to her new iPad. We got to talking about what was involved in making the switch from [...]

How to handle PDFs on Android devices – or at least, try

By Paul St John Mackintosh
June 22, 2015 // 4 Comments

PDF is an ereader file format I’m still being bombarded with constantly, despite my issues with it. I find its lumpy file size and rigidity to be hugely challenging, for relatively little commensurate benefit in terms of readability and fidelity to the original format. Yet publishers continue [...]

Morning Links: No Graphic Novels in English Course? Android Apps with TTS Support

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
June 15, 2015 // 2 Comments

Student Calls For Eradication Of Graphic Novels From English Course (io9) A student enrolled at Crafton Hills College has protested the inclusion of a number of graphic novels in the curriculum for her English 250 course. Tara Shultz, along with her parents and friends have called for the [...]

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