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 [...]

Voice Dream text-to-speech reader to appear for Android in August

By David Rothman
June 11, 2015 // 0 Comments

I’ve praised the Voice Dream e-reader as a stellar way to enjoy text to speech of files in ePub, HTML, plain text, Word and other formats. Other apps offer TTS. But Voice Dream Reader also comes with wonderful navigational and annotative capabilities as well as a rich assortment of voices. It’s [...]

How to tool up a rooted Android phone

By Paul St John Mackintosh
June 10, 2015 // 0 Comments

After successfully rooting my Navon Mizu M500 with Framaroot, I settled down to working out what to do with it to tune it up as a better ereader and all-round Android powerhouse. Only, what to do? Many Android rooters do their phones in order to install custom mods and ROMs like CyanogenMod – [...]

Considering An Android to iOS Switch

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
June 10, 2015 // 7 Comments

While I was quite happy with the HTC One M8 when I got it almost a year ago, I haven’t remained as content with it over time. Just before I received the Lollipop update, I was having both serious battery life issues, lagging and crashing apps. The app crashing was so bad that Google Sheets [...]

Morning Links: Everything new in iOS 9. Felony to clear browser history?

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
June 9, 2015 // 6 Comments

Here’s everything new in iOS 9 (9to5 Mac) Apple introduced iOS 9 during its WWDC keynote today, and we’ve got a hands-on look at all of the new stuff you can expect to see when it comes out later this year. TeleRead Take: Not a lot here to get excited about, except for multi-tasking on iPads [...]

How badly coded is the Amazon Kindle Android app?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
June 6, 2015 // 5 Comments

Major tech companies sometimes have a surprising habit of rolling out sub-optimal products in what are supposed to be their core competence areas. For example, Google’s Chrome browser for Android gets some indifferent assessments at times over issues like speed and cache bloat, and this is [...]

My Android phone successfully rooted: The glories of Framaroot

By Paul St John Mackintosh
June 3, 2015 // 2 Comments

I concluded my previous post on the travails with my Navon Mizu M500 generic Android smartphone with a gripe about still looking for a way to root my phone. Well, now I found it. Courtesy of the Framaroot application, I was able to root the phone with just one download, without using a PC, and with [...]

How to rescue an Android phone from the insufficient storage curse of death – almost

By Paul St John Mackintosh
May 30, 2015 // 4 Comments

I’m an unapologetic Android diehard, but I do find some of its foibles infuriating. One is the notorious message “insufficient storage available” or “there is insufficient space on the device” when attempting to install or update an app on the phone. This only seems to [...]

Morning Links: New $99 Kindle bundle for Kids. iOS vs. Android for e-reading apps. FCC chair’s new digital divide plan.

By David Rothman
May 29, 2015 // 3 Comments

Amazon Debuts A $99 Kindle Bundle For Kids Including An E-Reader, Cover And Warranty (Tech Crunch) This new package includes the combination of a Kindle e-reader, a durable cover, and an extended warranty on the device which protects against spills and drops. The Bundle is being sold for $99, which [...]

Morning Links: Twitter for writers, Author Earnings misleading?

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
May 15, 2015 // 0 Comments

Using Twitter to Gain Exposure as a Writer (Writers Helping Writers) Fortunately for us all, there are a multitude of opportunities to get that needed exposure today; all you need to do is sign online for many of them to open up to you. One area alone with many chances to take advantage of is the [...]

Is Android really facing a fragmentation challenge?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
May 7, 2015 // 0 Comments

A recent op-ed in Tom’s Hardware takes the view that, well: “Google Can’t Ignore The Android Update Problem Any Longer.” And this comes out concurrently with the latest Android Developers Dashboards numbers on the distribution of everybody’s (barring a few [...]

Tor and BitLit offer discounted e-books to print book owners

By Chris Meadows
May 4, 2015 // 0 Comments

Tor has just announced it will be using BitLit to make DRM-free e-books of TorForge titles available at a discount to people who can prove they own the physical version of the book. It joins HarperCollins, which began using the program last year. BitLit is an iOS or Android smartphone app that [...]

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, particularly Wi-Fi support. “Now Android Wear supports watches with built-in Wi-Fi,” states the [...]

OnePlus One phone available to all, OnePlus Two to follow

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

The OnePlus initiative, previously covered in Teleread, was a bid to create a smarter, better Android-based smartphone that has achieved some success and quite a few fans, with some commentators claiming that its debut OnePlus One model put Google’s own Nexus phones completely in the shade. [...]

Oyster stands out from the crowd with newly created ebook store

By Susan Lulgjuraj
April 9, 2015 // 1 Comment

Oyster’s new e-book store is a logical step in the company’s progression – especially to compete against Amazon. This addition is direct competition to Amazon because it offers readers everything they need in one app. Oyster already boasts more than one million books through its subscription [...]

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