Consumer electronics

The CEA's Gary Shapiro to host a Reddit AMA tomorrow

By Dan Eldridge
February 25, 2013 // 0 Comments

The modern phenomenon known as the Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) session is perhaps a perfect example of the sort of knowledge acquisition that is only possible because of the Internet. But you know that already. Here’s something you probably don’t know: A gentleman by the name of Gary [...]

More tablet/netbook hybrids on the way, but what to call them?

By libertyc
January 29, 2011 // 5 Comments

Plenty of hybrid tablet/laptop devices are on their way. Dan Ackerman on CNet reports on four prototypes that were shown at CES—tablets with keyboards that flip out from behind, or slide out of hidden slots, and so on. These could offer the benefit of tablets for easy reading and net surfing, [...]

Over 80 tablets shown at CES this year

By libertyc
January 6, 2011 // 5 Comments

The Consumer Electronics Show is on, and the RSS feeds are being flooded by scads of posts about this or that new tablet or e-reader. If I tried to cover all of them, I could be here all night. In fact, PC Magazine reports that over 80 tablets are going to be shown at the CES this year, many of [...]

CNet rounds up CES e-readers, their current states

By libertyc
December 13, 2010 // 0 Comments

CNet has another one of those year-end retrospective articles that start popping up around this time. This one looks at the scads of e-book readers that were introduced in the Consumer Electronics Show in January, and follows up to find out what happened to them all. What do I mean by “scads”? [...]

iPad has fastest adoption rate ever

By libertyc
October 5, 2010 // 0 Comments

CNBC’s Fast Money has more good iPad news: Bernstein Research reports that the iPad is becoming the fastest-adopted non-phone consumer technology ever, selling three million units in the first 80 days and now about 4.5 million units per quarter. For comparison, the DVD—previously cited as one [...]

Is this the time to take the plunge? New reading devices appear

By libertyc
September 7, 2010 // 18 Comments

Within the last 60 days there has been a bevy of announcements of new ereading devices. Amazon announced what is popularly called the Kindle 3 and Sony has announced 3 new models — the 350, 650, and 950. How far behind other makers will be is hard to tell, but the upcoming holiday season should [...]

Sony, Sony – wherefore art thou?

By libertyc
August 12, 2010 // 29 Comments

  The “big” news ebook reading devices recently has been Amazon’s new Kindles with their Pearl screen. OK, ebookers got the point: Amazon is moving right along in its attempt to capture the wallets of all ebookers. Which raises the question, here in the United States, “Sony, Sony (and [...]

iPod Touch or Kindle for kids: extravagant or practical?

By libertyc
August 1, 2010 // 1 Comment

A recent exchange on a message board I frequent led me to a surprising realization: there is a demand for ebook readers even for very young children, and it might not be a device maker that wins this niche at all. It might be a peripheral maker. Here’s why. The initial poster was looking for [...]

Round up of electronic readers

By libertyc
September 11, 2009 // 0 Comments

Kindle Review has a summary, with comments, on seemingly all available, and rumored, ereaders. It makes an excellent reference. Covered are Dell, Asus, Sony, Kindle, Foxit, Neolux, Azbooka, Hanlin, BeBook, Cool-er, Samsung, Bookeen, Onyx, Hanlin, Pocketbook, txtr, Plastic Logic, Apple, Netronix, [...]

Two weeks with a Sony PRS-700: Audio, and ‘adios’

By libertyc
June 10, 2009 // 1 Comment

And now I come to the end of my two-week experiment with the Sony Reader PRS-700. It’s been interesting, and I’ll have some last thoughts on the whole experience after the jump. But as I was getting ready to package the device up, I realized there was one last function that I hadn’t tested [...]

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