Paperwhite is what you read in the dark

By Chris Meadows
October 1, 2015 // 4 Comments

I can already tell that this Kindle Paperwhite is going to be bad for my insomnia. Or good for it. Either way, it can do something my old Kindle Touch never could: read in bed, at night, with the lights out. Yes, it’s a little thing, and it’s something I could do already with my tablets. But it [...]

Kindle Paperwhite first use: Dim room reading

By Chris Meadows
September 23, 2015 // 2 Comments

So, today I went down to my favorite local brewpub for lunch and, before the arrival of and after finishing my wings, I read the first chapter of Lies My Teacher Told Me on my new Paperwhite. It was a remarkable success. Thanks to the backlighting, I was able to read perfectly well in the dim [...]

You can repair your own Kindle Fire…but would you want to?

By Chris Meadows
September 15, 2015 // 2 Comments

Apropos of my article about how manufacturers don’t want you to repair complicated electronics, it’s worth noting that doesn’t stop a lot of aftermarket repair vendors. Today on my Facebook, a Baen barfly posted a link to a rather impressive 28-minute video how-to going into detail on how to [...]

New smartwatch will put affordable braille e-reading on wrists

By Chris Meadows
August 3, 2015 // 1 Comment

A new smartwatch, the Dot, is coming out, with timepiece, navigation, fitness tracking, and other functions—but instead of the usual smartwatch display, this one is a set of rising and falling pins to display in braille. With a 10-hour battery life, the watch is scheduled start taking pre-orders [...]

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 [...]

What? Robots threaten ME? Here’s how I’d use one to write TeleRead posts

By David Rothman
June 7, 2015 // 0 Comments

Nate got it right when he said journalists should spend less time worrying about robots and more time figuring out how to befriend the silicon. Human/bot collaborations, anyone? He mentioned the use of robots to write up the basics when earthquakes struck L.A.—followed by in-depth reporting [...]

Adobe Digital Editions 4.0 tells Adobe what books you’re reading

By Chris Meadows
October 7, 2014 // 0 Comments

Yesterday, Nate broke quite a story over on The Digital Reader about Adobe Digital Editions 4.0 sending information in the clear about the e-books you read. It got picked up by The Passive Voice, Ars Technica, GigaOm, TechDirt, Slashdot, BoingBoing, the list goes on and on. Congrats on the scoop, [...]

Smartphone size no obstacle to long reading

By Chris Meadows
August 5, 2014 // 4 Comments

Hey, guess what? People read on their smartphones. That’s the thrust of a piece in Wired that talks about how the smartphone has been a godsend for long-form written journalism. Where people used to read their newspapers on the subway, now they read their smartphones—and despite the predictions [...]

Photos of Amazon 3D, 6-camera smartphone prototype surface

By Chris Meadows
April 15, 2014 // 0 Comments

There goes Amazon, changing the game again. I’ve noticed that when Amazon introduces its own spin on an already-established device, it likes to add some new and different feature from right out of left field to distinguish itself from the competition. With e-readers, it was the free 3G service to [...]

Jo Walton, converted e-reader skeptic

By Chris Meadows
March 6, 2014 // 0 Comments

One interesting benefit of still being in the early days of the e-book age is that you get to see a lot of converted-skeptic stories. Holdouts are converting all the time. One of those is’s Jo Walton, who picked up an e-reader a couple of years ago and writes about two major ways in which [...]

Google releases Chromecast SDK

By Chris Meadows
February 4, 2014 // 0 Comments

Ars Technica reports that Google has finally issued a public SDKpublic SDK (software development kit) for its Chromecast HDMI TV dongle, meaning that for the first time, coders of random audio and video playing apps for Android, iOS, or the Chrome browser will be able to incorporate Chromecasting [...]

Baen’s new mobile site and app show promise

By Chris Meadows
December 23, 2013 // 1 Comment

Today I was reminded that Baen has a mobile version of its website and mobile apps under development. I’ve been trying out the Android version, which can be found in the “Baen Mobile” forum on the Baen Bar. It offers some interesting features, but is a bit rough and unpolished as of yet—it [...]

UPS driver throws Android tablet away on delivery

By Chris Meadows
December 16, 2013 // 1 Comment

Sometimes you just can’t make this stuff up. CNet has the story of a UPS driver who was delivering an Archos 7 Android tablet to a house with a steep, iced-over driveway. Rather than attempting to walk up to the door and put it in a safe place, he left the tablet in the trash can at the base of [...]

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