Fairphone: Your ethical choice for smartphone ereading?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
October 2, 2015 // 0 Comments

TeleRead readers may have seen reports about the Fairphone, a new smartphone concept created to support “better ways of doing business that aim to inspire the entire industry.” From design through raw materials to manufacture, “from conflict-free minerals to fair factory wages, [...]

Vodafone Smart Speed 6: The ideal cheapo ereading smartphone for Europe?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
October 1, 2015 // 0 Comments

Vodafone has a track record of producing cheap, well-specced phones and even tablets that can be ideal first choices for users. And many British and European users will be tempted by the Vodafone Smart Speed 6, just announced with an impressively low price tag. In the UK, it’s on offer for [...]

A tablet is not a smartphone

By Chris Meadows
September 5, 2015 // 2 Comments

What’s the difference between a smartphone and a tablet? If you consider how similar the operating systems are and how many applications are available for both devices, you might not think there is so much—but as ClickTale web psychologist Liraz Margalit, PhD., writes in a guest column on [...]

Pocket-sized screens are in again: The rise of smartphone e-reading

By Chris Meadows
August 13, 2015 // 1 Comment

Everything old is new again. Jennifer Maloney at the Wall Street Journal has just noticed that more and more people seem to like reading on little tiny pocket-sized devices. Of course, those devices are now smartphones rather than Palm Pilots or iPod Touches, but the principle remains the same. A [...]

Cell phone Internet comes to half the world

By Chris Meadows
July 14, 2015 // 0 Comments

The digital divide is shrinking, TechCrunch points out. 94% of the world’s population receives a cell phone signal of some kind. 48% of the world’s population has cellular Internet service available to them. 28% of the world’s population has subscribed to that Internet service. Those figures [...]

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 is: The Dominator

By Paul St John Mackintosh
February 27, 2015 // 0 Comments

Forget Fifty Shades of Grey – how about Fifty Flavors of Lloyd? Yes, if you want to see a dominant force cracking its whip over the supine global smartphone market, Android in IDC’s latest Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker is the one you want to catch. According to the IDC [...]

Ubuntu Phone sadly delayed yet again

By Paul St John Mackintosh
December 23, 2014 // 0 Comments

I’ve been a loyal and – mostly – contented user of Ubuntu, the free open-source Linux-based OS produced by Canonical that’s one of the most popular Linux distributions available. And I have not been a casualty of the controversy and factional faceoff over its new Unity GUI [...]

Xiaomi heads for the big time with $1 billion capital raise

By Paul St John Mackintosh
December 22, 2014 // 0 Comments

A Xiaomi smartphone looks like an increasingly safe bet for your next ereading device: the Chinese smartphone manufacturer has just scored $1 billion in a fundraising round that values the entire company at $45 billion, according to a source quoted by the Wall Street Journal. Participants in the [...]

The whole world gets smart as Gartner data shows smartphone market growth

By Paul St John Mackintosh
December 17, 2014 // 0 Comments

The latest data on the global mobile phone market from Gartner shows smartphones reaching new levels of penetration and cannibalizing other mobile phone segments in the third quarter of 2014. Against a background of overall flat mobile phone sales during the quarter, “sales of smartphones to [...]

YotaPhone 2 slated to debut soon

By Paul St John Mackintosh
November 19, 2014 // 0 Comments

YotaPhone recently tweeted news of a press event in London: “#YotaPhone2 will be presented December 3! We will celebrate with a by-invitation only event in London – stay tuned!” accompanying it with a beautiful picture of this now-almost-mythical device. Now almost mythical [...]

Vsenn can stand against Project Ara as a modular platform?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
November 7, 2014 // 0 Comments

A new modular smartphone project – albeit one based on vanilla Android – has emerged with the advent of Finnish startup Vsenn, whose mission statement is “to give everyone the power to create their perfect smartphone by using modular and upgradable hardware.” How far this [...]

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