Android Wear as your wrist solution for audiobooks – and ereading?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
October 5, 2015 // 0 Comments

The latest generation of Android Wear smartwatches are about to hit the market, with brands like Fossil and Tag Heuer now apparently boarding the platform. Some developments also suggest this could be a time to look more seriously at Android Wear’s capabilities for audiobooks – and [...]

What’s in Chris Meadows’s gadget bag?

By Chris Meadows
September 16, 2015 // 3 Comments

David did a great post about his work environment a while back, and I was thinking of doing something similar. But it occurred to me that since we’re a mobile device blog, maybe I should do something about my mobile devices first and foremost. So, I grabbed my gadget bag—the bag I pack with all [...]

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 [...]

Morning Links: What Is a Book? Pebble Time Review

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
June 17, 2015 // 0 Comments

A Book is a Book: What is a Book? (Dear Author) When you hear the word book, what comes to mind? TeleRead Take: It’s a fair question. eBooks have been challenging the question. I think about it when I “report” finished books to Goodreads. Most of the time, I don’t bother [...]

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 [...]

Weekend Links: Konrath on the Amazon debate. What do we want in a smartwatch?

By Joanna Cabot
February 22, 2015 // 1 Comment

Academy Awards 2015: Top 10 Works in WorldCat By Oscar Nominees in Five Categories (InfoDocket) More interesting (and fun) “WorldCat Mining” from the team at OCLC Research in a new “What in the WorldCat” post. *** Have We Figured Out What We Want in a Smartwatch Yet? (GigaOM) Next month [...]

LG G Pen trademark points to future of stylus writing via watch?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
December 11, 2014 // 0 Comments

An interesting trademark application under the heading “G Scrawl,” together with another one reported under the heading “LG G Pen,” suggest that LG could be taking the Anoto route and going for standalone stylus solutions that work not on a phone or tablet screen but [...]

Apple Watch shows Cupertino has lost the plot

By Paul St John Mackintosh
September 18, 2014 // 3 Comments

For anyone following the checkered history of digital wearables and smartwatches, the advent of the Apple Watch drips with bathos. It’s like watching a flabby, ageing Mr. Incredible-style former superhero lumber up for the big confrontation, only to discover it’s all over. Apple’s [...]

Android Wear rollout secures smartwatch space for Google

By Paul St John Mackintosh
March 19, 2014 // 1 Comment

The full-force all-channel multi-announcement multi-product rollout of Android Wear and its supporting devices looks to have conquered the emerging smartwatch product category. Chris Meadows tagged the emerging Google smartwatch platform as the one to watch in this space a while back, and it looks [...]

Watch out for smartwatches as form factor gets ready for prime time

By Paul St John Mackintosh
February 15, 2014 // 0 Comments

Nice concept, not quite there yet. With data on smartwatches  reported on often of late, it’s interesting to start seeing some numbers against all the buzz. According to a bulletin from International Data Group (IDG), smartwatch shipments worldwide hit 1.9 million units in 2013 for the first [...]

Apple and Google: What does the Woz say?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
November 4, 2013 // 0 Comments

Apple co-founder and latter-day peripatetic tech guru Steve Wozniak pronounced, courtesy of the BBC’s Click technology program, on how he thinks his old buddies at Apple should learn to share – as should Google, Samsung, and all the rest. “I wish everybody just did a lot of [...]

Google's WIMM Labs acquisition flags prospects for wrist e-readers

By Paul St John Mackintosh
August 31, 2013 // 0 Comments

The news that Google has quietly been the owner for a year now of smartwatch startup WIMM Labs confirms the prospects for a new generation of smart wrist devices that I highlighted earlier in TeleRead. And with Samsung’s Galaxy Gear wrist device now only days away from launch, it looks like [...]

Tablets and mobile just took a generational leap forward

By Paul St John Mackintosh
July 25, 2013 // 0 Comments

With the blogs and newswires buzzing over Google’s update of its hugely popular Nexus 7 tablet, as well as Google’s release of the new ChromeCast HDMI dongle, it’s not hard to conclude that quite a lot is happening in the world of Android. The Nexus 7 tablet, after all, was [...]

Is the Smartwatch Trend Heralding a New Type of E-Reader?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
July 18, 2013 // 1 Comment

Excitement over the new trend toward smartwatches seems to be reaching a crescendo, with Apple’s rumored iWatch supposedly due to debut in 2014, while Sony brings out the latest generation of its less-than-rhapsodically-received Android SmartWatch series, startup Pebble retails its own [...]

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