Are Fire six-packs meant for education? I doubt it

By Chris Meadows
September 26, 2015 // 4 Comments

Might the six-pack of $50 Fire tablets be Amazon’s way of slipping into the education market via the back door? The Motley Fool’s Adam Levy thinks so, pointing out that schools have been making more and more use of tablets lately, but iPads are just so expensive and schools do have limited [...]

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 [...]

The Adonit Jot Pro tops The Wirecutter’s best tablet stylus list

By Chris Meadows
September 21, 2015 // 0 Comments

What stylus should you get for your tablet use? I personally haven’t found styluses too useful yet, but maybe I just haven’t tried the right one. The Wirecutter has an extremely long and intensive article going into the results of testing 15 different styluses over the course of 13 hours to [...]

Which micro SD card should you get for the Fire?

By Chris Meadows
September 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

If you’re getting a Fire tablet—or any other tablet or phone with a micro SD slot—and want to add some external memory, you may be wondering just what type of SD card to get. You might notice how some of them have speed class numbers on them, and maybe you wonder what those mean, and which [...]

Is a $220 calculator any more ridiculous than a $50 tablet?

By Chris Meadows
September 19, 2015 // 0 Comments

Would you buy a $220 desk calculator? Wired’s Brian Barrett would—or, at least, doesn’t think it’s as ridiculous an idea as it sounds on the face of it. In a clever essay, Barrett uses the $50 Fire tablet and the $220 Casio S100 calculator, two devices announced within days of each other, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Enterprise use will drive sales of larger tablet, report says

By Chris Meadows
August 27, 2015 // 1 Comment

Tablet sales in the usual size are on the wane as larger smartphones eat into their marketshare—but business uses are going to drive sales of larger tablets, says a new report by Strategy Analytics. The report suggests large tablet sales will have nearly doubled by the end of 2015, what with the [...]

Rumor: Amazon is Planning a 12" Tablet

By Nate Hoffelder, editor of The Digital Reader
August 25, 2015 // 1 Comment

Digitimes is adding fuel to the speculation over new Amazon hardware. The Kitty Kelley of tech reporting revealed this morning that Amazon is working on a new larger tablet. Citing unnamed sources, Digitimes told us that Amazon is also planning a 12″ tablet. They didn’t say which [...]

Kurio Smart Windows tablet offers plenty of power for homework, games

By Chris Meadows
August 24, 2015 // 0 Comments

Tablets for kids seem to be a new big thing, what with Amazon coming out with its Fire HD Kids Edition. Gizmag has a story about the new Kurio Smart, a Surface-like 8.9” Windows tablet with detachable keyboard designed to help kids do their homework as well as just game. The Smart will come with [...]

Intel and Microsoft work on two-in-one tablets

By Chris Meadows
August 21, 2015 // 0 Comments

Two-in-one tablets seem to be the order of the day for Microsoft and Intel. ITProPortal has a story about Microsoft assisting developers creating dual-boot tablets that will run both Android 5 and Windows 10. So far, only Chinese manufacturers seem to be involved, though ASUS has shown interest in [...]

Amazon knocks $30 off 6” Fire HD & Fire HD Kids Edition, August 17 only

By Chris Meadows
August 17, 2015 // 4 Comments

Today (August 17) only, Amazon has put its Fire HD 6 with Special Offers on sale for $30 off the regular price. You can pay $69 to get the 6” version, or $119 to get the ruggedized Kids Edition. You can use the “Configure and Add to Cart” button on the right side of the screen to double the [...]

The easiest way to break in your new tablet—for work, fun or mixes of the two

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
August 3, 2015 // 0 Comments

So you’ve bought that shiny new tablet and fired it up. Now what? You’ve got a bunch of app icons, and you know it should be a great tool. But how do you learn to use it? This article assumes you’re new to the tablet world. If you’ve changed operating systems, like moving from an iPad to an [...]

Making the Switch from Laptop to Tablet

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
July 15, 2015 // 8 Comments

I was meeting with a client recently, and she was admiring my iPad + Bluetooth keyboard combination. She pulled a massive laptop out of her bag and said she’d been meaning to make the switch from her laptop to her new iPad. We got to talking about what was involved in making the switch from [...]

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