Do you think the BBC should stay publicly funded?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
September 23, 2015 // 0 Comments

A poll held by the UK’s Radio Times, the longstanding companion listings magazine for the BBC, has garnered massive support for Britain’s Best-loved Company remaining a publicly funded institution supported by a television license fee. According to Radio Times, almost 9,000 respondents [ on]

Manufacturers don’t want us to repair TVs or e-readers

By Chris Meadows
September 13, 2015 // 6 Comments

A few days ago, the Wall Street Journal ran an article on a subject near and dear to my heart, and of some degree of relevance to TeleRead readers, too. After all, you’re more likely than most to be using modern electronic gadgets. The Wall Street Journal points out that the problem with those [ on]

Asus VivoStick puts a desktop in your pocket

By Chris Meadows
September 3, 2015 // 2 Comments

Computers have been getting smaller, but phones and tablets aren’t the only beneficiaries. ASUS has come up with a nifty little computer in the form factor of a stick you can carry in your pocket. It has 2GB of RAM, 32 GB of storage, a Bay Trail Atom processor, and two USB ports, making it [ on]

Clive Barker’s Imajica to be televised

By Paul St John Mackintosh
November 25, 2014 // 1 Comment

According to a podcast from movie industry commentary series Hollywood Babble-On, as relayed by the JoBlo Movie Network, Clive Barker’s Imajica is to be adapted for television by Josh Boone, director of The Fault in Our Stars, who is also working on the TV adaptation of Stephen King’s [ on]

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 [ on]

The 'Future' of Entertainment Looks a Lot Like 1995

By Joanna Cabot
July 21, 2013 // 4 Comments

This weekend, we hit a milestone in my household: the Beloved finally got sick enough of the limited selection on flat-rate Netflix to venture into the pay-per-movie world of the iTunes Store, which we can access on the bedroom television via the spiffy little Apple TV box. And … color us [ on]

Veronica Mars Novels to Follow Kickstarted Movie

By Joanna Cabot
July 16, 2013 // 0 Comments

This is the kind of media circle of life I like to see: GalleyCat is reporting that Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas plans to release some Veronica Mars novels as a follow-up to the upcoming Kickstarter-funded movie. From the article: “The books will contain completely new stories, and will [ on]

Netflix and e-books: E-media symmetries

By Chris Meadows
July 9, 2013 // 0 Comments

At first glance, this story about how Netflix is changing the nature of how Hollywood thinks about TV doesn’t seem to have a lot to do with e-books. But if you take a second look, you might notice how the service’s “celestial jukebox” nature lines up with the instant gratification and [ on]

Is this the first-ever TV commercial about e-book lending?

By Dan Eldridge
February 19, 2013 // 0 Comments

Good e-Reader ran an interesting post earlier today about Oklahoma’s Metropolitan Library System, which took the unprecedented step back in December 2012 of advertising its e-book lending services on broadcast television. According to the post, the 60-second spot was developed by the library [ on]

Amazon Kindle Fire HD One-Ups iPad Retina Screen in New Ad (Video)

By Matthew Marchesano
February 6, 2013 // 3 Comments

“You may not be able to tell the difference,” says the advertisement’s narrator, as both the iPad and the Kindle Fire HD sit side-by-side displaying the same images. “But your wallet definitely can.” Amazon’s new 30-second ad draws the comparison in screen resolution between the iPad [ on]

David Gerrold: E-books ready to begin their next evolution

By Chris Meadows
April 2, 2011 // 0 Comments

On Maximum PC, author David Gerrold slots the e-book into place as the latest member of a distinguished lineage of disruptive media that build on what came before them. Movies built on novels and Broadway plays, radio built on records and vaudeville, television built on radio, and so on. He points [ on]

Tech support reps know where the problems are

By Chris Meadows
February 24, 2011 // 6 Comments

It’s a cliché (or at least a TVTrope) that if you want to know what’s really going on in an organization, you talk to the janitors—or other people who have the same habit of being around all the time, observing people and things, without being noticed. In my current “day job” working for [ on]

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