Khan Academy releases an Android application

By Chris Meadows
September 25, 2015 // 0 Comments

We first mentioned Khan Academy in 2011. An innovative education program, it started when Salman Khan, a triple-MIT graduate with a Harvard MBA, started creating educational YouTube videos while tutoring his cousins, and found they were so popular that he began making more and more of them, on many [...]

Yale gets into the VHS age

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 20, 2015 // 2 Comments

The Yale University Library and its Information Technology Services division has now assembled, as part of its Film Study Center’s Video Collection, an archive of over 6500 VHS tapes that form a homage to the age of scuzz. Thanks to the diligent work of Yale librarian David Gary, scholars and [...]

Amazon Prime Streaming Music is terrific for Prime subscribers

By Chris Meadows
June 17, 2014 // 6 Comments

Juli gave her review of Amazon Prime Music yesterday. Now I’ll have my say. First of all, as Slate and the Verge point out in their reviews, Amazon Prime Streaming Music is not a Pandora or Spotify killer, and it’s not meant to be. It really isn’t even a new service at all, so much as an [...]

Have you ever been ‘vidnapped’? A new term defines our times

By Dan Bloom
January 14, 2014 // 1 Comment

In criminal law, a ”kidnapping” is, of course, the taking away or transportation of a person against that person’s will, usually to hold the person in false imprisonment — and sometimes to demand a ransom. But in the online world of viral videos, a new term has surfaced, and [...]

Blockbuster closes its last stores – is this the future for Barnes & Noble?

By Chris Meadows
November 6, 2013 // 0 Comments

Big news all over the net today: Blockbuster Video (now a sub-brand of Dish Network) is closing its last 300 corporate-owned stores, and shutting down its DVD-rental-by-mail program. 50 franchised stores will remain open for the time being, but the writing is probably on the wall for them too. [...]

Morning Roundup: E-Books and print bundling; the copyright monopoly; more

By Joanna Cabot
September 16, 2013 // 0 Comments

Video Isn’t Breaking the Internet, the Industry Giants Are (GigaOM) Video isn’t breaking the web, the way that the web’s biggest players are trying to optimize their costs at the expense of the best consumer experience is. *** At What Point Will the Next Generation Kill the Copyright [...]

Is The Main Street Trading Company Scotland’s best bookshop?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
August 24, 2013 // 0 Comments

Deep in the heart of Walter Scott country, between his own-built architectural fantasy at Abbotsford House, his favorite vantage point at Scott’s View, and his last resting place at Dryburgh Abbey, I chanced across The Main Street Trading Company—voted Independent Bookseller of the Year 2012 [...]

Bill Gates, Nathan Myhrvold seek patent to convert text to video

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

Need an imagination? There’s an app for that. Or soon will be. Among the wackier wheezes worked up lately to improve on plain old Mark One printed text is a patent application filed by Bill Gates, Nathan Myhrvold, and a bunch of other Washington State dreamers to autoconvert text to video. [...]

Netflix Finally Adding Profiles

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
August 1, 2013 // 2 Comments

Oh happy day! We’ve been cord cutters relying on Netflix for years, and yes, our son in college is one of those “digital moochers” that Joanna wrote about earlier this year. Unfortunately, my son, husband and I all have different tastes in movies, and Netflix offers me up some [...]

Accessory Review: Snugg iPad 4 Executive Case Cover and Flip Stand

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
July 29, 2013 // 1 Comment

[easyazon-image align=”right” asin=”B007BZOGLG” locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”” width=”160″] Snugg contacted me last week about sending me one of their cases to [...]

Google’s New Nexus 7 Tab Will Get You Some Tail (Video)

By Matthew Marchesano
July 24, 2013 // 2 Comments

Say it with me: Tech is sexy. Feels a bit weird, right? But hey, I’m not the first to say it—I even felt a bit squeamish when I first heard a friend’s reaction to the form factor of a certain mobile device as such. You see this with car enthusiasts, treating their prized ‘whips’ like [...]

Video: How To Turn Off Popular Highlights on Kindle

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
July 23, 2013 // 0 Comments

It’s a common question from a new Kindle owner. “What are all these underlines, and how do I get rid of them?” Well, let’s start with what they are. Amazon keeps track of words and phrases that are commonly highlighted and displays them, if you choose to view them. If [...]

How to read a physical book (video)

By Susan Lulgjuraj
July 7, 2013 // 2 Comments

“You may have read books on an e-reader or an app, but today we will look at what a physical book is and walk you through exactly how to read one,” Commer says in her video, which we’ve embedded for you below. There may come a time when Hilary Commer’s “how to” video could actually [...]

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