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  • Opinion: Apple's iPhone Event: 5 Things to Watch For

    Apple's iPhone event on Tuesday is about more than just new hardware. The company is at a crossroads, with Steve Jobs out as CEO and with big changes coming to iOS via iCloud. Apple watchers will want to pay close attention, because whatever happens on Tuesday will have greater implications beyond the iPhone 5.

  • Opinion: The iPod Classic is Headed to the Tech Dustbin

    Ten years ago in October, Apple announced a game-changing device: the $400 5GB iPod Classic. This Tuesday the iPod Classic (now $250 with 160GB storage), with its signature click wheel design and massive storage capacity, is rumored to play its last digital tune. All signs point to Apple discontinuing iPod Classic as it focuses on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.

  • Opinion: Kindle Touch Looks Like a Winner at $99

    Lost in Wednesday's Kindle Fire hoopla was the fact that Amazon also launched three new e-readers: the $79 Kindle; $99 Kindle Touch; and $149 Kindle Touch 3G. Unlike their predecessors, which Amazon will continue to sell (for now), none of the new models have a physical keyboard.

  • Opinion: RIP iPod? Not So Fast

    As the iPod’s 10-year anniversary looms next month, some are preparing to say goodbye to the popular media player credited for boosting Apple’s fortunes over the past decade. But don’t shed a tear for the iPod. Even though the line has not received any groundbreaking updates lately, the iPod lives on in Apple’s touchscreen devices.

  • Opinion: Kobo Pulse: eReading is Sharing

    If you're afraid you're not sharing enough of your daily activities with your online friends, here's another chance to get social...with books.

  • Opinion: Tagg Keeps Your Pets Safe with GPS and Mobile Technology

    If you're a pet owner, you've probably experienced that moment of dread when you come home and your dog or cat isn't anywhere to be found. Don't you wish you could send them a text and ask them where they are? It might sound ridiculous, but a new gadget coming can almost let you do just that. The Tagg Pet Tracker by Snaptracs, a subsidiary of Qualcomm, uses the power of GPS and mobile technologies to help you keep track of your furry friends.

  • Opinion: Amazon Fire tablet vs Apple iPad - no contest

    The Amazon Kindle tablet is no iPad killer. By all accounts it's not even a proper Android tablet.

  • Opinion: You Can Now Borrow Kindle Books from Libraries

    In a surprise move Wednesday, Amazon announced that 11,000 libraries throughout the United States are now able to loan books to Amazon Kindles. While libraries have been able to lend e-books to readers for some time now, this is the first time they've been able to do it in the Kindle format.

  • Opinion: Local Deals Come to Amazon Kindle With Special Offers

    You're sitting on a park bench, Kindle by your side. Suddenly an ad flashes on the screen: Skydiving Lessons with Brazilian Wax--75 Percent Off! Naturally, you buy the deal on the spot, bargain hunter than you are.

  • Opinion: Amazon's Color Slate: Tablet or eReader?

    It reportedly runs Android, has a 7-inch color touchscreen, and carries a boatload of hooks into Amazon's online content. Some pundits are calling it a potential iPad killer--heady praise for a product that hasn't been announced. But given its expected feature set, is Amazon's new slate a tablet or an e-reader?

  • Opinion: Kindle DX: When Does the Fire Sale Start?

    Amazon seems to be making all the right moves lately. Its Kindle e-reader, both the Wi-Fi and 3G versions, is a perennial best-seller in the online retailer's store, although Amazon remains shy about releasing exact sales figures. And reports of its upcoming (if unannounced) tablet device are very positive, indicating that Amazon may be the first serious challenger to the Apple iPad in the tablet biz.

  • Opinion: iWallet Transforms Old iPod Into Geeky Money Holder

    Say hello to the iWallet! Now wait--this isn't a blog post about Apple's entry into mobile payment systems; instead it's something a little more homemade. Instructables user David Moss (AKA ElementSpirits) took his old busted iPod and transformed it into a usable wallet--complete with a peek-through window where the LCD screen once was.

  • Opinion: Nook Color 2 Coming This Month?

    Barnes & Noble's Nook Color e-reader has proven to be a favorite among consumers and critics alike. With its 7-inch capacitive touchscreen and Android 2.1 operating system, it blurs the boundaries between e-reader and tablet. In fact, with a few simple hacks, it functions as a capable Android tablet.

  • Opinion: New Kindle Feature Lets You Ask Authors Questions

    Why did the beautiful CIA operative seduce the handsome yet ruthless former KGB agent in Chapter Four? And why didn't the mysterious clairvoyant use her psychic powers to pinpoint the serial killer's location?

  • Opinion: The best gadgets of summer 2011

    Summer isn't always the best time to report on new tech: with many people either holidaying or having already bought their holiday gear, summer launches can often be overlooked. Not so some of the products that were unveiled or first went onsale this July. Here's our round-up of the best gadgets of the month.

  • Opinion: Borders Will Be Liquidated, Kobo To Continue

    With the news that Borders plans to liquidate and close all of its stores--including former mall staple Waldenbooks--another brick-and-mortar bookseller went dark today. Borders has made many stumbles, and surely its numerous missteps in the digital era will be the subject of many a case study in business schools. The customers who bought Borders e-books via Kobo Books look set, but a bigger question remains as to how the loss of Borders will impact Kobo.

  • Opinion: If e-readers destroyed high-street bookshops, they have only themselves to blame

    What's the difference between bookselling giants Amazon and Barns & Noble on the one hand, and Borders and WH Smith on the other? Simple: you have never yet seen a WH Smith- or a Borders-branded e-reader. And you never will.

  • Opinion: Harry Potter Finally Enters E-Book Realm

    Little Harry Potter is all grown up, and finally the best-selling series of novels will be available in e-book format available on e-book readers including the Kindle, Nook, and Sony's Reader Daily Edition.

  • Opinion: Touchscreen Nook Rooted, Gets Angry Birds, Fails

    Sometimes, hacks work. Sometimes they don't. A great example of this the Barnes & Noble Nook--the Nook Color's resulted in a lot of hacking fun, but the new E-Ink-touchscreen Nook isn't succumbing to hacking as easily.

  • Opinion: Hack Gets MeeGo Onto Nook Color, Runs Seriously Well

    The Nook Color getting hacked isn't exactly new--there are plenty of Nook Color hacks now, from installing different versions of Android to improving battery life or storage space. It's pretty exciting, then, when someone tests out a totally different OS, that also looks quite impressive on the Barnes & Noble e-reader.



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