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  • Opinion: Kobo, Nook Newcomers vs. Kindle: Chart

    The e-reader field is getting more crowded.

  • Opinion: Dirt-Cheap E-Readers: How Low Can They Go?

    The $100 e-reader is already here but there's even better days ahead because the $50 e-reader isn't far off.

  • Opinion: Hold the half-baked hardware

    How much should you pay for a laptop? And how much do you want to fork out? The latter is probably a lot less than the figure you mentally answered in response to my first question, but the correlation between the two is important.

  • Opinion: Samsung's E-Reader Screens Boast 16.7 Million Colors

    Much of the buzz coming out of the SID Display Week 2011 International Symposium conference in Los Angeles this week is about high-resolution screens for tablets capable of 2560-by-1600 resolution -- five times that of the iPad's 1024-by-768 display. But Samsung, makers of those eye-popping screens, also unveiled new e-reader screens that use the colored oils of "electrowetting" and can show up to 16.7 million colors.

  • Opinion: Nook Color App Store Hits 1 Million Downloads in a Week

    Barnes & Noble announced Monday that he Nook Color App Store has reached the 1 million-download milestone. While that isn't much compared to the Android Marketplace or Apple's App Store, it's important to remember that the Nook Color accomplished this feat with a limited selection of apps and within just one week after the Barnes & Noble rolled out its over-the-air software update to its e-readers, allowing users to download additional apps.

  • Opinion: New Nook E-Reader Expected to Debut May 24

    Barnes & Noble will bring a new Nook to the e-reader wars later this month, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • Opinion: Amazon Tablet In 2011? Now We're Talking

    The world of tablets is about to get very interesting.

  • Opinion: Fit for purpose

    Who would deny that the hottest topic in consumer electronics right now is the tablet PC? And since there’s only one tablet PC onsale that – in my opinion, anyway – fulfils the description ‘fit for purpose’, we must inevitably turn toward the iPad.

  • Opinion: Tablet tumbleweed

    It must be a sign of either indolence or incompetence in the computer industry that there’s so much vapourware these days. To explain, here’s a précis of the computer revolution that has hit the trade over the past 12 months

  • Opinion: Will 2011 be the year of the iPad 2?

    At the beginning of March Apple announced its second tablet. What caught many people off guard was that the iPad 2 was not ‘coming in three months’ or ‘coming this summer’, but coming ready or not – almost immediately, in fact.

  • Opinion: There's something in the air

    This year’s Mobile World Congress show in February was noticeable for being about the clamour to become the ‘other’ triumphant tablet alongside the Apple iPad. It was also the first tradeshow at which smartphones officially reigned supreme.

  • Opinion: Microsoft makes a bid for your living room

    The battle for the remote control is a staple of family life. Throw a games console into the mix and older family members can find themselves consigned to the spare room. But because the living room TV is the gateway to the digital home, today’s ‘gaming device’ is tomorrow’s gesture- and voice-controlled media centre.

  • Opinion: In praise of the digital world

    A new year has begun, and it’s fair to say that one device more than any other ruled the roost over the past 12 months. The Apple iPad outdid even the iPhone in terms of speed of adoption. Not only that, but the interest in devices of the iPad’s ilk meant that dozens of tablet PCs were hastily produced and a whole new market was born.

  • Opinion: Opinion: An iPad for everyone, they're just not all iPads

    Apple's iPad is a success. The speed with which Apple flogged a million units of its sugar-coated 9.7in tablet PC was unprecedented, and anyone who's visited a US hotel recently will have thrilled at the site of business titans hanging around the lobby to get online. (Note to hoteliers: the iPad has no ethernet port. Give the rooms wireless.)

  • Opinion: Getting over gadget guilt

    A gadget used to be a mere plaything; a toy. Diverting for a while, if unlikely to take over your life in the way that iPhones and BlackBerries command their owners’ attention. But the gadget’s role has changed.

  • Opinion: The three screens

    Last year Microsoft was trumpeting the concept of ‘three screens and a cloud’ to inspire its customers to look for money-making opportunities beyond desktop PC culture. (Remember, Microsoft’s main customers are not really consumers, but the PC hardware manufacturing companies that it persuades to preinstall its Windows software.)

  • Opinion: PCs with the personal touch

    There’s something very satisfying about the creative process. No matter that the finished object isn’t as polished or slick as a similar one you could buy from a shop; the act of creation and lavishing attention on assembly is rewarding in itself.

  • Opinion: Geeks bearing gifts

    If the first PC battle became entrenched into a divide between two proprietary desktop systems, the next will be in mobile computing.

  • Opinion: iPad demand high and rising

    As Google lays the smack down against Apple at day two of its I/O conference, a series of positive reports show us Apple's runaway success with the iPad.

  • Opinion: Will Kindle Android App Hurt Kindle Sales?

    Friends, readers, Kindlemen: allow me to pose a question. If you could get digital books on the smartphone you already carry, would you still buy a dedicated e-reader?



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