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More Peripherals Opinion

  • Opinion: Kindle Fire Teardown Pegs Price at $209.63

    A teardown of Amazon's Kindle Fire revealed that the total cost of building one tablet is $10 more expensive than the price of the device, which means that, for a while at least, it'll be selling at a loss. But that's exactly what Amazon wants.

  • Opinion: Copy files from your Mac to your Kindle

    After I detailed the ins and outs of the new generation of Kindles on Thursday, I got a letter from Macworld reader Gerald A. Wingrove, who is intrigued by the Kindle but unclear how it works with his Mac. Since this is Macworld, after all, I thought it was worth a refresher about how the Kindle and the Mac interact. Gerald writes:

  • 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: 3D Printing Helps Create Cool, Intricate Sculptures

    The power of 3D printing has brought many great projects to life--just look at the delicious chocolate printer, or perhaps the machine capable of printing out blood vessels. 3D printing is even becoming useful in the arts, as the quirky Crania Anatomica Filigre project by Joshua Harker proves.

  • 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: Fanny Wang Headsets Big Hits with NFL Big Hitters

    If the steady line of autograph-hungry Fanny Wang headset fans at a Manhattan electronics store was any indication, these new bass-boosting over-the-ear headsets may give Monster Cable's DJ-friendly Beats by Dr. Dre headset a run for its money. At least that's what Fanny Wang CEO Tim Hickman hopes.

  • 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: Printable Blood Vessels Are Here

    Earlier this year, a group of researchers at Cornell University began to explore how 3D printing could be used to create replacement body parts, and said that it might be possible within 20 years. But the BioRap project may have beaten the projection by a good 19 years. Sort of.

  • Opinion: YouTube Video That Captured Senior Moments Goes Viral

    Webcams are not only hip for young people, but they also can be good for seniors even if they don't know how to use them.

  • Opinion: Nonsense: Of Course PS Vita's Not Hitting the US Dec. 31

    It seems some in the media are comfortable speculating about the PS Vita's release date yet this year, right up to the point of phony baloney headlines based on obvious non sequiturs. ZDNet noticed Amazon's placeholder release date--December 31, 2011--for the PlayStation Vita and Wii U after reading a bizarrely straight-faced Washington Post story, and decided, well, that it was newsworthy...in the face of overwhelming evidence (and official word) otherwise.

  • 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: Japan Gets PlayStation Vita First

    When will the PS Vita launch in the U.S. or Europe or anywhere that isn't Japan? We still have no idea, but according to Sony, Sony's PS3-like portable game system will debut in he Land of the Rising Sun on December 17 with 26 launch titles. The Vita 3G version--Sony's selling one with, one without--will also run on NTT DoCoMo's cellular network.

  • Opinion: Monitor Sales Keep Plummeting as Mobile Takes Over

    In case you didn't realize, the rise of laptops and tablets have put a serious dent in the sale of standalone PC monitors. And now sales are declining at a faster rate than they had been in recent years.

  • Opinion: HP Rolls Out Printers, 3D Scanning, Better Cloud Printing

    On Thursday, HP announced 13 new printers and scanners, many of which target the small and midsize business market. This new range of printers and scanners emphasizes Web-connected printing and advanced scanning.

  • 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.



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