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  • Opinion: E-Reader Wars: $99 Kobo Challenges Barnes & Noble, Amazon

    Joining the likes of Barnes & Noble and Amazon, Kobo is the latest company to offer a touch e-reader priced less than $100. The news comes just in time for the holiday shopping season which analysts predict will see e-readers flying off the shelves.

  • Opinion: Kindle Fire: What the Critics are Saying

    Gadget gurus have been testing out Amazon's Kindle Fire media tablet ahead of the device's Tuesday ship date and the consensus is that it's a solid alternative to the iPad for some environments. The Fire even matches the device when it comes to breadth of downloadable content to put on the new tablet, thanks to Amazon's wealth of digital content, including e-books, movies, television shows, Android apps, and, of course, e-books.

  • Opinion: Facebook 'Idiot's Guide' Inadvertently Makes Case for E-Books

    No one likes being called an idiot, even though plenty of people feel like one from time to time. That feeling, though, has been a rich vein for the Penguin Group, publisher of the popular "Idiot's Guide" series of books. However, with the rise of the Internet and, more importantly, electronic books, idiots interested in the dead-tree versions of these kinds of guides may be harder to find in the future.

  • Opinion: Apple: Original iPod Nanos Can Heat Up

    Apple has added another issue to be concerned with to the battery woes in some of its most popular hand-held devices -- overheating.

  • Opinion: Report: $79 Amazon Kindle Costs $84 to Make

    Amazon's new, entry-level Kindle eReader is priced as low as $79 but costs $84 to make, according to a teardown analysis by market research firm IHS iSuppli.

  • Opinion: E-readers Are Big Winners in Tablet Wars

    Ladies and gentlemen: we have a winner in the much ballyhooed tablet war -- and it's not a strictly a tablet. Without a doubt, the winner is the old-school, E Ink-based e-reader.

  • Opinion: Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet Prepares For Deathmatch with Kindle Fire

    Barnes & Noble is expected to launch a Nook tablet later this month, which would go head-to-head with Amazon’s upcoming Kindle Fire.

  • Opinion: HP TopShot Printer Attempts to Take Truly Three-Dimensional Images

    The new HP TopShot LaserJet Pro M275 solves a problem you probably didn’t think would have a solution: how to create a digital image of a three-dimensional object without having it look funny. A traditional flatbed scanner can’t handle the task, and a digital camera tends to flatten everything (assuming that you can get the lighting right).

  • Opinion: Tunebug Shake turns your bike helmet into a loudspeaker

    I love music and I love bicycling, but it’s hard to find a satisfactory way that’s both safe and enjoyable to combine the two. Earbuds and headphones, besides being illegal in many places, make it hard to hear what’s going on around you. Tunebug’s $120 Shake aims to offer a solution by turning your helmet into a surround-sound speaker.

  • Opinion: Man Carves Smartphone Dock into Prosthetic Arm

    A British man is the owner of perhaps the most convenient smartphone dock in existence. It's actually a slot embedded in 50-year-old Trevor Prideaux's prosthetic arm, custom made to fit his Nokia C7 phone.

  • Opinion: TapSense Touchscreens Know How You Touched Them

    Touchscreens are already pretty effective with all the multi-touch swiping, tapping, and pinching gestures we can use on them. But why stop there? Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University are looking to expand the capability of touchscreens to detect exactly what they've been touched with.

  • Opinion: Five years of iPod

    Since its first release five years ago on October 23, 2001, the iPod has become one of the most recognizable products in the world. It has transformed Apple’s business and its public image, and is probably responsible for a “halo effect” that has improved the Mac’s image and fortunes as well. Whether you’re a rabid iPod lover or someone who just doesn’t see why the iPod’s such a big deal, it’s hard to dispute the gigantic impact the iPod has had on our technological world.

  • Opinion: Apple's iPod Turns 10

    Apple's iPod, which transformed the way music is sold and distributed and revolutionized the consumer electronics industry, turned 10 on Sunday.

  • Opinion: Kobo Vox 'Social eReader' to Battle Kindle Fire, Nook Color

    A three-way bare knuckler is underway in the 7-inch color eReader market. Kobo today unveiled its new $200 Kobo Vox, the company's first color eReader that matches up nicely (on paper, at least) with Amazon's $200 Kindle Fire, which starts shipping next month.

  • Opinion: SideBySide Lets You Play Games Against Friends With...Projectors?

    If you cast your mind back to May this year, you can probably recall MotionBeam, a prototype gaming system that uses a projector as a controller of sorts. While the interactive projection idea was pretty impressive, it was still in the early stages of development. But since then, the team at Disney Research and Carnegie Mellon University have added a cool new feature: multiplayer support.

  • Opinion: Microsoft Ressurects Zune -- Again

    Microsoft can't make up its mind on whether Zune hardware is dead or alive -- or at least that's the way it looks after a series of conflicting messages over the last couple days.

  • 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.



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