The folks at Kobo are on a roll this week! First they release their new Kobo Touch Edition, then they roll out “ReadOn”, a project where you can pledge your reading time to benefit a school or education program! It’s actually pretty clever, since the whole thing hinges on Kobo’s “Reading Life” social application that tracks what you’re reading, howRead more
Last month mSpot launched a major overhaul of their movie club, delivering day-of-release movies at great prices. Now they are at it again, once more returning to music to introduce the mSpot Radio Spotter.
For background, mSpot already has a ‘Cloud Music’ solution: you assign a music folder (or entire iTunes Library) to synchronize to your mSpot Cloud Storage
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The pictures coming out of Joplin, Missouri are horrific. It’s awful to see what the tornado has done to people’s homes and lives. But thanks to the power of the internet, there is something you can do! In fact, there’s a few ways you can help.
One, a consortium of bloggers (via Simple Bites) is
For the last few months my MacBook Air has been my main computer. It works quite well for me and, thanks to the large solid-state drive and the ability to connect it to a larger monitor, it serves as a desktop computing platform quite well. When I do connect it to a larger monitor, I like to have a separateRead more
One thing that the constant Apple march of technology from the 680×0 to PowerPC to Intel has done is decimated your ability to run old software. From 1996 until Apple killed off the ‘Classic Environment’ with the move to Intel Hardware, I would play Star Wars Dark Forces on my Mac every six months. The Mac version was superior in
This morning my younger son left for school carrying his towel … since he became a big fan of Douglas Adams Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy a year or so ago he ALWAYS knows where his towel is! He has been excited about celebrating ‘Towel Day’ all week. Unfortunately he wouldn’t let me take his picture for this post!
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This year has been all about 4G. ’4G’ refers to the newest high-speed data transfer protocol used by cell phone carriers for smartphones. 4G coverage is spotty at best no matter which carrier your contract is with. Every carrier now has some form of 4G, and as we all know some are (for now) much better
Apparently Amazon was NOT going to let the day go without some sort of ebook reader announcement. Not surprising, since both Kobo and B&N unleashed big hardware updates that made the Kindle 3 look, well, kind of boring. Since even Amazon can’t release a hardware refresh on a 6 hour turnaround, they’ve done the next best thing: sliced the priceRead more
We constantly get emails with all sorts of proposals – most come from great people with great products worthy of coverage. Sometimes we get very questionable products and refuse to simply parrot the hype. Then there is this …
I just wanted to copy a bit of an email Judie shared with us today … wait, before I do
Well, after a quiet winter with no big hardware news for ereaders, we’re drowning in new releases, with the crown jewel being today’s B&N NOOK announcement. It was pretty much common knowledge that a new NOOK was coming, but they blew expectations out of the water with their new touch-screen eInk device!
What’s so exciting about this release? For starters,
Have you ever just had a song come on and you and your spouse/boyfriend/girlfriend/significant other just start dancing? Last night the song Skywriting by a never popular British group ‘The Bible’ came on my wife’s iPod, and we had a nice little dance … to the amusement and embarrassment of our kids.
I makes me think back to one of
Let me begin by making it clear that I have no formal association to Nuance, the leader in voice recognition technology and innovation. I do not work for them, they do not directly advertise on Gear Diary, and I have personally paid for all of the Nuance software I have or currently use. I have, however, beta tested upcomingRead more
OK, so my family has been on a Dark Angel kick lately, plowing through the entire series on DVD (which I grabbed on Goozex). One of the best things is the endless stream of quips from ‘Original Cindy’ (OC). She always seems to have a comment to match the situation, such as when Normal gets involved with a transgender woman
I consider my family fortunate – I grew up watching Sesame Street when it was brand new, and my kids got to experience it as well during a time when both classic and new material was presented side-by-side, and there were plenty of videos, computer games, and music CD’s to enjoy! Last week my wife was shuffling on her iPod
My pile of field production equipment is ever-growing. I am a “one-man-band” of sorts so I am constantly looking for gear and “doo-dads” to make production work easier.
Recently I picked up a great set of headphones (which I will feature in a separate post), and I learned the Swann RC helicopter won’t lift my HDHero POV camera — so
Poor Sony. Yet again they’re ahead of the ebook reader curve, and left with nothing…they were putting touch based eInk screens on their devices over a year ago, but now that the Sony Reader line is outpriced and outmatched, everyone else is jumping on the touch bandwagon! The latest entrant is Kobo, with their “eReader Touch Edition”, and it looksRead more
The trend toward strangely-capitalized programs is really annoying. The mediaplayer aTunes is trying to follow the iTunes naming model somewhat slavishly, so we’re stuck with that I suppose. Of course, that means sentences starting with the name of the program are either capitalized wrong or the word is capitalized wrong. Such choices!
Installation was smooth and trouble-free, with a language
‘What Would You Do’ is one of those ‘if we happen upon it’ shows my family will watch occasionally on Friday. The show sets up actors playing roles on hidden cameras in public places. Some of the ones we have seen are different teens (boy/girl, black/white) attempting to take a bike chained to a pole, hateful speech lobbed at an
I have been reviewing games since … well, since before the advent of smartphones anyway. And yet I have always managed to be able to come up with screenshots from my chosen device -Newton, Psion, Palm, Windows Mobile, iOS … but not Android. For some mind-numbing reason Android lacks a built-in screenshot utility.
No problem for many – just ‘root’
Over the last several years Family Guy has taken on the original Star Wars trilogy, with Blue Harvest and Something, Something Dark Side. Last December they released the final entry ‘It’s A Trap’ on DVD and Blu-Ray, and on May 22nd the show aired as the finale for the 9th season of Family Guy.
The episode is once again
As Judie shared last week in a post, she has been having a terrible time getting and staying connected thanks to the WildBlue, a company that makes AT&T Wireless look good! Well over a week after being throttled, Judie still has a connection speed that is at or below dial-up.
Judie’s internet speeds as of 05/23/11
Because she is
Clementine is a very clean-looking media player, inspired by the venerable Amarok player from Linux, and even using the Qt platform so it works in several flavors of Linux, Windows, and Mac OS X.
The installation is quick and simple, with no options presented to the user besides folder for the program. Unlike most media players, Clementine does not prompt
This past week has been loaded with music news, from continued disappointment with Google’s abysmal cloud-based music service through updates from Slacker and eMusic to speculation exactly what is happening with Apple and their cloud-based service.
Slacker Goes Premium
Slacker and Pandora are great examples of the ‘streaming radio’ side of the streamed music movement: you cannot play a specific
In response to many customer requests, Laptop bag manufacturer Skooba Design has partnered with the well-known Tenba brand to add photo/video carrying cases to Skooba’s product offering. Skooba will act as a reseller for the 35 year-old photo brand, which is a division of a separate company.
The Skooba website is set up with quick links to match your lifestyle