If you're the parent of a young reader, you know that kids can chew through books faster than a dog chews through tennis shoes. (I'm speaking figuratively, of course -- unless your kids are teething.)
That's awesome, though indulging this wonderful love of reading can get expensive. Too bad there's no "Netflix for e-books," no way to pay a small monthly fee for all the children's books your children can read.
Apple's next big thing could be a combination Mac OS-iOS platform that would let iDevices function as full-blown computers. At least, that's the latest forecast from the folks at JP Morgan.
In an investors note released Wednesday, analyst Mark Moskowitz said that Apple may be hit by a weaker smartphone market suffering from customers delaying their upgrades and from more vendors joining forces. But two items in the analyst's crystal ball would give Apple a shot in the arm. One is an iPhone with a 5-inch display. The other is a platform that Morgan Stanley has dubbed … Read more
The gaming concept for Flappy Bird couldn't be more simple. You simply tap your screen to flap as you guide your bird through the spaces between pipes to get a high score. Though it sounds simple, the game is surprisingly difficult, which is what got so many people addicted to trying to break their high scores. The graphics are not impressive, but the game has solid physics and just enough polish that you don't mind.
How do you like your documentaries? Heavy on narration, interviews, and pan-and-zoom photos? Then you're probably a fan of Ken Burns.
The filmmaker has lent his signature visual storytelling style to a wide range of subjects, bringing to life everything from baseball and the Civil War to the Dust Bowl and Prohibition.
Now, he's dipping a toe into the app world. Ken Burns for iPad offers a curated collection of clips from his various films. And while it may be disappointing that you don't get the full Burns library, it's still an interesting and educational tool … Read more
When you think of a tablet stand, you probably picture a case or kickstand that props the screen up on a table for typing, movie viewing, video chats, and the like.
But what if you could position your tablet just about anywhere -- across your bed while you're lying in it, above your desk while you're standing at it, or even over your bathtub while you're soaking in it? As if you had a tireless third arm that could hold it at virtually any viewing angle.
That's the idea behind The Right Arm, a Kickstarter project that's already hit its $40,000 funding goal -- but still deserves a look.… Read more
Apple risks falling behind in display tech in 2014, DisplayMate Technologies said in a research note.
Echoing an earlier note, DisplayMate Technologies Raymond Soneira said this week that "Apple has recently given up the lead in displays -- now Amazon, Google, LG, and Samsung are launching products with the best and most innovative displays."
He cited the example of an emerging LCD technology called Quantum Dots that Amazon has tapped for the Kindle Fire HDX 7 (now $199 at Amazon).
"Quantum Dots are going to revolutionize and reenergize LCDs for the next 5+ years," he wrote. &… Read more
The big game is this coming weekend, and most Americans will tell you it's a lot more than just a football game. Many people make an event out of the game with parties, barbecues, and betting pools, even if their favorite team isn't in the running. My team lost a week ago, but you can bet I'll be watching just for the fanfare. Even the commercials shown during the game are an event in themselves with advertisers spending huge amounts of money for 30 second and one minute spots.
While you wait for next Sunday's festivities … Read more
The cold, hard walls between mobile native apps and HTML5 wobbled a bit on Tuesday morning, as Google announced that Chrome Apps will now work on the two most popular mobile platforms.
Chrome Apps are HTML5-based single-serving applications, more than just a mere Web site, that will work on Windows, Mac, and Chrome OS without having to open your browser first. However, because they're based in Chrome and can't function without it, they've been criticized for "breaking" the Web.
Google opened up a developer preview of the Apache Cordova "toolchain" for wrapping Chrome … Read more
No spec -- no matter how appealing -- should ever be viewed in a vacuum, and the decision to actually commit your time and money to a consumer electronics investment will hopefully have been informed by a multitude of factors.
From design to features; performance to comfort, it's always best to inject your brain with all aspects of a product, swirl them around a bit and wait to see which ones rise to the top for you.
Having said that, battery life is the one metric that truly affects all other aspects of a tablet's functionality. Let's be real: if you run out of battery life, there's not much you can do with a dead slate.
So, I've compiled a list of the six tablets -- culled from a collection of many more -- that lasted the longest during CNET Labs' tests. Before the test is run we put the tablet into Airplane mode and adjust the brightness down to about 150 candelas per square meter. We then run a looped 720p version of "Toy Story 3" and track how long it takes until the tablet's battery dies.
Not every tablet on this list is a thing I'd recommend you buy -- at least not without a few caveats -- but at the very least, each will easily facilitate binge watching of at least half a season of most TV shows. As barometers go, that one feels especially apt given the subject matter. … Read more