Searching for a digital version of a print book you bought from Amazon? You may be able to find it at a low price, courtesy of a new Kindle program.
Launched on Tuesday, Kindle MatchBook lets you buy the Kindle version of certain print books you purchased new from Amazon. More than 70,000 books are now part of the program, with more being added on a daily basis, according to Amazon. Prices for the associated e-books range from free to $2.99.
Customers can pick up digital copies of books they've purchased since 1995, assuming the publisher has … Read more
Yesterday's flash-drive giveaway met with some skepticism, and in hindsight I agree it was a little too much hoop-jumping for too little reward. That said, I still think cashback services are the bomb, and I hope you're able to put TopCashback or an equivalent to good use.
Today, I've rounded up some freebies that don't involve driving anywhere* or waiting on rebates. So keep that credit card in your wallet and read on!
*OK, one of the freebies does involve a trip to your local Target. But you were headed there anyway, right?
1. Mad Magazine … Read more
This thick semi-throwback wasn't even mentioned by Apple, but it still exists. Like the cast in an Agatha Christie mystery, however, its ranks are being depleted. First the 17-inch version vanished back in 2011, and immediately after the October 2013 Apple press event, the 15-inch version disappeared from Apple's site, leaving only the $1,199 13-inch non-Retina MacBook Pro, which we are now referring to as … Read more
A thunderous silence descended on Cupertino and all points north, east, and south, after Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak was said to have criticized Apple's latest gadgets.
Last week, he was quoted by several UK publications as having said apparently painful things such as: "When I finally took a look at the devices, the iPads didn't hit my needs."
Then there was this on the iPad Air: "Yes it's thinner. But I wanted storage. I don't have broadband at home, so I carry all my personal media in the iPad. So I was hoping Apple has a 256GB iPad."
Now Woz would like to make two things clear: He wasn't criticizing the new iPads, and he was misquoted. … Read more
Owners of the new 13-inch Retina Display MacBook Pro already seem to be running into trouble with their machines.
Numerous people posting on Apple's Support Communities forum say that the keyboard and trackpad become unresponsive, causing the entire system to freeze. Resetting the Mac's System Management Controller (SMC) has no effect, say some. A couple of users claim that closing the lid for a minute or so and reopening it brings the trackpad back to life. Otherwise, shutting down the laptop through a hard reset appears to be the only way to recover from the lockup.
Launched last … Read more
Is Microsoft confused? It is if you think hybrids are confusing.
Apple's CEO Tim Cook made a thinly disguised dig at Microsoft this week. Here's what he said (without mentioning Microsoft by name) at Apple's event this week in San Francisco.They're confused; they chased after netbooks. Now they're trying to make tablets into PCs and PCs into tablets. Who knows what they will do next...what I can tell you is that we have a very clear direction.
Invoking netbooks is a nice rhetorical trick as that conjures up crummy devices powered by bloated … Read more
The disc drive is dead -- or it's at least issuing a triumphant death rattle.
Not in PCs just yet, but certainly in Apple's Macs. Earlier this week Apple introduced updated versions of its MacBook Pro with Retina Display, alongside an all new Mac Pro. What wasn't updated was Apple's line of non-Retina MacBook Pros, the only Apple devices that were still sporting a disc drive. In fact, Apple axed the 15-inch version and trimmed the non-Retina line to a single, 13-inch machine. The company has whittled away at product lines like this in the past, … Read more
I struggle with theories. They so rarely work out in practice. And though teachers tried to force-feed theories, theorems, and theologies down my throat when I was impressionable, these days nothing gets through.
Two Apple aficionados, however, decided to take on the Big Banging Theory -- whether God exists -- and claim they now have proof.
The theorem belongs originally to Anselm of Canterbury and was taken on by Austrian mathematician Kurt Godel. It goes like this: "God, by definition, is that for which no greater can be conceived. God exists in the understanding. If God exists in the understanding, we could imagine Him to be greater by existing in reality. Therefore, God must exist."… Read more
For the first time, Apple is offering a 15.4-inch Retina MacBook Pro model with Intel-only graphics silicon. So what is Intel's best graphics chip yet, and how good is it?
That $1,999 MacBook Pro is powered by a quad-core Haswell Core i7 processor with Intel's Iris Pro 5200 graphics. (The high-end $2,599 MacBook Pro adds a standalone Nvidia GeForce GT 750M graphics processing unit to the 5200.)
Apple describes the 15.4-inch Retina MacBook Pro's Iris Pro as "128MB of embedded memory to accelerate processor- and graphics-intensive tasks by acting as an ultrafast … Read more