Archive for the ‘Netbooks, Laptops and Tablets’ category

Reading on iPad in Bed Might Keep You Awake

April 25th, 2010

Planning to take your iPad to bed for a little read before you go to sleep? This might not be such a good idea:

Devices like the Kindle, the Nook (the top part of the screen that displays books) and popular e-readers from Sony use a technology called e-paper. It simulates the look of an actual printed page and does not emit light. That means, unlike the iPad, you can effectively read in direct sunlight. (Beach, anyone?)

The iPad, however, contains a touchscreen liquid-crystal display that, like computer screens and television sets, emits light. On the plus side, you can sneak the device under the covers while your significant other sleeps beside you and flip through a couple pages of a book without a flashlight.

But staring at the screen before bed could leave you lying awake. That’s because direct exposure to such abnormal light sources inhibits the body’s secretion of melatonin, say several sleep experts.

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50% of iPad Users Also Use Windows

April 21st, 2010

It’s not surprising to discover that not only Apple worshipers bought the iPad. After all, Apple has already sold over 500,000 units, so it’s only logical to assume some of them don’t own only Macs and iPhones.

The surprising fact, however, is that according to Chitika Research, about 50% of iPad owners have a Windows computer in their home.

Chitika checked the IP addresses of iPads that used the Chitika network and searched out what other devices came from the same addresses. They limited the results to IP addresses with 5 or less devices seen. The results are based on a sample of over 74 thousand iPads.

Does this mean more Windows users are willing to give Apple a chance, or is this true just when it comes to sexy products like the iPad? And what will happen when Windows-based tablets start appearing in the market?

In the mean time, Apple’s stocks continue to rise, after an impressive quarterly report, and the story about the “lost” iPhone prototype continues to attract interest. The headlines are all Apple these days – and I guess they’ll continue to be this way for a while.

Should You Buy an iPad Flowchart

March 27th, 2010

The iPad hype is raging. Do you want to join the party? Should you buy an iPad?

Can’t make up your mind? Here’s a flowchart that might help you out:


Scribd Launched a Mobile Application for Document Sharing

February 25th, 2010

Scribd, the online document sharing site, has launched a mobile application that lets users send content to electronic readers (such as Kindle) and smartphones.

Scribd users can now send non-copyrighted documents from their computers to mobile devices. Scribd has more than 10 million documents on the site, which enables users to turn nearly any file—including PDF, Word, PowerPoint and Excel—into a Web document and share it.

Scribd users can send documents directly to the Kindle over the e-readers’ wireless connection. Amazon charges a fee of 15 cents per megabyte for the transfers. Other e-readers have to be plugged into the PC. Scribd users can then drag content from the site to the e-readers.

Scribd is planning to follow up with its own app, to be launched in March. The app is designed for iPhone and Android, and will publish a set of application programming interfaces, called SOPED (Scribd Open content Platform for Ereaders and mobile Devices). This will give device manufacturers the ability to integrate Scribd’s search, social and other functionality into their products, and this has already been taken up by e-reader makers Interead and Onyx.

Most of the content on Scribd is free, and the site’s business model revolves around ads. Scribd attracts around 40 million users a month.

E-Books Prices Rise – What Will Consumers Do?

February 11th, 2010

It stands to reason that e-books should be cheaper than regular books, but it seems that the publishing companies disagree. According to the New York Times, the prices of e-books are going to rise. The consumers, obviously, aren’t going to be happy about it:

But now, with e-books scheduled to cost $12.99 to $14.99 under new deals that publishers negotiated with Apple and Amazon, a broader swath of customers may resist the new pricing. The higher prices will go into effect within the next few months.

Read the full article: E-Book Price Increase May Stir Readers’ Passions