December 8, 2011 |
With so many tablets on the market this season, even a dedicated technophile is likely to fear an overdose. There's the iPad, of course, and wannabes such as Samsung's Galaxy, an Android tablet designed to mimic the iPad's mix of size, power, and price. There are discounted tablets that use the Android, RIM, or Windows operating systems. There are even kiddie tablets such as the Vinci and InnoTab aimed at the "edutainment" sweet spot. (Will clicking now count as a developmental milestone?
December 5, 2011
PERLMAN AT KIMMEL Israeli-born classical music superstar violinist Itzhak Perlman takes the stage with pianist Rohan de Silva to perform Schubert's Rondo for Violin and Piano in B minor, D. 895, Op. 70, "Rondeau Brillant"; Brahms' Violin Sonata No. 2, Op. 100 and Hungarian Dance No. 3; and Saint-Saëns Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 1 in D minor, Op. 75. Verizon Hall, 260 S. Broad St., 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, $40 to $100, 215-893-1999, kimmelcenter.org....
November 30, 2011 |
More than any other object, I love buying books. Some colleagues might argue otherwise, pointing to my desk drawer filled with heels. But I own more books than shoes - honest! - and holding a novel provides the sort of pleasure a pump never can. You do not join dear friends in a boot group. At least not that I'm aware of. 'Tis the season of the tablet. Cyber Monday spawned spam pushing every Nook and Kindle. I remain conflicted. Our shelves are crashing from myriad volumes, many never to be opened again, while so many more wait to be read.
November 17, 2011 |
With a swift strike and counterpunch, Amazon and Barnes & Noble just opened a new theater in the Tablet Wars. Call it the Battle of the Booksellers, 7-inch edition. Amazon's $199 Kindle Fire and Barnes & Noble's $249 Nook Tablet, unveiled in quick succession Tuesday and Wednesday, each hope to capture part of the territory Apple staked out less than two years ago when its hugely successful iPad created a whole new product niche. With its 9.7-inch touchscreen - a size that many, including Apple founder Steve Jobs, considered perfect for personal use - iPad owners can read, watch movies and TV, play games, surf the Web, or basically do anything else imaginable on a computer.
November 8, 2011 |
SALEM, Ore. - Oregon was first in the nation to have all residents vote by mail. Now it's pioneering another idea: Vote by iPad. Voters in five counties are filling out and returning their mail-in ballots for a Tuesday special primary election to replace former U.S. Rep. David Wu, who resigned after a sex scandal. A handful will mark their ballots not with a pen but with the tip of their finger. It's the latest attempt at using new technology to help voters with disabilities cast ballots privately.
November 3, 2011 |
The success of Apple Inc.'s iPad isn't just drawing more competition to the tablet market. It is attracting thousands of counterfeit and knockoff products. On a single day in July, almost 18,000 fakes and clones resembling the iPad and Android devices were available for sale on 23 e-commerce sites, according to MarkMonitor Inc., a San Francisco-based firm that helps companies protect their brands. The tablets can be illegal - for instance, if they have a bogus Apple logo - and often they do not work well and have no warranty protection, said Fred Felman, chief marketing officer of MarkMonitor.
October 6, 2011 |
The breakfast bustle is in full swing at Conshohocken Cafe and the waitresses bounce from table to table - chatting, refilling coffee, clearing plates. When they step into the kitchen, it's only to fetch orders, not put them in. In fact, you won't even find pads and pens at the cafe. Staffers key in orders on iPods and iPads linked to the kitchen through the cafe's WiFi network. SEE VIDEO Meanwhile, from anywhere in the world, the owners use their iPads to monitor the operation - seeing which tables are turning over when, and noting that, say, cheese omelets are the day's best seller.
September 29, 2011 |
Call it the shot heard 'round the high-tech marketplace. In a single salvo Wednesday, Amazon and its founder, Jeff Bezos, fired directly on the last big bookstore chain standing, Barnes & Noble; hurled a shot across the bow of Apple and every other technology company; and even gave old-fashioned retailers new reasons to worry. Amazon's ammunition is four new versions of its Kindle, a brand introduced just four years ago for an e-book reader that has already upended the world of book publishing.
September 18, 2011
Need to spice up your weekends? Think outside the box - and your own backyard. Adventure Weekends West, for iPhone and iPad, is an app that offers information on 99 adventure getaways in California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, and Alaska. Name: Adventure Weekends West Available for: iPhone and iPad What it does: Offers ideas, information, descriptions and photos for 99 adventure getaways in California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, and Alaska.
September 18, 2011
Attention, couch-surfers: The new Typillow from Accessory Workshop acts as either a dedicated lap pillow for an iPad 2 (the original iPad won't fit in the integrated iPad slot) or, reversed, a real pillow for you. The 17-inch-square micro-suede pillow is filled with featherweight beanbag- style beads that shift and adapt to the contour of your lap (or head, or back). Perhaps a bit galumphy to schlep onto an airplane as carry-on, the Typillow may be worth stashing in checked luggage and is certainly a boon for car travel (passengers only, please)