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Like a billion other people, I download things illegally. I'm also an actor, writer and director whose income depends on revenue from DVDs, movies and books. This leads to many conflicts in my head, in my heart, and in bars.
I've argued that a Blu-ray player could soon be your only set-top box. These $200-$250 models, the four fullest-featured you're likely to buy, all strive to be Swiss Army-like in their utility, but only one comes closest to the promise.
Deep in the bowels of an old industrial building in Brooklyn, behind a dusty steel door, stands a cylindrical device marked "DANGER." Black rubber accordion folds separate its silver base from its rectangular top, from which protrudes The Claw.
Having a kid aged zero to five means constantly having to come up with entertaining diversions. Fortunately, even this early, the iPad is absolutely brimming with those. If you have a small kid, the iPad bandwagon beckons.
Apple priced digital downloads lower than CDs. Amazon said a digital book should be cheaper than a paper one. But for the time being, virtual magazines will cost a pretty penny, says Fortune.
HP is killing its Windows 7 "slate" tablet project, says TechCrunch, citing a source "briefed on the matter."
Cut past the nerdy hipster schtick, and—if you're not trying to DIY—the technical orientation. Starting at 5:20, these guys bust a surprisingly palatable mashup of Prince, Vampire Weekend, G'N'R, Eurythmics and... I Dream of Jeannie.
A front-facing iPhone camera means video calling, but it's also a sign of something bigger. Combined with other recent leaks, it means that Apple is bringing iChat to the iPhone. Everything about voice calling may be about to change.
This week, Microsoft finally unveiled what had long been known, in rumors and leaks, as Project Pink. The official name: Kin, which consists of two phones, a new way of doing things, and a chance that it just might sell:
UPDATE: The Kindle app indeed has a brightness control. It is buried under the font adjustment menu option. Gotta say, points off for crappy UI design on Amazon's part, but I indeed stand corrected. Thanks to everyone who pointed it out.
Today Apple added some excellent features to its iPhone platform, so we were forced to update our smartphone beginner's guide chart. Here it is:
Everybody's talking about Amazon retaliating against the iPad with a multitouch, multimedia, app-heavy Kindle 3. But it's not as obvious a move as you think. In fact, it's a bad idea.
Etiquette on the iPad is white space on the map. It's not a smartphone. It's not a laptop. It's something new. As early adopters, the opportunity to define proper etiquette is ours.
The iPad may seem like Apple's move to cockblock Amazon in the Ebook Wars, but Amazon's Kindle app makes it part of Amazon's larger ebook ecosystem. In many ways, the iPad is the best Kindle yet.