A few days ago, I got a Sony Reader as a gift from Ayhan. It is a way modest gadget compared to iPad but still I love it. It has immediately boosted my reading level which had been down lately. Well, with something like iPad, e-reading will be even more sensational, i guess…
While it wasn?t surprising that the unveiling of Apple?s iPad would begin trending on Twitter, I began looking around for ways to measure how big of news it actually was. So I visited Gizmodo, arguably the most popular gadget blog, and checked out its Sitemeter stats.
from Mashable! by Josh Catone
Some guy called Joel Johnson reckons that Apple Just Tried To Assassinate Laptops. The proposed formula has that faintly absurd but strangely convincing Cupertino formula: ask why most consumers buy them, then aim at that restricted set of needs without much regard to what tech fans consider important.
from Boing Boing by Rob Beschizza
from Mashable! by Ben Parr
from kottke.org by Jason Kottke
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RSS technology makes it possible for anyone to keep up with fresh content without having to visit the site in question. Now the same holds for webpages without RSS thanks to a new Google Reader feature.
The Google Reader team has announced a new way to make RSS feeds. Sometimes you visit a site and there is no feed available. If you want to stay informed when updates are made to the site, there are a few tools that will provide you with an email or alert. You can now create feeds in Google Reader which will show updates to the pages you are interested in following.
Here’s a nice little introductory article on TOR, The Onion Router, a privacy-enhancing technology that helps you to circumvent national, corporate and school firewalls and enhance your anonymity. Originally developed by the US military to help communications get in and out of countries that heavily filter their networks, TOR is free/open software and is maintained by many volunteers around the world, including the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
Farmville has become the most popular Facebook application ever created. How and why did this one game rise to such popularity amongst a sea of competitors? The truth is, Farmville has an interconnected past that dates back to the initialization of the Facebook Application Developer platform. Learn how FarmVille rose to become a cultural phenomenon.
This post was originally written for the DML Central Blog. If you’re interested in Digital Media and Learning, you definitely want to check this blog out.
The oil and gas industry breaches, the mere existence of which has been a closely guarded secret of oil companies and federal authorities, were focused on one of the crown jewels of the industry: valuable ?bid data? detailing the quantity, value, and location of oil discoveries worldwide, sources familiar with the attacks say and documents obtained by the Monitor show.
Professor Julie Cohen of Georgetown Law School is visiting at Harvard Law this year and working on a book, ?Configuring the Network Self?. Speaking at Berkman today, she explains that she?s had two motivations to undertake this work ? an understanding of information technology possibility framed through the idea of the ?structural conditions of human flourishing?. One is a sense that discourse about IT policy (in the US ? she distinguishes US from European disrouce) tends to use ?grandiose language? about poicy choices for free speech and free markets, but generally seem to create circumstances that don?t appear especially free. Users face complex rules about content they can and can?t use, but there are very few rules that govern how users can be watched, monitored and aggregated. There?s a disconnect between the copyright debate ? where much of the discourse is unquestioningly in favor of openness ? and the privacy debate. We need a discourse that makes a space for privacy in the environment of openness.
When Amazon “sells” you a Kindle ebook, they don’t really sell it to you. If you read the fine-print, you’ll see that they’re waving their hands furiously and declaring that you aren’t “buying” the book, but rather “taking a license to a limited set of uses” for the book. Whereas a book that you buy comes with all kinds of rights, such as the right to sell or give the book away (Jeff Bezos: “[W]hen someone buys a book, they are also buying the right to resell that book, to loan it out, or to even give it away if they want. Everyone understands this.“) a book that you license from Amazon comes with a very small subset of those rights, as defined by a lengthy and difficult-to-grasp “license agreement.”
We had a chance to sit down with representatives from Skiff and Sprint to get a first-hand look at the new Skiff Reader, and came away suitably impressed.
In an increasingly crowded eReader market, Skiff distinguishes itself by taking a more platform-oriented approach than a device-specific one.
From dock connectors to web analytics to guessing the name of this elusive gadget, all speculation will reach its pinnacle when Apple‘s widely anticipated tablet is finally unveiled at an event in San Francisco Wednesday.
Reading newspapers on Amazon‘s e-book reader the Kindle is less appealing than reading the print version, a new study by the University of Georgia has found. But portable e-readers that feature colour, photographs and touch screens could win readers back, particularly among young adults.