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E-Reader vs. iPad


My wife started reading e-books downloaded from the library on her iPad 2. Indoors the print is very readable, but it loses some of the sharpness in bright light. Some of her friends suggested the Kindle Paperwhite as a better reader in all types of light. What is your opinion?


All current color tablets use a screen technology that washes out in sunlight and can become almost unreadable in direct, bright sunlight. The Kindle monochrome e-readers, including the Paperwhite, use a different technology that does well in all kinds of light. However, I have never noticed any degradation of screen readability on iPads or other quality color tablets in bright indoor light.


Is it fair to say that the iPad Air, like its predecessors, is designed more for content consumption than content creation, and that someone who really needs a computer but also wants a tablet (and can’t afford both) would do better with something like the new Surface?


The iPad can be a fine productivity and creativity tool, with or without an accessory keyboard, depending on the app you are using. Business email and calendars, or the editing of office documents, work fine on the iPad, as do many drawing applications. You can even sign legal documents on it electronically. However, if you are looking for all the functions of a PC, a full Windows 8 tablet like the Surface 2 Pro would be a better choice, because it runs all the programs a Windows computer does.


In the new Mac OS X operating system, Mavericks, it appears it is not possible to sync Notes, Contacts and other data using iTunes via a cable connection. Is this true?


Yes. Apple says: “In Mavericks, OS X syncs Contacts, Calendars and Notes using iCloud.” (That’s Apple’s Internet cloud service.) The company adds that, if you make changes to your data and don’t have access to the Internet, OS X will sync the data the next time an Internet connection is available.

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Google is showing off its speedy browser synchronization kung fu using a new browser-based game called Chrome Super Sync Sports. There’s a trio of cyberathletic contests, and you can take them on solo or challenge your friends in an online multiplayer session: run, bike, or swim your way to victory!

To get started, you have to sync your mobile device to your desktop or laptop. You don’t even have to use Chrome, though Google’s obviously pitching that as the preferred browser. Fire up a session on your computer, then point your mobile browser to g.co/super and punch in the unique code Google provides, and you’re ready to go.

Your tablet or smartphone becomes the controller while the game plays out on your big(ger) screen. The concept itself isn’t a new one — it’s very much like the dozens of Smart TV, Blu-ray player, and set-top box remote control apps that you can install from Google Play and the App Store. There are two key differences, however.

Compared to the remote app for my Sony network player, for example, Google’s Chrome Super Sync demo is much smoother and more responsive. Sports manages to track rapid pattern gestures in Safari on my iPhone and zap them instantly to the cloud and back over to my laptop where they’re interpreted as gamepad input to move my avatar around the track.

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And while the speed is impressive, it’s even more impressive that this is happening entirely in the browser. It would be even cooler if I’d managed to get Super Sync to work with a non-WebKit browser — both Firefox and IE10 on my desktop failed to make the necessary Websockets connection required to start the game. Nevertheless, Super Sync Sports remains an impressive demonstration of where we’re headed.

The web is already capable of enabling some pretty amazing experiences, and they’re only going to get better with companies like Google, Mozilla, and yes, even Microsoft pushing things forward.


10 feet iPhone / iPod cable. It is convenient, easy to use, and 100% compatible with the existing iPhones, Pods and iPads.

USB Data Hot Sync Straight Cable for the Olympus FE-4030 Digital Camera with Charge Function – Two functions in one unique Gomadic TipExchange enabled cable

  • Supports USB 1.1, 2.0 and 3.0 transfer standards.
  • Specification: Cable length: (50″), Outer Shell Material: (Flexible PU), Internal Leads: 24AWG, TipExchange Connector Design (Olympus FE-4030 Digital Camera Specific)
  • Flexible cable measures 50″ in total length. Included connector tip, wiring and power configuration is unique to Olympus FE-4030 Digital Camera specifications.
  • Upgradeable TipExchange Technology protects your investment by providing a mechanism to upgrade the physical connector to adapt your cable to work with other devices in the future. (Additional connector tips sold separately).
  • No additional AC power required. Uses power from the USB port of the computer to charge the Olympus FE-4030 Digital Camera.

Charge the Olympus FE-4030 Digital Camera while synchronizing data with our unique Gomadic Hot Sync and Charge Straight USB cable. Cut loose the rest of the cords protruding from your PC to make this cable the hub of your mobile workstation and enjoy a minimalist workspace anywhere you go. Built using the unique Gomadic TipExchange Technology, this cable is not like the others in that the same cable can be used to work with thousands of additional devices by simply changing the physical connecto

SkyDrive is already one of the best cloud storage and syncing services around, and it’s about to get even better. Microsoft has been working away in secret to add a cloud-based media player to SkyDrive, and it could be arriving very soon. For those of you who signed on way back when, that means 25GB of free space in the Azure cloud where you’ll not only be able to store your music, but you’ll be able to stream it, too.

And heck, even if you only signed up recently and snagged a 7GB account, it’s still a pretty nice no-charge bonus. It should provide plenty of room for a handful of your favorite albums, and you won’t even need to do any heavy lifting to upload them — just drop them into your SkyDrive music folder.

When is the SkyDrive cloud player coming? Nothing official has been announced yet, but LiveSide spotted some changes in the SkyDrive HTML source code just the other day. Shortly after finding references to the player, they turned up a set of icons for the playback controls.

New features often pop up in Microsoft’s web apps with little or no notice, so SkyDrive might get its cloud music player later today. It could also be another minor coding slip-up like the ones that have seen so many new Microsoft software downloads posted ahead of (or behind) schedule. But with key rivals like Google and Amazon already offering similar functionality, Microsoft is determined to make SkyDrive as attractive to users as possible. SkyDrive is the glue that binds together Microsoft’s many platforms, after all, and its importance will only increase in the future.

via LiveSide

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