Saturday, July 13, 2013

PCWorld Exits Print, and the Era of Computer Magazines Ends

PCWorld Exits Print, and the Era of Computer Magazines Ends, article.
The news isn’t shocking. In fact, it’s sort of a shock it didn’t happen several years ago. After slightly more than thirty years in print, PCWorld magazine is ceasing publication, effective with the current issue, to focus on its website and digital editions.

PCWorld! Hot dang.

I've been noticing in recent years how magazine kiosks and book stores in town have been giving more and more space to candy and greeting cards (what's with the Brits and greeting cards?? They are everywhere), and less and less to magazines.

I guess in a few years, if you just can't stand using the web or a tablet, you'll just have to go without your magazines! And considering that for many people, magazines have been the only thing they read, something is going to give.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Cheap Kindle Fire now

If you want to save a bit of money on a Kindle Fire HD, now is the time. They are marked down now, and highly likely rumors have it that new models are coming in fall, with higher screen resolution. But unless they have other important upgraded features, I don't think that is essential. They are already nicely HD, and I think one has to be quite critical to notice any difference.
Buy in USA. --- Buy in UK.

I like the Fire HD more than I'd expected. Granted, it's sadly crippled as an Android device, but it's a good reader. And like I've mentioned, the text-to-speech feature is wonderful, I use it all the time, it's good to give my middle-aged eyes some rest from all the screens. It can read aloud to you from Kindle books, or from web articles in apps like Pocket (Read It Later). And the voice is a quantum leap better than previous ones.