CES Roundup 1-6-2016

CES_Logo_smToday’s interesting stories from CES 2016 for January 6, 2016:

Withings Go hands-on: dabbling with e-ink displays (Slashgear) – Great use for an e-ink screen! I think I would like to try this fitness tracker.

The Killer Chromebase: Acer Unveil 24-inch Chrome OS All-In-One PC (OMG Chrome) – This looks like it could be an interesting choice for a second computer.

The URB-E Is A Foldable Electric Scooter For The Urban Commuter (Techcrunch)-  Do you want one of these? I am not sure how they would work during winter in the Midwest, but…

Intel’s next NUC will be a quad-core mini PC with Iris Pro and Thunderbolt 3 (Ars Technica) – I have several aging desktops that need to be replaced.

This remote control transforms to match the gadget it’s pointing at (The Verge) – I think that this brings new meaning to the term “universal remote.”

Dell has a $199 laptop, and it looks pretty good (CNET) – This might look interesting for the price if it weren’t for the fact that Dell was hacked…

No, I am not going to CES, but I love reading about the gadgets. I will be doing these roundup posts intermittently during the week. The official CES website is here.

Did you know that Amazon has a page for products from CES2016? You can find it here.

Daily Links: You Can Kiss Your 3.5mm Headphone Jack Goodbye

daily_links_1Daily Links for today, January 6, 2016:

You Can Kiss Your 3.5mm Headphone Jack Goodbye (Digital Music News) – This has big implications for tablets, e-readers and definitely audiobooks!

iOS eBook reading app updates: NOOK gains 3D Touch support, Kobo, Scribd apps are updated (Talking New Media) – Information on the latest IOS updates for reading apps.

Dell Has Been Hacked, and Scammers Have Its Customer Database (The Digital Reader) – In case you missed this story. As a long-time Dell customer, this ruined my day.

Digital eye strain worse for multitaskers, survey finds (Chicago Tribune) – We hear a lot about the mental aspects of multitasking, this is interesting info on the physical effects.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s Kindle Daily Deal includes Robert Ludlum’s (TM) The Utopia Experiment (A Covert-One novel Book 10) and Fern Michaels’ Betrayal, each $1.99.

Barnes and Noble Nook Romance Daily Find is Holt’s Gamble (Wild Western Hearts Series, Book 1) by Barbara Ankrum for $1.99. They also have a selection of Great Reads Under $5.00.

The Kobo Daily Deal is Tempted by Your Touch by Jen Holling from the Brides of the Bloodstone series, $1.99.

iTunes Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes The Assassin’s Blade (The Throne of Glass Novellas) by Sarah J. Maas for $2.99.

Cross-platform publisher deals for today:

The City on the Edge of Forever by Harlan Ellison (Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Google and iTunes).

Babel-17 by Samuel R. Delany (Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Google and iTunes).

(A note on Daily Deals: All prices current at the time of posting and subject to change. Most items marked Daily Deals are good for only the day posted.

Many large promotions have discount pricing that is set by the publisher. This usually means that titles can be found at a discount price across most platforms (with iTunes sometimes being the exception). If you have a favorite retailer you like to patronize, check the title on that website. There is a good chance that they will be matching the sale price.)

Daily Links are interesting links I discover as I go about my online day. The frequency and number of links posted depend upon the daily news. I also post other, different links of interest on Twitter and on the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.

Um … about that American Libraries article we wrote

I feel for the authors here and find it appalling that American Libraries would do this. Here’s my bit to help get the word out….

Stewart Varner

As a professional rule, I try to keep things positive. I like to be a cheerleader for all the great people out there and avoid boosting the signal on a bunch of negativity.

However, situations compel me to devote this one post to something totally crappy.

TL;DR: Patricia Hswe and I wrote an article for American Libraries and the editors added some quotes from a vendor talking about their products without telling us. We asked them to fix it and they said no.

Because American Libraries refused to clarify what happened, we decided to clarify it ourselves. What follows is our second (and hopefully happier) attempt at collaborative writing. This little blog does not have quite the reach of that big glossy magazine so please feel free to share as widely as you want. As always, let me know if you have any questions!

svarner@email.unc.edu  ||  @stewartvarner


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