Entries from Manifest Tech Blog tagged with 'Players'

Holiday Gadgets 2012 - Moving Into the Cloud?

It's holiday gadget season, with companies from Apple to Amazon, and Microsoft to Samsung, working hard to court us with very different perspectives on portable electronic gadgets -- and to sign up our credit card numbers so that new...

Apple's iPads are Ready for the Holidays

Apple is certainly ready for the holidays after updating its entire product line of portable devices this Fall. Not content with announcing the iPhone 5 in September, plus the updated iPod touch gen 5 (without the phone part -- see...

Apple's Latest Take on the iPod nano

For a company known for its clearness and certainty of vision, Apple has shown an amazing variety of takes for the different versions of the product it calls the iPod nano. After all, the iPod shuffle is clearly the minimalist...

Apple Introduces New iPod touch (and nano)

Lost in the excitement around Apple's introduction of the iPhone 5 last week was news of two new iPod models -- generation 5 of the iPod touch, and generation 7 of the iPod nano. (Yes, Apple still refuses to capitalize...

Updating Kindle Fire Complaints

Amazon has released an upgrade to the Amazon Kindle Fire tablet, Update 6.2.1, saying it "enhances fluidity and performance, improves touch navigation responsiveness, gives you the option to choose which items display on the carousel, and adds the ability...

The Amazon Kindle Fire Tablet as an E-Viewer

The Amazon Kindle Fire tablet is an intriguing product -- a 7-inch color touchscreen Android tablet for only $199! (Kindle the fire, get it?) What Amazon has done is to create what I would call a spectacularly adequate tablet...

Holiday Gadgets 2011

It's time for my annual holiday gadgets review, and this year it's all about portable and wireless, smartphones to tablets to e-readers -- especially with the ongoing momentum of the Apple iPad, the impressive continued demand for the new...

Amazon Prime Members Can Now "Borrow" Books for Free on Kindle

Amazon has enhanced its Prime program, now for book readers as well as video enthusiasts -- Prime members now can "borrow" books for free to read on their Kindle devices, as part of the Kindle Owners' Lending Library. Amazon Prime...

Apple iPod Domination

The new Apple iPhone 4S was introduced by new CEO Tim Cook at last week's keynote event, which was overshadowed by who and what was not there -- Steve Jobs and an iPhone 5 (see video at Apple's site). Cook...

Apple iPhone 4S - Seriously Interesting

Ecstasy!! -- It's a new Apple iPhone. Agony! -- It's not the rumored iPhone 5; it's just a "4S". The "S" may stand for a bump in Speed or Software from the iPhone 4 (see earlier post), but it's definitely...

ZAGG invisibleSHIELD for iPads - Scratch and Fingerprint Protection

I'm a big fan of screen protectors, especially for cell phones that rattle around in my pocket with keys. For example, the ZAGG invisibleSHIELD line (see earlier post) includes screen (and body) protectors from devices ranging from handheld cell phones,...

Holiday Consumer Electronics Wish Lists

The upcoming holiday season is looking a bit merrier, as the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) sees evidence that the economy is picking up after a disastrous couple of years. In its annual CE Holiday Purchase Patterns Study, the CEA reports...

iPad iOS 4.2 Software Update Brings iPhone Goodness

Apple has released the iOS 4.2 Software Update, bringing all the goodness of the new iPhone 4 software from earlier this summer to the iPad tablet (and also bringing the same release to the iPhone and iPod touch). The...

Apple iPad Coming To Verizon and AT&T Stores

After all the years of rumors about the Apple iPhone coming to Verizon Wireless, the first breach of AT&T's exclusivity is -- the iPad (see my earlier post)! Yep, the Apple iPad will be available through the over 2,000 Verizon...

ColcaSac Fleece Sleeves for MacBook / iPhone / iPad

Doesn't your MacBook (and iPhone and iPod) deserve to sleep in comfort? Maybe nestled in a fleece-lined sleeve made of natural, sustainable materials including burlap and hemp -- like the ColcaSac naturally protective sleeves for MacBooks and portable devices. The...

Reading E-books on Your "iPad mini"

It's the weekend for the Apple iPad, and appropriately it looks like Steve Jobs has pulled another beautiful lust-inducing bunny out of his magic hat. Besides the legions of early adapters lined up outside stores, the iPad could make...

Lower Prices for Microsoft Zune HD

Microsoft has lowered the price for its Zune HD media players (see previous post). The Zune HD 16 GB model has dropped to $199 (was $219), and the 32 GB model to $269 (was $289) on the Microsoft site...

The Apple iPad as a Quick-start Netbook

Well, the news is out -- the Apple iPad tablet has been revealed. There's a lot of instant reaction, but you'll have to wait some 3 months to actually buy the Wi-Fi version, and another month after that for the...

New Display Technology for E-book Readers

While the obvious excitement at CES was around big screens with 3D TV, and small screens with smartphones (see previous post), there also was lots of action with new E-book readers in the middle range of screen sizes -- handheld...

Display Revolution: LED to OLED to E-Ink

Flat-screen LCD displays have swept the field, replacing CRTs as computer monitors and picture tubes for TVs. The revolution is complete, so it's time to move on to the next thing! At CES, Samsung was showing "LED TV" models, which...

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