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I have an iRex iLiad myself and love it to bits. To me, this is the most exciting thing happening in gadget world right now. My hope is that e-book readers will revolutionise the book industry in the same way the iPod has changed how we buy music. The Kindle is a good step in the right direction – especially when it comes to availability of titles – but I can’t wait to see what happens next.
My main concern with e-books so far is that they’re difficult to find, every online store for e-books I’ve seen have been a nightmare to navigate. And as many smart people, including Jakob Nielsen have pointed out, the e-book readers are great for fiction, but horrible for non-fiction. I have attempted to read manuals on the iLiad, and it’s an absolute nightmare.
Will the technology move to a point where you can quickly scroll through the pages of the book, like you can with a hard copy? Here’s hoping.
“Just spoke with Apple. There is no encryption or authentication on the chip, so clones could conceivably be made, just not with “Made for iPod” official certification. And now we know!”
So basically, someone could make an extension to your normal headphones with the controller. Not so bad after all! Thank you, Boing Boing Gadgets.
In short – the only earphones that will work on the new iPod Shuffle is the one it ships with. Okay, you can technically use another set of earphones, but on this iPod, the control is on the earphone cord, and the controls contain a authentication chip.
Your earphones SUCK. They are extremely uncomfortable, and can in no way compare to my proper earplugs, which makes it possible to listen to classical music in noisy places without having to crank it up to 11. No way am I ever buying any sort of iPod product where I can’t throw out the white uncomfortable crap you ship your players with.
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- I’m sure a lot of you have already seen this elsewhere, but I’m posting this just in case. Buyers beware!
I bought this beauty yesterday and I am absolutely in love with it.
Preeeettyyyy. And it’s really simple to use, and reading on it doesn’t strain my eyes like reading pdfs on a computer screen. It’s part toy, part really powerful tool. I have manuals, the harry potter books, my study guides for Open University and the 50 classics that it came loaded with.
Ereaders will do for books what iPod did for music. Take your library with you everywhere. Never carry a heavy manual ever again. I am totally and utterly convinced that this is the next big thing.
See this beauty here? I am in love with it. Oh yes, my techie obsession, whenever I lift it, be still my heart. Commuting is so much better thanks to it.
The disks look oddly like the old (now pretty much dead) format Minidisc, which I’m sure no one will remember in five years. I had a mini disk player, which was stolen. Boo. Anyway, these disks are about 1,4 gigs in size, if memory serves me correctly (it probably doesn’t).
The extra cool thing about the psp compared to other hand-held systems, is that it also plays films. Which is cool, when I find Kill Bill 1 for 159,50 while I’m waiting for my train. The bride? Kicks my trainride’s ass. Warning: public laughter and evil grinnage may occur.
And I’m spending an absolutely obscene amount of time playing Everybody’s Golf. This makes me bite back quite a few curse words in public places.
Did I mention it also has wireless technology, and can connect to the internet?
So in case you’re wondering where I am.. I’m either
a) at work
b) on my way to work/from work
c) playing Everybody’s Golf.
b) and c) are compatible, a) and c) – unfortunately not.
I am aware this is old news for American techies, but it only came out a month ago here.