Doing the math on the PR re The Elements for iPad: 160,000 * $13.99 * 70% = $1,566,880 for an ebook. That’s… impressive.
I like the way these things look, but damned if I can figure out why some rubber earbud headphones vary so much in price, when the sound quality is so highly subjective. I’m currently using a $40 pair of Scosche earbuds I picked up at the Apple Store—annoyed that they needed a repair very quickly, but sound and mic quality both seem to be pretty good.
I enjoyed writing these turns of phrase:
Polymerized Chemical Toner may sound like the next head-to-head battle in Congress over environmental pollution, but it’s actually the technology in Samsung’s upcoming line of laser printers…. [$199] might be a good price for polymerized chemicals, but it’s hard to tell, as that phrase is about as specific as marketing your white bread as produced using Endothermic Infrared Radiation Transfer.
Xnet Communication’s iTuber provides drag-and-drop uploads and downloads, and other YouTube features, in an application that could use a bit more polish.
It sounds like a breakfast cereal, but AppleJack is designed to save your bacon with a series of command-line tools when you can’t boot your Mac.
SyncMate synchronization software boasts a list of compatible devices and operating systems which includes anything more sophisticated than your blender.
Unfortunately, my editors killed this image with the article. “The Y! Phone uses Google’s operating system and should be on the market in 3 to 4 years.”
ShowStoppers isn’t exactly related to CES, but many of the CES exhibitors showed up at this media event, showing off neat products ranging from a GSM-to-VoIP call router to a 3D printer, along with a service that will ensure Jeff Porten never gets a second date again.
As I mentioned in my last article, the coolest thing about being at CES is catching glimpses of the future: seeing the technologies which will become part of the normal landscape of the next generation. So it’s a damn shame how brutally we’re reminded that, by comparison, right now we’re living in the past.
Here at the Consumer Electronics Show, the most amazing thing I’ve seen so far is a blender. Don’t get me wrong – there are some truly cool technologies on display here, but this was one heck of a blender.
If your New Year’s resolution was, “I never want to leave my living room again,” the Boxee Box from D-Link will go a long way towards fulfilling your goal.
Do you wish Apple would provide you with mobile, targeted information which connected you with great products and services? Well, now there’s an ad for that.
Your intrepid roving reporter is back again this year, ready to leave no Playboy playmates unturned in my quest for interesting CES… er, tidbits.
The first part of my two-part article on how DRM technologies are destroying the world (slight exaggeration for dramatic effect) is up at TidBITS.com, and I’ve been linked for the first time in BoingBoing.
In case you’re not convinced to click over just yet, here’s my editorial blurb: “While attending CES last January, roving correspondent Jeff Porten realizes just how broken technology has become in the name of protecting intellectual property, causing him to ponder the societal costs of such a dependence on technology that is designed to fail.”
My second products article at TidBITS, which ranges from MC Escher to tiny spacemen to motorized rollerskates (13 MPH!).
My first CES product review, posted at TidBITS.
First TidBITS article is available here.
TidBITS just published my review of Bento, a new database application for Macs from the people who make FileMaker. Naturally, I used the opportunity to talk about poker.
I just realized that I never linked to my latest TidBITS article, Build Your Own 23-inch MacBook. Yes, I’m still using this setup. Man, it rocks.
My coverage of the Computers, Freedom, and Privacy conference has just been published at TidBITS. The conference was chock-full of information and I’ve got more to say about it, which had to be cut from the article to keep this issue from becoming 30,000 words long, or from taking on more of a political tone than is usually the case. I’m still catching up on a pile of work from last week, so feel free to keep checking the CFP topic here to see my new articles as I post them.
Thanks go out to Adam Engst and the rest of the TidBITS crew for asking me to cover the conference, and to the Association for Computing Machinery for putting it on in the first place. As I say in the article, if you’re in the least bit interested in these topics, by all means come to Montreal next year.
Another shout-out goes to my buddy Brian Greenberg, who surely is shocked as hell to read this. The reason? Because Brian was the audience I had in mind when writing the article; he’s my standing skeptical sounding board on issues related to privacy and whether the current administration is living up to Orwell’s 1984, and I consciously wrote my piece with the hope of convincing Brian — and others like him — why these topics are important.
I’m sure he’ll tell me if I succeeded. Hope you do too.