Roundup: French Publishers Threaten to Sue Ad-Blocking Company Over Ads You Weren’t Seeing Anyway

133046329_261e790b62_m[1]With an estimated 5% of the internet population using one, ad blockers are either a necessary security measure, a threat to the ledger book, or a symptom of a greater problem (it depends on who you ask).

News broke over the weekend that French web publishers were making legal threats against Eyeo, a tech company that developed AdBlock Plus (one of many ad-blocking plugins). I was all set to report on it on that legal threat, but as I read more about it new angles kept appearing as new and tangentially related stories were published. Continue reading

Round Up: Kindle Voyage Reviews

Kindle-VoyageAmazon's latest and greatest ereader officially broke embargo today, a day ahead of the official shipdate, and the early reviews have already been posted.

I just got my unit on Friday and am still working on the review, but other bloggers got their units earlier. So far I have 8 reviews to share, and they should offer plenty of detail for the discerning reader. Continue reading

Amazon Fire Phone Review Roundup

firephonetilt-140x259[1]Amazon's first smartphone starts arriving tomorrow, and late last night the gags were removed from all of the early reviews. All of the major tech and business blogs got a Fire Phone, resulting in an excess of reviews.

I'm still working my way through the reviews but I don't think very many of the reviewers liked the phone. Here are a few of the choicer excerpts. Continue reading

Nvidia Tegra Note Review Round Up

Nvidia madenvidia tegra note the tech blogosphere drool when they unveiled their 7" Android tablet 2 months ago just by talking about the basic specs, and now that the early reviews are out I think it lives up to the hype.

This tablet is equipped with Nvidia Tegra 4 CPU, 16GB of storage, a stylus, and specs that place this tablet a close second to the Nexus 7 (2013) - aside from the 1280 x 800 resolution screen. Continue reading

Review Roundup: Kindle Fire HDX 8.9

Amazon's latest 8.9 inch tablet, the Kindle Fire HDX, shipped yesterday and the early reviews are in.

The Kindle Fire HDX 8.9, the one with the impressive 2560 x 1600 resolution display, has a speedy 2.2GHz cuad-core Snapdragon 80  processor, 2GB Of RAM, a pair of cameras (2MP webcam and 8MP rearcam), at least 16GB of storage, Wifi, Bluetooth, and a svelte design: it weighs just over 13 ounces, beating the iPad Air by a couple ounces.

The reviews were mixed, but generally positive. Continue reading

Roundup of Coverage of the Kindle Fire HDX Launch Event

feature-os._V355642161_[1]Amazon held a private pre-launch press briefing in Seattle some time in the past few days and showed off their new hardware. I didn't get an invite, but apparently all the major tech blogs were there and got to put their hands on the new tablet hardware that launched today.

Here is a partial roundup of the press reports on the event. I probably missed a few, but I think I found more than enough videos, photos, and verbiage to give you an idea if what the new devices look like. Continue reading

A Roundup of My Favorite April Fool’s Jokes

1 April has come and gone (mostly) and many, many jokes have been made. Most weren't all that funny, but there were a handful that I liked either because they surprised me or they got a chuckle out of me.

I thought it would be fun to share the handful of jokes that I tweeted today. They are all the type of post that would have gone into the morning coffee posts had they been legit. Continue reading

Kindle Paperwhite Roundup of Reviews

Amazon has just lifted the embargo on the KPW reviews and after reading a few I could easily see that right now B&n is having an "oh, crap" moment. Everyone loves the new higher res screen, and when you combine it with the frontlight it apparently sets a new standard for for ereaders.

Based on my few minutes with it a few weeks ago I am not surprised.

Here are the reviews which I have found so far tonight. Continue reading