David Gerrold's perception and vision of the past, present, and future of technology
Sci-Fi author and former Maximum PC contributor David Gerrold needs no introduction, though if you've been cryogenically frozen for the past 50 years and find yourself just now getting up to speed on what's happened during your conscious absence, Gerrold is quite the accomplished writer. He's written episodes for the original Star Trek series, worked as a story editor on Star Trek: The Next Generation, penned the Star Wolf trilogy, and much, much more. Gerrold also used to contribute technology columns to Maximum PC magazine, and if you missed them (or want to revist), he's made them available on Amazon in Kindle form.
HTC has been in a bit of trouble after the launch of the HTC One, but things might be looking up for the Taiwanese phone manufacturer. According to a report by the Financial Times, Amazonis partnering with HTC to get into the smartphone market, but we probably won’t be seeing a completed phone for a while.
It's not easy being a mother, that's something every human on the planet can agree with, regardless of gender. She's the one who put Band-Aids on boo-boos as opposed to dad who would just tell you to man up (again, regardless of gender) and rub some dirt in it. She's the one who sewed up your tattered Star Wars blanket long after it had seen better days, and she's the one who couldn't sit and relax for an evening to watch a recorded movie because you broke the VCR by shoving toys and peanut butter sandwiches inside.
Another rumor points to an Amazon smartphone on the horizon.
Amazon should do the Internet a favor and either launch a smartphone of its own or come out and say, in no uncertain terms, that it has no intentions of offering a handset. It would save us the trouble of sifting through rumors, which have been permeating the web for about year now. The latest bit of news suggests Amazon is not only still interested in releasing a smartphone, but will go with a 4.7-inch display.
The best tablets on the market are also the worst to drop.
Here at Maximum PC we love to strip machines down and rebuild them just to see what makes it tick, but with modern gadgets that isn’t always easy. Screws have been replaced by glue, and the simple pleasures of popping the cover off to perform upgrades seems to be a lost art. iFixit has emerged as the Internet’s ultimate authority on gadget reparability, and its newly updated list of tablets puts both Microsoft and Apple fighting for the distinction as worlds least fixable tablet.
Kingston Digital introduces 128GB Wi-Drive for storage-constrained iOS and Android devices
Kingston this week added a 128GB capacity drive to its Wi-Drive line, which hitherto only included 16GB, 32GB and 64GB offerings. With the Wi-Drive being aimed mainly at storage-starved tablet and smartphone owners, the 128GB drive seems like a good addition to the lineup and should make Kingston's wireless storage solution attractive to even those who own smart devices with external storage support. It's definitely bigger, but is it any better?
Amazon could hardly contain its excitement over how many Kindle devices it sold on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the busiest offline and online (respectively) shopping days of the year. According to Amazon, the holiday weekend was the "best ever" for the Kindle family, especially Cyber Monday, which ranked as the biggest day ever for Kindle sales worldwide. It was pretty much the same situation last year, which makes it even more impressive that Amazon managed to double its holiday weekend sales record from 2011.
Amazon found itself in a bit of hot water with potential customers last week when it was revealed that new Kindle Fire tablets would ship with home screen ads on by default. The decision to not allow people to purchase a slightly more expensive model without “special offers” flew in the face of the companies pre-existing policies, and represented yet another shift in the company’s ongoing razor and razor blade business model for digital media. In response to all the controversy, Amazon has quickly changed direction, and has agreed to scrap ads for a modest $15 fee.
Exactly two weeks from today -- September 6, 2012, if you don't want to consult a calendar -- Amazon will hold a press conference in Santa Monica, California, according to invitations it sent out to members of the press. It's a safe bet Amazon will launch a new wave of Kindle products during that time, and if the e-tailer plans on releasing a full size Kindle Fire tablet, could there be a better time?