There’s a certain irony, nay, humor in an add-on that’s called “Restartless Restart.” But this isn’t just some lame play on words worthy of inclusion in a typical David Murphy column. No, the developers of this Firefox add-on are completely serious in their task: Their extension requires no closing and reopening of your Firefox browser whatsoever to install, even though the entire point of the add-on is to give you a super-fast way to do just that.
The iPad may have sucked all the wind out of the Amazon Kindle's sails, but rumor has it a refresh of the lineup could be coming as early as August. Sources quoted by Bloomberg claim that the new device will be significantly thinner and lighter than the previous model and would feature a higher resolution display.
This sounds like a promising start, but those holding out for a color or touch screen version will probably be stuck buying an iPad since neither feature seems very likely this time around. It would seem that Amazon is content to concede the market for e-readers with benefits to Apple, and will continue to focus it's efforts on the hardcore book reading crowd who continue to favor dedicated devices that are lighter to hold, and easier on the eyes.
By reducing the weight and improving the legibility of the display, Amazon appears to be in a good position to continue fending off competitors such as Sony who have done a fairly competent job of catching up feature wise. It remains to be seen just how big the market for dedicated reading devices ends up being, but I would venture to guess that it's a heck of a lot smaller than the tablet crowd.
Do you have any interest in the Kindle? Or is your fickle fancy leading you more towards a tablet?
Anyone can master the art of an RSS feed. But what do you do when you're a connoisseur of a ton of different topics? You might very well have check a list of RSS feeds that numbers in the tens, if not hundreds of items--and those are just the direct links you pull down from sites you've already frequented. Aside from running through Google News items based on a bunch of topics, or adding yourself to a site like popurls, there's no picture-perfect way to get an up-to-date, scrolling list of news for a ton of different categories at once.
At least, not until now.
This week's top Web App choice combines the usefulness of a site like popurls with the constantly updated environment of a Web app like Twitterfall. It's an excellent way to quickly customize and scan as many news categories as your screen can fit, featuring constant updates so you don't miss a second of any breaking news on your multitude of beats. In short, the site Lazyfeed is the perfect reason why you should look into getting a second monitor this holiday season--if you're a news junkie, that is.