Opinion: Doesn't anyone have anything better to do than shop on Christmas Day?

Jonathan Weinberg Columns & Opinion, Gadgets, Internet, Websites Leave a Comment

Jon_smal.gifJonathan Weinberg writes… It’s meant to be the one day of the year when you can have a total rest. No work (for most of us), nothing to do indoors other than eat, drink and be merry and with no real shops open, no reason to be tempted to spend cash on anything other than spare batteries that you forgot for those gadget presents and some cream for the mince pies.

So what on earth possessed people to finish up their turkey and pigs-in-blankets, watch the Queen’s Speech and then nip upstairs and buy a TV or toaster from the likes of Comet or Currys.

I don’t know, sure Christmas is a time to be with the family, or if not, it’s a time to get drunk on Advocaat or Sherry so that your handy is not even steady enough to use a mouse. It is not the time to be shopping online, no matter how many bargains there might be out there…

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Opinion: What Amazon Kindle needs is… interactive book groups

Stuart Dredge Columns & Opinion, E-Books Leave a Comment

kindle-column.jpgSo, Amazon’s Kindle e-book reader is finally on sale, and although there’s been a mixed reaction from journalists and users alike, Amazon has still won plaudits for the focused way it’s entered the market.

The key thing to remember is that Kindle is a first-generation device, so there’s scope for firmware updates to bring new features, as well as future models that’ll solve the flaws and introduce new functionality.

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Amazon's reviewers give Kindle e-book reader just two out of five stars

Katherine Hannaford E-Books 2 Comments

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Oh dear. Just three days after it launched, the Amazon Kindle e-book reader has been slated across the internet, and even on its very own sale page on the Amazon store. Seems their reader-submitted reviews have turned around and bitten them on their bums.

Just 2.5/5, for the $399 device which has seen 503 Amazon users leaving their thoughts on the page, with at…

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Opinion: Amazon's Kindle won't make E-Books popular but how hard can it be?

Jonathan Weinberg Columns & Opinion, E-Books 3 Comments

Jon_smal.gifJonathan Weinberg writes…

I don’t read as much as I used to, one look at the amount of books in my house is enough evidence to tell that story. Not that I don’t have many, oh no, I’ve got shelves full of novels and non-fiction. It’s just most of them are bought on a whim, and then a few pages in swapped for something else or put down to play the Xbox 360 or check out the telly.

Children too aren’t reading as much as they should. In fact, David Cameron, the Tory leader, is about to announce plans to try and get every
youngster up to speed with their reading by the age of six. It’s a massive failure in any education system when kids can’t pick out enough words to enjoy a story without it being spoken to them…

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The… Amazon… Shipping Box… Robot…

Gary Cutlack Uncategorized 10 Comments

Your company is NOTHING in Japan without a friendly mascot. Here’s Amazon’s attempt at hitting the big time – the Amazon Shipping Box Robot. It is the most incredible thing you will see on the internet today, as long as you haven’t been Googling “Gemma Atkinson bra” for the last hour with Safe Search turned off.

This is such a staggering toy we have NO OPTION but to break out the full-width image embedding code. You know it’s an important thing when that happens.

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Analysis: Have music download stores had their day?

Stuart Dredge Digital Music Leave a Comment

itunes-store.jpgIt’s the best of times, the worst of times to be a digital music retailer. It’s the worst of times if you’re one of the less popular download stores, even if you’re owned by a big company.

In the last few weeks alone, Sony has announced plans to close its Connect service, Virgin has announced that its Virgin Digital service is for the chopper, and Yahoo is reportedly deciding whether its Yahoo Music service is worth continued support. Meanwhile, independent service AnywhereCD announced yesterday that it too is closing.

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