Weekly Roundup, Friday 19 September, 2014

Good morning Have you joined the rush of people ordering a new iPhone?  They became available for pre-order at midnight last Thursday/Friday, and will be in the stores today.  I (and, by all accounts, millions of other people too) spent a very frustrating 90 minutes failing to order a phone, either through the Apple or [...]

New Amazon Kindle eReaders

New Amazon Kindle eReaders

Although we have never recommended you should purchase any Amazon tablet, we have always consistently recommended you should definitely consider buying an Amazon Kindle eBook reader. The Kindle eBook reading software is now available on all iOS and Android devices, and on Mac and PC computers, too.  So you might think there’s no longer any [...]

Weekly Roundup, Friday 12 September, 2014

Weekly Roundup, Friday 12 September, 2014

Good morning (apologies, can’t get images into today’s newsletter.  A new version of the WordPress publishing software seems to come complete with some glitches….) Have you pre-ordered a new iPhone 6 or 6 Plus yet?  The new model iPhones were announced on Tuesday and went on sale this morning.  I’m hoping to put my name [...]

Apple's Excellent New iPhones; and a Watch too

Apple’s Excellent New iPhones; and a Watch too

It is one month less than three years since Steve Jobs died (Oct 5, 2011).  Apple is now moving beyond its second Jobs era (he founded the company, was ousted, then returned) and is becoming more a creature of Jobs’ successor(s) – CEO Tim Cook and perhaps also its Senior VP of Design, Sir Jonathan [...]

Weekly Roundup, Friday 5 September, 2014

Weekly Roundup, Friday 5 September, 2014

Good morning A couple of follow-ups from previous weeks and their featured/reviewed products. Last week I wrote about the wonderful Aukey four port car charger, and my enthusiasm for this $20 device has definitely been matched by your enthusiasm – one reader telling me he bought four of them (but not all for one car!).  [...]

Weekly Roundup, Friday 29 August, 2014

Weekly Roundup, Friday 29 August, 2014

Good morning I realized that this was close to exactly the 25th anniversary of an event that was auspicious for me, although probably less so to you.  May I abuse my ‘bully pulpit’ by observing it is 25 years since I first placed an advertisement in the local Seattle Times for ‘Empire Travel Services’ and [...]

Book Review :  What the Airlines Don't Tell You

Book Review : What the Airlines Don’t Tell You

Former travel agency owner Steffan Ileman has just self-published a Kindle eBook, ‘What the Airlines Don’t Tell You :  Trade Secrets Of The Travel Industry For Best Airfares, Cheaper Travel Or Profit And Avoiding Travel Scams’.  It is available free as part of Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited program, or for $5.95 as a regular eBook download. [...]

The Best Way to Store and Play High Quality Digital Music

The Best Way to Store and Play High Quality Digital Music

Recorded music has evolved enormously since its origins in the 1870s, getting better and better until reaching its zenith with the introduction of the CD at the start of the 1980s. Paradoxically, in the last 15 years, while technological advances now allow for a theoretically better quality of music to be recorded and played back [...]

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