Many of Steven Millhauser's best stories are wonders of historical futurism. He is interested in the road not taken, in what might have been, whether it's a frighteningly interactive form of painting ("A Precursor of the Cinema") or a bodysuit that simulates any tactile experience ("The Wizard of West Orange"). If you like steampunk or sci-fi, if you like Christopher Nolan or Rian Johnson--really, if you like PopSci--you owe it to yourself to check out Millhauser.
The days of leaning back to watch TV have ended. Eighty-eight percent of tablet owners say they use the device in front of the tube; they find tweets, news, video and other information related to the program they're watching. Afraid of losing eyeballs, networks have released dozens of one-off apps with additional programming content. But that means that viewers must hop from app to app, distracting themselves even further from the TV-viewing experience.
E Ink, makers of the electrophoretic screens for the Kindle and Nook, are going color
By Amber WilliamsPosted 02.23.2012 at 10:08 am 4 Comments
LCD e-readers have one big advantage over e-paper ones: color. But what makes LCD screens so vibrant is also their downfall—the backlight necessary to illuminate pixels adds heft, slashes battery life, and can strain readers' eyes. LCDs require a protective layer, typically glass, so they suffer from extreme glare in direct light. E Ink's new Triton e-paper display, which came out in the U.S. this year on the Ectaco jetBook Color, produces 4,096 colors (the same palette as a newspaper) with ambient light alone.
Our current president is a proud nerd, appearing on shows like Mythbusters, collecting comic books in his youth and dropping references to dilithium crystals (really). But the most prominent Republican to challenge him so far is also a science dork, judging from his Amazon book reviews.
Right now, you can't watch TV or walk into a store without seeing those three dreaded words, "BACK TO SCHOOL." Their presence can mean but one thing: The summer death knell tolls thunderously.
But, wait—there's time! We still have a precious few weeks to get out and travel, hit the beach or soak up The Great Outdoors. And, if you're going to do any of these things, chances are you'll be reading a book somewhere along the way. So, I've taken it upon myself to test out two technically advanced methods of getting my lit on. It's a head-to-head throwdown between Amazon's nifty new Kindle device and an iTunes audio book. Can they replace the good old-fashioned dog-eared paperback? Well, I did find things I liked about both experiences during my experiment, but this just wouldn't be The Grouse without unleashing a little vitriol. Now, let's have at it.