5 Things - Week Ending 4/13/12

This is the 3rd post in a series called 5 Things. Each week I will share a combination of technology articles and apps that I have discovered and liked in the past week.

E-reader wars: does the iPad's retina display measure up to e-ink?

Cesar Torres:

If you love reading and are looking to invest a chunk of money into a device as a dedicated e-reader, then the iPad is not your best bet. The value you can get from devices like the Kindle (or several other competitors like the Sony Reader or Kobo), will allow you to save money to spend on what is presumably your main passion: books. The iPad’s retina display is sharp and bright, but the display is unlikely to be the sole deciding factor for spending more time with the books you love.

The trouble comes when you start to think of your e-reader as more than an e-reader. E-ink Kindles are abysmal at Web browsing, for example, and they don’t run popular apps and games like the iPad and other tablets on the market today.

I love both the Kindle 4 and iPad. The Kindle 4 is still better to read books on, but the iPad is so much more capable. I see room for both devices in a person's life.

NOOK Simple Touch with GlowLight

One of the major complaints against E-ink readers is that you need to have sufficient light in the room to be able to read. The new NOOK Simple Touch with GlowLight seems to solve that problem even if it's name is longer than it has to be.

Let’s not be friends

J. Eddie Smith, IV:

Privacy is fast becoming the de facto currency with which we transact online. And so few people understand how much they’re spending or who it’s going to. Most people don’t even know if they’re the customer or the product.

Great read that reminds us that nothing is truly free. With many online services like Facebook and Google, their customers are the advertisers and their products are us.

15 Current Technologies My Newborn Son Won’t Use

Avram Piltch:

As my newborn son grows to match the size of a mid-tower desktop, a large-screen TV and eventually a server rack, I can’t help but think about all the gadgets he won’t even remember using that were so important to his dad. I’m not talking about long dead-and-buried technologies such as the VHS recorder or the 35mm camera. Rather, I’m thinking about devices and concepts most of us use today that will fall out of mainstream use so soon that he either won’t remember them, or will only have very hazy memories of having lived with them.

I can't wait for the day that I am able to tell my future kids, "I remember when we had to use remote controls to change the channel and we watched movies on DVDs and Blue-ray." Then the kids would say, "What's a Blue-ray, is that like a cousin of a sting-ray?"

Khan Academy

I recently discovered this amazing website that has over 3000 videos on all sorts of topics ranging from math to science to finance. I downloaded the iPad app this morning and watched a video that explain how the F.I.C.A. tax works. It was quite fascinating and I would highly recommend checking out their website and app for your iPad.