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Q. I really want to get a Kindle but the books are expensive. Is there any way to borrow books from the library on a Kindle?
A. Good news! Amazon just announced this week that Kindle users will be able to borrow Kindle books from 11,000 libraries in the US. Amazon didn’t announce when this feature will be launched, but did say that every generation of Kindle and every Kindle app will have the ability to use this feature. A very cool part of this is that your Kindle account will remember any notes or highlights you make, as well as the last page you read, even if you return the book. If you borrow the book again or buy it from Amazon, you will find your notes, highlights and last page read are all available on the book again.
Remember that you don’t need a Kindle to read a Kindle book. You can read Kindle books on your computer, iPod Touch, Blackberry, Android, Window Phone 7, iPhone and iPad. All of these apps are free and many Kindle books are free. You could start reading Kindle books now and then sync them to your Kindle later, if you decide to get one.
Q. Why don’t you ever slam any tech? All I read about is how great this tech stuff is on your blog. Aren’t there any apps you think are failures?
A. The Wonder of Tech won’t waste your time with tech that isn’t great. Why would you want to read about tech that doesn’t work, is buggy, breaks down, etc.? I’m sure you would rather be enlightened about amazing tech.
Let’s take apps as an example. With 400,000 apps in the iTunes App Store and almost 100,000 apps for Android, it’s pretty easy to find low rated apps. But finding the gems is what I try to do. (I am grateful to the many Wonder of Tech readers who have recommended apps to review.) When I discover an app that’s great, I’m really excited to share it with my readers. If an app isn’t great, well, maybe the developer needs to work out the bugs, so I will wait to see what happens with future updates.
I’m not going to slam any developer. The truth is, the iPhone, iPad, and Android phones wouldn’t be successful without the app developers. The app developers are what has propelled these devices to their incredible success. But it’s hard for them to break out of the crowd in the app stores and they charge very little for their apps. I haven’t found a successful app yet that isn’t an incredible bargain.
So if you want to read negative reviews of tech, then this isn’t the blog for you. If you want to read about awesome, life-changing tech that’s fun and useful, you’ve found the right place!
Q. I read in your poll that some people have unlimited data. How can I get unlimited data?
A. In yesterday’s Poll: Do You Have a Data Cap?, 38% of the voters (so far) said they have unlimited data. Unlimited data takes the worry away from exceeding a data cap, but some carriers charge a lot for unlimited data.
You may be able to get unlimited data, it depends on your smartphone and your carrier. If you want unlimited data on the iPhone in the US, you need to go with Verizon. But do it soon because Verizon has said they will end their offer of unlimited data on the iPhone some time this summer. If you use an Android or other smartphone, check with your carrier for their unlimited data plans. Sometimes the added cost isn’t worth it, especially if you don’t use much data.
The cheapest unlimited data plan I have found is from Virgin Mobile’s Beyond Talk plan that gives you unlimited data and texts, plus 300 voice minutes per month for $25. See, Smart and Cheap!
Q. I know you used to live in England and like technology, so maybe you can help me. I have a Blackberry mobile phone on the Orange network, but my phone isn’t working. What should I do?
A. The Wonder of Tech is here to help! After conducting exhaustive research, I have found this helpful video that is certain to solve your problem:
No, that last question wasn’t real. Sometimes The Wonder of Tech just wants to make you smile. Have a Good Friday!
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