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It was a thankfully slow summer week here, and this issue’s articles revolve around a variety of electronic devices, anchored by Charles Maurer’s illuminating discussion of how not to buy a digital camera. Glenn Fleishman compares the costs of Virgin Mobile’s new contract-free MiFi with the approaches of Verizon Wireless and Sprint Nextel, and with AT&T’s iPhone tethering and iPad plans. Doug McLean examines the results of a Princeton University study testing the usability of the Kindle in academia. And Adam reviews the iPad Recliner, an adjustable stand for the iPad. Notable software releases this week include BusyCal 1.3.2 and PDFpen/PDFpenPro 4.7.

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Princeton Tests Kindle DX – Could the iPad Do Better?

Princeton University recently investigated the effect of replacing traditional course printouts with individual student Kindles. The study results indicate widespread adoption of e-readers among students could significantly lower printing costs and waste for the university, though the iPad might be a better candidate for the job.

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ExtraBITS for 12 July 2010

It was a blessedly slow week for serious news, but a few items jumped out at us. Consumer Reports dinged the iPhone 4 on its antenna design, Apple finally acknowledged problems with certain Time Capsules, AT&T explained why iPhone 4 users in some cities were seeing slow upload speeds, Apple started a beta for a new version of MobileMe Calendar, Sony dropped prices on its ebook readers, and the New York Times warned that rising labor and currency costs may result in higher electronics prices.