/// Kindle Fire, USB on the iPad, and Disk Defragmentation

September 19, 2012  |  All Things Digital

Q: When the 7-inch Kindle Fire HD is used to read an ordinary eBook, does the book page look like the new Kindle Paperwhite, or ordinary Kindle gray? A: Neither. Standard Kindle e-readers, even the improved new ones, use a technology called e-ink, that’s entirely different from the screen technology on the Kindle Fire series. The latter is an LCD screen, similar to what’s on an iPad, or a laptop. I found reading a book on the Fire HD to be a good experience, but it’s different from that on a standard Kindle. For instance, like other LCD screens, the one on the Fire has much more glare than an e-ink screen, especially outdoors, even though Amazon claims the new HD has 25% less glare than its predecessor. Q: Does the iPad have a USB port? Can you attach a memory card reader to the iPad? A: It has neither a built-in USB port nor a built-in memory card reader. But Apple sells a $29 accessory called the Camera Connection Kit that includes two adapters, one with a memory card reader and one with a USB port for connecting a camera via a cable. The catch is that these adapters only work with photos, not other types of files. Q: Is it possible to run disk defragmentation in Mac OSX (Mountain Lion) and if so, what is the best way to go about doing this? A: Apple says its operating system does disk defragmentation—tidying up the arrangement of files for faster access—automatically, so doing so manually is unnecessary. I haven’t done it on my Macs for years. Still, some experts say it’s useful to do so, especially if your hard disk is almost full, or you’re noticing significant slowdowns

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Kindle Fire, USB on the iPad, and Disk Defragmentation

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