Digital Readers, 3D Cameras and Bieber Fever on PCWorld Podcast #84

Tune in to hear PCWorld editors Ginny Mies, Jason Cross and Tim Moynihan celebrate Robert Strohmeyer's triumphant return with a frank discussion of digital readers, Justin Bieber and the future of 3D photography.

Robert Strohmeyer returns from vacation this week and stumbles straight into a raucous debate regarding cross-cultural celebrity diplomacy as PCWorld mobile maven Ginny Mies makes an impassioned plea for a Bieber concert in North Korea. We talk briefly about the power (or lack thereof) of online petitions, the nature of Twitter trend algorithms and notable SNL episodes before slipping into a debate about reading on digital readers instead of printed paper. A scientific study recently published by Jakob Nielsen of the Nielsen Norman Group suggests we read up to ten percent faster from a physical book instead of an electronic screen. Dr. Nielsen is not in any way affiliated with the Nielsen Company or their eponymous surveys, and given the comparatively small size of his study we urge you to take the results with a grain of salt as we consider the positive and negative aspects of using an iPad or Kindle as your primary reading device.

Finally, PCW editor Tim Moynihan gets the podcast back on track with an update on Sony's plans to offer consumers a point-and-shoot camera capable of capturing and displaying images in 3D. We're pretty optimistic about the cameras themselves (as long as your subjects aren't jumping, running or otherwise moving through those multiple dimensions) but we just can't see a valid reason to upgrade our equipment. Affordable 3D technology is finally coming to store shelves, but will it bring any added value to our entertainment experience?

Highlights:

00:40 - The trials and tribulations of Justin Bieber.

4:20 - Digital readers vs. the printed word.

11:55 - 3D technology coming to point & shoot digital cameras.

21:00 - Bieber redux.

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