'Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to a competitive environment,' and more of the best CNET comments

Editor in Chief Lindsey Turrentine is on vacation in the woods, so I will be continuing our regular roundup of the best CNET comments. Last week, users envisioned a smartwatch they might actually buy and told us why the Moto X could be a game-changer. This week, CNET readers shared thoughts on topics ranging from the Nexus 7 to the newly announced Chromecast. Enjoy this selection, keep the thoughtful or informative comments coming, and stay tuned next week for Lindsey's return to civilization.

-Justina Nguyen, CNET intern

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'We need a tough solar-powered watch' and more of the best CNET comments

Last week, we kicked off the first regular roundup of the best CNET comments. You responded in kind with a long and illuminating discussion of and lesson on voltage and Faraday cages. Thanks for that.

This week, CNET readers shared thoughts on topics ranging from future smart watches to Facebook's ad model and the soon-to-be-born Moto X. Enjoy this selection and buckle up for next week, when a raft of big tech announcements should make for good discussion.

-Lindsey Turrentine, Editor in Chief of CNET Reviews

Great tech-spectations: What's next in tech for 2013 by John P. Falcone ( … Read more

Get a Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch for $49.99

Are you really going to take your tablet to the pool? The beach? The campground? Nah, for times like those, you want a simple e-reader, something that lets you read to your heart's content without all the typical tablet-powered distractions (I'm looking at you, Limbo).

And why not keep a dedicated e-reader in your beach bag when you can score a great one for just $50? Today only, and while supplies last, Best Buy has the Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch for $49.99, shipped (plus sales tax). It's new, not refurbished, and normally priced at $… Read more

You can be the Audiophiliac for a day

The Audiophiliac blog is almost six years old. I've written about everything from Spotify to dynamic range compression; from atrocious sounding music to the 30-year-old iPod; from the man with 230 turntables to 3D printing LPs and even a guy who makes boom boxes out of old suitcases, (not to mention the craziest high-end gear), but it's always about sound and music.

I always love to hear from Audiophiliac readers, but this time I'd like to give one of you a chance to spout a bit of audiophile wisdom. Write a great "think piece" about … Read more

Turn a cracked Nexus 7 into an e-book reader

The Google Nexus 7 is one of our favorite budget Android tablets for many reasons, but durability isn't one of them. As our Always On torture test has demonstrated, the touch screen on the Nexus 7 is a rather delicate flower.

If you've experienced the fragility of this screen firsthand, chances are you've got the tablet gathering dust somewhere with a partially or completely unresponsive screen.

The good news is that you might be able to give your broken tablet new life, so long as it still powers up. Inspired by this tutorial found on Imgur (tipped … Read more

How to import your Google Reader data to Feedly

Just a couple of weeks ago, Feedly and Digg Reader weren't able to import Google Reader subscriptions manually. Digg recently added support for OPML import and now you can do the same with Feedly. If you haven't exported your Google Reader data yet, you only have until July 15 to do so. Once you've exported the data, here's how to import it to Feedly:

Step 1: Extract the ZIP archive to a folder on your computer. The archive file contains some JavaScript files and "subscriptions.xml."

Step 2: Log in to your Feedly account.… Read more

Review: NeoSoar provides an alternative eBook interface for your iPhone

NeoSoar attempts to create an alternative eBook platform on your iOS device that lacks many of the features needed to stand out on its own. While it is an effective tool in many ways, it looks a lot like iBooks but with many issues that neither iBooks nor Kindle have with their apps. The result is interesting, but uneven.

The audience for NeoSoar is likely limited to those who already have NeoSoar accounts online. The platform is designed to enable small and local bookstores to offer their own eBook platforms for users on their sites, and then funnel them into … Read more

Review: TD Books Reader retreads a lot of ground with few additions

TD Books Reader is designed to provide an open access eBook reader for those with ePub and other format eBooks on their iPhones or in their Dropbox folder, but it lacks the functionality and performance to do it well. While there is certainly room for an independent eBook reader app on the App Store, TD Books Reader fails to stand out as anything more than an early iteration of what have become very smooth, easy-to-use apps.

The result of this is that the navigation, setup, and use of any one book in TD Books Reader is needlessly frustrating. Changing text … Read more

Review: Download new releases and enjoy favorites on Aldiko Book Reader

Aldiko Book Reader effectively enables readers to access and view their digital library as well as enjoy reading their favorite books. With easy navigation, even beginners will have no difficulty finding their books and enjoying hours of reading.

As a pretty light program, Aldiko Book Reader installs very quickly. Once installed, attractive graphics entertain the user as they navigate the well-designed user interface. A basic main menu gives the user the option to view their current library on a virtual bookshelf or list, shop for new books, or browse the device's files for books. This app supports multiple file … Read more

How to import your Google Reader data to Digg Reader

Google Reader is officially gone, but you still have until July 15 to export your data via Google Takeout. Once you've exported your data, you can begin importing it into alternative readers, like Digg Reader. Here's how to import your Google Reader feeds, including starred items, into Digg Reader:

Step 1: Go to, then under the Digg Reader section, click "Upload."

Step 2: Click on "Upload your data," then select your Google Reader Takeout archive -- the entire ZIP file -- for upload to Digg Reader.

Once the import completes, … Read more