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Older Folks Love the Kindle

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Older folks love their Kindles. Yes, they do.

Last week, Kindle Culture crunched the numbers from an Amazon forum thread called Average Kindle Owner's Age, and determined that the unscientific poll showed that around 70% of Kindle users are over 40. Half are over 50.
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The blogosphere as a whole was astonished. People over 50 buy gadgets? Use gadgets? LIKE gadgets? Many speculated that the results are due to the fact that older people can afford Kindles better than young people. And they tend to read more books. Some didn't even believe the results, since it wasn't exactly a scientific poll.
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Some figured out the real reason. Or learned from what older people actually said.

First, presbyopia. It literally means "old eyes." It can take many forms, with the most common symptom being trouble reading small print. First you get bifocals, then you get books with larger print. And that brings us to the second reason, arthritis. Large print books are, well, large. And heavy. Even normal-size books can be tiring when you feel pain turning page after page. The Kindle has adjustable text size that doesn't add any weight to the unit, which is pretty light (10 ounces) compared to most hardback books. And you don't have to turn pages.

Even when the Kindle was first introduced, the adjustable text feature was supposedly for different "preferences".

Kindle has six adjustable font sizes to suit customers' varying reading preferences.

Was it possible that even Amazon didn't see how useful this would be to someone suffering from arthritis or presbyopia? The adjustable text feature and the Kindle's light weight together can make the difference between reading and not reading for someone my age or older.

Mother's Day is this Sunday. If your mother or grandmother has given up reading for pleasure because of arthritis or failing eyesight, a Kindle might bring back the joy she's been missing. Even if it is expensive.

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Improve Your Chopping Skills With This Knife-Cutting Board Hybrid
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Chopping ingredients properly is an impressive skill, and for those who haven’t mastered it yet, this part of the cooking process can be a pain. Luckily, it is possible to do your slicing and dicing without the awkward hand positions and frequent slip-ups. All you need is a knife that stays attached to the board where you’re doing the cutting.

Spotted over at Mashable, spéciale is a high-quality walnut cutting board that comes with a 17-inch Damascus steel knife built in. Whether you’re breaking down fruits, vegetables, cheese, or charcuterie, the blade can rotate across the board as you cut while the tip stays fixed in place. This leaves one hand free, so you don’t have to pause to put down your glass of wine before the chopping starts.

The designers focused on aesthetics along with functionality, so when the board is not being used in the kitchen it doubles as a serving platter. And after you’ve had a chance to enjoy the fruit of your labors, you can pop the knife off the board for easy clean-up.

Spéciale recently wrapped up a campaign on Kickstarter where it raised more than $150,500, and prior to that it debuted on Indiegogo, where it raised nearly $170,000. The product is still available to order through the Indiegogo page for $195.

[h/t Mashable]

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The Commodore 64 Will Return as a Mini Console With Dozens of Games
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Today’s video games may be more innovative than ever, but that doesn’t stop many from returning to the old-school games that remind them of their childhood. Following Nintendo’s massive success with the NES Classic in 2016 and the SNES Classic in September, the Commodore 64 is set to be the next vintage gaming device to get a miniature makeover. As Nerdist reports, Retro Games Limited will release a plug-and-play version of the 1982 bestseller in 2018.

The C64 Mini will be half the size of the original Commodore 64 computer and will feature 64 retro 8-bit titles, including Impossible Mission, Armalyte, Paradroid, and California Games. The kit will include a joystick, an HDMI cable for hooking up the console to your TV, and a USB power cable for charging it.

The console will have two USB ports that can be used to connect an extra joystick or plug in a full-sized keyboard to use the C64 Mini for simple coding. This could be especially useful when you get bored of the pre-loaded games and want to program a new one of your own from scratch.

The C64 Mini is set to retail for around $70 when it hits shelves in 2018, making it $10 cheaper than the newly-released SNES classic. Retro Games also plans to revive a full-sized version of the original Commodore 64 to sell in 2018. For an idea of what that might look like, check out this classic Commodore 64 how-to video from 1982.

[h/t Nerdist]

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