28. June 2010

Update for Kindle for iPad, iPhone and iPod

Amazon today announced a new update to Kindle for iPad and Kindle for iPhone and iPod touch. It allows readers to enjoy the benefits of embedded video and audio clips in Kindle books. The first books to take  advantage of this new technology, including “Rick Steves’ London” by Rick Steves and “Together We Cannot Fail”  by Terry Golway, are available in the Kindle Store.

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24. June 2010

Apple: Not available for redownload. Purchase it again at full price.

It seems that after updating the iPhone to iOS4 the shelf of your iBooks app is empty, even if you already bought some ebooks. If you want to redownload these books, the store recognizes that you already purchased them but wants you to buy them again at full price.

Just to remember: with  my Kindle I can redownload any book I bought on Amazon at anytime anywhere for free! Well actually you can do this with all Kindle applications on any device, but at the Kindle itself even the 3G connection is for free. It goes even further, I actually can download any mobipocket ebook for free from the internet from any site i.e. from google docs.

Also with the Kindle you can read any  ebook purchased at Amazon on any of your devices with a Kindle app running, no matter if its a Kindle, a PC, a Mac, Android device and so on! Any device with an internet connection can instantly download your books, sync the last read position as well as bookmarks and annotations.

The conclusion: “Forget about iBook, and use Amazon Kindle and Stanza for your reading needs.”

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09. May 2010

Portable Travelling Solar Charger

E-Reader like the Kindle, Kobo or Sony eReader with eInk technology have a rather low power consumption compared to other gadgets with large displays, you can read up to two weeks with just one charge. But what when you go on vacation or due to other reasons there is no way to charge your device?

Other than real books, eReaders need power to run, without it there is no way you can read your books or documents.

Here is possible solution to that dilemma – a solar charger. It can charge all your little electronic gizmos, your eReader, your cell phone, GPS, digital camera, MP3 player, etc.  And this one ought to be really effective,  it just needs 2 to 3 hours to fully recharge your cell phone. It is about $60 at amazon.com

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27. April 2010

Police Seized Computers of Editor Jason Chen

Last Friday night, a Rapid Enforcement Allied Computer Team of California irrupted into the home of Jason Chen while he was not present. The police seized his four computers and two servers.

They where using a warrant by Judge of Superior Court of San Mateo.

Gaby Darbyshire, COO of Gawker Media LLC, claimed the search warrant to remove these computers was invalid under section 1524(g) of the California Penal Code.

It is illegal to seize journalist’s computers, because they must not be forced to uncover their sources.

Jason Chen is an editor for gizmodo.com and recently reported about a lost and found iPhone 4 prototype.

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23. April 2010

Kindle is Amazon’s top-selling product

Kindle DX

For Amzon the e-reader Kindle remains the best selling product as Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos says.

Although the Kindle is repeatedly referred to as sales pitch, sales numbers of the e-book reader are kept secret by the world’s largest online retailer. Rumors speak of up to 3.3 million units sold so far, but who really knows?

Amazon’s chief financial officer Tom Szuktak said on request, that the demand for the Kindle did not suffer from the launch of the iPad. And the demand is still very strong. He also stressed again that the Kindle and the iPad are two completely different types of devices that are not necessarily in competition.
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