Samsung's upcoming e-book reader, the Papyrus, had its debut at CES in January, but the stylish looking device is now making the rounds in Europe with some new details in tow. What's interesting about it is that it seems to have quite a bit of PDA in it as Samsung's gone with a touch screen (an aluminum stylus is included), and is bundling some utility applications such as a calculator, scheduler, and contacts. The Papyrus is an A5-size e-ink device (it's 5.8 inches by 8.3 inches while the entire Kindle 2 measures 5.3 … Read more
It's a clash of the titans over on MP3 Insider his week as we pit Amazon MP3 against iTunes, and the iPig against the Vesatlife Butterfly. Plus, a rant against iPod charging adapters, news on Bluetooth coming to the iPod Touch, and a $40 pair of great earbuds from Altec Lansing.Listen now: Download today's podcast… Read more
I got an e-mail from the folks over at O'Reilly Media mentioning that keynotes and other presentations from the company's ETech 2009 conference, held earlier this month, were now online at the ETech 2009 site. I missed that show, but I was interested in one of the keynotes, so I surfed on over to take a look.
The keynote I was looking for was indeed online: Mary Lou Jepsen, CEO of Pixel Qi and formerly CTO of the One Laptop Per Child organization, talking about "Low-Cost, Low-Power Computing." You can watch a video of the presentation … Read more
Amazon released a firmware upgrade on Thursday night that fixes some minor glitches with the Kindle 2. Some blogs are calling the release the first firmware upgrade for Amazon's latest e-book reader, but it's actually the second.
Contrary to some reports, this version (2.02) has nothing to do with the text-to-speech option that publishers were upset about; that was addressed in the 2.01 release. Rather, this upgrade appears to center on page refreshes and some ghosting issues.
Apple is apparently suing the maker of an iPhone dock called the Podium because the product name has the word pod in it. Really? So if I refer to the cockpit of my plane as the cockpod, Apple could sue, because the cockpod has a music player in it? Are you blocking my cockpod, Apple? Also lepidopterists may be in trouble because the letters for pod are in there, as well. Of course, we also talk IE 8, and Sony and Google hooking up for free books.Listen now: Download today's podcast EPISODE 934
Sony Reader gets all Google … Read more
Sony's e-book reader is about to get a little help from Jane Austen in its battle with the Kindle.
Sony announced a partnership with Google Wednesday night that will bring a half-million classic books to the Sony Reader Digital Book. Users will now be able to access the free book downloads through Sony's eBook Store.
For years, Google has scanned books and converted them to digital format--at least in part--for its Google Book Search project. For now, Google is providing books to Sony whose copyrights have expired, which means most of the new additions to the Sony Reader … Read more
I read on Wednesday that Sun Microsystems plans to release open-source application programming interfaces for its soon-to-launch cloud services. The obvious question in my mind is, why wouldn't Sun just support Amazon's APIs, which have become the de facto standard?
The short answer is that Amazon filed a very broad patent titled "Distributed storage system with Web services client interface" related to its Simple Storage Service (S3), and it's not clear if the company will eventually take legal action against those using the APIs in their own products.
We can argue all day about the … Read more
A bat hitched a ride on the space shuttle Discovery and I think it's going to be a long long time till touchdown brings it down again. Of course, IBM apparently wants to buy Sun too. We also cover the hot new features in the latest software update for the Nokia 5800. Oh, and the iPhone too.Listen now: Download today's podcast EPISODE 933
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When Amazon launched the beta version of its DRM-free MP3 store back in 2007, many predictions were made regarding whether the online retail giant would have what it takes to take on its counterpart in the digital music space, Apple iTunes. Although Amazon MP3 has yet to reach iTunes status in terms of catalog size and overall digital media sales, the lure of the ever-compatible MP3--which shows no signs of popping up in Apple's domain--combined with the pricing deals offered on the site and consistent growth in terms of selection is set to gain Amazon some serious headway in … Read more
MySpace announced Tuesday that MySpaceID, a service that allows any Web site to give users the option to link their MySpace profile with their favorite Web sites, is in limited testing on the Yahoo home page. The MySpace app is just one of several services Yahoo has started testing on its home page, but it will allow Yahoo users to connect to their MySpace network without going to the social network's home page.
MySpaceID also has some new improvements. According to the company, the service will display a member's full profile and stream all his or her activities … Read more