Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Amazon has announced a new Kindle that is smaller, lighter, and faster with 50 percent better contrast.




Amazon has announced a new Kindle that is smaller, lighter, and faster with 50 percent better contrast.

The all-new Kindle has a new electronic-ink screen with 50 percent better contrast than any other e-reader, a new sleek design with a 21 percent smaller body while still keeping the same 6-inch-size reading area, and a 15 percent lighter weight at just 8.7 ounces. The new Kindle also offers 20 percent faster page turns, up to one month of battery life, double the storage to 3,500 books, built-in Wi-Fi, a graphite color option and more--all for only $189, and still with free 3G wireless--no monthly bills or annual contracts. Also today, Amazon introduced a new addition to its family of portable reading devices--Kindle Wi-Fi. Readers who don't need the convenience of free 3G wireless can now enjoy the new generation Kindle for the lower price of only $139.

The all-new Kindle and Kindle Wi-Fi are now available for pre-order here, and will ship to customers in over 140 countries and 30 territories beginning August 27.


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Apple is Investigating iPhone 3G Problems With iOS 4




Apple is investigating reports that iOS 4 causes issues when running on the iPhone 3G, an Apple spokesperson told the WSJ.

The most common criticism is that the phone is slow after an upgrade. There are also many complaints that the phone drains the battery quickly and becomes excessively hot. Concern about general problems such as slowness and battery life on gadgets isn’t unusual, but using iOS 4 on the iPhone 3G seems to make the problems so bad that the phone is nearly unusable for some people.

We've posted on these issues before. As you can see in the video below they can be quite troublesome for users affected. Hopefully, a fix will be found soon.



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Apple Won't Allow Subscriptions for iPad Magazines




Time Inc has voiced its frustration with Apple for rejecting a subscription version of Sports Illustrated for the iPad, according to AllThingsD.

Last month, the publisher was set to launch a subscription version of its Sports Illustrated iPad app, where consumers would download the magazines via Apple’s iTunes, but would pay Time Inc. directly. But Apple rejected the app at the last minute, forcing the Time Warner (TWX) unit to sell single copies, using iTunes as a middleman, multiple sources tell me.

Since then, Time Inc. executives “have been going nuts”, trying to figure out how to get Apple (AAPL) to approve a subscription plan. One of the more desperate suggestions, which apparently didn’t get traction: Pulling the publisher’s apps out of the iTunes store altogether.

Time says they were in communication with Apple throughout the application's development and had been told that the company approved of their plans.

Time's official statement: “We are working with a number of partners and potential partners and hope to offer in-app subscriptions some time later this year.”

Apple’s official statement: “We have two platforms that we support for apps of all types, including magazines: HTML5 provides an open platform for developers to create and distribute whatever they want, and the App Store which is a curated platform offering customers the largest offering of apps for any mobile device with over 225,000 apps and 5 billion downloads.”

To make matters more confusing, AllThingsD notes that Amazon and the Wall Street Journal have applications which bill customers directly.




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Apple Launches iAd for Developers




Apple is now offering developers the ability to advertise their own apps to users via the iAd Network.

The iAd advertising platform provides developers new opportunities to generate revenue and promote their apps. With iAd rich media ads, advertisers can put their brand into the hands of consumers, while developers receive 60 percent of the advertising revenue. And now we are adding a second great choice for developers — iAd for Developers. The new iAd for Developers program is a great way for developers to advertise their own apps to millions of users across the iAd Network.

Developers can join the iAd Network using the link below...
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Apple Releases Safari 5.0.1 With Extensions Gallery




Apple today released Safari 5.0.1, turning on Safari Extensions and introducing the Safari Extensions Gallery. Apple introduced extensions support in Safari 5 in June so developers could begin creating extensions with HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript web standards. With Safari Extensions Gallery, users can quickly find extensions that add powerful new features to Safari, from toolbars that display live web feeds to sophisticated programs that filter web content. Safari 5.0.1 allows users to download and install extensions either from the Safari Extensions Gallery or directly from a developer's site.

“Safari 5 has been a big hit, and user response to the innovative new Safari Reader has been fantastic,” said Brian Croll, Apple’s vice president of OS X Product Marketing. “We’re thrilled to see so many leading developers creating great extensions and think our users are going to love being able to customize Safari.”

The Safari Extensions Gallery is accessible from the Safari menu or at extensions.apple.com. Users can download and install extensions from the gallery with a single click, and there’s no need to restart the browser. Extensions can be automatically updated and are easily managed within Safari. Users can enable or disable individual extensions, or turn off all extensions with one click.

Safari Extensions are built with HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript web standards, and can have all the power and functionality of advanced web applications. Every Safari Extension is signed with a digital certificate from Apple to prevent tampering and to verify that updates to the extension are from the original developer. Safari Extensions are sandboxed, so they can’t access information on a user’s system or communicate with websites aside from those specified by the developer. For increased stability, Safari Extensions run solely in the browser.

Pricing & Availability
Safari 5 is available for both Mac OS X and Windows as a free download at www.apple.com/safari.






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BestBuy Offers Free invisibleSHIELD 4FIX to iPhone 4 Owners




BestBuy is offering to install a free invisibleSHIELD 4FIX wrapper to resolve reception issues with the iPhone 4.

According to a document obtained by Engadget, the clear protective film will be installed by BestBuy onto the edges of the iPhone 4 for any owner of the device. Zagg has posted video evidence that the invisibleSHIELD improves reception issues which can be seen here.

Sounds like a good way to get customers into their stores. You can view the flyer below...




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Apple Peel 520 Turns Your iPod Touch into an iPhone?




Yosion's Apple Peel 520 claims to turn your iPod touch into a real phone. The case is powered by an Infineon baseband chip and lets you insert a regular SIM card for voice calling and test messaging.

It also features a 800mAh battery and provides 4.5 hours of call time and 120 hours of standby.

Apparently the Apple Peel 520 will be available in China as early as this week for around $44-$74.







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