Amazon to announce Web-based Kindle service today

By on December 7, 2010 at 12:55 PM.

Amazon to announce Web-based Kindle service today

Amazon is gearing up to launch a web-based Kindle service accessible from any computer, Computerworld is reporting. Going on record, Amazon said that the new Kindle for the Web will “enable users to read full books in the browser and [enable] any Website to become a bookstore offering Kindle books.” While the service should be announced at some point today, it’s said that it won’t be commercially available until possibly January, right around the Consumer Electronics Show. With Amazon being a leader in the eBook store world, there’s no reason why they wouldn’t want a piece of every addressable market, and that includes desktop-type computers. Yesterday, Google announced and launched its eBook service called Google Books, which currently has over 3,000,000 available books. More →

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Throwback Thursday: Microsoft Encarta

By on November 11, 2010 at 5:01 PM.

Throwback Thursday: Microsoft Encarta

Before the invention of the internets, information was a hot commodity. If you needed to acquire information on an unknown or obscure topic there were several options at your disposal: the public library, that eccentric uncle who always knew the strangest things, and… encyclopedias. Hell, if you’re old enough you might even remember encyclopedia salesman going door-to-door hawking the novels of knowledge to you or your parents. Well, if you’re a shade too old for the days of the encyclopedia salesman, and Wikipedia wasn’t around when you were an undergrad, you’re definitely a going to remember Microsoft Encarta. More →

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Samsung Vibrant $99 from T-Mobile for next 24-hours

By on August 18, 2010 at 6:41 AM.

Samsung Vibrant $99 from T-Mobile for next 24-hours

If you’ve been on the fence about purchasing a Samsung Vibrant from T-Mobile, ol’ Magenta is going to throw some cash your way in an attempt to sway you. For the next 24-hours, you can purchase T-Mo’s variant of the Galaxy S for $99 with a 2-year contract (normally $199). The deal is online only and won’t be around long. Anyone going to bite on this deal? More →

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Mexico getting unlocked iPhone 4 too

By on July 30, 2010 at 2:25 PM.

Mexico getting unlocked iPhone 4 too

If you live in the States and are dying to get an unlocked iPhone 4, prepare to be taunted by two bordering nations. It looks as though Apple will offer the iPhone 4, carrier unlocked, to Mexico via the Online Apple Store; Canada already has this option. The pricing on the unit has not yet been announced, but if history repeats itself it should be about $1,500 pesos above the price of the iPhone 3GS for an unlocked 16 GB iPhone 4. Currently the iPhone 3GS is on the Mexican Apple Online Store for $9,510.84 pesos (about $730 US). Anyone want to head to Tijuana and pick one of these bad boys up?

Thanks, JLR! More →

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Apple releases updated iMacs, new product Magic Trackpad

By on July 27, 2010 at 8:48 AM.

Apple releases updated iMacs, new product Magic Trackpad

When the Apple Store went down this morning, we were expecting to see several things: an updated Mac Pro, an updated iMac, and a new 27-inch cinema display. Well, the Store is back… and here’s what the gang in Cupertino came up with:

  • iMac — Both the 21.5-inch and 27-inch models have received a fairly significant processor bump. The 21.5-inch iMac will be available with a 3.06 GHz or 3.20 GHz Core i3 processor, the 27-inch model will also be available with the 3.20 GHz Core i3 as well as a 2.8 GHz Core i5 quad-core offering. All models will come standard with 4 GB of RAM, at least a 500 GB hard drive, and will have a hand-full of configurable options if ordered online; including a Core i7 processor.
  • Magic Trackpad — Rumored some time ago, the Magic Trackpad allows you to click, scroll, and swipe on your desktop machine just as you would on your laptop. The device is 80% larger than the trackpad on the Macbook Pro and runs on two AA batteries. Here’s Apple’s take on the new device: “Magic Trackpad gives you a whole new way to control what’s on your Mac desktop computer. When you perform gestures, you actually interact with what’s on your screen. You feel closer to your content, and moving around feels completely natural. Swiping through pages on screen is just like flipping through pages in a magazine, and inertial scrolling senses the momentum in your fingers as you move up and down a page.” The device ships in 24-hours and is priced at $69.
  • Battery Charger — An Apple branded AA battery charger was also released today, for… you know, environmental reasons and stuff. Not to much to report on it, but it looks cute.

There you have it, let us know what you think. Anyone going to be busting out the credit card today? More →

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Online Apple Store down, updated iMacs, cinema displays, and Mac Pros on the way?

By on July 27, 2010 at 6:55 AM.

Online Apple Store down, updated iMacs, cinema displays, and Mac Pros on the way?

Happy Tuesday morning everyone. If you’ve wandered over to the online Apple Store today, you may have notice that… well, it’s down. Tuesday typically is the day that Apple will update or refresh products and rumors have been circulating the interwebs about a new 27-inch cinema display, an updated iMac, and a refresh to the aging Mac Pro line. The good news about these rumors? We won’t have to wait very long to figure out if they’re true or not!

Developing…

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Netflix granted streaming rights to popular Warner Bros. television series

By on July 15, 2010 at 7:50 PM.

Netflix granted streaming rights to popular Warner Bros. television series

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Netflix and Warner Bros. announced on Thursday that Netflix will be adding several new Warners Bros. televisions shows to its catalog and extending its license for current WB movies until 2011. The agreement brings all 100 episodes of the popular television series Nip/Tuck to Netfilix for the next four years as well as other series including Veronica Mars, Pushing Daisies, and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. Though this deal expands WB content on Netflix and strengthens the relationship between the two companies, the agreement still keeps in place the restriction which imposes a 28 day delay for the release of all new WB movie titles on Netflix. Full press release is after the break. More →

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DROID X first production run sold out online, now shipping July 23rd

By on July 15, 2010 at 6:40 PM.

DROID X first production run sold out online, now shipping July 23rd

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The DROID X proved to be extremely popular today, as the first production run is now sold out online. Folks looking to avoid the dreaded mail-in-rebate by buying online will now have to wait until July 23rd for their handset to ship. In-store sales have been equally strong with most stores selling through their launch day inventory. If you didn’t snag a DROID X yet don’t despair, additional shipments are expected to replenish the brick and mortar stores in the upcoming days.

Thanks, Jeff! More →

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Netflix's traffic soars for the month of June

By on July 12, 2010 at 7:31 PM.

Netflix's traffic soars for the month of June

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comScore traffic data is out for the month of June, and according to Citi analyst Mark Mahaney, the most recent figures reveal that Netflix’s traffic is soaring. The number of visitors to Netflix’s website has jumped 46% year-over-year for the month of June and 34% year-over-year for the second quarter. This huge jump in traffic is presumably due to ballooning usage of Netflix’s popular online video streaming service which lets Netflix customers watch movies and television episodes on their PC, Mac, or the iPad via an Internet connection. With Blockbuster potentially headed to bankruptcy, VUDU and Boxee still trying to sign distribution deals and content partners, and other services like Hulu Plus and RoxioNow still in the early stages, Netflix will continue to post impressive statistics as it retains its position as the king of online video subscription services. More →

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Borders launches Kobo-powered online eBook store

By on July 7, 2010 at 1:31 PM.

Borders launches Kobo-powered online eBook store

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Borders dove head first into the eBook market today with the launch of its new eBook store. Powered by the Kobo eReading service, the online bookstore will launch with a catalog of over 150,000 eBooks in ePub, PDF, and Adobe DRM format. Supporting a wide variety of platforms, Border’s eBooks can be read on your PC or Mac desktop as well as your iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, BlackBerry or Android-powered mobile phone. Borders will also be selling the Kobo eReader which includes a 6-inch e-ink screen, support for flexible fonts, desktop syncing, bluetooth syncing with a smartphone, 1GB storage and a 4-way d-pad with center selection. The eReader will launch with a competitive $149 price tag and will be available both online and in select retail stores. Head over to Border’s website to browse the eBook selection and see how Border’s offering stands up to the competition. More →

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Microsoft to introduce new Arc Touch multi-touch mouse?

By on July 5, 2010 at 10:06 PM.

Microsoft to introduce new Arc Touch multi-touch mouse?

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A product listing for a multi-touch mouse, dubbed the Arc Touch, from Microsoft has made its debut at several European online retailers. Details are sparse but the branding suggests that this new mouse may be the next generation of Microsoft’s current Arc mouse which offers a comfortable, curved shape but lacks multi-touch. Further adding a dose of credibility to the rumor is the fact that the domain name “arctouchmouse.com” was registered by Microsoft in March and points to Bing as a placeholder. Windows 7 users with a need for a mouse and a desire for multi-touch may want to hold off on buying that cheap $10 mouse from the big box retailer down the street and give Microsoft some time to possibly make this mouse official.

[Via istartedsomething] More →

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Amazon acquires deal-a-day website Woot!

By on July 1, 2010 at 6:51 AM.

Amazon acquires deal-a-day website Woot!

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Woot! announced on Wednesday that it is being acquired by online retail giant Amazon. Known for its daily deals, marathon Woot-Offs, and the server-crashing Bag Of Crap, Woot has been a daily stop for online shoppers since 2004. Faithful wooters should not be concerned as The Carrollton, TX-based company, will continue its zany operation as an independent subsidiary of Amazon — similar to Zappos and Audible. No word on the details of the acquisition but sources from Tech Crunch estimate the deal to be worth $110 million in cash. Woot!

[Via TechCrunch] More →

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YouTube to offer ad skipping and user-selectable ads by the end of the year

By on June 30, 2010 at 9:32 PM.

YouTube to offer ad skipping and user-selectable ads by the end of the year

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At a press conference on Tuesday, Google confirmed that by the end of the year, YouTube will give users the option to skip the pre-roll ads that launch before a video. The online video giant will also implement an ad selection feature that will allow users to select an ad that they find appealing prior to watching a longer-format video. YouTube will only pay for ads that have been watched, so advertisers that want a slice of the growing YouTube ad revenue will have to create compelling ads that users want to watch. Free video content with high quality commercials that are relevant to you — sounds like a good compromise. More →

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