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Amazon to launch library lending for Kindle

Written on April 21, 2011 by R. Cruise

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Kindle users can now look forward to a wider and bigger world of ebooks.

Amazon just announced that it will launch library lending for Kindle books from over 11,000 U.S. libraries, later this year.

The Kindle Library Lending feature, available for all Kindles and Kindle apps, will enable users of Kindle e-readers and apps to check out books from their local libraries. Kindle has free downloadable apps for Android, iPad, iPod touch, iPhone, PC, Mac, BlackBerry and Windows Phone.

“We’re doing a little something extra here,” Jay Marine, Amazon’s Kindle director, said in a news release.

“Normally, making margin notes in library books is a big no-no. But we’re extending our Whispersync technology so that you can highlight and add margin notes to Kindle books you check out from your local library.

Amazon is yet to announce a more specific time frame for launch of the service.

Meanwhile, online reports say that although Amazon does not reveal how many Kindles have actually sold it plugs the e-reader as its “best selling product of all time.” Total sales for 2010 have been estimated to be anywhere from 5.4 million to 8 million.

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Amazon Cloud Player for Web and Android Now Available in US Territories

Written on March 29, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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Amazon reaches cloud-nine with Amazon Cloud Player and Amazon Cloud Drive.

Amazon has beaten Google and Apple to the clouds, as the online retail giant launches the Amazon Cloud Player for web and Android devices, along with the Amazon Cloud Drive.

Gone will be the days where music listeners download their music to different computers or phones, as the Amazon Cloud Player plays your kind of tunes anytime, anywhere. Just upload your music (either in AAC or MP3 format) to the your free 5GB Cloud Drive Storage, and you’re all set to play your music with the Cloud Player.

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Apple Sues Amazon.com for “App Store” Trademark

Written on March 23, 2011 by Charles Bass

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Cupertino company, Apple Inc. sues Amazon.com for using the "APP STORE" trade mark. Legal or not?

The Amazon App Store has just landed! But even before it settles, Apple issues are already bombarding its debut.

Apple Inc., who introduced us the famous iTunes App Store, sued Amazon.com Inc. for improperly using it’s App Store trademark. The lawsuit was filed in a California federal court last week, denoting that Amazon used Apple’s trademark to solicit software developers through the US.

Apple has registered the APP STORE trademark in the United States, a bid which Microsoft opposes. “We’ve asked Amazon not to copy the APP STORE name because it will confuse and mislead customers,” Apple spokeswoman, Kristin Huguet, said on Monday. Amazon.com has not yet released an official statement about the matter.

Gadg will be updating you once Amazon files a statement. Meanwhile let us know your valuable opinions on the box below.

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The Best MacBook Air Deals

Written on December 13, 2010 by Adam Eve

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Amazon may offer one of the best holiday deals on the red-hot MacBook Air. But don't count out California retail giant Fry's Electronics before doing the usual comparison with Best Buy.

It’s no longer Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but stores are competing on who has the greatest MacBook Air deal this holiday season. Amazon is offering a pretty good deal on the popular 11.6-inch MacBook Air. Apple’s MC505LL/A model that houses a 1.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 64GB flash memory drive, and 2GB RAM now costs $959 at Amazon.  On the other hand, Fry’s Electonics is offering the same model unit at $949. But the MacConnection is not to be outdone. They are selling the MC505LL/A for $948. However, Best Buy is not offering any special deals on the new MacBook Air as of the moment.

Got more stores that offer great deals on the newest MacBook Air? Let it be known by leaving a comment below.

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Cyber Monday 2010 Shopping Guide

Written on November 30, 2010 by R. Cruise

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Cyber Monday is here again! Check out the best deals and be on your way to filling your shopping carts with good finds and goodies.

The people from Switched came up with the list of hot deals to score this Cyber Monday. Cyber Monday is an annual shopping event which falls on the Monday after Thanksgiving and Black Friday. Though there was a survey from comScore which said that online spending this year is up 11-percent over 2009, it seems that this is a wrong conclusion based on the long lines of people wanting to grab the best deals on retailers like Target, Best Buy, Macy’s, Staple and Amazon. Take a look at the list below and be ready to brave the jump-packed stores this Cyber Monday.

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NVIDIA GPGPU, Now in Amazon’s EC2

Written on November 16, 2010 by Adam Eve

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"GPU supercomputing, through AWS, gives users a flexible computing facility that allows them to scale their computing needs based on user demand." ---Andy Keane, NVIDIA's Leader of GPGPU Computing

NVIDIA is continuously pushing itself to the world of high-performance computing after announcing its deal with Amazon. An agreement between NVIDIA and Amazon stated that NVIDIA’s Tesla GPU line will now be part of Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud cluster. Amazon EC2 customers will now have the option of creating Cluster GPU Instances, enabling them to run CUDA code across massive collection of Telsa GPUs. The even more good news here is that customer will only pay for the capacity they need for the duration they need it.

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TGI Black Friday!

Written on November 08, 2010 by R. Cruise

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It’s time to save your paycheck for the grandest shopping event of the year ---the Black Friday! Be the first to know the great deals of gadgets by reading the selection below. This is the best time of the year so better not be left behind.

The biggest shopping season of the year is just around the corner and several big retailers have already gave out sneak peeks of the great deals these companies will offer. Techland gathered the few hints of what will be available on the after-Thanksgiving shopping event.

Check out the best deals from Amazon, Best Buy, Sears and many more.

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Amazon Amplifies Rivalry with Google and Apple

Written on October 08, 2010 by Charles Bass

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The Wall Street Journal claims the rumor about Amazon building an app store for Android and sources are saying they even have proof. But we have to wait for now to hear the official announcement.

Amazon is known for making sure that they don’t go out of digital business physically and mentally. But here they are making their boldest step which is another app store for Android. The Wall Street Journal is insisting that they can prove this information through an Amazon document that explains some terms to the developers. But no clear news on when will the store be launched to the public or how it will be called. WSJ said that Amazon stipulates an app that cannot be sold for less anywhere. Whatever it is, Android keeps the doors close for the conference to developers. Let’s see who will divulge the first leak.

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Kindle 3 Hits iPad on its New TV Ad

Written on September 14, 2010 by Charles Bass

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"It's a Kindle. A $139. I payed more for this sunglasses." The Kindle 3 TV ad aims to dethrone iPad.

Amazon has thrown on purpose a blow over over Apple, when they released a TV ad that takes on the shortcomings of Apple iPad.

The ad was aired today at Good Morning America. It promotes the new Kindle 3 and its $139 price. Much lower than the iPad. It actually mocks the Apple gadget and the comparison is quite reasonable. Two of the main key points of Amazon is that with iPad it is impossible to read when the sun is up and all bright. And the fact that Kindle costs far less than iPad.
Kindle 3 may not have the color, but with the large market place to shop for apps and the screen is better. All the more it is more responsive, updated via e-ink screen and month’s worth of battery life more affordable that price point.

Amazon throughly believes that the product’s price will convince people to buy the device and make it more popular than iPad. It has done pretty good, considering the fact that Kindle 3 is now the fastest selling Kindle ever.

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[REVIEW] The Third Generation Amazon Kindle

Written on August 25, 2010 by Adam Eve

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The third generation of Amazon Kindle is an innovation rather than a new invention. There's something new with what seems to be an old design. See what's inside Amazon Kindle 3.0 as you delve deeper on our review.

Though the first company to release an e-book reader, Amazon’s Kindle is definitely not the iPod of the e-book reader market. And despite a much more competitive market, Amazon is releasing its third generation of Kindle. But first thing’s first: Kindle 3 is more evolutionary than revolutionary. The 6-inches e-reader is now smaller, lighter and has an improved screen. Plus, it also adopted the Wi-Fi feature from its rival — the Barnes & Noble Nook. On top of the more compact design is an expanded memory (4GB) and longer battery life.

One of Amazon’s goals is to make the device smaller to make it more pocket or purse-friendly. Indeed, the Kindle feels lighter, more comfortable in the hands and easier to hold for longer periods. Compare to Apple’s multifaceted iPad, the Kindle 3 features an e-ink screen which serves as the reader’s strength and weakness at the same time. On the upside, the Kindle’s display is really good. The letters appear slightly darker and pops a little more. Turning the pages is also faster. Another thing about e-ink displays is that they are not backlit, which reduces eye strain and allows the reader to see the screen better — even in direct sunlight. However, you will need to have a light source when using the Kindle 3 at night. That’s the reason why Amazon designed an optional protective cover that includes a retracting LED light. The only catch here is that the cover is expensive at $ 59.99. The only hitch of the e-ink display is that its latency and four-way navigation feels weird if you play with your touchscreen smartphone all day. It gives you this odd sensation of using a futuristic and archaic device at the same time.

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