Month: August 2009

Sony Announces Kindle Rival

Sony Corp. announced plans to compete with Amazon.com by releasing a new e-book reader with wireless capability. Sony has sold e-book readers since 2006, but has been overshadowed by Amazon.com’s Kindle ever since its launch. Previous Sony readers operate with “electronic ink”, requiring users to connect the device to a computer in order to download books. Now the company plans to offer a reader that will compete with the latest version of the Kindle by allowing users to download materials over AT&T Inc.’s cellular network. Users of Sony’s new reader will be able to view books from a variety of stores, unlike Kindle users, who can only download books from Amazon.com. Books downloaded to the new Sony reader can be transferred to and viewed on cell phones and a variety of other devices. The new reader will feature another significant difference from the Kindle: the ability to download books from local libraries. Each book will be available for 21 days with the use of a library card. Sony began selling a smaller “Pocket Edition” e-book reader for $199 this week as well as a $299 larger, touch-screen version. Both of these versions have to be connected to a computer to download books. The Sony Reader Daily Edition with wireless capability will be offered for $399, but will not require any wireless fees to download materials, and will feature a...

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This Is The Age Of The Netbook, And Nokia Wants In

According to Nokia’s own Executive Vice President for Devices, there’s a simple reason why this company (which usually operates on the cell phone market) has decided to come up with a netbook of their own. According to Kai Oistamo, their business is connecting people – and as such the Nokia Booklet 3G was a natural evolution for Nokia. That’s actually a good reasoning, especially since netbooks are the kind of device that effectively bridge the gap between a smartphone and a full-blown laptop. Judging from the technical specs that were divulged so far, a lot of research and planning was put into developing this device, and it’s clearly positioned as a confident step forward among the vast offerings of netbooks already available on the market. The much anticipated Nokia Booklet 3G does indeed convey the impression that Nokia has been paying good attention to what’s going on within the industry. This is a slim aluminum-cased machine with several integrated devices which aren’t always common in netbooks, including a 3G/HSPA modem, bluetooth, GPS, bluetooth… and of course wireless connectivity. Most notably, it sports a 10.1″ HD screen and HDMI port for high definition video-out. With a little over two pounds of weight and less than one inch thick and an autonomy of up to 12 hours on a single charge, it looks as though this is going to be a...

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Nokia Gives Free Yearly Memberships of Nokia Music with New Xpress Music Phones

In order to promote their newly released line of Xpress music phones, Nokia has recently announced that they will be offering a free yearly membership to the Nokia Music Service with each Xpress phone purchase. New Xpress music phone purchasers will now be able to download music onto their phones and a personal computer for free during the yearly membership to the Nokia Music Service. They will also be able to keep their music downloads on their phones and computer after their free yearly membership is completed, if they choose to cancel their membership to the music service at that time. With their new line of music phones and music service, Nokia aims to break into the highly competitive market of online music downloads. Already known for their affordable and reliable line of phones, Nokia stands to gain a large number of additional phone users if they are successful in their campaign to break into the music service market. This may not be easy given the long popularity and loyalty of many consumers to existing online music companies, and it remains to be seen if Nokia can offer both a superb phone and music service simultaneously. With their new phone and free music service bundle, Nokia will be challenging the value of many of the packages currently offered by other phone companies. If Nokia is successful in marketing their...

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How to Get Windows 7 Early

Microsoft is releasing its highly anticipated new operating system on October 22, 2009. The new operating system, Windows 7, will be a step up from Windows Vista. Getting a Copy of Windows 7 before its official release date could be a tricky venture for those who aren’t either beta testers or Microsoft employees. If you do not fall into those two categories, there are a couple of ways that you can get your hands on a copy of Windows 7. The simplest and easiest way is to pre-order it and be the first in line. If you want a legitimate and full copy of Windows 7 with no hassle, this is the way to go. For those if you who are risk takers, there is also the option of pirating a copy. A few file sharing sites claim to have the leaked code for Windows 7, and if you look hard enough I am sure you could find it. Keep in mind, pirating a copy of anything is illegal, and in addition to the major consequences, pirated software carry a lot of viruses and trojans. Unfortunately those are the two best options left for those of us wanting to get Windows 7 earlier than the rest of the crowd. There was an option to download the Release Candidate from Microsoft, but that download is no longer available. There might...

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More Android Phones Available By The End Of The Year

It is expected that more Android phones will be available to consumers by the end of this year. Google, internet search giant and maker of the Android OS, announced Wednesday their plan to make at least 18 new versions of the popular web enabled mobile phone available to the general public before the end of 2009. Seen as a fierce competitor to Apple’s iPhone, the Android operating system for mobile phones surprised many when it was first released in late 2007. Partnering with T-Mobile, Google and its Android team worked hard to bring their brand to market with the first Android phone, the G1. Since then, it has been hampered by issues with rights for user applications or apps. Google worked to get their Apps store up and running and now featured a few thousand applications. This new offering from the Android team is likely to bring a wider variety of availability for the phone and its applications. Currently, there are two versions of commercially available phones using the Android Operating system: the G1 from T-Mobile in the United States and HTC’s “Magic” phone in most of Europe. In Wednesday’s announcement to the press, Andy Rubin, Senior Director of Mobile Platforms for Google, said he hopes for “over 20” phones able to use the Android mobile Operating System, but 18 was his conservative estimate by the end of this...

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