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Wildcharge Powerdisc Dongle charges Kindle and phones wirelessly

Posted by Mark Rollins Categories: Accessories, Misc. Tech

WildCharge Powerdisc dongle

We haven’t talked about WildCharge, since we saw it running on BlackBerry Curve a while ago, but the company finally has some pretty compelling things going on, and so it’s time to share. They’re now offering the Powerdisc Dongle, a device that can offer wireless power to devices like the Amazon , certain LG headsets, and Samsung devices.  The Dongle itself retails for about $19.99, but you need the WildCard pad to get any use from it, and you can get a bundle with both for $64.99. Oh, and it’s not truly wireless, what with the wired dongle and all, but whatever works.

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Samsung SNE-50K e-book reader

Posted by Mark Rollins Categories: Handhelds, Misc. Tech

Samsung SNE-50K

It may look as if the dominates the e-book reader market like the iPod dominates the PMP market (although, seems to be breathing down Amazon’s neck,) but customers that want to go for the non-number one e-book reader might want to check out ’s SNE-50K. 

The SNE-50K, formerly the Papyrus, will have a 5-inch screen with a resolution of 600x800 pixels, weigh 6.5 ounces, and have 512MB of memory.  It will also support handwriting recognition, and allow users to read text files, PDFs, and Microsoft Office documents. 

Right now, the Samsung SNE-50K is planned to be released only in the South Korean market on July 29 for about $270.  Samsung plans on creating a prototype to sell outside the country, which we’ll likely see at .

Read More | CNET

Amazon Kindle-Gate: Purchased copies of Orwell’s Animal Farm and 1984 disappear

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Handhelds, Wireless / WiFi

Amazon Kindle 2I have no idea what to even say about this, other than that we are severely, severely disappointed with and how they are allowing their publishers to treat users. In a nuthsell, Kindle users who purchased George Orwell’s 1984 and/or Animal Farm found yesterday that those two titles had mysteriously disappeared from their Kindles, and that they were credited $.99 for each purchase. Why? That’s because the publisher decided that they no longer wanted to sell the books on the Kindle Store. Now, that’s all fine, but did they really have to take it away from those who had already made the purchase?

The Kindle edition books Animal Farm by George Orwell. Published by MobileReference (mobi) & Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984) by George Orwell. Published by MobileReference (mobi) were removed from the Kindle store and are no longer available for purchase. When this occured, your purchases were automatically refunded. You can still locate the books in the Kindle store, but each has a status of not yet available. Although a rarity, publishers can decide to pull their content from the Kindle store.

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Amazon drops price of Kindle 2 by 16% to $299

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Handhelds, Hot Deals

Amazon Kindle 2 Price DropAmazon has dropped the price of the e-book reader, as it is now available for $299. That equates to a price cut of $60 off of it’s original $359 price tag that it’s been selling at since it debuted five months ago.With Amazon’s entry level Kindle now being priced under $300, expect to see higher adoption rate, which is obviously Amazons goal with this move.

You can purchase a Kindle 2 for $299, effective immediately.

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eReader Lowers Prices

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Corporate News, Misc. Tech

eReader logoFictionwise, in an effort to compete with , has lowered its pricing in its company eReader. While customers pay $9.95 for newly released books, Fictionwise, now owned by Barnes & Noble, promises no e-book priced over $12.95, all new and New York Times best sellers will be $9.95 or less and buyers will get a 15% reward on all purchases. Now if they could find a way to incorporate “book smell” we might consider the expense.

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Kindle Encourages Bloggers to Join Subscription Service

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Internet, Misc. Tech

Kindle Blog logoAmazon has unveiled its new beta program that will pay bloggers for turning them into Kindle subscriptions. Although it already offers many of them, the company wants to move the content to the home screen. Subscriptions will run from $.99 to $2.00 per month. Bloggers don’t pay any fees, but Amazon sets the price as well as keeping 70% of the price. Still, if you want new readers and pocket change, this might be an option for your blog.

Read More | Mobility Today

Braille E-Book

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Design, Misc. Tech

Braille E-BookWith all the hoopla over the new Kindle DX, we think it is nice that someone has come up with a Braille E-Book. Translation of a 500 page book can double the thickness of the tome, so designers Seon-Keun Park, Byung-Min Woo, Sun-Hye Woo and Jin-Sun Park use EAP technology to change the surface pattern via electromagnetic signals. This is still a prototype but maybe Amazon can make it its next hot product.

 

Read More | Yanko Design

Amazon Kindle DX gallery

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Features, Handhelds

Kindle DX being held

Wanna get a getter look at the newly announced Kindle DX? We just put together a gallery of nine images that show off the device from the front, back, side, and even a couple of angles in between. As cool as it looks, it still costs $489, so, you know, there’s that. Still, if you are cool with that, you can pre-order a Kindle DX now.

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Amazon announces Kindle DX: $489, 9.7-inch screen

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Design, Handhelds

Amazon Kindle DX

This morning, Amazon announced the , which will now sell alongside the . What’s so DX-y about the new device? Well for starters, the new Kindle DX features a 9.7-inch screen that sports the ability to rotate to landscape display, as well as a built-in PDF reader (the Kindle 2 requires conversion), and much more storage space at 3.3GB. That means that this Kindle can hold a good 3,500 books, compared to the Kindle 2’s 1,500. And truly, everything is bigger with the Kindle DX, including the price. The Kindle DX will launch this summer at $489, a full $130 more than a Kindle 2, which is already a pricey device in its own right, at $359.

If you do live in an area where you can’t get at-home delivery of the New York Times, Boston Globe, or Washington Post, then you can get a Kindle DX at a subsidized price—but only people who meet that rule are eligible. Kind of silly if you ask us. You can pre-order the Kindle DX now.

Read More | Kindle DX page

Hearst to Launch Newspaper e-Reader

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Corporate News, Misc. Tech

e-ReaderPublisher Hearst Corp. is intending to come out with an electronic reader for magazines and newspapers. While media group chief Kenneth Bronfin wouldn’t give out many details, he says that it is because of an investment that the company made with E Ink, the company that supplies Amazon’s Kindle and Sony’s Reader electronic ink technology. Hearst will sell the e-readers to publishers and receive a portion of the revenue. Look for the new device, which should be about the size of a standard sheet of paper, later this year.

Read More | Physorg

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