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Now I know the Kindle isn’t an iPad but, I still love it just the same and I don’t own and iPad. This looks to be a very significant update and am looking forward to it. I am loving the social aspect of the update. Being able to share quotes from the books with my friends and family on both Twitter and Facebook is going to be very fun. Thanks Amazon for keeping the Kindle relevant for me and making my reading experience that much more enjoyable.

Kindle Version 2.5 Overview

The 2.5 software update for Kindle and Kindle DX is coming soon. We are rolling out the new software update to a limited group of Kindle users and plan a broad release in late May 2010. Check back here for updates on the release schedule.

Here’s a list of the coming enhancements:

Collections: Organize your books and documents into one or more collections.

PDF Pan and Zoom: Zoom into PDFs and pan around to easily view small print and detailed tables or graphics.

Password Protection: Password protect your Kindle when you’re not using it.

More Fonts & Improved Clarity: Enjoy two new larger font sizes and sharper fonts for an even more comfortable reading experience.

Facebook & Twitter Posts: Share book passages with friends on Facebook and Twitter directly from your Kindle.

Popular Highlights: See what the Kindle community thinks are the most interesting passages in the books you’re reading.

via Amazon.com Help: Kindle Software Updates.

Ummmm yeah. Thanks Shane for pointing me in the direction of this story. I think Carol has lost her mind. Let me just think of somethings other than search Google is known for. Now this will not be an all inclusive list but it’s a good start.

  1. YouTube
  2. Gmail
  3. Maps
  4. Earth
  5. Buzz
  6. Reader
  7. Chrome
  8. Chrome OS
  9. Android

Come on Carol. It doesn’t matter how many straws you reach for you are going to come up a little short when you try to compare yourself to Google. Google is an unstoppable machine. Now I must come clean and tell you that I am a HUGE Google fan. Now they had a few mishaps lately  ahem “Buzz”. but soon recovered and came back even stronger.

Yahoo chief Carol Bartz sees trouble for Google

Carol BartzCarol Bartz took over the company from its founder Jerry Yang in 2009

Google will have “a problem” if it does not diversify its business, the head of Yahoo has told BBC News.

Carol Bartz said that Google would have to “do a lot more than search” and suggested that it would have to “grow a company the size of Yahoo every year”.

Ms Bartz made the comments when asked if Yahoo’s sprawling network of sites and services had a defined brand image.

via BBC News – Yahoo chief Carol Bartz sees trouble for Google.

Lala – Where music plays

Posted: May 2, 2010 in Technology

Just another example of the evilness of Apple. Take something good and  crush it. Oh well looks like Pandora and Swift.fm have big wins now.

Lala is shutting down

The Lala service will be shut down on May 31st, 2010.

Unfortunately, we are no longer accepting new users.

Members, you can still use Lala through May 31st, 2010.

Log in for details

via Lala – Where music plays.

Ok, if this works as good as they say this is pretty amazing. The price is definitely right too.

While netbooks have slim and lightweight designs, their touchpads are often too small, unresponsive, and uncomfortable to use. Installing a touchscreen eliminates those frustrations and adds a whole new world of functionality. With our guidance, you’ll be surfing the Web, flicking through photos, and updating your Twitter feed with a finger.

You’ll find a plethora of options for third-party netbook touchscreens online, but we recommend FidoHub.com. The site offers kits—which include all of the necessary components—for major netbook brands such as Acer, ASUS, Dell, Lenovo, MSI, Samsung, and others. We purchased the $96.08 Solderless Easy and Fun TouchKit for ASUS EeePC 1000/1000H/1000HD/1000HE for our ASUS Eee PC 1000H.

Note: Adding a touchscreen will void your netbook’s warranty, and the upgrade will take about three hours to complete.

Before you get started, gather these items:

Touchscreen kit from FidoHub.com, including the display, wires, and drivers

Flat head screwdriver

Phillips head screwdriver

Tray for keeping loose screws

via LAPTOP Magazine – Product reviews, tech news, buying guides, and more.

Here at IJWtFI, we like computers. We like computer stuff. We also don’t like Apple, for many reasons. Until the rise to stardom in 2000-2002, Apple lurked in the shadows, plotting its nefarious technological revolution, waiting for the right time to attack. The time has come. Apple has managed possibly the greatest marketing campaign in history, in which its customers are entranced by Apple’s perfection and innovation and inspired to be overly pretentious *ssholes.  It also helps that the media is utterly infatuated with the company. Fact: If you own an Apple, you automatically gain at least 50 IQ points and suddenly the smell of your own farts becomes strangely pleasant and addictively sweet.

All new product launches achieve unprecedented turnouts. Why?! It doesn’t make sense. I certainly imagine that the fanboys wait in line just to say they waited at the feet of Steve Jobs. That’s the only reason.

Granted, its products are innovative. The iPod was innovative, the iPhone was innovative, but the manner of upgrades/updates, pricing, and marketing are only misleading and deceptive for consumers, yet somehow everyone adores the punishment. It’s like an abusive relationship. Apple’s “planned obsolescence” or “forced upgrades” are glorified when they should be damned.

via Why Apple Sucks | I Just Want to Fit In.

Wow. I would have to agree with everything in this post. IJWTFI hit the nail square on the head. What gets me is how can these Mac Drones fit in when such a small percentage of tech users in the world use any kind of Apple device? I got news for ya Fanbois. Steve Jobs is not the second coming of Christ!!.

After comments « BuzzMachine

Posted: April 21, 2010 in Technology

After commentsHere’s my talk to Jeff Pulver’s 140Conf today on comments and interactivity, in which I argue that comments are an insult because they come only after media think they’re done creating a product, which they then allow the public to react to.I defended comments on news sites for many years. But I think we have to move past them to true collaboration, which is more respectful and productive. There is no easy solution for civility, not identity or rating systems.

via After comments « BuzzMachine.

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