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30Mar/110

Fed official announces October retirement|Lastest Kindle News]

Fed official announces October retirement
Thomas M. Hoenig, the longest serving of the Federal Reserve's 12 regional bank presidents, announced on Friday that he will retire on Oct. 1.
Read more on FOX 12 Idaho


30Mar/110

E-book author parlays DIY success into major deal|Lastest Kindle News]

E-book author parlays DIY success into major deal
TARA BANNOW Associated Press AUSTIN, Minn. For more than five years, Amanda Hocking spent her days tending to disabled adults, making their meals and cleaning up after them. When she got home, she would crack open a can of Red Bull and start typing away at her novels. Her effort to make it as a writer was at least as grinding as her day job, with countless rejections from book agents before ...
Read more on Washington Examiner


30Mar/110

Hoenig announces retirement from Fed|Lastest Kindle News]

Hoenig announces retirement from Fed
WASHINGTON — Thomas M. Hoenig, the longest serving of the Federal Reserve's 12 regional bank presidents, announced Friday that he will retire on Oct. 1.
Read more on St. Joseph News-Press


30Mar/110

Austin’s source for local news|Lastest Kindle News]

Austin's source for local news
AUSTIN — For more than five years, Amanda Hocking spent her days tending to disabled adults, making their meals and cleaning up after them. When she got home, she would crack open a can of Red Bull and start typing away at her novels.
Read more on Austin Daily Herald

29Mar/110

Amazon’s new Cloud Player for Web and Android / NYT-web free w/Kindle Edition – UPDATE3

While looking up info on the new arrangement by the New York Times to offer full, unlimited access to their now suddenly-costly website news "bundled" with a subscription to the Kindle Edition of the New York Times (but not with other dedicated e-readers for now), I came upon this new offering by Amazon and it's an interesting one. (See important UPDATES.)

 (I'll do a separate entry for the NY Times website situation and the new announcement for Kindle-edition subscribers but, essentially, the .95/mo. Kindle NYT subscription will give full access to the website too.)

Mashable headlines its story:
"Amazon Cloud Player Lets You Play Your Music From Anywhere."

Amazon is now in the music streaming business with the launch today of Cloud Player, a music player setup that lets you upload your favorite music to your Amazon Cloud Drive and play the mp3's via the web or via an Android device and listen to your music wherever you are whenever you want.

  Amazon starts you out with 5 GB of free storage, but you can be upgraded to a 20-GB cloud space when you buy one mp3 album through Amazon by December 31, 2011.  If you use more than your allotment, it costs an additional per GB.

' CAVEAT: Amazon states that "If you qualify for this offer and either have not signed up for Amazon Cloud Drive or have the 5GB Amazon Cloud Drive plan, you will be automatically eligible for the 20 GB plan for one year from the date of your MP3 album purchase.  Unless you set your account to auto-renew to a paid plan, the 20 GB plan will revert to a free plan one year from the date of your MP3 album purchase.

    If your Amazon Cloud Drive account is already at 20 GB or higher when you qualify for this offer, the offer will be saved to your account as a credit toward any future Amazon Cloud Drive plan fees you may incur at the time your plan renews or at the time you upgrade your plan. If you elect to downgrade your plan to a free plan at the time of renewal, your upgrade offer will be applied towards the 20 GB plan at that time. '

  In other words, Amazon is encouraging customers to get used to 20 gigs of cloud space for our music, but after the first year of 20 free gigs, it would cost per year for that much cloud storage.  So, if you don't want that, you can just take the 20 GB plan for a year (after buying one mp3 album) and then scale back to using 5 gigs which will still be free.

  It's worth noting here that NEW mp3's you purchase from Amazon get free storage in the cloud and are ever added against your storage space count.

  1,000 favorites available for free personal streaming sounds good to me, actually.  And it does cost money to store and stream, so /year (or .67/month) for the streaming of music we choose seems reasonable.

  Since my very old iPod holds 60 gigs of music, even 20 doesn't seem huge to me and 5 gigs seems small, but Amazon points out that with only the 5-gig allotment you can store about 1,000 songs on it (4,000 with the 20-gig plan).  So, 20 gigs of my favorite music available anywhere is attractive.  I did sign up today because I don't tend to carry my iPod out -- and playing mp3's on my Kindle uses up battery time I'd rather save for books, periodicals, and my now constant use of the Kindle Notepad :-)

Other aspects
  With both the web and Android versions of the cloud player you can create playlists and organize your music.

  The agreement I encountered told me I had to agree NOT to share the cloud music with others (not to make a streaming service for others) and not to store music for others.  Listening to your music requires a password.

  Mashable reports that Google and Apple "have been rumored to be hard at work on their own cloud-based players, but it looks like Amazon beat them to the punch."

Technical Details - from the Amazon CloudPlayer pages:
  · Amazon Cloud Player and Amazon Cloud Drive is available for US customers only *.  (See more info at the linked '*')

UPDATE4: Amazon has changed the wording now on this page:
CHANGE: CLOUD DRIVE at 5GB is available to all Amazon customers.
  The UPGRADE for storage is not available in some countries (see bottom).
  CLOUD PLAYER is available only for U.S. customers.  This streams music, and rights worldwide are probably a problem as well as streaming using a lot of bandwidth and costly to run.
  · App upgrade is only available for Android OS 1.6+
  · PDF and video content is currently not available for purchase on the Amazon MP3 Android app

Well, now that Amazon is streaming everything (latest movies too) and making available many apps for Android, I can't imagine they won't be producing an Amazon Android tablet at some point.

UPDATE1 - I omitted very important point:

' Songs purchased from Amazon MP3 are stored in your Cloud Drive for free.

When you purchase songs or albums from the Amazon MP3 Store, you can now save your purchases to your Cloud Drive.  All your purchases are backed up and available for you to download at any time.  Even better, you can listen to your music from any web-connected computer with Amazon Cloud Player.

And the best part?  When you save your Amazon MP3 Store purchases directly to your Cloud Drive, they don't take up any of your storage space and are always stored for free. '

Thanks to posts in the Comments area for that.  This applies only to NEW Amazon mp3 purchases.

Also, Amazon doesn't limit your storage space to mp3's.  Store your music, videos, photos, and documents on Amazon's secure servers.

UPDATE2
  1. Be sure to check out the HELP page for "Getting Started" which shows you what to expect on your personal cloud drive, in layout.

  2. Also check out the HELP page for actually "Using Amazon Cloud Drive."

  3. On the main intro page, there are two videos available:
  One on the top-right introduces the Cloud Drive and Cloud Player, and a second video further down, in the center column is titled "Learn How to Use Cloud Player."

UPDATE3 Original posting was at 8:20 AM
(This one conflicted with earlier "Technical Details" from another Amazon page cited above but is fixed now.  See Update4. Sorry for confusing reading in this chronological (b)log.

  Another help page has a Cloud Player FAQ.  Part of that is this interesting table of countries where the update to 20 gigs is not available.

' Where is Amazon Cloud Drive available?

The 5 GB free storage plan is available to all Amazon.com customers, however further upgrades to the storage plan are currently unavailable in the following countries:

Austria Belgium Bulgaria
Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark
Estonia Finland France
Germany Greece Hungary
Ireland Italy Latvia
Lithuania Luxembourg Malta
Netherlands Poland Portugal
Romania Slovakia Slovenia
Spain Sweden United Kingdom

'

Update 4 See the linked section above.
Essentially, though, Cloud PLAYER is U.S. only (streaming music).
Basic Cloud DRIVE at 5GB is for all customers.
Cloud DRIVE Upgrade to 20GB is available in only some countries, noted in the table in Update 3.

Kindle 3's   (UK: Kindle 3's),   DX Graphite


Check often: Temporarily-free late-listed non-classics or recently published ones
  Guide to finding Free Kindle books and Sources.  Top 100 free bestsellers.
UK-Only: recently published non-classics, bestsellers, or highest-rated ones
    Also, UK customers should see the UK store's Top 100 free bestsellers.

29Mar/110

Want to try out Free web-app SendToReader ? Webpages to Kindle. UPDATE


SENDtoREADER - a new, free tool for the Kindle.

  (See UPDATE.)

I received a tweet that asked if I would say a few words about a new web-tool for the Kindle, similar to the popular Send to Kindle, a Chrome browser extension, but the creator of the program says that this one can be used with any of several browsers (although Internet Explorer version is due next) and will keep the images along with the text, something much requested.

  I don't have time to test it, so I'm not exactly recommending it, but it sounds promising and I'd like to know what some of you more intrepid explorers find.

  It promises the following:

' SENDtoREADER  is a simple web application that allows you to send any webpage to your Amazon Kindle Reader instantly.

This gives your Kindle the flexibility to be your work or leisure time companion with a simple click of the mouse.  SENDtoREADER is a simple web application that allows you to send any webpage to your Amazon Kindle Reader instantly.
 ...
Our web app is extremely easy to use. It's just a bookmarklet (or favlet) which works well in all modern browsers including: Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari and Opera.  Version for Internet Explorer is coming soon.  Once it's added to your favorites, you can start sending web pages to your Kindle with a single click.  By default, Kindle is a book reader, but with SENDtoREADER you can also make it your personal Magazine.

In order to protect your privacy, our system requires you to register first. '

Sounds worth a try, no ? Please report what you find. Thanks!

Note: (Be sure to see the earlier Send to Kindle via Chrome article for details on how to use the Kindle-specific email.)

UPDATE - Norti reports in the Comments area:

' Accented international characters in titles ('őűóúíáé') - and in text, of course - and pictures are well preserved with this, so it's already better than any other other page-sending service out there ... those are likely to fail on accented titles). '

Kindle 3's   (UK: Kindle 3's),   DX Graphite


Check often: Temporarily-free late-listed non-classics or recently published ones
  Guide to finding Free Kindle books and Sources.  Top 100 free bestsellers.
UK-Only: recently published non-classics, bestsellers, or highest-rated ones
    Also, UK customers should see the UK store's Top 100 free bestsellers.

29Mar/1115

Ten Myths of Apple’s iPad 5. It’s just a Tablet PC or Amazon Kindle


Kindle ebook:Ten Myths of Apple's iPad 5. It's just a Tablet PC or Amazon Kindle
Fifth segment of ten looking at fallacious criticisms of Apple's new iPad multitouch tablet computer. Daniel Eran Dilger of RoughDrafted Magazine: roughlydrafted.com

29Mar/110

Movie 10 – Indian Ocean and South Africa (subtitles)


Kindle ebook:Movie 10 - Indian Ocean and South Africa (subtitles)
Movie no 10 take you over the Indian Ocean to South Africa via Cocos Keeling, Rodrigues, Mauritius and Reunion as a part of Yaghans circumnavigation 2006-2009. See also website: www.yaghan.com. Book published in May 2010. Title: "Back at the helm". Can be purchased at www.amazon.com ( also available as Kindle ebook ). A second book " In the wake of Cook " will be published as Kindle book in May 2011.

29Mar/110

Fed official announces October retirement|Lastest Kindle News]

Fed official announces October retirement
Thomas M. Hoenig, the longest serving of the Federal Reserve's 12 regional bank presidents, announced on Friday that he will retire on Oct. 1.
Read more on KSWO Lawton-Wichita Falls

28Mar/110

Movie 7 – Snorkling with the whales in Tonga – part 1 (subtitles)


Kindle ebook:Movie 7 - Snorkling with the whales in Tonga - part 1 (subtitles)
Movie no 7 take you to from French Polynesia via Suwarow to Tonga as a part of Arne and Helénes circumnavigation with Yaghan 2006-2009. See also website: www.yaghan.com. Book published in May 2010. Title: "Back at the helm". Can be purchased at www.amazon.com ( also available as Kindle ebook ). A second book " In the wake of Cook " will be published as Kindle book in May 2011.

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