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9Jan/113

TOC 2010: Tim O’Reilly, “The Future of Digital Distribution and Ebook Marketing”


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9Jan/110

Hands on with the Motorola Xoom Tablet PC at CES 2011

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At the CES show in Las Vegas on the tail end of the conference we got our chance to get exclusive hands on with an untethered Motorola Xoom Google Android 3.0 Tablet PC! We show off all of the hardware features and give you a solid overview of the device.

The Motorola Xoom just won “best of show” for their first tablet computer that will soon be released under an exclusive Verizon agreement with upgradable 4G LTE. The Honeycomb user experience improves on Android quintessential favorites such as widgets, multi-tasking, browsing, notifications and customization and features the latest Google Mobile innovations. One of the most exciting features is Google Maps 5.0 with 3D interaction and don’t forget about the built in support for the Google eBook Store and thousands of apps from Android Market.

The Xoom has a dual core processor with each core running at 1 GHz, delivering up to two GHz of processing power, and 10.1-inch widescreen HD display. The unit will allow you to experience HD content right on the device, supports 1080p HD video and HDMI output to display content on larger HD screens, and plays video and other internet content such as Adobe Flash. The Unit features a front-facing 2-megapixel camera for video chats over Wi-Fi or 3G/4G LTE, as well as a rear-facing 5-megapixel camera that captures video in 720p HD. It will allow you to do video conferencing not only via WIFI, but also using the new 4G LTE network, so unlike Apples Facetime, which only works on WIFI, you can video chat anywhere. It delivers console-like gaming performance on its 1280×800 display, and features a built-in gyroscope, barometer, e-compass, accelerometer and adaptive lighting for new types of applications.

The Motorola XOOM device will launch as a 3G/Wi-Fi-enabled device in Q1 2011 with an upgrade to 4G LTE in Q2.

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9Jan/110

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Don't need an eReader to read eBooks
Q. Do you have any advice regarding eBook readers? I would like to try eBooks and have never seen you write about them.
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8Jan/110

James Lawton: In the managerial sack race the only appraisal that matters is one carried out on the pitch|Lastest Kindle News]

James Lawton: In the managerial sack race the only appraisal that matters is one carried out on the pitch
Roy Keane might not have warmed to the joke on the day he was fired by Ipswich Town.
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8Jan/110

Why I now own a Sony PRS-650 – Daily edition ereader, a sort of review.





Sad occurrence on a Quantas plane trip:

The other day I was flying back from Brisbane to the Philippines, the first step was a flight from Brisbane to Sydney,, during which I had my trusty old Sony PRS-505 with me, as usual when traveling.   As I had decided to watch the in-flight movies rather than read, I put the ereader into the pocket on the back of the seat in front of me, and settled down to enjoy the film.

In due time we reached Sydney, and got off the plane to go and connect to the flight to Manila.

After a few minutes I realized that I had left the ereader on the plane….  Damn it!  So, rushed to the nearest service desk to see if I could get it located and back into my hands before the flight to Manila – but some quick operator had already stolen it, and it was not to be found.

Feeling very sorry for myself I wandered back to my wife and told her the sad news.  She, noble soul that she is, said immediately that I should go and buy a new one at once….  (they are hard to find in the part of the Philippines we live in), so I did just that.

A broad choice of exactly one model was available, a Sony Daily Edition (known to its friends as PRS-650), so I bought that, and settled down happily on the plane with my shiny new black ereader, having quickly loaded a few ebooks into it for the trip.

So, what do I think of the Daily Edition?

Apart from the fact that it has a touch screen, unlike the old 505, the first thing that struck me was the wonderfully clear screen and delightfully black letters, thanks to the Vizplex technology of the screen, which is so much better than the relatively grey letters on the old Sony.   This makes reading a delight to the eye, and much easier than the older screen technologies, a real advance.

I also was impressed by the very easy to use interface, opening the various windows was so simple and the layout so well designed that anyone should be able to find their way around on this device with no trouble within minutes of starting to use it.

As with other Sony eReaders, this one has no WiFi or 3G connectivity, which some find to be a minus point, as you have to have a computer in order to load your ebooks into the device, personally I don’t find this a problem, but I can understand why so many prefer the Amazon Whispersync system for example, as that is so much easier to work with, obviously.  There is no doubt that if Sony decided to go that route in the future, it would give them a very strong position in the market, as their eReaders are extremely well made, solid feeling devices, with well laid out controls, both the touch screen and the buttons.

No cheap plastic here, they are made of very solid feeling aluminium, so are a pleasure to hold.

I was also impressed by the weight of the thing, it is remarkably light.

Whilst it is a relatively small device, owing to the fact that it doesn’t waste any more space than needed on buttons or a keyboard, one has almost the entire area of the device as screen, so in fact the screen is quite large enough, and has a pleasant proportion too, I find.

As with all Sony eReaders, it supports all the standard formats, including PDF (there are a lot of special instructions included for working with PDF files in the extremely complete (139 pages long!) handbook.

One can turn pages by means of a finger wipe on the screen, or by means of an advance and page back button too, which I appreciate, makes changing pages very easy no matter how you are holding the ereader.

Insect friendly touch screen?

The touch screen seems to work well, perhaps a tad too well, as I have found that insects, as small as ants wandering around on the screen can cause it to change pages or open various menus, which disconcerted me to begin with.  I was startled to see the screen suddenly start to flash and open and close menus for no apparent reason, until I realized that it was a very small ant that was doing this as it wandered around the screen…..

I can easily believe this might irritate or even infuriate some, but I am more inclined to be enchanted by it.  A wee bit of interaction with the natural world is how I see it.   If you have ever read Archie and Mehetabel, you might understand my reaction better ( a book supposedly written by a cockroach that types away using its head on the keys…….)

For the rest, it is a very normal ereader, well built, well thought out, can be used for almost all ebook formats, has MP3 support and various picture file formats as well and also has a choice of dictionaries (American English, English English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Dutch).

And perhaps best of all, as it is quite small, and very light and slim, it will fit into your pockets too.

I like it.

Footnote:

I hope whichever dishonest plane cleaner who stole my old and beloved Sony 505 at least will have the decency to either enjoy it themselves or be good enough to sell it on to someone who will cherish it, as it still has several years of good working life in it yet, being a typically well built Sony device.  Damn their eyes!

Price: About 230 USD

Specifications:  PRS-650: (Daily edition)

Display
Gray Scale: 16-level gray scale
Resolution: 800 x 600 pixels
Screen Size: 6 inches
Technology: E Ink® Pearl
Media Formats Supported
DRM Text: ePub (Adobe DRM protected), PDF (Adobe DRM protected), BBeB Boo
(PRS DRM protected), Text, RTF
Image: JPEG, PNG, GIF, BMP
Unsecured Audio: Unsecured Adudio: MP3 (Non encrypted), AAC (Non encrypted)
Unsecured Text: ePub, BBeB Book, PDF, TXT, RTF, Micrsoft® Word,
(Conversion to the Reader requires Word installed on your PC)
Memory
Memory Size: 2GB User available capacity: Approx. 1.4GB Dual Memory Card
Expansion Slots for Memory Stick Duo™ and SD Card up to 32GB.
Operating Conditions
Operating Temperature: 41°F to 95°F (5°C to 35°C)
Power
AC Power: Built-in rechargeable battery: 3.7 V DC, 940 mA
Battery Life (Approx): 14 Days
Recharging Time: 3 hours with a USB connection, or about 2 hours by the optional
AC adapter (PRSA-AC1)
System Requirements

Windows or Mac

Weights and Measurements
Dimensions (Approx.): 6.61×4.68×0.38 inches (H/W/D)
Weight (Approx.): 7.93 oz




8Jan/1125

Steven Pinker & Richard Dawkins on Free Will


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Steven Pinker & Richard Dawkins on Free Will The video pretty much speaks for itself. Richard Dawkins is hypocritical (or you could say, inconsistent) in regard to causality for a couple of reasons: One, the idea doesn't normally fit the public perception of reality because of ongoing religious and capitalistic propaganda campaigns. The Major Media tell the public a thousand times over and a thousand different ways that they are free. Religion reiterates the message and says individuals are free to believe or not believe. Therefore, Richard would have a mad mob on his hands if he started trying to convey ideas that were too radical to fit the average person's perception. Besides, he is trying to show religious superstition for what it is in the light of science. To also tackle a subject as complex as methodological naturalism would completely undermine his present efforts. Furthermore, opponents of the idea of causality often use reductio ad absurdum in their arguments, such as, you are reading this now because The Big Bang caused you to read it. And logical fallacies are effective even though they are fallacious. Two, emotion overrules logical thought. We are all inconsistent in this regard. When Richard becomes overly emotional concerning any issue, the fight or flight response overrides thought and behavior. I guess the Buddhist practice of emotional detachment yet quiet passion would be advantageous in such instances. Richard Dawkins has his priorities. He doesn't ...

8Jan/110

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At 10 a.m. Monday, the Cowpens Library will have a Friends of the Cowpens Library Book Sale. Everything’s a quarter. Call 864-463-0430.
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8Jan/110

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A rock opera with dark religious overtones is coming....by way of the iPad and other touch tablets. enkHouse, a leading innovator in transmedia productions has signed Nicola Furlong to develop her concept, along with enkHouse's Managing Director, David Marlett, into a thriller cored by music, and which will have outputs beyond the touch devices, including film, printed book and possibly live ...
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8Jan/112

Kindle 2 Product Review: Kindle Review


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su.pr take a look at the Amazon Kindle 2, Amazon's new e-ink based e-reader. Kindle Review Kindle 2 review kindle eBook review e-ink

8Jan/1117

David Letterman – Dave on iPad and Kindle


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