Amazon just announced in a press release that the Kindle would be getting a price cut. The Amazon Kindle is an e-book reader, with 3G capability. The Kindle has access to the Kindle store, which has more than 600,000 books. As of now the Amazon Kindle, retails for $259, but beginning from today the device will retail for $189. Even with the reduced price, the Kindle will still come with free 3G wireless service.
I guess the price cut can be attributed to the strong sales of the Apple iPad. The strong sales of the iPad might have forced Amazon to reduce the price of the Kindle. It might also be possible that Amazon will be launching a new version of the Kindle this summer, and so they are reducing the price of the eBook reader.
This price cut can also come in response from the Nook reader, which features Wi-Fi, and will retail for $199. Here is the link to the Press Release.
Lenovo today announced its first ever-3D laptop – the Lenovo IdeaPad Y560d. The Lenovo IdeaPad Y560d features a 15.6-inch 3D screen to provide a 3D experience when combined with compatible 3D movies and games. The laptop can be equipped with up to a Core i7 processor, and the ATI HD5730 graphics card with up to 1 GB of memory. Up to 8GB of DDR3 RAM and 750GB of storage space is available on the laptop.
The Y560d also features the RapidDrive technology to combine the performance of an SSD, and the storage space of a traditional HDD to deliver better performance.
Fun is a notebook that brings multimedia to lifeâ€”and the IdeaPad Y560d does this in a dramatic fashion with a truly unique 3D viewing experience,said Dion Weisler, vice president, business operations, Lenovo. While 3D technology has been around for ages, it has not been readily accessible to consumers within the home. Lenovo is helping bridge this gap by delivering consumers a 3D experience on a familiar PC platform that can be viewed and enjoyed when and where they want.
The laptop automatically switches to the integrated graphics core for improving the battery life. The laptop is also equipped with an HDMI port. A Blu-Ray player is also optional. The laptop also features SlideNav and OneKey Theather II. The former is an intelligent touch-sensitive slide bar application for easy desktop navigation, while the latter optimizes the laptop for video playback. The Y560d will feature speakers from JBL with Dolby Home Theater surround sound.
The 3D screen, TriDef technology, and the RapidDrive features are all optional. The laptop will hit the retail stores by the end of June, with the base model costing $1,199.99.
Samsung announced in a press release today that they would be beginning the production of high speed 512GB SSD from next month. The new SSD will be based on the 30-nanometer fabrication process. The SSD will make use of the toggle-mode DDR structureto deliver extremely high read/write speeds. The SSD will make use of the SATA 3.0Gbps interface.
“The highly advanced features and characteristics of our new SSD were obtained as a direct result of an aggressive push for further development of our NAND flash technology, our SSD controller and our supportive SSD firmware,” said Dong-Soo Jun, executive vice president, memory marketing, Samsung Electronics. “Early introduction of this state-of-the-art toggle DDR solution will enable Samsung to play a major role in securing faster market acceptance of the new wave of high-end SSD technology,” he added
According to Samsung, the read/write speed of this new SSD will be in the range of 250MB/sec and 220MB/sec respectively. Along with speed, Samsung also has developed a low-power controller for the toggle-mode DDR NANDto reduce the power consumption of the SSD.
The 512GB SSD from Samsung also features 256-bit AES encryption to provide a higher level of security to the user’s data. The production of these new SSDs will start from next month, and hopefully they will hit the retail market in a couple of months.
Today, at E3 2010, Nintendo’s CEO, Satoru Iwata gave the world its first glimpse of the Nintendo 3DS. In case you haven’ heard yet, the Nintendo 3DS is a hand-held gaming console, which will allow you to play 3D games without being forced to wear glasses that make you look like a buffoon.
The 3DS has two screens – the one at the top is a 3.5 inch widescreen, while the one at the bottom is a standard one. It also has a slide pad for analog control, a gyro sensor and a motion sensor. Users will be able to control the level of depth offered by the 3DS through an easy to use slider.
Nintendo has tied up with 21 major gaming studios to ensure a hefty supply of games for the 3DS. Some of the big names roped-in include Capcom, EA, Activison, Sega, Ubisoft and Kojima who will be bringing popular franchises like Resident Evil , FIFA Soccer, Madden NFL, The Sims 3, DJ Hero, Sonic, Assassin’s Creed, Ghost Recon, Splinter Cell and Metal Gear to the new hand-held.
3DS is not just a gaming console. Nintendo claims that it is also capable of playing 3D movies and even snapping 3D pictures. Disney, Warner Brothers, and Dreamworks are among the initial partners who will be producing content for the 3DS.
With the 3DS, Nintendo has once again managed to reinvent the wheel and redefine our expectations. If 3D is your thing, then prepared to be blown away by the 3DS, which is expected to be released in the fiscal year ending March 2011. Pricing remains unknown.
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Western Digital the leader in providing storage solutions today announced the WD TV Live Plus HD media player. The WD TV Live Plus has Netflix support integrated into it. Netflix users can watch thousands of movies and TV episodes on their TV, thanks to the WD TV Live Plus.
“Netflix has become a ‘must have’ for consumer electronics devices,” said Netflix vice president of business development Bill Holmes. “We’re proud to align with WD to include Netflix on WD’s groundbreaking WD TV Live Plus HD media player.”
The WD TV Live Plus media player features full-HD 1080p video playback. The device also packs in an Ethernet port, and two USB ports. The device can also be connected to your wireless network, with the USB wireless adapter sold separately. Thanks to the USB ports, the WD TV can playback videos from external storage devices plugged into them. It can also store videos in an external hard disk or USB drive.
The device also has an HDMI 1.3 port, and a SPDIF digital output port. The WD TV Live Plus HD media player is available effective immediately at selected retailers having a MSRP of $149.99.
While the iPad has been setting tablet computing on fire, a tiny Indian startup, Notion Ink has been working diligently to roll out its own tablet computer – Adam. We covered Adam fairly extensively in the past, including an exclusive interview with its CEO Rohan Shravan.
Some recent reports suggested that Adam might have been delayed until November. Notion Ink has now come out and debunked those rumors without promising any specific release date. “We are on track” is all Rohan Shravan revealed in his blog post. This probably means that Adam will be launched in a couple of months. However, like the iPad, Adam will have a staggered roll out all over the world. The good news for Indians waiting for a competitive tablet device is that India will definitely be among the first to receive the gadget.
Notion Ink has also closed their final round of fund raising. Once again, they didn’t provide any specifics, but Shravan did seem pretty jubilant about it. He wrote, “We have closed the final round of funding and are now in perfect sync with our investors. This is extremely good news for everyone. I say that, because if we have Global ambitions, there must be someone who can help us achieve that. And now we have got the muscle power”.
The Adam is an nVidia Tegra 2 powered Android tablet with Pixel Qi technology, which ensures readability even under direct sunlight. A cheaper version with normal LCD screen will also be available for users who don’t plan on doing too much reading on the Adan. In fact, we may even get a third variation, which is supposed to run on a mysterious battery efficient platform.
The WWDC event will start within a moment, and an Apple product gets leaked already. This product is supposed to be a trackpad with multi-touch capabilities. This trackpad can be connected to other computers, wirelessly. The picture was spotted by Engadget and it looks convincing. The device has Apple logo on it and it is supposed to connect using Bluetooth to other computers.
The prediction could be wrong but whatever it is will be cleared soon. The excitement has already begun, stay tuned to our live blog for updates.
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Looks like Acer wants to grab a share of the eBook reader market from Apple and Amazon. The company demonstrated the Acer LumiRead L600 e-reader at the ongoing Computex. The LumiRead L600 looks very much like the Amazon Kindle. The eBook reader packs in a 6-inch e-Ink display, having a resolution of 800*600. The device also has a D-pad and a 37 key QWERTY keyboard.
The device is powered by a Freescale iMX357 processor running at 532 MHz, and has 128MB of RAM. The device was kept under the glass at the ongoing Computex, so no further information is available about the device. Acer did not mention anything about the price and the launch date of the device.
In any case, the Acer LumiRead L600 e-reader has a very tough task ahead. Grabbing share from the Apple iPad, which is selling like hot cakes, is surely going to be a herculean task.
Looks like the tablet fever has caught up with Samsung as well. The company has just officiallyannounced the Galaxy Tab, a tablet device. According to Engadget, the Galaxy Tab has a 7-inch high-resolutionscreen. On top of the Android OS, the Samsung’s popular TouchWiz UI is also running. The Galaxy Tab tablet was officially announced by a tweet from Samsung Blog South Africa.
The tweet goes as follows Android-powered Samsung Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab (tablet). More pics to follow.The link to the image does not work now. Looks like, Samsung has deleted the picture after the tweet was made. Engadget did manage to get hold of the image before it was deleted. The image below shows the Samsung Galaxy S (left) and the Galaxy Tab (right) tablet.
The screen on the Galaxy Tab is rumored to be AMOLED (Super AMOLED, perhaps?). It is also rumored that Samsung will also launch an app store for the Galaxy Tab. As of now, Google does not allow tablets to be equipped with the Android market. No further information about the specifications of the Galaxy Tab are available as of now. It will be interesting to know whether the Galaxy Tab will be running the Android OS v2.1 or v2.2.
The Amazon Kindle is a very popular electronic book reader in the US. The device lacks a colour display, and Wi-Fi but has still managed to grab 60% of the U.S market share. Now rumors suggest that Amazon is preparing a new improved version of the Amazon Kindle. The new Kindle is expected to go on sale in the month of August. Rumors suggest that the next generation electronic reader will be thinner than its predecessor, and faster as well. Engadget also reports that the next generation Amazon Kindle will feature Wi-Fi as well.
Other new rumored feature includes improved contrast sensitivity for better text readability. Sadly, the next generation Amazon Kindle is not expected to feature either touch screen or a color screen. The Amazon Kindle is facing tough competition from the Apple iPad. Apple has already managed to sell more than 2 million iPads worldwide in less than 60 days.