Amazon Officially Launches The Kindle Application For The iPad

The Amazon Kindle Application for Android might not be out yet, but the iPad version is officially out. Today, Amazon released the iPad version of the Kindle app in an official press release. The application is available in alliPad the countries, where the iPad is up for sale.

We’re thrilled to make Kindle for iPad available to readers around the world,” said Jay Marine, director, Amazon Kindle. “Kindle for iPad includes all the features customers love about Kindle for iPhone, including great selection and synchronization of their books across a variety of Kindle apps, along with a beautiful new user interface tailored to the look and feel of iPad. Kindle for iPad is the perfect companion for the millions of customers who already own a Kindle or Kindle DX, and a way for customers to download and enjoy books even if they don’t yet have a Kindle.”

The Kindle application for the iPad will give the users access to over thousands of book available in the Kindle Store.

The notable feature of the Kindle App for the iPad includes :

*The Kindle Application for the iPad features a page turn animation, and has an interactive and simple UI. The application has been tailor made for the large screen of the iPad.

* Synchronize bookmarks, highlights, and notes among various Kindle compatible devices

* The Kindle Application allows users to dim the iPad screen brightness, right from within the application

*The Kindle Application for the iPad features up to three different background colours for reducing the strain on the users’ eye.

Here is the link to the official press release.

XBMC Drops XBox Support, Still Available Unofficially

XBMC is the best media center application for Linux. It is open source software and works great on modified Xbox consoles. XBMC has been highly successful on the Xbox console though now, its support will be removed by XBMC developer officially.

XBMC developers are presenting the argument that they are too involved in the development of XBMC on PC and an Xbox is posing as a whole new platform to them. To resolve this, they are leaving the support for Xbox to a dedicated developer who goes by the name of  Arnova.

Times have changed. The XBOX has hard limits for what it can handle. Some users are satisfied with these limits, and we encourage them to use XBMC there if they are happy. But it is a popular misconception that official XBOX development is still taking place by the team, so we have decided to set it free. We have enough on our plates already, and worrying about a deprecated platform just increases our workload. A few days ago the XBOX branch was finally removed from our subversion repository.

But loyal XBMC for XBOX users fear not! In addition to his role as an XBMC developer, Arnova plans to continue development on the XBOX — just not here.  You can find the new project’s home  at sourceforge. We’re leaving it in his hands to decide how to handle the project’s administration. How he manages the forum, bug tracker, scm, developers, etc. is up to him. In other words, don’t complain to us ;-)


Next Apple TV To Be Sold For $99, Will Work On iPhone OS

With Google TV being the center of the attention since last week or so, people have started terming Apple TV as a relative failure. Not so fast friends. As the popular blog Engadget reports, Apple TV is coming back with a bang with a bag full of surprises.

Not only will the next version of Apple TV be smaller, it will also be based on cloud storage and will work with the iPhone OS. However, the most surprising part of the news is the price. This next Apple TV is supposed to sell for $99. With this low price and new features, Apple TV will have a greater chance to penetrate the living room market and more so if it is launched before the recently hyped Google TV.  The Apple TV will have the A4 CPU just like iPhone 4 and will stream videos upto 1080p HD. The shape and size of the device is also supposed to resemble an iPhone and will come with very few ports.

There is no information yet about a possibility of third-party apps similar to iPhone or iPad, but something like this cannot be ruled out given that it has become a significant source of revenue for Apple. Moreover, availability of apps on the Apple TV will make it more attractive for an average customer who will then be able to optimize the viewing experience on his large TV screen.

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iPad Goes International, Launches in Nine Countries Today

This is it, the worldwide (at-least in 9 countries) wait for Apple’s next-gen plaything, , is over. Today, 9 countries will be able to purchase the iPad in retail stores starting 8AM.


Apple iPad goes on sale in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the UK on May 28, 2010. This worldwide launch will allow Apple to further increase the sales of iPad which has already sold in millions in the United States.

The International release of iPad was delayed by a month due to manufacturing issues based on the high demand for the device in US. However, everything aside, if you are in any of the above countries listed above, you can wake up and say hello to the iPad.

There are few reports which say that there are already huge lines in retail stores in Japan, which is touted as the electronic district with most users toting high end gadgets.

Will you be in a line to buy a iPad today in your country, do let us know and send us pictures of the stores you are buying the iPad in.

Strontium Launches 3 New Pen Drive Series In India– Key, Spin And Hulk

Strontium a popular memory chip manufacturer in India has launched three new series of USB flash drives. The three series are known as Key, Spin and Hulk. The Key series is the smallest in size, and is available in capacities of 2GB and 4GB. The Key series is available in Black and White colours only. The Spin series is available in 4GB, 8GB and 16GB storage capacities. The Hulk series features storage capacity of up to a whooping 128GB. The Hulk series features data encryption to protect users’ data. The Hulk series is only available in Silver colour.


The Key series measures 14.5mm (W) x 23.85mm (H) x 6.8mm (D), while the Spin series measures 12mm (W) x 5.5mm (D) x 29.8mm (H). The Hulk series, thanks to its 128GB storage capacity, measures 27mm (W) x 71.4mm (H) x 9.3mm (D). The Key series costs Rs 500 for the 4GB model, while the 2GB model costs RS 349. The 4GB, 8GB and 16GB Spin series pen drives are available for Rs 549, Rs 999 and Rs 1999 respectively. The 128GB monster Hulk series costs Rs 19,999. All the three series of pen drives come with a five-year warranty.


Intel Launches The Core i3, i5 and i7 Based ULV Processors

It was just a few weeks ago, we had reported that Intel will soon be launching Core i3 ULV processors. Today, Intel has officially launched the Ultra Low Voltage (ULV) version of Core i3, Core i5 and Core i7 processors.Intel Core i7 According to Intel, these new ULV processors are based on the 32 nanometer manufacturing process and are up to 32% smaller, while providing up to 32% better performance. These new ULV processors also consume 15% less power than their predecessors. The TDP of these new chips is a mere 17W.

“Consumers crave laptops that offer style and performance, and the new 2010 Intel ® Coreâ„¢ Ultra-Low Voltage processors for ultra-thin laptops delivers both, in one sleek design. Intel’s leadership in 32nm high-k metal gate process technology, combined with breakthrough architecture and design has enabled thinner, lighter and faster notebooks than previous models, with terrific battery life. Not only are laptops becoming ultraportable, but with the new processors inside, users will see faster response times and less waiting,” said Mooly Eden, vice president and general manager of the PC Client Group at Intel.

These new ULV processors from Intel also feature the Intel Hyper-Threading technology and the Intel Turbo Boost technology. Along with the Core series ULV processors, Intel also launched the Mobile Intel 5 series chipset. This new chipset is designed to work in tandem with the new Core architecture based ULV processors.

Intel expects up to 40 models of notebooks based on these new ULV processors from Acer, Asus, Lenovo and MSI by the end of June.

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Seagate Launches The “Solid State Hybrid Drive” Momentus XT

Seagate has tried to merge a SSD and a traditional hard disk into one with the Seagate Momentus XT. The Seagate Momentus XT has a 2.5-inch form factor, and will feature 32Mb of DRAM cache. Seagate calls the Momentus XT a Solid State Hybrid Drive. The hybrid hard disk will be available in storage capacities of 250GB, 320GB and 500GB, along with 4 GB of NAND storage. The spindle speed of the drive is 7200RPM. Sadly, the hybrid hard disk uses the older SATA I interface.


For notebook PC users looking forward to faster PC performance without sacrificing storage capacity or affordability, now there’s an option. Seagate’s new Momentus ® XT drive is the first storage device for notebook PCs that raises the bar for affordable capacity and performance,said John Rydning, IDC’s research director for hard disk drives.

The Momentus XT uses the new Adaptive Memory technology from Seagate, to improve the hard disk performance. According to Seagate, the Adaptive Memory technology will move the frequently accessed file to the faster NAND storage. Asus will use the Seagate Momentus XT hybrid hard disk in their Republic Of Gamers G73JH laptop.

This hybrid hard drive from Seagate will hit the retail market within the next two weeks.

HP To Launch A Tablet Device By October

According to DigiTimes, HP will release a tablet device by the end of October. However, it has not been confirmed whether the tablet will running the WebOS or Windows 7. The Vice-President of HP Taiwan, Mr. Monty Wong said that HP would announce tablet and mobile based devices after HP completes the acquisition of Palm by the end of July.   He also said that the company would not launch Net books running on the WebOS. According to him, net books are similar to PCs in their usage and functionality.


Mr Wong also said that the HP Slate featuring the WebOS and/or Windows 7 would hit the retail market sometime in October. Along with the launch of the HP Slate, users will also be offered access to a huge catalogue of applications. DigiTimes does not mention whether Mr Wong was talking about a WebOS based tablet or a Windows 7 based tablet. It is rumoured that HP is working on a webOS based tablet device dubbed Hurricane. The device is expected to hit the retail market in the third quarter of this year.

It is very well a possibility that Mr Wong was talking about the HP Hurricane only. We need to wait until the end of July or for some HP Slate news to leak to get a confirmation on this one!

Acer NOT To Launch A Chrome OS Based Netbook At The Upcoming Computex

Acer has just confirmed that it won’t be launching a Chrome OS based Device at the upcoming Computex. Acer made a press release about this on their website stating-:Acer

Acer will not launch a Chrome OS netbook at Computex

Manno, 17 May 2010 Despite recent rumours in the press regarding the launch of Chrome OS based netbooks at Computex, Acer today confirms that it has no short-term plans for such a product.

Acer believes that Google Chrome OS is without doubt an exciting product announcement and deserves it’s full attention as well as an in-depth study of its potential from a consumers perspective.

Acer is naturally interested in any product or service that enhances the overall experience of its products and will of course be following the development and progress of Google Chrome and the evolution of Google’s overall product strategy very closely.

This is definitely sad news for users who were eagerly waiting for the launch of a Chrome OS based device. The Computex is just two weeks away now. The event is scheduled to start from May 31st and continue until June 5th. Even though Acer won’t be launching a Chrome OS based netbook at the Computex, we can expect them to announce an Android based tablet at the event.

Apple Unveils A Refreshed Entry-Level MacBook; Still costs $999

It was just a month ago, that Apple had refreshed their MacBook Pro line-up. Today, Apple has officially unveiled a new entry-level MacBook. The new MacBook now runs on a 2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo processor. The 2GB of DDR3 RAM and 250 GB of storage space remain unchanged from the previous generation MacBook.Apple MacBook

The NVIDIA GeForce 320M integrated graphics card handles the graphics department of the new MacBook. The Apple notebook also features a large glass trackpad with multi-touch support. The battery life of the new MacBook has also been increased to a mind blowing 10 hours.

The specification of the new MacBook is similar to that of the entry level MacBook Pro, except for the lack of a backlit keyboard, an inbuilt SD card reader, unibody aluminium build   and Firewire 800 port.

There has been no change in the pricing of the new MacBook. It still costs the same $999.