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Kindle Application For The iPad, iPhone And iPod Touch Updated

Amazon today in a press announcement released an updated version of the Kindle Application for the iPad, iPhone and the iPod Touch. The updated Kindle application now supports embedding audio and video clips in Kindle books.

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“We are excited to add this functionality to Kindle for iPad and Kindle for iPhone and iPod touch,” said Dorothy Nicholls, director, Amazon Kindle. “Readers will already find some Kindle Editions with audio/video clips in the Kindle Store today–from Rose’s Heavenly Cakes with video tips on preparing the perfect cake to Bird Songs with audio clips that relate the songs and calls to the birds’ appearances. This is just the beginning–we look forward to seeing what authors and publishers create for Kindle customers using the new functionality of the Kindle apps.”

Among the first books to take advantage of this new feature, include Rick Steves’ London, and Together We Cannot Fail. The Kindle application provides its users to access with the Kindle bookstore, which has more than 600,000 eBooks. The Kindle application is available for the iOS platform from Apple, Mac OS X, and Windows.

An Android version of the Kindle application is also expected to be released soon.

Spirit Jailbreak Application Updated To Support iTunes 9.2

The Spirit jailbreak application has been updated to support iTunes 9.2. Other than support for iTunes 9.2, no new features have been added. The Spirit application is one of the easiest way to jailbreak your iPhone/iPodios4_logo Touch or the iPad. Sadly, the Spirit application still does not support iOS4 and/or iPhone 4.

Currently, the Spirit application supports iOS 3.1.3 and 3.1.2 for iPhone 3GS, 3G, and the iPhone 2G. All version of iPod Touch are supported as well. For the iPad, iOS 3.2 is supported. Users who want to jailbreak their iPhone 3GS/3G or iPod Touch running on iOS4 can use either sn0wbreeze or PwnageTool 4.0. On a personal note, I would suggest iPhone 3G owners not to upgrade to iOS 4.

The iPhone 3G does not have enough horsepower to run iOS4 properly. If by chance, you have already updated your iPhone 3G to iOS 4 and want to go back to iOS 3.1.3, follow this guide.

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Apple Sells 3 Million iPads in 80 Days

The iTouch devices from Apple have been setting the sales chart on fire. Apple has already received more than 600,000 pre-orders for the iPhone in just a single day. The huge number of pre-orders forced Apple to push backApple iPad the shipping date of the pre-orders to July, instead of June.

Now Apple has announced in a press release that they have managed to sell 3 million iPads in 80 days from its U.S. launch date. Currently, there are more than 11,000 applications available for the iPad in the App Store.

“People are loving iPad as it becomes a part of their daily lives,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “We’re working hard to get this magical product into the hands of even more people around the world, including those in nine more countries next month.”

Apple will launch the iPad in nine more countries in the upcoming month. I wonder how Apple will meet the demand for the device in these nine countries, with demand already exceeding supply by a huge margin.

More at the Apple blog here.

Amazon Kindle Gets A Price Cut

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 600,000Amazon Kindle 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.

Facebook Application For iPod Touch/iPhone Updated

The Facebook application for the iPhone/iPod Touch just got updated. The Facebook application is one of the most popular applications for the iPhone/iPod Touch in the Apple App Store.clip_image001 The updated Facebook application is numbered version 3.1.3. The new version fixes many bugs, as well as adds new features.

The new features of the application include :

* Users can now view videos posted by their friends on Facebook.

* Ability to view and write on walls of events.

* The width of the uploaded photos has now been increased to 720 pixels.

The bugs fix list includes :

* Fixed the bug in which the birthday view showed months in the wrong order.

* Removed the bug where users could not upload pictures smaller than a certain size.

* Fixed the broken photo album link in the News Feed.

What I would really like to see is a Facebook application for the iPad. Even though I can open Facebook from Safari on my iPad, I cannot comment on others status update because the commentbutton is missing. I guess this is due to some incompatibility. Hopefully, Facebook will solve this matter soon or release an iPad version of the Facebook application.

WWDC 2010: Steve Jobs Keynote Highlights

So missed the Steve Jobs keynote at the WWDC 2010? Here are the main highlights of the Steve Jobs keynote.

iPhone 4

First and foremost, Jobs announced the new iPhone 4. The new iPhone 4 is definitely the smartphone to beat right now. The Retina Display, the stainless steel body, surely make the iPhone 4 a must have device. Here are the specifications and features of the iPhone 4, if you missed it earlier.

iBooks For The iPhone With New Features

The iBook application has now been released for the iPhone as well. Along with this, many new features have been added to the application as well. The application now has the ability to view and read PDF files. If a user purchases and downloads a book from the iBookstore, he can download the same book again on his other iBooks compatible iDevices for free.

Netflix, Guitar Hero And Farmville Applications For The iDevices

The long awaited Netflix application has been officially announced for the iPhone. The application uses adaptive video playback, and features seamless switching between Wi-Fi and 3G networks. The application will be launched sometime in summer, this year for free.

Netflix

Zynga also announced the Farmville application for the iPhone. The application features push notifications. The application has not been made in flash though. Sadly, the Farmville application was not announced for the iPad. Activision also released Guitar Hero for the iPhone and the iPad. The game is available effective immediately at the App Store for $2.99.

iMovies For The iPhone

The new iPhone 4G is capable of recording HD (720p) videos at 30fps. Thanks to the A4 chip inside, the phone is capable of editing these videos on the fly as well. To take editing videos on your phone to the next level, Apple has made iMovies specifically for the iPhone. The demo of the application sure looked impressive with super-smooth animations. iMovies is definitely the best video editing application ever available for a mobile platform. The application is available at the App Store for $4.99.

iOS 4

iOS4

Apple has renamed the iPhone OS4 to iOS4 now. The new iOS4 has more than 100 new features, and contains more than 1500 developer APIs. The iOS4 features a unified inbox, multitasking, Folders, enhanced camera application etcetera. The Golden master candidate of the iOS4 will be given to the developers today, and the final version will be out soon.

iAd

Steve Jobs also gave a demo of the iAd platform at the WWDC today. He said that he expects iAd to capture 48% of the mobile ad market in the U.S in terms of ad dollars. The iAd platform is targeted at developers for making money. The iAd platform already has support from some big companies like Nissan, AT&T, GE, Disney, Sears etcetera.

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Acer Demonstrates The Acer LumiRead L600 eReader At The Computex

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 theclip_image001 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.

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Rumour: Amazon To Launch A New Improved Kindle This August

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 aclip_image001 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.

Apple: 2 Million iPads Sold Worldwide In Less Than 60 Days

In a press release Apple has announced that it has sold more than 2 million iPads worldwide. Yes, two million.

Apple started shipping iPads on April 3rd, 2010 in the US. The 3G version came out a bit later. According to iPad’s Wikipedia page, Apple had sold a million iPads by May 3rd. About a week back iPads were launched in 9 countries other than the US.

With the iPad being made available in more countries next month, we’ll be seeing a lot more iPads. These sales numbers are quite staggering. According to Apple the iTunes App Store for the iPad has around 5,000 apps. These apps were crucial in the iPhone’s success and have been important in driving iPad sales.

It doesn’t look like the tablets announced by ASUS and MSI will be catching up anytime soon. Steve Jobs reality distortion field has worked again.

With the new iPhone around the corner, Apple is sure dominating the mobile computing market right now.

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.