Friday, September 7, 2012

Wow! Meet Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Paperwhite

Just a copy from Amazon:
Dear Customers,
Today we're excited to introduce the all-new Kindle Fire HD.
Amazon Kindle Fire Family
Kindle Fire HD 8.9" 4G isn't just the best tablet for the price, it's the best tablet. $499 now gets you a large-screen HD tablet with a stunning 8.9" display, exclusive Dolby audio, dual stereo speakers, the fastest Wi-Fi, ultra-fast 4G LTE wireless, plus our new unprecedented $49.99 one-year 4G data package. Customers save hundreds of dollars in the first year compared to other 4G tablets. Kindle Fire HD 8.9" is also available in a Wi-Fi only model for $299.
Kindle Fire HD is the world's most-advanced 7" tablet, with a stunning HD display, plus the same exclusive Dolby audio, dual stereo speakers, the fastest Wi-Fi, and 16 GB of storage. Kindle Fire HD is just $199.
We are also introducing the world's most advanced e-readers,Kindle Paperwhite and Kindle Paperwhite 3G.
Amazon Kindle Family
You'll do a double take when you see Kindle Paperwhite—we've added 62% more pixels and increased contrast by 25%, so whites are whiter, and blacks are blacker. We've also added a revolutionary built-in front light for the perfect reading experience whether you're out at the beach or at home in bed.Kindle Paperwhite starts from just $119. Kindle Paperwhite 3Gis available for $179 with free 3G wireless—never pay for or hunt for a Wi-Fi hotspot. We've also updated our smallest, lightest Kindle with improved fonts and 15% faster page turns—it now starts at just $69.
Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Paperwhite are each in a class by themselves when it comes to hardware—there's nothing better. But the real magic is that they are also a service. When combined with our enormous content ecosystem, unmatched cross-platform interoperability and standard-setting customer service, we hope people will agree these are the best tablets and e-readers anywhere, at any price.
Thank you for being a customer,
Jeff Bezos
Founder & CEO

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Will the Kindle follow OLPC netbooks?

An interesting news comes on one of LinkedIn banners: Mashable's article on the world-wide spread-up of Kindles for youngsters around the world. Since the emergence of OLPC (One Laptop Per Child), even since the rumors about OLPC started circulating, a number of other devices have been announced as thing to deliver on charity.
OLPC was a revolutionary product in some respects: a cheap laptop with Wi-Fi and a jog to charge the device by a hand. Its production was scandalous, some vendors, Intel included, separated and started their own production of competing devices. Nonetheless, OLPC helped companies around the world to commence the era of netbooks.
Event before the first shipment of OLPC was on the way, competitors declared their selves as manufacturers of similar devices. Since then, netbooks and tables have been promised for the poor at a low price for charitably many times.
Okay, the today's announcement is promised to be successful as it's not only from a big company, but also the government took part in the affair. Below is the whole text from Mashable:
Can Kindle tablets bridge the gap between the U.S. and young people living in far-off corners of the globe?
The State Department and Amazon certainly think so. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will join Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos next Wednesday to announce a partnership that will send Kindles jam-packed with useful software to youth around the world.
Called the “Kindle Mobile Learning Initiative,” the program will deliver Kindles that include english language instruction apps and other content in an effort to expose them to American culture.
“This public-private partnership with and the U.S. government will create a global e-reader program that introduces aspects of U.S. society and culture directly to young people, students, and international audiences in new ways and expands English language learning opportunities worldwide,” reads a White House press release.
Currently, further details are scant, but we’ll have more information next Wednesday. For now, tell us your ideas in the comments for how Kindles could be used to connect far-off youth with the United States.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

One more dubious deal of the day

Never have I seen such deals before. Are they changing prices during the day (of deal)? If so, which price would we expect? $30, $20, $20?

Friday, May 11, 2012

Today I practised reading with the index finger. The goal is to eliminate regressions.
Regressions may be of two types: intentional and unintentional. Whereas the former is a result of a conscious re-reading of what has been read, the latter is a waste.
The latter can be divided into two groups: movement of eyes from the end of a line to the beginning of the next line and movements inside a line.
Reading with the index finger is against these movements inside a line. You are simply following the finger and eyes never go back until the end of line. The speed at the finger is moved also helps you read faster. My speed this time was 235-240 WPM. Do you feel the difference? As much as twice, the method definitely works.

The price is fixed

Today's marketing fault is fixed:
Although it has been fixed, the difference between today's and regular prices is not so jaw-dropping as usual. Often, a book that costs $20 or event $35 is sold for the same mere $10, offering the possibility to save money. This offer could be $5 or $6 (I didn't dare to say $3) to be at the same extent attractive as regular discounts...

A deal of the day

Is there a reason to buy a book today?

The message from Bezos of Hogwarts

A good news from everyone who likes Harry Potter books. I have read a year and half ago three of them and started the fourth. Though even three books of one author is pretty enough to cover author's language, I'm planning to finish reading somewhere in the future. Of what I'm talking about? The message from Bezos promises that we'll be given Harry Potter books through book lending service in June.
An enchanted kindle or a broom, there are offers you may choice from.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Sooner or later, today I decided to start learning English speed reading. I have bought Kump's book and a couple of books to be used as a self-study material. Both of them a general reading, what is highly recommended. The first book is written by a journalist and quite popular, the second is also on a general topic, but it slightly closer to my everyday doings.
Today I started and the speed I've been reading at was 120 WPM (words per minute). Actually, I called the dictionary for one word and not being accustomed to these tests is also a factor. I'd speak that my speed could be 150 WPM, for example. Despite this, what was measured was measured.
Okay, 120 WPM is a result. Fortunately, I managed to be at the very speed, below which students are to be sent to a specialist before taking a course in speed reading.
This is the same speed that I read when I was learning in the 1st class approximately 10 years old. Was it my speed or a normative, I was taken to the 3rd class to demonstrate there how to read. :)

This was the speed youngsters should be reading at aloud. Here is the need to say that when I eventually decided to be proficient in English, I started reading with intentional internal speaking aloud, even though I was aware that this is a brake for reading. I simply had not any interlocutor to practive my English, and I started to read books with internal articulation.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Oops, LG folds e-Ink screen

This week is generous with news that better match the Fool's Day's papers than being published on regular days. BElieve or not, one more news hits the market:
LG unveils flexible plastic e-paper display, aims for European launch next month
And what would you prefer, a black-and-white kindle in your back pocket or a color kindle fire.
This week, the announcement has been put out that a 4096-color e-Ink screen has been released and shipping comes soon. I lost the link, but it was Hanvon's.

Okay, after the Fool's Day is over, who would be a fool, who believed in the news or who didn't?