Archive | June 21, 2010

Deal of the day – $212 Full HD Panasonic HDCTM15 16GB Camcorder

Amazing how low the HD camcorder prices can go. Just weeks ago I purchased a new Sanyo HD camcorder for $300 and I thought I got an excellent deal and now, Amazon has this Panasonic HDCTM15 16GB Full HD Camcorder for $212 shipped. Good reviews across the board, not the fanciest in the line but certainly worth it considering the amount of included memory was more expensive than $200 a while ago.

Details:

  • Records Onto Built-in Memory (16GB),
  • SD/SDHC Memory Card for additional space
  • MPEG4-AVC/H.264 (AVCHD standard compliant)
  • 16x Optical Zoom

Amazon slashes Kindle price to $189 in response to Nook

In response to todays’s Barnes and Noble announcement for a new WiFi only Nook at $149 and $199 for the 3G version, Amazon slashes its own price for Kindle which now costs only $189. This is indeed a good day for eBook readers!

The battle has officially begun, so do not be surprised if B&N lowers the price further to match Amazon the way they did it in the past, or if one (or both) of them starts to offer free eBook readers (combined with some kind of subscription service). The larger Kindle DX remains at the same price, $489.

Apple iPhone 4.0 software now available for everyone

This morning when I started my computer, I noticed a new update to the iTunes. I said OK, and I went ahead with the update, since Apple releases iTunes updates regularly. After the update, I noticed that a new iPhone driver was also installed in Windows, which was rather unusual, and reserved for iOS updates. Well, that was exactly what happened, iTunes notified me that a new  software update is available for my iPhone (4.0). I still have iPhone 3G (not 3GS) so multitasking doesn’t apply to my model, but it is due for renewal this month so I’ll get the new iPhone 4 anyway. Among the most notable features of the new OS version, you can find the following: Read More…

B&N launches $149 Nook WiFi, 3G lowered to $199

In an excellent news for eBook lovers, and in a move that is sure to put pressure on Amazon’s Kindle, Barnes & Noble confirms their new Nook model sans 3G for a new low price of $149 while at the same time reducing the price for the previous $259 3G capable Nook to $199. The new model without 3G connectivity is called Nook WiFi. One of the features I really love about Nook line is the inclusion of a microSD expansion slot, a feature not present into it’s main competitor, Amazon’s Kindle.

The 3G capability made a lot of sense several years ago during the release of the initial Kindle, but meantime the smartphone market exploded along with more or less generous data plans and tethering options (again more or less legal), so it shouldn’t be very challenging to tether your new Nook to your smartphone. Also, Barnes & Noble released their latest Nook software, now at the version 1.4 that beside a number of improvements as “Go to page”, an extra large font and some speed-up overall, now allows Nook to access the fairly extensive AT&T WiFi network for free.

The new Nook is available at B&N own website and also at Best Buy and it will start shipping this week. The main visual difference between Nook WiFi and Nook 3G is a white back panel for the new model and a slightly (0.5 oz) lower weight.

Update: Amazon followed immediately slashing their Kindle price to $189.