Archive | October 22, 2010

Book lending comes to Amazon Kindle

This is something that Kindle users enjoyed since the beginning – the ability to lend content – books, magazines, newspapers to family and friends. After all, if both me and my wife have readers (which we do, including my 7 years old son) there is no reason not to be able to enjoy the same book without paying multiple times for it or stealing our eReaders from each other. After all, I prefer Kindle and my significant half prefers Nook.

Well, wait no more, sometime until the end of this year, Amazon intends to bring lending feature to their Kindle eReaders as well, for a 14-day period. As with a physical book, once you lend a book , you won’t be able to enjoy it until you get it back. Unfortunately, and here the content provider is king, not every ebook will come with the lending feature enabled, the publisher will decide which books you can lend and which are chained to your Kindle. Somehow we don’t remember any physical book to come with this feature (or lack of)  but what do you know—the advantages of Digital Age ;).

if you want to compare Nook and Kindle side by side, check our in-depth hands on reviews.

How to get into Sony Google TV recovery mode

If it has software, it can be hacked and that’s a given. What is even better for the rest of us is that some people also think that if is has software, it MUST be hacked and this way of thinking brought us the jailbroken iPhones, Cydia, 5 Icon Dock, SBSettings, etc. Google TV of course is not something to be left out of the hackers love and the first results are here.

While Google TV is not yet hacked to allow homebrew installation, a hidden recovery mode was discovered by a Phandroid poster. If you want to duplicate his efforts, here is how to do it: (thanks to Apeman)

1. Have the Google TV connected to your various TV/boxes but unplugged from the power

2. While holding the power button, plug the Google TV power cable

3. Hold an additional 3-4 seconds and release

4.  Wait until the recovery menu pops-up

5. Press and hold the connect button and follow the directions from the bottom of the screen.

If you followed the steps properly, you can see options to restore the OS or update it via USB. This could open the door for various loaders, libraries and homebrew applications and if the Google TV will become popular enough (cheaper 😉 ) we might see a movement similar to the one on Sony PSP or iPhone.

Check after the break for the video explaining the process.

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HULU Plus to cut prices, is your media streamer ready?

Let’s face it, we all knew that HULU Plus price was really high at $9.95, especially considering how much you would get from Netflix at the same price and apparently  HULU figured it out  – the price is the cause of the lackluster performance or at least the high price combined with low quality content. As a result, the company is considering a 50% price drop to a low $4.95 / month in the hopes the service adoption will jump-start.

The HULU Plus is currently available on the iPad, XBOX 360 and Sony PS3 which is impressive, but Netflix is currently available on a much larger number of devices including most modern Blu-ray players, connected TV sets, cheap set top boxes as WD TV Live Plus, iPhone and the recently launched Google TV. At $8.99, Netflix also provides significantly more content and no commercials. HULU is making you pay a monthly fee AND is forcing you to watch commercials.

What is your opinion? What would it take to make get a HULU subscription?