Archive | October 25, 2010

Kobo non-WiFi version now on sale for $99 at Borders

It is obvious that Borders is under heavy pressure from Amazon and Barnes & Noble when it comes to eReaders, especially when better featured eReaders are selling for $139 so their latest move doesn’t come completely unexpected. Starting today, their non-WiFi (older version) Kobo eReader had its price slashed down to $99 from $129, just in time for the holidays. The new low price enters into impulse buying range and it might be a hot seller during the upcoming holidays, especially among the readers that don’t necessarily need WiFi or more sophisticated features.

Borders newer WiFi version is still at $139, the same price level with the Amazon Kindle 3 reader.

VLC Media Player launches on iPhone in version 1.1

In what we knew was only a matter of time, one of the most popular media players on the planet found its way on the iPhone, running on iPhone 4, 3GS and the new models of iPod touch. Initially launched on iPad only, the new VLC Media Player version 1.1 brings support for more file extensions and a faster decoding due to assembly optimizations. Among the files that VLC can play you can find .avi, .mkv, .ts, .mov, .mp4, and .m4v.

While we can’t do anything but rejoice, we found ourselves really wanting some way to access files stored on our home servers, so VLC, if you can hear us, give us some network sharing and or DLNA love!

Meantime, go to iTunes and download VLC Media Player for free.

Kindle eBooks outsold all paper books last month

There is no denying folks, the eBooks vs paper books ended and the eBooks won! Based on Amazon’s sales, last month was the first time when eBook sales and in particular the one on the Kindle platform outsold all the paper books combined (paperbacks and hardcovers). It is obviously a huge news, especially since Kindle books were outselling hardcovers already in July.

A big help, we are sure, came from the lowered prices of the Kindle eReaders line including the newly launched Kindle 3 selling for as low as $139, close to impulse buying category.While bragging about the record sales, Amazon still doesn’t disclose how many books / eReaders they actually sold (some say due to the negative comparison against Apple iPad numbers sold in the same period 😉 ).

The latest Kindle 3 generation is slimmer, lighter and features a much improved battery life (see our full hands-on review) and starting soon, it will also offer a book lending capability, for up to 14 days at a time.