Archive | May 25, 2011

64GB microSD(XC) cards are here thanks to KingMax

If you really want to brag about how much you carry in your pants, Kingmax has something for you – The first 64GB microSD card in the world, available in Class 6 speeds, manufactured using a new technology called 9 Stacked Die.

There is not yet know how expensive these little wonders will be, neither when they actually start shipping, although you can be sure you’ll have to pay a premium at the beginning, for the honor;However, what we DO know is that not many devices will be able to use it, since most of the eReaders / smartphones are still using microSD-HC standard limited at (only) 32GB. The class 6 speeds should enable 48Mbps (6MBytes / sec) transfer rates, enough for 1080p recording. The card is also compatible with the latest SD 3.0 standard. Check after the break for the technical specifications.

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Kindle 3 – 3G version with special offers announced for $164

While initially it didn’t seem like Amazon will launch the special offers Kindle for the 3G model, it just happened. The reason could be the pressure from the newly launched Kobo Touch eReader and Nook Simple Touch for $139, or Amazon is looking for a way to keep their profit margins throughout the year without actually cutting the internal price. The new Kindle 3 – 3G model with advertisements in the screensaver went on sale yesterday for a lower price – $164, a $25 cut from the original price.

The opinions might differ about whether $164 is still a good price considering the advertisements, but there are two aspects we need to emphasize: The ads are never showed while reading, only when the device is off or as a screensaver so they should not interfere with your activity. Also, the first batch of advertisements  was quite interesting – with Roku media streamers for 50% off only for the owners of the Kindle with special offers, although we don’t know if Amazon intentionally took some loses just to promote the awesomeness of their ads loaded eReader.  Read More…