Archive | November 8, 2011

Kindle goes brick and mortar – many retailers to sell Amazon readers starting Nov 15th

In a never ending process to acquire market share, Amazon starts spreading Kindle love (albeit not for free) in brick and mortar stores, in a move similar with what Barnes and Noble did earlier in the year. No doubt, to make everybody happy for the holidays.

You heard that right, starting Nov 15th, you’ll be able to play and eventually buy any of the Kindle, Kindle Touch, Kindle Touch 3G and the one tablet to rule them all, Kindle Fire at over 16,000 retail locations in US, including Best Buy, Target, Walmart, Staples, Sam’s Club, RadioShack, Office Depot and some smaller ones as well. The prices will be similar with the ones on Amazon’s own website so unless you like paying sales tax, we don’t really see the point for now. Maybe later when Amazon will start collecting local sales taxes for California, we’ll get more into local shopping ourselves.

Check after the break for Amazon’s full Press Release.

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Japanese e-Commerce giant Rakuten acquires Kobo

In an unexpected turn of events, the e-Commerce giant Rakuten announced it purchased the well know eReader manufacturer Kobo. Well, maybe not that unexpected considering that Kobo faces stiff competition from both Amazon and Barnes & Noble in the eReader market. For thos that don’t know who Rakuten is, they are among top 3 e-Commerce companies by revenue, and, as of last year, they also own Buy.com. Rings any bells?

The amount is $315 million US, cash only transaction. It will certainly be interesting to find out what exactly Rakuten intends to do with Kobo to compete better against Amazon/B&N giants.

Check the full press release after the break.

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Deal of the day – $339 – Westinghouse 42″ LED-LCD 1080p 120Hz HDTV (1.54″ ultra-slim) LD-4258

The best price I have ever seen on a 1080p LED LCD TV and I really doubt  we’ll see much better for Black Friday, especially when you factor in the headaches inherent to shopping in that particular day.
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Genius Wizard Stick Review – Motion gaming joystick for Gaming PC

Introduction

With the introduction of its innovative motion controller, Nintendo Wii changed forever the way we interact with our games (until the launch of Kinect, that is). It didn’t took that long until accessories producers copied the concept hoping to also copy the success Nintendo had. Probably the most well known PC motion sensor controller is the Genius Wizard Stick manufactured by Genius and based on the AIWI software platform, controller that makes the object of today’s review.

Unpacking

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