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Amazon launches two new tablets, Kindle Fire at $159, and Kindle Fire HD with 1920 x 1200 8.9″ display

Important day today – Amazon announced three different devices:

1. A frontlit eReader called Kindle Paperwhite featuring a new and improved 25 percent more contrast, 212ppi with 62 percent more pixels, capacitive touchscreen and up to 8 weeks battery life with the light on

The prices for the eInk eReader will be $119 for the WiFi only model and $179 for the 3G capable one. Read More…

Deal of the Day – 120GB Kingston SSDNow V+200 2.5″ SSD $80 shipped at Amazon

Today’s Review Horizon Deal of the Day is the Kingston SSDNow V+200 120GB 2.5″ SATA III Solid State Drive (model KW-S2120-4B) for $80. The initial price is $100 and there is a $20 off coupon available – just click on the “Clip this coupon”. The shipping is free and there are no taxes in most of the states.

If you need a larger drive, also available is the 240GB variant, model KW-S2140-4B for $154 shipped, after a $30 Clip coupon (just select the larger capacity on the product page). Be sure to order it from Amazon, even if right now they are out of stock with a shipping time of 1 to 3 weeks.

Technical Specs: Read More…

Hulu Plus on AppleTV, Amazon Instant Video on iPad, Apple gets serious

Although quietly, in the last two days Apple’s eco-system significantly improved, first by the addition of Hulu Plus video streaming service on their AppleTV units, and today by the launch of Amazon Instant Video on iPad (iPhone/iPod owners are out of luck for now). With the latest launches, Apple just became one of the strongest competitor in the media streaming market (their Apple TV supports the three big market players – Netflix, Hulu and Amazon) with the one big omission in my opinion being HBO GO. On the tablet category, iPad has by far the largest streaming support at the moment, Amazon Instant Video being only supported currently on one other tablet, Amazon’s own Kindle Fire.

You can download the iPad app from iTunes here and yes, it does have access to Your Watchlist. If you have Amazon Prime for free 2-day shipping, Instant Video comes in the price together with free eBook lending. For more info, head over Amazon’s Prime webpage.

Amazon’s Kindle 3G+WiFi with Special Offers price drops to $139 due to AT&T sponsorship

Considering how much competition Kindle got lately from both Nook Color and the new touch eReaders launched in the last several months, Amazon needed something to bring some enthusiasm to their Kindle eReaders. One of the most appreciated measures is cutting the price and this is what they did – thanks to a deal with AT&T, you can now buy the Amazon Kindle 3G + WiFi version with Special Offers for a very low $139 that includes free 3G for life from AT&T (and also works globally). It works well, you can also access e-mails, tweets and Facebook for free together with Wikipedia and the latest news.

Special Offers is a program created by Amazon to bring ads to their eReaders, and it proved to be successful so far. The launch offers were actually quite good, the ads never interfere with your reading, only showing as screensavers, but, based on the latest numbers, the customers just appreciate more universal tablets instead of dedicated eReaders with Barnes & Noble Nook Color becoming the best seller eReader in the first quarter of this year. Amazon will also launch two Android tablets in the fall, including an industry first, a quad core device.

Rumor of the day – iPhone 5 and iPad 3 Taiwanese component suppliers are getting materials list ready ready

Another day, another iPhone 5 / iPad 3 rumor, but that keeps everybody entertained and gives us subjects to write about. This time, is a rumor everybody seems to agree upon, not just a lone analyst in a dusty office. It looks like the Taiwanese companies involved somehow in the production of Apple’s toys are starting to prepare their components anticipating to start production sometime in August. Both iPhone 5 and iPad 3 are rumored to see the official light of the day sometime in September and start shipping the following month. Not sure how fast you’ll be able to get one, but that’s an entirely different issue.

While everybody does expect an iPhone 4 successor, the iPad 3 if true comes as a surprise because Apple would break their 12 month standard cycle between models. Of course, the market is somewhat different. More competitors, especially in the tablet field,  are releasing devices that rival iPad 2 (Samsung’s new tablets are just an example) and they are forcing Apple to work harder. iPad 2, cool as it is, was also an evolutionary device rather than revolutionary and did not include several expected technologies including retina display (which is again rumored to arrive in iPad 3 as a 250 dpi screen), NFC (Near Field Read More…

Amazon to launch dedicated Kindle app for Android / Windows tablets

Amazon made its mission to provide a mean to read your eBooks (purchased from them, of course) on any device imaginable and until now they certainly did not disappoint.

Their Kindle applications run everywhere from iPhone / Android phones to iPad, PC, MAC, BlackBerry, web browsers, even on a rooted Nook Color. Amazon wants to extend its dominance and will launch a Kindle eReader application specifically made for the upcoming tablets (Android and Windows) to be announced at CES 2011.

This is very exciting news and we can’t wait to see what the new application brings in terms of user experience. After all, there is already a Kindle application working for Android devices perfectly well.

Amazon’s press release specifies the new tablet computers coming in 2011 when they talk about the new Kindle application so we wonder if there will be any hardware / Android version constraints in running the new tablet optimized Kindle app.

Check after the break for the full press release. Read More…

eBooks sales to reach a cool billion dollars in 2010

Yes, it is right…eBooks are no longer a niche reserved to techno-files as US consumers spent / will spend around a billion dollars buying eBooks for this year, and the number is projected to increase yet again to close to 3 billion dollars by 2015 says a recent survey by Forrester group using a sample of 4,000 people. While most of those (93 percent) still like to read the old way (killing trees), the other 7 percent make up the number while reading more.

According to Forrester’s numbers, the standard eBook reader will read about 66% eBooks and the rest in paper format. I expect both numbers to climb, the 7 percent currently using eReaders and the ratio of eBooks / paper books a eReader owner reads. For me, the ratio is close to 100%.

Interestingly enough, dedicated eReaders are at a close second place (32 percent) , most readers preferring to read their eBooks on their notebooks (35 percent) .

The recent drop in eReader prices also contributed to the sales, most devices being around $100 which is the compulsive buying range and the current market leader is Amazon’s Kindle 3 (full review here) with around 70 percent market share. At a distant second comes Barnes and Noble with their Nook (full review here) at around 15-20 percent.

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.

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.

Amazon announces Kindle Singles – for the generation of instant gratification

With the internet around and blogs announcing news in a spartan manner (this one making no exception) the new generation just doesn’t have the patience (and/or capability) to read a book like we used to…meaning from cover to cover over roughly 500 pages or more. Now when we don’t consume TV shows dumbed down to the audience, we want short books, short enough so we don’t become bored with Balzacian descriptions or psychological analysis a la Joesph Conrad.

It’s an unfortunate state but obviously the publishers have to adapt so Amazon is announcing Amazon Singles, books twice the size of a Ney Yorker feature article but only a fraction of Dumas’ The Three Musketeers for example and ideally suited for eReaders as the recently released Kindle 3.

“Ideas and the words to deliver them should be crafted to their natural length, not to an artificial marketing length that justifies a particular price or a certain format,” said Jeff Ament, Vice President, Kindle Content announcing a call to arms to the writers, scientists, publishers to start producing this type of books, also at a fraction of price. Read the full press release after the break. Read More…