The Amazon Kindle launched the e-book market as we know it this week with the Tuesday introduction of a $139 Wi-Fi version of the device. The release shows how the company plans to continue to lead in the segment: focus on reading.
I got some hands-on time with the newest Kindle, which ships August 27, and found a device that was very similar to previous versions, but better in several important ways.
The first thing you notice about the new Kindle is the size. The device is 21 percent smaller than the previous version, making it much easier to slip into a coat pocket. You might think the screen is smaller, but it is the same six-inch screen as the older version. It is only the border that is smaller.
The back story behind this clip is that I was 20 minutes early for my scheduled Fox Business hit only to find out that my segment was moved up by 20 minutes. It was wicked hot in NYC that day and I was drenched with sweat. Worse still, when I sat down, I had no idea that the cameras were rolling.
On the off-chance that you missed it, the Apple iPhone 4 went on sale this week. By all accounts--PCMag's included--it's an impressive device. (Check out mobile expert Sascha Segan's Apple iPhone 4 review.) It's faster, sharper, and more powerful than its predecessors and has access to a vast library of applications only a few clicks away. Most of us, however, won't buy one. Either we are trapped into contracts or AT&T's coverage stinks in our hometown. Still, the appeal of the iPhone is palpable—and Apple hasn't even started airing commercials yet. How are the vast iPhone-less masses to deal with the inevitable iPhone envy? I have some suggestions.
Just got back from Computex 2010, in Taipei, Taiwan. I'm a little disappointed in myself for being a terrible tourist. I didn't do much other than travel back and forth from the show to my hotel. And write, of course. This sterile work area was my home for most of the week The one night I managed to have dinner out on the town it was at 168 Prime Steakhouse. The meal was fantastic, but honestly, steak in Taipei? I should have gotten out more. Even the most random experience, a late night ride on a karaoke bus filled with drunken Australians singing Bohemian Rhapsody, wasn't quite authentic. No, all I did was work.
Although, to be honest, that was kind of fun.too. Pictures, videos, and words below.
From FoxNewsChannel — April 01, 2010 — Inside look at hottest Apple product before it hits the shelves. Interview with Shepard Smith.
I'm no Apple fanboy, but seeing
Steve Jobs on stage in person is exciting, and it isn't just about his
personal magnetism. Apple has $29 billion in the bank and Steve seems
determined to spend it building really cool stuff. The iPad
certainly fits that bill. Just a little slab of a display lets you play
games, browse the Web, watch movies, view pictures, read eBooks, get
directions, send e-mail, manage
your calendar, and, well, anything else developers want to write
applications to do. But after the ridiculously hyped build up and the
dramatic launch event, I'm still not sure what most people will use it
for. What's the iPad's killer app? Continue reading...
Sprint's monopoly on the Palm Pre and Palm Pixi has expired, which is good news for the millions of Verizon subscribers out there—and even better news for Palm. With two major networks, Palm just might—might be able to hold on in a mobile market increasingly dominated by the BlackBerry, iPhone, and Android platforms. Purchasing a Palm Pre for Sprint makes me marginally invested in the success of the webOS platform, so I wanted to offer some advice to new customers on Verizon, including some usability tips—and a couple of warnings. Continue reading...