Buying your literature junkie friends a new book was just made a whole lot easier. Amazon announced today that they now support gifting e-books to anyone with an email address just in time for the holiday shopping season. This new email option makes it easy for recipients to transfer their new e-book to any mobile platform that supports Kindle, be it PC, Android, or iOS.
With e-books already outselling their hardcover brethren in Amazon's stores, the folks behind Kindle are looking to expand that hold. According to Russ Grandinetti, vice president of Amazon Kindle, "We're making this functionality available in time for the holidays to offer an easy, stress free holiday shopping option for anyone - not just Kindle owners." With over 750,000 titles to choose from, the only pain is going to be deciding which title to buy.
Yes, the mere idea of an iPad running Windows 7 may seem like blasphemy to some, but Sascha Pallenberg over at NetbookNews found a device looking to do just that while at GSM Asia. Check out the Haleron H97, a 9.7" tablet looking to ship in December.
While this tablet may look like an iPad on the outside, the guts tell a completely different story: A 2GHz Intel Z550 processor teams up with Intel's US15W chipset giving it the juice for 2D, 3D, and HD video acceleration. 1GB of DDR2 ram and a 16GB SSD handle your storage and memory needs, while 4 USB 2.0 jacks, VGA and HDMI connections, audio jacks, card reader, WLAN, Bluetooth 2.0 and a G-Sensor give you connectivity to spare. There's even a 0.3mp camera for video calling.
Photo printing is supposed to get easier when Air Print hits iOS 4.2 any time now. For those that either have older iPhones that aren't iOS 4 friendly or you're too lazy to update your OS, the Bolle BP-10 is the printer for you.
The BR-10 is compatible with all iPhones all the way back to the original and delivers standard A6 4"x6" prints that can be either one photograph or a collage of several. Bolle's iPhone app handles all of the settings and printing responsibilities; just tell it what to print and go. The BP-10 is pretty spendy at $192, but with no current competition in the market (save Air Print, I suppose) you're gonna pay a Apple-sized premium for this device.
Cox Communications has had wireless plans in the works for well over a year now, but it has taken until now to finally make the move official. Hampton Roads, VA, Omaha, NE, and Orange County, CA are going to be the first three markets to test drive Cox's new wireless offerings. Cox will be piggybacking Sprint's airwaves for 3G networking.
Customers will be able to get up to 20 dollars cash back for unused minutes, free usage alerts that let you know when you are about to hit plan overages, and tie-ins for those with Cox cable as well with DVR controlling software and a free premium movie channel upgrade. Android phones like the HTC Desire, Motorola Milestone (Droid), and the LG Axis will be available at pretty reasonable prices, so there are some decent phones available for a startup. These seem like some pretty sweet deals for those who have it available; no word on expansion plans yet.
I am a big fan of my iPad. I use it for reading mostly, but it's nice to know that the thing can play some cool games and surf the web when I want it to as well. A normal eReader can't do that. The iPad is mostly aluminum on the outside today, but future versions may be made from high tech carbon fiber that is generally found in high-end sports cars and racing vehicles.
A patent application has surfaced that shows Apple is considering carbon fiber for the frame of the iPad. The app is called "Reinforced Device Housing" and outlines a method that Apple would use for creating the carbon fiber housing in the form we are already familiar with. The outer shell for the iPad would be made from "layered fiber-in-matrix type material, such as CFRP."
Panasonic was one of the first companies to start offering the smaller interchangeable lens cameras that sat in the gap between point and shoot cams and the DSLRs we all know and love. Not so long ago Panasonic was showing off a cool and very compact lens for the G-series cameras that allowed the cameras to shoot images in 3D. The lens is called the H-FT02 and sells for around $250.
If you own a G2 camera from Panasonic you may have been bummed that your camera didn't support that cool 3D lens. The lens has dual optics inside and allows the shooting of 3D images that can be viewed on 3D TVs from Panasonic and other firms. Panasonic has announced a new firmware for the camera that adds support for the 3D lens.
The new MacBook Air notebook computers are undeniably cool and look great. The machines perform decently enough as well for most users. Some folks with the new MacBook Air notebooks have reported video issues that are noticed when the machine is woke from sleep. When the machine comes back on, the screen flickers and fades among other symptoms.
Apple has already noted that it is aware of the issues and has been working on them. Last week the OS X update to version 10.6.5 was released and a new support page has now turned up on the Apple site that says the update fixes the video issues for the users.
I would bet all the readers of TweakTown are familiar with 3DMark. This benchmark has been around for a very long time and is used in our reviews of video cards and computers here and all around the web. Anytime a new version of 3DMark comes out, we all get excited and sit up to find out more. We already know most of the details of the new benchmark, but we now have the final pieces of the puzzle.
Futuremark has now revealed that the final version of 3DMark 11 will ship on November 30, which is only a few weeks away. The real-time 3D graphics benchmark will sell for $19.95 for the Advanced Edition. Along with new screen shots showing off some of the really cool looking benchmarks, Future Mark has also posted a number of videos to YouTube that show off the new GPU tests.
I am sure lots of the gamers and PC enthusiasts out there remember when we moved from the AGP slot over to the first PCIe slot. The performance improvement coming from an AGP video card to the PCIe cars was very impressive. Later the PCIe 2.0 slot came out with about twice the bandwidth of the original and again brought video cards that had more performance. Now there is a new specification for PCIe that is ready to be downloaded by PCI-SIG members.
The new specification is PCIe 3.0 is backwards compatible with PCIe and PCIe 2.0 devices so your old cards will work with the new spec once it starts showing up on the market. The 3.0 specification has a new 128b/130b encoding scheme and has a data transfer rate of 8GT/s. The original PCIe spec has 2.5GT/s and the PCIe 2.0 spec has 5GT/s transfer rates.
Our Download of the Day today is Sandra Lite 2011 (17.20).
SiSoftware Sandra (the System ANalyser, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant) is an information & diagnostic utility. It should provide most of the information (including undocumented) you need to know about your hardware, software and other devices whether hardware or software.
It works along the lines of other Windows utilities, however it tries to go beyond them and show you more of what's really going on. Giving the user the ability to draw comparisons at both a high and low-level. You can get information about the CPU, chipset, video adapter, ports, printers, sound card, memory, network, Windows internals, AGP, PCI, PCI-X, PCIe (PCI Express), database, USB, USB2, 1394/Firewire, and so on.