Patience isn't just a virtue, it's also a way to save a few bucks. And if you were in the market for a Kindle 2 eBook reader but talked yourself into waiting until the right time presented itself, that patience pays off today in the form of a $60 price break.
Just five months after launch, Amazon has slashed the price of the Kindle 2 to $299 with free shipping, just barely nudging under the $300 mark. Already a hot seller, the new price point could put Amazon in a position to fend off the competition in a market that continues to heat up. Or maybe Amazon's just looking to move as many units as possible before the rumored Kindle 3 shows up.
Anyone plan on picking one of these up? Hit the jump and tell us what you think of the sub-$300 price tag.
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No big deal, just request permission and Amazon will oblige, right? Apparently not. Developer Wil Shipley tried to do just that, but was told that no exceptions were being made. In addition, Shipley tweeted "they told me to remove it today, or they'd shut me down." Never mind that he had been working on the app for the past 8 months.
Microsoft's pre-order pricing for Windows 7, in which prices have been temporarily reduced by up to 58 percent, went into effect last Friday and the response has been phenomenal. Perhaps proving that potential customers would rather pay for software when priced the price is right rather than pirate, Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade, discounted to $50, wasted no time in jumping to the top of Amazon.com's bestseller list. Windows 7 Professional Upgrade, discounted to $100, claimed the No. 2 spot.
The surprise pricing was announced last Thursday and stays in effect in the U.S. until July 11, 2009, or "until supplies last." Consumers living in Japan will have until July 5th to take advantage of the reduced pricing, and those in the U.K., France, and Germany will be offered similar pre-order discounts starting on July 15th.
It remains to be seen how consumers will react to normal upgrade pricing once the promotion runs its course.
"The $49 initial price is a nice reward for loyal customers," said Michael Gartenberg, an analyst with Interpret. "But the 'real' upgrade pricing is way off for what the market will likely bear, especially during these economic times."
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Not a whole lot separates Asus' upcoming Eee PC 1005HA from the already available 1008HA launched earlier this year. We're talking about a user-replaceable battery, a slightly thicker shell, and, according to Engadget, no more recessed ports and port doors.
Familiar specs include an Intel Atom N270 processor (1.6Ghz), 1GB of DDR2 memory, 160GB hard drive, WiFi, 1024x600 LCD display, and Windows XP. But it's the removable battery that might ultimately make the 1005HA more popular than the 1008HA, even though Asus claims up to 8.5 hours of run time on the stock 6-cell unit.
No word yet on when the new model will ship, but you can grab one on preorder from Amazon for $350.
Amazon's Kindle source code has been garnering a lot of attention lately, despite being available since the latter part of 2007. But it's not all old news - the new and larger Kindle DX source code has also now been added to the list of downloadable codes.
"Amazon is pleased to make available to you for download an archive file of the machine readable source code ("Source Code") corresponding to modified software packages used in the Kindle device," Amazon wrote in a source code notice.
Users can also download the code to all previous firmware versions of the first and second generation Kindles, but the question is, do you really want to? As Rod Begbie, a senior software engineer at Slide, points out, this isn't the actual source code for the Kindle application, and instead is "just the GPL libraries used to pwoer the Kindle software, along with the patches made by Amazon to those libraries."
Still interested? If so, head over to here to grab your download(s).
Google's Book Search has been garnering a ton of attention lately, and not all of it positive. While the search giant attempts to go forward with its Book Search initiative that would give it exclusive access to digital editions of some out-of-print books, others, like Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, doesn't think it's such a great idea.
"There are many forces of work looking at that and saying it doesn't seem right that you should do something, kind of get a prize for violating a large series of copyright," Bezos said.
Bezo isn't alone in criticizing Google's plans, and while the search company recently agreed to cut a $125 million check to settle its legal disputes with authors and publishers who opposed the Google Book Search service, the Justice Department has stepped in and is currently looking for any possible antitrust violations.
"We have strong opinions about that issue which I'm not going to share," Bezos said during an interview at the Wired Business Conferences. "But, clearly, that settlement in our opinion needs to be revisited and it is being revisited."
In just three days after it’s release, the Kindle DX has already completely sold out.
Amazon has stated that they will restock their coffers with Kindles by June 17th, but there’s no word on how many they’ll be bringing in, or if they’re producing more to meet the overwhelming demand. It’s expected that the Kindle will bring in $1.2 billion in sales in 2010 and a whopping $3.7 billion in 2012.
A couple of announcements surfaced today, one each for both of the smartphone heavyweights - Apple's iPhone and T-Mobile's G1. If you own, or are considering, one or the other, keep reading.
Amazon Updates Kindle App for iPhone
Score a win for iPhone owners, who now have an improved Kindle app to mess around with. Now in version 1.1, the updated release addresses a few customer complaints, one of them being that users can now read in either portrait or landscape mode. And to make reading easier, you can now change the background and text color combination. Other changes include tap support for turning pages, and multi-touch pinch to zoom in on images.
G1 'Cupcake' Update Pushed Back Until June
G1 owners who have been anxiously awaiting the much anticipated 'Cupcake' update (Android 1.5) will have to wait a little longer. What was originally supposed to be an "early May" release looked like it was finally going to start trickling out this week in the U.S., but word has come down that the update has been delayed at least one more week.
"We are working diligently to get Android 1.5 out as soon as possible, while aiming to ensure a consistent, positive experience for our customers," a T-Mobile forum moderator announced. "We're finalizing this build this week to ensure optimal functionality and smooth delivery. Therefore, the rollout schedule has been reset by approximately a week, and we expect all G1 customers will have the update by early June."
Barring any last minute changes, Android 1.5 will add on-screen keyboard support with auto-correction, text prediction, user dictionaries, and third-party keyboard layouts, live folders, folder shortcuts for YouTube favorites, starred contacts, MPEG4 and 3GP video playback, stereo Bluetooth, a new Linux kernel, browser enhancements, and several other goodies.
As expected, Amazon today officially unveiled its large-screen Kindle eBook reader, the Kindle DX, making the announcement in a lecture hall at the downtown Pace University. Speculation and rumors preceded the announcement, none of which matters anymore now that Amazon has put up a product page. Some pertinent specs for the new DX revision:
9.7-inch display with 16 shades of gray
Hold up to 3,500 books, periodicals, and documents
Slim form factor measuring just over 1/3 of an inch
Auto rotating screen
Much anticipated built-in PDF reader
The new kindle measures 10.4 x 7.2 x 0.38 inches, whereas the original measured 8 x 3.5 x 0.36 inches. It also costs a little over a $100 more than the original, part of which goes toward the added storage capacity.
You can pre-order the Kindle DX now for $489 with free shipping through Amazon.com.
A bigger version of Amazon's Kindle eBook reader is expected to debut this week, possibly as early as tomorrow, that will be tailored for displaying newspapers, magazines, and college textbooks. The big mystery is what exactly will the supersized Kindle look like, and Engadget appears to have solved it by posting several leaked photos of what will reportedly be known as the Kindle DX.
According to Engadget, the new Kindle will bump the screen size up from 6 inches to a 9.7-inch display, and at long last, it will come with a built-in PDF reader. Users will have the ability to add notations, as well as notes and highlights, which should prove popular on college campuses. The DX also looks to come with an improved web browser, but no other details are yet available.
Still no word on price and whether or not it will come with a touchscreen.