Barnes & Noble this week announced it has gone back to the drawing board and come up with a completely new, next-generation Nook app for the iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, and PC. This latest release adds a handful of customer requested features, like in-app content rating.
"We are committed to offering and easy-to-use, comfortable, and fun Nook eReading experience across multiple platforms. Nook for iPhone users can shop Barnes & Noble's vast catalog of eBooks, while enjoying new, customization features and sharing their favorite eBooks with friends for free," said Douglas Gottlieb, Vice President, Digital Products for B&N.
Many of the improvements are aimed at iPhone users, who can now "create completely personalized or utilize professionally designed themes," optimize content for daytime or nighttime reading, utilize a one-tap option, and have the ability to preview changes before saving them.
It's a great time to be in the market for a DSLR. First time buyers have more choices than ever to wade through, and companies are competing for your business by cramming more features into their entry-level models. That includes Nikon's new D3100.
The D3100 comes with a new CMOS image sensor and image processing engine that lets users capture high-definition images and movies (1080p/24 H.264 AVCHD).
Nikon claims the new 14.2 megapixel sensor can be goosed from its native maximum of ISO 3200 all the way up to 12,800 for those extra dark scenes. Some of the other features include a Live view mode, built-in scene auto selector, face detection that's capable of detecting up to 35 human faces, and a 3-inch LCD screen.
Look for the D3100 to ship in September for $700 with an 18-55mm VR kit lens.
TV Guide is finally off and running with an iPad app of its own, which you can pick up for free from iTunes. With it, you'll be able to view television listings, entertainment news from TVGuide.com, video clips, episode recaps, and more.
There's a social networking component baked in allowing uses to share what shows they're watching (or want to see) on Facebook and Twitter.
Other features include the ability to locate TV listings by ZIP code and cable provider, build a custom channel line-up, and sort search results by date, title, or genre.
Intel isn't just about processors and chipsets, at least not anymore. That's because the chip maker signed an agreement to acquire Texas Instruments' (TI's) cable modem product line.
"Adding the talents of the Texas Instruments’ cable team to Intel’s efforts to bring its advanced technology to consumer electronics makes for a compelling combination," said Bob Ferreira, general manager, Cable Segment, Intel’s Digital Home Group. "Intel is focused on delivering SoCs that provide the foundation for consumer electronics devices such as set top boxes, digital TVs, Blu-ray* disc players, companion boxes and related devices. This acquisition specifically strengthens Intel’s product offerings for the continuum of cable gateway products and reinforces Intel’s continued commitment to the cable industry."
Intel said it will use TI's Puma product lines with the Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification (DOCSIS) standard technology and Intel SoCs to build advanced set top boxes, residential gateways, and modem products for cable companies. The move will also expand the reach of Intel's Atom processor line beyond netbooks, nettops, and tablets.
Bose has gone and released three new in-ear headphones that, while still on the high-side for earbuds, are somewhat reasonably priced. These include the IE2 ($100), MIE2 ($130), and MIE2i ($130).
The IE2 buds are suitable for mobile gadgets, like MP3 players, iPad/iPod, and anything else you use to listen to music on the go. Both the MIE2 and MIE2i are better suited for mobile headsets and come equipped with an in-line microphone and one-touch answer/end button for switching between music and phone calls. The MIE2i, as you might have guessed, is aimed at Apple device owners.
All three models are the first to use Bose's new "StayHear" tips, which Bose claims "fit easily inside the bowl of the ear, while naturally conforming to the upper ridge of the ear."
Look for the IE2 and MIE2 to ship on August 23, 2010, with the MIE2i to follow suit in October, 2010.
T-Mobile's G1, otherwise known as the HTC Dream, has felt a bit long in the tooth for quite some time now, especially as new smartphones hit the market sporting swank 1GHz chips and updated versions of Android. But even though it's slow by today's standards, the G1 broke ground be becoming the world's first Android powered phone when it first launched.
"The revolution continues," T-Mobile says, which just posted a teaser site previewing its upcoming G2. Like the original G1, the G2 will seek to create a little history of its own.
"The T-Mobile G2 will deliver tight integration with Google services and break new ground as the first smartphone designed to run at 4G speeds on our new HSPA+ network," T-Mobile states on the G2's preview page. "In the coming weeks, we'll share more details about the G2 and offer exclusive first access to current T-Mobile customers."
That tidbid and a not-so-revealing picture are all we have to go on so far. You can sign up with T-Mobile's promotional page to stay in the loop right here.
Lian Li, maker of high-end cases often constructed in brushed aluminum, looks to add to its legacy with the PC-C50 multimedia HTPC enclosure.
Like so many cases before this one, the PC-C50 is made from the aforementioned brushed aluminum and is available in both black and silver. Modular is the name of the game here, with the PC-C50 sporting a modular CD-ROM cage and two removable HDD cages.
Adding a touch of modern flair, the PC-C50 incorporates USB 3.0 support into the front panel connectors. Other features include two 120mm exhaust fans on the side, PCI brackets with vent holes for additional cooling, two 120mm and 80mm size fan holes on the top and at the rear, respectively, an MS/SD card reader slot, and support for mATX, mini-DTX, and mini-ITX motherboards.
The PC-C50 will start shipping in late August for around $190.
MSI on Monday unveiled the newest member to its Classic Series of laptops, the 14-inch FX400. Billed as the company's "latest masterpiece," MSI is talking up the FX400's special "totem seal coating" that promises to keep scratches and smudges from mucking up the FX400's "stylish and meticulous craftsmanship."
Beneath the shiny exterior sits an Intel Core i5 processor nestled into Intel's HM55 chipset, Nvidia GeForce GT 325M graphics with a 1GB frame buffer, two DDR3-1333 SO-DIMM slots, up to a 500GB SATA hard drive, DVD burner, 2-1-in memory card reader, three USB 2.0 ports, eSATA, HDMI, and a 6-cell battery.
As is becoming standard on MSI notebooks, the FX400 also includes MSI's Turbo Drove Engine (TDE) technology, which throttles up the CPU and graphics with the touch of a button situated above the keyboard.
Starting today, all you Droid Incredible owners can look forward to receiving Android 2.2 (Froyo) as an over-the-air (OTA) update, Mashable reports.
Citing unnamed sources, Mashable says that Verizon team members have already installed Froyo on their Incredible devices starting earlier in the week. Satisfied that everything has gone smoothly, Verizon is apparently ready to begin rolling out the update to John Q. Public and friends.
Froyo brings a number of improvements over previous Android releases, including native Flash 10.1 support. Other features include faster JaveScript performance, USB tethering, two-way push sync functionality with Chrome-to-Phone, 720p HD video recording, and more.