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By   posted Dec 8th 2011 4:06AM
Just two days after the European Commission announced that it was investigating Apple and major international publishers for possible e-book price fixing, the US Justice Department has made it clear that it’s also launching a probe into the possibility of “anticompetitive practices involving e-book sales.” Although Justice Department officials didn’t name which companies they’re looking into, it’s very likely that they’re focusing on the same agreements between publishers and the major e-book platform owners — either Apple or Amazon or both.

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Today on The Technothusiasts Show, we talk about the new Nook Tablet (again), Google+ Pages Now Available, Gmail App for Blackberry End-of-Life Coming November 22nd.

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By   posted Oct 24th 2011 8:38AM

 

“Great looking books.” That’s what Amazon is promising to deliver with Kindle Format 8 (KF8) — a new, HTML5-based file format for Kindle books. According to the company, KF8 will allow publishers to produce picture books, comics and graphic novels with greater ease, thanks to the platform’s rich formatting capabilities and design elements. In fact, this format brings more than 150 new formatting tools to the table, including fixed layouts, nested tables, sidebars and Scalable Vector Graphics, among others. It should be noted, however, that audio and video are not included on the list of supported HTML tags and CSS elements. At first, content creators will only be able to use KF8 for the Kindle Fire tablet, though Amazon says it’ll gradually expand to its entire lineup of devices and apps “in the coming months.” No word yet on when KF8 will become available as an update to Amazon’s Kindle Publisher Tools suite, but you can find more details at the source link, below.

 

 

By   posted Oct 7th 2011 11:22AM
The Kindle Fire may not be hitting the market until November, but Amazon has already updated its Developer Portal FAQ page with an entire section devoted to its forthcoming Android tablet. On the new page, you’ll find largely standard information on things like the application process and how to set up an Android SDK emulator, though there are a few more salient tidbits, as well. For instance, Amazon says it will review every app in its Appstore for Fire compatibility, as part of an automated process. Rejected apps, Amazon informs us, will include those that rely on a gyroscope, camera, WAN module, Bluetooth, microphone, GPS, or micro SD. Apps are also forbidden from using Google’s Mobile Services (and in-app billing), which, if included, will have to be “gracefully” removed. In terms of actual content, Amazon has outlawed all apps that change the tablet’s UI in any way (including theme- or wallpaper-based tools), as well as any that demand root access (it remains to be seen how the company will treat the root-dependent apps already in its store). Interested devs can find more information at the source link, below.
By   posted Oct 4th 2011 5:20AM
Back in the early ’90s, a certain Mr. Vandross and Ms. Jackson serenaded us with a little ditty on the benefits of free goods. Well, it might be time they updated the track because the best things in this eReading life are no longer free over a carrier’s 3G. If you happened to grow accustomed to sucking down data on your AT&T- or Sprint-enabled Kindle keyboard, we’d advise you to hold off on that newly introduced upgrade. An Amazon rep lurking the web retailer’s forums this past weekend delivered the disheartening news that experimental browsing over 3G on the Kindle Touch would no longer be supported. Sure, you can still connect to WiFi and surf via the clumsy E Ink browser, but where’s the on-the-go, loophole-exploiting fun in that? Bookworms with a predilection for an interwebbed free lunch should cling tightly to their outdated eReaders.

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Despite a report to the contrary, Barnes & Noble did not cut the price on its Nook Color ereader tablet after Amazon announced Kindle Fire on Wednesday, a B&N rep says.

Mary Ellen Keating says that B&N has been running a $25 off/free shipping promotion on Nook Color to new members “for some time.” All Things D had reported that shortly after Amazon’s announcement, the bookseller circulated an email promotion for the device offering that discount plus free shipping, SEE ALSO: Amazon Kindle Fire: iPad Killer or Ereader Substitute? [POLL] Even with the promotion, Nook Color is $25 more expensive than Kindle Fire. Analysts on Wednesday speculated that B&N would have to reduce the price on that device and its entry-level Nook Simple Touch Reader (now selling for $139, which is $59 more than Amazon’s entry-level Kindle). Since bn.com, the digital arm of the retailer that includes Nook products, has yet to turn a profit, though, that will be a difficult move for B&N.

 

 

By   posted Sep 28th 2011 9:42AM

Okay, so it wasn’t much of a surprise, but Amazon finally has a tablet, and as expected its name picks up where the Kindle left off: Fire. Of course, rumors of an Amazon tablet date back to this time last year (if not before), but it seems that Jeff and co. have wisely chosen to get this thing out on the open market before having yet another wild and wacky holiday quarter. Bloomberg has curiously reported on some of the details before the event itself kicks off, noting that the 7-inch device will run a version of Android while acting much like a “souped-up Kindle.” The real kicker, however, is the price — at just $199, it’s bound to turn heads, regardless of whether you were interested in a slate before. Naturally, that bargain-bin sticker explains the lack of an embedded camera and microphone, though consumers will find WiFi (no 3G, sadly) and a 30-day trial of Amazon Prime. It’s also quite clear that Amazon’s hoping to make a bigger splash on the content side of things than has been made already by Apple, and with the deals flowing like wine, we wouldn’t be shocked if it does just that.

Keep up with the unveiling at our liveblog of the Amazon event.