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Are Windows XP/7 Users Smarter Than a 3-Year-Old?

Nate the greatest This is nonsense (537 comments)

This is not a valid comparison. Is that 3 year old a long term user of Windows? Then he does not reflect the average user who will have trouble switching over because they are used to the current interface.

about a year and a half ago
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DNA Analysis Suggests Humans Interbred With Denisovans

Nate the greatest And this is news how, exactly? (157 comments)

I guess I'm the only one who saw Star Trek. Kirk got it on with a lot of alien babes.

about a year and a half ago
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Hamstersoft Ebook App Rips Off GPL3 Code, Say Calibre Devs

Nate the greatest Re:Hamstersoft Offers Code? (283 comments)

I'm told that it's not a complete set of source code. - signed, guy who submitted the story.

more than 2 years ago
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New Kobo Touch has a hidden web browser, Sudoku

Nate the greatest Shiny (1 comments)

Okay, now that's cool. Anyone know when it will be out in the US?

more than 2 years ago

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Amazon might announce a gaming controller alongside its media streamer

Nate the greatest Nate the greatest writes  |  about three weeks ago

Nate the greatest (2261802) writes "The latest rumors are saying that Amazon is going to launch a media streamer on Wednesday, but I don't think that's the whole story. Digging through the FCC website has revealed that Amazon has a 4" square Roku-like box (with a remote) on the way, not the dongle that TechCrunch reported. What's more, that gaming controller which first showed up in Brazil has also shown up on the FCC website. That is a good sign that it too might also make an appearance on Wednesday. Amazon has been rumored to be working on a gaming console, and now it would appear that the one device is going to serve both purposes."
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Microsoft building an 'Xbox Reading' app for Windows 8

Nate the greatest Nate the greatest writes  |  about 2 months ago

Nate the greatest (2261802) writes "Microsoft has already sunk $600 million into Nook Media, the ebook division spun off from Barnes & Noble in 2012, but I guess that's not enough for the Redmond tech giant becasue news broke today that they have a 3rd ebook effort in the works.. A new job listing discovered by the Chinese tech blog LiveSino has revealed that Microsoft is hiring an ebook developer to work on "a groundbreaking interactive reading app on Windows, which incorporates books, magazines, and comics." The position was posted by the Xbox Music, Video, and Reading unit, which had already released 2 apps for Windows 8 (video, music) and is clearly going for a trifecta. This new app shows all the signs of being completely unrelated to the Office Reader app which leaked last year. That app reportedly focused more on PDFs, textbooks, and office docs, with the "Xbox Reading" app mentions magazines and digital comics."
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Adobe's new ebook DRM will leave existing users out in the cold come July

Nate the greatest Nate the greatest writes  |  about 3 months ago

Nate the greatest (2261802) writes "Whether it's EA and SimCity, the Sony rootkit scandal, or Ubisoft, we've all read numerous stories about companies using DRM in stupid ways that harm their customers, and now we can add Adobe to the list. Adobe has just announced a new timeline for adoption of their recently launched DRM, and it's going to take your breath away.

In a video posted to Youtube, Adobe reps have stated that Adobe expects all of their ebook partners to start adopting the new DRM in March. This is the same DRM that was launched only a few weeks ago and is already causing problems, but that hasn't stopped Adobe. They also expect all the stores that use Adobe's DRM to sell ebooks (as well as the ebook app and ebook reader developers) to have fully adopted the new ebook DRM by July 2014. That's when Adobe plans to end support for the old DRM (which everyone is using now). Given the dozens and dozens of different ebook readers released over the past few years, including models from companies that have gone under, this is going to present a significant problem for a lot of readers. Few, if any, will be updated in time to meet Adobe's deadline, and that's going to leave many readers unable to buy DRMed ebooks."

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Adobe's newest DRM is only a week old and it's already harming users

Nate the greatest Nate the greatest writes  |  about 3 months ago

Nate the greatest (2261802) writes "If you want to continue to be able to read your Epub ebooks, don't install Adobe DE 3.0. There are several reports on Twitter that the new app, which was released last week, is preventing users from transferring ebooks to their ebook readers. Some reports say that it only affects a few titles but one user says that even ebooks bought years ago were affected."
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Feedly is hijacking shared links and cutting out the original sources

Nate the greatest Nate the greatest writes  |  about 5 months ago

Nate the greatest (2261802) writes "Remember last year when Readability was spanked for letting users only share links to content in Readability and not to the original source of the content? Feedly seems to have forgotten about that, because they just pulled the same trick. Earlier today Twitter users noticed that links shared from the news reader service Feedly suddenly started acting funny. The links no longer led to whichever website had posted the content but instead went to a page on the Feedly website. According to Feedly, they made this unannounced change as way of boosting engagement, but if you ask me I don't see how cutting publishers off from their readers helps publishers engage with that readers."
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Digital Textbook Startup Kno Was Sold for $15 Million

Nate the greatest Nate the greatest writes  |  about 5 months ago

Nate the greatest (2261802) writes "Intel didn't mention how much they paid for digital textbook startup Kno when they announced the acquisition last week but inside sources are now saying that the digital textbook startup was picked up for a song. GigaOm reported earlier today that their sources told them that Kno sold effectively for pennies on the dollar:

Well placed sources who were in the know told us that the company sold for $15 million with some retention bonuses for the employees. Intel bought the company mostly for its hardware-related intellectual property and the employees. Intel also was one of the largest investors in the company — having pumped in $20 million via its Intel Capital arm.

Kno had raised $73 million in venture capital since it was founded 4 years ago, and it picked up another $20 million in debt. This deal was nothing less than a fire sale, and that does not bode well for the digital textbook market or other startups in this niche. Inkling, for example, just raised $20 million dollars this summer in order to compete in a market that where one of their competitors failed."
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Self-pub erotica is being deleted from ebookstores in sweeping ban

Nate the greatest Nate the greatest writes  |  about 6 months ago

Nate the greatest (2261802) writes "The Kernel started an uproar last week when they "discovered" that the Kindle Store and other ebookstores sell adult content in the erotica category. None of the content is actually illegal, but it is icky enough that the major ebookstores decided to respond by removing anything even vaguely questionable. Unfortunately, they went to far, resulting in an act of censorship the likes of which we haven't seen since Paypal went after the indie ebook distributor Smashwords. The Daily Mail reports that WH Smith went so far as to shut down their website with the promise that it won't reopen until all self-published titles have been removed, and according to BBC News B&N is also deleting content. But that's not the whole story.

Numerous authors have reported on KBoards that Amazon and B&N have removed far more than just the titles that feature questionable content like pseudo-incest; they appear to be running keyword searches and removing any title that mentions innocuous words like babysitter, sister, or teenager. And they're not the only ones; there's a new report that Kobo has jumped on the ban wagon as well."

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NC school district recalls its Amplify tablets after 10% break in under a month

Nate the greatest Nate the greatest writes  |  about 6 months ago

Nate the greatest (2261802) writes "Guilford County Schools' headline grabbing tablet program is back in the news again. The program came to an abrupt end last Friday when the school district announced that they were recalling all of the Amplify tablets. GCS had leased over 15 thousand of the tablets (at a cost of $200 a year) for its middle school students, but decided to recall the tablets just one month into the school year after some 1500 students reported a broken screen. Around 2 thousand complained of improperly fitting cases, and there were also 175 reports of malfunctioning power supplies. There's currently no explanation for the cases or power supplies, but GCS has stated that the tablets broke because they lacked a layer of Gorilla Glass. This was listed in the contract, but the school district did not confirm the condition of the tablets before accepting them.

This program was the poster child for Newscorps' entry into the educational market. It was the single largest program to use the Amplify tablet, and its failure represents a serious setback. The Amplify tablet now has a record for poor construction quality and a breakage rate that is 12 times higher than what Squaretrade reported in early 2012 for the iPad 2."

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Scribd launches a global "Spotify for ebooks"

Nate the greatest Nate the greatest writes  |  about 7 months ago

Nate the greatest (2261802) writes "Scribd threw their hat in the ebook subscription ring today. This site is expanding on its existing ebookstore with a new $9 a month all-you-can-read ebook subscription service which offers a selection of ebooks from a number of publishers, including HarperCollins, E-Reads, Kensington, Red Wheel/Weiser, Rosetta Books, Sourcebooks, and Workman. That's a better selection of commercial ebooks than the Kindle owner's lending library, but not quite as broad of a selection as the recently launched Oyster, but Scribd is charging less and they're offering better platform support. While Oyster is only available on the iPhone, Scribd has apps for for Android, iPhone, iPad, and you can read the ebooks in your web browser."
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Leaked product listings show that B&N's new tablet will have a BT Keyboard

Nate the greatest Nate the greatest writes  |  about 7 months ago

Nate the greatest (2261802) writes "Amazon got all the press this past week with the launch of the new Kindle Fire HDX tablets but they're not the only ones with new hardware on the way. A newly leaked product listing on the B&N website revealed that B&N is planning to release a Nook-branded bluetooth keyboard along with the new tablet and ereader. B&N already sells a BT speaker, a charging dock, and headphones, so this new keyboard is less of a shock and more of a confirmation that a new tablet is on the way.

And if that's not enough, B&N has also arranged for Wiley to publish a "For Dummies" book for the new tablet. There's no details yet on what the book will cover, but a listing for "Nook X for Dummies" has shown up in a number of ebookstores. It's also going to be available as a paper book and has a release date in late November."

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It's time to kill the idea that Amazon is killing Indie bookstores

Nate the greatest Nate the greatest writes  |  about 7 months ago

Nate the greatest (2261802) writes "Everyone has been saying for years now that Amazon is killing indie bookstores right and left, but if you look at the actual data it's pretty clear that is not the case. The most recent data from the American Bookseller Association shows that the number of bookstores in the US have increased every year for the past 4 years. In fact, ABA records show that the largest decline in bookstores happened in the late 1990s when big box bookstore chains were expanding and outcompeting the smaller independents.And then Amazon came along and outcompeted the chains by offering lower prices and better service.

The ABA reports that their membership now stands at 1632 companies, many of which have more than one location and are planning to open new stores in the near future. The indie bookstores are thriving because they do things Amazon can't: author events and signings, writing workshops, and children's camps. They offer a connection to the community that Amazon can't, and that is probably going to be their salvation."

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Qualcomm: We're not trying to compete in the smartwatch space

Nate the greatest Nate the greatest writes  |  about 7 months ago

Nate the greatest (2261802) writes "The Toq, Qualcomm's first foray into smartwatches, probably won't be making it's way to a store shelf near you. Qualcomm's President for South East Asia has gone on the record with statement suggesting that Qualcomm never intended to compete directly against the smartwatches made by Sony, Samsung, and others.

"We’re not trying to compete in the smartwatch space. We made an announcement last week of the Qualcomm Toq to showcase some technologies,” he said. “We’re not getting into the B2C business. The idea is that we’re showcasing a use case for Mirasol, and wireless recharging"

The $300 Toq is still going to be available but there's no word yet on how many units Qualcomm is actually going to make or how long you might have to wait to get one."

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B&N to launch new Nook ereader and tablet in October

Nate the greatest Nate the greatest writes  |  about 7 months ago

Nate the greatest (2261802) writes "Rumors are circulating that Barnes & Noble is going to release their new hardware soon. Two different sources inside B&N have confirmed that a launch is imminent, with one saying B&N will launch both a tablet and an ereader. The other says that a new tablet is coming.

I tend to think that the first source is probably right because product pages for several accessories leaked in early August. The pages referenced 2 different new models. Also, B&N recently announced plans to continue to develop both new ereaders and tablets, though they've changed their minds so much that I don't know if that announcement is worth anything."

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Would you buy a Nook SW?

Nate the greatest Nate the greatest writes  |  about 9 months ago

Nate the greatest (2261802) writes "We still don't know what B&N's new gadgets will look like but it seems we might have a couple hints about the names . There are several new product listings on the B&N website for accessories for a Nook SW and a Nook AV, including a clip case, stand, and an anti-glare screen film kit. The accessories are up for pre-order and are expected to be released on or before 1 October. That is probably a good sign that the new hardware will be launched in the next couple months."
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Amazon bought the screen tech company Liquavista

Nate the greatest Nate the greatest writes  |  about a year ago

Nate the greatest (2261802) writes "It looks like those 4 month old rumors are true. Amazon has confirmed today that they have bought Liquavista, a Netherlands based screen tech company. There's no info yet on how much Amazon paid to Samsung, but previous rumors suggested that the asking price was under $100 million. Amazon also isn't talking about how they plan to use the electrowetting screen tech, but many are assuming that a Color Kindle is in the works."
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Move Over Apple - Samsung Files For a Patent on Page Turn

Nate the greatest Nate the greatest writes  |  about a year ago

Nate the greatest (2261802) writes "Remember last year when Apple received a patent on the faux page curl in iBooks? Lots of people laughed at the idea that Apple could patent the page turn, but not Samsung. This gadget maker has just filed for their own page turn patent. The paperwork explains in great detail what the page turn looks like, how the software would work, and what on screen gestures could be used to turn the page. There's just one problem, though. Not only does Apple already have a similar patent, but quite a few ebook apps already use a similar faux page turn, Can Samsung really get a patent on such a common trick?"
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New Job Listing Suggests Amazon is Opening a Retail Store in the UK (Maybe)

Nate the greatest Nate the greatest writes  |  1 year,23 hours

Nate the greatest (2261802) writes "Amazon has long been rumored to be opening a retail store, and a recently uncovered job listing suggests that the rumors might actually be coming true. The listing mentions a new retail store outside of London with job responsibilities including "technical account management for people selling on the Amazon platform" and "support for Amazon retail customers who have queries about their orders". But is it real or someone's elaborate prank?

That job was originally posted on the UK classified ads site Gumtree, but shortly afterwards the listing was deleted and the account was closed. And as explained later in the post, that listing contains far less detail the job descriptions Amazon has posted elsewhere, nor has Amazon posted any similar on listings on their website.So is this real or fake?"

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Barnes & Noble passed on the 6.8" E-ink Screen And Kobo snapped them up

Nate the greatest Nate the greatest writes  |  1 year,4 days

Nate the greatest (2261802) writes "Rumor has it that the new high resolution E-ink screen on the Kobo Aura HD was originally intended for another ereader maker. Inside sources have told me that B&N had first claim on the initial production run of 300,000 6.8" screens, only B&N decided to pass. If this rumor is true then this was the screen that B&N would have used on their new ereader this year. Can you imagine what a Nook Glow HD would have been like? I think it would be the next best thing to a 7" Android tablet with an E-ink screen. It's a shame we might never see it."
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Kobo Aura HD Could be The First True Kindle Killer

Nate the greatest Nate the greatest writes  |  1 year,8 days

Nate the greatest (2261802) writes "For the longest time now ereader makers have been copying each other. The leading ereaders have been improved by adding a frontlight, touchscreen, and even a higher resolution screen, but for a couple years now it's seemed like Kobo, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon never looked beyond the features already found on competing devices.

Today that changed. Kobo has unveiled a new ereader with a unique screen size. The Aura HD has a 6.8" E-ink screen with a resolution of 1440 by 1080. Not only is that the sharpest e-ink screen on the market, it is also a higher resolution screen than can be found on the Nook HD or any other 7" tablet. It looks like the Aura HD could ignite an ereader arms race as Amazons scrambles to release an ereader with a screen as sharp as the one on the Aura HD."

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Samsung Want to Sell Liquavista to Amazon

Nate the greatest Nate the greatest writes  |  about a year ago

Nate the greatest (2261802) writes "Bloomberg is reporting early this morning that Liquavista, Samsung's cutting edge electrowetting screen tech research firm, is up for sale. Details are still thin but Bloomberg's unnamed source indicates Amazon is looking to buy Liquavista for somewhere under $100 million. This rumor confirms earlier reports that Amazon had launched a new holding company in the Netherlands and was going to use it to buy Liquavista. There have also been rumors circulating screen tech conferences for the past 5 or 6 months that Samsung was interested in selling the company. No one in the industry really understands why Samsung would want to do that, but I think the latest demo video from Liquavista explains it. This screen tech simply isn't as good as current LCD or OLED screens, and Samsung might be looking to cut their losses."
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