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Thunderbolt/Light Peak

On Thursday, Intel announced Thunderbolt (formerly codenamed Light Peak), a new interface for connecting peripheral devices to a computer. It was developed in cooperation with Apple with the recently refreshed MacBook Pros being the first computers to have Thunderbolt. The connector being a Mini Display Port.

Intel first announced Light Peak at the 2009 Intel Developers Forum. The proposed standard was intended to replace FireWire and USB.

Thunderbolt uses either copper or fiber connections for 10 Gbps bidirectional communication. That speed is 20 times faster than the theoretical limit of USB 2.0, 12 times faster than FireWire 800, and twice as fast as USB 3. According to Intel, 10 Gbps is usable bandwidth and not a theoretical limit.

Parallels between iPhone 4/Gizmodo scandal and Secrets by OneRepublic

I first heard Secrets by OneRepublic on last Thursday’s episode of 30 Rock. But for some reason it sounds so familiar, well the songs sans the lyrics. Then it hit me: The song (sans lyrics) was used in the iPhone 4 Product Video (above). That got me thinking the similarities between the song and the iPhone 4/Gizmodo scandal.

Well the message of the song in my opinion is somebody facing problems.

So I’m gonna give all my secrets away.

If you think about that lyric from the song you will remember that the iPhone 4 was basically ripped apart by Gizmodo, with the majority of specs being revealed.

Don’t care if critics never jump in line.

That line can be foreseen as Consumer Reports not recommending the iPhone 4 due to Antennagate.

And everyday I see the news. All the problems that we could solve.

That can be seen as Android’s flaws and how the iPhone could fix them all (this one is rather far fetched).

Got no family I can blame.

Since this was a redesign, it would of been close to impossible to see the antenna flaw.

I do remember reading a while back that Steve Jobs himself, selects the music for Ads.

What can I say… I’m a fanboy and had nothing better to do.


Nook Color unofficially gets Android 3.0 Honeycomb (AWESOME)

First it was Ubuntu, now Honeycomb, the latest version of Android designed for tablets, has been ported to the Nook Color. What is especially amazing about this port is the fact that Android 3.0 Honeycomb emulator was just realized yesterday.  xda-developers has a thread going on the subject; the current port is said to be really slow and mostly broken.  The developer says he plans on working on graphics acceleration to improve performance over the weekend.

UPDATE: The promised graphics acceleration is complete. Video of it in action below.

Nook Color update: pinch-to-zoom browsing, improved WiFi connectivity

Color TouchscreenBarnes and Nobles released a minor software update for the Nook Color, Version 1.1.0.
Nook Color Version 1.1.0 update contains enhancements to improve the overall performance, including:
  • Improved performance of Wi-Fi connectivity, Home and Shop.
  • Ability to pinch and zoom in browser.
  • Enhanced reading experience for magazines and children’s books.
  • Access helpful NOOK color related information and support tips on the new default browser home page.
  • Reduce mistyped passwords with “show password” option during registration and Wi-Fi set up.
  • Easily identify NOOK kids Read To Me™ books with a new text banner next to the titles in Shop.
  • General bug fixes and performance improvements.
The software update is available immediately via a manual download on their site (here). And will also be delivered via an automatic download for devices connected to Wi-Fi, over the next few days. More info at the link.

Kindle books overtake paperbacks

July 19 of last year was the day that Amazon’s eBook sales overtook the sales of hardcover books. Half a year later eBook sales overtook the sale of paperbacks. According to Amazon’s latest earnings report, “Kindle books have now overtaken paperback books as the most popular format on Amazon.com.” The company had originally said this would happen by Q2 of 2011, but it clearly happened a lot earlier.

Amazon also sold through $12.95 billion worth of goods, representing the company’s first $10 billion quarter.

Press Release below:

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Amazon Launches Its Collection Of Short Works, Kindle Singles

Today, Amazon has finally released  Kindle Singes. In October, Amazon announced it Kindle Singles which are basically short stories and digital pamphlets. In Amazon’s words, Kindle Singles are “twice the length of a New Yorker feature or as much as a few chapters of a typical book” and generally 5,000 to 30,000 words (roughly 30 to 90 pages). They’re shorter works not forced into the expected size of a regular novel making them more affordable, prices range from between $0.99 and $4.99. At this time, there are only 22 singles which is rather low.

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