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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.

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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.

 

Kindle iOS app receives major updates

Kindle for iPhone

Amazon posted a major update to its free Kindle app for the iPad and iPhone. The 2.5 update adds the ability to take advantage of iOS 4’s multitasking abilities and a few minor improvements.

You can now drag compatible files to the Kindle app via iTunes, when your iOS device is connected to a Mac or PC.

One of the less-known features of iOS 4’s multitasking is the ability for apps to continue downloading even after they’ve been closed. According to Amazon, Kindle 2.5 will finish downloading your books even if you switch to a different app.

Other minor changes to the app include support for better image zooming and a new book indicator. The app’s icon has also been changed to emphasize the word Kindle and remove the word Amazon.

The Kindle app lets iOS users read Kindle books and shop at the Kindle Store, which contains over 775,000 titles. The app also includes a built-in dictionary, search features, and customizable background color and font size. Kindle requires iOS 3.0 or later.

Mac Kindle app available from Mac App Store



The Kindle for Mac app is now available to download from Apple’s Mac App Store. The app is exactly the same as the one you can download from Amazon’s site. This app was released January 7 and is currently number 4 on the list of top free apps. Hit the link to download from Mac App Store.

Editorial: Single-purpose devices are not dead

After dissecting Amazon press release from yesterday I noticed the following quote below:

“We’re seeing that many of the people who are buying Kindles also own an LCD tablet,” Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon.com, said without citing a specific survey. “Customers report using their LCD tablets for games, movies, and web browsing and their Kindles for reading sessions.”

Does this mean a single-purpose device can still exist? I’m assuming that LCD tablet is an iPad. As you might already know iPads have a free app called iBooks which allows you to read eBooks purchased from the Apple Bookstore. But you can also read books by downloading the Amazon Kindle app.

I’m in the personal opinion that everything should be in one device and devices like the Kindle, Nook, iPod nano and shuffle, would be in compassed by a tablet or smart phone. But apparently the not. Why would somebody one a single-purpose device when one device can take care of that? Mr. Bezos answered that himself below:

“They report preferring Kindle for reading because it weighs less, eliminates battery anxiety with its month-long battery, and has the advanced paper-like Pearl e-ink display that reduces eye-strain, doesn’t interfere with sleep patterns at bedtime, and works outside in direct sunlight, an important consideration especially for vacation reading.”

For a single-purpose device to stay alive it has to be fantastic in what it does. It has to excel in a certain area and not be clouted by other features. With the Kindle, it excels in reading and is not hampered by apps or confusing interfaces. It is absolutely simple to start reading and the battery life is absolutely fantastic. There is no need to worry when you forget to charge the device since the battery will last up to one month?

Another reason iPad owners also have the Kindle, is the Kindle is extremely affordable at $139 and it will only get cheaper. In my opinion, $139 is at an impulse purchase territory.

So manufacturers, if you didn’t get anything else out of this editorial remember this: If you want a successful single-purpose device, keep it simple do not add unnecessary features and keep improving the main purpose of the device with each revision.

November 22, 2010 Part 1

Murdoch’s iPad only newspaper is called “The Daily” and will cost $.99 a week and have new issues daily. Expect iPad beta by Christmas.

According to official Twitter Account of Russian President, he is not fond of Galaxy Tab camera.

iOS 4.2 review (for iPad) via Engadget.

Netflix launches $7.99 streaming-only plan.

Apple releasing Apple TV 4.1 alongside iOS 4.2 today. About time.

 

November 20, 2010 Part 1

Mix:

Android fragmentation causes Angry Birds devs to create 2 versions of app (one for regular powered devices and one for lower/under powered devices.)

How to Build an Airplane in 2 weeks?

Fox moves Fringe to Friday-night “death slot” stating January. (Dear Fox, Do not end the best show you have.)

A brief history of zombies culture in America.

Full screen Quick View by pressing Option Key and spacebar.

Gizmodo has courteously provided a list of airports that use Full Body Scanners. (Oh come on LAX.)

Oh and CERN captured for 1/10th of second, antimatter this week.

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