If you're itching to get the lowdown on just everything the Kindle 2 can--and can't do--Amazon's now posted the user manual. It's on both the Kindle 2 product page as part of the specs (clicking on the link will make the PDF pop up on your screen) or in Amazon's special Kindle documentation section where existing Kindle owners can download the AZW version to transfer to their original Kindles for reading and weeping (sorry, it always hurts a little to own a first-gen device when the new one comes out--but it'll be OK, I … Read more
Cheap tools to help independent musicians sell their music online are proliferating like mushrooms after a rainstorm: last month I wrote about Audiolife, which gives bands an online store to sell CDs and merchandise with absolutely no up-front costs (they take a cut of sales as you make them). Since then, Audiolife was kind enough to send me a sample CD and t-shirts, and they look and sound adequately professional--certainly fine for independent musicians on a limited budget, although nobody's going to confuse them with the deluxe version of the latest U2 album.
But Audiolife's download store is … Read more
The company sells an easy to use Windows program that connects directly with Amazon's S3 backup servers. The software costs $50 and the storage costs 20 cents per gigabyte per month.
Everyone's talking about the new Kindle, but here's a product that may present an even more radical innovation in the e-book sector: The Talking Book, created and distributed by the non-profit Literacy Bridge, is a low cost audio player/recorder with special features for Knowledge Sharing and Literacy Learning. It was developed entirely by volunteers and costs less than $10. The device involves an ecosystem to produce and share locally relevant audio content, allowing users to record their own messages and distribute them within local networks through a device-to-device copying capability. Other features include slow play for reading … Read more
This was originally posted at ZDNet's Between the Lines.
If there were any lingering doubts about whether Amazon Web Services were enterprise-ready, they dissolved this week once IBM became a partner.
And now that Amazon and IBM have teamed up, a picture of multiple computing clouds is emerging.
Amazon Web Services teamed up with IBM to provide pay-as-you-go access to Big Blue's database servers, Lotus, and Websphere middleware running on Novell Suse Linux. Those applications will run on Amazon's EC2.
While much of the details have been covered, what's notable is the vision. IBM's cloud … Read more
Today we get down and dirty with David Carnoy, Executive Editor and resident tech carnoysseur at CNET.com. As a self-published author (check out his book at KnifeMusicBook.com), he gives his unique take on the recent Amazon Kindle 2 announcement, iPhone eBook alternatives, and whether or not the Kindle can cordially coexist with tangible novels and newspapers.
We also ask him to stay for a few stories, including a study out of Europe that finally takes a logical stance on video game censorship. We also try to congratulate David on the recent birth of his twins, but get sidetracked … Read more
IBM and Amazon.com announced that they are now providing pay-as-you-go access to development and production versions of IBM Information Management database servers, IBM Lotus content management, and IBM WebSphere portal and middleware products.
This is interesting as it shows that IBM understands that people want to consume software in the cloud, but it's not clear that anyone is currently interested. But the fact is, if they don't build it, then no one will come.
The full list of currently available IBM software available on EC2.IBM DB2 IBM Informix Dynamic Server IBM Lotus Web Content Management Standard … Read more
IBM announced Wednesday plans to deliver its software via Amazon Web Services, in a move to push its software into the clouds.
IBM will use Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) to offer its customers and third-party developers its software based on a pay-as-you-go system.
Under the arrangement, users will have access to IBM's DB2, Informix Dynamic Server, WebSphere Portal, Lotus Web Content Management, WebSphere sMash and Novell's SUSE Linux operating system software.
IBM is also providing free Amazon Machine Images for development and testing purposes, which is designed to allow developers to quickly build pre-production applications.
Big … Read more
While I got a little steamed at the Author's Guild, and Natali essentially admitted she's a runaway bride, the big event in this show is the possessed computer. It appears some 404 friends of guest Jeff Bakalar monkeyed with Nat's computer during the show. Unprofessional, I say! We will get to the bottom of this.Listen now: Download today's podcast EPISODE 909
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Sometimes even a well-designed and innovative product can still be a total dud. See the Apple Newton.
The industry analysts at Forrester Research now say they know why this happens.
In a new report released Friday, Forrester analyst James McQuivey zeroes in on what makes seemingly good products fall flat once they reach store shelves: lack of convenience. And he doesn't just mean "convenient" in that you can, for example, transfer a music device easily from your pocket to your car dashboard, but rather the entire experience using that music device--from buying the songs to putting them … Read more