Archive for September 1st, 2011
Improv Electronics will finally be releasing a new Boogie Board electronic writing tablet with the capability to save your work. The new Boogie Board Rip will be at the IFA show in Berlin and is expected to start shipping Nov 1.
The Rip features a 9.5-inch monochrome LCD writing surface. Drawings and notes made on the Rip are saved as PDFs and can be transferred to a computer via USB.
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Sony announced today that it will be expanding its ebookstore to Europe. The first new store will launch in the UK with over 100,000 titles by the end of October, 2011. This will be followed by a Reader Store serving German and Austrian customers by the end of this year. Next year Reader Stores will be coming to France, Italy and Spain.
Here’s hoping that Sony does a better job with its European ebookstores than it has with the US version.
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Bits of news and rumor continue to swirl around Amazon’s impending tablet. The latest — which, according to Digitimes, was leaked by someone at one of the component suppliers involved in the project — is that Amazon’s 10.1-inch tablet will not go into production until the first quarter of 2012. The larger of two expected Amazon tablets will, according to the report, be assembled by Foxconn. Foxconn also assembles the Kindle ereaders and Digitimes also reports that it is estimated 15-18 million Kindles were built at Foxconn in 2011.
Amazon is expected to release a 7-inch tablet within the next couple of months. Reports have, for several months, had the smaller Kindle tablet being assembled by Quanta Computer.
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A few more freebies to start out the new month:
Invitation to the Jesus Life: Experiments in Chrislikeness by Jan Johnson (4 1/2 stars/8 reviews) Christianity. Also free at Barnes & Noble.
Making Sense of People: Decoding the Mysteries of Personality (FT Press Science) by Samuel Barondes (4 stars/21 reviews) Psychology.
Let’s Get Real About Money!: Profit from the Habits of the Best Personal Finance Managers by Eric Tyson (4 1/2 stars/7 reviews) Personal finance.
Social Media Marketing with Established Technologies (Collection) by Various Authors (3 stars/1 review) Marketing.
A Beginner’s Guide to Using Your iPhone as a Business Productivity Tool by Dave Caolo (4 stars/1 review) Business.
The Case of the Flashing Fashion Queen: A Dix Dodd Mystery (Dix Dodd Mysteries) by Norah Wilson and N.L. Wilson (4 1/2 stars/11 reviews) Mystery. Also free at Barnes & Noble.
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A few low-priced reading suggestions:
This time, he plans to do it with class. Style. And more than a little groveling…
Seven years ago, Lily Travis was only too glad to see her hometown of Petal, Georgia, in her rearview mirror. Thanks to her father running off with a twenty-year-old, though, here she is, trying to pick up the pieces. First order of business: meet with her brother’s teacher in a quest to pull his grades out of a downward spiral.
Nathan Murphy is pretty much resigned to his bachelor status—until he looks up from his desk to see an all-grown-up Lily walking into his classroom. Of all the women who turned out to be totally wrong for him, she’s the only one who felt right. At least until his foolish, immature mistake drove her away.
Black as Snow by Nick Nolan (4 stars/8 reviews) $2.99.
Sebastian Black is a god amongst men: he’s devastatingly handsome and charismatic—and telepathic. So when his scheming mother, prophetess Kitty Black, announces that her son is the “next species of man,” the world begins taking notice. Together, Kitty and Sebastian forge a spiritual movement that celebrates “divine evolution” while warning of a mass extinction. But just as their fame and wealth are building, a tragedy befalls one of Sebastian’s disciples, and threats from Christian militants become too real to ignore.
Sebastian flees Los Angeles—and his mother—in search of peace and freedom. One by one he encounters “common” people who astonish him with their uncomplicated stories of love and compassion: an aging lesbian couple; a Mexican handyman; a shy, anorexic woman; a recovering meth addict; a gay teenager; and an unthinking college jock. Surprisingly, each has a profound effect upon this arrogant young “messiah.”
Wanna-Be mom meets confirmed bachelor at the world’s most romantic spot – Niagara Falls. She’s baby-sitting, he’s working, but fate steps in when the baby throws her car keys over the falls. What to do? Dive in or ask a sexy stranger for a ride home? Bachelor Right and Would-Be Mom end up picking apples together and falling in love while baby is all smiles. Who wouldn’t be?
The Getaway Car: A Practical Memoir About Writing and Life by Ann Patchett (5 stars/8 reviews) $2.99.
After a scandal gets his brother disinherited, Theodore Winslow plans to get his brother back in their father’s grace by getting himself into an even worse scrape—he’s bringing home a low-born strumpet for a bride. But he’s only hiring a girl to play the part, and his plans go awry when his father refuses to act as he should. Theo soon finds he wants more than he paid for, and his sweet Molly Sweet is far more than he ever bargained for. His proper mistress is anything but…
A cook in a bawdy house, and an orphan with a zest for live, Molly Sweet dreams of one day owning her own inn. She’ll do almost anything to achieve that, including acting like a woman for sale and an intended bride. But playing a hard-hearted jade proves more difficult than expected, and as her feelings for Theo grow, the lines between pretending love and the reality blur. She can’t bring herself to sell her body, but she cannot avoid giving away her heart. The only question now is will it land in accepting hands?