Amazon’s Kindle Owners Lending Library Tops 100,000 Titles

Last month, Amazon justified readers with more reasons to pay $79 a year for an Amazon Prime Subscription. The company announced that its Kindle Lending Library has topped more than 100,000 titles.

The Kindle Lending Library is available on a Kindle device for Amazon Prime subscribers. It allows the users to borrow up to one book for free per month from its catalog without any due date. Amazon informed that the choices has grown more than 20 times since it was launched in November 2011 with around 5,000 titles. The organization also bragged that over a third of the top 20 Kindle Best Sellers and more than 100 New York Times best-sellers are available in the library, such as Nobody by Creston Mapes, The Walk by Lee Goldberg, and Abducted by Theresa Ragan.

At launch, the Kindle Lending Library only involved selections from larger publishing houses, but in December, it extended the program to self-published books from Kindle Direct Publishing. Amazon said users have borrowed more than a million of these titles from independent authors.

Amazon allows self-published authors to submit anything from a single book to an entire series. Those that have participated in the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library have earned a total of $1.8 million from the KDP royalty fund, Amazon said.

For more on Amazon’s Kindle devices, see PCMag’s full reviews of the Amazon Kindle Fire (slideshow below), Amazon Kindle Touch 3G, and the original Amazon Kindle, now available for $79.

Source: pcmag


Nokia’s 41MP 808 PureView wins best-in-show at Mobile World Congress

The 41-megapixel camera on Nokia’s 808 PureView not only astounded the audience at the Mobile World Congress this week, it also landed Nokia the “Best New Mobile Handset, Device or Tablet at Mobile World Congress 2012” award.

A committee of judges opted the PureView as their top device of the show–likely not just because it is a smartphone everyone will choose for (it’s still running a dated OS), but it is because it is the only device to truly surprise us at Mobile World Congress. HTC’s One series phone was close in competition. Other devices like the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 and Asus PadFone, were also on the short-list for the award.

Nokia EVP of smart devices Jo Harlow said to the Nokia Conversations blog,

It’s a fantastic award because it signifies that consumer experience counts.It’s about tech, but it’s about how tech is used to make a consumer have a fantastic experience. … These are first signals that we are executing against our strategy.That we’re back. That we’re bringing great products to our consumers — and that this is just the beginning. There’s lot more to come.

The PureView camera technology on the Nokia 808 is more than just hype. A Nokia engineer explained to us how the camera gets such killer shots, and the company has also put some excellent sample shots online at Flickr.

Thankfully, Nokia has said it intends to bring the PureView technology to future phones, so you can expect to see killer cameras in some Windows Phone devices from Nokia within the next few years.

source: venturebeat

Samsung’s Galaxy S III may rock a 4.8″ screen, ceramic back

At this point, Samsung’s Galaxy S III is beginning to feel like the next iPhone — at least when it comes to rumors. The recent report categorizes the mobile with a 4.8- inch screen, comparatively 0.2 inches larger than Google’s Galaxy Nexus. It do features a luxurious ceramic back, the sources states the mobile site Boy Genius Report. The mega size screen will be much flabbergasting, especially given how much Samsung is trying to push the 5.3 inch Galaxy Note as a smartphone. And the addition of better rear material would certainly help to improve Samsung’s building quality.

Samsung’s Galaxy S line has acquired more fans since it was launched initially, inspite of its flimsiness and plasticky. Even the Samsung-built Galaxy Nexus suffers from cheap feeling plastic rear. A ceramic back would feel better in the hand and be more durable than plastic. This is give a entire different look for Samsung, in a way to differentiate the Galaxy S III from Apple’s all-glass iPhone 4(S) design. At this point, the Galaxy S III is expected to sport a quad-core processor (a given, after all the quad-core phones at Mobile World Congress), better cameras, and may end up being just 7 millimeters thick. BGR also reports that the Galaxy S III may launch in over 50 markets simultaneously, which echoes HTC’s goal to launch its new HTC One phones worldwide in April.

source: venturebeat



Galaxy Tab 7.7 Comes to Verizon on Thursday

February 29, 2012 Leave a comment

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 will cost $499.99 with a new two-year contract, starting this Thursday.

Verizon Wireless cited on Tuesday that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 will be available for purchase both online and at its brick-and-mortar stores starting Thursday, March 1. It will cost a meaty subsidized $499.99 with a new two-year customer agreement, and requires a 4G LTE mobile broadband data package starting at $30 monthly access for 2 GB of data.

When the Verizon’s asking price is compared with that of Amazon Kindle Fire, it sound crazy. Kindle Fire was tagged unsubsidized $199. Yet there are some notable features that runs the show underneath the Galaxy Tab 7.7. Its 7.7-inch Super AMOLED Plus display (1280 x 800). It comes with Android 3.2 “Honeycomb,” the tablet features a 1.4 GHz dual-core SoC, a 3.2MP rear-facing camera (LED flash, full 720p recording and 1080p playback), a 2MP front-facing camera, 16 GB of internal storage and a microSD card slot for expanding up to an additional 32 GB. Noticeably it is much thinner than iPad 2 i.e only 7.9 mm. It’s actually even better in the weight analysis, at only 335 gram the tablet is really very light weight.

Verizon reported,

The Tab 7.7 is a multimedia expert allowing customers to use their tablet as the center of their home entertainment system. The Peel Smart Remote feature eliminates the need for multiple remote controls for televisions, audio players and other home entertainment systems. Customers can make their Tab 7.7 the master controller to find and watch their favorite TV shows, create a favorites list, set program reminders and more. Customers also have the ability to stream media to their compatible TV using the HDMI Multimedia Dock with a built-in HDMI port or the HDTV Adapter (sold separately). The Samsung Media Hub offers a large selection of media to rent or purchase and watch while traveling or plug into a TV to share at a party.

The Tab 7.7 lets customers share their 4G LTE connection with up to 10 Wi-Fi-enabled devices simultaneously. It’s also Samsung Approved for Enterprise (SAFE), meaning that it’s equipped with a suite of security features that deliver enterprise-friendly capabilities to help safeguard sensitive data and communications, including Mobile Device Management (MDM), on-device Encryption, Virtual Private Network (VPN) and push synchronization of corporate email, calendar and contacts.

According to the specs, the Tab 7.7 has 1 GB of RAM, a 5,100mAh battery (up to 10 hours of video playback), dual speakers, A-GPS & GLONASS, a 30-pin dock connector port, an accelerometer and more. Installed applications include QuickOffice Pro HD and Samsung Hub. A full list of specs can be located here.

Is $499.99 for a 7.7-inch tablet, chained to a new two-year contract, asking too much? Would consumers be better off purchasing a laptop instead?

The specs for the Super Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7:

  1. Layout: Tablet
  2. Measurement: 196.7x 133 x 7.89 mm
  3. Weight : 335g
  4. Display: 16 Million colors with a 7.7 inch Super AMOLED ,Touchscreen
  5. Operating System: Android 3.2 Honeycomb
  6. Hardware: 1.4 GHz dual-core Cortex-A9 CPU, 1GB of RAM, Exynos chipset
  7. Camera: 3.2 MP auto-focus camera with 720p video recording and LED flash, Front camera @2MP for video chat
  8. Memory: memory variants are 16, 32 and 64 GB.
  9. Connectivity: Quad-band (850/900/1900/2100 MegaHz) Mbps HSDPA and HSUPA 5.76 Mbps support, dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Assisted GPS, Bluetooth 3.0,
  10. Battery: 5,100mAh which supports 10 hours of video play
  11. Misc: Gyro sensor, accelerometer sensor for automatic screen rotation, ambient light sensor for automatic adjustment of screen brightness

Source: tomsguide

The Most Innovative Mobile Products at MWC 2012

February 29, 2012 Leave a comment

A new generation of smartphone are upon us. Check out the hottest new smartphones that are coming down the pipe.

Follows the latest mobile technology that people will be seeing throughout 2012 and select their cup of tea which are the most interesting and innovative. Check out the list and the reasons why people liked each one.

Viewsonic ViewPhone 4s: the dual SIM smartphone

  • 3.5″ 960×640 display (like something else also called 4S)
  • Android 4.0
  • Unibody construction

LG Optimus 4X HD: the powerful HD smartphone

  • formerly X3/LG P880
  • <9mm thick
  • Android 4.0
  • Nvidia Tegra 3 quad core
  • 4.7″ 1280×720 display
  • 8 MP camera
  • 16 GB flash
  • 2150 mAh battery

HTC One X: another powerful HD smartphone

  • 4.7″ 1280×720 display with gorilla glass and low reflections
  • 130g weight
  • Nvidia Tegra 3 quad core at 1.5 GHz
  • Taking pictures takes 0.7 seconds
  • F2.0 lenses for acceptable image quality at low lighting
  • Polycarbonate unibody case

Nokia Lumia 610: the affordable Tango solution

  • 3.7″ 480×800 display
  • 5 MP camera
  • 800 MHz single core processor
  • Windows Phone 7.5 “Tango” with Microsoft apps
  • 1300mAh battery

Panasonic Eluga Power: the waterproof smartphone

  • 5.0″ 1280×720 display
  • 133g weight
  • Android 4.0
  • waterproof and dust proof according to IP57
  • 1.5 GHz dual core S4 Snapdragon processor
  • 8 MP camera
  • NFC
  • 8 GB Flash
  • 1800 mAh battery

Sony Xperia S: the 12 MP smartphone

  • 4.3″ 1280×720 display
  • 144 g weight
  • Taking pictures from standby takes around one second
  • 12 MP camera
  • F2.4 lenses
  • NFC
  • 1.5 GHz Snapdragon dual core
  • ICS Android 4.0 upgrade coming in Q2
  • 32 GB eMMC flash – replaceable

Samsung Galaxy Beam: the smartphone with a projector

  • 4″ 480×800 display
  • dual core 1 GHz
  • 8 GB flash
  • integrated projector for up to 50″ display and 15 ANSI lumen
  • 5 MP camera
  • 2000 mAh battery

Huawei Ascend D: potentially the world’s fastest smartphone

  • 4.5″ 1280×720 display
  • 1.2 GHz ARM9 quad core and 16-core graphics
  • HiSilicon K3V2: 40 nm CMOS by Texas Instruments
  • Android 4.0
  • 8 MP camera

Source: tomshardware


Samsung reveals 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab 2, Galaxy Beam phone with built-in HD projector

February 27, 2012 Leave a comment

Samsung smashed off its MWC (Mobile World Congress) by unveiling two new devices yesterday morning. One, a larger 10.1-inch version of the Galaxy Tab 2 Android tablet, and other, the intriguing/baffling Galaxy Beam, an Android smartphone with a built-in projector.

Given Samsung’s leaning to delivering tablets of various different sizes, the larger Galaxy Tab 2 does not create a big surprise. The Galaxy Beam, on the other hand, is a bit of a head scratcher.

The Beam seems to be a traditional Android smartphone, except the projector aspect. It features a 4-inch display, a 1 gigahertz dual-core processor, and runs  onAndroid 2.3. Frankly, it reflects a phone that would have been announced last year, not something that Samsung would save for the biggest mobile event of 2012.

But the great credit of Galaxy Beam is its powerful built-in projector, which Samsung says can project HD up to 50-inches wide at 15 lumens. You’ll be able to project photos, videos, and games using a special Samsung app. Like the Galaxy Note, the Beam appears to be a very niche device, but it’s the first step towards Samsung bringing projectors to its future mainstream devices (it’d certainly be a nice addition to next year’s Galaxy S lineup).

The 10.1-inch version of the Galaxy Tab 2 is clearly Samsung’s volley to stay competitive with the iPad 3, which could be announced as soon as next week. It sports a 1280 by 800 10.1-inch display, Android 3.0, and 1 gigabyte of RAM. It’s only 9.7 millimeters thick and will come in 16 gigabyte and 32GB varieties.

Samsung is also expected to announce a 10-inch version of the Galaxy Note this week, so it’ll be interesting to see how it fits into the company’s tablet lineup. I found the Note to be iffy as a phone, but the S Pen stylus has a lot of potential in larger screens. It’s certainly one way for Samsung to stay a step ahead of the iPad 3.

Source: venturebeat

More Smartphones, More Risk: Mobilisafe Targets SMB’s With New Security Solution (Invites)

February 26, 2012 Leave a comment

Mobilisafe, the stealthy Seattle-based mobile security startup with $1.2 million in funding from Madrona Venture Group and Trilogy Equity Partnership, is opening up access to its private beta program today (invite link below) for a handful of TechCrunch readers.

Over and above, the company is revealing new insights it credited during its private beta period related to the penetration of mobile device in the SMB market, the area which happens to be the startup’s current area of focus.

Much of the current analysis on the consumerization of I.T. and the accompanying BYOD (“bring your own device”) trends are focused on the enterprise market, but Mobilisafe’s data comes from its own hands-on experience with SMB’s.

Mobilisafe was founded by former T-Mobile software architects Giri Sreenivas and Dirk Sigurdson. The firm focused on developing a security solution that gives hands to the companies to deal with the influx of personal devices on the corporate network. The startup does not offer businesses with tools to manage the increased number of mobile devices, it’s also performing data-mining on the aggregate data it collects, enabling its solution to learn over time, and become more predictive about its analysis and recommendations.

Mobilisafe’s big advantage is that it will be able to use the aggregate data to analyze whether an organization is more or less secure than its peers in the same industry or vertical. Right now, the focus is on providing this analysis and understanding to smaller businesses (between 15-2,500 employees), especially because they’re more at risk due to lower I.T. budgets and/or lack of in-house I.T. expertise. But such an ability could easily be useful in larger organizations in the future, if Mobilisafe wanted to go that route.

Over the past three months, Mobilisafe mapped out more than 38 million employee device connections (now up to 44M), which allowed it to uncover some interesting trends within the SMB market.

For example, the majority of SMB’s are highly mobilized, and are driven by BYOD programs, with above 80% of SMB employees already using smartphones and tablets. A new device model was introduced to a company for every 6.6 employees, but over half (56%) were running out-of-date firmware. SMB I.T. departments, meanwhile, are often at a loss when it comes to determining this sort of information for themselves.

In addition, around 39% of authenticated devices were inactive for over 30 days, something that could indicate devices which were lost, stolen, replaced or sold. In some cases, these devices may have had employee credentials and sensitive corporate data on them before disappearing off the network.

The data gathered here through Mobilisafe’s initial beta run is more of a confirmation of the market value for its mobile security solution, meant to simplify the challenges involved with assessing security risk and then knowing the next steps to take after being presented with specific issues.

Mobilisafe has been quietly running a private beta since late last year. Companies use its SaaS solution to tell Mobilisafe what kind of risk threshold they have, and then the startup does the heavy lifting to determine whether they’re falling above or below that threshold. The whole thing can be deployed in 15 minutes, without hardware or network changes, on-device software, or changes to employee behavior, the startup says.

Source: techcrunch