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Good e-Reader Radio Show – August 12 2012

Posted: 12 Aug 2012 05:06 PM PDT

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Welcome to another jaw dropping installment of the Good e-Reader Radio Show! We missed you all profusely and vow to do more episodes in the coming weeks. Today on the show we talk about Amazon, Sony and Barnes and Noble’s new incoming product line and what to expect from all of them. We talked with the B&N legal team last week about the recent DOJ case involving the big six publishers and Apple, I talk about one of the  motions in court they are filing to stop the settlement from the three companies that bowed out of the court case a few months ago. Finally, if  you heard about LendINK in the news recently about pirating authors books, we dive DEEP into the issue. We outline what lending books actually means and how authors opt into the program, which knowing all the facts. This entire situation has spun out of control with many people for and against the website. Authors are seeing a massive army posting negative reviews about their books because it was uninformed authors who took took LendInk. /> />google_ad_client=”pub-5776314496161013″;google_ad_slot=”5610832462″;google_ad_width=468;google_ad_height=60;

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Quoted for Truth: Episode 9

Posted: 12 Aug 2012 03:32 PM PDT

John , Tom, and Brendan catch you up on news about EA vs. Zynga, Steam, the possibility of a one-console future, and more!

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The Sea Of Time Artwork By Kyle Bean

Posted: 12 Aug 2012 10:46 AM PDT

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This composition titled “The Sea of Time” by English artist Kyle Bean well represents my feelings a lot as I navigate my way through the (sometimes stormy) world of watches. I thought you’d enjoy it as well. You can see more of Kyle Bean’s work at his online portfolio website here.

Written by Mr. Ariel Adams – aBlogtoRead.com, trusted independent watch media.

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Seiko Ananta Automatic Chronograph Urushi Diver Ref. SRQ013 Limited Edition Watch Hands-On

Posted: 12 Aug 2012 04:27 AM PDT

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There was not a lot of new Ananta action this year from super Seiko. I really like the Ananta collection (see the first Ananta automatics here and the first Ananta Spring Drive watches here) and would like to see Seiko continue to develop the range. One new model in the Automatic range was this limited edition version for 2011 meant to help celebrate 130 years of the Seiko brand.

This is a unique concept for a watch. I will first freely say that I don’t think all elements of it work out perfectly. Overall it is a really nice timepiece with a lot of value and good features, but I would like to give Seiko a bit of constructive feedback on doing models like this in the future.

Hands-down the coolest aspect of the watch is the fact that the dial is hand-done in Urushi lacquer. Urushi is a natural sap-like substance from special trees in Japan that has been used for a long, long time as a lacquer. Urushi products are common in Japan and using the technique is considered a national tradition. The color ranges from almost black to a warm earthy red. This aspect is really cool in my opinion, and I am a big fan of not only traditional Japanese artisinal techniques, but also Urushi itself. The issue in my opinion is one of visibility. To know the dial is made with Urushi, you need to be told – it basically looks like a standard lacquer dial. For me, I want to be reminded each time I look at the watch that it uses this special technique. Seiko perhaps applied it too well, making the Urushi blend in to look like a regular black diver’s dial with a very smooth finish.

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Having a dive watch with an Urushi dial is a cool idea by the way. I love the melding of traditional artistic techniques with functional timepieces. 2011 also marks the beginning of the Seiko Ananta Diver. This limited edition model joins a regular production model that comes in a polished steel case. The limited edition model has a slightly flatter dial as they wanted the chronograph subdials to be part of the Urushi construction. Aside from the larger diver watch hands, hour indicators, and chronograph – Seiko wanted to minimize features on the dial that would distract from the Urushi (sort of ironic with a dial like this, I know).

The limited edition also has a neat looking black case with gold trim. I have been very open on how much I think black and gold go nicely together, so the overall presence of the watch is impressive. Unlike the more tool-like and serious Ananta Automatic Diver in polished steel, the limited edition version is more dress, formal, and overall just plain fancy. The 44mm wide is steel with ion plating (IP) for black as well as gold. A little issue I have with Seiko is their use of IP plating on some of their higher-end pieces. They probably do IP better than anyone else around, but for watches in this price range I started to want PVD, DLC, or otherwise. Why am I being nit-picky? Well it really has more to do with the type of person who buys a watch like this. They are discriminating watch lovers and know what to expect in a watch that costs several thousand dollars. Why PVD and DLC over IP? Well it is a matter of strength and wear resistance. When Seiko uses IP and everyone else used PVD or DLC, questions start to be asked. At the same time, I am open to the fact that I might be wrong. If Seiko tells me their IP coating process is hard enough to justify its use, I am totally cool with that. I don’t mean any of these as a complaint, but more as info Seiko can use when designing watches like this in the future. The majority of the time I am incredibly impressed by their high-end pieces.

As a diver, the case is water resistant to 200 meters (pretty standard for a diving chronograph). The crystal is AR coated sapphire, and it has a nice looking rotating diver’s bezel. I have to say that the Ananta case incorporates a diver’s bezel quite nicely.

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Inside the watch is Seiko’s in-house made Caliber 8R39 automatic chronograph movement. It is a nicely decorated workhorse in fancy clothing with some nice features such as a column-wheel and vertical clutch for the chronograph. As it is a diver, the caseback is solid, but you get a nice little engraving (which is actually like a wave breaking over water). It also says “Air Diver’s” on the back and I am not sure what that means. Maybe some of the more hardcore Seiko dive watch fans can explain that to me.

Seiko will produce only 700 Ananta Automatic Chronograph Ref. SRQ013 (the reference number might be different in Japan) limited edition watches. Maybe a few dozen will come to the US in total. Price is ,700.

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Tech specs from Seiko:

Automatic Chronograph Diver's – SEIKO 130th Anniversary Commemorative Edition

Ref. SRQ013

Caliber 8R39

Automatic with manual winding capability

Hour, minute and small second hands

Date calendar

Chronograph hour, 30-minute and second counter

Chronograph measurement up to 12 hours

28,800 vibrations per hour

34 jewels

Power reserve: 45 hours

Movement diameter: 28.6 mm, thickness: 7.5 mm

Case: Stainless steel with black and rose-tone gold hard coating

44.0 mm in diameter

Band: Stainless steel with black hard coating

Buckle: Adjustable three-fold clasp with secure lock and push button release

Glass: Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating

Water resistance: 200 meters

Magnetic resistance: 4,800 A/m

Limited edition of 700 pieces

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Barnes and Noble Slashes the Price on the entire Nook Tablet Product Line

Posted: 12 Aug 2012 02:52 AM PDT

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Barnes and Noble has slashed the prices on the entire Nook Tablet Product line! This price drop in in effect online and at many retail stores, including Best Buy. The Nook Color is now 9, Nook Tablet 8 GB 9 and 16 GB Nook Tablet is 9!

This is a welcome decrease in price as Barnes and Noble is seeing increased competition form the Google Nexus 7 and imminent release of a second generation Kindle Fire. Normally when companies drop the prices in a line of tablets at once, it is indicative of a new product release coming out soon. Normally, Barnes and Noble releases new Tablets around this time of year, so they might have something up their sleeves very soon. B&N normally keeps word of new product offers very close to the vest.

In the meantime, you can enjoy some massive discounts if you live in the USA. For everyone else, you can check out Shop e-Readers, which is also lowering the prices in the next 24 hours. />google_ad_client=”pub-5776314496161013″;google_ad_slot=”5610832462″;google_ad_width=468;google_ad_height=60;

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Google to Fight eBook Piracy with Major Search Engine Shakeup

Posted: 12 Aug 2012 01:17 AM PDT

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Google is rolling out updates that will drastically reduce the amount of piracy you find when casually surfing the internet. In many cases when you are looking to buy an eBook or a new music track, often an avalanche of pirate sites dominate the results of your query. Google is revising its search engine to filter out many websites that have active DMCA complaints or are known pirates.Google claims they get over 5 million DCMA and other notices every month. This new change is intended to help users find the legitimate content distribution systems like Apple, Amazon, Spotify and Google Books.

Google made a public statement surrounding its now change today. "Only copyright holders know if something is authorized, and only courts can decide if a copyright has been infringed; Google cannot determine whether a particular webpage does or does not violate copyright law. So while this new signal will influence the ranking of some search results, we won't be removing any pages from search results unless we receive a valid copyright removal notice from the rights owner. And we'll continue to provide "counter-notice" tools so that those who believe their content has been wrongly removed can get it reinstated. We'll also continue to be transparent about copyright removals." – Amit Singhal, SVP, Engineering, Google

Many companies and consumer groups are really advocating this change and will result in more sales. If it becomes incrementally easier to just buy the book, rather then pirate it, sales should go up. Popular Torrent Sites, File Sharing Sites and known cesspools of iniquity should be harder to find for your casual user.

There is a strong minority of users that are claiming that this change was brought upon by the recording and book industries to stamp out piracy. In a bid to stamp out piracy by large companies, privacy concerns are being raised. Should Google filter out pirate eBooks and other content? This is a hot button issue that is sure to garner more attention in the next few weeks. />google_ad_client=”pub-5776314496161013″;google_ad_slot=”5610832462″;google_ad_width=468;google_ad_height=60;

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#4: New Super Mario Bros. 2

Posted: 11 Aug 2012 10:08 PM PDT

New Super Mario Bros. 2
by Nintendo
Platform: Nintendo 3DS
Release Date: August 19, 2012

Buy new: .99 .96

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