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Two New Harry Potter eBook Titles hit Pottermore

Posted: 16 Aug 2012 07:07 PM PDT

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The Pottermore website marked the first time the entire Harry Potter saga hit the digital sphere. Sales have been quite brisk with millions of books sold since the service first launched earlier this year. Today, the expanded universe of books are now officially on sale with “Quidditch Through the Ages” and “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.”

A copy of Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them resides in almost every wizarding household in the country. Now Muggles too have the chance to discover where the Quintaped lives, what the Puffskein eats, and why it is best not to leave milk out for a Knarl.

If you have ever asked yourself where the Golden Snitch came from, how the Bludgers came into existence, or why the Wigtown Wanderers have pictures of meat cleavers on their robes, you need Quidditch Through the Ages. This edition is a copy of the volume in Hogwarts School Library, where it is consulted by young Quidditch fans on an almost daily basis.

Both of these eBooks are available on virtually any e-reader in the world and retail for around .00 each. Check them out today on Pottermore HERE. />google_ad_client=”pub-5776314496161013″;google_ad_slot=”5610832462″;google_ad_width=468;google_ad_height=60;

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Toshiba Ditches Windows RT Tablet Plans

Posted: 16 Aug 2012 05:32 PM PDT

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Toshiba has stated that it is putting its Windows RT based tablet plans on hold, making it the second company after HP to throw in the towel. Toshiba has attributed the cancellation to the delay in procuring the ARM-based processors from Texas Instruments that it had planned to develop the tablet around.

“Toshiba has decided not to introduce Windows RT models due to delayed components that would make a timely launch impossible,” Eric Paulsen, a U.S-based spokesman, said in the statement. “For the time being, Toshiba will focus on bringing Windows 8 products to market. We will continue to look into the possibility of Windows RT products in the future while monitoring market conditions.”

HP is the other company that also cancelled its Windows RT based tablet plans, though that seems to be because Microsoft developed its ARM based Surface tablet more than anything else.

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No Ordinary Flashlight

Posted: 16 Aug 2012 03:57 PM PDT

We’ve had a couple quakes here recently and they only serve as a reminder of how unprepared I am for the BIG ONE. A Kickstarter project called the TRIOH! caught my interest when I went looking for a flashlight that could sit out in the open and not look fugly. Nice design? Check. Functions as a flashlight? Check. Works as a lamp and emergency light? Check & check! Designer Greg Hinzmann is several thousand shy of hitting his goal so I’m gonna plug it here because I WANT THIS. bucks so I can have piece of mind and you get a TRIOH!

Designer: Greg Hinzmann, Kickstarter

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Judge rules Facebook users can share friends’ profiles with the feds

Posted: 16 Aug 2012 03:35 PM PDT

Federal judge rules Facebook users can share friends' profiles with government

It’s not the backdoor access that the FBI has been pushing for, but US District Judge William Pauley III has now ruled that it and other law enforcement agencies are entitled to view your Facebook profile if one of your “friends” gives them permission to do so. As GigaOm reports, that ruling comes as part of a New York City racketeering trial, in which one of the accused, Melvin Colon, had tried to suppress evidence turned up on Facebook that led to his indictment. That information was obtained through an informant who gave investigators access to the profile, something that Colon had argued violated his rights against unreasonable searches and seizures under the Fourth Amendment. In the ruling, Judge Pauley dismissed that claim, likening the Facebook access instead to a phone wiretap in which one person on the call allows the government to monitor it — a practice that has been ruled constitutional. GigaOm also has the ruling in its entirety at the source link below for those interested.

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ASUS Tablets and WikiPad Now Compatible with Sony Playstation Mobile

Posted: 16 Aug 2012 02:23 PM PDT

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Gamers have interesting newsflashes coming out of the Gamescom 2012 event currently underway in Germany. Especially if you have an Asus tablet or intend to procure the upcoming gaming tablet Wikipad, since there is an announcement by Sony stating that these will be able to run some of the Playstation Mobile games.

With full access to the Sony Playstation Mobile games, top ASUS tablets such the Transformer Infinity Pad or the Transformer Prime can be among the latest to host games like Crash Bandicoot from now on.

Wikipad, on the other hand, is the tablet being made by NVIDIA. It will be based on a Tegra 3 quad core chip and has a built in game controller as an optional accessory.

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Abstract Nautical Bench

Posted: 16 Aug 2012 12:48 PM PDT

The Mola bench by Andrija Večenaj was inspired by his experience growing up in the seaport city of Rijeka, Croatia, where he would spend time watching the saves, docking ships and multitude of personalities pass through. The shape is an abstract representation of waves and boat hulls, exaggerated by planked wood that references the deck of the ships. A hollow concrete base supports the adjustable surfaces and gives the structure a catamaran-like aesthetic that compliments the nautical feel.

Designer: Andrija Večenaj

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Instagram 3.0 adds Photo Maps, infinite scrolling and speed improvements (video)

Posted: 16 Aug 2012 12:25 PM PDT

Instagram 30 adds Photo Maps, infinite scrolling and speed improvements video

Wondering if that Facebook acquisition would slow down the pace of innovation at Instagram? Perhaps v3.0 will answer that. The famed photo sharing network — now some 80 million users deep — is detailing its latest user interface overhaul today, and geolocation is at the heart of it. Lining up with our own feelings on the benefits of geotagging and the usefulness of tagged photos from an archive / diary perspective, the newest edition of the app introduces a Photo Maps view. As the name implies, it overlays photos with a map underneath, giving people a far more visual look at what they were seeing at a given point on Earth (or Mars, assuming Curiosity hasn’t reached its data limit this month).

Beyond that, the app includes “multi-line caption editing, more streamlined photo uploading, speed improvements and infinite scroll,” according to our pals at TechCrunch. Interestingly, the Twitter “Find Friends” feature has been yanked in the latest build due to Twitter shutting off its API to the company last month. If you’re wondering about a master plan for Photo Maps, it’s pretty simple; just as you’d tune into #nbcfail on Twitter to read the latest musings about the Summer Olympics, hovering over London in Instagram could give you a highly filtered look at what kind of photos are emerging from an event in real time. And really, who wouldn’t want to see 807 sepia-infused 1:1 shots of Usain Bolt? Per usual, you’ll find the demo vid after the break.

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Sony Launches PRS-T2 e-Reader Today

Posted: 16 Aug 2012 11:13 AM PDT

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Sony has officially launched their new PRS-T2 e-Reader today and marks the first major release of 2012. The new e-reader is currently being sold online on Sony’s website and other major retail partners.

The new Sony PRS-T2 features a six inch pearl display with IR touchscreen technology. The resolution is 600×800 with 16 levels of gray scale and 1.3 GB of internal memory. If this is not enough to hold your books, you can expand it up to 32 GB via the Micro SD Card. There is 6 built in dictionaries to look up words or translate a specific word or phrase into English, French or Spanish.

This new model comes with a stylus for you to interact with the device, allowing you to easily highlight or take notes within a book. Speaking of eBooks, you can borrow them directly from Overdrive or purchase them from the Sony online website. If you decide to buy a book from Sony via your internet browser, it will automatically be pushed to your reader, making the whole process a bit easier.

When you purchase the new Sony PRS-T2 in Black, White or Red you get a free Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone eBook. Finally, there is Evernote integration, so you can share your favorite passages and word with the service and Facebook.

We intend on reviewing this new model today, so stay tuned for our hands on review! Do you intend on buying this? Do you think its a step up from the original T1?

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id="pressrelease-content-47153" class="pressrelease-content" style="display: none;"> style="text-align: left;"> Sony’s New eReader Provides Book Lovers with More Freedom to Read Anytime and Anywhere

Sony introduced today Reader™ (PRS-T2), a light and thin 6″ eReader with an enhanced, intuitive touch screen optimized for long-term reading and the most natural, immersive reading experience. Available in three colors – white, red or matte black – Reader offers new social features and a simplified and intuitively designed home screen.

The most natural, intuitive eReading experience

The glare-free, E-Ink® Pearl V220 touch screen has been enhanced for optimal long-term reading. It now features intuitive touch, more paper-like page turns, improved continuous page turns and a smoother zoom in and out. The new device features an improved default book layout and makes it easier to organize and find books. The device has two English language and four translation dictionaries built-in and provides up to two months battery life(with wireless off) and 2GB of storage. Readers can swipe a finger to turn a page, zoom in and out by pinching fingers together or apart or write notes on the page or highlight text with a finger or the supplied stylus. Users can also choose from eight font sizes and seven font styles.

Share content wherever you are

The device includes new Facebook® and Evernote® features. Consumers now have the ability to post a short passage from books purchased from Reader™ Store to Facebook directly from the device along with the book cover, author and title.

For the first time, Reader is combining features from Evernote to allow users to save their favorite web content to enjoy any time. Evernote’s Web Clipper allows saving content with a click, and pages saved with Evernote Clearly are optimized for Reader’s crisp E-Ink display. Favorite passages can also be annotated on Reader and saved back to Evernote for viewing later on any smartphone, tablet or PC.

Books at your fingertips from Reader Store and Public Library System

With built-in Wi-Fi®, Reader PRS-T2 offers consumers more access to books anytime and anywhere. Sony continues to offer its popular and critically-acclaimed public library lending feature by offering patrons with a valid library card the ability to easily and conveniently borrow free e-books wirelessly from over 15,000 public libraries in the US via an intuitive, simple-to-use dedicated icon on the device.

Beyond borrowing free books from public libraries, book lovers can also continue to access and download thousands of e-books, newspapers and magazines from Reader™ Store directly to the device using a Wi-Fi connection. Reader Store now offers a web-based Store, giving consumers more freedom to read the content they love, anytime and anywhere. Reader Store accounts are now accessible from most web browsers, and sign-in and purchase can be done without having to install any software to a computer. The web store officially supports the latest browsers on Windows® and Mac® operating systems, including Internet Explorer®, Safari®, Chrome™ and Firefox®. Any book purchased via web browser will be waiting in the user’s Reader library, ready to be read.

As part of Sony’s collaboration with Pottermore and the Pottermore Shop (the exclusive home of the Harry Potter eBooks), Sony will offer a voucher to redeem against the first eBook in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, for free. The voucher can be redeemed at the Pottermore Shop following purchase of the matte black Reader PRS-T2.

Reader PRS-T2 is available for order now for about 9 at Sony Stores and online at http://store.sony.com and other authorized retailers nationwide. Accessories for Reader include a Cover and a Cover with light, for about and respectively.

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 Ti review roundup: impressive performance for around $300

Posted: 16 Aug 2012 10:51 AM PDT

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 Ti review roundup impressive performance for around 0

No one’s saying that 0 is “cheap,” but compared to the GTX 670 and GTX 680 before it, the newly announced GeForce GTX 660 Ti is definitely in a more attainable category. The usual suspects have hashed out their reviews today, with the general consensus being one of satisfaction. A gamechanger in the space it’s not, but this Kepler-based GPU managed to go toe-to-toe with similarly priced Radeon GPUs while being relatively power efficient in the process. That said, AnandTech was quick to point out that unlike Kepler reviews in the past, the 660 Ti wasn’t able to simply blow away the competition; it found the card to perform around 10 to 15 percent faster than the 7870 from AMD, while the 7950 was putting out roughly the same amount of performance as the card on today’s test bench. HotHardware mentioned that NVIDIA does indeed have another winner on its hands, noting that it’d be tough to do better right now for three Benjamins. Per usual, there’s plenty of further reading available in the links below for those seriously considering the upgrade.

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Entering the Genre of Pocket Tablets

Posted: 16 Aug 2012 09:39 AM PDT

While most of us are still discovering the value of tablets versus laptops, the next-gen is already thinking about blurring the lines between smartphones and tablets. What we have here is the Pocket Tablet Concept, which is a happy marriage between a smartphone and, you guessed it, a tablet. The device combines emerging technology like the flexible OLED screen that folds out to give it the tablet edge. And of course the pocket size is the other advantage that can be harped upon.

Designer: Patrik Eriksson

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