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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Chamber of Secrets, Prisoner of Azkaban, Goblet of Fire, Order of the Phoenix, Half-Blood Prince, and Deathly Hallows… all are now available in Amazon Kindle Owners’ Lending Library.
Starting today, the Kindle owners who have a subscription to Amazon Prime membership can borrow any Harry Potter book in French, English, Spanish, and German. However, the customers will be able to borrow only one book at a time. And as soon as they send the borrowed book back, they can select the next title. The best part is there are no due dates to return a book, unlike traditional library rules. Also, there is no limit on the number of copies of all seven Harry Potter books, thus users won’t find a desired title out of stock.
Harry Potter is one of the best-selling titles, and to add these titles to Kindle Owners’ Lending Library, Amazon has obtained a special license from J.K. Rowling’s Pottermore.
Currently, there are as many as 145,000 books available in Amazon Kindle Owners’ Lending Library.
All the owners of Amazon Kindle Fire, it’s time to feel elated. Recently, HBO released its popular video steaming app HBO GO for the Kindle Fire users. Available to be downloaded from the Amazon Appstore, HBO GO app will allow you to instantly access as many as 1400 HBO titles. To watch the best HBO shows on your Amazon tab, the only prerequisite you ought to fulfill is to have an HBO subscription.
The app offers subscribers instant access to hit series of HBO like Game of Thrones, Sex and the City, Deadwood, True Blood, Boardwalk Empire, and The Sopranos, in addition to HBO original movies, documentaries, miniseries, sports and an assortment of blockbuster theatricals.
Also, HBO GO app for Amazon Kindle Fire will let you create watchlists of your favorite HBO titles to watch later. Apart from this, you will be able to get new titles along with bonus content in terms of recaps of shows, behind-the-scenes of movies, and interviews of celebrities. If you want to create customizable views, lists or gird format, and pause, view, or rewind a show, HBO GO App will let you do so as well.
Amazon has unveiled a new desktop application for its cloud storage service named Amazon Cloud Drive. The desktop app enables users to easily store and organize files and media directly from either desktop of their Windows-based computer system of Apple Mac PC.
Cloud storage made easy
With this Amazon desktop app, users can now easily upload their pictures, documents, video clips, and other important files, just by dragging and dropping them to the Amazon Cloud Drive icon.
The best thing about this new desktop app is that the user can continue to use his computer normally while the uploading is being carried out. The desktop app can even handle abrupt computer reboots and lost Internet connections without affecting the important media and documents.
According to Amazon, the Cloud Drive, which was launched last year, offers its users tiered levels, beginning with five gigabytes of free storage, or enough to hold about 1,000 songs or 2,000 photos. The cloud storage service can be extended up to 1,000 gigabytes, on a payment of US $20 to US $100 per annum.
Seems, tablets have truly come of age. 2011 witnessed the launch of a spectrum of tablets. Some of them came, took over and are still ruling, while others could not steal the limelight. Tablets have become a niche segment of computers; they are smart and elegant, and no doubt the newest fad.
Since the potential client base is increasing rapidly, the high-end tablet market is booming. Tablets are being owned by every age-group and therefore, the role of tablets in enterprise mobility has also taken a center stage. The introduction of tablets has even posed a threat to the existence of netbooks, as the former is compact and hence more portable than the latter.
Let us discuss some of the most popular tablets that are dominating the market and shooting their sales graph higher with each coming day.
Apple iPad 2
iPad 2, the king of all tablets is the successor to the first iPad. Seems that Apple Inc. thought of coming up with something super sleek and nimble to eliminate the blues of iPad – the hefty version. The immense popularity of iPad 2 can be seen from the fact that on the one hand where Apple sold over 11 million units of iPad 2, other companies could sell merely 1 million units altogether. Starting at a price of $499, iPad 2 is the first preference of everyone who opts to buy a tablet.
The tablet discontinued by HP was the only one that posed a serious threat to the popularity of iPad 2. After iPad 2, it was HP TouchPad, which gained influence. Several critical flaws with which it was released and the discontinuation of WebOS were some of the major reasons for the tragic downfall of the HP tablet. Apparently, in order to save them from landing into soup, HP decided to put a siege on the range of tablets and sold the left over heaps from its inventory for $99. Oh! What a collapse. The remaing inventory is still on sale for a much higher price on Amazon, eBay and HP Office Depot.
Samsung Galaxy Tab
Android powered Samsung Galaxy Tab was another hit this year. The tablet resembles iPad 2. The 7- inch tablet comprises extensive features like a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 16 GB of storage and 1GB RAM. Samsung puts it across like “ at workplace, it turns work into play for results that are both innovative and rewarding and while away from work, it seeks to make every moment of relaxation even more enriching.” Samsung Galaxy Tab is the sleekest of all Andorid tablets and was among the top-selling gadgets of 2011.
Amazon Kindle Fire
At an affordable price of $199, Amazon Kindle Fire attracted a lot of customers, despite the fact it doesn’t have a camera or 3G connectivity. The USP of Kindle Fire could be perhaps the Amazon Appstore. Running on Android OS, Kindle Fire offers complete entertainment. It became a more compelling tablet owing to Amazon Prime – the special membership program by Amazon. Kindle Fire has been a great bargain deal for all those who couldn’t afford an iPad 2, but were looking for a reliable tablet.
Barnes and Noble Nook
While Amazon Kindle Fire was still on the top, Barnes and Noble Nook tablet – priced at $250, with some extra features, gave Kindle – a run for its money. The device that was transformed from an e-reader to a fully fledged Android Powered tablet, has fared quite well in the market. The Nook Store provides a multitude of apps. Albeit slightly more expensive, Nook tablet is worth the price, given the additional features it offers. Barnes and Noble Nook satisfied the tablet-cravings of many.
The year 2011 saw the best tablets in the making. Tablet market flourished at its best. With new OS, software, array of apps, and a pursuit to introduce improved products, there was a long list of success as well as failures attached. Let’s see what’s in store for the next year. Here’s hoping for another successful run in 2012.
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HP has launched a new touch screen tablet PC, HP TouchPad. It is an exciting product from the house of HP. The TouchPad has a big screen of 9.7 inches. With this big screen it is possible for you to enjoy all the features like viewing pictures and videos. It makes all the things a lifetime experience for you. Whether it is your new game or it is video streaming, it is all like never before. With the Snapdragon processor, it efficiently processes your requests whether it is working on the Word documents or your new software applications. It is all there for you. With the lightening fast processor it is possible for you to do multitasking.
With the arrival of this machine it is all there on Amazon for sale. But there is no price list given there. So it is good opportunity to speculate about it. One more thing that can be done to sort out this problem is to wait for new tablets to be launched. This will decide the whole strategy of the company. Before moving ahead it becomes important for you to check the technical specifications of the new entrant. Let’s have a look what you are going to get.
The TouchPad has a dedicated operating system which is developed by the company itself. It is HP OS. With that company is offering high connectivity options of Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n and all other options like 3G and other options like Bluetooth wireless technology (2.1).
There are other features that make it a great buy. With its Snapdragon processor it is possible to do multitasking. 1.2GHz is the speed of the processor. The screen’s resolution is 1024×768, with this it is all possible to have a crystal clear picture quality. It has a storage capacity of 16GB and 32GB (internal memory). It also has a web browser for accessing the Internet.
TouchPad is packed with the multimedia features like music, video (playback and recording as well) the vast storage space makes it all possible for you to cherish all the golden moments of your life. For a live video chat there is a 1.3 MP camera on the front side of the case.
What more it has all the additional features like there is a light sensor in it which makes it very comfortable viewing the picture and video on your HP TouchPad. There is an accelerometer and compass as well just to make you able to get the information about the right direction. What’s more it is so light (weighs only 740 gms) that you would love to hold it.