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Daily Run Down 09/13/2010

Here is today’s Daily Run Down.

  • The list of Windows Phone 7 devices is beginning to leak out.
  • The FCC is set to allow entrepreneurs and innovators to use unlicensed spectrum.
  • Hertz is ready to acquire Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group.
  • Kevin McCarthy, who starred in the 1956’s Science Fiction movie, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, has died at the age of 96.
  • Egypt has taken steps to protect it’s water stations from the Nile River oil spill.
  • YouTube is said to begin testing a new live streaming platform.
  • Roger Ebert is going to start a new Movie Review show.
  • Mario, from the Super Mario Brothers Franchise, has turn 25 years old today.
  • Lead Poisoning in Samurai kids has been linked to their Mom’s makeup.
  • An Ancient Roman helmet is going to be auctioned in Britain.
  • Cuba is going to cut 500.000 government worker jobs by mid-2011.
  • Tivo is now offering a Premier DVR for $20 a month, with nothing upfront.
  • A Solar eruption may boost the northern lights.
  • Senator Arlen Specter is pushing a bill to legalize stem cell research.

Look for more stories tomorrow. If an important story has been missed please include it in the comments.

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Daily Run Down 06/04/2010

Here is today’s Daily Run Down.

  • General Motors is planning to form a technology venture form.
  • Kellog will be dropping the ‘healthy claims’ on Rice Krispies.
  • Hints have been found on Saturn’s Moon Titan.
  • The State of Kentucky has rolled out Microsoft’s Live@edu service to 700,000 students and faculty.
  • Google is now going to hand over the Wi-Fi data they obtained.
  • Andy Ihnatko has reviewed the Sprint EVO 4G on the Suntimes.com website.
  • 33 Years ago on June 4th, 1977 the US was introduced to the VHS tape.

Look for more stories tomorrow.

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Daily Run Down: 04-01-2010

Here is today’s Daily Run Down.

  • Scientists have found a link between aging and immunity.
  • Microsoft is reportedly going to launch Office 2010 on May 12th in New York.
  • Andy Ihnatko has a great review of the iPad.
  • A Judge has found the NSA wiretapping program to be illegal.
  • When ants go from rural beings to urban they tend to supersize.

Look for more stories tomorrow.

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Daily Run Down: 01-15-2010

Here is Today’s Daily Run Down.

  • The Whitehouse has a good, albeit brief, article about Banks not being ‘able’ to payback the money they’ve borrowed.
  • The texting of donations for Haiti has raised $10 million.
  • A tower-switch off has embarrassed some electrosensitives in South Africa.
  • The RIAA claims that the ISPs need to be copyright police.
  • Here is a nice thermostat that will cost somewhere around $600.
  • For the nostalgic here is a review of the first CD player.
  • Intel’s profits were up an astounding 875% for Q4 2009.

Look for more stories tomorrow.

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Kindle 2 Review

Amazon released the Kindle on February 24th, of which I received yesterday, the 24th. Not having the first Kindle I thought I’d go ahead and buy the second one to see what changes Amazon had made from the first version.

The Kindle 2 is an interesting device. The Kindle 2 is an e-book reader that is based on E-ink technology. The Kindle sports 16 shades of gray which provides some very crisp pictures and some very crisp text. The screen on the Kindle is a 600 by 800 pixel. Which, for those who might remember, used to be a standard screen resolution for many years, and is still used by some people. Its 167 pixels per inch, which is quite a bit.

The processor within the Kindle is a 532MHz ARM processor, which is faster than the iPhone 3G’s processor, which clocks in at 412MHz. Which is plenty fast for turning pages when reading or doing some basic web browser with the experimental browser.

The layout of the entire device is elegant. The navigation is done via a 5 way joystick; up, down, left, right and a center click. The entire device is quite simple to figure out, even without the user manual. All I had to do was turn it on, and it was just easy to navigate and determine how everything works.

The buttons on the device are placed quite well. The only complaint I’d have about it is that there are 2 next page buttons, and only one previous page button. I’d like to see a second previous page button. But again, I’m not sure exactly how useful this would be, since most people probably don’t go back a page.

The 3G Network called ‘Whispernet’, provided by Sprint, does a great job of having all of my content sent to me without any issues, thus far. I woke up this morning and had the New York Times, and Chicago Tribune waiting for me to read, if and when I wanted to. This is definitely a nice thing to have.

The ‘flash’ that everybody talks about when the page is turned doesn’t bother me. Yes, it’s noticeable but it’s definitely not something that gets annoying. If anything it’s a good indicator in case you notice something weird happening (so far, I haven’t noticed anything unusual).

One feature that I have noticed that nobody is talking about is the American Oxford Dictionary that is natively on the device. It allows you to search and look up words, or highlight a word in your book or article and look that word up automatically.

As of this writing, the selection of Magazines and newspapers isn’t that good. There’s less than three dozen newspapers and just under two dozen magazines. I expect this change as the cost of print mediums continues to skyrocket.

Overall the Kindle 2 is a great device for getting your content on the go, or just to sit and transfer it via USB from your computer. But there are definitely a few things I’d like to see with it.

The first of these is an API to allow additional applications, like a better web browser or a link to my Audible account so I can download Audible books straight to the Kindle. I do not see why this wouldn’t be possible since Amazon owns Audible.

The other thing I’d like to see is the ability to have custom ‘Screen savers’. I like the pictures of the authors that show up now, but it would be cool to be able to add your own photos, just by uploading them to your Kindle. I’ll be sure to keep everybody up to date on the progress of any updates and the like with the Kindle.