Tag Archive | gadgets

Big news for Kindle owners – Amazon to release a Kindle SDK (via TeleRead)

According to a news release from Amazon, next month they will be releasing an
SDK (software development kit) that will allow software developers to build and
upload active content that will be available on the Kindle store later this
year. The release states that Handmark is developing an active Zagat guide,
Sonic Boom is building word games and puzzles and EA Mobile is porting some of
its games.

An interesting idea to keep eBooks interesting in the current slate hype. I wonder how these apps will perform.

Amazon Expands Kindle Digital Text Platform to Enable Authors and Publishers Worldwide to Publish English, German, and French Language Books in the Kindle Store

SEATTLE, Jan 15, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) today announced that authors and publishers around the world can now use the self-service Kindle Digital Text Platform (DTP) to upload and sell books in English, German and French to customers worldwide in the Kindle Store (www.amazon.com/kindlestore). Until today, DTP was only available to authors and publishers based in the United States. Now, authors and publishers outside the United States can take advantage of this same opportunity and start offering their books to Kindle customers at http://dtp.amazon.com.

“We are excited to make the self-service Kindle Digital Text Platform available to authors and publishers around the world,” said Russ Grandinetti, Vice President, Kindle Content. “Now any content owner can offer English, German or French-language books to the fast-growing audience of Kindle owners around the globe.”

9.7″ display Amazon Kindle DX now available globally, too.


Aaaah! I thought I had the perfect reading device with the 6” Kindle. I didn’t expect the larger device to become available globally so quickly as well…

For reading eBooks, the 6inch device is just fine. You turn the pages a little more often, but hey, who cares.


But when reading electronic magazines or especially (self made) PDF documents, the 6 inch device alsways tries to render the entire page, which is just too small on the 6incher.

Improving the HTC HD2 stability: Turning off email push sync.

I cannot verify yet, but I just got the hot tip that turning off email push synchronization will greatly enhance the HTC HD2’s stability. This is a trade I am happy to make if the device finally stops freezing once every other day. Since the device launch in November 2009, I have installed every update from the HTC site, but this issue was never completely fixed.


In Active Sync on the device, go to the scheduling settings and select everything but “As new items arrive” from the drop-down box. Then open the Comm Manager either through SenseUI’s settings pane or through the settings folder in the Start Menu page in case you disabled Sense UI. “Microsoft Direct Push” should now automatically be off.


I will be testing this setting, hoping to get the hoped for results…

HOT: HTC releases freqent updates for the HD2, makes device run much better.


HTC now publishes updates for the HD2 almost daily.

First there was the “ROM Upgrade for HTC HD2”, which replaces the device’s ROM. I didn’t have to reboot a single time since I applied this update. Earlier, I needed to reboot my HD2 daily.

Second, there is a “Update for HTC HD2 – Digital Picture Enhancement”, a hotfix that you simply copy to the device and execute. If you ever reset the device to factory settings, you will need to re-apply.

Today, an “Update for HTC HD2 – SMS Function Update” was released. Another hotfix to copy to the device and simply execute.

Looks like HTC is really working hard to making the HD2 a great device. I am very happy to see this.

Get the updates from: http://www.htc.com/europe/supportdownloadlist.aspx?p_id=297&act=sd&cat=all#cl…