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Amazon's New Ad-Supported Kindle

posted Wednesday Apr 13, 2011 by Scott Ertz

Amazon's New Ad-Supported Kindle

It's amazing how much Amazon has been in the news lately. First Instant Video booming part of Prime, then their Appstore followed by an Apple lawsuit over said store and now a new Kindle. That's right, there is another Kindle in the works.

What does this model have that the others don't? Ads, of course! Yeah, the new Kindle that is currently in production will be ad-supported. The good news, I suppose, is that the device will be less expensive than previous Kindles. You can also assume it will be lacking in features as well. How much can you save for seeing ads on your eBook reader? A whole $25!

Where and when can you expect ads on your new Kindle? Hit the break to find out.

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Nintendo 3DS May Not Be as Popular as First Thought

posted Tuesday Apr 12, 2011 by Scott Ertz

Nintendo 3DS May Not Be as Popular as First Thought

At this point, we all know Nintendo's 3DS has been a hit. Nintendo, however, might be in for a rude awakening if research firm IHS iSuppli's numbers are correct. The firm believes that sales are going to stall out pretty quickly, leaving only 11.6 million units worldwide by the end of the year.

Projecting those numbers out, they are anticipating 70 million units by 2015. While this number sounds big to you and I, it leaves a lot to be desired when compared to the 91 million the classic DS and DS Lite had at the same point in the sales cycle. As of right now, though, the whole family has a total of 136 million units, spread across the original DS, DS Lite, DSi, DSi XL and now the 3DS. The rest of the units have all suffered similar fates.

What does Nintendo think about all of this? Hit the break to find out.

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YouTube Channels Set to Take the Spotlight

posted Sunday Apr 10, 2011 by Jon Wurm

YouTube Channels Set to Take the Spotlight

The YouTube we have known since Google purchased them for $1.6 billion in 2006 is set to undergo some big changes by the end of 2011. The 3rd most visited site in the world made $544 million in revenue for 2010 according to Citigroup analyst Mark Mahaney and executives have said it is almost profitable. The average time users spend on the site runs about 15 minutes and YouTube is working on a way to get that number up while increasing revenues to $800 million by the end of 2011. They plan to do this by taking the middle road between subscription-based services like Hulu and the structure they have now. The reorganization effort is based around 2 major things: center the users' experience around channels instead of clips and creation of original content rather than licensing it.

Get more of the 411 by hitting the break.

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Google's Employment Transition

posted Sunday Apr 10, 2011 by Scott Ertz

Google's Employment Transition

This has been quite a week for Google as far as staffing is concerned. Larry Page, Google founder, returned as CEO on Monday after Eric Schmidt's departure. Page's intentions are to return Google to the start-up feel that created the innovation behind Google Search and Maps. Ironically, as part of that start-up attempt, he is asking execs to sign multi-year deals to stay with the company. It turns out not everyone is interested in doing that.

One example is Jonathan Rosenburg, chief of product development for Google. He has always been open about the fact that he planned to leave Google when his children reached college age and signing a multi-year deal with our future Internet overlords interfered with that plan. He announced he will be leaving after the summer. He said it was only fair to the company to allow them to deal with the restaffing now when the shake-ups are already happening instead of waiting until plans were already being developed.

Eric Schmidt, departed CEO and future coauthor with Rosenberg, said of the leader,

Jonathan is phenomenal–hugely energetic, strategic, a man of real principle who always puts the user first. He's been crucial to our success over the last nine years and I cannot thank him enough for everything he’s done. It's been wonderful working with him–and great fun.

To read what Larry Page had to say and to see what the future holds for Rosenberg, hit the break.

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Naked Software Company Looking for Employees

posted Sunday Apr 10, 2011 by Scott Ertz

Naked Software Company Looking for Employees

Women - do you like to write software naked in your bedroom? Of course you do. Would you like to take the skills you have learned both being a software engineer and a nudist and implement them in a company that encourages both? That might not be as appealing. If it is, however, have I got the place for you. The company is called Nude House and they want to be the world's first entirely nude web software firm.

Men - I know what you're thinking: "How can I get in on this naked work environment?" The answer is simple - you must be an amazingly skilled salesperson. While the nude women can code, the nude men have to sell. Seems like a sexist organization already. That aside, if you are looking for a "warm and private" office environment located in Buckinghamshire (I know, too many words crushed together) where you can spend all day naked trying to sell while preventing sexual harassment lawsuits, you might just want to submit your resume.

Hit the break for a quote from a company spokesperson about the incredibly odd business concept.

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Toshiba Serves Up Laid Back 'Passive' 3D TVs

posted Sunday Apr 10, 2011 by Jon Wurm

Toshiba Serves Up Laid Back 'Passive' 3D TVs

Good news everyone. Toshiba is going to fix 3D TVs so that you don't need to wear Revenge of the Nerds style 3D glasses to give yourself a headache around April 2012. However, the passive 3D TVs they will be serving up in the next year will still take a load off your face. I'm guessing that of the 10,000 people who care about 3D TV 6,000 know the difference between active and passive 3D glasses, 4,000 don't know the difference and 0 like wearing 3D glasses. For those who don't know, there are some distinct differences that we be listed below. The biggest change to note here is that active 3D glasses require power and passive 3D glass do not. Hopefully, this should shave off a few ounces and some of the bulk.

See if their upcoming line up of 3D TVs are worth the migraines and hit the break.

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