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Kindle App for iPad May Make Amazon the Prime E-Book Supplier

posted Sunday Mar 28, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

Kindle App for iPad May Make Amazon the Prime E-Book Supplier

For over a year the Kindle app for the iPhone has been available in Apple's App Store, and just last week Amazon released a beta version of its Kindle app to the Mac platform, allowing users to purchase e-books on their various Apple electronics. We were wondering what those two moves meant for Amazon when we learned that Amazon also plans to launch a free Kindle app for the iPad and other tablet devices. Now things seem to be a little clearer to us.

The move is huge for Amazon, because this allows them to move into a whole sector of the market which would otherwise be locked into the iTunes Store to download e-books. With the ability to select from over 450,000 titles, this now puts Amazon at the top of the list when it comes to where consumers go to purchase e-books for their on-the-go needs.

The app will also include their Whispersync technology which is found in the PC and BlackBerry versions as well, that will remember and sync up your last page read. Basically this means you can go from device to device, picking up where you last left off on your reading, not to mention keeping all your bookmarks, highlights and notes as well.

Ian Freed, VP for Kindle at Amazon, had this to say to the New York Times:

FiOS Goes MIA

posted Sunday Mar 28, 2010 by Scott Ertz

FiOS Goes MIA

Verizon has been beating us all over the heads with their FiOS service and how much better it is than the poor cable guys. Since they started installing the service a few years ago it certainly seemed like this was their new directive and everyone would eventually be privileged to use an all digital, fiber-based service. That dream, however, seems to be dead.

Verizon has been slowing installation over the past few months and stopped entering new markets as well. The Associated Press reports that Verizon has canceled plans to enter any new markets with the service, though it will continue to build-out the markets it has already announced service for.

So, if you live in Tennessee or Alabama and would like to have FiOS, you will have to move to Tampa or Massachusetts.

Google Finally Pulls The Plug

posted Sunday Mar 28, 2010 by Kyria Gianos

Google Finally Pulls The Plug

The verdict is in: Google WILL stop censoring content completely in China. The long-awaited announcement came at 3:03pm ET on Monday via Google's official blog. Included in the announcement, Google also stated that Chinese users will now be re-routed to the site that citizens in Hong Kong are currently using.

Google was unhappy with the fact that their content was being censored and hopes that this "will meaningfully increase access to information for people in China."

Australia Bans {insert name of game here} Series Canceled

posted Saturday Mar 27, 2010 by Scott Ertz

Australia Bans {insert name of game here} Series Canceled

You will all recognize that since we started PLuGHiTz Live! Radio and The UpStream, there have been a lot of stories about Australia banning or watering down a videogame. Off the top of my head I can think of Left 4 Dead 2 and Modern Warfare 2, Aliens vs Predator, just to name a few. The reason for the ban is because the ratings board for the country canot classify them under the MA15+ and there is nothing higher.

The History of Aperture Science

posted Saturday Mar 27, 2010 by Scott Ertz

The History of Aperture Science

Shortly after completing the original Portal I spent some time exploring the origins of the game and much of the backstory. Anyone who has ever looked into Valve and their ways knows that there is always content that they don't include in the game, all available for those who are interested. In this case, it had a lot to do with the origins of everyone's favorite robot-powered testing facility.

A DC Legend Dies

posted Saturday Mar 27, 2010 by Scott Ertz

A DC Legend Dies

This morning, Dick Giordano passed away at the age of 77. Mr. Giordano has had a long, distinguished career including time with Marvel, DC, Dell, Valiant and others. In addition to being a talented artist and all-around good guy, Giordano also held Executive-level positions in several art companies.

He spent time as the Executive Editorial Director for DC Comics as well as forming Future Entertainment, a multimedia company, with his creative partners Bob Layton and David Michelinie. He also helped setup two ad-art companies, Continuity Associates and Dik-Art, Inc., which he continued to manage until the end.

While at the helm of DC Comics, he helped to launch such revolutionary concepts as Alan Moore's Watchmen, Frank Miller's Dark Knight Returns. He also spent time working on Batman: Dark Knight of the Roundtable and Batman: Hollywood Knight.

A former colleague of his, former DC President Paul Levitz, had a lot to say about Giordano's career, and said it better than I could, so I will end with this:

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