Amazon Releases Kindle Cloud Reader

Amazon has released a web-based Kindle eBook reader, which allows anyone with a web browser to read on the go. Apple recently changed their terms for subscriptions to force eBook providers to supply Apple with a 30% cut of all in-app sales, causing many providers to operate at a loss. The Cloud reader bypasses the tall gates of Apple’s walled garden, giving users full access to content even in the event that Apple removes the native Kindle reader from the App Store.

Buy Once, Read Everywhere

  • Instant access to your Kindle library
  • Continue reading even when you lose your internet connection
  • Optimized for iPad: shop the integrated Kindle Store for Tablets

[Amazon]

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Remember, Remember, the Fifth of November?

A spin-off “Anonymous” group claims to be planning an attack against the world’s largest social network, Facebook, for “selling information to government agencies” and being the “the opposite of the Antisec cause. Psuedonymous claims what many have been suspecting since the service’s launch, and what has been an ongoing issue in the battle for our online identities.

The group who claims to be Anonymous does not appear to have any solid link to their legitimate counterpart, though their similar branding seems to have fooled other news outlets.

via @AnonOps

We prefer to face the real power and not to face to the same medias that we use as tools. #OpFacebook #Anonymous

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Apple Introduces Recycling Program

Apple is now working with WeRecycle and PowerON to accept clunker Macs and iDevices in exchange for an Apple Gift Card. Of course, since Apple is, in part, doing you a favor, don’t expect to go on a all-white shopping spree, but it’s a fine deal if you have a few obsolete products lying around and are hesitant to sell them on a certain unnamed eAuction site.

Old iPods can also be returned in exchange for 10% off a newer model.

Turn that iPhone, iPad, or computer — Mac or PC — you’re not using anymore into something brand new. Send it to us and we’ll determine if it qualifies for reuse. If it does, that means your device has monetary value that we’ll apply to an Apple Gift Card, which you can use for purchases at any Apple Retail Store or the Apple Online Store. If your iPhone, iPad, Mac, or PC doesn’t qualify for reuse, we’ll recycle it responsibly at no cost to you.

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Facebook Releases “Messenger” for Android

Facebook has released a new standalone application built solely for messenging contacts through the social network. The app supports location data, group chats and transcript archiving. Naturally, Messenger automatically imports your Facebook address book for contacting friends through SMS as well as regular chat.

Facebook’s native Android app is pretty horrendous, so Messenger should ease the mobile experience for users who are just trying to chat.

Messenger is available through the Android Market.

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Accessory Review: The Joy Factory Tournez C-Clamp Mount

“The Joy Factory offers lifestyle-driven digital companion accessories.” Their philosophy is to create “an elite class of digital companion products that bridge today’s complex technology and elicit a joyful experience for the consumer.”

At a first quick glance, this iPad 2 mount appears to be your everyday, generic stand. On the contrary, you really shouldn’t be naming this mount as an everyday stand, since the majority of it is made out of high quality carbon fiber, metals, and plastics. I’m not so sure if a bullet would make this thing flinch.

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Three New Apple Stores Opening Their Doors This Saturday [Updated: Five Stores!]

Apple continues to dramatically increase their number of brick-and-mortar stores, and they’ll be adding an additional three new stores to the list this weekend. Grand opening celebrations are expected to take place at three new Apple stores in Florence, Italy; Cheltenham, Australia; and Waterloo, Canada on Saturday. Waterloo, Ontario, Canada is also home to the headquarters of Research In Motion, the makers of the BlackBerry.

Apple now operates over 330 retail stores worldwide and brought in over $3.5 billion in revenue from these stores in the past fiscal quarter. The company’s first retail store opened its doors in Tyson’s Corner, Virginia in May 2001, and recently celebrated its tenth anniversary.

UPDATE: It has been confirmed that two other Apple Stores will also celebrate their grand openings on Saturday. Anchorage, Alaska will be home to the state’s first Apple Store, while a new store will also open its doors in Murray, Utah.

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Boxee for iPad Released

Boxee, the very social HTPC frontend (and set-top-box), now has an app available for the iPad. The app, available for free on the App Store, allows users to stream content from their computer running the Boxee media manager to an iPad, as well as beam videos from the tablet to a Boxee box.

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Redsn0w Updated to 0.9.8b5 with iOS5 Beta 5 Support

The Dev-Team has updated redsn0w with support for the latest iOS beta. Keep in mind that the jailbreak is tethered, so it’s a good idea to hang back at iOS 4.3 if you want to retain your wireless freedom. There is currently no ETA for an untethered iOS 5 jailbreak, but it will likely be released only when iOS 5 is publicly available this Fall.

Update #5: redsn0w has been updated to 0.9.8b5, adding support for Apple’s new iOS5 beta5 (point it directly at the beta5 IPSW). Please use this only if you’re a jailbreak app developer with a legit Apple dev account, and remember it’s a tethered jailbreak for now!

[Dev-Team]

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Apple Releases Lion Recovery Disk Assistant

Apple has released a utility to create a Lion recovery partition on a flash or external drive. This makes tools such as Lion DiskMaker obsolete, since Lion can even be installed on a fresh disk using the recovery utility—eliminating the need to first install Snow Leopard on the target machine. The tool is perfect for users who want to start from scratch with minium hassle, or for those with borked machines that need to be repaired.

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Touch-Friendly Version of Chromium OS Shown Off on Video

As if Google doesn’t have enough fragmentation of its operating systems at the moment, a developer by the name of Francois Beaufor has leaked a video of a touch-optimized version of Chromium OS (viewable after the break). Chromium OS is the open-source version of Google’s Chrome OS, which has recently been shipped on various notebooks. The touch-friendly version of Chrome OS has yet to make it in to a finished product of any sort, though if it ever does, it would be a direct competitor to Android 3.x Honeycomb, which is also optimized for larger-screen devices. (more…)

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