Amazon is a book seller and a good one, selling a lot of books – both physical and e-books of a lot of books as well. Hatchette is a publisher of books, that in turn sells books to Amazon, who in turn sells them to us, the end consumer. Somewhere way on the other end is the authors of the books. Each entity in this chain gets a small part and there are, to be sure some other pieces like distributors and such. Recently Amazon and Hatchette have not been able to agree on e-edition pricing…
What is Zipwhip? An awesome app that does nifty things for you with SMS, or text messaging if you would rather reference it more commonly. It ties into your phone number and lets your receive your text messages on other devices. That in itself is a cool feature. Think about it, I am blogging and my wife sends me a text about something. Instead of digging my phone out when I hear that little whistle, I instead get a little pop-up on my screen.
What are you using as a todo type of list on your computing devices? I have tried a bunch of different ones over the last several months, even years. Back in the late summer months a collegue mentioned DoIt.im, which is a native application on mobile platforms that has a counterpart desktop tool and web interface. Recently, though, I came across Nitro with some similar function and a both native to Linux and apparently open source. Aside from a minor quirk and functionality that need to grow just a little bit, I am very pleased with the Nitro tool overall.
I know, I have had this debate before, but I am still being torn between the idea of which is better – the traditional book, made of paper that is printed on, especially a hard back volume and the e-book reader version that I can get so handily on my Kindle device (or for that matter my iPad, laptop, or even desktop computer). I keep thinking back on all those wonderful years I have had with books, but similarly keep thinking about the pluses of the electronic edition and some of the greener ideas behind it as well. I was especially thinking of this today while watching the Lord of the Rings Trilogy movies this afternoon, based upon probably my favorite books ever, by J.R.R. Tolkien.
It has been a long time since I have really made any mention of Pandora Radio here on Mephistos. Be sure though that the lack of mention does not mean that I have not been using it. In fact, with all the extra options for the user of the wonderful technology I regularly max on the free account. Clearly, with all the great new options it is more than past time to revisit the product. For those that are not aware of the product, a brief synopsis is in order. It is a streaming internet based radio that will work on a genre or you can seed the music with a specific artist or even a single song. The great thing is the database of music information (via the Music Genome Project) they have that finds similar music to present to you on the stream.
Continuing the concept started last week with Friday being a week in technology happenings and observations, I am kicking off today with the big news that Skype will be acquired by Microsoft. The deal was announced this week, after you will recall just last week Facebook and Google were both considered suitors in the case of Skype but there was no mention of the Microsoft. The deal is worth some 8.5 billion, yes, with a ‘b’ – making it the largest acquisition which Microsoft has done. Lots of questions remain and there is much speculation about the deal.