Why email will never die, Java is no longer needed, and what the new Kindle means for Amazon. All of this and more in the ReadWriteWeb Weekly Wrap-up.

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Email Will Never Die - The Man Who Invented It Reveals Why

Texting, instant messaging, Facebook, Twitter - we have dozens of ways to pass a message from one user to the next, and yet we keep coming back to email. Why? According to the man who sent the first one, because there’s still nothing quite like it, Email Will Never Die - The Man Who Invented It Reveals Why.

 

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Java Is No Longer Needed. Pull The Plug-In

For nearly everyone, it’s time to dump Java. Once promising, it has outlived its usefulness in the browser, and has become a nightmare that delights cyber-criminals at the expense of computer users, Java Is No Longer Needed. Pull The Plug-In.

 

What The New Kindle Means To Amazon

On Thursday, Amazon announced another family of branded shopping carts in which consumers can pile a wealth of digital goods. Sure, they may look like a Kindle e-reader, or the new Kindle Fire tablets - but make no mistake about the goals Amazon has for the new devices, What The New Kindle Means To Amazon.

 

What The Kindle Fire Says About Amazon's Whispered Phone

Amazon did not unveil a smartphone Thursday, despite speculation to the contrary. But its new Kindle Fire tablets give us some clues about an Amazon phone, reportedly in the pipeline. We see a $200 (almost) loss leader that makes buying anything from or through Amazon beyond easy, What The Kindle Fire Says About Amazon's Whispered Phone.

 

How Microsoft’s Kinect For Windows Will Upgrade Your Monitor For Windows 8

In a year’s time, presumably, we’ll all be living in the touch-screen world of Windows 8. But what happens to the millions of non-touch-enabled monitors already on laptops desktops around the world? Three words: Kinect for Windows, How Microsoft’s Kinect For Windows Will Upgrade Your Monitor For Windows 8.

 

Amazon's Renaissance Of Reading

"The only thing more perfect than reading is more reading," declared Amazon in a TV advert for its new Kindle eReader device. At a self-hosted event in Santa Monica today, Amazon launched new versions of its eReader and tablet products. Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos spent over an hour on stage, extolling the virtues of the new hardware. But perhaps more importantly, King Jeff showed that Amazon's reign over the book publishing kingdom continues to advance, Amazon's Renaissance Of Reading.

 

A Close-Up Look At Amazon’s New Kindles

In a Santa Monica Airport hangar on Thursday, Amazon announced its latest round of Kindles and related services. Overall, they look pretty impressive. After a big corporate self-hug as CEO Jeff Bezos took the stage, Amazon focused on three key items: new Kindle Readers, new Kindle Fires, and enhancements to the Amazon ecosystem tying them all together, A Close-Up Look At Amazon’s New Kindles.

 

Smartphone Makers Turn Desperate

There are days when I could chuck my smartphone into the Hudson River. Waiting in an empty shuttle to ride across Manhattan from Nokia's Luma 920 launch to Motorola's Razr debut, I felt like a rope in the manufacturers' game of tug-of-war. The battle for mobile supremacy has turned nasty, Smartphone Makers Turn Desperate.

 

Big Cable Stalls Apple's TV Plans

Well, so much for that. Once upon a time, 2012 was supposed to be the year that Apple made its big splash in television, as foretold by Steve Jobs' declaration that he had "finally cracked it." While the company may have nailed down a stellar user interface and product design, agreements with cable providers have been harder to come by, Big Cable Stalls Apple's TV Plans.

 

Autistic British Hacker Faces U.S. Extradition

Gary McKinnon isn't a household name now, but he very well should be. The autistic, pot smoking British hacker is facing extradition to the U.S., and if convicted, faces 60-70 years in prison for hacking into multiple government computer systems, Autistic British Hacker Faces U.S. Extradition.

 

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