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Amazon: Kindle Books Now Outsell Print Bestsellers 2 to 1

Amazon: Kindle Books Now Outsell Print Bestsellers 2 to 1

Just a few months ago, Amazon announced its Kindle editions were outselling hardcover books. Now, the Seattle-based online retailer also announced that for its top 10 best-selling books, its customers are now buying the Kindle edition twice as often as print copies, even as sales of print books on Amazon.com continue to grow. According to…

Microsoft Gives its Developer Conference the Olympic Treatment

Microsoft Gives its Developer Conference the Olympic Treatment

Next week (October 28 and 29) Microsoft will host its Professional Developer Conference (PDC) on its sprawling Redmond, WA campus. Typically, PDC – which the company only organizes when it wants to talk about major platform developments – is held at a larger venue, but Microsoft decided to hold it on its own campus this year. While this makes for a…

First Alpha of Opera 11 With Extensions Now Available for Download

First Alpha of Opera 11 With Extensions Now Available for Download

Opera just launched the first alpha version of Opera 11, the company’s first version of its desktop browser with support for extensions. As the browser wars continue to heat up, Opera remained one of the few players without a vibrant extension ecosystem. This new version aims to change this and while there are currently only a few extensions for…

It’s On: Google Launches Demo Slam

It’s On: Google Launches Demo Slam

A few days ago, demoslam.com, a mysterious – but clearly Google-related – website appeared, which resulted in a lot of head scratching in the tech blogosphere. Now, Google is officially taking the wraps of the site. Google Demo Slam is a competition for tech demos – not just by startups and other tech companies, but for anybody who wants to…

Angel’s Choice: A Virtual Stock Exchange for iPhone Apps

Angel’s Choice: A Virtual Stock Exchange for iPhone Apps

With almost 300,000 iPhone apps on the market, finding new and interesting apps is getting more and more difficult for users. That’s good news for apps that manage to break into the iTunes top 10, as most users use this to find new apps, but sales and downloads fall off quickly for apps that don’t make it into the top 10 and good apps often go…

Google Now Gives You More Control Over Your Location Settings

Google Now Gives You More Control Over Your Location Settings

Google’s algorithms take your current location into account when choosing which results to display for searches where your location is relevant. Until now, though, it was rather hard to know where exactly Google thought you were and sometimes Google just doesn’t get it right. Starting today, Google will make it easier to see where it thinks you are…

Netflix Launches Disc-Free Streaming for the Wii

Netflix Launches Disc-Free Streaming for the Wii

Until today, an exclusive agreement between Netflix and Microsoft meant that only Xbox users were able to use a native Netflix app on their consoles to stream movies and TV shows from Netflix without the need to insert a disc into their machines. Starting today, however, Netflix users with a subscription of $8.99 and above who own a Nintendo Wii…

Bing Fails to Make Major Inroads on the iPhone

Bing Fails to Make Major Inroads on the iPhone

Since the release of the fourth version of Apple’s iOS operating system for the iPhone, Microsoft’s Bing can be used as the default search engine on the iPhone. So far, however, Bing has not been able to make major inroads on that device. According to a new study from advertising network Chitika, which recently launched its mobile ad platform…

Google Analytics Becomes More Visual with In-Page Analytics

Google Analytics Becomes More Visual with In-Page Analytics

For the most part, examining your web analytics consists of looking at dry columns of numbers and links with a few bar charts and other graphs thrown in for good measure. It’s often hard to understand these numbers in the context of your own site. Now, however, with Google Analytics’ new “In-Page Analytics” view, you can see your…

E-book Sales Continue to Surge

E-book Sales Continue to Surge

Given the brisk sales of Kindles, Nooks and iPads over the last few months, it doesn’t come as a surprise that the sales of e-books are also flourishing. According to the Association of American Publishers (AAP), e-book sales for January to August are up from $89.8 million for 2009 to $263 million in 2010. This 193% increase in sales means that…

Over 10 Million Students Now Use Google Apps for Education

Over 10 Million Students Now Use Google Apps for Education

Just about four years ago, Google launched Apps for Education – a version of Google’s online productivity tools (including Gmail and Google Docs) that is geared towards K12 schools and colleges. Now, Google just announced, there are over 10 million students, staff, faculty and alumni that are actively using Apps for Education. With the beginning of…

23% of U.S. Internet Users Have Tried Video Calling

23% of U.S. Internet Users Have Tried Video Calling

For many, the launch of FaceTime, Apple’s video calling service for the iPhone and iPod touch, seemed like a gimmick with little practical usage. According to a new survey by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, however, 19% of American adults have now tried video calling, video chats or teleconferences using services…

CarWoo Promises to Take the Hassle Out of Car Buying

CarWoo Promises to Take the Hassle Out of Car Buying

Buying a new car should be fun, but the haggling over prices and high-pressure sales tactics at many dealerships can quickly make it anything but an enjoyable experience. CarWoo, which officially launches today, wants to transform car buying by giving its users the ability to negotiate prices and get quotes from multiple dealers online. While there…

Google Shuts Down 1-800-GOOG-411

Google Shuts Down 1-800-GOOG-411

Google just announced that it plans to shut down 1-800-GOOG-411, its voice-powered directory assistance service, on Nov. 12. GOOG-411, which launched in 2007, was the company’s first foray into voice-powered search. According to Google, GOOG-411 “provided a foundation for more ambitious services” on smartphone platforms like Google’s own Android…

How Apps Affect the Network

How Apps Affect the Network

Mobile apps on iPhones, Android phones and BlackBerries are now standard issue in most companies as employees are now generally expected to be available far beyond regular working hours. As more business communications and data moves through these mobile devices and app, the demands on a business network also change.

Until the arrival of mobile…

Facebook Growing Fast in Brazil, but Orkut Still far Ahead

Facebook Growing Fast in Brazil, but Orkut Still far Ahead

Google’s social network Orkut never quite caught on in most countries, but it remains the most popular social network in Brazil. According to new data from comScore, Orkut remains safely ahead of Facebook there, with 36 million unique visitors last month. Facebook is only the third most popular social networking site in Brazil, but it is growing…