Sean Madden at Wired:
To Amazon’s credit, the device sports some impressive features, most notably its 3-D-like Dynamic Display, which allows navigation by tilting the device, and its Firefly app that can visually identify millions of products and link the user with information or a purchasing platform. But when tech pundits ask, “Are these more than just gimmicks?”
I have another question too. Remember when iOS 7 came out and there was a whole kerfuffle about Perspective Zoom (the tilting effect on the home screen) and how it was making people with vertigo sick?
This Dynamic Display thing looks way worse. Check it out:
I wonder if the same effect will happen here? The 3D is far more pervasive throughout the entire Fire Phone OS.
Yukari Iwatani Kane for the Wall Street Journal:
Cook also knew the power of silence. He could do more with a pause than Jobs ever could with an epithet. When someone was unable to answer a question, Cook would sit without a word while people stared at the table and shifted in their seats. The silence would be so intense and uncomfortable that everyone in the room wanted to back away. Unperturbed, Cook didn’t move a finger as he focused his eyes on his squirming target. Sometimes he would take an energy bar from his pocket while he waited for an answer, and the hush would be broken only by the crackling of the wrapper.
Her new book on Apple, Haunted Empire: Apple After Steve Jobs comes out March 18.
Here’s why I care: it’d be simple for Yukari to espouse the ‘Apple is doomed without Steve’ narrative. It’d also be equally simple to say ‘Tim Cook makes Apple billions so shut up’ and call it a day. I don’t think either of those narratives ring completely true though, so I’m interested to see how an entire book dedicated to the subject walks the line.
Angus Kidman at Lifehacker Australia:
Amazon is making its biggest push yet into the Australian market, launching an Amazon.com.au site for its Kindle content, offering pricing for books and apps in Australian dollars and opening up its Kindle Directing Publishing self-publishing platform to local authors. What does the change involve and is it worth switching to the Australian store? Find out in our in-depth launch guide.
Not a lot has changed to be honest, but you can convert your previous Kindle purchases to the new Australian store:
You have the option of changing your account to be set in Australia, to take advantage of the local content and pricing. You won’t lose access to any pre-purchased books, even if those titles are not available in the “Australian” store. However, newspaper and magazine subscriptions may not convert across (Amazon says it will notify any readers with current subscriptions of the potential impact before they make the change).
Michelle Starr for CNET:
Amazon’s new Kindle Paperwhite will be available in the coming weeks in local brick-and-mortar stores Big W and Dick Smith, the companies announced today.
The 2013 Kindle Paperwhite will be available in Australia less than a month after it shipped to US customers. The Wifi version is $159 (down from $179), and the 3G version is $229 (down from $248).
I bought the first generation of the Paperwhite and it is an outstanding device. There’s really no competition; it blows everything else away.
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Amazon’s new tablet—the Kindle Fire HDX—came out yesterday, and the press release is written as 14 tweet-sized snippets. Here’s 3:
1) High performance—3x faster processor, 4x faster GPU, 2x the memory. #firehdx
2) 8.9” HDX display: 339 ppi, 4 million pixels, 100% sRGB color accuracy, dynamic image contrast. #firehdx
3) 8.9” Kindle Fire HDX weighs in at 13.2 ounces—34% lighter than last year. #firehdx
That’s pretty god-damned smart.