Here we go again with another SlashGear Week in Review. This was an important and busy week in the tech world with a much anticipated announcement by Apple in the middle of the week. There was some cool stuff unveiled early in the week too though. Monday we saw a cool custom wireless PS3 mod that took the new slim PS3 and turned it into a handheld device.
The iPad-prompted Amazon/publisher fallout continues, with John Sargent - CEO of Macmillan, whose books and ebooks promptly disappeared from Amazon's store in the aftermath of the Apple tablet announcement - confirming that the online retailer modified their catalog in response to a demand to renegotiate pricing structures. In a post on the PublishersMarket blog (and a paid advert that ran this weekend in the print magazine), Sargent explains that he put his new pricing structure - which would see ebooks sold with flexible pricing, and retailers taking a set 30-percent commission - to Amazon the day after the iPad's launch, only to find that in apparent retaliation they swiftly pulled all print and electronic copies from the store before the CEO even had time to get back to his New York office.
The launch of the Apple iPad - and the iBooks ereading app - has kicked off an ebook war between Apple and Amazon, and it's hapless readers who are caught in the middle. According to an NYT report quoting an industry insider, Amazon have "temporarily" yanked Macmillan books - both physical and electronic - from their US store after the publisher demanded the retailer raise prices from $9.99 to $15, the same price Apple announced it would sell ebooks for.
Android was tipped as the open-source OS that could finally deliver true budget netbook-style devices - we're talking around the $100 mark, not the $200-plus - and Hivision had just the thing at CES 2010 earlier this month. Over at ARM Devices, Charbax has been reviewing the Hivision PWS700CA, a 7-inch netbook based on a 600MHz ARM926 processor that could feasibly come in under $100 to consumers.
HTC's 2010 smartphone roadmap may have skewed heavily toward Android, but that wasn't to say the company were planning to abandon Windows Mobile altogether. The first clear render of the HTC Trophy - a Windows Mobile 6.5 candybar with a 3-inch VGA capacitive touchscreen and a full QWERTY keyboard - has leaked, and despite the OS it looks to have potential.
Lenovo's ThinkPad range has a new baby brother, and while the company is now several generations through its IdeaPad netbooks, the ThinkPad X100e is the first CULV-style machine intended for mobile pros. It's an ambitious undertaking, certainly: can the company deliver the traditional build-quality, reliability and performance expected from a ThinkPad, along with the low price expected for an 11.6-inch ultraportable? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.
Google's Desktop Dock for the Nexus One went on sale earlier in the week, and one of the first units has arrived over at Android Community. While at $45 it's not a cheap accessory, it does have the added bonus of offering a straightforward way to output music from your phone through to external speakers.
Ugly. Sorry, but it's word-association-Friday here at SlashGear, and we're singularly uninspired by what's tipped to be the T-Mobile myTouch Slide, headed to the carrier in mid-May. Initially described as the hardware-keyboard version of the HTC Magic (aka myTouch 3G), Droiddeveloper's source delivered not only front and back shots of the Android handset but a few specifications too.
Nokia's decision to push Ovi Maps into the limelight looks like it could have had a nasty knock-on effect, at least if you're a Nav4All user. The multi-platform navigation company has announced that it is being forced to go offline by the end of the month, after mapping data provider NAVTEQ declined to extend their licence agreement. While no reason was given for the decision, Nav4All do discretely point out Nokia's 100-percent ownership of NAVTEQ.
Considering its seemingly consumer focus, the amount of time Apple spent discussing the newly fettled iWork suite for the iPad tablet seemed a little incongruous. According to Apple Insider's sources, however, that's all part of a plan to drive business sales of the tablet; they reckon Apple are preparing to add in direct network printing from iPad apps, as well the ability to access shared files from a local file server.