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Amazon cave: Publishers can disable Kindle 2 text-to-speech

Amazon cave: Publishers can disable Kindle 2 text-to-speech

After incurring the wrath of the seemingly ever-furious Authors' Guild, Amazon have backtracked on the Kindle 2's text-to-speech functionality by giving publishers, not users, the right to decide whether an ebook is read out loud or not.  While still maintaining that the feature is legal, Amazon suggest that rightsholders will "be more comfortable with the text-to-speech feature if they are in the driver's seat."

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LG Versa gets official on Verizon: $199.99 on March 1st

LG Versa gets official on Verizon: $199.99 on March 1st

LG's detachable QWERTY touchscreen feature-phone, the LG Versa, has been officially announced for Verizon Wireless.  Available March 1st 2009, the Verizon LG Versa has a 3-inch 480 x 240 touchscreen, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR and EV-DO Rev.A; however its most striking feature is the included case, which has a built-in QWERTY keyboard and, on the outside, a 0.94-inch 56 x 120 monochrome OLED display used for Caller ID, phone status and displaying the time.

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Kindle 2 text-to-speech angers Author’s Guild

Kindle 2 text-to-speech angers Author’s Guild

The Amazon Kindle 2's text-to-speech feature - which reads out ebooks on the device - probably isn't the best way to lull your kids off to sleep, being as it's a very obviously computer-generated voice.  However if the Author's Guild has its way, it won't even be around to distract you when your eyes get tired: the Guild is claiming that by including text-to-speech functionality, Amazon are impinging on audio book copyright.

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Sprint Motorola i365IS ‘Intrinsically Safe’ rugged cellphone

Sprint Motorola i365IS ‘Intrinsically Safe’ rugged cellphone

Sprint have announced the Motorola i365IS, where the "IS" stands for "Intrinsically Safe".  According to Sprint, the i365IS "is incapable of releasing sufficient electrical or thermal energy to ignite fuel and cause a fire or explosion" and is safe to use in areas containing flammable gasses, vapors or dust.  Personally, I'd like any cellphone I use to be incapable of exploding, but maybe that's too much to ask.  As well as promising not to go supernova in your front pocket, the i365IS has push-to-talk (PTT), military-spec ruggedization and Bluetooth.

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World’s Fastest GPU Sapphire ATOMIC HD 4870 X2 gets liquid-cooled by Asetek

World’s Fastest GPU Sapphire ATOMIC HD 4870 X2 gets liquid-cooled by Asetek

The high performance yet ultra quiet ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2 was the result of Asetek’s closed loop liquid cooling system which utilized workstation-thermal technology over PC. It enables much-faster clocks speeds to improve GPU overall performance while manage to improve heat transfer with its low-noise liquid cooler system. Asetex has announced the same cooling system has been chosen by SAPPHIRE Technology for its latest ATOMIC HD 4870 X2 ultra high performance single-slot video card.

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SanDisk Sansa Clip 8GB PMP announced

SanDisk Sansa Clip 8GB PMP announced

SanDisk has updated its Sansa Clip PMP with 8GB of storage, doubling the maximum capacity available.  The Clip still has a small color OLED display and weighs just 0.9oz, with the rechargeable battery good for up to 15hrs continuous playback.  A removable clip - which obviously gives the Sansa its name - can be used to attach the PMP to belts, bags or purses.

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