Amazon's Kindle 2.5 firmware update is finally filtering out into the wild, with at least one unit - a Kindle DX - getting the new software. Engadget reader Andreas is the lucky owner; his device can now share passages with social networks like Facebook and Twitter, as well as have multiple ebooks organised into various Collections.
Amazon have announced a new firmware build for their Kindle ereader, currently in private beta, which adds social network sharing, improved ebook organisation tools and more. Kindle Version 2.5 will be released for both the Kindle and larger Kindle DX models in late May 2010; one of the headline features is the ability to share book passages on Facebook and Twitter directly from the Kindle itself.
Try holding the iPad out in front of you for any significant length of time and you'll likely discover that Apple's tablet doubles as a decent arm exercise as well as a tactile, multitouch marvel. We've already seen one budget alternative - crafting a DIY stand from the packaging the iPad ships in - but unsurprisingly there's a growing market for third-party holders. On the SlashGear desk today is the Luxa2 H4 iPad Holder; check out the full review after the cut.
It's Wednesday. And interestingly enough, we're probably not the only ones considering today "the day before." The day before what? Well, it's the day before we get to fire up our legendary, homegrown liveblogging system again. We'll be at the iPhone OS 4.0 event, and hopefully you'll join us as we detail what's going down with the latest software update from Cupertino. Until then, we've got tonight's Daily Slash. As we go forth, we'll look into the best of the best in the R3 Media's network. And in the dredge net, we've got the most notorious eReader rumored to make a retail appearance soon, and we have Nintendo telling the world that the iPad isn't for gaming. Then we've got lightsabers that will save your from the dark. And finally, a cellphone that goes way out of its way to be ridiculous.
Amazon's hiding of serial port connections inside the Kindle isn't a new discovery, but adding a Bluetooth module to it is. Tinkerer Darron cracked open his Kindle DX and snapped his way through enough plastic to fit in a SparkFun Bluetooth Mate module; that means he can wirelessly connect to the Kindle DX to get a serial terminal on the ereader.
Amazon have announced a software development platform for their Kindle ebook reader, which will allow developers to create "active content" for the E Ink device. The Kindle Development Kit (KDK) is set to go into limited beta in February 2010, and will include programming interfaces, tools and documentation together with a Kindle Simulator, capable of mimicking both the regular and DX models on PC, Mac and Linux systems.
Amazon was pushing heavily for a while to get the Kindle eReader into the hands of students who could use it for textbooks rather than buying and toting around the hoards of books that go with being in school. Amazon ran afoul of blindness organizations who complained the device was not accessible to the blind.
Back at the launch of the Kindle Global Edition, Amazon confirmed that the Kindle DX would be receiving a similar GSM 3G update sometime in 2010. Someone at Amazon's website team obviously got prematurely itchy fingers, as a (dead) link for the Amazon Kindle DX Global Wireless Edition was spotted at the top of the company's site earlier today.
Amazon have announced an incoming update for their Kindle ebook reader, which will add an audible menu system so that blind users will better be able to navigate the device and play back audio books. The update will also add a seventh font size, which will be double the scale of the current largest font on the Kindle. The changes come in response to positive feedback from blind and partially-sighted users.
Among some of the most important things that the world may never know are exactly how many licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie pop and exactly how many Kindles Amazon is selling. Amazon won’t offer a firm number of units sold but has announced that the Kindle has broken its sales record.