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Dishonored, Skylanders, Street Fighter next week on Amazon

Source: Joystiq

Amazon’s Black Friday deals are worth staying in. Amazon posted a list of  Deals for Monday, November 19 through Saturday, November 24, along with the approximate time the deals will be active.

Thursday and Friday are the big days, of course, with standout deals including Dishonored for $25, Skylanders Giants for $39, $200 PS3 and Xbox 360 bundles, and the far, far too tempting $100 price for the Street Fighter 25th Anniversary Collector’s Set.

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Is an Xbox 360 or PS3 a better media hub?

People don’t just use video game consoles to escape to a virtual reality world and fight bad guys. Modern systems connect users with other media platforms, to stream and enjoy different content all through one device.

Though the Xbox 360 is over seven years old and the PS3 will be six soon, both systems have recently seen new versions and improvements. These devices do have significant differences in how they connect and with regard to what content is available from each. Options are never a bad thing, as they allow users to decide which console offers a better experience.

Sports streaming

Microsoft found one of the biggest partners possible to bring sports to the Xbox 360 when it paired with ESPN in 2010. The downloadable app gives viewers access to ESPN 3 and live broadcasts from the sports network.

The PS3 may not be able to stream content from ESPN, but still features plenty of apps to watch some of the most popular sports including apps from the NBA, NHL and NFL on Sony’s console. Users may not be able to access highlights and recaps, but some may enjoy having more live games available.

Movies & TV

PS3’s can stream content from Hulu Plus, Amazon, and Netflix. The device also features a Blu-ray player, so movie lovers that don’t subscribe to any services can still watch their favorite films in the highest possible definition.

While the Xbox 360 might only have a DVD player, it matches the PS3’s services for streaming movies. Also, HBO Go is an Xbox Live exclusive, allowing any HBO subscriber to access the channel’s programming and movie library.

Games

Even though both systems use different hardware, gaming experiences are very similar, according to CNET. Considering that some of the most popular games, like the Madden football series and Call of Duty, are available on both, there isn’t a lot of space for the consoles to differentiate themselves.

Going online

The PlayStation Network is completely free, so PS3 users can access all of the device’s content as long as they have subscriptions to those services. Xbox Live requires a subscription, but it is discounted based on the length of a consumer’s plan.

Microsoft and Sony have added so many partners and services to their gaming consoles, making the decision between the two more difficult for shoppers. When you’re looking at a new media hub, what features attract you? Are ESPN and HBO reasons enough to buy an Xbox 360, or is the free PlayStation Network too budget-friendly to pass up?

Summary: People don’t just use video game consoles to escape to a virtual reality world and fight bad guys.

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The Limitations of the iPad Mini

The mixed feelings about the iPhone 5 has already brought Apple into an unlikely foray of uncertainly with just how much further the company can really go with their gadgets. Between the failed Apple Maps, which actually got bad enough for CEO Tim Cook to issue an apology about the poor performance of the program and the few differentiations from the former products, sales were high but popularity was questionable.

But everyone is beginning to move on to the next big Apple thing, which is the iPad Mini. This seven-inch tablet has been a focal point of gadget discussion for quite some time now, and some reports this weeks are causing a Mini-outrage concerning its connectivity. According to several reports, including one in in Cult of Mac, the iPad Mini is going to only have a WiFi connection.

This move is a big retrograde from iPads of the past, which did include 3G and 4G technologies. For all of the hype that is surrounding the iPad Mini, there doesn’t seem to be much of an advantage of acquiring one expect for the enhanced ease of carrying it around.

With its price expected to fall between the $200-250 range, it would seem that Apple is really just going for an “easy” iPad – one that is scaled back for those who don’t ask for much out of it in the first place. Prospective customers of the iPad Mini shouldn’t really be expecting much. Apart from its limited connectivity, the display is reported to be non-retina.

With all things considered, this writer does not really understand all of the attention being wasted on the iPad Mini. If enhanced ease in mobility is expected to be one of the main selling points, then that is not going to get very far when the connectivity is lacking. Sure, take the iPad Mini anywhere that you want, and use it anyway that you want…as long as there is internet connectivity around. In this day and age, a tablet is pretty much obsolete and maybe good for just gaming if there is no internet access.

Based on what has been learned about the iPad Mini, it serves as the equivalent of the iPod Shuffle. It roughly does the same functions, but with limited access and ease. Apple probably doesn’t have anything to worry about, since all of the attention has pretty much secured locked down sales already. The main market will surely be those who are interested in experiencing the basic interface of the iPad without having to spend the $400-500 to have it.

The probable high sales of the iPad Mini will serve as just another example of Apple’s master branding efforts. With the $200 price range, the Mini will be going against big guns like Google and Amazon and their more convenient tablets, but with Apple being Apple, the sights will be set on the Mini. If people are okay with primarily using it in a situated location with limited mobility, then the complaints should be at a minimum.

Kevin Abrahms is a tech writer and a frequent follower of Apple’s product efforts, as well as entertainment offers like Directv packages. If you have any thoughts on the iPad Mini, let us know below.

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Amazon.com Hiring Talented People

The eCommerce giant Amazon Inc is recruiting talented people. Amazon is getting lot of press on their new projects like Streaming Video, Amazon Lockers, Amazon Fresh. They are looking for Software Developers, Technical Program Managers, and Software Development Managers. Anyone who is interested in applying should fill out Amazon’s form and email it, along with their resume to dakottaa@amazon.com.

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Amazon launches Kindle store in India

SAN FRANCISCO: US e-commerce giant Amazon on Wednesday launched its Kindle Store in India, claiming to have the largest selection of any e-bookstore in the country.

The India Kindle Store offers over one million e-books, priced in Indian rupees, including 70 of the top selling editions.

“We are proud to launch this new Kindle store for Indian customers, offering Kindle book purchases in rupees and the ability to buy and read the work of many great Indian authors,” said Russ Grandinetti, vice president of Kindle content for Amazon.

The Kindle reader will be sold exclusively in Croma stores across India at an introductory price of Rs 6,999 (around $125).

“Kindle is the bestselling e-reader in the world and has revolutionized the way people read,” said Ajit Joshi, chief executive and managing director of Croma.

Customers may also download and read books on the iPad, iPod touch, iPhone, Mac, PC, and Android-based devices.

The India Kindle Store features new releases, best sellers and other works from a range of Indian authors, including Chetan Bhagat, Ashwin Sanghi, Ravinder Singh and Amish Tripathi.

Some exclusive Kindle books will be available and over one million classics can be downloaded for free.

Amazon also launched Kindle Direct Publishing for independent authors and publishers in India, allowing them to make their books available to customers worldwide on Kindle devices and reading apps.

Authors and publishers in India will be able to set prices specific for India and receive royalty payments in rupees.

Amazon has a number of Kindle stores for customers around the world in addition to its US store.

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Barnes & Noble cuts price of Nook tablets

Barnes & Noble Inc cut prices on three models of its Nook e-reader and tablet devices on Sunday, ahead of the peak of the back to school season and amid speculation that rival Amazon.com Inc is preparing to launch a new version of its Kindle Fire tablet.

Barnes & Noble, which has said the Nook has allowed it to win 27 per cent of the US e-books market, said it had slashed the retail price of its Nook tablet with 16 GB of memory to $199 from $249. Amazon is the market leader with about 60 per cent of e-book and e-reader sales.

The largest US bookstore chain also shaved $20 off its 8 GB version of the tablet to $179. Barnes & Noble lowered the price of its Nook Color by $20, bringing it to $149, the latest reduction for that model.

The new prices went into effect on Sunday. Despite the popularity of the Nook devices, Barnes & Noble has had to reduce the price of various versions on a number of occasions to compete with Amazon, which is believed to be preparing to launch a new version of its Kindle Fire tablet. The earlier price reductions cut into Barnes & Noble’s earnings.

The company, which has bet its future on staking a claim in the e-books industry, reported lower-than-expected revenue in the fourth quarter and said Nook revenue fell 10.5 per cent.

Signs at one Manhattan Barnes and Noble store already reflected the new prices on Sunday

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Google to include information from Gmail accounts in search results

Google’s Internet search engine is getting more personal by highlighting information drawn from its users’ Gmail accounts on its main results page.

The feature announced Wednesday marks Google’s latest attempt to deliver data that people are seeking more quickly as it tries to maintain the dominance of its lucrative Internet search engine.

Google Inc. is initially testing the feature with 1 million Gmail users who must sign up to participate.

Gmail’s more than 425 million users already can search within their e-mail accounts to find something they need, such as an order from Amazon.com or an airline reservation.

Now, Gmail users who join the trial will be shown a list of relevant e-mails on Google’s main search results page if the correspondence contains a word entered in a search request.

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E-books overtakes traditional paperbacks in UK

LONDON: Days of hardbound and paperback could soon end as e-books take over!

With growing popularity of virtual books which can be downloaded on book reading devices, the real paper books have taken a back seat, the ‘Daily Mail’ reported.

The online retailer ‘Amazon’ which started selling downloadable books in the UK in August 2010, has sold 114 internet book downloads for every 100 print books this year.

Amazon’s eReader devices, the Kindle range, have been a huge seller in Britain despite the fact consumers pay up to 70 per cent more than those in the USA.

“We hit this milestone in the United States less than four years after introducing Kindle, so to reach this landmark after just two years in the UK is remarkable and shows how quickly UK readers are embracing Kindle,” vice president of Kindle EU Jorrit Van der Meulen was quoted as saying.

“As a result of the success of Kindle, we’re selling more books than ever before on behalf of authors and publishers,” Meulen added.

However, this virtual success has been seen to be disastrous for independent book shops and are almost disappearing from most high streets.

On the other hand, this has proved to be a good move for authors who can publish their books on-line, get direct access to readers and earn a big share of the sale money for themselves.

The most popular downloads in the Kindle store so far this year have been the controversial Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy by the British writer EL James.

More than two million digital versions of the sexually charged novels were sold in just four months.

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Amazon launches Instant Video app for Apple’s iPad

Amazon.com Inc said on Wednesday it launched a video streaming and downloading application for Apple Inc’s iPad.

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Amazon drops free Gravity Rush in with Vita

We recommended Gravity Rush pretty enthusiastically. But we understand that not everyone has had a chance to play it, due to unfortunate factors like not owning it, and not owning a Vita to play it on.

That’s where Amazon comes in. Through August 4, any purchase of a Vita will qualify the buyer for a free copy of Gravity Rush. Amazon is also throwing in a screen cover, which you’d want anyway to keep the dangers of the world from reaching that precious screen.

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