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Hey everyone and welcome to another edition of Tuesday Tech Talk. We got some tech news to cover and a product review, so let's dive right into things.
HP Chooses USB 3.0 over Thunderbolt
Further proof that HP is not an innovator as they have chosen USB 3.0 over Thunderbolt despite the fact that Thunderbolt is at least twice as fast as USB 3.0 and can support multiple devices from displays to hard drives.
PlayStation Network at Risk Still
According to a gaming website, the Sony PlayStation Network may have a security hole in terms of a passwords being hacked and changed on accounts. As you recall the PSN was down for weeks after its network came under an attack a month ago. So beware if you have a PSN account.
DirecTV rolling out an RVU Server in October
DirecTV has announced it has started to field test RVU units and will deploy them in October nationwide. What that does is allow you to watch any TV in the house without a set-top box for your TV. DISH Network does use a single set-top box for the whole house, but an RVU unit means no box is needed for any particular TV.
Verizon Ending Unlimited Data Plan?
Kind of heard this in the past and now it is rearing its head again. Verizon may end the unlimited data plan this summer. AT&T ditched theirs last year and a move by Verizon could have a big effect on the rest of the cellular industry in terms of data plans. They are also in the process of rolling out additional LTE markets in June so this may be a good news-bad news spin from Verizon.
Ad-Supported Kindle selling Big!
Amazon's Special Offers Kindle is now the top selling item in the Electronic... of the Amazon store. The WiFi only model sells for $114, $25 cheaper than the regular non-ad supported WiFI only model. It has helped Amazon to actually sell more e-books than printed books on its site in addition to the Kindle app on iOS and Android devices.
Which brings me to my product review. It has been a while since I have done a product review here on Tuesday Tech Talk. But I am really loving my Amazon Kindle, it was a gift from my wife for hitting a weight loss of 20 pounds. I like how light it is, it is like holding a paperback book basically and since it has no backlight, you can read a book for hours without any discomfort to the eyes.
Of course it is great to read in direct sunlight as well and yes as an Apple fanboy, I must admit the commercial ad is accurate in this regard. I choose to read all my e-book content on my Kindle now, also since I have the Kindle app on my iPad and iPhone, all the titles synced over to my Kindle.
I have the Special Offers model and it just has a small banner at the bottom of the screen on the home page and the screensaver will display ads but neither is an issue for me, I don't spend a lot of time on the home screen and the screensaver I hardly ever see.
Another feature I love is the ability to share sections of a book to Facebook and Twitter. I did this several times when I read Always an Angel by Tim Salmon which is the first book I bought on my Kindle and finished on my Kindle, pretty much all my other books on the Kindle, I owned previously. I also read the Austin American-Statesman newspaper on it and it is delivered to my Kindle each day. The battery life is incredible on it, I can go days without having to charge it, maybe weeks but I haven't owned it that long to see.
So if you are looking for an e-book reader, I can't recommend the Kindle enough, it is just a perfect reading device!
Well, that is going to do it for this edition of Tuesday Tech Talk. See you all next week for another edition of tech news and make sure to stop by later this week for AppleTalk Thursday and Googling Friday.