New Kindle Paperwhite Now Available For Preorder In UK, Germany & France

Amazon’s new E-reader, the Kindle Paperwhite is now available to preorder in the UK, Germany and France in both 3G and WiFi-only models. Shipping will commence on October 25th and demand is expected to be high with Amazon limiting orders to 2 per customer.

The latest E-reader from Amazon users E Ink’s latest e-paper display that comes with a front-lighting system making the screen clearly visible even in low-light conditions without the usual glare that you might get from a LCD or AMOLED tablet. You can see how the front-lighting system works in the video clip.

The Kindle Paperwhite is priced at £109 (WiFi-only) and £169 (WiFi & 3G) in the UK. In France and Germany it will set you back €129 and €189 respectively.

The Kindle Paperwhite release in the US was considered a success and shipping estimates soon stretched out by almost 6 weeks. The addition of Amazon’s Kindle Owners’ Lending Library to the UK, Germany and France will no doubt mean that demand for the item increases. Continue Reading

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European Launch Of Amazon Kindle Owners’ Lending Library To Take Place In October

Amazon has confirmed that European Kindle owners will now be able to borrow books from the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library once it is launched later in October.

The US version was launched in November of 2011 and allows Amazon Prime subscribers access to a wide range of books available to borrow on their Kindle devices. Subscribers can borrow up 1 book a month but there is no limit on how long this book can be kept on the device. Becoming a prime subscriber in the UK costs £49 each year and you will obviously need a Kindle device, the cost is similar in France and Germany.

Amazon claims that the library has more than 200,000 titles for subscribers to choose from. They come in a wide range with things like local-language ebooks as well as bestsellers like the Harry Potter series.

Publishers and authors will be pleased to hear that the Kindle Direct Publishing Platform will support Kindle Owners’ Lending Library inclusion too. The KDP Select fund – which pays out royalties to the authors for each book borrowed, has been injected with funds to support the predicted increase in demand. In October the fund was dramatically increased from $100,000 to a whopping $700,000 and Amazon say another increase is on the cards for November.

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Japanese Researchers Create Robot That Can Recreate Complex Calligraphy Symbols

A research group from the Keio University in Japan has created a robot that can mimic complex calligraphy symbols, storing the movements, pressure and speed with which they are made and then recreating them.

The team was led by Seiichiro Katsura who hopes that this intelligent robot will enable skills to be learnt more efficiently.

In the video we see a veteran calligraphy master create a complex symbol, by steering the machine. The robot stores this information and then can recreate it without the guiding hand using the Motion Copy system. Continue Reading

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Tragic YouTube Clip Where Suicide Teen Elaborates On Horrific Bullying

15-year-old Vancouver teenager, Amanda Todd, posted this tragic YouTube video where she explains the horrific bullying she experienced before taking her own life.

Todd explains that the bullying started when she was in 7th grade, when made the silly mistake of flashing her breasts to someone she was talking to on a webcam.

The guy took a screenshot of the topless youngster and threatened that unless she did a ‘show’ for him, those images would reach everyone she knew. Continue Reading

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Rumors Rife That Apple Will Unveil ‘iPad Mini’ On October 23rd

Rumors are rapidly circling the tech community that Apple plan to unveil their ‘iPad Mini’ at the invitation-only event taking place on October 23rd.

AllThingsD reports that despite the apparent hush about the product, which caused some people to believe that it’s unveiling would be delayed until later in the year, Apple will be introducing it at the event that takes place in less than 2 weeks.

Apple’s event breaks with recent tradition a little, taking place on a Tuesday instead of a Wednesday (like previous Apple events of this nature) and it will take place just 3 days prior to Microsoft’s new Surface tablet’s street date. No doubt that the Microsoft lot won’t be too happy about this news! Continue Reading

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DeLorean DNA For The Avid Time Traveler

If you are going to go back to the future then you are obviously going to need an accurate watch. Imagine the consequences of getting the time wrong and ending up stuck in a worm hole or even worse – the 1930s!

So Back To The Future Fanatics with deep pockets will be pleased to hear about this snazzy new watch from artist/watchmaker Romain Jerome the DeLorean DNA. Costing a cool $15,900 Jerome uses actual pieces of metal from the DeLorean DMC-12 car to make the watch, that is of course the model made famous by time-travelling duo Marty McFly and Doc Brown!

The DeLorean DNA watch is very limited edition, with only 81 units produced, so if you want one, we suggest you move quickly! Unless of course you have already mastered the art of time travel in which case you can just go back to the time before they sold out and pick up this unique timepiece!!

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Hitman Absolution Trailer Gets The Claycat Treatment

Lee Hardcastle has given the trailer for Hitman Absolution the Claycat treatment and in an incredibly strange way it really works! Watch as those ruthless felines grab their weapons and undertake a bloody mission of graphic violence.

I must say there is something really fascinating about watching cute, little clay kitteh’s blow each other’s brains out! I think they should make a version of the game in this style, I’m sure there is enough people out there who would want to play a shoot-em-up starring claycats as cutthroat, gun-toting assassins!

See the original ultra-violent trailer below.Continue Reading

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Baumgartner’s Stratosphere Dive Delayed Again

Felix Baumgartner leaves his capsule after his mission was aborted due to high winds

Austrian daredevil skydiver Felix Baumgartner’s attempt to become the first person to break the sound barrier unaided by a vehicle by jumping from an altitude of 120,000 ft has been postponed again.

Windy weather has kept Baumgartner and the Red Bull Stratos team grounded, as the third scheduled attempt was postponed on Thursday. The team is now hoping to attempt the record breaking, death-defying attempt on Sunday 14th October.

Red Bull Stratos spokeswoman Sarah Anderson said: “Sunday is looking like an option.”

Baumgartner will travel to an altitude of 120,000 feet in a pressurized capsule attached to a 55-story helium balloon that is incredibly thin. The 30-million-cubic-foot balloon is very delicate and to successfully launch winds cannot be stronger than 2mph.

Interesting Fact: The balloon is about one-tenth the thickness of a standard Ziploc bag…Madness!

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Responsible Parenting: Guy Modifies Pram To Do 50mph!!

New dad Colin Furze, (who already holds the record for creating the world’s fastest mobility scooter) decided his young son Jake’s baby carriage just didn’t do the kind of speeds he needed and so he modified it, turning it into the Mega Pram!!

The Mega Pram has 125cc motorbike engine between the wheels, 10 horsepower and 4 gears. Furze stands on a platform and uses the controls to whiz around in his Baby-Racer!!

Check out the video clip to see what the Mega Pram is really capable of, no mom’s with their shopping bags will be overtaking this thing anytime soon, I can tell you that much for nothing.

However, we do have it on good authority that Furze doesn’t actually take his newborn son out in the Mega Pram because we think his wife Charlotte would murder him in his sleep if he did.

Too bad, darting around in this Mega Pram would’ve made Jake the coolest kid in playgroup!

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The Scary Beautiful Heels: Perfect For An Authentic Halloween Zombie Shuffle

These weirdly intriguing heels are a collaboration project by Dutch artist Leanie van der Vyver and Dutch shoe designer René van den Berg.

Looking like something you see in the closet of a circus stilt-walker, the shoe has a reverse heel that the front of the foot and start of the shin is leaned against. The back of the foot is supported by what looks like the front part of a traditional shoe. Sounds confusing I know, but the video should make my awkward description seem that bit clearer!

They are aesthetically pleasing in a very strange and bizarre manner but the thought of putting your feet into them and attempting to walk is enough to fill you with dread and fear. Continue Reading

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