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…It’s Things Thursday: Amazon Kindle 2?

Amazon Kindle 2

Amazon’s Kindle brought the eBook to the masses, and with the Kindle 2, they’re hoping an evolution of the design will help even more people discover the convenience of digital reading.

At just over 1/3 of an inch thick, and weighing in at just 10.2 ounces, it’s much smaller and lighter than you would expect, and with free 3G wireless connectivity, you can enjoy a book whenever and wherever you happen to be.

The Kindle 2 also features a new display that can show up to 16 shades of gray, 25% longer battery life, enough storage for 1,500 books, 20% faster page turns, and even a new text-to-speech feature that reads your content to you if you’re feeling particularly lazy.

Since just about every blog in existence has already profiled and reviewed the Kindle 2, I thought I’d just gather together a few of their thoughts so that you can see what everyone thinks of this device:

Engadget: “It really does feel great in hand. The brushed metal back is great, the device is incredibly light and comfortable to hold, and the keyboard is fairly usable. We’re not convinced the five-way joystick is the best they possible could’ve worked into this space- a d-pad seems much more logical – but it’s responsive and comfortable enough to twiddle with for what it is.”

Gizmodo: “The overall handfeel is a lot nicer. While part of me loves the snowspeeder original, this just feels better in your hand, and it obviously looks a lot slicker. Though at the same time, that iPod-like slickness is a bit less daring than the original.”

CrunchGear: “The difference in size is absolutely the most striking aspect of the new Kindle. Text-to-Speech is cool, but this is day and night when it comes to size.”

Ars Technica: “Overall, I have to say that the Kindle 2 is a far superior device to the first iteration, and really shows an attention to detail that, based on the earlier device, it wasn’t clear that Amazon had in it. More significantly, perhaps, is the fact that the company has clearly made sensible fixes to many of the problems, which demonstrates a clear commitment to listening to its customers. The changes give me hope that, when the hardware’s ready, the remaining issues (primarily the keyboard and the small screen) will be fixed. It makes me anxious to see what’s in store for Kindle 3.”

[Amazon – Kindle 2]

…It’s Things Thursday: Mimobot Vimobot Design Contest?

Mimobot Vimobot Design Contest

The Mimobot Vimobot Design Contest (VDC) line of flash drives is the latest in their ever-growing collection of rather stylish storage options.

Featuring the Golden Panda, Cosmobot, Zombie Tiki God, Yakuza, Holybot, and mimoShroom, the VDC line is both beautiful and unique.

As always, each design is available in 1, 2, 4 and 8 GB sizes, and comes pre-loaded with the all-new mimoZine Issue 4.

If that’s not enough, check out some of the other entries from the Design Contest:

[Mimobot – Vimobot Design Contest]

…You can make your own Keyport?

Leatherman KEYman Keyport Hack

Sure, you could spend $300 on a Keyport to keep your keys in one convenient location, but with a little bit of clever modification to a Leatherman Micra, you can make your own flip out key storage gizmo that takes up less space, and impresses more with its DIY attitude.

Follow the link below for a step-by-step guide to making your own.

[Leatherman KEYman]

[Via: Toolmonger]

…Adobe Photoshop Express won’t replace Photoshop?

Adobe Photoshop Express

Adobe’s newly launched Photoshop Express is a very beautiful looking, though unfortunately feature poor online photo editing solution.

If you’re looking for an online Photoshop replacement, then this is not it; but if you’re looking to do some simple editing with the power of Adobe doing most of the work for you, then Photoshop Express might be just what you’ve been waiting for.

One of the coolest features is definitely the ability to take the app full screen (and by full screen, I mean FULL screen), allowing you to easily forget that you’re working in a web environment. The downside is that you’re still working in a web environment, so things slow down a bit when you’re doing processor heavy tasks.

Tools include the ability to crop and rotate, auto correct, adjust exposure, remove red-eye, tune various aspects of the image, and add certain effects that work well at times and terribly at others.

One benefit of using the service is that Adobe is providing 2 GB of complimentary storage for your photos so that you can save and share them right from the Photoshop Express app itself.

It’s definitely not perfect, but it is a good start, and worth checking out, so hop on over and see what they’ve got going on.

[Adobe Photoshop Express]

…Your car needs some DIY love?


If you’re the type of person who likes to DIY just about everything, then check out Lifehacker’s list of the Top 10 DIY Car Hacks.

Featuring everything from making your own storage space and cleaning your windshield to removing stains, scrapes and dings, it’s a good sampling of all the things that they don’t bother to teach you in driver’s ed.

[Lifehacker – Top 10 DIY Car Hacks]

[Photo Via: roxannejomitchell]