Kindle DX – Amazon’s New Addition to the Kindle Family

Amazon announced today the new Kindle DX. It will be released this summer and can be pre-order now for US$$489. You can read hands-on on Engadget.com (and from the pressconference) and on Gizmondo.com.

The next paragraphs are copy$paste from Amazon.com:

We’re excited to introduce the Amazon Kindle DX, Amazon’s new addition to the Kindle family, available for pre-order today!

With a beautiful large screen, Kindle DX’s display is ideal for a broad range of reading material, including graphic-rich books, PDFs, newspapers, magazines and blogs.  Kindle DX’s display is two and a half times the size of the Kindle display. Whether you’re reading the latest bestseller or a financial report, text and images are amazingly sharp on the 9.7-inch screen.  The ultimate travel companion, Kindle DX is as thin as a magazine and holds up to 3,500 books (vs. 1,500 on the Kindle), newspapers, magazines and documents. No longer pick and choose which books and documents fit in your carry-on. With Kindle DX’s native PDF support, you can have your personal and professional libraries always with you. In addition to the new large display format and incredible storage capacity, the Kindle DX also boasts an Auto-Rotating Screen which auto-rotates from portrait to landscape as you turn the device so you can view full-width maps, graphs, tables, and Web pages.

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Kindle DX Features

  • Slim: Just over 1/3 of an inch, as thin as most magazines
  • Carry Your Library: Holds up to 3,500 books, periodicals, and documents
  • Beautiful Large Display: 9.7” diagonal e-ink screen reads like real paper; boasts 16 shades of gray for clear text and sharp images
  • Auto-Rotating Screen: Display auto-rotates from portrait to landscape as you turn the device so you can view full-width maps, graphs, tables, and Web pages
  • Built-in PDF Reader: Native PDF support allows you to carry and read all of your personal and work documents on the go
  • Wireless: 3G wireless lets you download books right from your Kindle DX, anytime, anywhere; no monthly fees, service plans, or hunting for Wi-Fi hotspots
  • Books in Under 60 Seconds: You get free wireless delivery of books in less than 60 seconds; no PC required
  • Long Battery Life: Read for days without recharging
  • Read-to-Me: With the text-to-speech feature, Kindle DX can read newspapers, magazines, blogs, and books out loud to you, unless the book’s rights holder made the feature unavailable
  • Big Selection, Low Prices: Over 275,000 books; New York Times Best Sellers and New Releases are only $9.99, unless marked otherwise
  • More Than Books: U.S. and international newspapers including the New York Times and Wall Street Journal, magazines including The New Yorker and Time, plus popular blogs, all auto-delivered wirelessly

Next is two videoes taken from Engadget.com.

Retro Gamer #63

Retro Gamer issue 63 is out (well it have been for a while). And this is what you can read:

  • Back To the Eighties – February 1987
  • Back To the Nineties – October 1991
  • History In Your Hands
  • Why You Must Play… Rygar: The Legendary Adventure
  • Manic Miner – The Lost Levels
  • The Making of… Joust
  • Retroinspection: Game Boy
  • The Making of… Night Trap
  • From the Archives: Revolution Software
  • The Making of… Bounty Strikes Back!
  • The Classic Game – Skool Daze
  • In the Chair With… Archer MacLaean
  • The Making of… Stardust

You can buy Retro Gamer from Imagineshop.co.uk.

Amazon.co.uk: Best selling DVD & Blu-ray movies – Sunday May 3rd, 2009

Here is the topp selling Blu-ray and DVD movies on Amazon.co.uk as of Sunday May 3rd, 2009.

Top 10 – DVD

  1. Australia
  2. State Of Play : Complete BBC Series 1 [2003]
  3. Twilight – 2 Disc Special Edition
  4. The Inbetweeners
  5. Mamma Mia!
  6. Quantum of Solace
  7. The Wire : Complete HBO Season 1
  8. Cranford : Complete BBC Series
  9. The Wire: Complete HBO Season 5
  10. Ashes to Ashes: Complete BBC Series 1

Top 10 – Blu-ray

  1. Planet Earth: Complete BBC Series
  2. King Kong
  3. Sin City – 2-Disc Edition
  4. Australia
  5. Quantum of Solace
  6. The Dark Knight (2 Discs)
  7. Chronicles of Riddick
  8. X-Men Trilogy
  9. I, Robot
  10. The Forbidden Kingdom

Amazon.com: Best selling Blu-ray & DVD – Sunday May 3rd, 2009

Here is the best selling DVD and Blu-ray movies on Amazon.com as of Sunday May 3rd, 2009.

Top 10 – DVD

  1. Jillian Michaels – 30 Day Shred
  2. Twilight (Two-Disc Special Edition)
  3. Slumdog Millionaire
  4. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  5. Caprica
  6. Angel: Seasons 1-5 (Collectors Set)
  7. The Concerts
  8. True Blood: The Complete First Season (HBO Series) [pre-order, May 19]
  9. Jillian Michaels: Banish Fat, Boost Metabolism
  10. Marley and Me (Single-Disc Edition)

Top 10 – Blu-ray

  1. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  2. Star Trek: The Original Series – Season 1
  3. Incredible Hulk
  4. Star Trek: Original Motion Picture Collection (The Motion Picture / The Wrath of Kahn / The Search for Spock / The Voyage Home / The Final Frontier / The … Captains Summit Bonus Disc)
  5. Taken [pre-order, May 12]
  6. Quantum of Solace
  7. Underworld: Rise of the Lycans
  8. Planet Earth – The Complete BBC Series
  9. Sin City
  10. X-Men Trilogy (X-Men / X2: X-Men United / X-Men: The Last Stand)

How to record video from Xbox 360, PS3 and Wii


I’ve made a lot of YouTube videos recorded from gameplay. And from time to time, I’ve been asked how I get so good quality on my videos. I will try to answer that in this post.

You probably already have a device for recording video; a camcorder, digital compact camera, cellphone or a DVD recorder.

When you record from Xbox 360, PS3 and Nintendo Wii, in most cases you will only be able to record in SD. But that is more than enough for putting the video up on YouTube.

I will go through the different method I’ve used to record video gameplay.

DVD recorder/TV-card

This is the best option if you want to record from Xbox 360, PS3, and the Nintendo Wii. If you have an internal TV-card or a USB-stick of some kind, you will get the records directly on your PC ready for editing. But I actually prefer my DVD recorder since I think that better visual quality. I have to copy the recording over to DVD and rip it on the PC. It’s a bit more work (not much though), and I think it’s worth it.

If you can, record from S-video instead of composite video. It will give you a much clearer picture. For some strange reasons, S-video is not enabled in the European Wii.

Camcorder

I have an “old” DV-camcorder. I’v mostly used this for record DS and PSP gameplay. And it works very well. If you record from the TV screen, it can result in flicker. The PSP-2000 have video out, but you can’t record gameplay from it since it only output gameplay in progressive scan (not interlaced). Tha’s why a camcorder will work very well for the PSP.

 To get a good and steady recording, use a tripod.

Cellphone

Many cellphones are able to record video, and many in VGA-resolution (640 x 480). Remember to hold the phone still. A shaky camera is not fun to watch on YouTube or anywhere else.

Digital compact camera

If you got a relative new camera, they make OK videoes. I got a 4 year old camera recording in 320 x 240 in MPEG-1. Well, it’s not good to watch.

Record in HD

There is actually one option that I know of which let you record in HD, the Hauppauge HD PVR. It will let you record in 1080i with component cables. That will give you a great video quality for you Xbox 360, PS3 and Wii recording. Well, Wii only support 480p, but the quality will be much better. This device will also let you record video from PSP in 480p.

When you have recorded your video, you use your prefered video editor to edit the video and make it ready for upload to YouTube.

 Compare different video sources

I made a video which will show you how the end result are when you compare the same video shot with a DV-camera, a cellphone and using a DVD-recorder.

OK, so this was not an in-depth guide or tutorial, but I hope it give you an idea of how you can record gamevideoes with good quality.

WiiWare, Virtual Console & DSiWare – Europe – Friday May 1st, 2009

This week, Europe finaly got Dr. Mario on DSiWare. I will get that game. Here is all the new games on DSiWare, WiiWare and Virtual Console in Europe on Friday May 1st, 2009.

Galaxy Force II
Mega Drive – 1991 by Sega – shooter - 1 player – 800 points – age 7+

Bit.Trip Beat
WiiWare – 01/05/2009 – Aksys Games – arcade – 1-4 players – 600 points – age 3+

A Little Bit of… Magic Made Fun: Funny Face
DSiWare – 01/05/2009 by Nintendo – magic tricks – 1 player – 200 points – age 3+

A Little Bit of… Dr. Mario
DSiWare – 01/05/2009 by Nintendo – puzzle – 1 player – 500 points – age 3+