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Engadget Podcast 207 – 07.31.2010

by Jon Cole in TechAugust 1st, 2010 @ 3:42 pm
Engadget Podcast

Amazon has finally pushed out the next big update to the Kindle, with the biggest change being the drop in price to $189 and the introduction of a Wi-Fi model at $139.  This brings up the whole e-reader debate once again and Josh is unwavering in his insistence than the iPad will present a better value proposition to most people, as a dedicated reading device isn’t universally desired.

Bloomberg has rumored that RIM is working on a Blackberry-inspired tablet called the BlackPad… yes, you read that terrible name right.  Much of the discussion is centered around the stupidity of the name and the somewhat unbelievable premise for this product, but Nilay maintains that RIM would truly be on the ball if they could be second to market with a serious attempt at an iPad competitor.

Apple is once again magically revolutionizing the consumer technology market with the Magic Trackpad and rechargeable AA batteries.  In all seriousness, Josh notes that this trackpad device is little more than that, which does little more than serve a niche market that prefers multitouch gestures over a mouse.

The show wraps up with the DMCA’s allowance of jailbreaking and Augen’s smartbook/tablet offerings (or lack thereof).

00:01:29 – New Amazon Kindle announced: $139 WiFi-only version and $189 3G model available August 27th in the US and UK
00:07:33 – Amazon sees e-book sales surpassing paper versions, has Mirasol technology in the Kindle labs
00:13:30 – RIM takes control of blackpad.com, laughter takes control of our minds
00:13:53 – RIM’s 9.7-inch Blackpad rumored for November launch — yes, Blackpad
00:14:22 – RIM and AT&T event next Tuesday — BlackBerry slider and OS 6 en route?
00:24:32 – Apple iMac line gets speedbumped, low-end gets a Core i3
00:25:57 – Apple Mac Pro line overhauled with 12 processing cores, arriving in August for $4,999
00:26:17 – Apple Magic Trackpad official, shipping now for $69
00:26:30 – Magic Trackpad review
00:28:45 – Apple Battery Charger gets official: a battery charger, only you know, better (update: hands-on)
00:33:45 – Apple issues Magic Trackpad drivers for OS X and Windows, updates MacBooks with new gesture support
00:34:50 – Library of Congress adds DMCA exception for jailbreaking or rooting your phone
00:36:50 – Did the Fifth Circuit just make breaking DRM legal? Not quite.
00:51:28 – Augen’s $99 GenBook smartbook preview
00:54:30 – Augen’s $150 Android tablet hits Kmart circular, coming to stores later this week

Runtime – 1:00:40

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