I recently proclaimed the dangers of vendor lock-in in the nascent e-book reader market, so I was delighted this week to see Sony take a very positive step in this direction: The company has announced plans to support the ePub standard in its own eBook Store.
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Apple announced on Monday that it has sold more than 1 million iPhone 3GS models since they went on sale on Friday, June 19. The announcement also garnered the first public comment from Apple CEO Steve Jobs in a while. Jobs has been on a leave of absence since January to deal with lingering health issues. "Customers are voting and the iPhone is winning. With over 50,000 applications available from Apple's revolutionary App Store, iPhone momentum is stronger than ever," said Jobs in a statement.
Samsung on Tuesday introduced four new members of its SL series of point-and-shoot digital cameras, with prices ranging from US$99.99 to $279.99. They'll roll out in March and May.
Epson on Thursday introduced its newest 24-inch and 44-inch Stylus Pro inkjets. The Stylus Pro 7900 and Stylus Pro 9900 cost US$3,995 and $5,995, respectively, and will be available in November.
H2O Audio on Tuesday introduced the iDive 300, a new iPod case made for scuba divers. The iDive 300 costs US$349.99.
Netgear announced the release of its ReadyNAS Pro Gigabit Desktop Storage system, with six drive bays. The new ReadyNAS Pro is available starting at US$2000.
Apple has posted details of a new service programme for MacBook Pro laptops affected by a flaw involving Nvidia graphics chips. It's also offering to reimburse customers who have already paid for a fix.
Kingston Technologies is shipping a 32GB version of its DataTraveler 150 USB flash drive. The DT150 costs US$139.
Quark has introduced Quark Publishing System 8, QuarkCopyDesk8 and QuarkXPress Server 8--new versions of its suite of enterprise software for businesses that base their page layout and publishing workflow around QuarkXPress 8. Quark Publishing System 8 will be available in the fourth calendar quarter of 2008.
Xerox has introduced two new desktop multifunction laser printers -- the Phaser 3300MFP and WorkCentre 4260MFP. They're priced at US$599 and $2,999, respectively.
Sony 's ICF-CD3iP is a CD clock radio with a hidden dock for iPhone an iPods equipped with dock connectors. It features a large liquid crystal display, and will charge the battery of an iPod or iPhone sitting in the dock. A remote control provides access to the device's music functions. It supports CD-R/RW playback and also has a digital AM/FM tuner. It goes on sale later this month for about US$100.
Blizzard Entertainment on Monday announced that the newest expansion pack for World of Warcraft, entitled Wrath of the Lich King, will be in stores on Nov. 13, 2008. The expansion pack will cost US$39.99.
Western Digital (WD) announced in the US that it's shipping its Scorpion Blue 500GB 2.5-inch hard disk drive.
VMware reports that its Fusion software for Macintoshes is being used by scientists at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, creators of the Large Hadron Collider.
Rejoice, long-suffering iPhone users -- Apple has announced an update to the software that operate their iPhone and iPod touch. A free upgrade from 2.0, iPhone 2.1 software is expected to be released on Friday, September 12, 2008.
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