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  • How The Big 5 Publishers Hobbled The Amazon Unlimited Launch

    How The Big 5 Publishers Hobbled The Amazon Unlimited Launch

    Amazon Unlimited was dubbed the Netflix of books. That is correct as long as you imagine a Netflix consisting of an endless array of low-budget indie releases and some major small-studio films. In truth, Amazon’s new $9.99 all-you-can-read service features no books by “big 5″ trade publishers, an issue on which Amazon has remained mum. I’ve asked Amazon for… Read More

  • 30cm: The world's biggest cell phone strap is a cute husky

    30cm: The world's biggest cell phone strap is a cute husky

    Japanese telecommunications giant SoftBank is currently running a summer marketing campaign [JP], using gift certificates, coupons and (almost certainly) the biggest cell phone strap on the planet to attract customers. The strap, a stuffed husky standing 30cm tall, is limited to 30,000 units. Read More

  • World’s biggest atlas weighs 70 pounds, costs $3500

    World’s biggest atlas weighs 70 pounds, costs $3500

    The holidays are fast approaching and if you’re looking for great stocking-stuffer ideas, don’t forget about this $3,500 atlas that weighs almost 70 pounds. It’s simply called "Earth" — 576 pages, 154 maps, and 800 photos along with four six-feet by four-feet fold-outs make up the contents of what Millennium House, the book’s publisher, is calling… Read More

  • The Vigor Colossus desktop powerhouse PC: it's as manly as it sounds

    The Vigor Colossus desktop powerhouse PC: it's as manly as it sounds

    Those of us in the prestigious pro blogging field could probably get by with a Newton for all the processing power we use (or even a MacBook Air in a pinch), but not everyone is so modest in their needs. Developers, CG artists, and HD video editors need an insane amount of cycles to do their work, and they probably don’t care if their rig costs over seven thousand dollars. I… Read More

  • WSJ: Google to announce wireless spectrum bid today

    WSJ: Google to announce wireless spectrum bid today

    Google could announce its intention to bid on that sweet, unused spectrum as early as later today, according to the WSJ. We’ve all pretty much assumed Google was going to do so, especially in light of Android, but at least we now have a date. The auction is scheduled to take place on January 24 and the FCC imposed a December 3 deadline for companies to announce their intention to… Read More

  • Technovision's 205-inch LCD TV: How Big is Too Big?

    Technovision's 205-inch LCD TV: How Big is Too Big?

    TV obsessives take note: the fine folks at Technovision unveiled a 205-inch Luxio LCD TV at CeBIT. (And to think people were drooling over 108-inch TVs at CES earlier this year.) You may well need to move into a bigger house just to be able to fit all 8.3 x 15 feet of the TV. The Italian manufacturer didn’t specify how much the TV would cost, but I’m gonna take a wild guess and… Read More