After inadvertent unveiling, Amazon’s new Kindle Paperwhite is up for pre-order

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Amazon’s latest Kindle Paperwhite appeared briefly in a product page this morning, but swiftly disappeared. Soon enough, however, a pre-order page popped up for it on both the UK and US storefronts. The price remains constant, at £109/$139 for the base WiFi model without special offers, but for your dosh you’ll get a screen with even higher contrast and less reflectivity, GoodReads integration, a 25% faster processor and a 19% increase in touch sensitivity thanks to a tighter touch grid. What remains the same from the original model that we reviewed earlier this year is everything else, including 8 weeks of battery life with typical reading and wireless connectivity disabled and the best dedicated e-reader money can buy today. Orders placed today will ship from September 30th in the States and October 6th in the UK, while variants with free worldwide 3G connectivity are promised for early November. Continue reading →

МегаФон makes users compete to use the most data

МегаФон is definitely my kind of network…


Angry that your carrier put a cap on your data? Maybe you should move to beautiful Russia, where the data flows like caviar and carriers actually encourage people to hog more bandwidth.

That’s what Russian carrier MegaFon did. The company asked people to see how much data they could download on their 3G modems over the course of one week, according to Russian news site C News. The prize for using the most bandwidth: a $5,000 vacation.

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The winner of the trip downloaded a stunning 419 GB of data in seven days, a feat no doubt accomplished by much strenuous sitting and significant eye strain. MegaFon apparently covers 80% of northwestern Russia and handed out a grand total of 1 million rubles ($33,000) in prizes over the contest period between November 1, 2011 and January 31, 2012.


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