Weekend tech reading: 7" Amazon Kindle Tablet coming for $250

By on September 4, 2011, 4:05 PM

Amazon's Kindle Tablet is very real. I've seen it, played with it It's called simply the "Amazon Kindle". But it’s not like any Kindle you've seen before. It displays content in full color. It has a 7-inch capacitive touch screen. And it runs Android. Rumors of Amazon making a full-fledged tablet device have persisted for a while. TechCrunch

AMD Fusion Black Edition APUs will come in 2 flavours Speaking with people inside Intel, they are sure that if AMD could produce more product -- the company would represent much more of a threat. Right now, Intel engineers are working overtime on drivers and gaming support. Reason? Fusion. And there’s more to follow. KitGuru

Cyborg insects generate power for their own neural control A piezoelectric beam attached to a Green June Beetle reveals the optimum location to scavenge energy and shows that up to 115 µW total power can be generated from the insect’s body movements. Image credit: Aktakka, et al. Physorg

Driver dev defends Ubi DRM, online pass Ubisoft has "every right" to use DRM to protect PC games from "utterly unbelievable" levels of piracy, Driver: San Francisco developer Ubisoft Reflections told Eurogamer. "You have to do something," studio founder Martin Edmonson declared. EuroGamer

WikiLeaks publishes full cache of unredacted cables WikiLeaks has published its full archive of 251,000 secret US diplomatic cables, without redactions, potentially exposing thousands of individuals named in the documents to detention, harm or putting their lives in danger. The Guardian

Mac OS X install base grows to over 6% worldwide, 13% in the US The latest tracking data from NetMarketShare shows Mac OS X has been steadily climbing the global charts, seeing its share rise from 5.60% in May to 5.67% and 5.96%, in June and July, respectively. AppleInsider

Lost iPhone 5: Bernal Heights man says visitors impersonating police searched his home A Bernal Heights man says that six officials claiming to be San Francisco Police officers questioned him and searched his family's home in July for a lost iPhone 5 prototype... SFWeekly

Weak typing - the lost art of the keyboard The keyboard is still the predominant way we interact with a computer. Voice input, touch screens and even whole body gestural input may be on the increase but most of us still type our commands or data into the machine. I Programmer

In classroom of future, stagnant scores Amy Furman, a seventh-grade English teacher here, roams among 31 students sitting at their desks or in clumps on the floor. They’re studying Shakespeare’s "As You Like It" -- but not in any traditional way. NY Times

Microtransactions under the microscope For our usual Design Dojo meeting last night, we discussed the pros and perils of microtransactions and the free-to-play business model. It was a fascinating discussion... Graham Jans

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