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[News] eReaders Run Linux, Helicopter Runs Linux, Chumby Too

  • Subject: [News] eReaders Run Linux, Helicopter Runs Linux, Chumby Too
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 28 Jun 2010 19:17:50 +0100
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eReaders and the Danger of a Price War

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| Last week, Barnes & Noble announced they 
| would cut the price on their wireless Nook 
| eReader, from $259 to $199 ($149 for a new 
| WiFi-only edition.)  Many thought this was 
| a good opportunity for the third place 
| contender to gain market share.  But within 
| a few hours Amazon beat Barnes & Nobleâs 
| price by $10, marking down the Kindle 2 to 
| a mere $189.


Linux 'copter flies in to Blighty

,----[ Quote ]
| Geeks will love it too - it runs Linux and 
| Parrot has provided a freely available 
| software development kit for the device.


Chumby, the Next Generation

,----[ Quote ]
| If you're unfamiliar with the Chumby, you 
| might want to go back to the May 2008 issue 
| of Linux Journal. Daniel Bartholomew showed 
| us all about the cuddly little gadget and 
| explained why we might want one of our very 
| own. The folks over at www.chumby.com  
| still sell the original Chumby device, but 
| they've come out with a new model, the 
| Chumby One. I'm rather fond of the 
| numbering scheme they chose, because that 
| would mean the original Chumby is number 
| zero. If the next model is the Chumby 10, 
| they will get extra geek points!
| How does the new revision stack up? Quite 
| frankly, it's great. Although it may have 
| lost the rounded edges and squishy case, 
| the Chumby One adds some welcome features:
|     * A dedicated volume knob, for quick-
|     and-simple volume control.
|     * Rechargeable battery for Chumby 
|     uninterrupted mobility (battery not 
|     included).
|     * FM radio.
|     * Beefed-up CPU (454MHz).



Chumby One

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| There are a few additions to the Chumby One,
| including an FM tuner, a much-needed volume
| knob, 2GB of internal storage, a slightly
| faster ARM-based CPU, and an optional lithium-
| ion battery (to keep the Chumby running even
| when the power is out). What went away? The
| second USB port (the Chumby One features just
| one powered USB port, suitable for charging
| devices) and the stereo speakers (the One is
| mono-only). The integrated accelerometer,
| touch screen, stereo audio jack, and snooze
| button remain the same.

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