Archive for January 2011

Sony Pocket Edition E-Reader post expanded

I’ve expanded Monday’s post “Sony Pocket Edition E-Reader for $129 at Borders Books” with additional information on book formats, price and size comparisons, and some pictures, too.

Sony PRS-350SC Pocket Edition tech specs

  • Released: September 2010
  • Predecessor: PRS300
  • Languages Supported:
  • File Types Supported: ePUB, PDF, BBeB, TXT, RTF, JPG, PNG, GIF, BMP

Overview. 5″ reader using the latest Pearl E Ink screen and featuring an IR based touch screen. Battery life is stated to be 2 full weeks of reading on a single charge. It is available in Silver or Pink. Features both right and left hand page advance and 6 font sizes. A handy search function lets you look up words in 2 English language dictionaries, including The New Oxford American Dictionary, Second Edition and Oxford Dictionary of English, Revised Edition and 10 built-in translation dictionaries.

  • Dimensions: 5 3/4 x 4 1/8 x 11/32 inches (H/W/D)
  • Weight: 5.47 oz
  • Text Formats: ePub (Adobe DRM protected), PDF (Adobe DRM protected), BBeB Book (PRS DRM protected), Text, RTF
  • Image : JPEG, PNG, GIF, BMP
  • Memory Size : 2GB User available capacity: Approx. 1.4GB
  • AC Power : Built-in rechargeable battery: 3.7 V DC, 940 mAh
  • Battery Life (Approx) : Approx. 10,000 pages turns
  • Recharging Time : 3 hours with a USB connection, or about 2 hours by the optional AC adapter (PRSA-AC1)
  • Display: 5″ E Ink® Pearl 800 x 600 pixels 16-level gray scale
  • Touch screen: clear screen using IR
  • USB: 2.0

Sony Pocket Edition E-Reader for $129 at Borders Books

Sony-PRS-350-Touch-Screen

Borders Books started selling the Sony Pocket Edition E-Reader for $50 below its regular price of $179 today. It doesn’t have wireless (WiFi) but its a great price all the same.

The Sony Pocket Reader has a grayscale touch screen, holds over 1,200 books, and the battery holds a charge for 2 weeks. It’s very compact, too. You can see in the picture below that it’s a little bit smaller than a paperback novel, and it weighs about the same, too.

SonyPRS 350 Touch screen

Sony Pocket Edition E-Reader (PRS 350)

So if you want to get yourself an e-reader but you don’t want to be locked in to Amazon or Barnes and Noble only, then run out and get a Sony Pocket Reader today. They’re not going to last at this price. It’s $20 less expensive than the basic Nook (Barnes & Noble), and $10 less than the cheapest Kindle.

Note: Amazon only sells digital eBooks for the Kindle. The Kindle reads Amazon’s proprietary “AZW” eBook format, but doesn’t read the EPUB format supported by most other modern eReaders. Consequently, most books available for the Kindle are only the ones Amazon has converted to be read on the Kindle. So when I went searching for some Isaac Asimov novels I wanted to read they couldn’t  be found for the Kindle, but they were available on other eBook webstores such as BooksAMillion.com. (You probably haven’t heard of Books a Million, but they are rated as one of the top 5 book retailers in the US.) They were in the EPUB format, and EPUB formats cannot be read on a Kindle.

Sony Pocket Edition next to a paperback

Size Comparison

What can you read? The Sony Pocket Edition Reader supports the standard EPUB and PDF formats supported by most other readers on the market.

Magazines and Newspapers. I was able to find newspapers and magazines that could be read on the Sony Pocket Reader, such as my local paper, Newsday; and there were a small variety of magazines available, but I suspect I’d find more with a little searching.

Save up to $200 on Corel products, a Skylarking special

You’ve got less than 2 weeks to take advantage of some great savings from Corel, a 2010 award winning leader in video, graphics, and photo editing tools. About a week ago an affiliate coordinator at Corel contacted me/Skylarking with New Year’s specials on Corel products. Savings start at $40 ($90 and more if you consider the value of the bonuses they include). These apply to their most popular software packages — several of which I have used or use regularly. Buy $80 in products and they ship for $1.  It’s not free shipping, but at least they aren’t trying to make up the difference in savings with shipping and handling fees. Read on for the deals!

Corel PaintShop Pro Photo X3PaintShop Pro X3. ($99, $59): I started using PaintShop Pro about 16 years ago, and I still turn to it frequently. It’s an easy to use alternative to Adobe’s PhotoShop Elements. With it you’ll organize and edit your photos and graphics images with ease. It’ll handle digital and hi-def (HD) videos, too. Sharing on Facebook, Flickr, and YouTube is a click away with built-in tools— I don’t think Elements offers that functionality — and, let’s face it, most of us edit and touch up photos just for sharing them online.

VideoStudio Express ESD Corel takes $40 off PaintShop Pro X3 for January, so it’s yours for $59.99. They’ll give you a free copy of VideoStudio Express ESD (a $50 value) so you can edit your videos with a professional look for sharing online or converting for iPod, iPhone, PSP, and smartphone playback. Total Savings: $89.99.

Corel VideoStudio Pro X3 VideoStudio Pro X3. ($99) They told me this would be going for $59.99, but it looks like its actually selling for $49.99 and if you buy before Jan. 20 you’ll get FREE shipping. It gets better: (1) buy another Corel product and they’ll take off another $10, (2) save 60% if upgrading from Adobe Premiere Elements. VideoStudio Pro X3 has been my choice for video editing, DVD creation, and YouTube uploads for several years now. I use it both for my business video prsentations and for saving my family videos, too. VideoStudio Pro X3 creates standard and HD DVDs, plus Blu-ray formats, and they have tools for sharing online with YouTube, Vimeo, and Facebook. PLUS you get a FREE download copy of Corel PaintShop Photo Express 2010 (a $50 value). Total Savings: $108.99.

Those were some of the highlights among their offerings for January 2011. Here’s the rest of the good news for getting your digital new year off to a great start.

Corel Photo & Video Pro Bundle Save $50 on
Corel Photo & Video Pro Bundle. Only $99.99 Plus get KPT collection free ($100 Value).
Save $100—200 on
Corel Painter 11.
Only $199 full or $99 for the upgrade. Painter 11
Changing whats possible in Digital Art.
CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X5 Get a free gift with the purchase of CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X5. Free Unleashed X5 training DVD ($80 Value).
  CoreDRAW X5 Premium Save up to $120 on
CorelDRAW Premium
X5
. From $239 for the upgrade. Premium design software for print, web design, and video editing.
Corel WordPerfect OfficeJumpstart your year and business with
Corel WordPerfect Office. Now Only $249 + receive a set of business templates worth $155. (WordPerfect upgrade package is only $159.)

SONY VAIO Dual Core Notebook! Save $100!

Sony VAIO VPCEE31FX/BJ Notebook PC

The Sony VAIO VPCEE31FX/BJ Notebook PC is available for $499! That’s a $100 off its regular price at $600. Use coupon code QBM17377 at checkout to get this offer. Offer ends midnight Jan. 17, 2011.

This Sony VAIO Notebook is a fantastic package! I’m not usually that excited about Sony notebooks, but this is a great price for these features. First, it has a sizeable 15.5” widescreen, PLUS an integrated “full” numeric keypad — which is a rarity on laptops and notebooks, but common to a desktop keyboard. Add to that it’s fast AMD® Athlon™II Dual Core P340 processor (CPU), 3GB (gigabytes) of DDR3 RAM (memory) — more than some desktop computers — and amazing picture quality with ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 4250 Graphics — suitable for many high-end games.

Sony VAIO VPCEE31FX/BJ Notebook PC

Sony VAIO VPCEE31FX/BJ Notebook PCThe Sony VAIO VPCEE31FX/BJ Notebook PC comes pre-installed with:

  • Genuine Microsoft® Windows® 7 Home Premium 64-bit
  • AMD® Athlon™ II Dual Core P340 processor (2.20GHz)
  • 3GB of pre-installed DDR3 system RAM (memory)
  • A large 320 GB hard drive (storage) for your documents, movies, photos, and music files
  • AMD® Vision ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD4250 graphics card
  • 15.5″ (1366×768) widescreen LED backlit display uses power-efficient LCD technology and delivers dazzling colors and picture clarity
  • Wired and the fastest Wireless-N Internet
  • Dual Layer DVD Burner (DVD RW)
  • Media card reader for your digital cameras and smartphones
  • Built in Sony Motion Eye webcam
  • A trial version of Microsoft Office 2010 is included
  • HDMI connector for attaching to a HD TV

Amber Alert, now on Facebook

Amber Alert

Amber Alert, the missing children notification service, has joined Facebook.

It’s nice to see that Facebook is becoming truly useful on the community level.

Yesterday, Facebook announced it is teaming up with local authorities nationwide to help find missing children. People can now find Amber Alerts on the popular social networking site. Now, with only a click of the mouse, or via an update on your phone, you can help find a missing child.

Amber Alert

Amber Alert

Facebook users in all 50 states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands can now sign up to receive the alerts. You can pick which states will send you alerts.

The Statistics. It’s reported that more than 2,000 children are reported missing every day in the United States. That’s an alarming number. Currently, many states have only been using electronic billboards, highway signs, radio, and TV to issue Amber Alerts. The addition of Facebook and SMS text alerts to your cellphone will be a tremendous help in helping reunite missing children with their families and caregivers. Hopefully, this will help more children faster than before.

False Alerts? This will be most helpful after a rash of false Amber Alerts were spread via Facebook in 2010. Every month from April through September of 2010, at least one false Amber Alert was circulated on Facebook.

The Real Amber Alerts. To get Amber Alerts from Facebook visit http://www.facebook.com/AMBERalert. For more about Amber Alerts visit http://www.amberalert.com.