This week on the Dan & David Show we discuss the debut of Amazon's Kindle ebook reader. The reviews so far peg Kindle as a work in progress (a version 1.0 device) that won't immediately light the fires of the book or newspaper industry, but it is a step up from Sony's Reader.
I speculate about Amazon and Apple on a collision course. Amazon now has digital music and video services, and a wireless ebook reader with a browser (an iPod of ebook readers) and print-to-online content service. The iPod franchise is safe for now, but this is just the beginning of the battle for the hearts and minds of the digital content consumers.
We also talk about AMD's Spider platform, which was introduced this week. By combining its new Phenom processors (desktop versions of the quad-core Barcelona), HD3800 series graphics and the new 790 chip set, AMD hopes to satisfy the hunger for gamers and enthusiasts for rich 3D and HD experiences from an affordable PC.
In addition, with the recent hacking of Mac OS X to run on the Asus EEE PC, David suggests that it may be time for Apple to reconsider its Apple-hardware-only policy and look into licensing OS X. Compared to selling hardware, selling bits is like printing money, he said. I doubt Jobs will free the Mac OS or iPhone OS from their Apple devices in his lifetime. Check out the Talkbacks. David also shares the latest news on the OpenDocument Format, OpenDocument Foundation and Common Document Format saga.
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