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Amazon Ebooks coming to iphone?


March 3, 2009 11:31 PM PST

Rumors are rising indicating that Amazon is soon to release an ebook reader for iphone. I fully expect this to happen, and I think it will be good for the ebook cause as a whole. It is hard to predict what the ratio of kindle to iPhone usage will be. Speaking of the kindle, I thought that the text to speech feature was the coolest thing. It is kind of a holy grail of mine to be able to switch between reading a book and listening to is without losing my spot. But of course the publishers pretty much killed that straight away. So that also means my hope of having this same feature in the iPhone version is dead as well.

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Summer reading


March 25, 2007 11:22 PM PST


A new Tolkien book, The Children of Hurin, is coming out in April.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows will be out on July 21.

What other nerdly things are there to do until Battlestar Galactica resumes 9 fracking months from now?

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On Intelligence


September 5, 2006 08:57 AM PST


I'm one of those guys that just needs to know how stuff works. I need, at a minimum at least, a high level theory for everything. It doesn't have to be a completely accurate theory, just something that allows me to stop thinking about how something works and move on. One topic that continues to puzzle me has been thinking itself, or more specifically how the brain works. Jeff Hawkin's new book "On Intelligence" has scratched that itch nicely. His name should sound familiar, founder of Palm Computing, inventor of the Palm Pilot, founder of Handspring... In his book he presents a new theory for how the brain works and what intelligence really means. He hopes that by understanding the human brain we will someday be able to build intelligent machines - A promise that so far traditional AI has failed to fulfill.

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