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Apple is building a Kindle 3.0

I read a post by John Biggs at Crunchgear this morning about Apple’s possible new hardware. After reading all the possible scenarios I think there’s another scenario that wasn’t mentioned by John.

He has a point about OEM’s keeping their lips close so it makes you wonder why Wintek or Quanta would spill it out — unless Apple has their blessing. This will keep people wondering but not enough to hurt sales but enough to divert everyone’s attention.

Remember Amazon’s new Kindle software on the iPhone? Well if you have used a Kindle and the iPhone equivalent, what would be your first reaction? The display. It’s not as crisp as the Kindle.

So how about a very high resolution colored display that you can use to read all those books, magazines, comics and of course play music, watch videos including full HD videos on a device that’s thin, as small as a pocketbook. On top of that, it has options like maybe HSPA, Wimax but of course wifi would be built-in. Also how about 3D built-in for those games. Here’s another thought — detachable keyboard option. Price range — about the cost of a Mac Mini. Wouldn’t you wait for it if you’re planning to buy your netbook?

Futuristic Classrooms: “Pocketbooks” come of age

I remember as a child having to pull a bag filled with books going to school. When I got my first PC in the ’80s, I imagined a classroom where students are holding electronic “pocketbooks” that serves as their library of books, their electronic notebook / magic slate …

The recent news of a big deployment of Linux in schools got me back into thinking just how near the reality of my concept is actually unfolding. One thing caught my attention though, the deployment will use virtual Linux desktops using a CPU sharing scheme. The scheme that uses a single computer connected with several monitors is not something new but I wondered if it’s still feasible in this day and age.

After some checking and comparing alternative solutions and schemes, here’s what I found out — electronic “pocketbooks” are in.

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