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And so it begins: Random House has switched off Kindle Text-to-speech by default, angering educators and advocates for the blind in the process. Forty titles have been shut down including books by Stephen King and Toni Morrison. (http://www.crunchgear.com/2009/05/15/random-house-shuts-down-kindle-text-to-speech-for-their-titles 5/15)

Kindle time

Techcrunch has gotten their hands on the COOL-ER, a new Ebook reader coming out in two weeks that’s sporting a (relatively) low $250 price tag and a case that looks like an over-sized iPod Nano (it’s also coming in 8 Applesque colors). Interead, the small startup that built Cool-er, is obviously trying to bring Ebooks to a new market, shunning some of the features seen on the Kindle in favor of a lower price-point and a broader appeal. And it just might work. (http://www.crunchgear.com/2009/05/15/video-our-full-walkthrough-of-the-color-coated-cool-er-ebook-reader 5/15)

cooler

In an effort to boost its slumping PC sales, Hewlett-Packard began offering consumer desktops equipped with touch-screen controls. The units accounted for 400,000 of the company’s PC sales last year, a fraction of the 54 million traditional desktops and laptops HP sold, so the firm is expanding its touch-screen effort into the commercial market with installations at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport and Detroit’s Palace of Auburn Hills arena. The Wall Street Journal (5/15)

Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, left, and H-P’s Stephen DeWitt test a touch-screen PC at O’Hare Airport in March.

HP

LG’s new BD390, which includes integrated Wi-Fi, is “probably the best all-around Blu-ray player there is at the moment,” according to this review. The system comes with Netflix, YouTube and CinemaNow on board, and, unlike other players, has made installation and setup a job that just about anyone can handle. Gizmodo (5/15)

Dell has introduced the 22-inch P2210, the 19-inch E190S and the 17-inch E170S monitors, all of which meet or exceed current energy-saving standards. The displays’ price points are $240, $130 and $110, respectively, for the P2210, the E190S and the E170S. Electronista (5/14)

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