When cars can talk to the Internet, many interesting things can happen. When they can talk to each other, though, even more possibilities open up.
Google+ doesn’t yet offer an API, so creating Twitter-like desktop clients isn’t an option at this point. That isn’t stopping enterprising developers from trying to work around these limitations, though. Indeed, the first Google+ desktop client – GClient – just made its debut. In the end, though, this is really just a wrapper around the mobile Google+ site.
The only thing I’ve been really missing since cancelling my cable subscription and going Internet-only is cable news (though you can watch Al Jazeera live on the Roku). Today, CNN announced that it is now the first cable news network to stream all of its programming live online and on mobile. That, of course, made me hope that I could now watch CNN in the background while surfing the net, but the reality is that CNN’s two channels (CNN itself and HLN) will only be available to those who already subscribe to cable (or a “multi-channel video service” as the cable industry likes to call it).
Amazon today (finally) launched its textbook rental program for the Kindle ecosystem of apps and tablets. With the new Kindle Textbook Rental program, students can now rent textbooks from publishers like John Wiley & Sons, Elsevier and Taylor & Francis for far less than the price of the physical textbook (with saving that can be as high as 80%). One nifty feature of Amazon’s program is that the pricing is flexible and based on how long you want to keep the book. Rental periods range from 30 days (for the highest savings) to 360 days.
Did you spend your weekend in your backyard or at the beach instead of in front of your computer screen(s)? If you did, you are not alone. The weekend is usually a slow time in the tech world when it comes to traffic, but that doesn’t mean that publishers don’t go ahead and post plenty…