Amazon Starts Renting Textbooks To Students Via Kindle

Amazon has this week introduced a new rental system  for students allowing them to now rent textbooks via Kindle devices rather than purchasing them and carrying the heavy textbooks about campus. Amazon rental service now allows students to rent books for a minimum of thirty days and save up to 80% off the print list price.

If you need to rent the books for longer you can add additional days and pay the additional cost. The rental scheme is available on Kindle devices and devices capable of running Amazon’s Kindle including: PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, Android device, Windows Phone 7, and Blackberry.

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Apple To Launch Budget iPhone For $350?

As well as all the iPhone 5 rumors over the last few months, we have also heard a couple of rumors that Apple will launch a budget version of the iPhone in order to cash in on the budget smartphone market.

Now according to the BGR’s Jonathan Geller, Apple are getting ready to launch a budget pre-paid iPhone which is expected to retail for $350 and will not need to to sign up to a monthly contract with any of the mobile carriers.

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Ideum Unveils Its Platform MT-55 Multitouch $18,000 Table (video)

Ideum have today unveiled details of their new MT-55 Platform multitouch table which they say is the largest and thinnest multitouch table currently available. The MT-55 is equipped with a 55″ 1920×1080 HD  low-iron 5mm tempered glass surface display that has a 5,000,000:1 contrast ratio multitouch screen with a wide 178-degree viewing angle.

Its been designed to allow multiple users to collaborate and use the table at the same time, supporting 32 simultaneous touch points and running Windows 7 64-bit professional edition. Watch the video after the jump to see the Ideum MT-55 table in action and dont forget to add it to your gadget wish list.

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Apple Testing Out HD Displays For iPad HD?

We have been hearing rumors that Apple will launch its third generation iPad later this year, although from what we have heard it is expected to be sold along side the existing iPad 2 and is not designed to be a replacement for the iPad 2.

There have been a number of rumors that the iPad HD will feature a high resolution display with a resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels, and not according to recent reports Apple is currently testing out HD displays for the iPad HD from a number of manufacturers which include Samsung and LG.

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Valve Updates Steam With Download Friendly Features

Over the weekend Valve has announced a new update to its Steam gaming application which has brought some much needed new features to the way game downloads are handles by the system. The new update has been designed to provide users with improved download rates in more places around the world, together with simplifying and streamlining the publishing process on Steam.

Bandwidth within the system has been increased to allow for spikes on game launches and downloads will be issued from more locations around the world via a new firewall friendly method that will automatically take advantage of web-caching proxies installed at ISPs.

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Acer Aspire 5755 Notebook Announced

Acer has added another new notebook to its Aspire range here in the UK, last week we heard that Acer was launching the new Acer TravelMate 8481 notebook and today they have announced the Acer Aspire 5755 notebook.

The Acer Aspire 5755 notebook features a 15.6 inch LED display with a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels, and it comes with a range of Intel’s latest Core processors, which include the Intel Core i3-2310M processor, the Intel Core i5-2410M processor and a choice of Intel Core i7 processors.

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Bitcoin Launches New Secure, Ruxum Exchange

As of today Bitcoin now has a new exchange where its virtual currency can be traded, which is now more secure and been created in after the existing  Mt. Gox vulnerabilities were exposed over recent months. The new Ruxum Exchange has been created by Chad Pankewitz and team and has been designed to provide a more secure environment for Bitcoin traders.

The new Ruxum Exchange has been opened into a private beta for the moment and now allows users to buy, sell and trade both Bitcoin and Namecoin. If you are unfamiliar with either of those two virtual currencies more information is provided after the jump, together with a video explaining Bitcoin.

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By The End of 2011 20 Typical Households Will Generate More Internet Traffic Than The Entire Internet in 2008 (Infographic)

An interesting infographic has been put together by Cisco showing how “the Internet of Things” has grown in size since 2003. Back then the number of people on the earth greatly out weighed the number of devices connected to the Internet. However in 2008 those numbers flipped and the number of things connected to the Internet exceed the number of people on earth for the first time.

The infographic after the jump provides a visual representation of the increase in “things” connected to the Internet.

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Stormtrooper To Walk Across Australia For A Good Cause

On the weekend we saw some fun photos of Stormtroopers on vacation, and now one Stormtrooper has decided to walk across Australia to raise money for a good cause.

Australian Paul French is walking a massive 4,100 km or 2,547 miles across Australia from Perth to Sydney in order to raise money for the Starlight Foundation, which is a charity that raises money for ill and hospitalized children.

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