Amazon Outs A Kindle For $114, But With Ads

This is — nuts? For a $25 discount, you will soon be able to purchase a Kindle 3 (WiFi-only version) with ads served by Visa, Olay and Buick, among others coming in the future. When the the e-reader is idle, a screensaver from one of the companies aforementioned would appear, or an advertisement bar at the bottom of the homescreen (no ads while reading, however). According to Amazon’s own Kindle director, Jay Marine, seems to think that “customers are going to love it.” Oh, really?

First of all, let’s hope this is not a trend. Secondly, only $25? $114 is still a lot to be asking for ads. So technically, you’d be paying for ads. Weird, eh? It releases May 3rd; pre-orders begin today.
Via: Amazon

Intel Readies Atom For Tablets Via The Z670 Oaktrail Processor

Intel is ready for a new chip war, this time in the tablet space, going up against well-placed competitors like Texas Instruments, Qualcomm, Samsung, Nvidia and AMD. To kick things off, the Z670 Atom Oaktrail processor is clocked at 1.5GHz, supports 1080p video with aid of Intel’s GMA 600 integrated graphics, low power consumption while allowing for thinner bodies and lighter designs. Best of all, Intel mentions that over the course of 2011, 35 new tablets from Fujitsu, Lenovo, Razer (!) and Viliv will debut. Sounds good.

Press release after the jump.

Samsung Boosts The Galaxy S II To 1.2GHz In The UK

Samsung’s flagship Android device, the Galaxy S II, just got a big upgrade for those in the United Kingdom when the Galaxy S II launches on May 1st — a 1.2GHz processor. The usual 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, 21Mbps HSPA+ radios, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, 8 megapixel rear-facing camera with 1080p video recording, front-facing camera and Android 2.3 Gingerbread with Touchwiz 4.0 are the rest of the specs included. According to Samsung, Galaxy S II will “be available in the UK across all major networks and retailers”, for an as-of-yet unknown price.

Minecraft Has Made $33 Million In Gross Profits

This is genius. As a few Minecraft fans may not know, Markus ‘Notch’ Persson typically has chats on the Reddit forums dedicated to Minecraft. In this particular scenario he outed some of the rough sales numbers, seen above. It’s an amazing success, of which I have contributed to with purchasing a copy of the game for myself. Keep up the great work Notch, and continue to further refine Minecraft in every beta update that follows. Via: Reddit, SlashGear

Acer Iconia Tab A500: Android 3.0 Tablet With $450 Price

Wow, wow. Well, well. Acer has a new Android 30 tablet called the Iconia Tab A500. It has a dual-core 1GHz Tegra 250 processor to boot, 16GB of memory, 1GB of RAM, 5 megapixel camera on the back, 2 megapixel imager up front, HDMI-out, a pair of 3260mAh batteries, a microSD card reader, is DLNA compliant, has a 10.1-inch screen with 1280×800 resolution, weighs 1.69 lbs, is .52 inches thick, Android 3.0 from the first boot and will have Flash support via an update.

The price? $449.99. It will be available for pre-order on April 8th (today) from BestBuy and will ship on the 24th. This is totally worth it, I think.

HTC Droid Incredible 2 In (Official?) Press Shots And Verizon Branding

It’s the Droid Incredible 2  with Verizon branding and the famous “red eye”, folks, full of the looks from its European counterpart, but with the Verizon branding that makes it a full-fledged Droid, as seen in what seems to be an official press shot seen above, which was leaked by the sources of PocketNow. However, the HTC Pyramid/Sensation seems so much cooler at the moment.