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It’s a good time to be in a geek in the UK at the moment. Over the past week there’s been a raft of announcements for predominately US-based offerings making it across the pond so here’s a quick round up of the latest news.
Barnes and Noble are bringing the Nook to Britain and if the marketing is right, it could be hit. Public libraries are still popular and they offer ebooks in the .epub format, which the Amazon Kindle doesn’t support but the Nook does. Some shrewd money-saving marketing and the Nook could give the Kindle a run for its money. I have the original Nook which I’m hoping will be supported in the UK, despite it being no longer sold. Pricing for the current Nooks to be announced but Argos and John Lewis are on-board to sell the hardware.
Amazon rolled out its Android Appstore to UK residents and parts of Europe, presumably for the as-yet-unannounced launch of the Kindle Fire. Coming with the Amazon Appstore is the App of the Day, which will have some great apps for nothing so it’s worth keeping an eye out for those. I’ve installed Appstore on my tablets already and have downloaded a few apps – all looking cool so far.
If you are looking for a small tablet, I think UK readers will be spoilt for choice with the Nexus 7, Kindle Fire and Nook Color / Tablet all likely to be available soon.
Finally, Groupon has some competition in the shape of AmazonLocal, offering similar group deals. At the moment it seems to be focussing on London with a few national offers. Presumably city or regional deals can’t be that far away. There’s a 2 hour flying lesson currently on offer for £99 which looks fun. (As an aside, I always thought Groupon was a rubbish name until someone pointed out it was like group-coupon. Duh!)
All round, it’s good news for geeks in the UK.
When I discovered that there was an app for the iPhone in the AppStore that allows snipers to work out bullet trajectories based on the round used, distance, environmental conditions and so on, I was frankly amazed.
Given all the spurious reasons that Apple give for denying software developers entry into the AppStore, you’d have thought that killing someone or something might have been a criteria that made some sense.
I’m not anti-gun per se. I’ve been to the range with rifles, pistols and semis but it’s just the contrast between what Apple allows and doesn’t that got me in this instance.
By the way, it’s called BulletFlight if you want to have a look.
This app also looked fun but it’s only a training system and it isn’t in the AppStore – Patriot Crew Drill by Raytheon.