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This Week’s Chitter Chatter – Windows 8 Launch, Skype Wi-Fi, New eReaders & Angry Birds Star Wars!
Those of you considering the recently launched Nokia Lumia 820 or 920, or the even more recently launched HTC 8S and 8X, will know they’re powered by Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system. Of course, what that operating system is all about and what cool features it’s going to have will be a complete mystery to you, because it hasn’t been launched yet.
So you’ll be pleased to learn that the launch date has finally been announced. Microsoft has just sent out invitations to a launch event in the UK on 29th October. Of course, we’ll be following the launch and sharing all you need to know on this blog. Will Windows 8 be good enough to rival Android and Apple’s iOS? We can’t wait to find out.
Talking of Microsoft, Microsoft-owned Skype is launching an exciting free wi-fi service for its users in conjunction with shops, cafes and restaurants located throughout the UK. For a charge of less than £10 a month, local businesses can offer wi-fi free of charge to Skype users who simply have to sign in through their Skype wi-fi app and log on to the net. We’re sure that participating retailers will be taking the opportunity to offer those that use it special offers and vouchers, so there could be more in it for you than just free wi-fi.
Also new are 2 ereaders – one from Amazon, the Kindle Paperwhite and the other from Barnes and Noble, the Nook Simple Touch with Glowlight.
Both ereaders offer a specially designed illuminated screen which means you can happily read your e books in low or no light without having to disturb anyone, like when you fancy a read and your partner’s turned bedroom the light off. The Glowlight, as its name suggests, is a backlit model of the original Nook Simple Touch with a 6-inch touchscreen display. The Kindle Paperwhite has built-in patented light technology with super hi-res of 768x1024 pixels and a higher contrast 6-inch e-ink screen. Both ereaders are expected to be priced at a similar level with the option to purchase a 3G version of the Kindle Paperwhite which will be slightly more expensive. We couldn’t find them available in the UK yet, but we’re sure they’ll be here in good time for Christmas.
And finally, yet more news from Angry Birds creators Rovio with the announcement of the release of a Star Wars version of their popular Angry Birds Game. Featuring a host of special Star Wars characters including Luke, Leia and Kenobi and a piggy take of Darth Vader in charge of the ‘stormtrooper pigs’, the planets from the Star Wars universe will also be prominent.
The original Angry Birds game has been downloaded more than 650 million times since its launch in 2009 and the September release of its Bad Piggies spin off topped the US iTunes chart in a matter of hours, so we’re sure this will be a big hit too.