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On this blog we will track down the latest Amazon Kindle news. We will keep you up to date with whats hot in the bestsellers section, including books, ebooks and blogs... and we will also bring you great Kindle3 tips and tricks along with reviews for the latest KindleDX accessories.

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Daily Deals: Washington’s Crossing and Calculator

Washington's Crossing (Pivotal Moments in American History)

Today Amazon offers to spend several evenings reading about great history moment of America. The name of book is Washington’s Crossing (Pivotal Moments in American History) by David Hackett Fischer. The price is $1.99
Six months after the Declaration of Independence, the American Revolution was all but lost. A powerful British force had routed the Americans at New York, occupied three colonies, and advanced within sight of Philadelphia. Yet, as David Hackett Fischer recounts in this riveting history, George Washington–and many other Americans–refused to let the Revolution die. On Christmas night, as a howling nor’easter struck the Delaware Valley, he led his men across the river and attacked the exhausted Hessian garrison at Trenton, killing or capturing nearly a thousand men. A second battle of Trenton followed within days. The Americans held off a counterattack by Lord Cornwallis’s best troops, then were almost trapped by the British force. Under cover of night, Washington’s men stole behind the enemy and struck them again, defeating a brigade at Princeton. The British were badly shaken. In twelve weeks of winter fighting, their army suffered severe damage, their hold on New Jersey was broken, and their strategy was ruined. Fischer’s richly textured narrative reveals the crucial role of contingency in these events. We see how the campaign unfolded in a sequence of difficult choices by many actors, from generals to civilians, on both sides. While British and German forces remained rigid and hierarchical, Americans evolved an open and flexible system that was fundamental to their success. The startling success of Washington and his compatriots not only saved the faltering American Revolution, but helped to give it new meaning.

Calculator

Add the handy Calculator app to your Android device, and you’ll wonder how you got along without it. From the simple yet beautiful interface to the added features, Calculator is a must-have. Designed to replace the less-than-desirable stock calculator on Android devices, this calculator not only looks great but also has an intuitive design and full functionality.

All-in-one Calculator

This calculator app is ideal for kids, college students, and adults. It’s perfect for simply managing your budget as well as for tackling those tough trigonometry problems in your math class with Sin, Cos, Tan, inverse trig, and hyperbolic functions. You can even change the calculator’s functionality on the fly. Leave the calculator in portrait view to see just a simple calculator, or turn the calculator on its side to reveal a scientific calculator.

You can choose between three different calculator layouts depending on your needs. The Default Layout features a standard 10-key calculator in portrait mode and scientific calculator in landscape mode with advanced functions such as square root, exponents, factorials, and more. It can also calculate in both Radian and degree mode. The Business Layout adds a ‘%’ key in portrait mode and a ’00′ key. The Simple Layout keeps the 10-key calculator in both portrait and landscape mode when all you need is a simple calculator.

Other Great Features

Change the look and feel of the calculator to suit your preference. The app includes a variety of different skins to match your device. The memory buttons (M+, M-, MR, and MC) are fully functional. Calculator will even remember the value stored when you close the app.

Calculator looks great from the smallest to the largest screens as well as low and high-density screens. Calculator supports App2SD for 2.2+ Android devices.

Best of 2011 Editors’ Picks for Kindle Games

2011 is drawing to a close, and it certainly has been a great year for Kindle games and applications.  To celebrate the success of top rated Kindle games, there is a $.99 sale going on under the name Best of 2011 Editors Picks.  In the list of 25 games, the ones that were picked mostly didn’t come as a surprise, however there were some not on there that I thought should be.

Electronic Arts games such as Scrabble, Sudoku, and Monopoly are usually around $4 or $5, so this is a pretty steep discount for them.  All of these games are adaptations of the traditional board games and puzzles.  You should catch on to the way they work pretty easily if you are familiar with how to navigate Kindle games in general.

Other hit games up for grabs at a discounted price are Jewels, Slingo and Strimko.  All of these have great reviews and are easy to learn.  Jewels is a Kindle version of the popular game Bejeweled. All you have to do is match up different shaped jewels before the time runs out or before you run out of matches.  Slingo is a combination of Bingo and Slots.  Strimko is Sudoku with an added element called streams.

The list of Kindle games for kids has grown tremendously this year, and a couple of the best ones are Hangman 4 Kids and Spongebob’s Treasure Quest.  There are a number of games and interactive fiction for kids that are good, but they are not on the list.  Interactive fiction is a genre that is continuing to grow, and includes books that are great for both kids and adults.

In addition to games, there are also applications that can aid in productivity like Notepad, Calendar, and Easy Calculator.  These aren’t really much of a sale because they are usually around $.99 anyway, but they serve their purpose well.

Lastly, for those who are looking for an inexpensive exercise program, check out My Yoga Studio.  It includes several yoga routines that cover most parts of the body.

I was really surprised that Futoshiki and Blossom were not on the list.  Those two games have shown some of the best reviews of all of the Kindle games.  Futoshiki is Sudoku with < and > signs mixed in, and Blossom is a pipe irrigation puzzle game.

For more detailed reviews on each of these games and apps, visit the Kindle-Apps review blog.  Again, as far as the sale goes, I think it that this is the best time to get the more expensive EA games.  They are good quality, and are all games that have been around for a long time in some form or another.

Most games are compatible with Kindles up to the 4th generation. There are not many games for the Kindle Touch yet, just because the interface is so different.  But, with time, that will change.

Kindle DX is a Calculator

Looks like I’ve found a new Easter Egg in Kindle DX. I’ve just tested my Kindle 2 and it doesn’t seem to do the trick with 2.0.3 software.

If you type mathematical expression like 2+2 in the search box on the home page the result shown would be result of this expression. See screenshot:

Kindle DX Calculator Easter Egg

Kindle DX Calculator Easter Egg

I’ve played around with it and it seems to support following operations:

  • Basic math: plus, minus, multiplication, division, power (^) and square root (sqrt)
  • Parenthesis
  • Trigonometry: sin, cos, tan, atan
  • Division by zero yields infinity result (∞)

I found this by sheer chance as I was trying to use search to find one of the two hundred PDF files I’m testing Kindle DX with right now by a portion of it’s name (6-2-3). Turns out Kindle DX doesn’t index file names but it did tell me that 6-2-3=1 :)