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Technology Headlines for November 2008

Whether you’re eyeing the latest Blackberry or considering a laptop upgrade, following technology headlines could place you in the ‘know’ about the cutting-edge decision in the tech world to simple decisions that could affect the way you shop and interact with the world. In this article, you will find some of the technology-related news that has emerged throughout November 2008.

Random House Decides to Digitize

When it comes to a hard-hit economy, it seems that the market providing the world with e-books has been able to prosper. With this being said, its no wonder that Random House Inc has decided to make thousands of books available in the digital format. This decision will include selections, such as novels by John Updike, as well as several volumes of the “Magic Treehouse” children’s series.

Out of the mouth of a Random House CEO, he acknowledged the fact that an increasing amount of people is reading more text in an electronic format. To date, there are already more than 8,000 titles found in electronic format. Therefore, expect the new changes to increase this number to about 15,000 selections. Interestingly, it will only take a couple of months for the completion of the books with online excerpts viewed through the Insight browsing service offered through the publisher.

If you’re wondering just how popular e-books have become over the years, consider sales that have produced triple-digit percentages in 2008, which you probably have Amazon.com’s Kindle reader to thank for the results.

Technological Trends , Size Doesn’t Matter?

As you begin to browse the options for Christmas gifts, a new trend is sweeping the nation and it doesn’t embrace the phrase, “bigger is better.” When it comes to the world of consumer electronics, you may notice the climb in interest regarding owning a computer , namely a laptop. To date, this category of products is now recognized as one of the fastest items to sell outside the television product market.

So, the latest trend is to recognize the deals and shop smaller. There are more and more consumers looking for a bargain and a baseline laptop can be easily found for under $500. Just take a look at the Compaq that went for $299 at Wal-Mart and you’ll see what I mean. Others are sure to follow suit, especially if they wish to please shoppers desperate to stretch their well-earned dollar. You’ll even see Apple letting go of high costs, offering a MacBook for under $1,000.

If you’re interested in surfing the Internet and checking out email, the smaller and highly compatible choices offered through Dell, Asus, and Lenovo will prove satisfying. Many will love the machines (with a price tag around $400) that weigh less and come with a decent hard drive and wireless card.