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Daily Deals: The Last Explorer and KeyChord

The Last ExplorerToday Amazon offers The Last Explorer by Simon Nasht just for $1.99.

This riveting biography recounts the life of the world’s first truly modern explorer, a life of unrelenting adventure and the high drama of polar exploration. Hubert Wilkins was the most successful explorer in history: no one saw with his own eyes more undiscovered land and sea. Largely self-taught, he was a celebrated reporter, pilot, spy, war hero, scientist, and adventurer. He captured in his lens war and famine, cheated death repeatedly, met world leaders like Lenin, Mussolini, and King George V, and circled the globe on a zeppelin. Knighted for being the first person to fly across the North Pole, Wilkins was also the first to fly in the Antarctic, discover land by airplane, and take a submarine under the Arctic ice.

Some words about the Author

Simon Nasht is an Australian-born writer, journalist, and filmmaker. He has worked all over the world, lived in half a dozen countries, and reported for leading newspapers and TV networks everywhere. His acclaimed documentaries have been shown by the BBC, ABC, the National Geographic channel, and PBS. He lives in Australia.

 

KeyChordAlso Amazon offers KeyChord for free downloading today only.

Find Chords and Scales on your Android Device

Do you love your piano or keyboard but get bored when it comes to the nuts and bolts of finding chords and scales?

KeyChord is a virtual keyboard on which you can select chords or scaletypes. Now you can create beautiful music by tapping the screen of your smartphone or tablet without the strain of figuring out scales and chord root notes.

A Personal Piano Teacher

You can use KeyChord as your personal music tutor, learning chords and scales while enjoying the creative side of the piano. For instance, simply tap on a key to make it the root of your chord, or long-press a selected chord note to invert the chord to that position. You can do the same with scales. Tap an already-selected root note for different kinds of information modes like note names or intervals.

Features

KeyChord lets you select a chord dynamically anywhere you want on the keyboard. It doesn’t use a database to give you just a few predefined chord locations, but knows how chords work mathematically, giving you the power to explore chords on your keyboard.

Reverse Lookup allows for dynamic note selection for the chords you have in mind or that you discover on your piano: Keychord tells you automatically how the chord is called, and supports even missing notes like CMaj7 (no 5th).

  • More than 50 chord types
  • More than 100 scale types
  • Note names
  • Component intervals
  • Inversions
  • Staff view
  • Favorite and recent chord types
  • Hear every chord and scale

Audio playback is also enabled in all modes. And included as a bonus is the playable five octave multi-touch piano from Mini Piano Pro (128 sounds and 5 octaves).

Will the Next Kindle Have Lighting AND Color?

The demand for a color Kindle has been relatively constant since the eReader was first introduced.  It was the major point of contention in early Kindle vs iPad comparisons and likely resulted in the sale of no small number of iPads in the first generation.  The Kindle Fire was a step in the right direction, but like the Nook Color it relies on an LCD display that is far from ideal for reading.  The back-lighting necessary for such a display is both hard on the eyes and a huge drain on batteries compared to E Ink alternatives.

Now, E Ink eReaders have a new standard to live up to since the launch of the Nook Simple Touch w/ GlowLight.  We can be relatively certain that Amazon is aware of this fact and interested in stepping up the game a bit with their next Kindle release.  This means that there will obviously be a similar lighting feature that doesn’t intrude too much on the battery life users have come to expect from a Kindle eReader, but there will have to be more if they want to really stand out.  The new Nook has been around for long enough that light alone will probably fail to impress even if Amazon could launch immediately.

There may be a case to be made for expecting a front-lit color E Ink Kindle in the second half of this year that will make besting the Nook’s GlowLight model possible.  Consider the shortcomings of E Ink’s Triton displays.  They do have color, yes, but it is dull and lifeless except in ideal lighting situations.  Even in some specially selected showrooms there are times when Triton’s color fails to impress.  Adding in a front-lighting solution along the lines of what Barnes & Noble has achieved with GlowLight may eliminate that problem.  If the lighting is built right into the device and still doesn’t significantly reduce the battery power then there is no reason to avoid color E Ink anymore.

This is not new speculation, but it does carry slightly more weight than it used to.  We have already had information leaked about Amazon’s possession of lighting technology for the new Kindle.  It was reported on shortly before the new Nook was made public.  Now DigiTimes, that highly unreliable but occasionally informative Taiwanese publication, has made the claim that parts suppliers are getting orders for color eReader components on a schedule that would set release in the second half of 2012.  I would never rely wholly on DigiTimes for information and so would advise against considering that confirmation, but they have been right even more often than they’ve been wrong.

If we do get a color Kindle eReader before the holidays, expect a fresh boom in eReading in general.  Not only would it be impressive new technology that addresses a major customer demand, it would benefit from the first major change in eBook pricing since the introduction of the Agency Model.  We can’t be sure how soon Amazon will jump on the pricing issue given that there are still unsettled defendants in the DOJ case, but the end result will definitely benefit Kindle owners immensely.  This could be a very big year.